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5 Tips for Working with Dark Yarn

February 7th, 2011

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I love the versatility of dark clothing and accessories. As a yarncrafter, I am often drawn to rich, deep shades. However, it can be very difficult to see your stitches. Here are 5 easy tips that I use to make knitting and crocheting with dark yarns a success.

Gossamer Cowl Pullover1. Select the right pattern. Pattern selection is very personal, but some patterns can be obscured by your yarn color. It’s especially important to test the pattern with a gauge swatch to see if you like the way it looks.
2. Use proper lighting. This will help you avoid eye strain, so you’ll be able to craft longer. You’ll also be able to see your stitches better and be able to identify mistakes faster.
3. Place a white pillowcase or sheet behind your yarncrafting. This will provide contrast and make your work easier to see.
4. Use lifelines. A lifeline is simply a piece of smooth, contrasting yarn or even floss that is threaded through your live stitches. If you make a mistake, you can rip back to the lifeline while saving the rest of your work. Click here to view a tutorial on using lifelines.
5. Get comfortable. Make sure that you’re alert. Start crocheting or knitting slowly, and then work at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Do you like to craft with dark yarns? What are your favorite tips for success?

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  • Gamma22

    I can only work on my darkest yarns when I have natural light coming in the window so I can see my stitches. Not even my Ott-Lite helps. Is it weird that I watch the weather forecast to determine when I can work on my navy blue afghan?

  • Ter-Bear

    I recently purchased an Ott-Lite and it enabled me to work an afghan with black yarn at any time of day without having all the lights on in the room! The amount of focused light really helped me.

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