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Old 06-13-2010, 11:09 PM   #1
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I am knitting a shawl with some very nice sock yarn. I am just knitting along, minding my own business and POW! There is a knot from the manufacturer in the yarn.

I have to stop, unknit, join, reknit....

Not the first encounter with this problem but very irritating, nevertheless. I didn't expect it from a nice skein.

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Old 06-13-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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I've run into knots in some Bernat yarn but never yet in Red Heart.

Go figure!

That same Bernat yarn (denim-rag: a two color twist) also had a skein with clumpy, lumpy sections where the rag color was twice the thickness or more compared to the other color.

Do you cut out the bad section and do a join or just work it in and hope for the best? I got tired of joining after cutting out bulging streaks and just continued on with out more cuts and joins. It was a poncho and no one has noticed it.

But getting a knot in the middle of a skein is so uncool.
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It happens with all yarns. In fact I've seen it more with nicer yarns than less expensive. I could be wrong, but, the acrylic fibers seem to be very strong whereas nice wools can actually be broken by hand. Maybe that's why they have to occasionally be knotted?

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Old 06-14-2010, 01:29 AM   #4
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I've run into defects in the yarn, too. Arrrgghhh
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:03 AM   #5
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mostly I am lucky with that so far.
But a giant ball of acrylic for a baby project had more knots than I had pieces in a baby jacket! It was really frustrating to hide so many ties in the end. The piece was tiny!

with more expencive yarn I have been very lucky, though. But maybe finde wools tend to be more apt for that?

I guess, the more expencive a yarn is the less they want to trow it out when it needs to be joined, too. May that be the problem partially?
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Old 06-14-2010, 08:31 PM   #6
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Jack, I do cut and re-join if the place is really bad.

One would think that there could be a machine to do a join instead of a knot.

Since I hate weaving ends, I usually do a Russian join and have gotten so good at it, I even do it with sock yarn.

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I got several balls of Moda Dea that had huge clumps in the colored parts of the multi-colored yarn. I can see why they discontinued that, it was awful. I keep the remaining balls for things like wash cloths or pot holders. It's all it's any good for.

I hate having to unknot the yarn, make sure you didn't booger it all up and then making sure it looks all nice and neat on the join. I recently got some Patons angora bamboo. I've used two balls and both had knots.
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Elizabeth Zimmerman says if you find three or more knots you should write the manufacturer
Maybe they would send you some free fuzzies for your troubles
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Knit Pick will send you a new ball for 1 knot! I haven't tried the other manufacturers. But KP has such wonderful customer service that I wouldn't expect less.

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I have only bought two things of yarn (each had like two or three skeins) and both of them had knots. Being the knitting newbie that I am, I just figured that I should just unknot it instead of making a fuss.

My trick? Instead of frogging, just clump the project together and use the needle with the project on it to untangle the knot. Anytime I find a knot, that's what I do.
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