|2: Needles &
gauge is the only way to size needles that have no mark on them.
There are so many different styles, that they can be a collection in
their own right. Some have metric and equivalent needle sizes, which
is useful and convenient.
Occasionally I find I have to use different length needles to
knit sections of the same garment, and I always check to make sure
the needle size is truly the same. I have found big variations
between needles, and this can result in looser or tighter knitting.
Make sure the different needles fit into the needle gauge in the
same way, or you can also use a stiff piece of paper or thin
cardboard. Push one needle point through the paper, then try the
next needle. If it fits in the hole exactly, that’s fine. When it is
harder to fit through, or goes in with room to spare, you should try
another pair of needles, as you risk a different tension, which
could show up clearly, especially on plain areas.
Collect knitting stitch dictionaries, stitch
books or compendiums, or whatever they are called.
Even if they are in another language, they
could still be helpful. Although much of the same ground will be
covered, you will usually find a few different stitches from book to
book because the smorgasbord of knitting delights varies greatly.
Search for knitting history books. Save articles from magazines. You
can never have too many reference books. (Another collection!)
A calculator makes short work of any
mathematical problem. Fractions of stitches multiply easily,
conversions are a snap, and numbers divide like magic. Essential! As
they cost peanuts, buy a few and sprinkle them around your favourite
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