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Knit Today Magazine - - Inspiring Colour -

It’s all too easy to pick the wrong nee­dles a pro­ject and when sizes only dif­fer by as lit­tle as 0.25mm it’s even pos­si­ble to end up us­ing two dif­fer­ent sizes with­out re­al­is­ing it! Group your nee­dles in a pot, us­ing loom bands to keep each pair to­gether or use a nee­dle roll to sep­a­rate them.

for Not sure what nee­dle sizes you’ve got? A nee­dle gauge is the most ac­cu­rate way to iden­tify the dif­fer­ent sizes. Use our Foxy gauge from is­sue 115 or pick up one from any good craft store. Stumped on what to make with your stash? Go on a pat­tern hunt! Knit To­day is full of great ideas for us­ing up small amounts of yarn. Al­ter­na­tively, web­sites like Ravelry, Pat­tern­fish, Loveknit­ting and De­r­amores all have pat­tern sec­tions where you can search by nee­dle size, ten­sion, yarn amount and so on. Use the queue func­tion on Ravelry.com to pair up your yarn with your cho­sen pat­terns. It’s great to have a plan!

As hard as it may seem it re­ally is a good idea to only start a new pat­tern when you’ve fin­ished the pre­vi­ous one. Oth­er­wise you end up with loads of half fin­ished work. If you’re al­ready in this sit­u­a­tion

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