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giantsquid 10-29-2010 09:08 AM

How do I "run end through rem sts" and "knit up evenly along side?"
Hi everyone! I'm new to knitting, and new to this forum :) I just started my first big project, a stuffed kangaroo. I'm finishing up the head and the pattern says to do this:

"Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten up securely"

How do I get the yarn through the stitches, and what's the best way to fasten it after?

The next instruction is for the back, and says "With right side facing, knit up 18 sts evenly along side of boucle rows of head."

I have absolutely no idea what this one means... please help!

suzeeq 10-29-2010 10:09 AM

I usually use a crochet hook to pull the loose tail through, but most people use a tapestry needle, the same you'd use to sew up seams. Beginning on the other side of the sts from where your tail is, run the yarn through the sts like a drawstring. I usually do it twice or you can just do it once, then through only a few more sts a second time. Fastening it is just weaving the end through like you do with regular knitting.

There's a video for picking up sts at the bottom of the Tips page. Hold your piece in the L hand as if it were a needle and using the R needle 'knit' into the sts along the edge.

hyperactive 10-29-2010 11:55 AM

I usually use a crochet hook, as well. But a tapestry needle will work just as well. you can even knit every stitch with the tail already cut (a few inches long) and then pull the yarn through with the free end of that loop.
so: knit the stitch (no other stitches on the right needle), then pull your right needle away from your knitting to elongate the stitch you have until it snaps out with the free end. Do the same thing with the next stitch and so on.
I mainly use that for very few stitches or when I do not have other tools at hand (on the train, when I do not want to dig through my bag or anything). More work than crochet hook or tapestry needle, but less tools.

giantsquid 10-30-2010 12:26 AM

Thanks! That was really helpful and well-explained. My kangaroo's getting bigger :)

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