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Re: New Knitter
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: November 09, 2008 04:58PM

Hooray! Most of us wil tell you over and over again that learning to read your knitting is the best present you can give yourself. It will help you in so many ways, from realizing that a pattern is poorly written to designing your own take on established patterns to correcting errors that you may have just made or made several rows down in your fabric to - well, there are hundreds of applications.

Stitch orientation is a wonderful place to start. Here's a hint: If you decide to rip a piece back or if your needle falls out and you have to pick up live stitches, it is usually easier to pick them up the wrong way around and to knit the twisted ones through the back as you come to them. I find that about two-thirds of my live stitches will spring around and present themselves that way. As long as you can recognize a twisted stitch you are better off just picking it up in the way it wants to go. There is much less of a chance of dropping the stitch that way. (Also use a much smaller needle. It won't make any difference in your gauge since the stitch size has already been determined.)

Subject Written By Posted
  New Knitter Luv 11/04/2008 03:15PM
  Re: New Knitter knittingmom 11/04/2008 04:06PM
  Re: New Knitter Mother Hen 11/04/2008 04:23PM
  Re: New Knitter Alex 11/04/2008 07:01PM
  Re: New Knitter Mrs. K 11/04/2008 08:15PM
  Re: New Knitter KT 11/05/2008 01:36PM
  Re: New Knitter ami 11/06/2008 09:17AM
  Re: New Knitter Alex 11/05/2008 04:16PM
  Re: New Knitter Luv 11/08/2008 09:10PM
  Re: New Knitter Alex 11/09/2008 04:58PM

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