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Click to sign up for my newsletter and exclusive pattern discounts. 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. 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 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. Many times the camera will pick up slight differences that aren’t as obvious to the eye. Give it a try if you haven’t yet, and you’ll be surprised by how simple it is! It works beautifully with this pattern. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. So start one round with yarn A, get to the halfway point drop A and start knitting … When knitting flat, you will work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). If you are using a Zauberball, you should get the graduated change in colour like the photos with the pattern. So to help distribute color evenly we recommend alternating skeins. Hoàng Mai. I had bookmarked this hat awhile back so I am eager to start my hand warmers But again this didn’t turn out great and I didn’t enjoy the process so I decided to shelve it too. Like most humans I know, I tend to repeat positive experiences, which has meant less learning along the way. Lol. Hmmm..can’t open zip file on my iPad Pro? It is killing me not to cast on a Honey Cowl right this minute. 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 will have to see it to believe it. How wonderfully serendipitous. The colours may change more than once in a round, so you run the risk of having both yarns in the same shade. This is a game changer for sweater knitting. Interspersing rows knit in the working skein with next skein produces a softer change and more even color distribution. Very Pink Knits has a great quick tutorial for Magic Loop: While not as soft as merino, Helix has excellent stitch definition and is perfect for sweaters , color work, hard-wearing boot socks and mittens. Thanks! 65 yards, the medium uses approx. Thank you for that! My mindset and available brain space did change. CC strand 1: La Bien Aimée Helix, Lannister. I think I understand that you do that on each color. I was dreading the dpns – now I can’t wait to cast on!!! 1 skein for all sizes, both short and long sleeve options. I have always accepted this seam with serenity, as something I cannot change. I find that over time, one’s habits of mind, especially the ones that have been useful in the past, can become limiting. I followed instructions from here and here. Then, follow the instructions below, according to whether you are knitting flat or in the round. Before you begin, wind two skeins of yarn that you will work with at the same time. I am not Kay, but having done this myself I think that yes, that’s exactly what she meant. I had 7 skeins of one and 4 skeins of another. Your skill acquisition observations perfectly match my knitting history. I can’t get it out of Dropbox. Peruvain Highland wool. Not terribly long circs–I don’t have them in front of me, but 24 or 29″? 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. Helix: NON-Superwash. FAQ’s 1. 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. I am thinking about making the summer honey cowl that Kay posted today. I numbered all four of the skeins – #1, #2, #3, #4. Also is tutorial only on MDK site? I may have been just the tiniest bit skeptical about Team Arnall-Culliford’s claim that helical stripes are “incredibly easy.”. Help with alternating skeins when knitting flat. 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. Hi Teresa! 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 lurve them. There are lots of us around in the knitalong threads to help out if you’re stuck. This will blend the color changes together to transition more smoothly and will give you a … 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. 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. Lots of fun…it adds a slip stitch to the pattern, making a vertical stripe over the horizontal ones. Start with one end white and one end black, even if that’s not in the middle of the ball. Try alternating your skeins! Aug 26, 2020 - Explore Joan Seely's board "Knitting--Patterns, Yarn, how-to's, etc. Shari Rogge September 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm - Reply. 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. By this point I had the mental space back to learn a new technique. See more ideas about Knitting patterns, Knitting, Yarn. I’ve just made Donna Druchunas’ Resist hat with two single-row stripes. I would love to see a video with actual contrasting yarn and also a tiny bit more time spent explaining the dpn situation. Seen here on Mona (my dress form) the drape of the yarn helps keep the mess on the wrong side from showing drastically on the right side of the knitted fabric. Sizes are for baby and young child. Thanks, MDK. It is knit in pieces. This left me lots and lots of ends to weave in during finishing but I much preferred working it this way. This is almost cosmic! Seen through the camera lens the colors were indeed more different than my eye could discern. I know now that is when the color pools which is why alternating skeins is so important. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. 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. Last week i decided to knit some baby balloon pants with single row stripes. To alternate yarn every 2 rows, use the same technique you'd use to add a stripe to your project. Grace O’Neill explains this very clearly. I am very excited about the idea of learning new techniques. 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. