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Knitting Tip- Yarn: Balls and Banderoles

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Informative Banderoles
Before you begin to knit you can get lots of important information from the banderole - on the yarn in general and about this specific ball.
Apart from the name of the yarn you'll find information on the materials used, the length of yarn and the material consumption.
The recommendations for the needles to use and the tension check are non-committal guidelines. Which needles are the right ones for you and the tension depends very much on your own personal knitting style (see Knitting Tip: Tension Sample).
To ensure that you can enjoy your knitted pullovers as long as possible, you should pay attention to the care instructions given on the banderole. It's easiest if you keep one of the original banderoles and note on it which garments you have made from this yarn (see Knitting Tip: Tips on Care).
In the case of printed yarns you will also have a tip for an even colour gradient (see Knitting Tip: Print Yarns).
And not to forget one of the most important details on the banderole - the colour and batch number.

Colour and Batch Number
With the colour and batch number on the banderole a ball of yarn can be identified exactly.
The colour number is allocated to a certain colour of the yarn, whereas the batch number shows the dye lot that coloured this particular ball. All balls from one dye lot have the same batch number and are absolutely identical in colour. Balls with the same colour number, but with different batch numbers can vary slightly in tone.
Therefore, if at all possible, make sure you use balls with an identical batch number.

What if you have varying batch numbers?
Sometimes you can't avoid working balls with different batch numbers in one garment. However, if you follow these tips, this will not necessary mean that your knitted garment will have noticeable differences in colour:
First, sort all the balls according to batch numbers so you can steer how the various tones are used. If you knit the ribs and cuffs with one and the basic pattern with another batch number, the difference in shade will hardly be seen. This is also the case if the entire front is knitted with one and the back with another batch number.
Even if you've almost finished your garment before you notice that there won't be enough yarn, there is a trick to avoid visible colour variations: over 12 rows, alternate every two rows between the old and the new batch. The colour variations are then mingled and can hardly be seen.

Starting a New Ball
Always begin a new ball at the beginning of a row. This way you can finish off the ends making them disappear in the seam. Threads that have been ended in the middle of a row often make their unsightly way to the right side of a garment and stitches around these are often irregular.

Another Tip
Start knitting the yarn from the inside to out. The advantage here is that the ball stays still. You'll certainly appreciate this little luxury if you are working with more than one ball. Pull the end of the yarn carefully out of the centre of the ball. Sometimes you need nimble fingers and a lot of patience, but usually it works well.