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[Oct. 26th, 2008|09:55 am]
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Hi all! I'm starting to knit again after a long hiatus. I have two questions...

1) When doing the increases for the gusset in the crotch on longies, what's the best increase to use? I just did up a pair using M1f and the two sides of the gusset don't really match. Would it be better to do M1f and M1b on either side of the gusset? Would that make it match better?

2) When switching colors, like to make striped legs, what's the best way to switch/join the yarn? I used to just knit the two strands together when I went to switch but you can see the two colors together when you do that and I'd rather not. I tried to find it on knittinghelp.com but I think I'm phrasing it wrong because I can't find anything and I know it's got to be there somewhere. Thank you!!!

[User Picture]From: dontcryforme
2008-10-26 02:16 pm (UTC)
1) Yes, do a m1f and m1b on either side of the marker.

2) When I'm doing striping, just drop one color, and pick up the next. You can tighten up those stitches when you weave in your ends.
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[User Picture]From: alison_in_oh
2008-10-26 02:37 pm (UTC)
Yep, I M1 in two directions for a paired increase.

The accepted technique for nearly-seamlessly blending colors for stripes is called the "joggless join". After the first round with the new color, you come back around to the old color, pick up a loop from the row below, and knit that together with the new color. Hopefully Googling the phrase will help turn up more helpful instructions, LOL.
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[User Picture]From: erinmdmd
2008-10-26 04:01 pm (UTC)
1. I use paired increases, I think most often KLL and KRL, but I'd stay away from the decorative ones with holes:p

2. Jogless jog? Its a technique Meg Swanson (Elizabeth Zimmerman's daughter) "invented"> to make the color changes smooth. Essentially, knitting in the round is a spiral, not a circle and the place where you change colors is obvious.
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[User Picture]From: brightsoul
2008-10-26 05:05 pm (UTC)
i do m1f and then m1b on either side of the markers, as well. remember to knit a plain row in between increases, though.

and i could never get jogless jog to look perfect for me but it might work on stripes, if you make sure you start the new color on the inseam, maybe? if you're doing multi-color striping and dropping the first color isn't really an option because you won't be using that color in alternate rows, than i would join the yarn using this method. it's made a huge difference in how my cuffs look on longies and i can imagine it working well for multi-stripes, as well.
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