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Old 06-21-2006, 11:58 PM   #1
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Knitting in two colors and casting on?
Hello everyone. I am new to this forum so I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Heather and I'm a novice knitter. I stopped for a long time and have recently got back into it with gusto. :XX:

I was hoping one of you would be able to help me move on to my next skill -- knitting with two colors. I'm just not sure where to start and I've watched the how to videos but I can't seem to get past casting on... Do I cast on both colors of yarn (for example, 6 stitches in one color and 6 in the other)?

I'm sure that once I figure out how to start the project, I'll be able to get through it. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:29 AM   #2
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I was going to post the same question! I plan to play around and try to figure that out, so if I come up with the answer I will let you know. But I still would like to hear from the knitting experts.
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:34 AM   #3
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It depends on when the colors come into play in the pattern. If you're doing Fair Isle (stranded), you usually cast on with only one color and introduce the other colors as needed. If you're doing intarsia, again, you introduce the color as needed.

I supposed if you were making stripes that started at the cast on, you could cast on both colors, but I'm not sure what method would be best since I haven't done that.
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:42 AM   #4
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Ingrid, I was planning on a scarf with two colors to start at the cast on, so I will try that today. However for some reason I am visualizing three scarfs on one needle instead of one.... so we'll see.
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I think if you do a cable cast on, the colors will join on the needle initially, and you'll have to use a separate strand for each one and have ends to weave in from each. It you do long-tail, you probably will have a gap on the cast on row.

Or you could knit it horizontally.
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Jamie, that is exactly what I was thinking of...
Jamie, I got the same idea. When I was casting on (using cable cast) I kept seeing what looked like was going to turn out to be 2 seperate scarves on one needle as opposed to one single one (if that makes sense). I've played around with it a little bit, but I think I might have the idea now. I'll give it another go.

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Heather, so how exactly did that turn out? I never got around to playing with it because I learned how to pick up stitches yesterday and was picking up stitches all over the place!!!

Anyhow, when you did the cable cast on with your two colors, did they join or did it stay like two seperate pieces?

Again I am going to try and get to that today.
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It joined, but it's not the effect I wanted. What I wanted to do was to have 6 stitches of one color and then 6 of another. (if that makes sense)

So now I've turned it and started knitting it sideways, which works.
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Heather,

What I wanted to do was a scarf with a center stripe (color B) and the outsides the same color (color A). For stitch detail, knitting it sideways just wouldn't look right to me.

So I tried what I thought was going to work and it didn't. I cast on color A for 10 stitches, the color B for 6, then color A with the other end of the skein. They didn't join... until I knit stitch color A with color B, etc, and that did not produce the effect I was looking for. But come to think of it, I didn't do a cable cast on. I did a long tail cast on. Would that have made the difference?

I guess I am not grasping this whole instarsia stuff...
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How about doing an edge in color A--some rows of garter so your ends won't curl? Then you can start your stripes, keeping a garter edge to avoid curling on the sides.

To switch colors, hold the color you're dropping over to the left and bring the new color up from under it. They'll twist automatically and avoid any holes.

Just an idea.
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