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Old 07-20-2008, 04:39 PM   #21
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Great tips here! Especially the life line! Since I haven't knitted much I can't tell you how many times I ripped out the whole piece because I couldn't get the stitches or kept dropping a stitich or just plain messed it up trying to frog. Sorry I don't have any tips maybe some day I will have knitted enough to contribute.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:29 PM   #22
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I keep safety pins in my box. If I'm needing to pick up a lost stitch, I like to anchor it first, just in case it decides to undo itself further down the row.

My girlfriend found me the neatest knitting gadget. It's a small crochet hook on one end and a knitting needle on the other. It's about 3 inches long. I sadly use that thing every time I knit , but it sure is handy!
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Originally Posted by tokmom View Post
I keep safety pins in my box. If I'm needing to pick up a lost stitch, I like to anchor it first, just in case it decides to undo itself further down the row.

My girlfriend found me the neatest knitting gadget. It's a small crochet hook on one end and a knitting needle on the other. It's about 3 inches long. I sadly use that thing every time I knit , but it sure is handy!
GREAT idea about the safety pins, Kelly! It can get pretty nerve-wracking trying to catch those stitches. This is a super safety net.

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Originally Posted by catcook View Post
Great tips here! Especially the life line! Since I haven't knitted much I can't tell you how many times I ripped out the whole piece because I couldn't get the stitches or kept dropping a stitich or just plain messed it up trying to frog. Sorry I don't have any tips maybe some day I will have knitted enough to contribute.
Don't worry, Kitty-Kat! It won't take long before you're either frantically searching for solutions or inventing your own. Desperation, NOT necessity, is the real mother of invention! And there's not much more desperate than a knitter who's balled something up after putting in hours and hours of work.

So stay tuned, learn lots, and then send in your solutions, too! They'll be appreciated, especially since you'll probably be looking at things with a new (to knitting) pair of eyes.

Thanks, again!
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:25 AM   #25
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I don't ever remember to mark paper when I'm knitting. So the paper and pencil to keep track just wasn't working for me and neither would the row counters that sit next to you.

I use the ones that hang on your work. Like this one.

And the lifeline, that's has saved me so many hours of re-knitting.

I use hairties for stitch markers. They move easily because they are stretchy.

I also keep a copy of all the patterns I use on my computer. I just save them as doc or pdfs. That way if I lose my copy I can print another.

Raverly has help me a lot too with keeping track of what I'm doing for big projects, like yarn I need and such.

I also keep my work in plastic ziplock bags. And my statch too.
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If I find a pattern that I know I will use over and over, I write each row on an index card, punch a hole in the top left corner and attach the cards with a binder ring. You can then flip through as you continue each row. On the last card (well, the card before any finishing instructions) I note how many repeats of the pattern to make (actually, I do all this on the computer and laminate the cards - that way I can tick off any repeats with-in the rows, or if there are sections of the pattern that are straight repeats (ie. knit 8 rows...) ) I will also usually start the cards with a pic of the finished product, then any special instructions, then onto the pattern rows.

hope that was clear!
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Originally Posted by tokmom View Post
I keep safety pins in my box. If I'm needing to pick up a lost stitch, I like to anchor it first, just in case it decides to undo itself further down the row.

My girlfriend found me the neatest knitting gadget. It's a small crochet hook on one end and a knitting needle on the other. It's about 3 inches long. I sadly use that thing every time I knit , but it sure is handy!
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Hi Kelly

Is this the sort of gadget you mean? Looks really handy, kind of thing that should be superglued to my wrist when I'm working 'awkward' patterns, as I call them

http://www.coatsandclark.com/cgi-bin...IS+TOOLS+tool+

Many thanks for posting, I'll definitely get one.

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Old 07-21-2008, 02:29 PM   #28
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I have been reading so many useful tips here. I have all sorts of 'gadgets' I've purchased since resuming knitting, but I must get one of the Coats and Clark knitting needle on one end and crochet hook on the other. I do keep a crochet hook at hand, small scissors, retractable tape measure and my indispensable row counters, yes two, as I would be lost without them. Heck, whatever works is fine. Keep the tips coming in as I know for certain I am learning a bunch from I've just read.
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[quote=MAmaDawn;1132101]I don't ever remember to mark paper when I'm knitting. So the paper and pencil to keep track just wasn't working for me and neither would the row counters that sit next to you.

Hi! I also got impatient with marking paper or turning a stitch counter when I'm knitting. I just wanna keep going!

But there were times I had to count rows and/or repeats in a pattern. So I just put some pennies in a bowl and sat it next to me and then I could take one out (one-handed, of course!) and line it up on the sofa or table next to me. I could tell which number of repeat I was on just by looking at the coins.

I guess for a more complex pattern you could use nickles AND pennies and even quarters, depending on how much you have to keep track of (and if you've been to the yarn shop, how solvent your finances are!!! )

Either way, I found this simple. Hope it works for 'ya!

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[quote=margz3;1132180]If I find a pattern that I know I will use over and over, I write each row on an index card, punch a hole in the top left corner and attach the cards with a binder ring.

Hey, Margaret!

I wrote up a tip a bit earlier about how I use index cards, too - they're wonderful! But you added a whole 'nother dimension!!! The binder clip ring and LAMINATING the cards!!! Wowser!

You go, girl!!! This thread is turning out so great!

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