Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-02-2005, 04:38 PM   #1
Silver
Instepping Out
 
Silver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Orange Park, FL
Posts: 3,949
Thanks: 854
Thanked 669 Times in 351 Posts
Knitting Tips
I thought it would be fun to share our knitting tips that we've come up with that make knitting easier. These are tips that weren't learned from a knitting how-to book, but instead developed because of trial and error or just good old brilliance. (Cause you know, knitters are geniuses!! I mean, who else can make a sweater from a piece of string??)

Show your brainy side and list your clever tips!! Oh.. they don't have to be YOUR solutions, they can be tips you've heard from other knitters too.


Here's a few of mine...

If you're knitting in the round and the pattern instructs you to place stitch markers at the beginning and the center (other side), use a RED marker for the start of the round, and a GREEN one for the center. When knitting along, you'll never forget which is which. Green means GO on knitting the round, Red means STOP (end of round).

Need to divide a skein evenly for two matching items (IE socks)? Wind a second ball from the first, keeping them connected. Weigh them both by themselves, adjusting by winding more yarn to one or the other until they're even in weight. Then cut the yarn to separate them.

Knit sleeves at the same time on one needle, with two balls of yarn. They'll always be dead on even in length.
__________________
~Kristin

Silver's Sock Classes
Shop: On The Town Knitting Bags, hand made elegant small project bags.
My Blog, Write | KBelle on Ravelry | ComeToSilver on Plurk | Puppies, Jinx & Hex Photos & Videos
Silver is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 08-02-2005, 04:44 PM   #2
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,240 Times in 1,837 Posts
I do the same thing with the colors of the stitch markers!

I also knit both sleeves at the same time, as well as the two sides of a cardigan.

Long tail cast on with two balls/ends of yarn.

I always knit in the ends as I go whenever possible. Much less work at the end of a project.

If I think of any more that are not obvious, I'll be back.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2005, 04:47 PM   #3
Aby
Knitting the Flap
 
Aby's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
Posts: 480
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via ICQ to Aby Send a message via AIM to Aby Send a message via Yahoo to Aby
I've found that when my bamboo needles start sticking, if I rub a candle, dryer sheet, or some Pledge, all over them, they allow the yarn to slide easier.

I also keep all my leftover or scrap yarn in individual ziplock sandwich bags. That way, they don't tangle up and they don't sit in my basket, cluttering it.
__________________
"the butter wouldn't melt so I put it in a pie"
http://www.livejournal.com/users/spankzilla/
http://intheclique.com/
Aby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2005, 05:01 PM   #4
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,240 Times in 1,837 Posts
Another I thought of--

Using post-it notes for charts, blocking off all the rows you haven't done and having the working row right below the edge is pretty common.

I always use two post-its, one next to the other, so I can move them one at a time and not lose my place. When I've used one, I take it off and if I get distracted, I don't know where to put it back without checking my knitting.

Enlarging charts on a copy machine, too.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2005, 06:06 PM   #5
rebecca
Grafting the Toe
 
rebecca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Follow the Yellow Brick Road...
Posts: 7,620
Thanks: 189
Thanked 92 Times in 66 Posts
I think the whole world knows that I knit socks in tandem...decided to buy a second set of same size dpns one day to knit them at the same time; I later found out that several people were doing that!

I also started putting my balls of yarn in ziplock bags & cutting hole in corner for yarn; later found out lots of knitters were doing that, too...lol!

I suppose we are a group that have the same train of thoughts?!
Supper is about to burn...I'll have to think of others!
Great thread, Silver

EDIT...remembered another; when blocking something; I run dental floss (was going to use fishing line, but didn't have any) thru the side seams with a tapesty needle and then tack down the ends of the floss bc I don't have those blocking wires, I improvised with 'found objects'...dental floss!

Yet another; right after I started knitting last year I started putting everything written/typed/printed/bought in page protectors & 3 ring binder that I've also found out we all do...GREAT MINDS....

