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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review and Giveaway /// Knitter's Pride Nova Platina Interchageable Deluxe Set



When I was 5, I learned to knit on straight needles. As a teenager I learned to follow patterns and began collecting circular and straight needles every time I'd begin a new project. In adulthood I joined my first knitting group, there I was first introduced to interchangeable needles. That Christmas I had one wish, it was to have a set of my own.

That year I got my wish (thanks Mom!) and I've never looked back. All of my straights and fixed circular needles have been collecting dust since then. I can't bear to part with them, they represent an evolution of sorts, but rarely do I use them. Did I say rarely? I mean never.

If I could give just one piece of advice to new knitters it would be to purchase an interchangeable set before investing their money in endless fixed circular needles and straights of various lengths and sizes for each project.

Recently I had the opportunity to try the Knitter's Pride Nova Platina Interchangeable Deluxe Set. I was so excited for them to arrive. I already have in my stash the 16 inch interchangeable set (primarily for hat knitting--best investment ever!) so I already knew I'd be impressed with the quality. What I hadn't expected were the little extras that make this kit even more useful. But first let me tell you why I love this set so much.


Size Stamps
Not all interchangeable tips have their sizes marked on them. This may not seam like a big deal but I can tell you from experience it is SO handy and a real time saver! I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally used the wrong needle because it didn't have a size stamped on it.




Tips
Hands down one of my favorite things about these needles is the slick finish and the pointy tip. I don't knit elaborate lace so I really appreciate a super smooth finish with zero drag, it boosts my speed immensely. I like a pointy tip because knitting in general is made easier but also knitting two or three stitches together or performing elaborate pattern stitches is much easier to do with a fine point. Even the larger sizes have a nice narrow tip!




Size Range
With sizes 3.5mm/US4 to 8mm/US11 what more do you need! This set covers all of the most common sizes a knitter would need. And if you find yourself in need of additional sizes, needle tips are also available individually from sizes 3mm/US2.5 to a whopping 12mm/US17!!




Size Markers
I think Size Marker ID tags might be one of the most underrated accessory for interchangeable sets. I myself have 3 full sets of tags now and I use them constantly! What are they for, you ask? Well, have you ever wanted to cast on a new project only to find that the size needle you require is already being used for another project? Slide one of these little tags on the end of your cord and twist on an end cap to reclaim those needle tips! Honestly, before discovering these handy little things, I can't even count the number of projects in hibernation that I ignored or messed up because I had no idea what needle size I'd been working on. I think it's pure genius including these handy tags in the set because although they are available separately, I think they are an item that many knitters aren't aware of and don't know they need.




Cords
The cord lengths included in this set are ideal. Sizes 24", 32" and 40" allow you to work most circumferences in the round as well as the option of magic loop with the longer cord! I also love that they are black  




Included
+ 9 knitting needle tips (3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 8mm/US4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11)
+ 4 cords (1 x 24", 2 x 32", 1 x 40")
+ 1 set of size markers
+ 8 end caps
+ 4 cord keys
+ 1 cord case
+ 1 zippered case for tips, cords, and accessories


ENTER TO WIN!!!
I knew I couldn't review this awesome set without having one to giveaway (thank you Knitter's Pride!!!). I know you'll love them just as much as I do!!! 

To qualify to win simply share some knitting wisdom: your best piece of knitting advice, something you've learned the hard way and would have done differently, or a tool you can't live without!

Enter in the comments below, please leave a contact (email, rav ID, or other), giveaway closes next Tuesday at noon!

--- THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED --- 

Congratulations to Beth S. who's sage advice was this:

My best advice is very basic.... read the pattern in full before you start. Second piece of advice is to make a copy of the pattern so you can write all over it, increased rows or where you had some troubles or just to keep track of row count.

Thank you to all who entered and left their words of wisdom, I truly enjoyed reading them. 


