Hello All! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was too short, but involved brunch, so no complaints. Well, I lost an hour of sleep to daylight savings. So… one complaint.
Since we’re all a little bleary eyed this Monday, I thought I’d show you this super simple tip to make clean color changes in your ribbed knitting. As in, so simple that I generally forget it and have to look it up again each time. So this is for my own reference as much as yours!
I was finishing up an old UFO recently. It was a pair of socks for The Hubs that I started way back before we got engaged. I got a serious case of second sock syndrome with these socks. So when I got to the top ribbing of the sock I started right in with the K1, P1 ribbing in my contrast color. And it looked like poop.
Look at all those purl bumps mucking up my color changes! It was not cute. On the other hand, I had sock #1 completed and pretty with no purl bumps. For the life of me, I could not remember how I did it, but then it hit me!
In order to make clean color changes in your ribbed knitting…
Knit the first row!
When you switch to a different yarn color, you can avoid the jagged transition by knitting the first row of every new color you add. Don’t start right in the ribbing, unless you want the purl bumps to show though, just knit the first row of the new color. I promise you wont even notice that there no ribbing on that row. Just look!
Go ahead! Try to tell me that doesn’t look better! Just clean, smooth stripes! I couldn’t even tell that the first row was just knit stitches when I went back and looked at my sock. I’ve seen this done on larger projects with bulkier yarn and still had a hard time seeing that it was knit all around. I hope this tip serves you well for all your stripey needs. Let me know how you use it! Show me your stripes!