Many thanks again, Jen, Hi Di! 1 skein for all sizes, both short and long sleeve options. Help with alternating skeins when knitting flat. Helix: NON-Superwash. It’s very similar to the alternating in a flat piece. If you have a Crazy you’d like to use, then I’d suggest pairing it with a solid coloured sock yarn. 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 working in the round, switch skeins at the start of each round. That way there's not a huge difference between the skeins that you're alternating. You can make multiple hats with 2 full skeins or use up half ball “leftovers.” The Small uses approx. But again this didn’t turn out great and I didn’t enjoy the process so I decided to shelve it too. When knitting in the round there is an easy way to do this without a seam. I cannot wait to try it. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots, Designing: Designing a Knitwear Pattern Checklist, Magic Method for Alternating Skeins in the Round. Alternating skeins every second round. Thanks. Alternating skeins ensure that, even with significantly different skeins, it won’t be obvious where one skein ends and the next begins. Aug 26, 2020 - Explore Joan Seely's board "Knitting--Patterns, Yarn, how-to's, etc. I have a Z-ball and can’t wait to start! That way you’ll get great contrast throughout. Kay, it looks as though you are using 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. How do you use this wonderful technique when your stripes change color…ie pink, purple, pink, purple, orange, purple, orange, purple, etc. Once I get going, there’s no telling what will happen.). Seriously - don't twist them! Having plenty of small skeins to use up, I've decided all my male relatives are getting a helix hat for Christmas this year. When I was a newer knitter, this meant I learned a lot, very fast, because every project presented new rungs on the learning ladder. Perfect! Without machines, hand-dying makes use of the age-old yarn colouring techniques of painting and dabbing, to create a beautiful, natural looking yarn. 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 you google it, it will come up! So don't pair up Skein 1 with Skein 6. And here I now have the directions and a video coming! Hoàng Mai. Would you be alternating it with another color each round? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqIqRdJc68. I hope you enjoy them! What a great year this will be, lots of new techniques and colorful zauberballs making a daring appearance in monochromatic NYC! I am thinking about making the summer honey cowl that Kay posted today. 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. 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. 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’m a bit confused as to how you would use it in a honey cowl. 65 yards, the medium uses approx. This will not work for knitting flat pieces. 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). No, scratch that. 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 had 7 skeins of one and 4 skeins of another. For the top down fingering weight pullover I’m using this method. If I can't tell where I've switched skeins then I knit as normal. 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. In the video, you can see Jen using Magic Loop for her armwarmers. Hmmm..can’t open zip file on my iPad Pro? I’m having trouble on the iPad Pro too! Many thanks, Jen. I can’t get it out of Dropbox. 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. 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. I had come accross Helix knitting for stripes a few years ago but it never dawned on me to use it to alternate skeins of hand dyed yarn. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round - YouTube. I know now that is when the color pools which is why alternating skeins is so important. Not terribly long circs–I don’t have them in front of me, but 24 or 29″? Sorry, I guess I need someone to draw me a picture. When I'm not designing or knitting, I raise two boys and travel whenever we can manage. I hope that makes sense. 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. When knitting flat, you will work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). 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. There are lots of us around in the knitalong threads to help out if you’re stuck. This Spring I’ve worked on my first two garment-size projects out of small batch hand-dyed yarn from an Indie Dyers. 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. Interspersing rows knit in the working skein with next skein produces a softer change and more even color distribution. CC strand 1: La Bien Aimée Helix, Lannister. That’s truly useful. 75 yards total. ... Long sleeve: 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)(4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins. Thank you so much, Ann and Kay! This was still too messy but a definite improvement. I’m very happy with how this project turned out. 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. Many thanks for your feedback. Stitch marker sets, knitting kits and my original patterns! When I try it I seem to get 3 stitches that aren’t in the correct color. Alternating skeins is a technique that visually disperses the differences between hand-dyed yarns, creating less abrupt color transitions in a multi-skein project. Yes, you just stop a whole needle away. I think my reply to Di should help you out as well. See more ideas about Knitting tutorial, Yarn, Knitting techniques. FAQ’s 1. So, I did my best to match and began the project with three very similar skeins and one slightly darker skein. I worked on the Astrid tee first (test knit starting soon) out of Treasure Goddess DK Treasures in her Ruby Daggers color. And I can’t wait to see what’s next! If you’re getting it right, it will be obvious right away. Yesterday, I watched Jen’s video tutorial. It’s tricky to visualise and understand but super simple to do. 