Then, follow the instructions below, according to whether you are knitting flat or in the round. It is killing me not to cast on a Honey Cowl right this minute. ... Long sleeve: 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)(4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins. I really do take on board your comments though, and we will endeavour to get a better balance on the following videos. I bought these at Vogue Knitting Live in January because –well, I had to buy them; they are Things Dyed With Indigo. I have more than 70 patterns available through Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Knit Picks, WEBS, Love of Knitting magazine, Knit Now magazine and others. What I really want to make with this yarn is a boxy pullover, in the round. Yesterday, I watched Jen’s video tutorial. You can see from my pictures that this was messy for me and did not feel anywhere near firm or clean enough. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round - YouTube. Alternating skeins is a technique that visually disperses the differences between hand-dyed yarns, creating less abrupt color transitions in a multi-skein project. This was still too messy but a definite improvement. I wonder which yarn you are using? I didn’t have to meditate on this very long to think of my four precious skeins of indigo-dyed wool from Lana Plantae. Alternating skeins when knitting with hand-dyed yarn helps keep the colors consistent across a larger piece of fabric, which will likely make you happier in the long run. Alternating skeins every second round. Stitch marker sets, knitting kits and my original patterns! If working in the round, switch skeins at the start of each round. I hope you enjoy them! It’s tricky to visualise and understand but super simple to do. Can’t wait to get started…even though I have to, at least until I get home from work! Here are my first helical stripes, using a single Zauberball that has been divided into two balls. If you are using a Zauberball, you should get the graduated change in colour like the photos with the pattern. Last week i decided to knit some baby balloon pants with single row stripes. How to Alternate Skeins in Your Knitting/Crochet Projects. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. I am not Kay, but having done this myself I think that yes, that’s exactly what she meant. I may have been just the tiniest bit skeptical about Team Arnall-Culliford’s claim that helical stripes are “incredibly easy.”. Give it a try if you haven’t yet, and you’ll be surprised by how simple it is! Kay may be doing two circs. 75 yards total. LI'm making the timberline cardigan and because it uses sooooo much yarn I couldn't get enough of the same dye lot. 1 skein for all sizes, both short and long sleeve options. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. Many thanks again, Jen, Hi Di! Try alternating your skeins! 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. So excited about this. Could you explain please? I’m currently knitting the beginning of a 2 row striped top down raglan, but I’m having a hard time figuring out how to apply this technique, which I think will be extremely helpful in minimizing the jog. That way there's not a huge difference between the skeins that you're alternating. For instance, begin knitting or crocheting with ball #1. It sounds like you’d find it much easier to use the Ravelry library instead, since then it’s just pdf files to open. 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). These hats do not require a large amount of yardage. When I try it I seem to get 3 stitches that aren’t in the correct color. Many times the camera will pick up slight differences that aren’t as obvious to the eye. I had not succumbed to this temptation until today’s post which hooked me right in! I find that over time, one’s habits of mind, especially the ones that have been useful in the past, can become limiting. I have a Z-ball and can’t wait to start! * This may not be the best choice I lurve them. Thanks, MDK. 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? View Larger Image. Like most humans I know, I tend to repeat positive experiences, which has meant less learning along the way. 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. Jen, I was able to follow magic loop – but couldn’t really figure out how she was doing the dpns – did she stop a whole needle away from the second color and if you never catch up how do you get the stripe effect – I can’t do magic loop so I need to understand the dpns –. Aug 26, 2020 - Explore Joan Seely's board "Knitting--Patterns, Yarn, how-to's, etc. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. Now to get out that Zauberball and try the handwarmers! The black and white view made the slight differences a bit more pronounced. If the colour changes while you’re working with a yarn, just go with it and keep following the instructions. Help. That’s truly useful. One method is to knit the first half of my gauge swatch using one skein then knit the last half with a different skein. