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How to Become an "Expert Knitter"   *Buy this book on CD for offline reading!

table of contents Ľ chapter 2 (of 29)

2: Needles & Accessories (cont.)


A needle threader can save a lot of time and your temper. Some thick threads are very difficult to use, and even large-eyed needles are hard to thread. Donít use the small wire needle threaders, as they are only for very fine threads and break easily if you try them on heavy yarns.


Needle stops prevent the stitches falling off the needles when you have a rest or need to store the knitting for a short time. A thick rubber band wound many times around the tip of the needle can do the same job. The problem with leaving the work on the needle for a long time is that the stitches can stretch and show up as a loose row when you resume knitting. This can be fixed if you undo the last row and reknit it. You can also use stitch holders (see 13).


Thick and thin rubber bands are essential. Wind thick bands around the needle point if you donít have needle stops. This will keep the stitches safely on the needle.

Use them to keep needle pairs together. Never use adhesive tape on needles, as the glue will eat into the surface and wreck the needles. I have seen too many good needles in second-hand shops ruined in this way.

Place rubber bands around balls of yarn to stop ends tangling when stored.


Buy large dressmaking pins with coloured plastic ends so that they can easily be seen against the knitted fabric. Then you wonít lose them in the knitting.

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