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Some Tips and Tricks

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Alisha

Some of you might know all of these knitting tricks, but I repeat them often enough at knitting group to warrant a small list.

Splitty Yarn? Try knitting with LESS pointy needles. Duller needles won't separate the plies as easily as sharpies do. 

Tangled Skein? Every skein has an inside and an outside end from when it was wound. If you're having trouble, try winding from the other loose end and see if it makes a difference. 

A round of sock: A "normal" circumference sock takes about 1 yard of yarn to complete one round.

Photography backgrounds: White isn't the best color to use as a background to take photographs, grey is. White breaks colors while grey unites them.

Runny colors? Fastest way to set colors in the skein or finished object is to heat water on the stove over medium heat, add one cup of 5% vinegar to the water for every pound of yarn, then add your pre-soaked yarn/FO. Don't let the water boil, don't stir if you aren't using superwash or felting-resistant yarn. Keep over heat for 30-60 minutes, turn off heat, and allow water and yarn to cool to room temperature. If the dye is going to set, it will. If it doesn't, there's too much dye in the yarn and you're in for quite a bit of rinsing.

Two-ply v three ply yarns: Two-ply yarns, when knit, will grow lengthwise ("stretch") in the stitch. Three ply yarns, when knit, will grow horizontally ("plump") in the stitch. This makes 2 ply yarns better for lace and openwork, while three ply yarns are better for plain or cabled knitting. In weaving, two ply yarns are great because they nest against each other. (There's a lot more to say about this, but that would be a whole post by itself.)

Superwash stretched out of shape? Toss it in the dryer. 


What are your favorite tricks, bits of information, or tips? 



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