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Old 12-03-2008, 04:41 PM   #4
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Put one Skein on Your Left and the Other on Your Right.
Originally Posted by hisees View Post
I am doing some Fair Isle for the first time and the two colors get very tangled. I need to keep them as whole skeins (rather than bobbins) and it is a drag to keep stopping every 20-30 stitches to unwind them.....any secret here? Or is it the nature of the beast with color knitting???

Are you working in the round (with circ's or dpn's) or flat?

I found flat Fair Isle difficult but my yarn didn't tangle because I followed the two handed Fair Isle method (shown on circ's in that link). I was using straight needles and working flat, so for me it was the purling on the WS that stumped me. I took the rocky road of knitting left handed to get back from the left to right (no turning to the WS.)

Either flat or round, keeping one color in each hand will stop the tangle (at least until you turn a flat work).

Good luck!

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