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Old 10-10-2005, 01:11 PM   #1
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Changing color
This may be kind of a dumb question but I've seen a lot of patterns where there is a grid to knit in a different color,eg. I have a pattern for an afghan called the cat's meow with different pictures of cats on the individual squares. some of the grids have just one stitch on a given line. What method of changing color do you use for that? :thinking:
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Old 10-10-2005, 01:14 PM   #2
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What I do is, a few stitches before the change, I catch the contrast color under my working yarn so it's secure when I get to the different-colored stitch. After the stitch, I catch the cc for a few rows again.
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Old 10-10-2005, 01:51 PM   #3
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Ingrid, I'm not sure what catching the contrasting color means. Thanks as always for your excellent help.
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I was hoping you did, since it's hard to explain. I don't even know if it's an official technique. When I approach a color change where I have to add new yarn, I insert my needle, but don't wrap right away. I lay my yarn with the end pointing toward me and knit the next stitch. Then I bring the little tail that was laying over the yarn over to the back and twist it around the next main color yarn.

Then, when that is secure, I insert my needle, bring the cc color yarn up over the right needle point from the back, wrap my stitch, take off the cc color and knit the stich. This is a technique that I did read about--trapping yarn.
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Old 10-10-2005, 02:22 PM   #5
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Wow thanks for the explanation. I'll try this out when I get home. If its at all possible would you mind posting a picture? Thanks for all the help, every time I post a question you are the first person to the rescue. :D
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I tried to take some pictures, but it's hard to hold the knitting and the camera.

After the first stitch of attaching the yarn, bring the little tail to the back and make sure it gets twisted up in the next stitch. Then use the main strand of the new color and do the trapping. After you wrap the yarn for the trapping, you wrap for your stitch and remove the color. By some miracle it gets caught. You can do this until you get to when you use the new color and for a couple of stitches after.
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Here are some pictures of the finished stitch, front and back.

And the reason I'm ususally the first to answer is that I'm very good at avoiding my household duties and spend waaaay too much time here and on the couch with my needles!
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Ingrid thanks so much for taking the trouble with the pictures. I'm going to have to sit with the knitting in front of the computer to work it through. I'm pretty sure that with your prior description and with the pictures I'll be able to do it Maybe Amy could make a video of this since it seems so handy for the types of situations that I wrote about. :D
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No problem--gave me something constructive to do today!
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Ingrid, that sounds a lot like what we hookers do when switching colours or hiding ends as we crochet! I wasn't even sure if that would work in knitting, but apparently it does. How neat!
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