My sweet husband bought the zipper case that goes in 3 ring binders (remember from school...for our pencils, pens, etc ) for me to put accessories in to keep at hand. Of course my collection of 'accessories' has since grown...but, this zippered '3 ring binder container' (or whatever it's called.. ) will go with me tomorrow when we go to Charleston with my out of town necessities in it :D ..I have a very sweet & ingenious husband

OMGosh, thought of another, everytime I submit this post...I think of another...lol! I put rubber bands or twist ties (I've also used a bit of silly putty with plastic on it on the end of the needles...lol) at the end of my needles to keep the yarn on bc I lost all of my point protectors

ANOTHER EDIT I write everything down; then type it into my palm software on computer and then hotsync it to my pda; I've been doing this since I started knitting...LOL, then I found out not too terribly long ago that there is pda software for this...but I think my method works GREAT :D
__________________
Addicted to the Knit is Becka

"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Whimsical Knitting
Whimsical Knitting Designs

I'm Becka on Ravelry!

rebecca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2005, 08:50 PM   #6
suziehomemaker
Turning the Heel
 
suziehomemaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Central New York
Posts: 986
Thanks: 123
Thanked 153 Times in 118 Posts
Keep a small notebook in your knitting bag to help you keep track of pattern repeats and for working on those knitting/math problems.

I also include in that notebook a list for all of my projects along with the materials for each, including yarn and needle sizes. Yet another list for the needles that I own (separated by type and size) so that if I find a good deal or get a coupon I know exactly what I have and exactly what I'll need in the future.

Sounds anal but after I bought my third pair of straight size 6 needles I decided that a list would save me money!
__________________
******************************************
I am MotherHenKnits on Ravelry

Blog & Pictures: http://motherhenknits.blogspot.com/
suziehomemaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2005, 12:11 AM   #7
wildforyarn
Turning the Heel
 
wildforyarn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: somewhere in mommy land....
Posts: 810
Thanks: 25
Thanked 28 Times in 26 Posts
For those of you who are talking about knitting two sleeves at the same time, can you explain?? Thanks.
__________________
Sara G.
Visit my blog!

wildforyarn on Ravelry

wildforyarn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2005, 07:49 AM   #8
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,240 Times in 1,837 Posts
Originally Posted by wildforyarn
For those of you who are talking about knitting two sleeves at the same time, can you explain?? Thanks.
You basically cast on both sleeves on one needle with two balls of yarn. They're not connected in anyway, use one ball for one and one for the other. No big secret.
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2005, 07:57 AM   #9
HeatherFeather
Turning the Heel
 
HeatherFeather's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 907
Thanks: 20
Thanked 18 Times in 17 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to HeatherFeather
but when doing this, make sure that you put some type of stitch marker inbetween the sleeves, like the RED for stop, that way you know to drop one yarn and pick up the next. ask me how I know??? lol.....


knit too many rows toghether that shouldn't have been together.
__________________
Heather

HeatherFeather is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2005, 08:10 AM   #10
Ingrid
Moderator
Mod Squad
 
Ingrid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY
Posts: 29,583
Thanks: 21
Thanked 2,240 Times in 1,837 Posts
Originally Posted by HeatherFeather
but when doing this, make sure that you put some type of stitch marker inbetween the sleeves, like the RED for stop, that way you know to drop one yarn and pick up the next. ask me how I know??? lol.....


knit too many rows toghether that shouldn't have been together.
It takes a brave woman to admit that!!
__________________
"Trust the pattern!"

Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog

IngridKH on Ravelry
Ingrid is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Knitting Tips KarenInTacoma General Knitting 1 10-30-2010 07:10 PM
Knitting with Fun Fur - TIPS? Itsflee General Knitting 6 09-24-2009 08:44 AM
Tips knitting with Bam Boo mare-nitt How-to Questions 8 04-30-2009 11:40 AM
Tips for knitting on sz 2 dpns? Finnegan How-to Questions 3 01-30-2007 07:30 PM
Tips for knitting w/ cotton brookenic How-to Questions 10 05-04-2005 07:16 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:35 AM.