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. I originally purchased 3 of the skeins together for a shawl design. Now to get out that Zauberball and try the handwarmers! 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. Sizes are for baby and young child. Very Pink Knits has a great quick tutorial for Magic Loop: I would suggest caution with the Crazy Zauberball. But if I worked two or more skeins at the same time, in helical stripes, the shade differences would blend. It works beautifully with this pattern. Google searches, knitting resource books and knitting friends pointed me toward two main suggested ways to alternate skeins. Please do drop me an email with your full name and Ravelry username if you need further assistance. Drop the yarn and add in Skein 2; knit two rows using that yarn. I have made one before, but don’t see how it applies here. Knitting Flat. 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? 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. You can see from my pictures that this was messy for me and did not feel anywhere near firm or clean enough. (I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast in the stripes at the start of my mitts. Oy! I think I understand that you do that on each color. Hand-dyed yarn is yarn that has been colored using traditional techniques by an artistan or yarn producer. That’s where I got the idea–have always meant to try it but never did. 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 tried several techniques…none was especially easy to follow nor what I hoped to achieve. Thanks Ann! Peruvain Highland wool. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round. I would love to see a video with actual contrasting yarn and also a tiny bit more time spent explaining the dpn situation. See more ideas about Knitting patterns, Knitting, Yarn. Is it just me, or was that difficult to see? After the swatch convinced me that I definitely did need to alternate skeins, I got serious about research. I also want to make sure you can just use the technique with the circular needle, not a magic loop needle. 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? 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. I would love to see it again with larger needles and using more contrasting colors. Your skill acquisition observations perfectly match my knitting history. To check that you have the technique down, maybe swatch in 2 plain colours. Gerri. I am very excited about the idea of learning new techniques. The black and white view made the slight differences a bit more pronounced. 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. LI'm making the timberline cardigan and because it uses sooooo much yarn I couldn't get enough of the same dye lot. Can’t wait to get started…even though I have to, at least until I get home from work! (People who know me: stop laughing.) * This may not be the best choice You will use slightly more of the main color. For instance, begin knitting or crocheting with ball #1. 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. I guess it works out somehow but wanted to check. 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. Start with one end white and one end black, even if that’s not in the middle of the ball. I find that over time, one’s habits of mind, especially the ones that have been useful in the past, can become limiting. It’s such a brilliant idea. I just made with a single hand painted yarn. Start your project by knitting two rows of Skein 1. This is a simple hat that utilizes helical knitting. I have always accepted this seam with serenity, as something I cannot change. Any tips? At my LYS, the owner, Mary, suggested this type of striping and explained how to do it. This hat is also helix knit, alternating 2 strands of yarn to form an unbroken, jog-free garter stitch spiral. By this point I had the mental space back to learn a new technique. If I use your technique for the stripes and slip 3 stitches before the marker wouldn’t that leave a hole? 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. It sounds like you’d find it much easier to use the Ravelry library instead, since then it’s just pdf files to open. My technique still isn’t perfect but it is getting better the longer I continue down the body. Thanks! Kay may be doing two circs. ", followed by 250 people on Pinterest. 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! , These look like so much fun! WHAT. The helix or helical knitting method is our favorite technique for knitting in the round while alternating skein. I’ve just made Donna Druchunas’ Resist hat with two single-row stripes. But now I’m embarking on a sweater with 9 hand-died skeins. This felt and looked a little better so it was a definite improvement. 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. 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. So clever! It’s not just you. I am not Kay, but having done this myself I think that yes, that’s exactly what she meant. It is knit in pieces. The Crazy Zauberball is made from two plies and they are each different colours that gradually change. And finally, Jen says that you can knit 2-, 3-, or even 4-row stripes using the helical stripes technique. I may have been just the tiniest bit skeptical about Team Arnall-Culliford’s claim that helical stripes are “incredibly easy.”. Seen through the camera lens the colors were indeed more different than my eye could discern. 