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Tusday’s Knitting Tip – Picking Up Stitches Before Ripping Back

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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If you make a mistake in your project and you need to rip back, it can be tricky to grab the live stitches and put them back on your needle

In stockinette stitch, identify the row below the row you will want to start re-knitting. Insert your needle under the first strand of yarn in the V that makes up the first stitch of the row on the right side. Continue this down the row, picking up the first strand of yarn in the V and skipping the second leg of the V. You’ll be picking up every other strand of yarn.without dropping any. This week’s tip shows us how to pick up stitches before ripping back so your don’t have to worry about the live stitches unraveling.

In garter stitch, you’ll be doing the same thing. If you stretch your knitting a bit, you can see the same V’s under the bumps of the garter stitch. Insert your needle into the first leg of the V in the garter stitch as well.

Once you have your needle inserted all the way along the row, you can pull the working yarn to rip back the rows above the needle.  The stitches will be sitting on your needle ready to go.

It’s best to use a needle smaller than your working needle to pick up your stitches, but remember to switch back to the original size needle when you start knitting again!









Tuesday’s Tip – Tame Unruly Yarn Ends

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
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When Kristin knit Flow by Norah Gaughan, she was presented with a problem. The yarn, Berroco Seduce, is absolutely lovely but the slippery fibers made it hard to get the yarn ends to stay put.

To deal with unruly ends, Kristin uses crazy glue or super glue to tack then down after she’s woven them in for an inch or two. She also likes to use a patch of one sided fusible interfacing and iron it on to of the wiggly end.

Yarn made of slippery fibers like rayon and silk can be tough to keep in place. This tip will help keep your finished project looking clean and polished!


Tuesday’s Tip – Keep your Project Safe

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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Scissors are a necessary tool to keep in our project bags, but keeping something so sharp and pointy next to our precious work in progress is just a disaster waiting to happen. They can snag on your knitting, or poke a hole through your project bag.

A simple way to protect your project is to just slip a point protector over the tip of the scissors. Press down a little for a snug fit and rest assured your project is safe from an accidental snip!