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Old 09-15-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Hi. I am after some advice, if anyone has any on this subject. I have been knitting a jumper for a friend, had some wool left over and started the same jumper for another friend. I ran out of wool and ordered some more and got a different dye lot - it is noticeably lighter - at least it is now that I have almost finished! Is there any way that anyone knows of kind of smudging the yarn to make the two lots more like each other. Otherwise I am going to have to reknit and it has already taken me so long!
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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Ouch! That's got to hurt after all the work you've put into it. Sadly,I don't have a solution for you. If there is one, I'm sure the experts here will help you. I have been knitting on and off for years, but have yet to get into any really complicated patterns. The one thing I am super careful about is...Making sure I have enough yarn in the same dye lot to finish a project! To me it's better to buy an extra skein when in doubt about the yardage you'll end up needing. If you don't have to use it, most yarn shops will let you return the extra skein. If you do have to break into it, even if it's only small amount of knitting left, it's better than ruining something you've spent so much time on. The leftovers can always be put to use in other projects. My heart goes out it you....I hope someone has the answer you're looking for! Jeanie
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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I don't think there is a solution that doesn't require ripping back.

The only way I know of, is to alternate rows with each colour.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for this, I shall certainly make sure I have enough yarn for future projects. Learned the hard way, still it's a lesson I won't forget!
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Could you possible dye the sweater? Never tried this, but might be worth a shot.
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Old 09-16-2010, 11:56 AM   #6
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I did think of dyeing the jumper but then I thought that the slightly lighter wool might just dye lighter and then I would end up with the same problem! Thanks though. I'll have some wool left over so if I have time I may just try it and let you know what happens.
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Maybe this will work...
Hi!

I sympathize with you about this since once upon a time I ruined 2/3 of an afghan with dye lot troubles!!! At the time I wasn't familiar with this method so all that knitting went to waste! Bummer!

BUT, this might help you, especially if your jumper is done in stockinette. As Crycket mentioned, alternating rows done with both yarns for a few inches will often hide the change. But what to do when you've gone way past where you joined the new lighter yarn?

Well, take a deep breath and get out those scissors! Scary, huh?

OK, with a long needle (Circs work great!) smaller in dimension than the one you originally knit with, go back to a couple of rows before you changed yarns and pick up loops along that row. Then go a couple of rows above where you joined the new yarn and do the same thing with another needle. So you've got a space between the two needles where you added the new dye lot.

You're going to remove those rows. Cut across and unravel them. Working with the bottom needle start knitting alternate rows of the old and the new dye lots (with your original sized needle), which hopefully will camouflage the change. When you've replaced the rows up to the top needle, graft (Kitchener Stitch) the two rows together.

This might be worth a try. I'd recommend you check it out on a smaller swatch first, though.

Let me know how this works for you!

And happy knitting!

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Ohmigod!!!! This does sound scary, but I can see how it might work. Thank you so much for the advice, I'll let you know how I get on.

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Hi!

How brave of you!!!!! And as a bonus, you'll get lots of practice doing Kitchner stitch. Doing it over a lot of stitches on a couple of projects I was working on helped me understand and retain
the technique!

All the best and please keep us all posted!

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Hi again Ruthie

I have a small problem - another one! I have looked at the technique and I think I can get my head round it, the problem is that I am knitting in 3x4 rib rather than straight stocking stitch, and I can't get my head round how to modify the instructions. So, I may have to give it a miss this time, too complicated for my first grafting exercise. Or am I just wimping out.....!!??!!

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