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Good morning! I need help!

I am trying to make a hand towel for my boyfriend and his favorite colors are black and orange like halloween. So I bought some Colin in black and clementine. But when I started knitting the black on size 5 needles it seemed flimsy and not soft at all. I was hoping or a dense soft hand towel for his bathroom.
Then I was thinking okay so maybe worsted would be better than do and knit picks doesn't have dishie in black so I went to a craft store andicked up some lion brand 100% cotton yarn and started knitting with that. It's a l
Idle denser and a little softer but seriously my fingers turned black!! It looked like I had dryer my hands with news paper!! I can't knit that any where except in my house and when I am not doing anything else. And of course my knit picks yarn did not do that!!

Does anyone have any suggestions?? Please help!!

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Comment by Kory Raymond on May 15, 2012 at 6:57pm
Ok! Thanks!!
Comment by cherylbwaters on May 15, 2012 at 11:23am

You can use two strands at once or you could go down in needle size to get a tighter gauge, but then you might need to adjust the number of stitches.

Comment by Kory Raymond on May 15, 2012 at 4:51am
Hi! Cheryl!! Thank u so much! You ladies are just so wonderful! I will knit up a swatch of each and try hand washing them first and vinegar for the one that is bleeding. I also thought about knitting the Colin double stranded to make the towel thicker. What do u ladies think about that and how hard is it? I am a pretty new knitter and a little concerned I will miss the second strand sometimes when pulling it through. Thanks soooo much!!
Comment by cherylbwaters on May 14, 2012 at 6:44pm

Kory, I agree with Peggy. But I wouldn't throw the swatch in the wash unless it is with jeans or dark towels. Another thing you might try is to wash or rinse by hand and add a bit of vinegar to it. The vinegar should help stop it from bleeding.

I had a cotton yarn do that to me once. It was sort of a sea foam green. I was knitting with bamboo needles and it rubbed off onto my needles. This was done when I first picked up knitting again so it was more than 15 years ago, so I don't remember what I did about washing it. But I do remember it was a line of yarn that shocked me when I saw my needles turn green.

Comment by Kory Raymond on May 14, 2012 at 9:07am
Thanks Peggy I will try that!! I think i am learning that swatches are more important than I thought !!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 14, 2012 at 9:05am

I think Cotlin will soften up after washing. You can knit a small swatch and try it out. Wash the swatch thoroughly the way you would wash the finished towel. I hope that helps!

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