Knitting with Two Different Yarns
Since I've been crocheting with two yarns at once and getting a good effect, I thought: Why not try it with knitting? I didn't have to hand knitting needles big enough to handle the project I had envisioned, so I decided to test my idea with cotton yarn and my US 9 needles. Here is the result, a 12" wide by 18" long dish towel. The texture is very thick and sturdy. Cotton yarn is a bit stiffer than wool or acrylic; it tends to fight back. This made the project quite interesting.
I framed the stockinette knit with seed stitching to keep it from rolling up. This also produces a pleasing effect. I used one plain ecru ball and one variegated. A towel like this could dry a lot of dishes! Warning: you have to keep your wits about you casting off. It's a bit tricky.
My ultimate goal is to produce an afghan using two acrylic yarns that combine to produce a soothing, subdued color effect. I plan to do it in panels, alternating between crochet and knit.
Someday I may learn the more complicated crochet stitches and figure out how to read patterns. Right now I'm having fun seeing how much I can do with just plain stitching.