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Old 06-17-2013, 12:44 AM   #1
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hi, i am relatively new to knitting and most of my techniques are picked up from youtube or knitting magazines. honestly, i don't even know one person other than me that knits. as i'm surfing ravelry for some cute vintage patterns, i immediately notice there are some pictures that just look so professional and finished. a lot of them are using a piece of contrasting yarn to hold the beginning stitches i think. what a great end result! what is this called? i don't even know what to search for and i've looked up some generic terms like "contrast yarn to hold beginning stitches" etc. here is an example.

* the site won't let me post a picture because i'm new. but here is the link.


images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/laura724/97850374/IMG_6241_medium2.JPG

thanks so much. i always have difficulty when i'm fishing the project or seeming it to tell what is the correct part of the stitch to seam so i think this would be great to help!
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:11 AM   #2
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In the picture you line to, the contrasting yarn is being used to hold live stitches. This waste or scrap yarn is used in place of a stitch holder. Later, the knittier will go back and place the held stitches back on a needle and continue knitting with them (on the sleeves in the picture for example).
You could also use this technique to hold stitches for a seam, say at the shoulder and then use 3 needle bind off to join the live stitches.
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Don't you just love learning new things like that? Once I've learned all I can I'm going to give up knitting. One of the best things I've learned so far is avoiding seams whenever possible. One thing I prefer to avoid is seaming.

Could you link to the pattern itself? I like that top.

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Old 06-19-2013, 09:05 AM   #4
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http://www.ravelry.com/projects/laura724/arbor

the link to the original pattern is there> i know i just LOVE vintage patterns! thanks so much i will look up videos on the best way to do it so i can start holding my live stitches!
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One of the easiest ways to hold live sts is on another circular needle or cable if you have one. Even slipping the sts onto a size smaller circular needle works, just make sure they won't slip off. For some areas, like the sleeves, the scrap yarn just works better becasue it's so flexible.
Thanks for the link to the Ravelry page and good luck with the sweater.
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