I am very excited about the idea of learning new techniques. Perfect! So don't pair up Skein 1 with Skein 6. So the start of her mitts will be high contrast like the area around my sock heels, not like the cuffs or toes. Having plenty of small skeins to use up, I've decided all my male relatives are getting a helix hat for Christmas this year. Kay may be doing two circs. If you have a Crazy you’d like to use, then I’d suggest pairing it with a solid coloured sock yarn. I’m a bit confused as to how you would use it in a honey cowl. The black and white view made the slight differences a bit more pronounced. 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. Another month into the “shelter at home” order, I cast on my second ever hand-dyed Indie yarn garment-sized project out of Miss Babs Woodbury fingering weight wool/silk blend. Note: you do not have to cut the yarn! LI'm making the timberline cardigan and because it uses sooooo much yarn I couldn't get enough of the same dye lot. 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 –. So excited about this. Can’t wait to get started…even though I have to, at least until I get home from work! 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 have always accepted this seam with serenity, as something I cannot change. It’s such a brilliant idea. * This may not be the best choice It is knit in pieces. In my sample, I have 72 stitches and 3 colors. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots, Designing: Designing a Knitwear Pattern Checklist, Magic Method for Alternating Skeins in the Round. In the video, you can see Jen using Magic Loop for her armwarmers. I remember my first time knitting with hand-dyed yarn, not realizing I needed to alternate the skeins, the front of my sweater had one big area that almost looked as if it was wet compared to the rest of the sweater. I followed instructions from here and here. I lurve them. Thank you so much, Ann and Kay! 1. Hi Visually Oriented and Susan, 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. Help. I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulty with the zip file on your iPad. 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. 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. Sign up for our weekly newsletter full of MDK fun, and you'll save 10% on your next order. 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. This is a game changer for sweater knitting. It still isn’t perfect. When knitting in the round there is an easy way to do this without a seam. This felt and looked a little better so it was a definite improvement. The idea is appealing and I know it works very well for some. 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. Next I changed the photo to monochrome. THE MATH: Take your total number of stitches, and divide that number by the number of colors you want to use in your stripes. So start one round with yarn A, get to the halfway point drop A and start knitting … I think I understand that you do that on each color. I am not Kay, but having done this myself I think that yes, that’s exactly what she meant. 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. I had 7 skeins of one and 4 skeins of another. Hmmm..can’t open zip file on my iPad Pro? I did this with a pair of socks… that I wish I had known how to do four row helical stripes with at the time! If you google it, it will come up! I just made with a single hand painted yarn. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round - YouTube. Your skill acquisition observations perfectly match my knitting history. I so much prefer that to dpns – is there anything I need to know to adapt that or is it an easy transition? 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. I find that over time, one’s habits of mind, especially the ones that have been useful in the past, can become limiting. I’ve made a 2 skein shawl and it was fairly straightforward to alternate. Alternating skeins every second round. Grace O’Neill explains this very clearly. I knew this wasn’t a great choice though, so my first step was to knit up a small mixed swatch and photograph it. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. 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. Thank you for that! I’m hoping that by the end of the sweater, I might actually have it figured out. By this point I had the mental space back to learn a new technique. What I really want to make with this yarn is a boxy pullover, in the round. 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. Start your project by knitting two rows of Skein 1. 1 skein for all sizes, both short and long sleeve options. Help with alternating skeins when knitting flat. Once I get going, there’s no telling what will happen.). ... Long sleeve: 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)(4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins. When knitting flat, you will work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). I’m definitely using Magic Loop for my Hyacinthus armwarmers, for the first time, and I am HOOKED. This will only work when knitting in the round, with dpns or circular needles. If knitting or crocheting flat, work two rows from one skein, then work two rows from another and so on. 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. Both yarns are a joy to knit. When you turn to go back pickup the working end of the first skein and work back. It works beautifully with this pattern. Helix: NON-Superwash. For instance, begin knitting or crocheting with ball #1. Very Pink Knits has a great quick tutorial for Magic Loop: 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. What else can we do with this technique? WHAT. It’s hard to explain why it doesn’t work quite so well. I may have been just the tiniest bit skeptical about Team Arnall-Culliford’s claim that helical stripes are “incredibly easy.”. 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. (I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast in the stripes at the start of my mitts. Over time, the firehose of new-to-me techniques dwindled to a trickle. Then months later realized this yarn really wanted to be a tee design instead. To alternate yarn every 2 rows, use the same technique you'd use to add a stripe to your project. I have made one before, but don’t see how it applies here. It’s not just you. The colorway of Smoking Area is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it in person, but I really, truly, hate the name. It just saves slipping any stitches. Gerri. So clever! Many times the camera will pick up slight differences that aren’t as obvious to the eye. Having ten colours makes a far more dramatic helix than only four. Many thanks for your feedback. This will not work for knitting flat pieces. Sorry, I guess I need someone to draw me a picture. There is also a technique called helix knitting. I didn’t have to meditate on this very long to think of my four precious skeins of indigo-dyed wool from Lana Plantae. It sounds like you’d find it much easier to use the Ravelry library instead, since then it’s just pdf files to open. ", followed by 250 people on Pinterest. 