I read that on a blog today, and thought "Damn, she's right!"
I LOVE multi-colored yarns. I am in love with the concept of making one garment printed in the colors I want, not some colorist at some design house, who farms it out to 12 year olds in another country. But there are pitfalls to multi-colored yarns. One of the most notable is the color stack. I know I blogged about it a few days ago, but here it is, dissected.
1. Cast on with 2.5 mm needles. Everything's peachy.
2. Changed to 4 mm needles, and the colors start to stack and snake.
3. Where I thought "I'll just alternate balls of yarn." You can still see the snake, but it's broken up a bit.
4. Where I said screw it, and went back to a smaller needle size. Either I am gonna work alternating balls of yarn, or work using smaller needles. Smaller needles are simpler. I learned the small needle trick from Alice Trueman. There is still a little color stacking, but it's WAY more subdued and fractured, and I can live with that.
If it gives you fits, and snakes and spits, try going down a few needle sizes.
Note to Vamanta: I am quoting Euro sizing because I am using Inoxes, and they are stamped with Euro sizes.
Note to Barbara and Marie-yes, it will change the tension. In a multicolor like this, it is not as glaringly obvious as it would be in a solid. This is meant to be a close fitting garment, and it has ribbing, so I am not worried.