Knitting Tips by Judy
Eventually, when you make an actual project you'll need some other items, all of which will be for sale at your local yarn shop or on line.
A DARNING OR CREWL NEEDLE WITH A BIG EYE
A FEW CROCHET HOOKS OF VARRYING SIZES
TIP: Can often be found in Thrift Stores
TIP: You can also use large safety pins. When I started we used diaper pins…do they even make those anymore?
SAFETY PINS of various sizes
TIP: Can work as markers or to hold a dropped stitch.
TAPE MEASURE and/or ruler.
CABLE STITCH HOLDER
TIP: You can use a double point needle if you're careful.
NEEDLE GUARDS are rubber tips to cover the points of the needles and to keep the yarn from falling off.
TIP: Wind some rubber bands around the end of the needle.
TIP: You can also just use a different colored yarn looped and tied over the needle which you slip onto the other needle as you work.
TIP: I usually, with a pencil, keep track on the pattern or a separate paper pinned to the pattern. Another good way to keep track of rows if you're working on a large project is to count 10 rows, attach a asmall safety pin or slip a different piece of yarn through the work and continue to do that every 10 rows. It's easier to count 10 rows than 110.
TIP: You should always cut, rather than tear the yarn for a cleaner edge.
TIP: You can make your own by cutting cardboard, but they won't last like the store bought ones will. It's also possible to use old wooden thread spools if the middle hole is big enough to pull the yarn through. Or you can make small balls, but they will unroll and probably get twisted.
NEEDLE GAUGE A good tool especially for circular or DP needles that have no size marking.