Tips and Tricks of the Craft!
Create the illusion of a vertical line (and who doesn't need it) by sewing on a row of buttons from our VAST collection of unusual buttons. Fabulous!
Always pick up EVERY stitch
when picking up necklines, then decrease down to the number of stitches required by the pattern in your first row. A good rule of thumb is to pick up every stitch and the decrease by 1/3
Another method for prevent holes when picking up around a neckline, is to twist every stitch on the first row. This tightens the picked up stitch and will give a smooth even look to the neck.
When measuring for gauge,
I like to measure the entire width of my swatch, and divide that number into the amount of stitches. Be sure to take it OFF the needles before measuring. The result will be the number of stitches per inch.
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Ask for a sample when you order your yarn.
When knitting an item for a gift, be sure and enclose the yarn label so the new owner will know how to care for the garment, and also enclose your knitted swatch. Then they have a sample of the yarn for repairs if necessary.
When knitting garments for children, try knitting the sleeves from the shoulder down. When the child has a growing spurt, you can unravel the cuff and knit the sleeve longer.
If you are in a crunch and do not have any stitch markers, use a small scrap of different colored yarn from your yarn bin and knot a small loop. The loop can travel on your needle between stitches like a marker. Caution: do not use a thick yarn because it might leave an indention between your stitches. Some people like to use the bone rings as markers, but this can be as big a problem as using a think yarn.
The most accurate method of measuring wide pieces (when the width of your knitting is more than the length of one needle), is to work halfway across a row, lay the work flat on a table and spread the sts evenly across the 2 needles.
Always measure the length at the center of your work, never at side edges which are usually looser. Place a marker at the center of the last row before you start decreasing for an armhole shaping. This makes it easier to measure the armhole length when you come to it.
Store small chunks of Irish Spring bath soap with your wool to ward off hungry moths.
Leave shoulder stitches on needles or stitch holders instead of binding off. When back and front are completed, knit together and bind off at shoulder seam. Seam is smooth and flat. This is also called the 3 needle method.
When 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.
No more musty sweaters!
Sweaters can take forever to dry lying on a towel. Just take a standard box fan, use four "stadium cups" to make legs and create a flat table with the fan blowing up. Put the sweater and towel (not dripping wet) on the fan set on low. It should be dry in a few hours. Knitting Backwards
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