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Old 01-21-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Please post your favorite knitting tips!
Hi Gang,
It occurred to me that we could have a terrific thread where we can post knitting tips all in one place, either things we've figured out or been taught over the years.

We can all always learn new things, and newer knitters won't have to learn everything the hard way.

Here are some of my favorites:

Photocopy your pattern and leave your original in a safe place, particularly if you KIP.

Highlight the portions of the pattern that are relevant to your chosen size (on your photocopy, of course).

Photocopy and magnify small charts to make them much easier to read.

Use an extra needle (about half the size of whatever your pattern calls for) in addition to your regular needle, for long tail cast-on, casting-on over both. This will keep your cast-on edge from getting to tight but allow you maintain a nice even edge.

That's all I can think of right now. I hope this isn't repetitive from another thread, but I haven't found any like this.

Any other great tips, KHers?
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:39 PM   #2
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Put your photo-copy in a page protector and us a grease pencil to mark you spot. This works great with charts.
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good idea about the grease pencil...I do use the page protector with my xrox copy in it, but this way I wouldn't have to keep taking the paper in and out to mark my progress!
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I put all patterns in a protective sleeve and mark off steps to be done with a dry erase marker and then when i finish a certain step i just erase it! Works great for me.
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Thanks for the move, mods! I wasn't sure where to post this originally. It will definitely get more views here.
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Hi what is a grease pencil?
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Old 01-21-2008, 02:53 PM   #7
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I always cast on and off with a needle one size larger than my project calls for. This ensures I never have that "pucker" that a lot of people get because it's too tight.

I also tend to keep track of my knitting in a notebook; nothing as fancy as a journal, just a small notebook with needle size, yarn, etc. I also use it to keep track of rows when knitting lace etc., and write down what I do for the first of a pair of items: # of rows of ribbing. It saves endless counting and avoids the possibility of non matching mittens and socks.
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When knitting 2 socks at the same time I keep the balls of yarn in the toes (when doing toe up) or in the heel (cuff down) to keep them from tangling with each other and draw the yarn from there. It might not be a new tip for most sock knitters but I just learn this tip myself...
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:55 PM   #9
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I just posted this before:

For unruly circs: use an infant or toddler (small size) shirt and hanger. Thread one needle through one arm of the shirt (shirt must be hanging on the hanger) all the way through and out the arm hole of the other side so that one needle is hanging out of one arm and the other is hanging out of the other arm. The circs won't coil up and you won't have to buy a circ holder.

I keep all of my projects in really big ziploc bags (They are the new super large ones that you can fit books in) on a bookshelf. (I am an ADD knitter) When I want to knit, I walk over to the shelf and can see through the bags which contain my photocopied pattern, my needles, my project, and all of the yarn I will need to complete the project. I usually pop the bag in my prettier knitting bag. Unless I'm going to knitting group. I take the items out of the plastic baggies and put them into my bag.
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I you knit one sock at a time, to avoid SSS, cast on both socks, on separate needles, then when you finish a section of sock # 1, do that section for sock # 2. continue this way, and when you're finished you have both socks done!! No more SSS, and to me, much less confusing than knitting 2 socks on the same needles.
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