So – you’ve found a knot in your brand-new ball of yarn. You know they’re inevitable and happen to all of us occasionally, but even so – they’re annoying!
It’s likely that you’ve only found one knot, or two at most, manufacturers do work very hard at getting their quality control just right – as we said in the previous blog, but the trouble is, if you're halfway through your new jumper, the problem is not so bad that you feel you have to return the yarn just because you've found a knot or two. Especially as any replacement yarn is just as likely (or unlikely) to have knots in too – they're a random problem. And so you're left with a small but slightly funny lump half way down your left sleeve and a vague feeling of dissatisfaction with the yarn … or the retailer … or the manufacturer … or all three!
The simple way to not have them show in your finished garment is to not knit them in in the first place. Get in to the habit of pulling enough yarn off the ball at the beginning of every row so that you can see well ahead if you are likely to encounter a knot. It's not an exact science but I generally find if I pull out a length about 3x the width of the section I'm knitting that is enough for the row. I work from the middle of the ball out so pulling out the yarn before I start the next row helps with both tension and speed.
If there is a knot in this length then loop the yarn at the side and start the next row from just after the knot making sure you keep the tension nice and tight for the first couple of stitches, just as you would when you are joining a new ball in. The excess yarn can then be used when you are sewing up the seam – so it doesn't get wasted, and you don't have a knot in the middle of your garment.
Ah, I hear you say, that's all well and good when you're knitting something that has seams but I'm knitting a shawl and there is nowhere to hide that knot. My advice then would be to cut it out and leave good long lengths which you can weave in later, again – just as you would when joining a new ball. This also works, of course, on those parts of the garment where a knot is difficult to hide in a seam – on the edge of a button-band, for instance. Although, personally, I always try to keep joins (whether because I’m joining a new ball or taking out a knot) well away from button bands – they can get a bit lumpy otherwise.
And the last word – at the risk of boring you by repeating myself is - if you're not happy with something you've bought from Wise Badger please contact us, we want you to be completely satisfied with your order. If you feel that you have been unlucky and the number of knots is excessive, then we can discuss returning your order for replacement or refund. We mean it when we say that we want all our customers to be happy knitters.