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Old 10-30-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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keeping straight edge w/dif. yarn weights
Hi knitters! Thanks, Amy for such a great site - I've learned so much!

I have two questions - and appreciate anyone who takes the time to read & answer.

Here is a picture of a test piece for a scarf I'd like to make for my niece. I'm knitting with 2 yarns together - a very lightweight lavender eyelash throughout, and combining that with a different yarn every inch or so.

One of the yarns is Caron Fling (in middle & top), which is a chenille noodle eyelash yarn. Because it's thicker, it bumps out the edge. I'm using all poly and poly/acrylic yarns. Can I even this out with blocking, or would it be better to decrease for that yarn? I tried a smaller needle and so far no luck.

Also, if I am rotating 4 yarns randomly for the stripes, should I carry them through (like a striped sock?) or cut them & weave in all the ends?

Thanks again!

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Old 10-30-2007, 04:42 PM   #2
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You can't really block acrylic and it won't really hold if you do so there isn't much point.

You might be able to get a straighter edge by increasing or decreasing depending on which yarn you are using. I think you're going to have to experiement to see what works for you.
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Thanks, Jan! I'll keep playing until I get it right. Stay safe in CA!
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Or maybe you could try different needle sizes with each yarn; it might help on the smaller yarn.
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I was thinking what Jan wrote about increasing and decreasing.

When you use different colours or different yarns on a scarf - unless it's only a couple of rows - you'd probably need to cut and weave everytime you change. DON'T WEAVE UNTIL YOUR WHOLE SCARF IS FINISHED.
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Thanks for all the helpful answers!
Thanks, Tamar, for the useful tip - I wouldn't have known that. Thanks to all for the helpful replies.
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