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqIqRdJc68. I am thinking about making the summer honey cowl that Kay posted today. I continued to knit them, flawlessly from row 1, while I sat on the phone in conference calls for most of the afternoon. Thank you for that! What a great year this will be, lots of new techniques and colorful zauberballs making a daring appearance in monochromatic NYC! Start your project by knitting two rows of Skein 1. My mindset and available brain space did change. 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! I also want to make sure you can just use the technique with the circular needle, not a magic loop needle. I am very excited about the idea of learning new techniques. Very Pink Knits has a great quick tutorial for Magic Loop: It works beautifully with this pattern. 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. Lots of fun…it adds a slip stitch to the pattern, making a vertical stripe over the horizontal ones. This felt and looked a little better so it was a definite improvement. I know now that is when the color pools which is why alternating skeins is so important. Snippets is the Saturday newsletter full of MDK news, specials, and first look at new offerings. In the end, I decided that I needed to try this technique again later with a less bouncy yarn and when I don’t have pandemic brain (for me pandemic brain meant that I had very, very, very limited patience for anything new and/or fiddly). Would you be alternating it with another color each round? Hand-dyed yarn is yarn that has been colored using traditional techniques by an artistan or yarn producer. Helical stripes! 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. So don't pair up Skein 1 with Skein 6. Thanks Ann! Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. Help with alternating skeins when knitting flat. Instead of alternating every round, I alternate at the two sides of the sweater. Having ten colours makes a far more dramatic helix than only four. 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. I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulty with the zip file on your iPad. Living in the NYC area, your comment about only shipping Zauberball colorway Shadows to NYC absolutely cracked me up. After the swatch convinced me that I definitely did need to alternate skeins, I got serious about research. Hi hmontini! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats. By this point I had the mental space back to learn a new technique. Thanks. There is also a technique called helix knitting. Alternating skeins every second round seen from the wrong side with my twists. The project we embark on today, A Year of Techniques,  is exactly what I need to shake off my resistance and learn some new stuff. So clever! For the top down fingering weight pullover I’m using this method. http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/arnall-culliford-knitwear/3587331/1-25#3 But if you have any difficulty with that at all, then please just email me on [email protected] with your full name and Ravelry username and I can help you to get it sorted out. Any tips? 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. Helix Knitting It is that time of year again where I divide my time between baking a zillion cookies (no, I am not kidding) and finishing up holiday gifts. Lol. It still isn’t perfect. Saved by Nguyễn. I've found that the easiest way to alternate skeins without a weird jog or holes is to alternate every round, and not twist the yarns at all. ", followed by 250 people on Pinterest. This Spring I’ve worked on my first two garment-size projects out of small batch hand-dyed yarn from an Indie Dyers. And here I now have the directions and a video coming! The lovely Aimée will have lots of Helix HERE and Kumo HERE.. Child version HERE.. FRANCAIS Also this yarn is less springy with a drape and weight that will help even my clumsy early attempts. If I use your technique for the stripes and slip 3 stitches before the marker wouldn’t that leave a hole? But easy doesn’t mean “not clever.” Despite the simplicity of helical stripes, I could have continued to knit for the rest of my days without ever thinking of this neat trick. I’ve made a 2 skein shawl and it was fairly straightforward to alternate. Mind blown! It is knit in pieces. . How wonderfully serendipitous. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. 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’s such a brilliant idea. 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. But again this didn’t turn out great and I didn’t enjoy the process so I decided to shelve it too. Well, guess what: helical stripes are incredibly easy. I originally purchased 3 of the skeins together for a shawl design. Hoàng Mai. 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. Next I tried the more traditional method of alternating skeins every other row or round and twisting gently at each exchange. I cannot wait to try it. Finally I hit on the plan I actually used to complete the Astrid tee. To alternate yarn every 2 rows, use the same technique you'd use to add a stripe to your project. 