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/tamara-moots, Designing: Designing a Knitwear Pattern Checklist, Magic Method for Alternating Skeins in the Round. Many thanks, Jen. Could you explain please? I think my reply to Di should help you out as well. ... Long sleeve: 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)(4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins. I love them. I’m having trouble on the iPad Pro too! Then I started all over again with Skein #1 and continued down the body maintaining the same order and spacing. If you’re getting it right, it will be obvious right away. The idea is appealing and I know it works very well for some. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. 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. Unless you mean your mitts will each start with different colors? Knitting Flat. I really do take on board your comments though, and we will endeavour to get a better balance on the following videos. 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 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! Drop the yarn and add in Skein 2; knit two rows using that yarn. WHAT. 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. Instead of alternating every round, I alternate at the two sides of the sweater. What a (dare I say) brilliant idea – A Year of Techniques! 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 hope that makes sense. Even commercially dyed yarns can run into not-so-subtle differences if you don’t. Can’t wait to get started…even though I have to, at least until I get home from work! If knitting or crocheting flat, work two rows from one skein, then work two rows from another and so on. Alternating skeins is a technique that visually disperses the differences between hand-dyed yarns, creating less abrupt color transitions in a multi-skein project. 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’m a bit confused as to how you would use it in a honey cowl. . When I was a newer knitter, this meant I learned a lot, very fast, because every project presented new rungs on the learning ladder. My technique still isn’t perfect but it is getting better the longer I continue down the body. I tried several techniques…none was especially easy to follow nor what I hoped to achieve. If working in the round, switch skeins at the start of each round. Snippets is the Saturday newsletter full of MDK news, specials, and first look at new offerings. I managed not to do that for this project. 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. You can see from my pictures that this was messy for me and did not feel anywhere near firm or clean enough. Sign up now to receive 10% off your next order in the MDK Shop! Circular Knitting Needles Knitting Stitches Knitting Patterns Crochet Patterns Knitting Videos Knitting Projects Knit In The Round How To Purl Knit … 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. 1. Do a couple of plain rounds in one colour, then join in the other work a few rounds in helical stripes. If I use your technique for the stripes and slip 3 stitches before the marker wouldn’t that leave a hole? At my LYS, the owner, Mary, suggested this type of striping and explained how to do it. Gerri. We were aiming for a balance of keeping the technique looking like its related project, and it being visible. Hand-dyed yarn is yarn that has been colored using traditional techniques by an artistan or yarn producer. Perfect! And I can’t wait to see what’s next! Then months later realized this yarn really wanted to be a tee design instead. You will use slightly more of the main color. Continue alternating skeins every round. ). The black and white view made the slight differences a bit more pronounced. I also want to make sure you can just use the technique with the circular needle, not a magic loop needle. In the video, you can see Jen using Magic Loop for her armwarmers. It’s very similar to the alternating in a flat piece. That way there's not a huge difference between the skeins that you're alternating. Kay, it looks as though you are using Magic Loop? 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. Finally I hit on the plan I actually used to complete the Astrid tee. See more ideas about Knitting tutorial, Yarn, Knitting techniques. I recently did a brioche challenged that got me knitting brioche… I’m going to try another striped sock using this helical technique. 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. Thanks. Alternating skeins ensure that, even with significantly different skeins, it won’t be obvious where one skein ends and the next begins. Yesterday, I watched Jen’s video tutorial. Thank you so much, Ann and Kay! 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. That’s what Jen says. And here I now have the directions and a video coming! 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. When knitting in the round there is an easy way to do this without a seam. Hi hmontini! I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulty with the zip file on your iPad. It’s such a brilliant idea. For the past 15 or 20 years (hmmm, coinciding with onset of motherhood), I’ve had a “triage” mindset, in knitting and in life. I cannot wait to try it. When I'm not designing or knitting, I raise two boys and travel whenever we can manage. I’m currently having fun with helical stripes and looking forward to the next lesson. But if I worked two or more skeins at the same time, in helical stripes, the shade differences would blend. The colorway of Smoking Area is gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it in person, but I really, truly, hate the name. (I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast in the stripes at the start of my mitts. 