After I finish with my 2009 Christmas gifts (which will hopefully be in Sept), I want to work on some stranded work for myself --- Fair Isle –ish. In the past, I have noticed a few things.
1. Perhaps this is because I tend to knit too loosely but it sometimes seems that the yarn color below will peek thru…or…the yarn that is not the main color in the row but the contrasting color, sometimes it seems to disappear. Kinda hard to explain but perhaps someone will understand. What I was doing in the past was knitting the contrasting color even more loosely and it seemed to help. I guess my question is…is it best to knit more tightly when doing stranding?
2. I was reading in the Brooklyntweed blog about his new patterns. He mentions that when knitting a solid color section, and then moving into a section that has more than 1 strand of yarn, he recommends going up 2 or three needle sizes (to keep gauge). Do you do this? I am thinking (from memory but Lord knows if that is right) that knitting with more than 1 color strand does cause it pucker inward more. Just wondering if you have thoughts about this.
If none of this makes sense…then lean toward the monitor and place your forehead gently onto the screen. I will be sending my thoughts and images via telepathy.