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Exchanging knit to crochet

Exchange knitting to crochet or crochet to knitting.

Keeping yarn balls separate / clean while knitting 

I hope this will help some people.  If I am working on something white or light colored, I keep my work in a pillowcase.  When working on it I put the pillowcase over my lap.  Helps keep it clean.  You don't realize how much soil your clothes can pick up.  Happy hooking, Ruth


I always use zip lock bags to keep my colors straight in .The bags  zip close on the yarn to keep it from unrolling while working the other colors. My mother and I have had no trouble with using a lot of color changing with this method! Feel free to have a go at it. I believe you will like this method, too.  Rita


I found an easy way to keep your ball of yarn from rolling around and very easy to knit from     I use a large plastic coffee can which a large ball of yarn fits into and it keeps the ball clean and knitting is very easy.    Try it it works really slick and it would probably keep multiple balls of yarn from twisting together Barb - Birchwood, Wis


Hi; I have a tip I would like to pass on; when  crocheting  to keep  cotton clean and not rolling around on the floor  I put it in one of those heavy  clear plastic bags that you buy blankets in ;the round ones are best as they have a zipper in them so you can put your work in it  and zipper it up till you can get back to it  they are also handy to  put  it in if you want to take it with you; as some have handles on them;  and you can always see your work; I also use cookbook stands to put my pattern book on  I can see the pattern and  I don;t have to pick it up to follow them;  or stretch my neck out to see it;  if I am using a pattern I have copied from a magazine I scan it in the computer than print it on card stock so it is stiff and easier to put on the book stand or prop  up  with a book etc. I hope this helps  our fellow  craft buddies.   Elaine C. Newfoundland; Canada.      


This is a tip I have used for a long time. When I am working with a pull skein of yarn I put the skein in knee high nylons. It helps keep dog (3) and cat (3) hair off of the yarn plus hold the skein until the last bit of yarn from the skein. If you have skeins of yarn that have gotten dirty or that you feel you need to wash before you can use it, put it in the knee high nylon, tie the end in a knot and throw in the washer and then the dryer. The nylon keeps the skein from falling apart in the washer and dryer. Wash and dry as per directions on the label. Be sure to take the paper sleeve off before washing. Can leave the sleeve on it just going to use the yarn. When dried and wanting to use untie the knot and put the yarn out of the middle. This way it is clean and held in place for you to use. Thanks for a great news letter.  Katie .....TX


Here's yet another no-cost easy solution to keep most dirt, or in my case, dog hair, off yarn while knitting or crocheting. Grab grocery sacks (the choke a bird type), one for each ball or skein of yarn and put them in, leaving the starting end outside the bags.  Cross over and loop the bag handles thru once so they are loosely tied.  This has worked well for me for up to 4 balls and was easily portable. Cris


From Lena Cabena Hi Everyone, Here is another tip when working with multiple skeins of yarn and keeping them from tangling with each other.  In one project I worked with 36, yes, 36 balls of yarn at the same time without cutting plus 2 more balls for each end because the colors needed "re-starting" in the pattern I used. 

So, how did I manage that without spending hours untangling the yarns?  Easy!  It's all in the way how you turn your project.  When turning, just remember which way you turn, away or towards yourself and then, just "turn it back" in the same direction. The yarns will automatically untangle themselves.

 I also bought a $ 2.00 kitchen caddy for my project with compartments and lined up the different balls in the order I needed them.  Once you get used to it, it's not difficult at all  working with may balls of yarn at the same time.


I use a small 2 quart Dutch oven (one of those enamel blue and white spatter ware) to put my ball of crochet in while I am crocheting. I set it on the floor, it won't move around because of the weight of the pan, and because the enamel is very slick, the ball moves easily as I crochet, as well as the fact that the yarn is not rubbing against anything (less chance for pulls and premature wear). Also, the size makes it perfect for putting between my feet keeping the yarn from hanging up on anything as I crochet. If I have to pull out stitches I just drop the loose yarn in the pan and start again! Linda Horrigan--Oklahoma City  


When I am knitting on dp's or circular needles to make a tube (sock, etc.), I find that if I cast on 1 more stitch than called for, then I can psso on the 1st and last st and it makes a much neater join. Karen Dempsey


Need to keep your yarn from tangling when your working with more than one color? You can put each of your yarn balls in a coffee can or some other can with a lid that you've put a hole in. Thread your yarn through the holes and ..there you have it.

Or, put your yarns  into a brown shopping bag (up to 4 yarn skeins per bag) and thread them each through a hole made on each side of the bag putting the holes about ¼ way up the bag. (4 sides = 4 holes) feed your different yarns/colors through the holes ...and there you have it.

I also use 2-liter bottles for keeping my yarn.  I cut the bottom off the bottle and put the year inside, threading my working end through the cap end of the bottle.   Then using a piece of masking tape, I tape the two bottle pieces together.   This works wonderfully. Jean Stephens


My cousin had a great idea for holding balls of crocheting thread while she crocheted. She used a coffee can with a snap on plastic lid. She'd poke a small hole through the center of the lid, place the ball of thread inside, thread the end through the hole, snap on the lid, and place the can on the floor. The thread never rolled away on the floor and stayed nice and clean. From Barbara in Allentown PA.


Amy Friend  Subject: Tip for taming crochet-string balls When crocheting with thread, such as for doilies, the balls of string go bounding all around the floor.  They can get dirty and pick up fuzz.  I solved this problem.  I was exploring the craft store and happened upon doll stands on sale.  For under $2, I purchased what is essentially a pole on a base.  (I pulled out and discarded the portion that was to go around the doll's waist.)  It holds any size ball of crochet string quite nicely.  For larger balls, use a free "adapter" (the empty cardboard roll inside toilet tissue, or cut one to size from inside a roll of paper towels) and just slip the "adapter" inside the ball of string before putting it on the pole.  To prevent sliding across the table, use that nice anti-slip stuff which Rubbermaid makes for under rugs and for shelf lining. A totally separate tip:  I've found it helpful to keep the wrappers of my balls of string, so that later, I can find out which brand of string it is, the color, so I can repurchase a color I like, and other information.