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Working with Sashay Yarn
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Feb 4, 2013 07:08:53   #
Hi, everyone. I am a self-taught beginning knitter and I am throwing myself on your mercy. :) I am dying to make one of the scarves with the Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn. I understand the steps and have confindence that I can make a scarf. But I am running into trouble getting the yarn ready to knit with. I have tried winding it onto a paper towel roll, but it seems to fold back onto itself to where I can't find the holes to put onto my needle. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Feb 4, 2013 07:16:05   #
I took the time to iron it out.and roll it up . I know it's a pain but it did help!Sorry that is my suggestion.I did without ironing and to straighten it out as I went along seemed to be just as long.
Feb 4, 2013 07:20:23   #
Peggy Beryl
Just knit it from the skein--no rolling, no ironing--just find the holes and begin; open it up as you go. Leave enough to tie off the ends and knit into every hole, every other hole, or alternate--depending on how much ruffling you want and how long you want it to be.

Jimmy Beans Wool has a new video showing the various types of scarf yarns and how to use them.
Feb 4, 2013 08:25:21   #
I just roll out a little directly from the ball and knit, pulling and opening as I go.
Feb 4, 2013 09:18:26   #
i got frustrated with the ruffle yarn but hit on the idea of wrapping it around my rolling pin lol
i found the weight of the rolling pin helped keep the yarn from twisting and as i wrapped it i opened it up so it was easier to knit with too :)
Feb 4, 2013 21:45:01   #
At first I ironed it and this helped. Now that I know the plan I just knit from the ball. I have problems with twisting and still have not figured out how to turn the needles to avoid this.
Warning! Once you get the hang of these there are tons of yarns like Sashay and if you are like me you will not be able to stop making them.
Feb 4, 2013 21:56:10   #
I tried several ways to make this scarf and almost completely gave up - one more try was going to be with using a loom! Didn't try the rolling pin attempt so not going to buy the loom yet.
Feb 5, 2013 06:04:17   #
I have made many of these scarves. I knit from the ball and alternate the way I turn the needles to keep the yarn as strait as possible. Good luck and just have fun. My daughter is having surgery tomorrow on her ankle. I plan to take my scarf knitting with me to do while I wait. I nearly finished one the last time this happened.
Feb 5, 2013 07:17:30   #
dlarkin wrote:
At first I ironed it and this helped. Now that I know the plan I just knit from the ball. I have problems with twisting and still have not figured out how to turn the needles to avoid this.
Warning! Once you get the hang of these there are tons of yarns like Sashay and if you are like me you will not be able to stop making them.

How do you iron it? Setting, cover w/ anything to protect it, etc? Thanks.
Feb 5, 2013 07:42:16   #
I have made several of these scarfs. what I do is pull apart about a yard or more,open it, and use a pinchy clothes pin to hold it open Then do it again. HELPS ALOT
Feb 5, 2013 08:09:44   #
I have used that yarn and have made 45 scarves with it..I found that if I undo it into a bowl and work out of the bowl it goes real fast...nothing to chase around..Good luck..once you get hooked doing them it hard to stop.I can make one in about 2 hours..good luck
Feb 5, 2013 08:11:05   #
Like others, I've tried just about every trick and have decided it's just the nature of the beast to have to unfold the yarn as you go and that it's just part of the process you have to go through to accomplish your goal. In other words, I just have to shut up and do it. (With me, mindset is half the battle.)
Feb 5, 2013 08:38:34   #
I like others had trouble at first with the Sashay yarn, but if you go into Red Heart learn how to knit with sashay they will show you a video that is very helpful
Feb 5, 2013 08:51:48   #
Hi I have made 63 of them so far. I iron it first, put iron on low and lots of steam.
I then let if fall off of the ironing board into a basket or whatever, so when you knit it it pulls straight up and no twisting at all.
This way it only takes me a little over 1 hour to knit it.
You don't have to stretch it all the way out when you iron, I just make it flat. It sure makes it alot easier to knit. All the best I hope this helps you.
Feb 5, 2013 08:52:48   #
This is definately not my favorite yarn, but at the request of my daughters I made two scarves. I found that I can knit off the ball and if it starts to get twisted I put a rubber band around the ball and hang it until it untwists. Then I pull off 2 or 3 yards at a time and put the rubber band back on. It is slower than I like to knit, but because of the nature of the yarn, it knits up quickly.
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