Confession: until Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford sent me the pattern and tutorial a few days ago, I could not have said what helical stripes are, let alone alone how to execute them. That’s what Jen says. The helix or helical knitting method is our favorite technique for knitting in the round while alternating skein. It is killing me not to cast on a Honey Cowl right this minute. Without machines, hand-dying makes use of the age-old yarn colouring techniques of painting and dabbing, to create a beautiful, natural looking yarn. Her helical stripe method is the absolute best for alternating skeins of hand dyes, and was THE solution to alternating skeins on my Weekender sweater that was a reverse stockinette garment but knit with the “knit” side out. Over time, the firehose of new-to-me techniques dwindled to a trickle. I really do take on board your comments though, and we will endeavour to get a better balance on the following videos. I tried several techniques…none was especially easy to follow nor what I hoped to achieve. If there's a distinct line, dammit, I'm alternating those bad boys! Start with one end white and one end black, even if that’s not in the middle of the ball. When I'm not designing or knitting, I raise two boys and travel whenever we can manage. Start your project by knitting two rows of Skein 1. If knitting or crocheting flat, work two rows from one skein, then work two rows from another and so on. Then, follow the instructions below, according to whether you are knitting flat or in the round. I had come accross Helix knitting for stripes a few years ago but it never dawned on me to use it to alternate skeins of hand dyed yarn. You might find it easiest to just cast on some stitches and try it. I remember my first time knitting with hand-dyed yarn, not realizing I needed to alternate the skeins, the front of my sweater had one big area that almost looked as if it was wet compared to the rest of the sweater. Helical stripes! I bought these at Vogue Knitting Live in January because –well, I had to buy them; they are Things Dyed With Indigo. If you google it, it will come up! It’s tricky to visualise and understand but super simple to do. Yes, you just stop a whole needle away. (People who know me: stop laughing.) In the end, I decided that I needed to try this technique again later with a less bouncy yarn and when I don’t have pandemic brain (for me pandemic brain meant that I had very, very, very limited patience for anything new and/or fiddly). For the past 15 or 20 years (hmmm, coinciding with onset of motherhood), I’ve had a “triage” mindset, in knitting and in life. But now I’m embarking on a sweater with 9 hand-died skeins. . How do you use this wonderful technique when your stripes change color…ie pink, purple, pink, purple, orange, purple, orange, purple, etc. I don’t understand this statement: “I divided it unevenly, to maximize contrast in the stripes at the start of my mitts.” How will making your balls of unequal size affect the contrast? Give it a try if you haven’t yet, and you’ll be surprised by how simple it is! I continued to knit them, flawlessly from row 1, while I sat on the phone in conference calls for most of the afternoon. When you turn to go back pickup the working end of the first skein and work back. At my LYS, the owner, Mary, suggested this type of striping and explained how to do it. Numbers 1-3 were the original skeins and Number 4 was the later and slightly darker skein. If the colour changes while you’re working with a yarn, just go with it and keep following the instructions. I have made one before, but don’t see how it applies here. Snippets is the Saturday newsletter full of MDK news, specials, and first look at new offerings. I lurve them. But I trust Jen. It also means you need very little yarn in each colour - apart from the brim, there only has to be enough of each to knit five rounds. Jen, I was able to follow magic loop – but couldn’t really figure out how she was doing the dpns – did she stop a whole needle away from the second color and if you never catch up how do you get the stripe effect – I can’t do magic loop so I need to understand the dpns –. Instead of alternating every round, I alternate at the two sides of the sweater. But easy doesn’t mean “not clever.” Despite the simplicity of helical stripes, I could have continued to knit for the rest of my days without ever thinking of this neat trick. The pattern assumes you already know how to make a hat, and doesn’t specify circulars, DPNs or when to switch to small diameter knitting. This hat is also helix knit, alternating 2 strands of yarn to form an unbroken, jog-free garter stitch spiral. Would you be alternating it with another color each round? Peruvain Highland wool. I numbered all four of the skeins – #1, #2, #3, #4. That's when they recommend that you alternate from 2 balls of yarn throughout so you won't don't end up with a project that has sections that look like different shades of the same yarn. If you want to alternate every row while knitting flat you can do so on a circular needle, cast on then slid your work back to the other end of the needle, join your second skein and work your first row. The lovely Aimée will have lots of Helix HERE and Kumo HERE.. Child version HERE.. FRANCAIS LI'm making the timberline cardigan and because it uses sooooo much yarn I couldn't get enough of the same dye lot. Helical stripes are so easy that I knit my first few of them in my dentist’s waiting room, reading the step-by-step tutorial off my phone. I decided I simply did not have the available brain space to give this the try it deserved and shelved it for a later project. But again this didn’t turn out great and I didn’t enjoy the process so I decided to shelve it too. So clever! Hi Visually Oriented and Susan, So to help distribute color evenly we recommend alternating skeins. I’m a bit confused as to how you would use it in a honey cowl. But anyone can see that the skeins vary in color; I couldn’t knit with more than one of them without a dye lot stripe. Instead, pair up Skein 1 with Skein 4, Skein 2 with Skein 5, and Skein 3 with Skein 6. I hate that spine but I accept it and do my best to make it less obvious. When knitting flat, you will work two rows from one skein, then two rows from another skein (as shown above). This Spring I’ve worked on my first two garment-size projects out of small batch hand-dyed yarn from an Indie Dyers. If I can't tell where I've switched skeins then I knit as normal. The first pattern in A Year of Techniques is (hold your breath): the Hyacinthus Armwarmers. Hoàng Mai. Help with alternating skeins when knitting flat. Her helical stripe method is the absolute best for alternating skeins of hand dyes, and was THE solution to alternating skeins on my Weekender sweater that was a reverse stockinette garment but knit with the “knit” side out.