KNITmuch | Issue 01


Here it is! The much anticipated FREE Premiere issue of KNITmuch Magazine! We’re extremely excited to launch this first issue featuring a full 52 pages of knitting projects, tips, techniques, and products. In this issue, you’ll find a review of the NEW Downton Abbey Yarn Collection and the irresistible Top This! yarn kit. See the Crawley Vest and Budding Romance Shawl patterns for great project ideas using the new Downton Abbey yarns. We also review a variety of project ideas to make with Red Heart’s Cutie Pie and Sashay yarns. We go back to knitting basics to inspire new knitters to expand their knowledge of knitting and get to the bottom of key technical knitting terms and skills. Enjoy exploring our very first issue. Save it in your favorites, share it with your knitting friends!

Stitch holders are safety nets for your knitting

Glenna Harris

Stitch holders come in many sizes and are

designed to securely hold your stitches aside.

We talked about stitch markers earlier, now we’re

going to take a moment to extol the virtues of

stitch holders. These little life-savers aren’t hard to

use, but we tend to use them while making slightly

more advanced projects, so as you progress in

your knitting skills you’ll find yourself reaching for

them more and more. Stitch holders are safety

nets for your knitting.

Stitch holders come in different sizes, ranging from

just a few inches long to nearly a foot. They’re

a staple of the yarn shop tools display, and so

helpful to use once you start knitting garments

like sweaters. They're designed to do exactly what

you might think – hold stitches aside, securely, for

a portion of your project. (If you needed to put

the whole piece aside for a short while, you would

simply leave it on the needles).

You’ll commonly see pattern directions telling

you to use a stitch holder when you’re starting

the neckline of a sweater while working from the

bottom up. On the sweater pictured above, (which

is the Ravine pullover pattern), you can see the

center of the scoop neckline starts across the

middle cable panel, and on each side just above

that are the rows of decreases that shape the rest

of the scoop. This bottom center of the scoop

is first established by holding the stitches aside,

and then working each side of the sweater front

one side at a time. Once you’ve held the middle

stitches aside, you’re essentially working two

pieces, not just one.

When the sweater is all finished, the collar is

worked by picking up stitches all along the edge

of the neck, and transferring those stitches held

aside back onto your needles so that they can be

worked into the ribbing as pictures. So, once the

sweater is done you can’t really tell that anything

was temporarily held aside! It’s all just one step in

the process of completing your sweater.

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