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« on: October 02, 2005 01:56:49 AM »

Bearing in mind that I am a complete beginner and even so haven't picked up needles in years, I decided to make a striped scarf yesterday, but I'm doing something wrong and I'm not sure what.

When I change the colours, the first stitch of the last row of the previous colour is coming up into the first row of the new colour. I'm changing the yarn at the other side, though.

I'm not sure if any of that made sense. Here's a photo:





Also, I'm using a 60% cotton, 40% acrylic. Do I need to block it?

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2005 01:58:38 AM »

I just looked at my strupey scarf, and it has the same thing.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2005 02:09:52 AM »

So, what you're doing is knitting in pink, finishing your row, turning the work over/switching needles from hand to hand, and then starting the first stitch of the next row in blue? I just want to make sure I understand what you're doing.
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2005 02:31:45 AM »

mine usually look like that too.
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2005 08:00:05 AM »

garter just does that. just like the "ministripes"

it's not very stripe friendly
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2005 08:38:08 AM »

If it bugs you, why not try making a stockinet style one (knit 1r, purl 1r etc), and do garter for 5 rows or so at the start and end so it doesn't curl?
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2005 08:46:50 AM »

looks normal to me.......
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2005 08:48:01 AM »

I have had that problem too.  For me it had to do with making sure that the tension at the color change was even.  If the yarn that I was working with isn't held tightly while I'm working the first stitch of the row with the new color, (both on the first row and on the return row) I end up with what you are showing.  I have had the problem in both garter and in stocking stitch.  
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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2005 07:11:31 PM »

What do you do if your stitches look like that in the middle of the row? Huh
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« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2005 10:00:03 AM »

I think I see what you mean (looking at my horrid attempt at changing colors). I'm new at this, so I'll have to practice this some more.  Undecided
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