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Old 12-01-2007, 10:31 PM   #1
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Homespun Yarn
Is there an easy way to keep Homespun yarn from twisting when knitting with it? I'm finding it to be a royal pain to work with!

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Old 12-01-2007, 10:56 PM   #2
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I assume you are working with a single ply yarn. A single ply yarn must be rather loosely spun or it will twist, it can even twist enough to bias the fabric you knit with it. If it is very tightly twisted you may want to ply it into a thicker but balanced yarn.
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:14 PM   #3
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Do you mean Lion Brand Homespun or yarn that is hand spun?
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:18 PM   #4
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If you mean Lion Homespun, you have to use big needles -- 10 or 11 -- and knit loosely. I don't like working with it, but it does come out nice and soft.
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:06 AM   #5
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Sorry...yes, I do mean Lion Brand Homespun yarn and I'm using 10.5" needles. I'm not having a problem with knitting the project itself, it's the yarn that I'm working with from the project to the skein that seems to twist up.
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:23 AM   #6
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The trick to using LB Homespun is to work loosely with it, that is, to keep your stitches loose. There's too much going on in the yarn to work tightly-- you'll end up with a lot of splitting and bunching. If you are comfortable with Continental/German, it works a bit better I think than thrown/English. But whichever way, once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy to work with, although never quite 100% as easy as "regular" yarn.
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