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Marria 12-12-2008 07:35 PM

Fair Isle Yarn Tangles
Hello everyone,
I am making a hat with stranded color work. This is only the second time I've tried Fair Isle and I am wondering if anyone can give me in tips on keeping my skeins of yarn from getting tangled up. I am going back and untwisting them every row or so, but I am wondering if there is a way to avoid it in the first place.


gargoylelib 12-13-2008 04:27 AM

Hi! I don't do alot of stranded color work so someone with more experience may have a better answer :) When I'm doing it, I put one yarn ball on my left side and one on my right side and that way the strands don't get all tangled up with each other.

Libbie :)

ArtLady1981 12-13-2008 05:28 AM

I agree with Gargoylelib!

I don't think that Fair Isle knitting is fast knitting. If you settle in your mind that every 2 rows you will have to straighten your yarns, you'll feel less frustration.

BTW, when you get to the end of row 1, turn the work, let's say clockwise. When you get to the end of row 2, turn the work counterclockwise.

I remember that as being a good preventative to the tangles!
By turning the work first one way then the other way you are, in effect, untwisting them as you go.

Marria 12-13-2008 02:02 PM

Thanks for the information. Despite the tangling, I really am enjoying doing the colorwork and seeing the pattern "grow" in my knitting.

Have you ever tried one of these:

Knitting thimble

outdoordrea 12-13-2008 02:08 PM

I've not tried the thimble, but have wondered at its usefulness. What works for me with stranded color work is to keep each ball of yarn in its own plastic zip-loc bag.

WildMountainHoney 12-13-2008 04:06 PM

I have tried a knitting thimble, and didn't really like it.

I prefer to have each ball in a separate bag, and one on my right, which I knit with my right hand (the background color, as I tend to knit tighter english) and one on my left, that I knit conti (and since I knit a tad looser conti, the pattern stitches "pop" a bit more!).

I have a question though - posters above talk about "turning" - I thought all fair isle was knit in the round? I do that turn opposite directions when striping, but for fair isle, because I'm knitting in the round, I just keep background color on the right, pattern color left.

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