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« on: May 14, 2004 04:00:22 AM »

I'm knitting the "Side-to-Side Ribbon Pullover" from Interweave Knits spring '04. I craftily figured out that, by adjusting the recommended needle size, I could make it out of super-cheap Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton and save myself approximately a gazillion dollars.

So far, so good. But I just realized that, although one might not think that white 100% cotton yarn would have dye lots... I guess it does. And I didn't realize this until about halfway through. So now, after switching to a new ball of yarn, there's a faint, but noticeable (at least to me) block of slighty-different-white running vertically down the front.

Any ideas? I don't really want to rip out seven inches of knitting, and I also don't have the wrappers from the first two balls I used, so I couldn't match the dye lot anyway.

Help! I'm starting to think Bad, Bad Thoughts Involving Bleach. And dunking one's newly hand-knit sweater in a bleach bath is clearly a terrible idea.
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2004 05:13:45 AM »

You could actually extend the idea of slightly different shades of white - by incorporating a few other balls of different white yarn, or white yarns in different textures, thereby avoiding ripping, and making the dyelot mistake look intentional. Alternatively, you could use other pale colours, such as creams, in a similar way.


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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2004 05:25:07 AM »

Hmmm . . . know what you mean about noticing subtle differences in white (and black for that matter). You could try dying the finished product with Rit or something along those lines. I think that the bleach might not work evenly. Other than frogging it now or living with the differences, dying might be the best option.


« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2004 08:20:51 AM »

dying could totally work. but also, you could just live with it. on my first scarf i did exactly what you did. and it drove me nuts!!! then i put it away while moving onto other projects and i don't even notice it if i'm looking. i'm not sure how severe the difference is, but after a while you may not notice it anymore

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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2004 05:53:02 PM »

Hmmm, Rit dye! That's what's great about this forum- I hadn't even thought of that. That would totally work! I could dye the whole thing pink or something.

Thanks, ladies! Smiley
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