313 comments:

  1. Best piece of knitting wisdom I could ever pass along is to make sure you understand the pattern before you begin knitting. Many times I have impetuously cast on and started knitting without understanding what was ahead of me. I ended up spending too much time going back fixing my mistakes than it would have taken to understand everything from the beginning. :)

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  2. I actually just got a great piece of knitting advice for travel knitting. When you are starting a project and know you need to knit X amount of inches, make your tail of yarn long enough and put a knot at the length you're knitting to - that way you don't have to keep pulling out your tape measure.

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  3. This set looks amazing!
    My knitting advice: Surround yourself with people who love knitting and are better at it than you are. That way you will never be far from inspiration, a helping hand and a listening ear.
    amybronee@gmail.com

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  4. i teach people to knit all the time, and always, always, always nag everyone to 'check their gauge'!!! (Although i am sometimes guilty of not always doing it myself...which always leads to wanting to kick myself!)
    Also another thing I say is don't cheap out on the yarn. Why invest so much time and love into something that won't hold up well and last, not to mention how much better the good stuff looks as a FO :)

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  5. SWATCHING!!!! Most important thing to do when making a garment that is to be worn.....I've had a few oopsies. Thankfully, they were in kids clothing, and they grew into them :)

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  6. I've bought a couple pairs of "cheap" needles and regretted them. When I finally splurged for some German-made Turbo circulars I couldn't believe the difference. I can't often afford them, but quality needles do make a difference in speed & knitting enjoyment!
    ~ Shannon

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  7. What a fun giveaway! As for knitting advice...taking the time to learn to cable without a cable needle is so worth it! It's a big time saver and pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it (even with small children underfoot). :)

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  8. My advice would be to check gauge twice and make sure your stitches are not twisted when knitting in the round. These needles look amazing!

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  9. My favourite tip would be if something is wrong or bugs you whilst you are knitting, rip it out because if you just carry on and finish something and that thing still bugs you, the item will never get used. Spend an extra couple of hours fixing it and you will be much more likely to be delighted with a project.

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  10. Oh my gosh, what an amazing set!  Well my advice would be to never knit when you are getting frustrated with your work.  Knitting angrily often leads to further disaster!  If you're having issues with a specific part of the pattern, try and find resources online to help you or contact a fellow knitter for advice.  Have a cup of tea, take some deep breaths, and continue once you're in a better mindset :).

    Email: sarahelizw@hotmail.com

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  11. Love those needles! As a new knitter my advice would be to go for it and not worry about the mistakes. My first sweater is wearable at home only, but it was such a valuable learning project. I continued onward and finished my second very-wearable sweater this winter!
    My ravelry ID is IDEA4

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  12. I use a smaller needle on the left when knitting in the round; this allows the stitches to slide more easily as they come around, and it frees up my match to the right needle for another project!

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  13. I say don't be afraid to frog: back to a mistake or unravel the whole project. Mistakes nag at you, you have to account for them later, and they are easy to fix. Going back teaches you how something is supposed to look, and you will be more satisfied with your end result even if it takes more time.

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  14. I have found that using the notes section in ravelry is essential! From the needle size to the yarn used to notes about gauge. I love to know what gauge I am getting with what needles and what yarn! Gives you a starting point for your next project!

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  15. The best skill I've learned is to read my knitting. It not only helps fix mistakes, but also to prevent them. The one thing I really learned the hard way is even if your swatch is the perfect gauge, it's wise to make sure your project gauge matches your swatch gauge. I ended up with a lacy sweater several sizes too big!
    ravelry: rhymeswithcount

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  16. Everybody says when you're learning to knit you should make a plain garter stitch wash cloth or a scarf. I disagree. I think you should knit something you love. My sister's very first project was an elaborate Noah's Ark blanket and she was so excited about that she stuck with the entire thig and was forever hooked on knitting. I've had other friends start wish washcloths and abandon the hobby before they even got started due to boredom.

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  17. use a lifeline on complicated new learning projects. And both good quality yarn and needles are worth the price!

