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Old 12-02-2007, 01:16 AM   #1
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how do i change colors?
hi, everyone! i'm brand new here and just picked up my first set up knitting needles three days ago. since then i have learned casting-on, knitting, purling, binding off, and a few increases. i'm wanting to work on a (supposedly) very simple first project: a plaid dishcloth. however, what i'm not able to find on this site (i'm probably overlooking it) or in the guide book i've been using is how to change colors. the instructions in the pattern i intend to follow direct you to knit 3 rows in one color (blue), then, at the end of the third row, not to cut the working yarn of that color. they then jump straight to:

Row 4: With white (the new color) K4, slip 1, (K5, slip 10), etc...

What I don't understand is how to start working with the white yarn. Very newb question, but I would greatly appreciate anyone taking the time to help me with this so I can get started on my first project! Thanks!
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:22 AM   #2
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All you need to do is leave a couple inches and start knitting with it. The first row or two, the end stitch may be a little loose, but you can pull on the tail to tighten, it won't come out. When you're done, weave the end through the nearby stitches.
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Old 12-02-2007, 01:56 PM   #3
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thanks for your reply! i'm still confused, though. do you mean just pull a strand from the new ball of yarn and start knitting with it as if it were the working yarn? do i just push the old working yarn to the side (since the instructions tell me not to cut it, and i'm going to be using it again later)?


if there's a visual representation of this somewhere that anyone knows of, that might help.
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No problem! There are some videos here! Just scroll down a bit and you should see them.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques
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okay, i think i understand this better now. my next question is: after i knit a new row with the new color, the working yarn for the old color ends up on the bottom of the needle, so i couldn't knit with it on the next row if i wanted to. is this avoidable?
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The instructions probably have you do 2 rows with the 2nd color, then you'll be back to where you left the 1st one. If you want to do just 1 row in the 2nd color, and pick up the 1st, you'll have to cut it. Read ahead in the pattern and see how they have you do it.
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Someone here suggested this video and I love it!....>>>>
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-change-yarn

Hope this helps!
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
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thanks, that video was very helpful, if a bit annoying. thank you so much everyone!
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