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. Many thanks again, Jen, Hi Di! 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. So, I did my best to match and began the project with three very similar skeins and one slightly darker skein. And finally, Jen says that you can knit 2-, 3-, or even 4-row stripes using the helical stripes technique. The lovely Aimée will have lots of Helix HERE and Kumo HERE.. Child version HERE.. FRANCAIS 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? 75 yards total. I knew this wasn’t a great choice though, so my first step was to knit up a small mixed swatch and photograph it. Kay may be doing two circs. View Larger Image. Helical stripes are a leap of spatial imagination. I worked on the Astrid tee first (test knit starting soon) out of Treasure Goddess DK Treasures in her Ruby Daggers color. I had not succumbed to this temptation until today’s post which hooked me right in! You can make multiple hats with 2 full skeins or use up half ball “leftovers.” The Small uses approx. Having plenty of small skeins to use up, I've decided all my male relatives are getting a helix hat for Christmas this year. I hope you enjoy them! 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? Living in the NYC area, your comment about only shipping Zauberball colorway Shadows to NYC absolutely cracked me up. I have a Z-ball and can’t wait to start! Would you be alternating it with another color each round? http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KathleenC/stripey-stripe-striped-socks. That’s truly useful. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Designed with relaxing knitting in mind, this colorwork yoke design is meditative and easy to memorize. This post tells you how to add A Year of Techniques to your Ravelry library: If the colour changes while you’re working with a yarn, just go with it and keep following the instructions. 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. I wonder which yarn you are using? Any tips? 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. Here are my first helical stripes, using a single Zauberball that has been divided into two balls. So simple! 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! Sorry, I guess I need someone to draw me a picture. Both yarns are a joy to knit. The Crazy Zauberball is made from two plies and they are each different colours that gradually change. , These look like so much fun! The helix or helical knitting method is our favorite technique for knitting in the round while alternating skein. When I try it I seem to get 3 stitches that aren’t in the correct color. Instead, pair up Skein 1 with Skein 4, Skein 2 with Skein 5, and Skein 3 with Skein 6. 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mqIqRdJc68. Recently, I’ve been trying to become more open minded. 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. Suggestions VERY welcome!!! 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. I originally purchased 3 of the skeins together for a shawl design. What I really want to make with this yarn is a boxy pullover, in the round. The method had not changed at all in between projects. Over time, the firehose of new-to-me techniques dwindled to a trickle. Stitch marker sets, knitting kits and my original patterns! This a toothy yarn that's exceptionally Lofty and springy with a rustic New England charm. So clever! It’s tricky to visualise and understand but super simple to do. 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. Numbers 1-3 were the original skeins and Number 4 was the later and slightly darker skein. It just saves slipping any stitches. This will only work when knitting in the round, with dpns or circular needles. LI'm making the timberline cardigan and because it uses sooooo much yarn I couldn't get enough of the same dye lot. Another similar technique is Helix Knitting. This was still too messy but a definite improvement. I would love to see it again with larger needles and using more contrasting colors. Helical stripes! Many thanks for your feedback. It’s not just you. I continued to knit them, flawlessly from row 1, while I sat on the phone in conference calls for most of the afternoon. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round - YouTube. Hand-dyed yarns come in a rainbow of finishes - try delicately variegated, multicolor or solid dyes. This hat is also helix knit, alternating 2 strands of yarn to form an unbroken, jog-free garter stitch spiral. But I trust Jen. How to Alternate Skeins in Your Knitting/Crochet Projects. Alternating Skeins Makes the Colors Blend The simple solution is to alternate skeins to blend the color variations. Alternating skeins every second round seen from the wrong side with my twists. 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. * This may not be the best choice Google searches, knitting resource books and knitting friends pointed me toward two main suggested ways to alternate skeins. 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. So the start of her mitts will be high contrast like the area around my sock heels, not like the cuffs or toes. 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. If you have a Crazy you’d like to use, then I’d suggest pairing it with a solid coloured sock yarn. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. It’s hard to explain why it doesn’t work quite so well. 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. I plan on alternating yarns every 2 rows once pattern is established. I’m very happy with how this project turned out. So excited about this. 