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Are you basing your color decisions onthe pics at the KnitPicks site? I have heard that in many cases, especially with reds and blues they are WAY off.

I just ordered a bunch of color cards, not all they have, but some that you mentioned. When they get here I'll bring them to KWA.


What about overdying the red to make it a deeper red.


Wow - that really IS a great pattern. I'll be interested to see if you come up with a yarn you like for it.


actually, I have elegance in barn red, and it's a deep red... maybe not deep enough for you, but if you haven't checked a color card, try to! (or order a skein of it because I STILL pet my swatches in this yarn). :)


The Andean Silk knits well for me on 7 or 8. the 8 was looser than I prefer, but still doable. you can get around the guage by making a different size. That is, you take the guage you get, and make the pattern size that will give you the measuremnts you need *at your guage*.

You know I am a yarn-dyer by trade, but reds are notoriously difficult. I really don't recommend over dye-ing those. But, the color "carmine" in procion goves a nice red, not orangey. You'd need to do smallish batches in order to get true solids. Not sure it's worth the trouble if you can at all fins a color that's suitable pre-dyed.


I love that sweater too. I know it'd be more expensive, but how about another yarn not from KnitPicks? You could try looking up possible alternatives with Yarndex, then searching eBay.


Hi! I have this same problem with KnitPicks. I like either the fiber or the color, but never both. Although I did finally order a catalog and the colors in there are closer to what I have ordered than what's on the website. I know they say it's your monitor, but too many have commented that the colors aren't always representative. If nothing else, I bet you could bop back over to elann and find something fab.


It's a great pattern Leisel. You're right, needs a better color.

OMG I just love that your dogs are named after Farscape characters...


Um, I need that fun fur button...


I love that pattern too. I wish they had some alternate views of it though. I wonder what the back looks like.

I get frustrated with their color selection too. Anne made a good point about the color accuracy being off. Even the ones in their printed magazine don't can be way off. It might be better now but I bought a bunch of Wool of the Andes and it wasn't even close to what I thought it'd be.

They are pretty quick about adding additional colors. Maybe they'll have some new ones soon.


Dyeing is easy... just remember that dyeing is (a) an additive process, and (b) CMYK versus the RYB color wheel that everyone learns in art class.

Cyan + Yellow = Green
Cyan + Magenta = Purple
Magenta + Yellow = Orange


Cyan + Black = Dark blue
Magenta + Black = Blood red
Yellow + black = puke. :P

Most importantly, Magenta + Yellow + Black = Brown. :D


What a fab pattern, If only I had the skill to make something like that! I can't wait to see it when it's done.


That's my big complaint about Knit Picks, too. The color selections can be very limited, and it always seems to happen on the yarns I like the most. They also seem to have a "thing" for warm colors, and I'm definitely a cool color gal. Since they're still kind of new, I'm hoping the color selection will improve over time.


Beautiful pattern.....Do you have pattern to make it? Can u please share it :-)

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