Tips and Hints 

Helpful knitting tips and hints.

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Knitting Tips & Tricks

Shortcuts and Techniques Every Knitter Should Know by Lily Chin - Hardcover - Published 2009

BINDING OFF - STAIR STEPS

One way to get rid of the "stair steps" when binding off over several rows is When you bind off each group of stitches, always slip the first stitch of the group. This makes for a much smoother edge. Maggie's Rags

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BREAD TAB AS STITCH MARKER

Do you need a marker when knitting or crocheting? You can use a bread tag as a marker. Needlepointers.com

GAUGE

Always check the gauge listed on the yarn against the gauge required for your pattern to make sure you are buying the right yarn. Wonderful Things

KNIT SWATCH TEST

Knit swatch test - Measure it well in all directions and wash it the way you would wash your finished garment. Measure again carefully to compare to the original. You now know how it will look after washing, without jeopardizing your whole garment. Wonderful Things

KNITTING

Be sure that you know, if your instructions were written in America or in Europe! There IS a difference. Wonderful Things

KNITTING

During breaks in knitting, I put a rubber band on the tip of the needle to keep work from slipping off. By Alice Best Lions Yarn

KNITTING NEEDLES

Store double pointed needles in travel toothbrush holders and mark size with indelible marker. Lions Brand

KNITTING NEEDLES

Store knitting needles in tubes for cross-stitch cloth. Ben Franklin Crafts

PATTERNS - KNITTING PATTERNS

Keep a pen and paper handy or a row counter to keep track of how many rows are completed. This is particularly helpful with more difficult patterns. One extra row in one sleeve of a sweater will result in a horrible mismatch. By Judy Coates Suite101

SCISSORS

Put plastic or rubber knitting needle points on the tips of scissors so that they won't damage other things in your knitting bag. The Knitter's Bag

STITCH MARKER

Make stitch markers out of pieces of a different colored yarn, make a slip stitch and put on the needle where you want to mark an area. Karen's Left-Handed Knitting Page

TASSEL

Use a latch hook for attaching tassels, it keeps the yarn secure as you pull it through the edge. Prayer Shawl Ministry

YARN - JOINING NEW SKEIN

When adding another skein of yarn leave enough tail to knit it in with next row. It will save the effort of weaving in the small hanging pieces after the project is finished and it will also stay put during use. By Lee Levy Lions Yarn

YARN - JOINING NEW SKEIN

When knitting and joining a new skein of yarn, knit 3 stitches using both the end of the old skein and the beginning of the new skein. Drop old skein, and continue with new skein. The Knitter's Bag

Yarn Holder

Don’t let your yarn get crossed. Use an empty baby wipes container to keep yarn clean and tangle-free. Real Simple

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YARN HOLDER

Learn how to keep yarn from rolling away by putting it in a bowl. This also helps keep yarn clean. Watch video. Needlepointers.com

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YARN HOLDER

Turn an ordinary oatmeal canister into a yarn holder. No more tangled yarn.

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