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Old 06-23-2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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Tips for moving and saving stiches??
Hi,

I am currently working on my 1st ever garment - a toddler shrug- and last night spent AGEs transfering the stiches for the sleeves onto spare yarn and then the rest back onto 1 needle to knit the body.

It was way tricker than I expect (dropped 2 stiches) and would appreciate any tips. I have 1 stich saver/holder but it was no easier to use than the yarn or needle.

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Old 06-23-2009, 07:54 AM   #2
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I've seen st holders that look like giant safety pins. It would be just like sliding the sts onto another needle, so should be really easy.

I use a crochet hook to thread scrap yarn through sts. Works easily as you slip them onto the yarn and drop from the needle one at a time. With a skinny hook, you can run the yarn right through the sts while still on the needle. If you don't have a hook, just thread the scrap yarn into a sewing needle.
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I usually use stitch holders that look like giant safety pins. It might just be something that requires practice.
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I would think using a yarn needle and spare yarn would be the easierst. Just move the stitchs off the knitting needle onto the yarn needle.

It's the reverse of that I have more trouble with - getting the stitches back onto the knitting needle from the waste yarn.
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I used the needle with the thread - not surprised if I sewed a few stiches together. I have not yest got to the stage of taking them off the yarn yet - oh lord.

I think cftwo may be right - I just need to practice
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I use another needle, generally a circular; you just slide the sts from one to another and when you need to knit them again, you can knit off the other circ. Sometimes I use a large stitch holder, and occasionally, spare yarn, which I thread through the sts with a crochet hook because my darning/tapestry needles don't have a large enough eye for yarn.
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