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5 Tips for Common Mistakes from YarnCraft #20

In the July 15th episode of YarnCraft, entitled Oops! Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them, we shared our mistake stories and the stories of our listeners. We also offered pointers on how to fix (and also avoid) some common mistakes.

Dropped StitchHere are a few pointers:

1. For knitters, dropped stitches can be a real issue. Follow the directions in our Learning Center to pick a stitch back up. More advanced? You can even purposely drop a stitch that is a knit instead of a purl and vice versa and pick it up in order to fix it.

2. Another tip for knitters is ripping back stitch by stitch so as not to drop any stitches in between. Directions can be found here in our Learning Center.

3. Crocheters, if you made a mistake and need to rip back, use a safety pin or a stitch marker to hold the stitch that you want to rip up to, that way you don't rip back too far. Putting them on a stitch just before a section of pattern that you're a little unsure about can give you some sense of security--it's a little bit like on the show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", where once you reach the $1,000 and the $32,000 marks, you know that you can't walk away with less than those amounts. That's basically what the markers will do for you.

4. Knitters, you can achieve a similar effect as #3 by using a lifeline, thread a piece of waste yarn (in another color so that it's easier to see) through the stitches on a line just before a difficult part of the pattern, so that you know that if you rip back, you won't rip behind this row.

5. Check your gauge! Both knitters and crocheters often have problems that can easily solved by checking gauge before starting the project--see my previous post for more info on gauge and its uses.

For this episode, which also includes a segment on great online resources, listen here [MP3].

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