Knitting Tips and Tricks

I love a good shortcut, whether it's cutting through an alley to avoid traffic or weaving in ends as I knit so I don't have to do it at the end of the project. Here are a few of my favorites, all of them things I learned from Knitting Daily TV!


Weave in Yarns as You Go

Place the needle in the next stitch and, before wrapping it, lay the yarn tail over the working yarn. Now work the next stitch; the tail is now fastened in. Repeat this for about 1 to 2 inches making sure to carry the yarn tail loosely to avoid puckering.

This technique is a real lifesaver when you're knitting a striped project.

This is the correct orientation for adding new yarns. Positioning the yarns this way created a continuous length of yarn and will make your joins invisible.
Joining Yarns

Hold the old and new yarn together so that the tail of the old one overlaps with the tail of the new one, creating a continuous yarn. Knit with both strands for about 4 to 5 stitches. Then discontinue knitting with the old strand and continue on with the new one. On the next row, treat the two yarns as one stitch, not two. This join can be used for light- to worsted-weight yarn.

Tracking Your Project Needle Size

Take a very long piece of contrasting scrap yarn and tie the exact number of knots to represent the size of your knitting needle. That way, if you remove your needle for use on another project, you will always know what size needle you were working with on the unfinished project.

(This is one of my favorites! I hate doing gauge swatches again just to see what needle size I used.)

Tracking Your Cable Rows

Tie some scrap yarn with the cast-on yarn tail when working a cable. Take the scrap yarn and flip it over the needle every four rows—it looks like a running stitch up the project. You will always know what row of the cable you're on as you only have to count four rows.

Why do it every four rows? Because so many cables are based on a multiple of four rows.

Pretty great tips, right? You'll use these techniques a lot, whether you're cable knitting, swatching, knitting stripes, or pulling needles from one project to use in another.

Each episode of Knitting Daily TV is full of tips just like these, to make your knitting easier and more fun. You can download single episodes from the Knitting Daily Shop, so browse the selection and choose a few today!


P.S. What's your favorite knitting tip? Share it with us below in the comments!

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