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Jan 19, 2014 20:59:35   #
I am trying to knit a cardigan for my mother in law and am using Naturally Caron Spa yarn. Not sure what I'm doing to cause this yarn to separate. It's like the strands are coming apart as I go then I end up with having to like smooth the yarn back out. It's also making it so that if I don't go really really slow I end up with separated strands and when I look, I've got like a loose strand that didn't get knitted?

What am I doing wrong? How can I stop this? I don't think I am holding the yarn tight and have really slowed down trying to look at each stitch so that I can stop the loose strands, but this is so frustrating.

Any help, ideas would be so appreciated.

Thanks and have a great Sunday evening.
Jan 19, 2014 21:04:49   #
Angelina Camille (a regular here)
It's the nature of that yarn. I tried it and did not like it.
Jan 19, 2014 21:06:07   #
jobailey (a regular here)
I am knitting with Caron Simple Soft and it is doing the same thing. I'm just being very careful to get all the strands each time and if I discover I have missed a strand I undo just that stitch to fix it. I won't buy this yarn again!!!
Jan 19, 2014 21:07:23   #
You are not likely doing anything wrong. Some yarns just split. You could try a sharper tipped needle, it may make catching all of the strands easier. Just make sure you catch every strand on every stitch. It will show if you don't. This will be a real labour of love from you to your MIL. I hope she appreciates your efforts.
Jan 19, 2014 21:31:01   #
jinx (a regular here)
Yeah, some yarns are splitty. It can make getting all the ply hard to do. Try using a different needle. Sometime it is easy with a blunter tip as that might not split the plies as easily.
Jan 19, 2014 21:56:51   #
edithann (a regular here)
I have used Caron Yarn many times and never had a problem. However, recently, I was able to knit a scarf and mitts without a problem with the yarn. I decided roll the rest of the yarn into a ball. That's when I saw many, many splits in the yarn. I'm sure it's not your fault..just poor quality yarn. I want to write to the company but can't seem to find information.

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Scarf and Mitts Were Fine
Scarf and Mitts Were Fine...
Jan 19, 2014 22:02:40   #
frannie di
I have always used Caron Simply Soft and loved it. Never had a problem with it splitting. I did have the problem with the SPA yarn. Didn't like working with it.
Jan 19, 2014 22:03:05   #
I made a shawl with this yarn and had the same issue. You have to knit slow to be sure to catch all the strands. That is probably why this yarn has been discontinued. the finished product does look very nice/
Jan 19, 2014 22:42:18   #
The Spa yarn not only splits, it grows ... a great deal. I made a top out of it and it could have fit two of me. I think it is much too stretchy to make a garment. Frogged my top. Too bad because it feels wonderful.
Jan 20, 2014 06:48:50   #
Naturally Caron Country Yarn (an acrylic/merino worsted weight yarn) has similar issues... mostly in that the strands will separate easily, though.
Stopping & twisting it periodically seems to help.
I've put that project down for a bit because it's destined to be a sweater & I've ordered _Knit to Flatter_ & I'm waiting for it to come in so I can fix my fit issues with the pattern... I *do* really like the feel of the yarn, though. It's soft & yet the acrylic will allow it to wash & wear well while the merino will make it a bit warmer. Then again, I liked the feel of Bernat's Bamboo yarn... but that was nasty to knit with, splitting all over the place.
Good luck!
Jan 20, 2014 09:31:08   #
Every once in awhile secure your last stitch and let the project dangle and rewind itself back to its natural twist. It's a lot less work than ripping back to pick up a missed strand.
Jan 20, 2014 09:35:08   #
Thank you all for the help and comments. I am relieved it's not me and just the yarn. I am going to do as Ms. Gene and Kmcknistry77 says and let it twist back every now and then and twist it periodically. I will know going forward to not buy this yarn again. Now I know why it was on sale probably and can't be returned :( But I guess lessons learned.

Thanks all for your kind help and words.
Jan 20, 2014 10:07:16   #
Alto53 (a regular here)
I've always loved that yarn but it is definitely splitty. I got used to it and watched carefully as I went along because it was always worth it when the project was done!
Jan 20, 2014 13:15:29   #
Linda6885 (a regular here)
I have used this yarn, and I know what you mean. You can try using needles with duller points, and knit a little slower. It is the nature of the yarn. It is nice after your project is finished. It also is a comfortable summer yarn.
Jan 20, 2014 15:58:11   #
love2par wrote:
Thank you all for the help and comments. I am relieved it's not me and just the yarn. I am going to do as Ms. Gene and Kmcknistry77 says and let it twist back every now and then and twist it periodically. I will know going forward to not buy this yarn again. Now I know why it was on sale probably and can't be returned :( But I guess lessons learned.

Thanks all for your kind help and words.

You got yours on sale, too? Yeah, that's what happened to me... it was too good a price to pass up. Usually stuff on sale is on sale because it's hideous or else it's that fussy yarn for making ruffling or fluffy scarves which I just can't imagine actually using.
Good luck!
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