How to Change Yarn Colors on the Knifty Knitter

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How to Change Yarn Colors on the Knifty Knitter
The Knifty Knitter can make items with more than one yarn colour. (knitting image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from Fotolia.com)

A Knifty Knitter is a weaving loom that enables you to create knitted items like hats, scarves and blankets without the traditional use and challenge of knitting needles or crochet needles. This colourful plastic knitting frame transforms ordinary yarn into a variety of knit items, quickly and easily. If you decide to use different colours in the knitted piece that you are making, you need to change yarn colours on the Knifty Knitter. This can be accomplished quickly and easily with just a few simple steps.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Knifty Knitter
  • Yarn (2 colours)
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Complete the knitting row that you are working on with the current yarn colour. Leave a tail of the old yarn colour that is 6 inches long secured to your hitch peg, or end peg. You will use this extra yarn to transition to the new yarn colour.

  2. 2

    Hitch the two different colours of yarn together. This can be accomplished by tying a loose knot or by twisting the two yarn pieces together. The pieces need to stay joined long enough so that you can begin knitting again with the new yarn colour.

  3. 3

    Knit the next row, using your new colour yarn. You may need to hold the two yarn tails together and maintain tension while you do this to ensure that the two tails do not become unravelled. The risk of unravelling will decrease by the time you have completed the first row of the new colour.

  4. 4

    Complete your second row with your new yarn colour on the Knifty Knitter.

  5. 5

    Unhitch, or separate the two yarn tails carefully. You will need to pull both tails through your knitted piece so that they are both sticking out of the wrong side (back side) of your work.

  6. 6

    Tie the two ends of yarn into a knot making sure that the knot is well hidden in the side of the knitted piece. You may need to pull or adjust the yarn slightly to help it blend in naturally. The edges are one of the best places to hide knots or yarn tails.

  7. 7

    Weave the yarn tails into the edge of the knitted piece. You may choose to trim the ends of the yarn so that they are not too long.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the same weight yarn when you change colours so that it doesn't affect the shape of your knitting.
  • Make sure that the yarn is not too tight while using the Knifty Knitter.

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