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Should I slip knitwise or purlwise?

Usually knitting instructions will state whether to slip a stitch as if to knit (knit-wise), or as if to purl (purlwise). If the instructions don't say, then you should probably slip the stitch purlwise. Slipping the stitch purlwise simply moves it from the left needle to the right, while slipping a stitch knitwise moves it from the left needle to the right and twists the stitch at the same time.

When your first ball of yarn has length remaining that is less than four times the width of your knitting, or if you're working stripes and it is time for a new color, then it's time to join new yarn. It's better to join a new ball at the beginning of a row than in the middle. That way, you can sew your loose ends into a seam or an edge.

When your first ball of yarn has length remaining that is less than four times the width of your knitting, or if you're working stripes and it is time for a new color, then it's time to join new yarn. It's better to join a new ball at the beginning of a row than in the middle. That way, you can sew your loose ends into a seam or an edge.

1 Finish your row and cut off the old yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.

2 Tie a 6-inch end from your new ball snugly onto the tail of the old yarn.

Sewing Seams with Yarn Ends

If you like to backstitch your seams, you can use the yarn ends that accumulate from casting on and joining new yarn to sew them. If that is your plan, leave tails that are longer than 6 inches when casting on and joining new yarns so that you will have enough length to sew the seams. You save a lot of weaving in of ends this way.

3 Taking care not to confuse the new working yarn with the tied end, work across the row as usual.

Note:When you finish your project, you can untie the knot and weave in the ends to hide them.

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