worked by inserting the left-hand needle from front to back under the strand betwen the last stitch knitted and the first stitch on the left needle.  Knit, twisting strand by working into the loop at the back of the needle.  When working between two knit stitches, the M1R (right-slanting increase) is worked by inserting the left needle from front to back under the strand between the last stitch worked and the first stitch on the left needle. Knit, twisting the strand by working into the loop at the front of the needle.

     Unsure of what size to knit? 
Compare the schematic measurements with those of a
favorite sweater...

As a general rule, garter stitch (knit every row) has twice as many rows per inch as it does stitches per inch...

     What are some ways to find creative
joy on a budget?  Try the "one skein" strategy!
Purchasing "just one" special skein of yarn often costs less than ordering out for pizza and much less than dinner & a movie, plus it provides more hours of entertainment value.  This strategy works better than denying yourself "yarn fixes" entirely (as any dieter knows all too well).  What can you make with a single skein of yarn?  Socks, hats, mitts, knitted cuffs, a cell phone case, a dishcloth, a neckwarmer -- lots of small knitted delights!  Sandi Wiseheart, editor of
Knitting Daily tells us, "We knit for joy, and anything done for joy is worth finding a way to do, no matter what the challenges.  The more joy, the more solace, the more calm we can bring to this crazy world, the better".  We'd love to hear your ideas for "one-skein wonders"...

May 2009 Tips & Ideas

From shopgal JENNIFER FERRENCE:  On many interchangeable circular knitting needle set cables is a small opening near the connector.  Thread this opening with sewing thread and weave it along as you knit to use as a "lifeline" for knitting lace.  Weave it on the same
pattern row each time, preferably on row that is worked without yarnovers.  If you need
to "unknit" you will be certain of which pattern row has this "lifeline".  Thanks, Jen!  (original source CAST ON Magazine)

From INTERWEAVE PRESS editor Ann Budd:   when
working decreases as in armhole shaping,  count the number of stitches you need to decrease on each end, then place a marker.  Work decreases as your pattern specifies, until you hit the marker.
When you come to the marker, you know you've done the correct number.  This also works for increases (such as sleeves).  Place a marker at the original starting point, and count the number of increases. 

June 2009 Tips & Ideas

     Kathy suggests enlarging knitting patterns and stitch charts, then having them
laminated to protect from spills.  Try our new highlighter tape to follow along in the pattern.  Save your originals for use again at a later time, clean and unwrinkled...

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