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« on: January 03, 2010 09:42:29 PM »

I've just begun knitting since November, and I'm working on my first project that isn't a rectange or a square, and I already need help!

In the pattern I'm working on, it says "sl all sts to waste yarn", which I know means slip all stitches to waste yarn, but what the heck does it MEAN? Just pull my stitches off the needle? Slip onto the other needle? What does "to waste yarn" mean? Somebody save me!

PS The pattern is Busy Day Dress from the book Learn to Knit in the Round by Company's Coming.
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2010 07:46:33 AM »

it's basically putting them aside to work later. I use a stitch holder, which is something you purchase and could be a waste of money if you are comfortable using waste yarn. Just slip some extra yarn through the stitches so that you don't drop any, then you can pull them off the working needle. this way the stitches are still live/active, and when you finish knitting what you are working on, you put them back on a needle to finish working.

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2010 11:49:48 AM »

Waste or scrap yarn is some that's leftover from another project; you're using it as a stitch holder. You can use a small safety pin like stitch holder, but position it so the sts are on both sides of it, not just one. The sts need to fold up to knit the hand so you don't have to stretch the yarn across the gap. You can also use some thin string or heavy crochet thread if you have that around.

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2010 08:07:19 PM »

Thank you so much for replying, I laid in bed awake for hours last night wondering! Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2010 02:50:50 PM »

Putting stitches on waste yarn terrified me until I learned this tip - use a yarn needle to thread the waste yarn through the stitches you're putting aside BEFORE you take them off the needle. I know it's a big DUH for most people, but I was doing it the hard way! And use a fat enough yarn or multiple strands, to approximate your needle size if you can. It makes returning them to the needle a lot easier!

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