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fingering weight yarn, Shanta Moitra recommends that you practice working the pattern stitch with a heavier weight yarn and larger needles to master the pattern and/or stitch chart.
This will also save wear and tear on the project yarn, as re-knitting may be avoided.  Of course, you will still need to swatch for gauge accurately with the project yarn.  Jane Armstrong recommends that you place markers at the end of each pattern repeat -- this helps in troubleshooting missed yarnovers or decreases if the stitch count is incorrect.  Thanks, Shanta & Jane

August 2004 tips and ideas

***** SCARF SAVVY  *****
      Michelle Hoke shared this information about how best to
flatter your features with a scarf.  This information is based on information which originally appeared in FIRST magazine, 3/8/04 issue.  Thanks, Michelle!
For a square face:  a scarf tied in a knot distracts from a broad jawline and softens angular features
For a heart-shaped face:  a scarf wrapped around the neck with one side draped over the
shoulder adds volume below the chin, making a narrow jawline appear wider and a broad forehead look proportional
For a elongated face:  a scarf work snugly around the neck and tucked into a coat adds
flattering width to the sides of an elongated face
For a round face:  a scarf wrapped once around the neck with both ends hanging loosely in front of the body draws attention downward and makes a round face appear longer and slimmer

September 2004 tips and ideas

     Thanks to Lynette DiDonato, LeeAnn Schrock and Marsha French for sharing their knitting tips with us!  Lynette brushes thick eyelash or fuzzy yarns on fancy flip flops, trims, etc. 
with a toothbrush to restore fluff after washing or if they get wet. 

     LeeAnn Schrock has a clever way to
check for a smooth join in circular knitting.  Before connecting the cast-on join, place Clover lock ring markers into a stitch on the cast-on row every 10 stitches (or one pattern repeat if you are doing lace).  After joining, re-examine your work to make sure the cast-on row stitches are not twisted.  The lock ring markers should hang downward from the needle.

     Marsha French makes a chain of different colored open-coil stitch markers or colored paper clips.  When working a complicated stitch pattern, she assigns each pattern stitch row to a
different color marker.  She moves this "reminder" as each row is completed.  When she picks up her work, she knows that if her chain is on the blue marker, for example, she must be on row two because it has been designated for that color.  Marsha tells us that this works great for lace patterns...
November 2004 tips and ideas

      "What does it mean when the pattern says to '
knit into the row below'?"  This is a term

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