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Knitting tips

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Whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, there’s always something new you can learn. The following tips may come in handy when doing your next knitting project.

Did you know you can use circular needles for flat knitting? Circular needles offer a number of benefits. You can put more stitches on circular needles because they are longer than two straight needles. Plus, you won’t drop stitches as often and you can carry your project with you more easily. However, if you do use two needles, make them wood. It’s easier to work with.

Do your stockinette projects curl up? It’s common. You can prevent the curling by adding a border.

If your project’s edges look uneven or unfinished, create an even looking edge with a chain slip stitch. Do it like this: Slip the last stitch with the yarn in front at the end of the row. Then, at the beginning of the next row knit the slip stitch.

It’s important to use a quality yarn. Bargain brand yarn separates, fades, makes knitting difficult and produces an inferior looking project. Depending on your project, note that if you want to use textured yard, it's easier to use a simple stitch such as garter or stockinette. Conversely, you can use a more intricate stitch with a simple yarn. Always make your needle size fit your yarn. If your needle is too small for the yarn you choose, your stitches will be too tight. If your needle is too big, your stitches will be too loose.

Learn about knitting gauge to make your projects easier and better. Also known as knitting tension, gauge is a sample swatch you create to determine how many stitches fit in one inch. Also determine how you are most comfortable holding your needles. The knife hold is holding them over the top. The pencil hold, underneath.

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