Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
While working on a Norwegian sweater I found that I really needed to take some extra measures to know exactly where i was in the pattern at any given point in time. The sweater I was working on has a beautiful, centered design - which made for avery specific chart that I had to follow. I decided that much like a reader doesn't want to lose place in their book, a knitter needs to be able to keep their place on a chart through all kinds of disruptions. Here are some tips to keep your place on your knitting chart.
Work From a Photocopy of the Chart and Pattern Rather than using the original book or pattern pamphlet, make a photocopy and use that while knitting. This allows you to highlight the size you are working on, and to write any changes you make as you go along.
Use Sticky Notes you can place sticky notes over rows that are already completed in case you have to walk away from your project. You can also use sticky notes to cover up charting that is only for sizes larger than the one you are working with. This way, you won't even see the extra charting to get confused with while you are working.
Consider Using a Typing Stand Stands that hold papers used by typists will hold your pattern upright for you to glance at the page you are working on These stands sometimes come with a special row indicator that you can move. This way, you can move the indicator each time you move to a new row.
By taking a little extra time to make sure you keep your place in your knitting pattern, you can save a lot of time having to rip out mistakes or figuring out where you are. Many busy knitters must be prepared for interruptions to their knitting time. I often have to set my knitting down to tend to children or household tasks. Even when I take my knitting while traveling I often need to stop for a moment to look out a window. If I know for sure where I am in my pattern, I work so much better.
Do you have any special tips for keeping track of where you are in your knitting pattern? Come and share with us in the knitting forum!