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Rainy113 11-26-2012 10:02 PM

Changing colors on scarf
 
Doing a simple garter stitch scarf for a child. I'm using 3 different colors. The stripes will be about 1.5-2" wide. Do I cut and work in the ends every time I change colors or is there a way to continue the yarn without cutting that won't look bad? I'm afraid of having tails sticking out every couple of inches but also worried about the edge looking funny if I run all the colors up the edges. What do you all do?

salmonmac 11-26-2012 10:17 PM

You can really do either. If you cut the ends and then weave them in they won't be sticking out. You can even weave the start of the new color in as you knit the first row. Or you can run the yarn up the edge and catch it every other row with the working yarn. It'll show a bit but it won't be really remarkable.

GrumpyGramma 11-26-2012 10:43 PM

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Originally Posted by salmonmac (Post 1361474)
You can really do either. If you cut the ends and then weave them in they won't be sticking out. You can even weave the start of the new color in as you knit the first row. Or you can run the yarn up the edge and catch it every other row with the working yarn. It'll show a bit but it won't be really remarkable.

Weave the start of the new color in as you knit the first row? How's that work?

If you're unhappy with the colors carried you could add a narrow border, either knit or crochet.

Jan in CA 11-26-2012 10:50 PM

How often are you planning on changing colors? That can make a difference in the suggestions we have.

Rainy113 11-27-2012 12:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Jan in CA (Post 1361480)
How often are you planning on changing colors? That can make a difference in the suggestions we have.

I'm thinking I'll do different size stripes from about 6 to 12 rows.

Jan in CA 11-27-2012 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Rainy113 (Post 1361493)
I'm thinking I'll do different size stripes from about 6 to 12 rows.

Then I would cut and weave in each end. Whether you do it as you go or at the end is up to you. If you do it as you go I suggest knitting at least a few rows before weaving in.

salmonmac 11-27-2012 05:00 AM

[quote=GrumpyGramma;1361479]Weave the start of the new color in as you knit the first row? How's that work?QUOTE]

You can carry the new yarn end along the row by catching it in the working yarn similar to the way you carry floats in fair isle but more often. (You could do this with the old yarn tail as well although I've never tried doing it with both ends, too bulky.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3mBMtx3HU

Jan in CA 11-27-2012 03:09 PM

The only thing about carrying up the side is the other color will show on the edge. I do carry up the side if its only a couple rows between each color and/or I'm going to pick up stitches and knit a border. Otherwise I want my edges clean with separate color blocks. I'm just fussy I guess or maybe I'm doing it differently.

salmonmac 11-27-2012 06:47 PM

I agree, the cleaner edge is to cut the yarn and weave in the ends. No doubt about it.

Rainy113 11-27-2012 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma (Post 1361479)
Weave the start of the new color in as you knit the first row? How's that work?QUOTE]

You can carry the new yarn end along the row by catching it in the working yarn similar to the way you carry floats in fair isle but more often. (You could do this with the old yarn tail as well although I've never tried doing it with both ends, too bulky.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW3mBMtx3HU

Sorry, I don't understand what this means. For now I'll just cut and work it in. thanks all!!


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