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« Reply #320 on: August 08, 2007 09:07:46 PM »


Weaving in ends is one of the things I hate the most, so I love love love this suggestion. I weave in the ends of things right when I start them and then don't have to go back to do it later.

Thank you so much for this tip!  I am knitting the Knitty "Hip In Hemp" skirt and there are about 5 kazillion ends to weave in.  I'll be trying it tomorrow!

I know a lot of people have made the suggestion about the elastic bands.  I was cleaning out a REALLY old drawer the other day and found a package of the elastic bands that I used when I was in braces.  The best part is that it works for really small needles.  So for all of you with children in braces who don't change the bands as often as they should...

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« Reply #321 on: October 14, 2008 02:51:46 PM »

My newest trick is to knit gloves on 2 circular needles.  It is a real experience.  But, I still love knitting socks on two needles.  Wink
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« Reply #322 on: November 08, 2008 07:10:36 PM »

One of my favorite tricks is double-knitting socks (sleeves, anything else that comes in identical pairs) - no second-sock syndrome!  It does require that I pay more attention and it slows me down a bit, since I have to be careful not to cross the yarns, but it still beats SSS, and it never fails to impress people.  Knitty has a pretty good tutorial here:  http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATextreme2in1.html


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« Reply #323 on: February 18, 2009 07:48:13 AM »

This may be a common sense tip, but use the library.
I've gotten lots of pattern books from the library, some I just flip through, some I pick up one easy trick that I love, some I find one great pattern, some I decide I want to buy later.

Read up on copyright issues before photocopying something, and decide what is fair use (I feel comfortable with photocopying a pattern to produce something for personal use ie no selling the finished product), but don't feel like you need to stand in the bookstore for hours flipping, or spend a lot of money buying books you may end up hating.

Most libraries have a large TT820 section, or at least allow you to request books from other libraries or Interlibrary Loan.

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« Reply #324 on: July 31, 2009 07:28:49 AM »

Having spent the day reading through this thread (Slow day at work) Im surprised no-one has mentioned my new favorite trick!

I am a newbie sock knitter (no DPNs which I love) and I was strugling to make a good 1st round join. I did try the k2tog method but this still seemed to slip and be loose. Then I saw a tip online that for the first 2/3 stitches you knit with both the working yarn and the tail! This leaves a seemless, even and secure join with no ends to weave in. On the second round you simply knit both loops as one.

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« Reply #325 on: April 02, 2010 09:30:28 PM »

Tension tip:  the way I like to think of the right tension is to handle the yarn like you would someone's hair - you want to pinch, hold, and run the lock of hair (or working yarn) through your fingers snugly enough to hold it steady and straight but not so tight you'd hurt them 

Cable tips:
     Knit the stitches just below and in the row before your future cable twist just a bit tighter than your usual tension to keep those twisted stitches from pulling or stretching out
     When doing a cable twist, try to keep the stitches of the cable near the tips of the needles while knitting and transferring them so as not to stretch them out; also don't pull the needles apart while working those stitches

Casting off tip: I like to cast off with needles 1, 2, or even 3 sizes larger than those I used for the project to keep the stitches on the cast off edge even but loose enough not to squinch in and make the edge tighter and shorter than the body of the knitting

Picking up stitches on an edge tip: Remember to pick up stitches by sticking the crochet hook in from front to back to yarn over and pull up a new stitch so the extra selvage is on the inside - I know it's simple but I've forgotten more than once and had to rip out and start over again
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« Reply #326 on: April 04, 2010 02:17:12 PM »

This was probably already posted here, but if you run your knitting needles or crochet hook tips through your hair the wool slides better  Smiley. It's quite strange but it really does work  Grin

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« Reply #327 on: December 15, 2010 11:30:49 PM »

I found a removable way to mark decreases - paperclips!
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It makes it so much easier to figure out how many I have done, and I don't have to get squinty eyes from trying to analyse the stitches!

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« Reply #328 on: December 16, 2010 01:54:24 PM »

Don't know if this counts as a tip but I had a problem recently where, while I was double knitting, I realised that my purls are MUUUUCH looser than my knits, which caused weird bulging.

After much searching online, I found about Combination stitch, it's like purl but you put the yarn clockwise around the needle instead of anti-clockwise and then, because the stitches are the other way around, you knit into the back of them, instead of the front. It creates the same effect as purl, but it's tighter.

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