Testing Color Fastness

Will those colors run together once the yarn gets wet? It’s a good idea to find out before you knit those stripes! Here’s my method for testing yarn colors before I knit them together.

Information on things you’ll see in this video:
The cowl I’m wearing is my Sixes and Threes Cowl, pattern + video tutorial.

The bottle of no-rinse wool soap is Eucalan.

5 comments on “Testing Color Fastness

  1. Thanks! Great info. So you do this before knitting up a striped piece. Do you soak the whole skein of yarn? How do you get it to dry before knitting it?

  2. Peggy – I don’t recommend soaking the skein of yarn, but using this colorfastness test to judge how to wash the finished knitted item.

    S t a c i

  3. Hi Staci! This is so interesting…I didn’t know about this…always new things to learn! 🙂 I would love to see a video on using the long tail cast on. Not how to do it, but how to modify stitch patterns so that the pretty side of the cast on will show on the right side, and when to replace the long tail CO with a different technique. that was hard to put into words. 😉

  4. Hi, Staci!
    Thanks for your videos.
    I have been knitting continental for a while now and have nice stitches but as I am wanting to have nicer stitches, I can’t seem to get them as even as when I use your Flicking technique.
    My challenge with Flicking is I have small hands. Do you have a recommendation for me.
    My purl and knit stitches are really nice when I use Flicking but again because of my hand size it of course is much slower than continental knitting.
    My mom told me years ago that continental did not make as even stitches as English style. I of course wanted to prove her wrong because it was so much faster. Since I tend to be a perfectionist, I have come to realize she was right – at least for me and what I see on the videos of the different continental knitters.
    Your work is so beautifully even.
    Thanks for whatever advice you can give me.

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