Self Patterning Yarn
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Hi all I am about done with my first attempt at feather and fan lace. I am making a scarf in red, white, and blue variegated yarn. So far so good as long as I use lifeline's lol. I would like to make baby blanket with this lace, and not sure I can use the self patterning yarn I bought. Can anyone let me know if I could do this? I saw this yarn at Jo Anns and thought it was so pretty. I have yet to use a self patterning yarn or even self striping yarn. Is there a difference between the two yarns? I will post a picture of the scarf when it is finished. I also have a question on blocking knits. I don't have anything large enough to block some knitting. Is there a way to block a scarf folded say in half and have it come out right and not show the fold? Any help with either question is greatly appreciated. My next project I am going to teach myself to use DPN's. I am scared of them but from what I have read, once I learn it will be much easier. :roll:
self striping and self patterning are basically the same, i think it's just a matter of company lingo. re: the blocking....I put down a clean sheet in the middle of the room with a carpet. lay item out, pin thru the sheet, clear into the carpet with just the item edges or blocking wires out to the proper size and then spray with water. let air dry COMPLETELY and it will be great. ps..I do this same thing with quilts and it really helps the way they hang or lay.
Basically I do the same as Deemail except I use a spare double bed. I put down a vinyl tablecloth, towel, and the knitted item. I pin it into the tablecloth and bed, then spray and let completely dry. Surprising how much difference it makes. The stitches are more visible and "mannered" looking. Good luck.
If you use a self patterning yarn or the like, a pattern like feather and fan or any lace pattern doesn't really show up the way it should. Yarns that change color usually are showing off the yarn not a pattern. You can use a yarn with a very gradual color change and still have your lace pattern show up.
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Thank you all for your advice. I will try the bed as i have a spare single bed. Need to buy the vinyl cloth first lol. I can see your point Linda6885. The yarn I bought was Sensations Cuddle Muffin. I got it at Jo Ann's and thought it was so pretty. The colors in the yarn are white, purple, pink, and yellow. It is light weight (3) and is for my granddaughter who is going to be 8 mos old. I would like to make something fancy but not to fancy as I just learned the feather and fan lace. Not sure about doing other lace patterns as of now. Taking it one step at a time lol. Just got back into knitting, been doing mainly crochet and needed a change.
I wasn't sure so that is why I asked. I love this forum and have learned so much. The links are especially helpful.
Self patterning should have a pattern not just stripes, self stripping should just be different coloured stripes.
they are all different. i did some socks with Paton's self patterning stretchy sock yarn. one sock had a pattern the other was a 'mush' of nothing. their quality control was off. i will say on their behalf that when i called them to report the problem they surprised me with a box of sock yarn in recompense.
also to note is that when you do a larger item the striping or color change will not pattern the same as in a small item for obvious reasons. so if you like a yarn, do a significant sample to test out its appearance to make sure it is what you like.
I just finished a baby blanket using 4 different colors of yarn - one was a self-patterning yarn and the other 3 colors complemented the colors in that one. In the smaller block the yarn showed the pattern of flowers well, in the other larger blocks and in the border around, it was more of a self-striping. It was my first big project and I think it turned out fairly well. Be brave and experiment. I hope the picture I tried to attach comes thru.
Paton's has come out with a laceweight yarn that is self patterning and excellent for shawls, scarves, etc.. This yarn has large sections of each color so you get a nice large area of each color, rather than little bits of color that a self striping yarn will result in.
Msgran, your blanket is very pretty!! I have found the self patterning yarn is great for small items like baby garments and hats. I tried it on large projects and the pattern got lost. Also, when you do a project with an intircate pattern, you would want to use a one color yarn or a simply varigated yarn with only two or three soft colors. You don't lose the intricatecy of the pattern that way. Why put so much work into a delicate stitch only to not be able to see it when you're done?
The blanket is beautiful. I can see the difference with the yarn. Was there a lace done tho, if so I can't see it. With the scarf I am learning to make the feather and fan is red, white, and blue. So far so good. Almost done with it and will post picture after blocking.
Thank you all for the quick responses. I will do a swatch to see if I like the pattern and go from there. Maybe some leg warmers and fingerless gloves, hat and scarf for the little one. :wink:
I like the striping yarn for socks and mittens best. But you need to pull out a few inches when you begin and match up the colors. This way the stripes in your socks will match.
But I do use the varigated yarn for other projects, baby sets etc. Makes a colorful set when finished.
Happy knitting and post a picture when you are finished.
no lace in this blanket - haven't tried that yet - the blanket was all garter stitch. I liked the colors in the variegated yarn and found the other colors to match it. Even tho the variegated looked different in each place it was used, I was going more for color than for pattern. The Baby Bee yarn I used was called Easter Lily. The pattern came from Mason Dixon Knitting - the first book and was called Moderne - a spin off on the log cabin quilt.
I do my fan and feather with variegated, self stripping and ribbon yarns. All the different yarns really make it "pop". I try to find a "family" of colors that really go together and use them.
For blocking, I put down the interlocking vinyl floor pieces that you can get at Walmart in the infants dept. You get about 8 to 10 pieces and put them together in the length and width you need for your project. Sporting goods dept has them too. (that is how I got the idea..my daughter has them in her basement when she is working out, and they fit back into her closet when she is done)
do you block your garments every time you wash them? Or do they just stay, after first blocking?