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windbringer1 08-09-2006 08:32 PM

Knitting with two balls for a shawl--how to do?
Hey all. I recently purchased some beautiful handdyed handspun to make a shawl for my girlfriend. The pattern is that really basic dishcloth stitch, triangular shawl one: K1, YO, K to end and repeat. I recently made myself the same shaw out of Lorna's laces and had no problem. The stitch is so simple that it really shows off color well.

But I really want to make sure that the color won't pool, or look weird when I switch to a new skein--this yarn doesn't have dyelots, I don't think. My Lorna's shawl did pool some, but it ended up being an effect I liked. In case that is not true for the yarn I just bought:

How exactly would you suggest I knit from two balls on a garment where both sides are visible? I really don't want to weave in 500 million ends; is there a way to do it that won't involve breaking yarn every row? I'm concerned that carrying the extra yarn up (like you do for hats) will not look good.

This is a dilemma. Please advise, and thanks in advance! Any experience in this vein is greatly appreciated!

PS: There's really no way to know how it'll pool (or not) other than just going for it, is there. :(

Angelia 08-09-2006 08:53 PM

I think carrying the yarn up is the best way to go, really. Now regarding pooling: it isn't necessarily a bad look! I think it's a matter of taste more than anything, at least with some projects. And you're right, you won't really know about the pooling until you start knitting.

Ingrid 08-09-2006 10:24 PM

You're really only carrying the yarn up two rows at a time, so I don't think it would make a big impact. Knit with one ball across and back, and then knit with the other across and back.

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