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Wool Gallery

Our wool gallery will fill up as our community grows, offering you tips and articles of interest about wool and knitting. We encourage our members to email us any tips or articles they have written that will be of interest to other enthusiasts.

Members of The Blue Box community who are also members of wool associations are welcome to share information about those associations with us. Send us an email in our Contact Us section.

Tips for Wool

  • When working with slippery yarns that tend to "self destruct” into knotted messes, place each ball into its own zippered sandwich bag. Cut a very small notch in one corner, just big enough for the yarn to run through.

  • Use two separate row counters to keep track of alternating cable twist when knitting multiple cables.

  • Remember to bind off the neck stitches loosely to make certain that the garment will fit over the head easily.

  • When determining what size sweater to make, always base your decision on the finished measurements, not the numerical size. Every designer has a different opinion on how much ease to add to a garment. Sometimes its comfort ease, and other times its design ease.

  • For a smoother edge when binding off, don't work the first stitch. Instead, slip it to the right needle, work one stitch, then bind off.

  • Circular needles are also useful for knitting, backwards and forwards for flat knitting. It is easier to work a large number of stitches (such as a throw) on circular needles because all the weight is held in front of you, on your lap rather than at the end of long needles.

  • Always join a new ball of yarn at the beginning of a row. Knots left in the middle of a row almost always come apart or eventually work through to the outside of the garment.

  • When using hand-dyed variegated yarns, use two balls changing balls every two rows to avoid slight variances in colour from one ball to the next.

  • When knitting with a heavily textured yarn, where there is little visible difference between the knit and pearl side of the work, place a large safety pin on the knit side of your work. This will remind you that when the pin is facing you, you are on a knit row, when it is on the back of the work, you are on a pearl row.

  • When fastening off, leave longer tails where they will be useful for sewing seams.

  • To uncoil circular needles immerse them in hot water for a few minutes to straighten them out.

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