|Clockwise from Top: Mad Color Fiber Arts (look at those colors), |
hats from Bethany Homecrafts, goldfish soap.
|My NaKniSweMo and Supernatural MKAL projects, nestled together in my project bag.|
As for the Supernatural MKAL, I'm falling way behind. In order to catch up with NaKniSweMo, I sacrificed the shawl for a while and now I'm about a full clue behind when I should be past the half way mark. I have been keeping up with the progress of others through the forum on Ravelry. I'm still really jazzed about the project- still in love with the color and I'm enjoying the pattern immensely. I tend to pick really difficult patterns to keep my mind fully engaged which might also be why I tend to knit so monogamously, so it's been a nice change to do something a little simpler for a change.
I wanted to take the time this week to share a technique I finally had the opportunity to use! I'm sure I read about it somewhere- and I'll be damned if I can't find where. I promise that if I find my original source, I'll come back and link it here. Basically, it's a tip for making stripe/color changes that are clean and smooth when working in the round. The problem is that if you just pick up and knit the next color, you have a very obvious spot where you stop using one color and pick up the other. When you're working in rows this really isn't a problem, but when you're working in the round it's more obvious because your round never really stops- it's one giant spiral. If you were to just drop one color and pick up another, it might not be so noticeable in a project where you were striping similar colors, but with the colors I've selected and making a change on the shoulder/bust area- that would be a pretty obvious change!
I've found the best and simplest way to deal with the color change is as follows:
- Knit normal/in pattern until you reach the point where you need to change colors.
- As your first stitch made with the new color (below, that's black)- make one extra stitch using the bar between your last stitch and the next stitch (known as a "M1" in most patterns).
- Slip your last stitch in the previous color (in my example, the magenta) over the new stitch (black). This way, you maintain your stitch count and the slipped stitch looks to be on the same level as your previous color.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again next week!