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). Note: you do not have to cut the yarn! No, scratch that. Also this yarn is less springy with a drape and weight that will help even my clumsy early attempts. Well, guess what: helical stripes are incredibly easy. I did the sleeves with 3/7 skeins of the first dye lot. Help. Squeal! If there's a distinct line, dammit, I'm alternating those bad boys! I love them. What a great year this will be, lots of new techniques and colorful zauberballs making a daring appearance in monochromatic NYC! After the swatch convinced me that I definitely did need to alternate skeins, I got serious about research. My zaberball hasn’t arrived yet but soon I hope as can’t wait to try. This is a simple hat that utilizes helical knitting. Once I get going, there’s no telling what will happen.). I am curious to see the new e-book and see how she sorts out patterned stitches with this method. ", followed by 250 people on Pinterest. I just made with a single hand painted yarn. I bought these at Vogue Knitting Live in January because –well, I had to buy them; they are Things Dyed With Indigo. Sep 20, 2020 - Learn something new with every project!. But now I’m embarking on a sweater with 9 hand-died skeins. I’m starting now, with helical stripes. When you turn to go back pickup the working end of the first skein and work back. It’s such a brilliant idea. Is it just me, or was that difficult to see? There is also a technique called helix knitting. This felt and looked a little better so it was a definite improvement. It still isn’t perfect. It sounds like you’d find it much easier to use the Ravelry library instead, since then it’s just pdf files to open. Someone mentioned it the other day and I’ve been combing the internet for info. While knitting my helical stripes, a question crept in: beyond socks and mitts, how often are one-row stripes really used? I’m hoping that by the end of the sweater, I might actually have it figured out. For instance, begin knitting or crocheting with ball #1. 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. I guess it works out somehow but wanted to check. 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. Without machines, hand-dying makes use of the age-old yarn colouring techniques of painting and dabbing, to create a beautiful, natural looking yarn. I’ve made a 2 skein shawl and it was fairly straightforward to alternate. 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 changed the photo to monochrome. So don't pair up Skein 1 with Skein 6. Thanks Ann! To check that you have the technique down, maybe swatch in 2 plain colours. (People who know me: stop laughing.) In my sample, I have 72 stitches and 3 colors. Alternating skeins every second round. Start your project by knitting two rows of Skein 1. This will not work for knitting flat pieces. Saved by Nguyễn. Please do drop me an email with your full name and Ravelry username if you need further assistance. 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’m definitely using Magic Loop for my Hyacinthus armwarmers, for the first time, and I am HOOKED. 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 suggest caution with the Crazy Zauberball. Sign up for our weekly newsletter full of MDK fun, and you'll save 10% on your next order. 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. These hats do not require a large amount of yardage. 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). You might find it easiest to just cast on some stitches and try it. 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. Having ten colours makes a far more dramatic helix than only four. I have made one before, but don’t see how it applies here. 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 –. The first pattern in A Year of Techniques is (hold your breath): the Hyacinthus Armwarmers. Hi Visually Oriented and Susan, How do you use this wonderful technique when your stripes change color…ie pink, purple, pink, purple, orange, purple, orange, purple, etc. For a sock pattern using this technique, try Dorothy’s Slip Stitch Spiral Knit Socks. That way you’ll get great contrast throughout. THE MATH: Take your total number of stitches, and divide that number by the number of colors you want to use in your stripes. 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 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. Do you suppose finishing will “block that *#@$ right out”? What else can we do with this technique? That’s where I got the idea–have always meant to try it but never did. Now to get out that Zauberball and try the handwarmers! If I can't tell where I've switched skeins then I knit as normal. Mind blown! 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. Oy! I have more than 70 patterns available through Ravelry, LoveKnitting, Knit Picks, WEBS, Love of Knitting magazine, Knit Now magazine and others. 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. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stashbusting-helix-hats. I was wondering what to do with my J. Draper bouquet, and am now inspired. Next I tried the more traditional method of alternating skeins every other row or round and twisting gently at each exchange. This Spring I’ve worked on my first two garment-size projects out of small batch hand-dyed yarn from an Indie Dyers. The Jogless Join - How to Alternate Skeins without a Seam when knitting in the round. Seriously - don't twist them! Learn what you need to know to do what must be done. 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. Yes, you just stop a whole needle away. I didn’t have to meditate on this very long to think of my four precious skeins of indigo-dyed wool from Lana Plantae. For the top down fingering weight pullover I’m using this method.
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