New lockdown knitter here.
I knitted 2 sweaters about 30 years ago and started my third sweater last week.
My question is about the yarn. I bought 5 balls of the same batch of merry-go-round for a child’s sweater.
The back and sleeves look fabulous. The colours are clean and bright, the stripes are great, I’m so happy with it. I joined a second ball in that section and you can’t see the join or see any change in the quality and cleaners of the colours. Just great.
But then I knitted up the front. I started a new ball for the front and took care to match up the stripes so that it would line up at the seam (or thereabouts, its only my third ever knit).
The front looks horrible. It looks patchy and dirty, there is dark dye on all the light colours making it look really grubby.
I might have just shrugged it off if it had all been like that but the difference between the front and back is really disappointing. My child will just look grubby rather than bright and cheerful.
Is this to be expected from self striping yarn that it is unpredictable in this way or have I got a dodgy batch that hasn’t been dyed well?
I’m thinking of starting the front over again with a fresh ball of yarn but is it likely to look grubby again?