9 Tips for knitting (2020)
I have knitted for over 15 years and during this time I have benefited from many tips and tricks we have learned together.
Some of them are the result of a combination of desperation and ingenuity. Others have been passed down from older and smarter knitters.
Still others I have taken away from the hustle and bustle of internet forums, comment areas and personal knitting circles.
I have used each knitting point countless times and it has served me well. Go out and let her boost your knitting game!
If you would like to watch me gesticulate wildly while going through these tips, watch the video above. Otherwise, scroll down to read each tip.
Let’s get going!
1. Stitch marks are everywhere
You may be surrounded by stitch marks at this moment.
That paper clip on your desk? It can be turned into a split-ring stitch marker
Rubber bands? Rings? Hair ties?
All stitch marks waiting to be used!
If you have a piece of junk yarn, you can cut a 6-inch piece, twist it into a loop and knot it at the ends.
Instant stitch marker!
2. a Cheap and easy project bag
Yes, you can treat yourself to a project bag made of leather or waxed canvas with shiny brass fittings and the smoothest zipper that moves through soft butter like a knife.
Sure, you can. I would be incredibly jealous of your project bag and would probably stroke it longer than appropriate.
But for those of us who can’t afford a luxury bag, a simple Ziploc bag is just the thing.
Just put a hole in one side of the Ziploc bag near the zipper.
Then make a cut from the top of the bag to the hole you just punched.
Feed the thread through the hole, close the zipper and you have a cheap and slightly waterproof project bag!
Three. Oh, baby! You’re gonna love this knitting tip.
Your favorite knitting will get dirty one day.
You don’t have to buy special wool soap to wash it.
Instead, try a splash of baby shampoo in some lukewarm water.
Dip your knitwear in the shampoo-water mixture. Then rinse it in lukewarm water and lay it flat to dry.
You might ask yourself why baby shampoo?
Seems a bit random, doesn’t it?
According to the Baby Shampoo Wikipedia page, baby shampoo has a pH of about 7, which is more alkaline than the soaps formulated for adult skin and hair.
Baby shampoos are often diluted to reduce stinging when the product gets into the baby’s eyes. It can therefore be assumed that baby shampoo for adults is less aggressive than shampoo.
An ideal washing environment for wool is a neutral pH of 7, so baby shampoo with its neutral pH is just right for you!
You can always buy a wool soap, but I have found that baby shampoos work well.
4. Organize your diagrams
When knitting a table, it can be easy to skip a line or two and get completely lost.
Trust me – I’ve been there.
To keep track, I like to use a Post-It note or Washi tape to cover the lines I was working on. As I knit each row, I move the sticky note up.
The line directly above the Post-It note is the line I need to work. All rows covered by the sticky note are rows I have already knitted.
The visible rows need to be knitted, and the hidden rows are done.
5. Never be without your pattern
If you take your knitting with you, you may also need to keep a knitting pattern close by.
You’ll have to stand in line in a few rows while you wait in line at the bodega, right?
Always keep your pattern handy by photographing it on your phone, sending it to the cloud or emailing it to yourself.
Where your phone is, there is your pattern!
(And nowadays our smartphones are basically a third attachment!)
6. Skip weaving in ends
To finish a knitting project is a reason to celebrate!
But if you’re anything like me, the last step, where you weave in the ends, has an anticlimactic effect and damps the mood of celebration.
The good news is that you can weave in the threads while knitting, so you won’t have to weave in any more threads after you finish a project.
That’s how it works:
When you thread in a new thread or finish laying down, just grab the thread tail you need for weaving and hold it together with the working thread.
Then simply knit the first four or five stitches, holding the yarn tail together with the working yarn.
The thread tail is wonderfully integrated into the knitting. After knitting four or five stitches, let the thread tail drop and continue knitting with the working yarn.
Loosen the string tail and you’re done. No tapestry needle needed!
7. Align these curls
If you have ever unpacked a pair of long circular knitting needles, you may find that the cables are incredibly curly and out of control.
This is because the cable has “settled” in the package after sitting for a long time.
Get the largest pan you can find to unwind the cable. A large frying pan is best
Bring a pot of water to the boil and add it to the pan.
Then drop your needles into the pan and watch them come off.
The heat relaxes the nylon cord, reduces the crimp and smoothes the cord.
Voila! A straight and smooth cable.
Hot tip: If you fear that the connection between the cable and the needle will become loose due to soaking, you can remove the needles from the pan. Just let them hang from the side of the pan.
8. a Ruler at your fingertips
Do you need to measure your knitting in no time at all?
Involve your finger!
The distance between your index finger and the connection is about 1 inch.
So, next time you need to measure centimeters, stroke out your finger and get measured!
9. No tears Long Tail Cast On
If you have ever cast on with the long tail, you know that you must estimate the amount of yarn needed before you are cast on.
There are ways to guess the amount of yarn needed, but I have never found a method that is really accurate.
Mostly I tore out the cast because I had too much or too little yarn. It was crazy!
But not any more.
Above you will find a foolproof way to make a long tail cast without having to make a yarn estimate.
That is correct – no yarn estimation!
The trick is to use two strands of yarn instead of one. It is ingenious!
Now it’s your turn
Now I’d like to turn it over to you:
What’s the number one thing in this article you’d like to try out?
Are you going to strike with two threads? Or are you going to search for possible stitch markers in your home?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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