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.

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.

Fixing Brioche Mistakes star
You're excited about a new brioche project, but then realize you've done something wrong. Stop. Breathe. Use these techniques to proceed!

Fixing Entrelac Problems star
Problems with entrelac? Review your knowledge of the technique.

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?

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.

Tips for Knitting Entrelac star
Interested in trying out entrelac? Here are some common sense suggestions.

Tips for Stripes star
Looking to knit some stripes into your next sweater or pair of socks? Keep in mind the following observations and finishing techniques, and your finished project will look much more professional.

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 is an exercise in creativity masquerading as a problem here! How can you use up all that extra yarn?

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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