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Alternating yarns when knitting in the round

I don’t know about you, but I often buy just one hank of yarn, simply because it is pretty. And more often than not, it will be a variegated yarn. There is something joyful about a well dyed variegated yarn that just draws me.

Obviously, using these odd hands of variegated yarn is challenging. Yes, there are many one hank projects such as hats, socks, scarfs and mittens, but sometimes, I want to make something bigger, so using two of these lone hanks would be ideal.

I accidentally found a way to alternate two balls of yarn while knitting the round, in a very neat way. And I will illustrate the technique with two crazy variegated balls, that certainly don’t look like a match made in heaven. The one has autumn colours; the other has some nice turquoise bits.

My best friend and I were in the Colourspun studio, when I chose these two balls specifically to demonstrate this technique. Both my friend and Dana from Colourspun, were in doubt as to whether I was okay, or whether I might have a few grapes short of a bunch. They couldn’t see these two balls working together. But here is the end result!

It is even more beautiful than I thought it would be. I haven’t been this happy about a new technique in a very long time. I think I was last this exhilarated when I came up with the Twisted Double Crochet a couple of years ago. So here is the video showing you how to perfectly blend, two variegated yarns. Be sure to read on once watching the video.

Being who I am, I have been wondering just exactly why this works so well. Why are there no strands of yarn showing the alternating rows on the wrong side? What will the effect of this be in colour-work where you want to knit stripes? So I did a second test knit with this technique. And the second one is more mind blowing than the first one.

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