How To Use Knitting Stitch Holders
One of the key skills for learning how to knit is using a stitch holder. A stitch holder is referenced in many knitting patterns. A stitch holder is used for keeping stitches open on a project while working on other parts of the garment.
To use a holder, it is important to first make eight stitches. Then, slide those stitches onto the holder. Avoid twisting the yarn. To continue working, just slide the stitches onto the left needle. Double ended straight stitchholders are even easier to use, requiring stitches to be returned directly to the needles.
How To Shop For Cable Stitch Holders
Straight and cable stitch holders are available at most hobby shops and craft supply stores. They are normally very cheap, with most sets of two selling for less than ten dollars. A variety of sizes are available, depending on the size of the knit they will be used for. It is a good idea to purchase a few different sizes, but for a new knitter, a medium size will be sufficient. They are sold in sets of two, which is enough for most projects. It is a good idea to purchase a spare set, but not necessary. Multiple sets are ideal for those who tend to work on several projects at a time.
How To Use Stitch Markers
Stitch markers are also good to have as part of a knitting supply kit. They resemble small hooks or loops, which are slipped onto the stitches while knitting. Many patterns will call for markers to be used to mark where to make a certain stitch.
Some markers are closed, meaning they can only be removed while the stitch is worked. Others are open, and can be moved around easily even if one is not working on the specific area of the item.
Stitch markers are normally very cheap, with as many as two dozen for two dollars. However, the most ornamental ones, which may be made of stained glass or colorful plastic, are often a little more expensive.
Knitting stitch holders and markers are often used in many patterns. It is ideal to know how to use them before beginning a complicated project. Straight stitch holders are good to have handy when moving on to another part of the project, or keeping work secure when it is not being worked on.