Friday, April 4, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions about Skully

I get a lot of questions both on the blog and via Ravelry about the Skully dishcloth and how the heck to knit with two colors so I figured I'd share my standard answers. Normally I'd love to make my own tutorial, etc., but why reinvent the wheel when others have done so very nicely?

Q: How the heck do I knit with two colors?
A:
For learning 2 color knitting, this page is really helpful:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques
Scroll down to where it says “How to knit with 2 colors at a time,” which is maybe 2/3 of the way down the page. Because it’s a dishcloth, I didn’t want the back side to be too ugly so I used the “intarsia method”. Some people who’ve made the dishcloth have used the “stranding method” but the back side is not pretty. When you use the intarsia method, the back won’t be such a mess when you’re done.
So watch the intarsia video there. I do everything the way she does except that she tells you not to twist the yarn when you go a particular direction (you’ll see it when you watch the video). I, however, ALWAYS twist the yarn, so if you get confused whether “to twist or not to twist” it’s okay to twist.


Q: Why is the back of my dishcloth do ugly?
A:
You were probably stranding the yarn across the back ala Fair Isle method. If it really bothers you, you can try again with intarsia.

At the end of the day, though, I don't think your dishes will care. ;-)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this. My intrepid dorkiness needs the assistance every once in awhile!

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