Rescue: Rip and Reuse

I’m antsy and can’t settle, so it’s obviously time to demolish something. I’m frogging (rip, rip, ripping) a sweater that I don’t wear even though I love the colour. Let’s call it rescuing the wool. I want an orange sweater, just not this one.

I can’t stand the colour pooling. I worked this as a gradient between the different balls of yarn, working a couple stripes with the old ball and the new ball. But that didn’t really work, did it? The pooling is not good, especially across the chest. So here I go.

It’s actually strangely satisfying.

Now that I have Helical Knitting down pat, I’m going to use this technique to mix up the balls of yarn throughout. It has to work better than what I had.

I don’t know whether to use 3 balls or four. It’s so hard to tell which balls match each other. The colour saturation is different in each skein. I think these first two balls are similar with more light colour.

I think these last two balls might be slightly more uniform in colour but … I’m not too sure.

So I’m thinking 3 balls at a time should do it. One of the balls is smaller which is great. I don’t want to switch out 3 balls for 3 different balls. It might cause a line across the sweater, so having to sub in a new ball when this small one is used up will be a good move.

I’m off to cast on. I hope this works.

Are you working on any challenges lately?

Deb

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Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

6 thoughts on “Rescue: Rip and Reuse”

  1. Hahaha! Deb, I have to agree with you about the colour pooling. Looked a bit like a bikini top. But the colour of the yarn is gorgeous and worth using again. Hope you are well! I miss our weekly classes. But am still knitting. Take care Cathy

    On Mon., Nov. 23, 2020, 11:33 a.m. Deb Gemmell: Top Down, Gauge Free and more, wrote:

    > debgemmellmods posted: ” I’m antsy and can’t settle, so it’s obviously > time to demolish something. I’m frogging (rip, rip, ripping) a sweater that > I don’t wear even though I love the colour. Let’s call it rescuing the > wool. I want an orange sweater, just not this one. I c” >

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    1. Ha, ha, you’re right about how it looked. My new reknit is much better. I miss our classes too. Glad to hear you’re still knitting. We’ll have to have a big show and tell sometime.

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  2. Oh Yeahhhh – I can relate! I’m in the very same process right now. When I moved – I was fresh out of the hospital so someone else packed & moved me – someone pulled the needles out of a sweater-in-progress & stuffed it into a bag. I have the bag & some of the yarn but don’t know the needles that were used . . . . so I’m frogging it & starting over. Maybe I can wear it for Christmas!

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