April 10th, 2012

Tuesday’s Knitting & Crochet Tip – Don’t Forget the Sticky Notes

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Today’s knitting and crochet tip comes from Tina McElmoyl and is so simple yet brilliant. After she suggested this tip, I’ve added sticky notes to my knitting and crochet tool kit and already found they came in handy on last weekend’s driving trip. My pattern kept slipping off of my lap, so I used a sticky note as tape and stuck the pattern to the dashboard. My pattern no longer dropped to the floor.

Sticky notes are one of the most important tools I keep in my knitting bag. I use them for everything. They are perfect for:

  • A non-permanent mark on a pattern or chart so that when I return to the project, I know where I left off.
  • Adding notes to a pattern if I make a modification on one mitten, for example, and want to remember to make the same change on the second mitten.
  • While working on a project during a car ride, I can stick the note to the dashboard or window and have a place to make tick marks to keep track of my rows that won’t roll around the car.
  • Quickly picking up spilled small stitch markers.
  • Marking the page in a pattern book that has abbreviations or special notes, so that I don’t have to fumble around while double-checking what the designer means in a pattern on another page.
  • If I want to focus in on a particular section of a chart, or just keep my eyes from wandering off the row of a chart, I can block out the symbols and rows I don’t need to see in that moment.

What other ways have you found sticky notes to be useful when knitting and crocheting. Share your ideas.

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7 Responses to “Tuesday’s Knitting & Crochet Tip – Don’t Forget the Sticky Notes”

  1. Karburr Says:

    I use index cards clipped to my pattern.
    Will also put the pattern ( if there is one)  on index cards.

  2. Aditi Says:

    I use a single post it stuck right above my position in the knitting chart. That way I can see where stitches are supposed to line up with the previous row (in effect, checking myself so at most, I’m a row or two away from any mistake), but I’m not distracted by the upcoming rows. Usually one regular post-it is wide enough to span the entire repeat, so I don’t feel wasteful! I also put my pattern inside a sheet protector, so it is protected, and somehow this seems to help the glue last longer on the post-it as well.

  3. Steeleweed Says:

    I’m a rigid heddle weaver and need to make notes when weaving something which involves threading in the pick-up stick(s) in repeatable patterns for floats, Post- It note stuck to the table or loom keepds me on track.

  4. K T Nilsson Says:

    They are great for making notes on patterns that you’ve borrowed and don’t want to permanently mark.

  5. Lkersch Says:

    I use sticky notes to tag patterns that I want to try in my knitting books and magazines. During projects for other people, I keep the important measurements on a sticky attached to the pattern so I don’t have to pester them mid-project.

  6. ereader2012 Says:

    Yes! Used sticky notes and highlighter tape for all of the above. Wonderful invention to use for so many applications. I have also used them to keep track of repeats by moving them to different sections of the pattern when I don’t have a pen available to make hash marks.

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