I alternated the skeins for this version of Eric’s Jumpsuit. You can still sort of see where I joined the new yarn if you’re inspecting it closely, but I think I did a decent enough job of blending it in, slowly alternating out the original skein. I wanted to have some left to alternate for the sleeves and the hood as well, though I suppose it would be harder to notice a color shift in the hood. I still haven’t broken into the third skein, but it seems similar to the second with more variety of tones than the first skein.
I think I’ll have a LOT left, so I might make slippers for my sister. Or maybe a (barf) bear hat.
I chose not to alternate the skeins at the end of the row, because I want to keep those neat and clean for when I attach the zipper. But it’s SUPER annoying to alternate in the middle of a flat-knitted piece, as you’re going to run into holes for sure. You can see here a line where I twisted the yarns around each other but it’s not noticeable from the front. Since it’s garter, I invented (?) a make-shift method for alternating the skeins without holes.
1. (WS) Attach the new skein (B) on the back somewhere. I stuck mine on the side between two cables. I knitted one stitch with the two yarns, and then took the new yarn and knitted the rest of the row. Leave the old skein (A) dangling off the back.
2. (RS) Knit the next row in pattern. Work the stitch where you attached skein (B) as normal.
3. (WS) Knit to the stitch directly above where you attached the new skein (B), but don’t knit it. Bring the (B) yarn to the back of the needles and then drop it. Bring the old skein (A)’s yarn up and knit the stitch. Then, wrap (B) around this stitch and bring it back to the front of the needles, then drop it. Continue knitting the row with skein (A).
4. Keep alternating this every row, then every two rows, three rows, etc.
I kind of did a WT method without turning, which hides the hole you get from switching yarns in the middle of a row. Wrapping the yarn in front of a stitch makes it look like a purl, so it will only work with garter or another type of patterns with purls on the front. It does leave a pretty noticeable ridge, too. I’m sure I didn’t invent this, but maybe it’ll help someone!