Through Thick and Thin; The Difficult Yarn

Uh oh, the neck seemed to be coming along nicely, but when I join the left and right segments, the stripe at the join distorts. My sis and I remember owning a striped top a long time ago that distorted similarly, but I’m not really keen to have it remain distorted like this.

Through Thick and Thin top - neck stripe distortion
Is the tension at the edges of the neck too tight, making the fabric scrunch up at the join? I’ve tried to keep the edges as loose as I possibly can without the slack propagating to adjacent stitches. Is there some trick or tip that can straighten it right now, or will it get fixed when blocked? I hope it becomes undistorted. And if it doesn’t despite my best efforts, well, then I’ll just wear it anyway! 😛

Through Thick and Thin top - ribbing
Meanwhile, this is how the junction of stockinette and ribbing looks with TECHknitter’s tip. The knit stitches have consistently appeared pretty seamless, and the texture doesn’t do a visible ‘step up’ at the ribbing, so that officially makes this tip a staple in all my ribbing transitions! 🙂

The difficult yarn :-)
As for a design for my sister’s cardigan, I’ve tried samples of a few vertical striping ideas that I had, and none seem to look that good. The color of this yarn is just gorgeous, but it doesn’t seem to lend itself well to stripey looks. 🙂 My usual sources of inspiration, Ravelry and Pinterest, don’t have much that we liked either. If I don’t come up with a viable design soon, we’ll probably change our preference to something else. Wish me luck!

7 thoughts on “Through Thick and Thin; The Difficult Yarn

  1. The tops looks great, I’m really curious to see the ready project! I wouldn’t worry about the distorted stripe (and I unfortunately have no idea how to avoid it 😦 ), in the worst case you can attach a brooch or wear a light scarf to cover it, but I don’t even think it needs that.
    And good luck with sister’s cardigan, I like the orange yarn!

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    1. Another knitter has suggested having the join occur within the purple, and I like that advice, but given my knitting speed and my limited knitting time per week, I will probably keep that in mind for the future, and keep moving ahead with this project. It’s just like you said, I’ll probably pair it up with a light scarf in the worst case! 😉

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  2. I was going to suggest moving the yellow strip down by adding in a couple of rows of purple, but that would probably not look good as your stripes are evenly spaced everywhere else. If you make this pattern again, either adding or subtracting one row of purple between stripes would solve your problem. (i.e., instead of working 8 purple rows between every yellow stripe, do 9, or do 7). That would put the joining of the neck in the middle of a purple stripe and solve your problem. Too bad you didn’t do the front part first. When you got to that point and saw what happened, you could have “frogged” it and start again using one more or one less row of purple between your yellow stripes.
    BTW, I’m from Texas in the US, and the term “frog” for ripping out knitting is a new one to me. Is that an Irish or British term?

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    1. That is great advice, and I will keep that in mind for the future, thank you! ☺ I did the back first hoping to smooth out problems before I start with the more visible front, but obviously, it backfired for this project, lol! 😂
      I could definitely redo the front by redesigning the neck slope so the join appears in the middle of the purple, but I don’t knit fast and don’t knit often, so I’ll probably just move ahead for now. If blocking doesn’t fix it, I’ll just pair it up with a scarf.
      I didn’t know about the term ‘frogging’ either, until I started reading knitting blogs / articles. I’m not really sure of its origin, or how old the term is, but I do see a lot of American knitters using it too.

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