Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Knitting Right Along

I've been knitting right along on my Alphabet Blanket. Can you see my row marker? Row 82!!! Actually, now I'm even farther than that!


I couldn't have made it this far already if not for my new buy - Pattern Tamers! (I got mine at my LYS but I see there is an Etsy shop too) Yes, another great tool for the knitter. These magnetic tools are very helpful in keeping my place on my knitting chart. It tames the eye and makes it more relaxing for me as I knit - not always the case with chart knitting! Plus, the decorative ribbons are too cute.


It's also a must for me to print the chart out at a much larger precent so I can see from a distance what I'm doing. Printing out on card stock also helps keep the chart stiff because the weight of the Pattern Tamers can make the chart flimsy. I also just discovered if I slide the chart into a plastic sheet protector I can easy slide the Pattern Tamers up a row after I finish one instead of totally readjusting it. 

Some tips and tricks always help! Go buy some Pattern Tamers - I'm glad I did!

7 comments:

sue said...

I think it always helps to enlarge the pattern doesnt it. Those pattern tamers sound like a great idea.

jennifer said...

Oh, my! What a gorgeous blanket - you really are making some progress! I have two quick questions for you: What size circulars are you knitting that on? Also, with that tiny yarn, how many stitches did you need to cast on? Thanks!

Rene' Sharp said...

Thanks so much for the tip! I haven't tried to knit from a chart yet, the idea has scared me to death! This makes so much sense. Don't know if I will get Pattern Tamers here in South Africa, but I will have to try and buy some plain magnetic strips. Thanks again. How about some preggy pics?

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing that great tool - I hadn't heard of them before (definitely a better option than sticky notes!) and I think I might just have to buy a set.

Renee said...

Great ideas, thanks for sharing!
Hope you're feeling well!

PrincessPea said...

Oh, I've seen those before and always wondered how useful they were. Thanks for this, I may well treat myself now! And good going with the shawl!

danceNknit said...

Looking good! I just started a blanket too.