1. It is not always possible to buy the yarn specified in the description of the model, but you should always buy yarn, the length of which at least approximately corresponds to the length of the yarn specified in the instructions. The thickness of the needles must also correspond to that indicated in the instructions.
2. Before starting knitting, read the job description carefully. Indeed, even due to a misinterpretation of a parenthesis or comma, the instruction may seem incomprehensible, which will seriously complicate your work. If you read the instructions to the end, then you can understand the unclear points from the context.
3. If the instructions have instructions for several sizes, then it will be easier for you if you highlight the numbers related to your size with a colored felt-tip pen or marker. This will help you avoid mistakes and save time.
4. If you are making a product from yarn of two different types, then it is desirable that they have approximately the same length of thread in the skein. In addition, the thickness of the needles indicated on the parcel should be the same. Do not forget to check the instructions for the care of the yarn - compliance is also necessary here, otherwise an unpleasant surprise may await you at the very first wash.
5. Tie a sample of at least 10 x 10 cm. Cut out a template from the cardboard, inside of which there should be a 10 x 10 cm square window. Place the template on the sample. Now you can easily count the number of stitches and rows. Compare your numbers with the instructions given. If your sample has more loops than indicated in the job description, then you should knit denser or use needles 1/2 or even 1 number thinner. If your pattern has fewer loops, then knit more loosely or use thicker knitting needles.
6. Do not dissolve the pattern, but set it aside so that you can check the knit tightness at any time if you want to tie something on. And when there are a lot of such samples, then you can use them for a patchwork style bedspread.
7. If you are going to knit your first model, then choose a not very tight, simple and relaxed silhouette. To tie a model of an adjacent or complex cut, training is needed. Start with something lighter.
8. If you are knitting something for a child and know that you may need to lengthen the sleeves, knit them from top to bottom. In this case, decreases become additions and vice versa. But then you can easily dissolve the closed loops and tie on the sleeve.
9. A scarf is never too long! Let it be slightly longer than indicated in the instructions, then it can be worn over a coat.
10. One-piece knit pockets stand out slightly on the front of the garment. Therefore, if you have problems with your figure, use thin machine knitwear for burlap.
11. Special colored plastic marking rings are available on the market. They can mark certain areas of work, decreases and additions, the transition from one circular row to another, and much more. These rings come in different sizes and can be easily removed after finishing work.
12. If your hands get tired quickly when knitting large parts, use circular knitting needles.
13. If you are knitting a model with long sleeves, be sure to measure the length of the sleeve from wrist to shoulder.
14. Thin yarn can be unnoticeably connected in the following way: thread one end of the thread into a needle and pull it through the other end of the thread for about 5 cm. From each thread, a very small tip will hang down. After finishing the work, the tips are simply cut off.
15. If you knit with threads of several colors or several types of yarn, use a special thimble or ring. It can have from 2 to 4 loops for threads, which does not allow them to get tangled
16. If you are going to knit a product from cotton yarn, be sure to wash the sample in water that has the maximum temperature allowed for this yarn, as the fabric usually shrinks. Thus, you can take these changes into account when calculating.
17.A practical thing that you will never repent of buying is colored plastic or rubber spoke tips. They will prevent the hinges from slipping if you interrupt work.
18. Another very practical thing is the row counter. It is put on the knitting needles and the row number is changed at the end of each knitted row. This will allow you to avoid tedious counting of rows, especially when making complex patterns.
19. When knitting a placket or cuff, use a finer knitting needle. But, nevertheless, the bar can still stretch. If, when knitting a strap, add a thin elastic band to the working thread, then it will not lose its shape.
20. If you are knitting with two ply threads, try to pull both threads the same way.
21. When choosing a model, carefully read the measurements on the pattern. Often, models have rather large allowances for freedom of fit. If you don't like spacious things, just choose a smaller size.
22. If you have to dissolve the part to a certain row, then grab the loops on a thinner knitting needle: you will not lose a single loop.
23. Even if you are in a hurry, try to finish the row you have begun to the end. Otherwise, the loops in the middle of the row may come down, ruining the entire product.
24. If you are knitting from light, brand yarn, put the ball in a bag and glue it, leaving a small hole for the thread.
25. If you need an auxiliary knitting needle, but you do not have one, take a knitting needle from a set of stocking needles, that is, not very long and without a stopper.
26. If you make a strip in an elastic band 1 x 1 from threads of two colors, an interesting effect will be achieved. This should be done like this: knit only the front loops on circular knitting needles with a thread of the same color, remove the purl loops, thread at work. Then go back to the beginning of this row and knit only the purl loops with a thread of a different color.
27. The secondary knitting needle should always be one full size thinner than the primary knitting needles.
28. If the line of your circular needles is too hard and curls, soak it in boiling water for a few seconds, it will become soft again.
29. If you knit the last 2-3 rows with thicker knitting needles along the edge of the golf collar, that edge will stretch better.
30. If you are knitting a product from a very dark or black yarn, then, in order not to strain your eyes, put a white scarf on your knees.
31. If you are knitting a jacket with a V-neck and a one-piece neck tape, then put the tape loops on the pin and tie the tape after finishing work. Then sew it discreetly to the shelf. This inlay will turn out to be very neat.
32. Store the knitting needles in the same bag in which they were sold. If you forget their number, you can always find it on the packaging.
