Could you explain please? I would love to see it again with larger needles and using more contrasting colors. Helix: NON-Superwash. Also this yarn is less springy with a drape and weight that will help even my clumsy early attempts. Hand-dyed yarn is yarn that has been colored using traditional techniques by an artistan or yarn producer. I would love to see a video with actual contrasting yarn and also a tiny bit more time spent explaining the dpn situation. Once I get going, there’s no telling what will happen.). Sign up for our weekly newsletter full of MDK fun, and you'll save 10% on your next order. Hi Teresa! That's when they recommend that you alternate from 2 balls of yarn throughout so you won't don't end up with a project that has sections that look like different shades of the same yarn. So when you stripe with two balls of this, you get the two colours against two colours, which means that there is generally much less contrast, and often two of the four possible plies are the same colour. This will not work for knitting flat pieces. (I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast in the stripes at the start of my mitts. View Larger Image. I will have to see it to believe it. First I tried the Magic Method for Alternating Skeins in the Round from this video where you alternate skeins every row or round with no need for twisting the yarns on the wrong side. They have a quality of easiness that is actually easy, as opposed to the so-called easiness that is only easy after you’ve read several books and practiced for six months. Click to sign up for my newsletter and exclusive pattern discounts. I was dreading the dpns – now I can’t wait to cast on!!! After the swatch convinced me that I definitely did need to alternate skeins, I got serious about research. The method had not changed at all in between projects. I kept detailed notes as I knit the exact same number of rounds through each of the four skeins forming extra wide stripes of about 4″ each. Then I started all over again with Skein #1 and continued down the body maintaining the same order and spacing. Try alternating your skeins! Squeal! I am curious to see the new e-book and see how she sorts out patterned stitches with this method. I guess it works out somehow but wanted to check. It also means you need very little yarn in each colour - apart from the brim, there only has to be enough of each to knit five rounds. Confession: until Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford sent me the pattern and tutorial a few days ago, I could not have said what helical stripes are, let alone alone how to execute them. If you have a Crazy you’d like to use, then I’d suggest pairing it with a solid coloured sock yarn. If working in the round, switch skeins at the start of each round. Instead, pair up Skein 1 with Skein 4, Skein 2 with Skein 5, and Skein 3 with Skein 6. This is a simple hat that utilizes helical knitting. I followed instructions from here and here. Finally I hit on the plan I actually used to complete the Astrid tee. Can’t wait to get started…even though I have to, at least until I get home from work! To alternate yarn every 2 rows, use the same technique you'd use to add a stripe to your project. Would you be alternating it with another color each round? What else can we do with this technique? Kay may be doing two circs. There’s a post in our group on Ravelry explaining how to add your patterns to your Ravelry library, where they are available as pdf files. The lovely Aimée will have lots of Helix HERE and Kumo HERE.. Child version HERE.. FRANCAIS 75 yards total. So don't pair up Skein 1 with Skein 6. In the video, you can see Jen using Magic Loop for her armwarmers. * This may not be the best choice Many times the camera will pick up slight differences that aren’t as obvious to the eye. Peruvain Highland wool. Numbers 1-3 were the original skeins and Number 4 was the later and slightly darker skein. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats. Alternating Skeins Makes the Colors Blend The simple solution is to alternate skeins to blend the color variations. Hand-dyed yarns come in a rainbow of finishes - try delicately variegated, multicolor or solid dyes. Lots of fun…it adds a slip stitch to the pattern, making a vertical stripe over the horizontal ones. Then, follow the instructions below, according to whether you are knitting flat or in the round. I so much prefer that to dpns – is there anything I need to know to adapt that or is it an easy transition? Sorry, I guess I need someone to draw me a picture. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. So, I did my best to match and began the project with three very similar skeins and one slightly darker skein. The normal Zauberball has a single ply which gradually changes colour, so when you work with two balls of it, then you’re striping one colour against another. It is knit in pieces. Next I tried the more traditional method of alternating skeins every other row or round and twisting gently at each exchange. I’m a bit confused as to how you would use it in a honey cowl. Help with alternating skeins when knitting flat. I hope you enjoy them! But anyone can see that the skeins vary in color; I couldn’t knit with more than one of them without a dye lot stripe. How to Alternate Skeins in Your Knitting/Crochet Projects. This left me lots and lots of ends to weave in during finishing but I much preferred working it this way. Well, guess what: helical stripes are incredibly easy. Thanks Ann! ). I really do take on board your comments though, and we will endeavour to get a better balance on the following videos. I have a Z-ball and can’t wait to start! Having ten colours makes a far more dramatic helix than only four. If you want to alternate every row while knitting flat you can do so on a circular needle, cast on then slid your work back to the other end of the needle, join your second skein and work your first row. We were aiming for a balance of keeping the technique looking like its related project, and it being visible. 1. Hmmm..can’t open zip file on my iPad Pro? When I'm not designing or knitting, I raise two boys and travel whenever we can manage. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round - YouTube. I just made with a single hand painted yarn. This hat is also helix knit, alternating 2 strands of yarn to form an unbroken, jog-free garter stitch spiral. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KathleenC/stripey-stripe-striped-socks. I originally purchased 3 of the skeins together for a shawl design. When I try it I seem to get 3 stitches that aren’t in the correct color. So the start of her mitts will be high contrast like the area around my sock heels, not like the cuffs or toes. I worked on the Astrid tee first (test knit starting soon) out of Treasure Goddess DK Treasures in her Ruby Daggers color. One method is to knit the first half of my gauge swatch using one skein then knit the last half with a different skein. I decided I simply did not have the available brain space to give this the try it deserved and shelved it for a later project. To my eye the three original skeins were close enough in appearance that I was tempted to plow ahead with no blending at all. I bought these at Vogue Knitting Live in January because –well, I had to buy them; they are Things Dyed With Indigo. If you google it, it will come up! Alternating skeins every second round seen from the wrong side with my twists. The colours may change more than once in a round, so you run the risk of having both yarns in the same shade. Hi Visually Oriented and Susan, Kay, it looks as though you are using Magic Loop? Now to get out that Zauberball and try the handwarmers! Thank you for that! Hoàng Mai. Every knitter knows that you should purchase all the yarn you need for a larger project at the same time and make sure to match dyelots. Please do drop me an email with your full name and Ravelry username if you need further assistance. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round. This is a game changer for sweater knitting. The Crazy Zauberball is made from two plies and they are each different colours that gradually change. Saved by Nguyễn. Having plenty of small skeins to use up, I've decided all my male relatives are getting a helix hat for Christmas this year. Helical stripes are a leap of spatial imagination. Do you suppose finishing will “block that *#@$ right out”? I am not Kay, but having done this myself I think that yes, that’s exactly what she meant. I also remembered a time, early in my Honey Cowl career, when I got into a deep discussion with a bunch of knitters about the “seam” that forms at the place where the 2-row slip-stitch garter pattern switches from round 1, which is plain knit, to round 2, which is purl-slip-purl all the way across. This post tells you how to add A Year of Techniques to your Ravelry library: I love them. Agree — a round or two more w/dpns would have been great on the video as I don’t do Magic Loop (I know, I know). But helical stripes, the same simple technique that lets you knit single-row stripes without a jog at the color change, also lets you change from knit to purl without that seam. I love them. I don’t understand this statement: “I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast in the stripes at the start of my mitts.” How will making your balls of unequal size affect the contrast? It’s very similar to the alternating in a flat piece. This a toothy yarn that's exceptionally Lofty and springy with a rustic New England charm. If the colour changes while you’re working with a yarn, just go with it and keep following the instructions. The black and white view made the slight differences a bit more pronounced. This felt and looked a little better so it was a definite improvement. Grace O’Neill explains this very clearly. I usually alternate three skeins in the round when I'm using hand dyed yarn (always regret it when I don't), I believe it's called the helix. THE MATH: Take your total number of stitches, and divide that number by the number of colors you want to use in your stripes. It still isn’t perfect. For the past 15 or 20 years (hmmm, coinciding with onset of motherhood), I’ve had a “triage” mindset, in knitting and in life. It’s not just you. I hope that makes sense. Last week i decided to knit some baby balloon pants with single row stripes. On the wrong side of the garment in progress, you can see here my progression through several stages – clumsy, then meandering to test the effect and then finally more uniform. Both yarns are a joy to knit. What a great year this will be, lots of new techniques and colorful zauberballs making a daring appearance in monochromatic NYC! It sounds like you’d find it much easier to use the Ravelry library instead, since then it’s just pdf files to open. Since I was careful to maintain the same length for each of the skeins in order for the entire project, the gentle differences in color made intentional wide stripes. If I can't tell where I've switched skeins then I knit as normal. Her helical stripe method is the absolute best for alternating skeins of hand dyes, and was THE solution to alternating skeins on my Weekender sweater that was a reverse stockinette garment but knit with the “knit” side out. I’m having trouble on the iPad Pro too! For instance, begin knitting or crocheting with ball #1. If there's a distinct line, dammit, I'm alternating those bad boys! While not as soft as merino, Helix has excellent stitch definition and is perfect for sweaters , color work, hard-wearing boot socks and mittens. I’m very happy with how this project turned out. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. At my LYS, the owner, Mary, suggested this type of striping and explained how to do it. WHAT. So start one round with yarn A, get to the halfway point drop A and start knitting … So clever! I have more than 70 patterns available through Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Knit Picks, WEBS, Love of Knitting magazine, Knit Now magazine and others. Give it a try if you haven’t yet, and you’ll be surprised by how simple it is! To check that you have the technique down, maybe swatch in 2 plain colours. I would suggest caution with the Crazy Zauberball. Start your project by knitting two rows of Skein 1. I can’t possibly alternate all 9 (without losing my mind)…but don’t I run the same sorts of risks of the colors looking different if I only alternate 2 at a time? I am thinking about making the summer honey cowl that Kay posted today. It is killing me not to cast on a Honey Cowl right this minute. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots, Designing: Designing a Knitwear Pattern Checklist, Magic Method for Alternating Skeins in the Round. I’m starting now, with helical stripes. Continue alternating skeins every round. That’s where I got the idea–have always meant to try it but never did. I find that over time, one’s habits of mind, especially the ones that have been useful in the past, can become limiting. Since I’ve never worked on larger projects out of hand-dyed yarn, I’ve been learning as I go and thought I’d share a little about that process here. If you’re getting it right, it will be obvious right away. Without machines, hand-dying makes use of the age-old yarn colouring techniques of painting and dabbing, to create a beautiful, natural looking yarn. Knitting Flat. My mindset and available brain space did change. So simple! The first pattern in A Year of Techniques is (hold your breath): the Hyacinthus Armwarmers. Also is tutorial only on MDK site? You might find it easiest to just cast on some stitches and try it. I’ve just made Donna Druchunas’ Resist hat with two single-row stripes. By this point I had the mental space back to learn a new technique. I had not succumbed to this temptation until today’s post which hooked me right in! Help. Thanks, MDK. Oy! I had bookmarked this hat awhile back so I am eager to start my hand warmers Helical stripes are so easy that I knit my first few of them in my dentist’s waiting room, reading the step-by-step tutorial off my phone. This Spring I’ve worked on my first two garment-size projects out of small batch hand-dyed yarn from an Indie Dyers. This is almost cosmic! Interspersing rows knit in the working skein with next skein produces a softer change and more even color distribution. Before you begin, wind two skeins of yarn that you will work with at the same time. Many thanks, Jen. What I really want to make with this yarn is a boxy pullover, in the round. Do a couple of plain rounds in one colour, then join in the other work a few rounds in helical stripes. If you are using a self-striping sock yarn with short bursts of colour, you might be better working it against a plain colour so you have a good contrast. Alternating skeins solves the problem of unintentional colour blocking by ensuring an even distribution of colour and a much nicer finished piece (and happier knitter! Thanks. I am very excited about the idea of learning new techniques. I decided I simply did not have the available brain space to give this the try it deserved and shelved it for a later project. Sep 20, 2020 - Learn something new with every project!. When knitting flat, you will work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). And here I now have the directions and a video coming! CC strand 1: La Bien Aimée Helix, Lannister. So to help distribute color evenly we recommend alternating skeins. Actually, really looking at my photo that’s not what I did… I thought I had, but I just wasn’t Kay-level clever yet. Learn what you need to know to do what must be done. It’s hard to explain why it doesn’t work quite so well. I think my reply to Di should help you out as well. I’m hoping that by the end of the sweater, I might actually have it figured out. Living in the NYC area, your comment about only shipping Zauberball colorway Shadows to NYC absolutely cracked me up. I had 7 skeins of one and 4 skeins of another. Recently, I’ve been trying to become more open minded. . This was still too messy but a definite improvement. When knitting in the round there is an easy way to do this without a seam. This one skill per month approach is more likely to really grow my available techniques as opposed to a weekend retreat or a solo do it yourself plan. And I can’t wait to see what’s next! No, scratch that. ... Long sleeve: 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)(4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins. (People who know me: stop laughing.) Many thanks again, Jen, Hi Di! I didn’t have to meditate on this very long to think of my four precious skeins of indigo-dyed wool from Lana Plantae. I plan on alternating yarns every 2 rows once pattern is established. I lurve them. I numbered all four of the skeins – #1, #2, #3, #4. FAQ’s 1. Google searches, knitting resource books and knitting friends pointed me toward two main suggested ways to alternate skeins. The helix or helical knitting method is our favorite technique for knitting in the round while alternating skein. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. Seriously - don't twist them! I got my pattern this morning too, and thought the same thing after reading through the description: I wonder if this will work on the Honey Cowl? Shari Rogge September 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Reply. This will blend the color changes together to transition more smoothly and will give you a … It’s such a brilliant idea. I did the sleeves with 3/7 skeins of the first dye lot. Also receive daily new post notifications, Knitter’s Notebook: Warm Hats and Good Friends, Crazy Yarn, Crazy Patterns: Zauberballs and Kieran Foley, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats, http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/arnall-culliford-knitwear/3587331/1-25#3, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqIqRdJc68. Hi hmontini! That way there's not a huge difference between the skeins that you're alternating. ", followed by 250 people on Pinterest. Her helical stripe method is the absolute best for alternating skeins of hand dyes, and was THE solution to alternating skeins on my Weekender sweater that was a reverse stockinette garment but knit with the “knit” side out. If I use your technique for the stripes and slip 3 stitches before the marker wouldn’t that leave a hole? Seen through the camera lens the colors were indeed more different than my eye could discern. I managed not to do that for this project. You will use slightly more of the main color. That’s truly useful.
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