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How Slightly Changing Needle Size Can Greatly Alter The Look Of Hand Painted Yarn

I’ve been experimenting with how changing needle size impacts the appearance of variegated yarn. Case in point, my Jaywalker socks.

Remember how the colors were stacking in unwanted vertical bands when knitted with a 2.50 mm needle? Well after some success on the second ball of Koigu with 2.75 mm needles, I ripped back the first sock to the ribbed cuff and decided to see what would happen with 3.00 mm double points.

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I’m liking it a lot and am amazed at the difference. It’s brighter, with colors wonderfully, unevenly distributed around the leg. If the ribbed cuffs weren’t identical between the two scans I’d never believe it was the same ball of yarn. And so far it is much more comfortable than even the second sock leg knit with 2.75 mm needles.

Do I like it enough to rip out the second sock from earlier in the week? That’s yet to be determined.

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December 8, 2006


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