33. For products knitted in the transverse direction, you should not choose too complex patterns, since due to frequent additions and decreases, rapport displacements are possible, which inevitably leads to an error.
34. The instructions indicate that you need to reduce the stretch. You can instead knit 2 loops together with the front crossed. The result will be the same.
35. If you want to use leftover yarn for the patchwork quilt, knit across. In this case, you will get cells of the same size.
36. The patterns of obliquely knitted pullovers, jackets, etc. should not be too complicated. Choose a pattern consisting of rectangles, otherwise you may have difficulties with additions and decreases.
37. Do you like to knit purl loops more? Then, with garter stitch, only purl stitches.
38. If you cross purl loops, you can get interesting patterns. Knit the 2nd loop from the left knitting needle in front of the 1st, do not lower the loop from the knitting needle, now knit the 1st loop and lower both loops.
39. If you knit a pullover across, then the sleeves and straps should be made separately. They can be knitted by typing along the edge of the finished parts, or sewn with a regular or bowtie stitch.
40. If you need to knit with the front satin stitch, complete the first row with a 1x1 elastic band, then the edge will not curl.
41.If you sew on the buttons not with a thread, but with a thin elastic band, then the knitted fabric will suffer less.
42. If the loops are sewn with a thin, strong thread of a suitable color with a buttonhole stitch, they will not fray longer.
43. If a suitable piece of fabric is ironed on the wrong side of the buttonholes, the knitted fabric will retain its shape longer and will not stretch.
44. Hiding the ends of the threads is not a pleasant occupation. It can be lightened and accelerated by using a crochet hook.
45. Knitted coats and skirts should have a lining, then the product will keep its shape longer First strip off the finished parts, then cut out the lining using the same pattern as for the parts. Stitch the lining on the sewing machine and hand sew the lining to the garment using a loose goat seam. This will prevent the lining from shifting or shrinking. The lining is not sewn along the bottom line.
46. If you are knitting with a thick thread, then you can put into work a new skein of yarn in the following way: slightly untwist the fibers of the thread so that you get two ends. Trim them and shorten one end at the same time. Do the same with the end of the new thread. Now connect and intertwine the ends of the old and new threads, if you wish, you can still sew them with a needle. If you are using not thick yarn, then you need to enter a new skein from the beginning of the next row (or at the edge of the part). And do not be discouraged if a ‘tail’ remains from the previous skein: it will come in handy when assembling.
47. If the cuffs and trims are sewn with a 'goat' seam, the joint will be more elastic.
48. To prevent the edges of the lining of coats and skirts from curling, they can be processed with a bias tape.
49. When knitting a baby pullover, it is better to make the sleeves from top to bottom. In this case, they can be easily tied,
50. Products knitted from angora will retain their shape longer if you add a silk sewing thread of a suitable color when knitting.
51. If your child is a schoolboy and wears a knapsack, then add extra thread when knitting the shoulders so that they do not get dry.
52. If you knit a product in a strip, the edges will be more neat and you will be able to avoid the tedious masking of the ends of the threads, if you do not cut them off, but stretch them parallel to the future seam.
53. If you knit a children's pullover, then add an additional thread to the working thread on the elbows. This will give the sleeves strength.
54. If you sew an elastic band instead of ties to a children's apron-bib, then such a model will be safer, moreover, a grown-up kid will be able to put on and take off such a bib on his own.
55. If you are hemming a jacket, pullover or skirt, which should then be folded inward, then by knitting 1 row of purl loops between the rows of the front surface, you will get a neat fold line.
56. To keep the edge of the product elastic, you can crochet the loops. To do this, you need to crochet 1 loop, pull 1 yarn through it. Crochet the next loop, make a yarn over and knit both loops with it, etc.
57. If the instructions say that the part should be knitted symmetrically, then it is best to draw up a description of the mirror image of the model described in the text in advance. So you will definitely not confuse anything.
58. If you knit from the end of the thread, which is in the middle of the ball, then the knitted fabric will turn out to be more uniform.
59. If you need to set aside a large number of loops, it is better to use a special knitting pin or a large safety pin instead of the auxiliary knitting needle. In this case, not a single loop will slip.
60. To prevent the neck from stretching, add a thin elastic band to the working thread when closing the loops.
61. If you need to buy yarn in addition and you cannot find skeins from the required batch, knit alternately 1 row of old and 1 row of new thread. After several rows of such knitting, you can continue to work with new yarn. In this way, you can easily mask possible differences in yarn shades.
62.If, when knitting a sleeve, you want to avoid the tedious counting of loops, additions and decreases, knit the sleeves not alternately, but from individual balls on the same needles, simultaneously performing additions and decreases.
63. Try to use special yarns for knitting socks. When knitting the heel and toe, add additional strong thread to the main thread, 64. If you do not have leftover yarn for darning knitted socks, then take a bright thread of a contrasting color. Modern fashion offers similar models with colored heels and toes.
65. You can lengthen the pullover by tying the yoke. To do this, open the product along the bottom of the sleeves and tie the yoke. It is best if it is from a different yarn. Fancy yarns, soft mohair or angora can be used and will work well with knitted fabrics made from ‘regular’ smooth yarns. Since it is almost impossible to choose a yarn of tone on tone, it is better if you immediately give preference to contrasting yarn.