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« on: November 03, 2005 05:14:41 PM »

I'm new to the knitting world, and I'm not sure what you do to sew knitting together. I mean, do you use a normal needle? How do you tie your work off? Any suggestions would be appriciated. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2005 09:00:56 PM »

They sell special "yarn needles" at craft stores. They're usually made out of plaastic or metal, and they have bigger holes than regular needles. There are different sizes for different weights of yarn.  And to tie it off, well, there's really no particular way to do it. My favorite way is to do the last stitch, then before I pull it closed, run the yarn through the stitch twice.  Then tie a normal knot, and cut it off, leaving a small tail to weave in.
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2005 09:07:35 PM »

Maybe this can help:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2005 09:08:43 PM »

I really enjoyed a book called, The Knitters Book of Finishing Techniques.  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/156477452X/qid=1131080555/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-1867536-3571222?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
It gives incredible detail on invisible seaming in many different pattern stitches, and lots of other great tips. 

knittinghelp.com also has a video for different finishing tips. I haven't watched them, but I have learned a lot from her other videos so I'm sure these are great Smiley

Good luck finishing your sweater!! Don't be afraid of it!  Once you get a hang of seaming, it will go quickly and you'll be able to wear your garment!! I'm probably the only person who will say this, but I LOVE to sew up sweaters. I think it's because I've been sewing much longer than knitting, so it came very easily to me.  Just like knitting, it's not difficult once you learn to identify what your looking at Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2005 09:12:31 PM »

Now I have to say that when it comes to knitting, never tie a knot.  Not only do they have a nasty habit of coming through on the right side (no matter how careful you are), but also, knots come undone.  A throughly woven in end won't ever come out.  I've knit a lot of clothing, baby stuff included (and what gets washed more than that!), and never made a knot. It's all holding up wonderfully, with no sign of falling apart.

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