Tools, Tips, and Troubleshooting

Supplies, ideas, and troubleshooting ideas to make your knitting life more fun!

Adapting Knitting Patterns star
Knitters are an intelligent and resourceful lot, and it’s possible to re-size most patterns. A number of different techniques can be used to do this; here are a few of them.

Best Knitting Gadgets star
Knitting gadgets you can't live without happily.

Care for your knitted items star
Dealing with moths, and laundry. The perils of caring for your knitted item.

Changing Yarn Weights in Sweater Patterns star
Prefer DK to bulky sweaters, but love a certain pattern? Re-size it and make it your own!

Choosing Knitting and Cable Needles star
There is a plethora of needle choices out there, and it can be difficult to choose. Here are some considerations to keep in mind.

Desert Island Knitting Notions star
You can go as luxe as you like in terms of knitting notions, but these five items will keep you knitting!

Detangling Yarn star
Tangles aren't tragic. Here's how to avoid them, but also how to handle them when they inadvertently occur.

How to block knitting star
Here are some helpful tips on blocking your knitting to show it at its best.

I Can't Get Gauge! star
That most revolting of all developments - how can you make the sweater if you can't match the given instructions?

Needles and Needle Storage star
How many needles does a knitter need? Is one set of each size enough? Is it possible that having straight, circulars in 16-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch, etc., double pointed (in various lengths) in each size might be over kill?

Picking Up Dropped Stitches star
Don't panic! Dropped stitches can be easily fixed!

Print Free Graph Paper star[offsite link]
Just about every type and size of graph paper in pdf files, just download, save , print.

Ripping Back One's Knitting star
Ripping back is not fun, but it's an essential part of the craft. Here is some advice.

Scarf Knitting On the Fly star
Everyone knits scarfs, and for good reason. Scarves make great gifts, as they don’t have to be a particular size. They are generally unshaped, which makes for easier knitting. They also are great projects for using up partial balls of yarn or those impulse purchases that sit in stashes and create

Techniques for Decreasing star
Knowing which decrease you're using and why will make you a better knitter. Here is a short review of the three most popular techniques.

The Craft Yarn Council and its Standards star
The Craft Yarn Council is responsible for standardization of symbols across patterns and yarn brands. Here's some information about the most important standards.

Using a Lifeline star
Knowing how to use a lifeline is an essential skill for many kinds of intricate knitting. It's not difficult, and will prevent many a nightmare.

Using Buttons in Knitting star
Customize your knitting with buttons, but choose wisely – they can make or break the look of a garment.

Using Up Leftover Yarn star
No money for yarn shopping? Go through your stash and see what you already have! Here's how to create a project from leftover yarn!

Using Up Leftover Yarn star
Knitting exercise in creativity masquerading as a problem here! How can you use up all that extra yarn?

What’s in your Knitting Bag star
Necessary and not so necessary items to carry in your knitting bag

Winding Hanks into Balls star
That beautiful hank of hand-painted yarn needs to be wound before you knit it! Here are tips on how to do this well.

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