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. Sign up now to receive 10% off your next order in the MDK Shop! I worked on the Astrid tee first (test knit starting soon) out of Treasure Goddess DK Treasures in her Ruby Daggers color. Use coupon code ILOVEHELIX to get 15% off until 3th of May.. HELIX Cardigan is a special collaboration with La Bien Aimée using Aimée’s newest base Helix. Many thanks, Jen. Hi Visually Oriented and Susan, You might find it easiest to just cast on some stitches and try it. Helix Knitting (Jogless One-Round Stripes) In this video I demonstrate a technique for working one-round stripes (think striped hat) with clean color changes. Drop the yarn and add in Skein 2; knit two rows using that yarn. It just saves slipping any stitches. Suggestions VERY welcome!!! Instead, pair up Skein 1 with Skein 4, Skein 2 with Skein 5, and Skein 3 with Skein 6. I had bookmarked this hat awhile back so I am eager to start my hand warmers You will use slightly more of the main color. Even commercially dyed yarns can run into not-so-subtle differences if you don’t. There are lots of us around in the knitalong threads to help out if you’re stuck. My technique still isn’t perfect but it is getting better the longer I continue down the body. This will not work for knitting flat pieces. Squeal! Before you begin, wind two skeins of yarn that you will work with at the same time. 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. I’m having trouble on the iPad Pro too! I’m currently having fun with helical stripes and looking forward to the next lesson. Knit 1 round with skein A, then drop it, untwist the yarns if they are twisted, pick up skein B, and knit a round with it. If you have a Crazy you’d like to use, then I’d suggest pairing it with a solid coloured sock yarn. I plan on alternating yarns every 2 rows once pattern is established. Note: you do not have to cut the yarn! http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots, Designing: Designing a Knitwear Pattern Checklist, Magic Method for Alternating Skeins in the Round. Oy! I so much prefer that to dpns – is there anything I need to know to adapt that or is it an easy transition? I would love to see a video with actual contrasting yarn and also a tiny bit more time spent explaining the dpn situation. If you google it, it will come up! I would suggest caution with the Crazy Zauberball. Then months later realized this yarn really wanted to be a tee design instead. Seen through the camera lens the colors were indeed more different than my eye could discern. When I'm not designing or knitting, I raise two boys and travel whenever we can manage. I had 7 skeins of one and 4 skeins of another. This is almost cosmic! Seriously - don't twist them! The first pattern in A Year of Techniques is (hold your breath): the Hyacinthus Armwarmers. Hmmm..can’t open zip file on my iPad Pro? While not as soft as merino, Helix has excellent stitch definition and is perfect for sweaters , color work, hard-wearing boot socks and mittens. Next I changed the photo to monochrome. 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. When knitting flat, you will work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). I was dreading the dpns – now I can’t wait to cast on!!! To check that you have the technique down, maybe swatch in 2 plain colours. 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 knew this wasn’t a great choice though, so my first step was to knit up a small mixed swatch and photograph it. I think my reply to Di should help you out as well. Not terribly long circs–I don’t have them in front of me, but 24 or 29″? 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. I love them. 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. I’m a bit confused as to how you would use it in a honey cowl. That’s where I got the idea–have always meant to try it but never did. While knitting my helical stripes, a question crept in: beyond socks and mitts, how often are one-row stripes really used? ). Recently, I’ve been trying to become more open minded. I’ve felt like I need to shake things up, but it is hard to give up the mindset of waiting until I absolutely need to do something, before stretching to learn how. Shari Rogge September 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Reply. The pattern assumes you already know how to make a hat, and doesn’t specify circulars, DPNs or when to switch to small diameter knitting. Helical stripes are a leap of spatial imagination. 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. See more ideas about Knitting tutorial, Yarn, Knitting techniques. If you’re getting it right, it will be obvious right away. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. 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. Sorry, I guess I need someone to draw me a picture. I just made with a single hand painted yarn. (I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast  in the stripes at the start of my mitts. Learn what you need to know to do what must be done. 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.
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