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Old 09-04-2007, 10:20 AM   #1
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help: place sts on waste yarn
okay, this is probably a silly question, but how do you place sts on waste yarn? i understand that you do this to hold those stitches while you work elsewhere -- but can anyone explain this? and, instead of waste yarn, can i use stitch holders?

i'm working on my first sweater (jared's cobblestone pullover) and have been studying the pattern before i begin.

thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:31 AM   #2
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In a mitten I did I used waste yarn for the thumb. I used the waste yarn and knit it in just like you would a new color or a new skein. Since the yarn was just holding the place I slipped those 7 stitches back on the RH needle and knit them with the regular yarn.

Not sure how this applies to your sweater, but I hope this helps!

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Old 09-04-2007, 10:48 AM   #3
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I use stitch holders or another circular needle because getting them on to the yarn and off again seems too fiddly. I do it occasionally (like when I need the needles they're on) and use a small crochet hook to pull the yarn through the stitches.
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:51 AM   #4
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thanks! i think i'll use stitch holders, as well. just wanted to get another opinion.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:07 PM   #5
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In some cases when you use waste yarn (like in a thumb gusset) and then knit onto the waste yarn, you get live stitches top and bottom when you remove the waste yarn. So then you wouldn't want to use a stitch holder, am I right?
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:12 PM   #6
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in the pattern, it says to slip the sts to waste yarn -- so i don't believe that i would be knitting onto the waste yarn.
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