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. Learn what you need to know to do what must be done. Squeal! I did the sleeves with 3/7 skeins of the first dye lot. Give it a try if you haven’t yet, and you’ll be surprised by how simple it is! This is a game changer for sweater knitting. Mind blown! The lovely Aimée will have lots of Helix HERE and Kumo HERE.. Child version HERE.. FRANCAIS Designed with relaxing knitting in mind, this colorwork yoke design is meditative and easy to memorize. If the colour changes while you’re working with a yarn, just go with it and keep following the instructions. For a sock pattern using this technique, try Dorothy’s Slip Stitch Spiral Knit Socks. 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. Shari Rogge September 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Reply. 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. 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 continued to knit them, flawlessly from row 1, while I sat on the phone in conference calls for most of the afternoon. I bought these at Vogue Knitting Live in January because –well, I had to buy them; they are Things Dyed With Indigo. I managed not to do that for this project. 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. There is also a technique called helix knitting. Next I tried the more traditional method of alternating skeins every other row or round and twisting gently at each exchange. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Instead of alternating every round, I alternate at the two sides of the sweater. 1. 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 hoping that by the end of the sweater, I might actually have it figured out. My zaberball hasn’t arrived yet but soon I hope as can’t wait to try. I’ve been searching for a way to expand my knitting horizons, and this is a great fit: learn something new, apply it, and complete a project. Many times the camera will pick up slight differences that aren’t as obvious to the eye. I followed instructions from here and here. Over time, the firehose of new-to-me techniques dwindled to a trickle. 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. My mindset and available brain space did change. To alternate yarn every 2 rows, use the same technique you'd use to add a stripe to your project. I am curious to see the new e-book and see how she sorts out patterned stitches with this method. The method had not changed at all in between projects. While knitting my helical stripes, a question crept in: beyond socks and mitts, how often are one-row stripes really used? Then I started all over again with Skein #1 and continued down the body maintaining the same order and spacing. Could you explain please? 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. 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). I lurve them. 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. In my sample, I have 72 stitches and 3 colors. What else can we do with this technique? The first pattern in A Year of Techniques is (hold your breath): the Hyacinthus Armwarmers. This will only work when knitting in the round, with dpns or circular needles. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. It is killing me not to cast on a Honey Cowl right this minute. ). So excited about this. Saved by Nguyễn. 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 love them. If there's a distinct line, dammit, I'm alternating those bad boys! Before you begin, wind two skeins of yarn that you will work with at the same time. Circular Knitting Needles Knitting Stitches Knitting Patterns Crochet Patterns Knitting Videos Knitting Projects Knit In The Round How To Purl Knit … Suggestions VERY welcome!!! I really do take on board your comments though, and we will endeavour to get a better balance on the following videos. So the start of her mitts will be high contrast like the area around my sock heels, not like the cuffs or toes. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. 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. It’s hard to explain why it doesn’t work quite so well. I will have to see it to believe it. Finally I hit on the plan I actually used to complete the Astrid tee. Helical stripes are a leap of spatial imagination. The colours may change more than once in a round, so you run the risk of having both yarns in the same shade. Even commercially dyed yarns can run into not-so-subtle differences if you don’t. Living in the NYC area, your comment about only shipping Zauberball colorway Shadows to NYC absolutely cracked me up. Hi hmontini! Hi Visually Oriented and Susan, 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. I numbered all four of the skeins – #1, #2, #3, #4. It just saves slipping any stitches. So to help distribute color evenly we recommend alternating skeins. Both yarns are a joy to knit. 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. When you turn to go back pickup the working end of the first skein and work back. Numbers 1-3 were the original skeins and Number 4 was the later and slightly darker skein. 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. You might find it easiest to just cast on some stitches and try it. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats. I’m definitely using Magic Loop for my Hyacinthus armwarmers, for the first time, and I am HOOKED. This is almost cosmic! I love them. Thank you for that! Grace O’Neill explains this very clearly. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. Hi Teresa! 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. One method is to knit the first half of my gauge swatch using one skein then knit the last half with a different skein. This post tells you how to add A Year of Techniques to your Ravelry library: 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. Helical stripes! 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 –.
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