Here are a few tips in response to questions that have come up after our classes:
– Always form your stitches on the thicker part of the needle, not on the narrower tips. Stitches should flow smoothly from the left needle to the right as you work.
– To work even stitches, keep an even tension on the working yarn and gently push the stitches to be worked toward the tip of the left needle where you will insert the right needle to create a new loop.
– Periodically, take a break and count the number of stitches on your needle and check against your pattern to make sure that you have not accidentally dropped a stitch or added one.
– When taking a break from your project, always try to finish a row (or round) before stopping to avoid the chance of working stitches in a different tension when you pick it back up again.
– Joining a new ball of yarn: It’s best to start a new ball at the edge (or 2 to 3 stitches from the edge) if you can. Hold both new and old yarns together and work 1 or 2 stitches. Make sure to work these double-stranded stitches as single stitches on the next row. Then, drop the old yarn and continue with the new working yarn. Leave a tail at least 6” on both old and new yarns to weave in later.