- To determine the amount of yarn needed to cast on stitches, loosely wrap the
yarn around the needle 10 times. This is the amount needed for 10 stitches. Now,
divide the number of desired stitches needed by 10. This number tells you how
many times to multiply the length of the yarn. For example if you are casting
on 40 stitches, wrap the yarn around the needle 10 times. If this takes 12 inches
of yarn, multiply 12 inches by 4 inches and make the slip knot 48 inches from
the end. I usually give myself a little extra just to be on the safe side, so
probably would put the slipknot at 52 inches. Also, once you get the hang of
this, you donít have to measure in inches. Just double the yarn over itself till
you have made the required number of repeats.
- To avoid knitting with the wrong end of the yarn after casting on stitches,
tie a knot in the short end of yarn so that it can be felt without looking.
This is also helpful when the piece is completed. On squares or strips of
knitting you can tell at a glance which end was cast on and which end was bound
off. This hint came from my mother, Ethel Volpe.
- To wind yarn into a ball, which pulls from the inside, wrap the yarn around
the fingers on your left hand while holding on to the end of the yarn between
your left thumb and index finger. After 10 or more wraps, remove the yarn from
your fingers and start wrapping the yarn around the original wraps, again holding
on to the end. Then, wrap the yarn every which way, always keeping track of the
end. When finished, the end will pull out easily. This hint came from my husbandís
Aunt Zoe Gallentine.
- To determine if you have enough yarn to make another item, identical to the
one just finished (like a potholder or dishcloth), weigh the finished item on
a postage scale. Then weigh the remaining yarn.
- To thread a needle with yarn to sew the knitting project together, fold the
end of yarn in half and pinch it between your thumb and index finger. Force the
needle down between the 2 fingers into the yarn.
- In a pinch, use a toothpick when a cable holder is not available.
- A cable holder isnít always necessary when making cables of 2 or 3 stitches.
Instead of slipping the 2 or 3 stitches to a cable holder, slip them off the left
needle to the back or front of the work and knit the next stitches on the left
needle. Then, pick up the slipped stitches and knit them. They usually havenít
gone anyplace and it sure saves a lot of time.
Copyright 2001-2002 Ann V. Gallentine