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Well, that didn't work

Testing a fairly complicated cable pattern yesterday, one that worked fine when I knit it in one color yarn. I have wanted to knit colored cables for a long time.

Colored intarsia cables

What I didn't realize was how much the "carried" yarn behind the cable would pull.  The cables pulled into themselves, becoming much thinner than they had been in the one-color knitting.  There was no tension on their yarn to keep them as wide as they needed to be to make the pattern work.

Colored cable swatch

I tried two rows of blending--carrying the main yarn into the cable with the color--but didn't like the way it looked.  I will try this concept again, blending embroidery thread into a solid color base.

For the time being, it's rip back and start over.

Unknitted yarn, ready to start again

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