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  18. If a mistake bothers you rip back and fix it, otherwise it will bug you every time you wear it! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  19. My best knitting wisdom would be to always try patterns that teach you a new skill or technique. I always try to keep one project on the needles that challenges me. It has increased my knitting skills faster than I would've imagined. Also, it keeps my knitting from becoming too routine!

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  20. My knitting wisdom (advice I don't always take) is to pick a pattern you want to knit and just give it a go even if you're not sure you can manage it, because you can manage it.

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  21. My piece of advice that I was I followed more diligently is to take better notes during a project. I always think I'll remember exactly what I did or what modifications I made but usually by the time I get around to the second sock (or whatever it may be) my mind is a little fuzzy. I should add that it also helps to write the notes legibly instead of confusing scribbles!

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  22. Ravelry ID: hopwala

    As a beginning knitter I have to remind myself to always be patient and especially not to compare myself. There are so many talented knitters on my IG feed and sometimes I feel discouraged I am not as good as they are. I have to be kind to myself and remember why I'm knitting and what I love about it and it's not so I can be the best! Contentment is a skill that is sometimes hard to learn!

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  23. Definitely don't be afraid to frog. I have started and restarted and started again, more projects than I can count. If I hadn't frogged them, i know I would not love them as much as I do. You should love every project that comes off your needles. So take the extra time to go back and fix something that's bugging you, because if it bothers you now, it will drive you insane every time you look at it.

    Ravelry: Jordyndayne9698

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  24. If you don't have a set of interchangeable needles, it's handy to keep a list of what needles you so have in your wallet so that you can check if you have what you need when you're in the yarn store buying yarn for your next project. I don't know how many times I've just assumed I had the right needles and then had to go back...

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  25. Whenever possible, knit with yarn you love to look at and feel. Otherwise, the project feels like it takes longer and I'm less eager to pick it up for a few minutes here and there to knit with ho-hum hues. Also, I prefer to keep two sets of all my knitting tools (tape measure, mini crochet hook set, etc...). One set is in my larger storage organizer with the various size needles, the other set is in a small pouch for on-the-go knitting. But if I misplace something, I know I don't need to run to the store mid-project or I can loan one to a friend.

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  26. I think the best advice I got was that once I learned to knit and purl, I could make anything I wanted. So I stuck with it and it made me not afraid to try patterns that were maybe even out of my depth!

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  27. Oh, where to begin with the knitting pearls of wisdom. ALWAYS do a gauge swatch is probably the best piece of advice that I can lend someone, especially when working with 100% animal fiber. It takes on water differently for every garment and once your swatch is wet blocking, you want to make sure that you do the math and make the perfect adjustments so that you won't be 'off' with your design or pattern. My Ravelry ID is Genovia.

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  28. I think my best advice is to not get intimidated by a pattern. There have been a lot of patterns that scared me when I first looked at them, but as soon as I started working through them, I realized they were much easier than they seem. Also, any technique you may not be familiar with, you can always find a helpful video (or ten) of it. Ravelry id: goosey1019

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  29. I forever will be grateful for learning the value of a gauge swatch knit in the round and straight. Read your project, figure out if it is knit in the round or straight then swatch until you get the gauge. This simple guideline has changed my results from okay to SPECTACULAR!

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  30. I think it's important to invest in quality products and make notes on a pattern as you go (especially if step away from a project for awhile). Also, painter's tape comes in very handy for charts, and it's usually never a good idea to knit late at night! :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway! Ravelry: misskris545

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  31. Please fix the typo in this post - I don't want to "bare" with you when you decide to part with dust-collecting needles. :-) (You meant 'bear'.)

    Best knitting trick: Portuguese purling and Continental Knitting. If making LONG rows of stockinette, nothing beats the speed of Continental Knitting & Portuguese Purling.

    What is a knitting necessity? Bug Light tiny LED flashlight that can grip onto a seat belt so I can knit in a dark car (as a passenger of course) on long rides.

    I would give these needles to a best knitting buddy should I win them. I agree with all your points about how lovely this set is.

