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Jun 20, 2019 06:07:33   #
BobzMum (a regular here)
Has anyone had any issues with the colour coming off Knit Pro Zing needles please?

I've just made a white baby cardigan and noticed that the button band had a light grey tint to it, compared to the body.
It appears that the colour has been coming off the knitting needles and has tinted all the areas knit with the smaller needles, getting worse with every piece.

I bought the individual knitting needles from Amazon and they don't want to know as it's been over a year.
Knit Pro won't do anything as Amazon are not one of their 'official retailers' so I now wonder if the ones I have are fake.

I don't usually wash any baby things before gifting them so am upset that I did not spot this sooner.

Has this happened to anyone else please, and if so, will it wash out?
The photo shows a slight tint but it's a little darker in real life

Jun 20, 2019 06:53:00   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
That looks too even to be the needles. Looks more like a segment of tainted yarn.
Jun 20, 2019 07:11:30   #
Most likely a flaw in the yarn or the color would have been all over the sweater you used those needles on, however I’ve known needles to react to a persons oils on their hands and cause issues with the coating. If it’s a flaw in the yarn most likely won’t come out, but you could try washing it to see what happens. White yarn is also rarely true white especially in close production to other color yarns and type of fiber. I’ve not found a review on these to state color rub off, mostly negative reviews about packaging, sizing, and cord issues. Very pretty sweater tho, good luck.
Jun 20, 2019 07:20:58   #
BobzMum (a regular here)
Thank you but its got to be the 3.25mm needles, as the ribbing on the back, fronts and sleeves has a light tint and the main part was done on 4mm needles and is white.
It seems to have got worse as each part was done, but I only noticed after doing the button band

The buttonhole band was the same yarn, but I used other needles for that and it's stayed white.
I just need to know if the discolouration will wash out, or if I should just rescue the "white" part of the yarn and remake it.
Jun 20, 2019 08:44:14   #
barbarafletcher (a regular here)
I’ve not had issues! But buying a pair of 3mm and they knit up uneven....I bought another pair...but love zing
Jun 20, 2019 09:07:36   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
I bet it is different hand lotion or soap that caused the bleeding of the dye because it isn't consistent. Just wash the sweater well and see what happens.
Jun 20, 2019 09:14:29   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
I think I’d like to agree that it’s the yarn. I was looking for bits of color on the sweater before i remembered you said it was grayish. It is off color but it’s way to even. I have a feeling it’s several flawed areas in the yarn. Wash it and see what happens. It just seems that the off color would show up more evenly if it was the needles.
Jun 20, 2019 22:25:43   #
The sweater isbeautiful
Jun 20, 2019 23:44:42   #
peppered (a regular here)
I only used 2 pairs of my whole set. I am knitting with white Alpaca on blue zings and no problem.
Why don't you try making swatch and see if it really is the needles.
But I would say it is the yarn.
Jun 21, 2019 02:49:44   #
BobzMum (a regular here)
Thank you all.

After seeing the grey tint, I used a different pair of needles to knit the buttonhole band, and that has knitted up fine.
It's definitely the needles tainting the yarn, as the tainted, button band clearly shows.

I will wash it and see how it goes.
Last resort is to rip it all out and bin the tainted yarn from all the ribbed areas which were worked on the smaller needles.
Jun 21, 2019 07:01:14   #
It's beautiful, I had to look several times to see what you were referring to. It looks like a very light shadow in the photo, barely noticeable. Just lovely.
Jun 21, 2019 08:37:58   #
ngriff (a regular here)
I would try washing it. I always wash items before gifting as skin and oils contaminate it with all the handling.
Jun 21, 2019 09:35:56   #
could you wipe the needles with a white tissue and see if it discolors the paper?
Jun 21, 2019 10:04:25   #
LindaH (a regular here)
I've had my Knitter's Pride Zing needles for about 7 months and I haven't had trouble with this happening at all. I did buy them from Handsome Fibers, and they will stand behind their products. I'm sorry this has happened to you.
Jun 21, 2019 10:05:21   #
Rescue Mom
Sorry that happened. Hope you figure it out. I have an interchangeable set and countless other fixed lengths of Zing in all sizes from 9 inches up. Love them all and have never had any issues thus far.
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