Quick Clips: Managing Yarn

Managing Yarn

Techniques on this page:

Working with different needles –

Magic Loop

Knitting with DPNs (double-pointed needles)

Knitting on 2 circular needles

Yarn Tension/Ways to Knit –

Tension one stitch at a time

Tension left-handed (aka “picking” or Continental)

Tension right-handed (aka “throwing” or English)

Combining different methods

Joining Skeins of Yarn –

Knot-free join

Magic knot

Russian join

Spit splice

Other Techniques – 

Using a woven row counter

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Magic Loop 101 – 

We’ll show you how to cast on using the Magic Loop style, which involves using one long circular needle for small-circumference knitting in the round. We’ll also guide you through that first round; from there, it’s smooth sailing!

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DPNs 101 –

Gwen and Kellie both prefer DPNs for knitting small items in the round. Watch as we show you how to cast on to 3 or 4 needles and knit the first round.

Version 1 – Cast on straight, then split to the DPNs:

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Version 2 – Cast onto the needles individually:

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And finally – joining the DPNs to work in the round:

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Knitting on 2 Circulars 101 –

Some people prefer to knit on two separate circular needles to manage small-circumference knitting in the round. Here’s how you can keep all those circular needles straight:

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Tensioning the yarn 101 –

Whether you want to increase your speed, even out your stitches, reduce hand pain, or just try something new – changing the way you tension your yarn can change your whole knitting experience! Here are several options for you to try …

1: Tensioning each stitch individually – 

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2: Left-Handed tensioning (also called Continental or “picking”):

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3. Right-handed (also known as English or “throwing”):

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4. Combining different methods:

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Joining Yarns 101 –

We’ll show you several ways to join yarns. You can use this to create a scrap ball of yarn from all the leftover strands you’ve got lying around, or to switch between skeins during a project.

Joining without a Knot:

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Magic Knot:

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Russian Join:

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Spit Splice:

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Other Techniques –

Using a woven row counter –

A woven row counter eliminates the need to keep track of your rows after you knit them. Simply use a spare strand of crochet cotton or other slippery yarn to count your rows as you go!

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