Knit Tips & Tricks


#321

One tip I have is this : Don’t try knitting with black at night when you have a toothache. I have been dealing with a toothache since last week. Found out at the dentist today that I have an infection of the tooth and will need a root canal and crown done in the next few weeks as soon as I can get the infection taken care of with antibiotics and pain killers.


#322

I can’t knit black at all unless I have a very, very good light. I pretty much avoid it.


#323

You poor thing! I know EXACTLY how you feel. I’ve had that happen four times. Good luck with your healing and tooth repair.


#324

Oh teeth! You get lots of sympathy here. I hope it’s good pain relief and fast-working. Good luck with the crowns, too.


#325

I’ve used this technique when knitting multiple strands held together. It has the added benefit of keeping them from getting tangled up in each other. I also took the four (in this case) bags I was feeding the yarn from and put them all in a basic tote bag (the reusable shopping bag sort) to hold them still and keep the grocery bags from running off unattended (and to make it easier to pick up and take along if I needed to).

Carrying this a little further, in my one and only (so far) intarsia project, I took the tiny balls of yarn and segregated them into groups that I’d be working with on each side (it was a round piece) then put each group in a ziploc bag. I fed each strand through the top of the bag and sealed the parts of the zipper in between the strands to help keep them from turning into a mess. It wasn’t a perfect solution, but it DID keep me from completely losing my mind.

The plastic containers that pre-moistened cleaning wipes come in work well for this purpose too, but they tend to be a little bit small in one direction or the other when you’re working from a large ball/skein. Somebody else wa-a-a-y back in the early part of this thread mentioned using plastic coffee cans with a hole punched in the lid (brilliant!). All of these have the added advantage of keeping the “bonus fiber” (i.e. dog/cat hair) out of your yarn.


#326

One thing I’ve found helpful is to put something white in my lap when knitting black/dark colors. I found this especially useful recently when trying to pick up stitches in a black piece. The white background reflects whatever available light you have making it easier to see where the holes are. And since I’m not nearly dextrous enough to hold a thing up to the light and find a hole and cram 2 stitches into it all at once, this was a lifesaver. But generally speaking, yeah… good light is a requirement. sigh If only I didn’t like black so well…:shrug: Whatcha gonna do?


#327

Thanks for the comments about the teeth. The infection is healed and the temporary filling is in , I get the crown put on on Jan 7 , one day before I go back to work. In the meantime, I finished the baby blanket I was working on, a pair of owl mittens and a hat with 9 little owls all the way around the bottom above the ribbing. Thankfully the yarn wasn’t black because I did a lot of knitting late into the evenings. Even we didn’t get it the things into the mail until the 26th.


#328

What a helpful list … and some good laughs too. Haven’t gone through them all but I will! Thought I would pipe in my 2 cents too :slight_smile:

I bought an iPad almost a year ago for the soul purpose of using it for my knitting. Though it has morphed into using it for more than that now, I do still use it for knitting purposes. Here are some things that I have found helpful…

Tablet/iPad Tips…

Someone in one of my FB knitting groups mentioned an app called iAnnotate PDF. This app is worth buying! It allows you to mark up the pattern your working on without worrying about losing the pattern or your notes. You can highlight where you are, highlight any area of the pattern, underline, bold, or just write something on the pattern yourself. This app alone has been so helpful for me. And saved me from using SOOO much paper :slight_smile:

Another app is Netflix. I use it when I can sit in our living room to watch something but still want to work on a project. … and switching with the iPad is real easy when I need to make sure I’m still working on the pattern correctly.

Something that I don’t think most ppl with iPads realize is that you can save a link to a webpage and have it show up as an icon for easy access. I created a knitting folder for pages I want to have quick access to without having to open my browser first. Been great for patterns I find online that I want quick access to or want to read more later.

