Passap knitting machines can blink
The blinking of the yarn means that you are deliberately lining up the color sections of your yarn row by row, so that the knit looks as if it had been knitted with undyed yarn and, after knitting, was coated with a watercolor effect with dye.
Flashing yarns only works with colored yarns, which are bought in hand-dyed strands and not in commercially available balls or strands. The strand must look like it has clear sections of color that extend across the strands of the stroke as your eye moves around the strand.
This is a great project to try when you learn to dye yarn, as you can decide how many inches between each color you apply to the wound strand, so you get this knitting effect.
A great way to shorten the project to determine the flash level is to knit a pattern of your yarn before dyeing the yarn. You can then apply the thread dye in the order you need when dyeing once you get the following information.
See how much yarn is needed to knit 1 row with 30 stitches, mark your yarn and knit another 19 rows, mark this spot on your yarn and untangle back to your first mark after you have worked the strength of the pattern.
This way you can knit until you find the stitch size that creates the texture you want. Use 30 stitches for easy calculation.
If your yarn is something that you have already bought and that has been dyed, you need to take a different approach to determine your lightning level.
Take your skein of thread and place it on your Swift. If you don’t have a Swift, you can be creative and maybe take out 3 cans of soup and wrap them around on a table. Measure the length of a color repeat sequence. Then measure the length of the repetition of all other strands of the same color wave that you bought for your project. Use only the strands that are fairly close together in the color sequence measurements to wrap your yarn into medium tension balls.
Begin knitting several rows of waste yarn, then knitting with the dyed yarn and knitting one row, inserting a safety pin through the skein itself at the top of the last stitch in the first row and then knitting nineteen more rows. Mark this end of the yarn with a safety pin through the thread, take it out of the knitting machine and untangle it back to the first safety pin. Measure the length of the yarn used.
If you know how much yarn per 30 stitches you are knitting, you can determine the required length of yarn per stitch. Grab your calculator and by figuring out how many stitches you would need to knit one repetition and two repetitions, you can calculate how big your sweater would be for the given size and stitch size for the number of stitches “flash value”.
To make the yarn flash, you have to knit in the round. Check both the stitch size of your front and rear bed to make sure you know what tension to use. Some machines are different on each bed, so you need to check your own knitting machine to get this information before you start. You want both the front and back of your tube to look the same.
Knit to the length you want your sweater to be. You need to cut out for the armholes and sew the sleeves into the cut out area. You can do this by hand or by machine.
Her sleeves do not blink because they are shaped when knitting. A great way to make sleeves is to use a contrasting thread in one of the colors for the sleeves and use the same contrasting thread on the sweater as a detail. It looks like you want to make your sweater that way.
It’s a fun way to use yarn, and the end results can be pretty impressive. Try flashing and have fun creating beautiful and interesting sweaters. Then get ready for many compliments.