Hints And Tips For Better Knitting

Always buy sufficient yarn to complete the garment. Otherwise it may be difficult to get the matching dye lot at a later date.

Use the wool or yarn specified in the instructions, otherwise you may be disappointed in the finished result.

Read the instructions carefully before starting to knit.

Where more than one size is given in the instructions, follow the first set of figures for the first size and the figures in the brackets for the other sizes.

ATTENTION. Test your tension. Test your tension. Test your tension.

The most important element in knitting is the tension, for this governs the size of the finished garment. Knit a sample square, using the needles stated, if it is larger of smaller, adjust your needle size before you begin to make the garment. The importance of getting the correct tension cannot be stressed too often.

Knitting needles should be smooth with slightly blunted tips to avoid splitting the wool or yarn. Never put work away with a row half done, this can cause a stretched stitch when starting again

All joins in the wool or yarn should be made at the end of a row.

When measuring for length, divide the stitches on to 2 needles, smooth out work and measure down the centre.

Cast off at the same tension as the work, either in pattern or rib as the case may be.

Before making up. Block and press each piece of work thus:— Press the piece of knitting which has been completed on the iron-sheet (right side down). Pin this down at the widest point (armholes for cardigans and jumpers), stretch the garment just above the ribbing and pin to match. Place pins all round outside edge at about 1 in or 3cm intervals and press with a hot iron and a damp cloth for wool (a warm iron and a dry cloth for Bri-Nylon). DO NOT OVERPRESS.

Join seams with a neat back stitch. Never cobble, or use a bulky seam.

When sewing on knitted front bands, stretch the work slightly to give a firm fit.

When sewing on pockets make sure they are in a straight line and follow the line of the stitches.

Buttons should correspond with buttonholes and should be sewn on with matching yarn.

^JBFHAYFIELD

KNITTING NEEDLES

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WOOL CROCHET HOOKS

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