I’ve also found the notepad app handy if I’m trying to remember what stitch I start on the next row if its a repeat pattern that would normally be easy to follow but SO easy to mess up lol Like last night I started a pattern repeat where k1 and p1 switched each row with a knit row between them. I knew that by the time I finished the knit row I’d forget where I had to start so I just marked a k or p on a different line when I started on of the newer rows. So far no mistakes! lol I keep my smartphone notebook handy for this reason too. I also keep both handy incase I get inspiration and need to record it ASAP before it leaves my mind forever :slight_smile:

… for other non-techie tips…

I too use extra bits of yarn to mark my place if I can’t find (or reach) my markers. … My Mom bought me a couple of caddies (will share a pic of my fav one, when I figure out how to do that in this forum from me iPad), that I absolutely love. Am sure you’ve seen them around, mostly used for newspaper or magazine holders and such. I keep one beside my bed and one beside my couch. Each holds a project, along with my notions, and the yarn I need for the project.

Edit… Can’t figure out how to share a photo off my Facebook page photo album, so here’s the link to the album, the caddie is the first pic, as its the last one I shared. http://www.facebook.com/yarnblossoms/photos_stream … Hope that’s ok :slight_smile: if not Ill remove it.


#329

Helpful, thank you!


#330

When working with a chart that I have downloaded from the net, like from Ravelry, I copy and paste it into Paint, then as I work the pattern, I use the paintbrush tool to mark the stitches I have done. If I need to shut down the computer, go to bed, etc. I just save the file where I left off, and can reopen it. Another little tip inside a tip is to save the image without your markings, and another with, I usually do it like this: peace sign 1, peace sign 2, or peace sign orig, peace sign sts


#331

also, instead of “throwing” I move both hands to the center when knitting, so that one hand doesn’t get more tired than the other, I am going to learn continental one day, maybe. And, when I purl I flip the right hand needle toward my left hand, and that make the arm movement a lot less. I am going to try to upload a video of what I mean by that.


#332

nice


#333

WOW!!! Very nice thread. This thread is very beneficial for beginners like me. I have just started to learn knitting and from this thread I have learned so many tips and tricks which are very useful for me. :knitting:


#334

Hi I have use several things as stitch makers. Different coloured yarn, hair clips or pins, rubber bands to name a few. As long as they work for you is all that counts. I must admit I have not tried drinking straws or earrings. I suppose as they say “necessity is the mother of invention”. great ideas though.


#335

Hi, I’m new here and I have a question about how to store your knitting when you put it down for the night so that it doesn’t slide off of your needle?


#336

I usually knit on circular needles so I move the knitting to the cable before putting it down. There are little tip protectors that you can buy to block the ends of the needles and keep stitches from sliding off. They can be very simple or very decorative.
http://www.knitpicks.com/accessories/Knitting_Needle_Point_Protectors__DPointProtectors1.html


#337

So I don’t know if any of these have been mentioned, as I wanted to post this before I went to sleep, and if so, feel free to just skip over. :wink:

Recently I made a hat, my first one adult sized. I’ve only used long tail cast on or “e” loop cast on? I wasn’t sure how much yarn to use, so on a whim I wrapped the yarn around my head where the hat would rest. Pinching the yarn on the working side with my right hand, I dragged the end of the yarn to the ball, clasped it and brought it up to my right hand where it was pinched with the first. I did this two more times, then began casting on from where the last “end” was. Not only did I have enough yarn, but I still had the 6 inch tail after CO long tail 88 sts. I’m going to try this with the size blanket I want, and if it works just as well, then there’s a whole step of math I can skip.

I also learned a valuable lesson that some of you may have taken as an “obvious”, but I just did not think about. In one of my projects I used very thin and long straight needles. With out thinking, I put them in a bag with my other knitting stuff, and went on about my day. I have a little boy, and those with, or have babysat, young boys know that things get trampled, knocked over, sat on, or run over. One day I pulled out that project to find that my needles were bent. :cry: My dad tried to help by using a pair of pliers to hold the point still and hammer it down. Helped a little, but unless I can find some way to salvage them, I’ll need to replace them. So now, whenever possible, I put the needles down the center of the yarn skein, in a tote, and my boys son and husband know to stay away from my yarn or feel the wrath of “angry momma dragon”. :roflhard:


#338

Loom bracelet bands make great stitch markers , they are soft so very easy to knit after you have placed one in work , they are inexpensive as the craze has ended with kids. I bought 3 packs for a pound and now have hundreds of brighty coloured bands hope this is useful


#339

Stitch markers are a must! :cool: I always use those tiny rubber bands in neon colors.


#340

Does anyone have a favorite Worsted Weight yarn for socks that won’t itch and is easy care? Thanks!