In Non-Sewing-News: Knitting Confusion

IMG_0653Child 1 wants herself a knitted sweater – but she does not want to knit it herself, so there’s a job for me. Though I’m not sure whether I’m making a job or a dog’s dinner of it – I have mega yarn-tangle issues on the inside!

Any ideas on how to avoid this? Do you have a magic system? Or do you – like I do – untangle regularly while swearing in the most undignified fashion?


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6 thoughts on “In Non-Sewing-News: Knitting Confusion

  1. navybluethreads February 9, 2015 at 7:10 pm Reply

    I call in my Mum for any knitting emergencies, I’m totally incapable of sorting them out myself 😉

  2. karen February 10, 2015 at 12:28 am Reply

    Well, if it’s too bad, I just cut it off and start again (as you would if you ended one skein and started with a new one). Is this intarsia or a bit of fair isle? I can’t see the front or what might be tangled up.

    • Chris February 10, 2015 at 7:40 am Reply

      It’s intarsia. My First time, I think that is why I get all the tangle Problems… But I have followed your advice now … 🙂

      • Anonymous February 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

        The other thing you can do instead of intarsia is duplicate stitching. For a sewer this is much more of a natural transition I feel. You can add all kinds of stuff and it doesn’t get tangled. The pattern also stands out more. The drawback is that it is double thickness in those places and it can look a bit crochet like rather than knit like imho.

  3. helenkosings February 10, 2015 at 9:11 pm Reply

    I love doing colorwork. When the yarn tangles, I just calmly repeat my mantra: “It is the nature of string to tangle.” Now I see the untangling as an integral part of the process, not as a bother. Since this has helped me, I offer it in case it might help you.. One other thing I learned from a Kaffe Fassett book or interview many years ago is when doing many colors, instead of bobbins or separate skeins for the different colors, use 2 or 3 yard long pieces for each color, and splice as necessary. It makes everything easier to untangle. Good luck!

  4. Chris February 10, 2015 at 10:42 pm Reply

    I love your mantra Helen! Patience isn’t exactly a virtue of mine, but I will try to learn. 🙂

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