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a pair of hand knit hand warmers in mottled gren and teal yarn with two very different color balls of yarn

How to Knit With Hand Dyed Yarns and Get Uniform Colors Fom Skein to Skein

Hand dyed yarns have no dye lot and rarely match identically from one skein to the other. How do you make a project that requires more than one skein to not have noticeable color stripes or to match a pair of something?

The hand warmers shown in the photo were knit from two balls of yarn that I dyed with the same colors but using a highly suspect technique. I left the yarn in the little balls it came in and injected the dye into the balls with a syringe. The effect was lovely but the balls of yarn (as you can easily see) did not match. Since I wanted each hand to match and not have one blue and one green warmer, I used the tried and true technique of alternating rows.

So, I knit one row with ball #1 and knit the next row with ball #2, the third row with ball #1 and the fourth row with ball #2, etc. By alternating the two skeins of yarn I got two warmers that match! This did slow me down but I think the end result was worth the extra effort.

Knitting a vest or sweater that requires multiple skeins of hand dyed yarn can be done in the same way. Alternate the number of skeins you have; 3 skeins every three rows, 4 skeins every 4 rows. OR you can line your skeins up from darkest to lightest and knit them in progression. Just remember to keep the darkest colors at your hips - it's more slimming.

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