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I'd *like* my Boku to pool as I'm trying to create a camo effect, but the darn stuff is all stripe-y! I'm even knitting with two skeins which is breaking up the big stripe effect, but now I just have little stripes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
So, I'm knitting on 16" size 5 cirs and I've CO 88 st. I'm doing a K2, P2 for a few inches and am intending on free-forming a ski mask for my DP's hunting father...<br><br>
HELP!<br><br>
P.S. This yarn is TEARING up my finger as it drags across- I've actually had to tape a piece of paper around my finger to protect it!!
 

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Hmm. First of all, if it's doing this to your finger then why are you still knitting?<br>
I think it's going to be really hard to get the effect you're looking for knitting in the round. I think to get the pooling you want, you're going to have to try swatching on straight needles and knitting flat and then seam later. Sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Have you tried increasing/decreasing gauge.<br>
Question though: if this yarn is doing this to your finger, why are you putting it near your FIL's face? Do you really hate him that much???
 

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Oy- lol!<br><br>
I'm still knitting for several reasons:<br><br>
I'm slightly obsessive<br><br>
FIL's b-day is Friday (and DP asked me to make this LAST NIGHT!)<br><br>
The Boku is 95% wool and 5% silk- I assumed that it's slightly rough now but will "bloom" after it's washed... has that not been your experience with it?<br><br><br>
(Just to clarify- I don't hate my FIL at all. I certainly wouldn't spend time making something for him if I disliked him!)
 

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it will have a nice soft bloom after you wash it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> trust the yarn (and use some balm on your hands girlfriend!)<br><br>
i agree, knit on straights is your only change and getting the effect you want. maybe knitting on straights from both ends of the skein.
 

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Okay, so assuming that I'm willing to frog what I've done thus far- what exactly do I need to do with straights that is different than what I'm doing now? Should I continue with the "knitting from two skeins at once" thing, or will shortening the rows create the pooling without me doing anything else?
 

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I don't know about the Boku, we don't have it over here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm relieved to know it's just wool and silk, I've been speculating on what exactly it is. I'd knit from a single skein at once because you're looking for nice big colour pooling.
 

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The effect you get depends on the circumference of your project (specifically the length of yarn used to knit a round or row) and the circumference of the skein when it is dyed. The closer the two are, the better the pooling effect. HTH.
 
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