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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2011 07:09:43 AM »

For keeping track of shaping, such as armholes, get yourself a whole bunch of removable stitch markers. They don't have to be "formal" stitch markers, paper clips, safety pins, or bits of scrap yarn in a contrasting color will work. Every time you make a decrease/increase put a marker in the last stitch of the row. That way it's really easy to see if you need to work shaping again (such as every 4th row) or if you have done enough of them yet. If you have enough markers to leave them in when you are knitting other pieces it can also help you match up the shaping later when you seam things.

Oooh! I'm definitely going to try that. I'll save my scrap yarn to mark stitches. Thanks!
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2011 08:11:55 AM »

For keeping track of shaping, such as armholes, get yourself a whole bunch of removable stitch markers. They don't have to be "formal" stitch markers, paper clips, safety pins, or bits of scrap yarn in a contrasting color will work. Every time you make a decrease/increase put a marker in the last stitch of the row. That way it's really easy to see if you need to work shaping again (such as every 4th row) or if you have done enough of them yet. If you have enough markers to leave them in when you are knitting other pieces it can also help you match up the shaping later when you seam things.

Oooh! I'm definitely going to try that. I'll save my scrap yarn to mark stitches. Thanks!

For paired shaping you want to mark the first and last stitch of course. It was late when I posted and I only said last stitch. Smiley It's very, very handy to have them all marked up like that. I also feel like I've actually made progress in my knitting that way, sometimes it seems I've knit and knit for ages and not added any length to things. I tend to do the markers in the row ends thing on long stretches of straight knitting too, every 10 rows or so, so that I'm sure the parts are the same length. (Though more often i just knit the parts at the same time on the same long circular, so for me the every 10 rows thing is more "yes, I really have been knitting on this and gremlins have not been frogging it when I've been sleeping".)
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2011 09:59:20 AM »

for marking patterns, I use these:

http://www.amazon.com/Sticky-Highlight-Markers-Arrow-Colors/dp/B005GJB8C4

for rememberig what I've done, I actually write stuff on a postit or a bit of paper and pin it to the work. it's the only way I have found that works for me
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2012 12:57:31 PM »

I love stitch counters. Those little stitch markers that look like a combination lock. When I'm doing lace or anything with a chart, I use the stitch counter to keep track of what row I'm on. That way when I put it down, I can pick it back up and know what row I'm supposed to be on.
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