Tips 'n Tricks

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011Name: lyn

Subject: sewing up

Comment: when sewing up garments, don't knot the yarn but leave a long end and then sew that in after, no bulky knots!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011Name: Rebekka

Subject: Pattern and row counting

Comment: Every time I start a pattern I right down how many rows there are on a sticky note or scrap paper, that way I can check off the rows as I go without ruining the pattern. This is also great when making sweaters or hats that tell you too knit X inches. You can keep track of exactly how many rows you knitted so everything lines up perfectly at the end!

Saturday, October 08, 2011Name: olivia

Subject: adding stitches accidentaly

Comment: When you add a stitch accidentaly, either find it yourself and fix it or find someone who can so you don't end up really messing up.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011Name: Fishpot

Subject: Storing knitting needles

Comment: Use a cloth artist brush organizer to store your knitting needle - less expensive than the knitting organizers. This organizer has plenty of slots to fit size 0 to 17 needles. The art brush organizer rolls up neatly for storing.

Sunday, October 02, 2011Name: Karen

Subject: Changing rows

Comment: I write my pattern out on index cards by rows then paper punch a whole in the upper left hand corner and tie together with a big loop so you can turn the page as you go row by row and when your repeat starts turn the cards over and start again. Sure helps me stay in place on some of the more difficult patterns.

Sunday, October 02, 2011Name: Janey

Subject: yarn bits

Comment: When weaving in the yarn ends or seaming a knitted item, when you finish and cut off the leftover piece of yarn, do not waste it by throwing it in the garbage.
The shorter they are, the better.
Save them until early Spring.
Then cut them all into pieces of less than two inches long and put them outside for birds to use as extra insulation to build their nests.

Friday, September 30, 2011Name: Carly

Subject: Containers

Comment: If you have some yarn that you aren't using at the moment I found an easy to keep my yarn organized and neat. I have a box (like the ones that kids would use to hold their toys) and i make sure to warp all the yarn and tuck the tail in so that the yarn doesn't get tangled and messed up.

Friday, September 30, 2011Name: Susan

Subject: Edges

Comment: Pass the first stitch on every row over to the other needle without knitting it. It makes the edges of your work straighter and neater. It has no effect on the finished garment. It still gets knitted at the end of the next row.

Sunday, September 25, 2011Name: Shona Forbes

Subject: Sewing Up Knitting

Comment: Always sew your knitting up with a finer wool in the same shade - for instance use 4 ply to sew up double knitting. This will give a much flatter seam.

Monday, September 19, 2011Name: Colleen

Subject: beginers

Comment: if you are a beginer than you should choose a light colored yarn because if you make a mistake you'll find it easily

Monday, September 19, 2011Name: Colleen

Subject: yarn! yarn! yarn!

Comment: don't choose bulky or thick yarn if you are a beginner since its hard to knit it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011Name: Sophia age nine

Subject: begginers

Comment: If your a begginer you should start on a scarf. I recamend to do it in the garter stich, which is doing the knit stich on both right and wrong side. I hope this helps.

Sunday, September 18, 2011Name: Nutty Knitting :)

Subject: Storing Stuff Cheaply

Comment: Use old glass jars, such as pickle jars, fruit jars, or any glass jar to store needles. You can choose how to store them, too: by size, texture, kind, etc. They look pretty in the jars. Store yarn in shoeboxes. You can slide them under beds, stack on shelves, etc. I love to knit, I am 13, and I wouldn't stop knitting for anything!! :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011Name: Nutty Knitting :)

Subject: Markers

Comment: Use twisty ties from bread bags as markers. They are great because they are cheap, and you can adjust them to different sizes depending on the needles you are using! KNTTING L<3VER!

Sunday, September 18, 2011Name: Olivia

Subject: counting

Comment: Count your stitches by 4's or 2's. It speeds things up a bit and if it's an odd number of stitches there'll always be one extra. If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone download the Knit Counter by Cordless Dog and use that to count your rows and many other things related to knitting.

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