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Old 01-21-2006, 07:15 PM   #1
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how to prevent yarn twisting when knitting double strands?
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I'm making a baby blanket, using double strands of yarn, and every few rows I have to stop and untwist the strands - are there any solutions to this?
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Old 01-21-2006, 09:28 PM   #2
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I've always just knit them as they come. :thinking:
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:33 AM   #3
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I saw your question earlier today and was gonna say the same thing, but I did wonder if somebody knew something I didn't. So, I've done two projects recently with two strands and just let them twist, wondering if that was the right thing to do (Ingrid is laughing out loud at me, now.) If I got a knot or snag I hollered for help from my husband who is a second generation untwister .. i.e., learned doing it for his mother and now assists me. Another set of hands is great if you get toooooo twisted and need an unwind.
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:43 AM   #4
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I like to roll the 2 skeins together into one double-stranded ball. Works like a charm!
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Old 01-22-2006, 01:54 AM   #5
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I did wonder how that would work ... but did I try? No, I didn't try and ..... I waited and let Molly ask if there was a better way. Thank you, Molly, for asking.

KellyK, do you just roll them up together like they were one? So they kinda twist together as you roll up the ball? I worried they wouldn't do that ( see what I get for not trying) and that the two strands wouldn't stay together.
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Old 01-22-2006, 02:19 AM   #6
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I wondered this too... I also am doing a baby blanket. What if you have 2 different colors? Like if you were trying to do a reversable pattern or something?
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Old 01-22-2006, 03:12 AM   #7
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I agree with Kelly. I've rolled 3 doubled-stranded balls with my winder and it works perfectly. But I would never attempt to do it by hand. I think it would be a big mess and I could never get the same tension.
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Ive used my ball winder to do it, and before I had one, just a regular hand-wound ball. You just hold the two strands together as if they were one. I dont think its necessary that they TWIST together, but they will BE together...
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Originally Posted by Racerkatie
(Ingrid is laughing out loud at me, now.)
No way, Jose!!! Ingrid doesn't laught AT anybody!!

Since Kelly's done all her clogs this way, she's the expert here!
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I am certainly no expert---but, I just throw one skein on the floor to my left and one on the floor to my right and that at least keeps them untangled. I would have no clue how to keep them from getting twisted when you knit them though unless you hold individual strands and throw them around one at a time in the same order- sounds like way too much work to me though!
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