We recently asked our Facebook followers if they had any handy hints or tips to share with their fellow yarnies and collected some great ideas for you. We want to regularly share great ideas like this so please add your own tips in the comments or share them on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
Victoria Harvey: Learn another way of holding the yarn, i.e. continental style if you are a “traditional English style” knitter. As well as making colourwork a doddle, if you get sore hands you can swap for a while thus having a rest without having to stop.
Nici Patchett: Having arthritis in my wrists, if I’ve got a lot of stitches to cast off it can really hurt! So I use a crochet hook instead. Knit my stitches on the hook, then pull through instead of constantly hurting my wrist to pass over stitches.
Highgate Knitters’ Group: When you are casting on a lot of stitches it can be difficult to keep count. Make some loops of contrasting scrap yarn and slip one on to the needle every 20 cast on stitches. That way you only have to count back to the last marker loop, rather than count from the start all the time. When you knit the first row you just remove the temporary markers as you go.
And one from the UKHKA team. Bronagh says: “If you have a large pattern stash, it is a good idea to sort though them from time to time – perhaps rearrange your shelves. I did it last week and found the perfect baby present pattern – something I wouldn’t have remembered or thought of.”