Can any of you experts help me? I am having trouble dealing with ends in a child's fair isle mitten (which I'm making for The Knitting Guild's Master Handknitter program, so I'm trying to make it look perfect). It is knitted in the round, so there are no seams to hide the ends in. I usually sew in my yarn tails with duplicate stitch, but here the stitches are hidden by the floats. I've tried moving the floats aside with my needle, but it's really hard to see the stitches below it to weave into, and I've ended up with some of my duplicate stitches showing across the right side and ruining my pattern. I've read that I can weave in the tails by knitting, catching the tail every few stitches, but it says that it tends to show on the right side, and I'm worried about that, especially since I'm using worsted-weight yarn. I would sure appreciate any advice!
Hi Nancy - I just finished up a pair of colorwork cabled mitts for myself and had the same issue. Not sure if this would work for you, but thought I'd offer it up anyway.
Here's a photo of the finished mitts (first time doing cabled mitts, I'm usually a sock knitter):
I weaved in the green yarn into the left 'leg' of each of the 2 knit stitches on the wrong side, then secured it by doubling back.
Those are simply beautiful, and in my favorite blue and green colors! Even your wrong side looks lovely. Alas, my colorwork is in the middle-to-upper part of the hand and not near the ribbing. But I like the idea of not even trying to duplicate stitch - I don't have a leg of ribbing to run my ends through, but I can try just running mine up and down through purl bumps and see if that shows through or not.Thanks for the help! And I, too, love sock knitting. A friend says that now that I'm retired, I'm going to need a sock room instead of a sock drawer! They're fun, easily portable, and you get the gratification of a finished product fast.
Okay, I just found this reference: http://knittingincolor.blogspot.com/2004/03/weaving-in-ends-back-wh...
Through the purl bumps it is!
Wonderful and thanks for the link. I'll try that on my next project.
Sock knitting is so much fun! I have a very short attention span (dare I say adult ADD?) so small, portable, fast projects are the best for me otherwise they end up in a bag somewhere forgotten - like the sweater I was working on for my mom. Sigh.
If you have time for a quick look-see, here's some of my finished socks. Most of which have been sold, but they were fun to make. I am waiting for stock to come back in on KnitPicks so I can finish 2 pairs that I ran out of yarn. LOL!
Please post your finished mittens - would love to see your work :)
Nancy, I think you have figured this out for yourself. When weaving in on colorwork, I will find some floats and I do a diagonal in one direction and then go the opposite way. I try to make sure that actually split some of the floats. I usually do about three diagonals. This is the only example I have right now and it really is hard to see, but I hope it helps. When I weave in when there are no floats I do the same as in the second example you gave from Knitting in Color.
i usually carry the cut yarn EVERY stitch for 3 or 4 stitches then leave the tail hanging. when done with the item i then
use a darning needle (sharp end) and run the threaded needle through the back of 3 or 4 more stitches using the sharp needle to SPLIT the yarn of the stitches i am catching. it holds much better than just weaving thru.
hope this helps. i have never had any of the woven stitches come undone.