Knitting with hand dyed yarns:
Hand dyed yarns have no dye lot and rarely look the same from one skein
to the other. How do you make a project that requires more than one skein
not have "stripes" or match a "pair" of something?
The hand warmers shown in the photo to the right were knit from two balls
of yarn that I dyed with the same colors but using a highly suspect
technique. I left the yarn in the little balls it came in and injected the
dye into the balls with a syringe. The effect was lovely but the balls of
yarn (as you can easily see) did not match. Since I wanted each hand to
match and not have one blue and one green warmer, I used the tried and true
technique of alternating rows.
So, I knit one row with ball #1 and knit the next row with ball #2, the
third row with ball #1 and the fourth row with ball #2, etc. By alternating
the two skeins of yarn I got two warmers that match! This did slow me down
but I think the end result was worth the extra effort.
Knitting a vest or sweater that requires multiple skeins of hand dyed
yarn can be done in the same way. Alternate the number of skeins you have; 3
skeins every three rows, 4 skeins every 4 rows. OR you can line your
skeins up from darkest to lightest and knit them in progression. Just
remember to keep the darkest colors at your hips - it's more slimming.