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Yarns, Patterns and Knitting Supplies
yarn in 5-gallon ice cream containers (well cleaned of
sorting leftover yarn by weight rather than color.
patterns in plastic sleeves and store in loose-leaf notebooks;
keep a different color notebook for each category of pattern.
boxes with shallow drawers can easily store knitting needles
double pointed needles and smaller knitting supplies in
a canvas pencil case from an office supply store.
yarn, books, and patterns in storage boxes with a number
code and keep track of numbers on index cards.
dressers are useful for storing larger quantities of yarn
or other craft projects neatly and out of sight.
databases are available to help organize yarn, needles,
and books. Recommended software included Mary Moran's
Needletrax and Sole Solution at www.needletrax.com.
Re-chart patterns using spreadsheet software such as Excel
so all stitch codes can be the same on all your patterns
and color coded as the user prefers (yellow for K2tog,
blue for SSK). As sections are completed, shading can
be added to the printout, and new patterns can always
project swatch with a buttonhole to take with you when
you need to buy buttons.
sweaters with a sleeve first, using this as your gauge.
If the gauge isn't correct, you can start over easily.
your swatch so you know what the results will be before
you wash your completed garment.
Through a Project
Helpful tip in measuring a sweater - leave a 36"
tail with your cast-on. Hold the yarn up to the end of
the ribbing and tie a knot. Do this again at the armhole.
This isn't completely accurate, but it works well if a
tape measure isn't readily available.
keep track of cable stitches in a pattern, write down
the frequency of the cable rows in columns on a piece
When knitting two pieces that have to be even, knit them
at the same time. Just cast both onto the same needle,
one after the other, using two separate balls of yarn.
That way your pieces will always end up the same length
and your increases and decreases will be on the same row
on each piece.
keep from twisting the yarn when joining on circular needles,
knit back one or two rows after casting on, then join.
Sew the small seam at the bottom with the leftover tail.
projects with many stitches, place markers at evenly spaced
intervals to make it easier to identify missed stitches
without having to count the entire row.
post-its to mark where you are in a pattern.
a reverse stitch in the pattern to mark the button placement
in the same rows where the buttonhole will be.
slick dental floss along with your yarn when binding off
the armhole to keep it from stretching.
the last stitch in a bind-off can be loose, knit (or purl)
the stitch in the row below, and don't use the last stitch
on the needle.
making socks, mittens, and gloves, reduce the needle size
on your last row before sewing up the final stitches for
a neater appearance.
using an invisible or provisional cast-on, place a knot
at the end of the cast-on so you know which side to zip
when you remove the waste yarn.
a row on circular needles by switching the last stitch
with the first and then knit before continuing to knit.
knee-high nylons as yarn holders.
can join two ends of wool yarn by unraveling both ends
slightly, wetting both ends in your mouth, and rolling
the two ends together to join. This only works with wool.
When picking up stitches, pick up anything that looks
like a hole. If you have too many stitches at the end,
decrease evenly across in the next row.
a handy cable holder, keep a darning needle tied to the
end of your cast-on tail and use the needle to hold your
When joining a sleeve to a sweater, use a three needle
bind-off. Pick up the stitches on the armhole with one
needle and pick up the stitches at the end of the sleeve
with another needle. With right sides together, bind off
with a third needle.
a metal coat hanger in the shape of a sock for blocking
and drying socks.
of Knitted Items
Never store in plastic bags.
sweaters for storage.
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