The Thing I Don’t Like About Colorwork: A Whine

I know I will be thrilled with these socks when they’re done. It might take a minute for me to forget the rows that I don’t like though. There are a handful of rows where the stitches alternate color. It’s evil to knit in my lazy one hand super slow method. But the worst part is how the yarn gets tangled. I end up having to untwist at least every row or maybe every half row. It really slows the process and when I’m this close to the end I just want it done. I feel like I’m spending 1/3 of my time knitting and 2/3 untwisting. Yes. I’m whining. I’ll stop now.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy some chocolate and hug your special someone. I’ll be hugging Myles of course.

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12 Responses to The Thing I Don’t Like About Colorwork: A Whine

  1. Use bobbins. 🙂 It keeps the yarn from tangling because you only have a small amount of the alternate yarn hanging. I fought using them for years, but it’s sooo much easier!!! Now I absolutely love doing color work. Your socks are beautiful, even if you’re hating those rows.

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  2. You’re allowed a good whine, it’s good for you now and then!

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  3. salpal1 says:

    Is sure you know to always take the same color from the bottom… but that usually helps with the tangling for me.

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  4. I wonder if it’s the small gauge that adds to this. I recently did a hat with a similar pattern, in worsted, and had no problem. Whatever the cause, the socks are amazing.

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  5. AJ says:

    Ugh unwinding drives me crazy too!

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  6. Laura Kate says:

    I feel your pain. I knit stranded work holding the yarn in one hand also. One tactic that I try is to knit with one of the colors held above the other consistently. It still tangles, but less so.

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  7. cattknithat says:

    I was trying to knit the other night. Rather than completing rows, I completed a couple balls of yarn.

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  8. It is the worst. I hope you finish the colorwork soon so the rest of the sock flies.

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  9. ReginaMary says:

    Ah…learn to hold yarn in both hands, you must!

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  10. Belated Happy Valentine’s Day! They are looking great! I know it’s no fun now, but one day you will have great stories to tell 😉
    I know not really – that is something we say in my family when we are going through some kind of an ordeal 🙂

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  11. It’s good for the pathways in the brain to learn new things; I’m sure there are people taught to knit Euro style who say they are uncoordinated; it’s just a matter of practice. Some project that’s not high stakes, learn to knit with the other hand – something simple, worsted weight, that doesn’t split easily – and once your other hand has learned the motions, my guess is you won’t feel so uncoordinated when you use yarn from both hands. Mine rarely gets twisted this way, and I love colorwork! Or you can continue to figure out how to not twist them, taking both from one hand. I have a friend who knits with two strands over her left index finger, picking up the color she needs each time. There are as many ways to do this as there are knitters – but if you feel frustrated or annoyed by your knitting, you might try a different technique enough to make it easy.

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