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7/7 #knitchat – Colorwork in Knitting

A Fair Isle tam is a good introduction project to this skill. You can find the
pattern for this one at Knitty.comRequest Feedback

For many of us new to knitting in more than one color, the idea of switching colors in a stitch pattern other than by striping or using a self striping yarn seems a bit daunting. My 2nd and continuing Fair Isle project isn’t really Fair Isle because I’m using a self striping yarn as one of the color yarns. Therefore I don’t need to worry about changes. I  my next project I’ll probably take the leap and use more than two strands.  My earliest FI project was a bust because I hadn’t mastered tension or holding the different strands w/o tightening too much. Color work includes using the technique of intarsia which is defined as a method of knitting with a number of colors, in which a separate length or ball of yarn is used for each area of color (as opposed to different yarns being carried at the back of the work). (Wikipedia).

This week’s #knitchat is on color work. Come and share your experience with color work in knitting or bring your questions for the #knitchatters 😉 As always share picture of projects if you have them during the chat.

#knitchat questions:

Q1) Any color work projects or patterns out there that you’re oggling right now? (Fair Isle, Intarsia or others)

Q2) Have you ever used any color work techniques in knitting? What was your experience like? If not what’s keeping you from trying?

Q3) Do you have any questions about color work techniques?

 

DETAILS… DETAILS… If you want to know more about what #knitchat is and how it works

  • Where: Twitter (follow the #knitchat hashtag)
  • When: Thursdays on the date listed above at 6:30 PM PST/9:30 PM EST (1 hour)
  • Who: Me you and other Twitter Knitters/Crocheters & Fiber-crafters
  • How: Need a primer on Twitter Chat… check this out: What does this Twitter chat thing look like?
  • How: to post photos – 5 ways to share photos on Twitter
  • How: to shorten your links. Simply paste your link into the field in http://bit.ly/ and shorten it. Copy and paste this link into the twitter feed.

Fair Isle Resources:

How to on Fair Isle or Stranded Knitting (Vogue Knitting)

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Experiment #3: Planning a colorway

Dyeing cotton fibers is such a pain. Not only do I want to make sure that the pain is worth it, I want to make sure I get it right the first time.  Not to mention, I’ll be using my precious Artfibers cotton (Rush), and I really don’t want to over-dye any of this stuff.

I’ve decided to knit up the skeins of blank cotton yarn I have with a knitting machine and then paint these long blanks by hand using a color combo of four (see below).

(clock wise from the top left) Black Cherry, Brazilnut, Dusty Rose, and Raspberry

Four colors of Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dye: (clock wise from the top left) Black Cherry, Brazilnut, Dusty Rose, and Raspberry

This may sound a bit geeky, and I’m sure there’s a better way to do this, but I used a graphics program to ‘plan’ out the color on the blanks.  I think I’ll actually dye a test blank in leftover dyes that I’m not crazy about using one of the patterns below. Pattern 1 will result in a graduated dye dispersal. Pattern 2 is a recipe for plain striping. Pattern three will create broad strips of color with blends of the dye colors in criss-cross patterns dispersed throughout the fabric.

I want to know what the color patterns will be like in a large panel of stockinette knitting (say for a sweater).  If only my math and programming skills were sharper, I could actually create a program that would help me estimate the staggering of the pattern based on the length and width of the knitting and the stitch gauge. Actually, I could probably do it if I had the time, but for now, I’m just going to have to rely on both my imagination and powers of estimation.

Pattern 1

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

Pattern 3

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Needed some color to brighten up my winter

Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the snow for now. Hopefully.

I meant to post more photos from the dye work I did in December. I finally got around to snapping pictures of the more of the skeins of yarn I dyed.  Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Northwest Woods (probably for a pair of socks for my brother Ted)

Autumn Fire

Amazon Parrot

Note, I’ve discovered the fine art of squeezing the dye and painting the right amounts of yarn.  I was happy with all my colourways except for one. I didn’t include it here, it was supposed to emulate the colors in a peacock feather, but i think I should have used more dark green. I need to overdye this yarn or repaint it.

Sample of the Blouson from Interweave Knits

I also dyed a good deal of peruvian cotton (about 17 skeins) for the 1824 Blouson pattern.  Let me tell you, dying cotton (and I assume other plant fibers) is a royal pain in the ass.  It wasn’t so much the pre-washing of the fibers in a solution of synthropol then soaking them in a soda ash solution, or dissolving the large amounts of salt into the dye water before adding the urea solution and dye. I REALLY REALLY hated the process of washing out the excess dye and other chemical badness in the yarn after the dyeing was over. Ick. I could never truly felt  that I got it ALL  out. On top of that I’m not sure I want to make a simple stockinette stitch pattern like the Blouson… since dyeing this yarn was such a labor intensive process. Two or three skeins of the yarn are a bit darker than I expected. I think I may have soaked them in too much soda ash solution, but I don’t mind the color imperfection. I think it adds more appeal and a hand-fashioned look to the final product.

Not to mention the warning on the package of the dye said something like… the state of California warns that this produce may cause cancer!!!!

I have decided that I will dye up a few more batches of cotton yarn, just enough to use up the dyes I purchased and from now own I’ll only dye wools, animal fibers and nylon. Or I’ll use Kool-aid and other foodbased dyes.  I have a sweater’s worth of Artfibers Rush I need to dye and some skeins of mercerized cotton. Maybe I should invite some friends over… “Hey, share the cancer!”

Luna dyed with Seafoam & Grey Mist (formerly "Sunlight" yellow)

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Quest for Father Dougal’s Vest

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of the “Father Ted” comedy series from BBC. I want to design a simple Fair Isle vest inspired by the character Father Dougal McGuire.

Last year, my brother gave me the “Holy Trilogy” of the entire series for my birthday. I’ve go through the series to get some ideas from the character’s wardrobe, but I was unable to find anything I really liked or that struck me.

Here are some of the photos I found.

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Like I said, none of the images of Dougal in a vest really inspired me. I’ve included a photo of the colors I’d like to use here. The yarn is Knit Picks Palette (click on the photo for a larger image):

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I’m thinking that I’ll probably go with something similar to the classic “Prince Edward” jumper here:

Here’s one of the most endearing and funny clips about the character Fr. Dougal McGuire here: [Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AB7IDw3PNI]

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