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 hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. Would you be alternating it with another color each round? Aug 26, 2020 - Explore Joan Seely's board "Knitting--Patterns, Yarn, how-to's, etc. Sep 20, 2020 - Learn something new with every project!. Squeal! Without machines, hand-dying makes use of the age-old yarn colouring techniques of painting and dabbing, to create a beautiful, natural looking yarn. It is killing me not to cast on a Honey Cowl right this minute. . Here are my first helical stripes, using a single Zauberball that has been divided into two balls. After the swatch convinced me that I definitely did need to alternate skeins, I got serious about research. That’s what Jen says. Interspersing rows knit in the working skein with next skein produces a softer change and more even color distribution. Click to sign up for my newsletter and exclusive pattern discounts. Also is tutorial only on MDK site? 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. How to Alternate Skeins in Your Knitting/Crochet Projects. But I trust Jen. This hat is also helix knit, alternating 2 strands of yarn to form an unbroken, jog-free garter stitch spiral. And I can’t wait to see what’s next! These hats do not require a large amount of yardage. Google searches, knitting resource books and knitting friends pointed me toward two main suggested ways to alternate skeins. Even commercially dyed yarns can run into not-so-subtle differences if you don’t. If the colour changes while you’re working with a yarn, just go with it and keep following the instructions. 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). To check that you have the technique down, maybe swatch in 2 plain colours. 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. 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. (People who know me: stop laughing.) Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 75 yards total. We were aiming for a balance of keeping the technique looking like its related project, and it being visible. When I was a newer knitter, this meant I learned a lot, very fast, because every project presented new rungs on the learning ladder. See more ideas about Knitting patterns, Knitting, Yarn. I numbered all four of the skeins – #1, #2, #3, #4. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. 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. Before you begin, wind two skeins of yarn that you will work with at the same time. This was still too messy but a definite improvement. I’m very happy with how this project turned out. ). 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. When I try it I seem to get 3 stitches that aren’t in the correct color. And here I now have the directions and a video coming! 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. I’m currently having fun with helical stripes and looking forward to the next lesson. The lovely Aimée will have lots of Helix HERE and Kumo HERE.. Child version HERE.. FRANCAIS I guess it works out somehow but wanted to check. 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 hope that makes sense. Saved by Nguyễn. This left me lots and lots of ends to weave in during finishing but I much preferred working it this way. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. Continue alternating skeins every round. Snippets is the Saturday newsletter full of MDK news, specials, and first look at new offerings. 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. Thanks Ann! I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. Learn what you need to know to do what must be done. I had not succumbed to this temptation until today’s post which hooked me right in! 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. 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. Is it just me, or was that difficult to see? Helical stripes are a leap of spatial imagination. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KathleenC/stripey-stripe-striped-socks. My zaberball hasn’t arrived yet but soon I hope as can’t wait to try. Thanks. I was wondering what to do with my J. Draper bouquet, and am now inspired. Like most humans I know, I tend to repeat positive experiences, which has meant less learning along the way. What a (dare I say) brilliant idea – A Year of Techniques! But if I worked two or more skeins at the same time, in helical stripes, the shade differences would blend. The first pattern in A Year of Techniques is (hold your breath): the Hyacinthus Armwarmers. Designed with relaxing knitting in mind, this colorwork yoke design is meditative and easy to memorize. Also this yarn is less springy with a drape and weight that will help even my clumsy early attempts. I would love to see a video with actual contrasting yarn and also a tiny bit more time spent explaining the dpn situation. Thanks! It’s very similar to the alternating in a flat piece. That way you’ll get great contrast throughout. Numbers 1-3 were the original skeins and Number 4 was the later and slightly darker skein. I really do take on board your comments though, and we will endeavour to get a better balance on the following videos. So to help distribute color evenly we recommend alternating skeins. Then I started all over again with Skein #1 and continued down the body maintaining the same order and spacing. FAQ’s 1. 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. Many thanks again, Jen, Hi Di! I continued to knit them, flawlessly from row 1, while I sat on the phone in conference calls for most of the afternoon. I tried several techniques…none was especially easy to follow nor what I hoped to achieve. My technique still isn’t perfect but it is getting better the longer I continue down the body. To my eye the three original skeins were close enough in appearance that I was tempted to plow ahead with no blending at all. Next I tried the more traditional method of alternating skeins every other row or round and twisting gently at each exchange. Hi hmontini! Peruvain Highland wool. My mindset and available brain space did change. That’s truly useful. Instead, pair up Skein 1 with Skein 4, Skein 2 with Skein 5, and Skein 3 with Skein 6. See more ideas about Knitting tutorial, Yarn, Knitting techniques. While knitting my helical stripes, a question crept in: beyond socks and mitts, how often are one-row stripes really used? Then, follow the instructions below, according to whether you are knitting flat or in the round. Hand-dyed yarns come in a rainbow of finishes - try delicately variegated, multicolor or solid dyes. This will blend the color changes together to transition more smoothly and will give you a … I would suggest caution with the Crazy Zauberball. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats. Mind blown! Thanks, MDK. Living in the NYC area, your comment about only shipping Zauberball colorway Shadows to NYC absolutely cracked me up. Do a couple of plain rounds in one colour, then join in the other work a few rounds in helical stripes. Hi Teresa! I will have to see it to believe it. Not terribly long circs–I don’t have them in front of me, but 24 or 29″? Helical stripes! What a great year this will be, lots of new techniques and colorful zauberballs making a daring appearance in monochromatic NYC!
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