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I have never knit stripes until now because the thought of weaving in all of those ends makes me cringe. I am knitting my 3yo a pair of stripey longies. I just started a leg and I was wondering something. I am knitting 1 inch stripes. I have been cutting the yarn each color change. Do I really need to? Would it be a big mess if I just carried the yarn up an inch throughout the legs?<br><br>
Any advice welcome! Thanks!
 

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It'll leave a little line, but not too bad, I usually carry the yarn I twist the two colors every other row, so it doesn't make a big loop. Also, when switching back to the next color, make sure not to pull it too tightly.
 

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It might hook toes when they get pulled on (that's onlt problem I can think of -- not speaking from a prior experience). You might be able to sew a strip of bias tape down the "seam" line where the yarn is carried down to prevent that though.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It'll leave a little line, but not too bad, I usually carry the yarn I twist the two colors every other row, so it doesn't make a big loop. Also, when switching back to the next color, make sure not to pull it too tightly.</div>
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Thanks!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It might hook toes when they get pulled on (that's onlt problem I can think of -- not speaking from a prior experience). You might be able to sew a strip of bias tape down the "seam" line where the yarn is carried down to prevent that though.</div>
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I am worried about the little toes too. Hmmmmmmmmmm......
 

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Another thing that might make it less painful is to weabe in the ends as you go along. rather than waiting until all the knitting is done and you want the item to be finished.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Another thing that might make it less painful is to weabe in the ends as you go along. rather than waiting until all the knitting is done and you want the item to be finished.</div>
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Great idea! My little guy said I am knitting them "wong" because there are so many ends hanging out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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great tutorial for weaving in ends as you go.....<br><a href="http://sockpr0n.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-weave-in-ends-while-knitting.html" target="_blank">http://sockpr0n.blogspot.com/2006/10...-knitting.html</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with all of the above. I've personally come to the conclusion that for stripes I have to use self striping yarn (or dye it to stripe myself) because I'm much too lazy to do all the weaving myself but I love the look of stripes.</div>
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Self striping yarn is a good thing!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">great tutorial for weaving in ends as you go.....<br><a href="http://sockpr0n.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-weave-in-ends-while-knitting.html" target="_blank">http://sockpr0n.blogspot.com/2006/10...-knitting.html</a></div>
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Wow! Thank you so much!
 

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The other thing you can do is carry the yarn up the inside and catch it every so often, or leave it lose and just tack it all down after. I did this with a sweater I just finished.<br><br><a href="http://bp3.blogger.com/_IXOFreVgF2Q/RlET9gqGlyI/AAAAAAAAAE8/GkqAtwiUuvQ/s1600-h/May+195.jpg" target="_blank">http://bp3.blogger.com/_IXOFreVgF2Q/...-h/May+195.jpg</a><br><br>
I think that link will take you to the right picture.. Anyway, I just whip stitched over the strands that were carried up so they can't catch any little fingers.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The other thing you can do is carry the yarn up the inside and catch it every so often, or leave it lose and just tack it all down after. I did this with a sweater I just finished.<br><br><a href="http://bp3.blogger.com/_IXOFreVgF2Q/RlET9gqGlyI/AAAAAAAAAE8/GkqAtwiUuvQ/s1600-h/May+195.jpg" target="_blank">http://bp3.blogger.com/_IXOFreVgF2Q/...-h/May+195.jpg</a><br><br>
I think that link will take you to the right picture.. Anyway, I just whip stitched over the strands that were carried up so they can't catch any little fingers.</div>
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That is really pretty. Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I knit about three stitches with both colors, then cut the end of the unused color. That's how I weave as I go...</div>
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Is this enough of a "weave" to keep the ends from unravelling?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is this enough of a "weave" to keep the ends from unravelling?</div>
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For a sticky wool, maybe. I prefer to do 5-8 stitches with both ends. But I don't do this when I change colors cause it creates a splotch in the color.<br><br>
MTA: If it's wool, you can do a Russian Join. If you get it JUST SO, then the stripes will line up perfectly with no tails or anything!
 

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No advice, just good vibes! You can do it! I have otn a market bag, my first striped pattern ever, and I''ve been knitting for 15 years. I was just never brave enough to try stripes. (I'm a dork, I know) mamarude
 

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The last time I did a striped soaker, I spit joined the ends to avoid weaving. It caused the colors to kind of gradually blend in to each other at the joins, but it didn't bother me. I just staggered the joins so it looked intentional.<br><br>
I love spit joining wool. It feels like I'm doing a magic trick or something.<br><br>
peace, Beth
 

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I weave as I go as if I was knitting fairisle for a bit. So I will start weaving in the new colour about 10 stitches before I join, then when I start knitting with the new colour, I weave in the end of the old colour for about 10 stitches. I knit english style so I hold the ends and weave them in continental. Works great and I find it easier to join this way anyways. When knitting flat, I twist every other row and carry the second colour along. If I was going to do many stripes for in the round I would definitely consider carrying it along. In my longies so far, I have just done say 3 stripes in a contrasting colour so haven't bothered to carry them.
 

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I weave in as I go and then when the project is complete I just have a little bit of trimming to do. I waste less wool this way too!
 
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