    Esther Paris in Rhode Island, USA
    esther at sombrereptiles dot org

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  32. Always read the pattern and be familiar with it as you go. My grandma always said that, and I learned the hard way!

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  33. Best advice for newer knitters - learn to read your stitches, so you can tell a mistake ahead of time, followed by learning to tink back. Knitting is a LOT less scary when you can confidently take back errors and KNOW them. It is knowledge I wish I had a lot sooner in my knitting. Only other thing is relax and don't worry about mildly messy stitches, they will wash/block out. Don't be a neat freak and knit so tight you hurt yourself.

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  34. Splurge on yarn that really makes your heart sing. You spend so many hours with a project, choosing the right yarn (drape, loft, blend) in colours you love will dramatically improve the experience of knitting. Rav: summercrosson

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  35. When substituting yarn, try to match the fibre as well as the gauge. At least in my experience I have been disappointed in some items I've made that were supposed to drape more, or conversely, be more rigid. meagan(dot)radford(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  36. Use good fiber!!! I wasted lots of years thinking wool acrylic blend was good yarn. I am no snob, crfr store yarns have their use, build you are going to spend the time to make a project use good yarn and you will get the drape and look that you are hoping for.

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  37. (if this posts more than once, I'm sorry. Google wasn't playing nice with me today)

    I love interchangeable sets and these look awesome!

    My best advice for new/newish knitters is: learn the basic knit and purl stitches and then just go for it! If you're making a fabric you are happy with then you are doing it "right". There's always time to perfect technique as you go but don't let anyone tell you you're doing it "wrong" if you're happy with how it looks.

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  38. Chelsea BerkompasMarch 10, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    For beginner knitters, don't be afraid to knit what you want to knit. People seem to feel the need to put themselves in the boxes of "beginner" or "advanced" knitter when they really don't have to-that can be so crippling! Knitting is simply following instructions- if you can do that you can knit anything! So start knitting with a project you love and figure it out as you go, ask for help if/ when you need it and google everything else! :) (Rav: chberkom)

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  39. Make the project you want to make, even if it's technically above your current skill level. Mistakes can always be undone, and the motivation of liking the project can see you through.

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  40. Jenny jennyblu76@msn.comMarch 10, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    I'm a fairly new knitter, but I know enough to LOVE the quality of Knitters Pride needles!
    Also, a few things I've learned the hard way, always look at your yarn in the daylight and never leave your crochet hook behind!

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  41. Those needles look awesome! I'm on the hunt for some good ones.

    My best knitterly advice is to use a lifeline when knitting a complicated pattern. I've had to rip out an entire pattern more times than I care to admit because I messed up lace and couldn't find a good place to frog back to. Womp-womp. Such a bummer!

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  42. I had a wonderful speed knitting teacher who reminded us not to sweat the small stuff. So what if you make a mistake. Don't stop. Keep going!

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  43. I think the most useful thing I learned was cabling without a cable needle. Not just because it's a HUGE time-saver, but because it seemed impossible. I mean, cable without a cable needle? But it is so much simpler than you think and, now that I conquered that technique, learning other new techniques doesn't seem so hard.

    These needles look great... thanks for the detailed review!

    @freddygirl on Ravelry

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  44. The knitting wisdom I am learning lately is not to be afraid of making mistakes. When I first started knitting I was terrified of messing up a pattern, but as I have inevitably made mistakes I have learned so much from them. And now that I am not so afraid, the knitting is much much more enjoyable and relaxing.

    Rav Id: katking85

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  45. WANT SO BADLY! rachel.malis@gmail.com

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  46. Make sure to read the pattern all the way through before starting to knit. I've learned this one the hard way! Thanks for the giveaway, susanmhj on ravelry

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  47. Looks like a great set! Thanks for the review, Jane!

    I learned after knitting my first (thankfully kid-sized) sweaters that swatching for proper gauge is worth every minute!

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  48. I have learned how important it is to swatch! if you want to make yourself a garment or something where size matters, don't cheat. Do a real swatch - preferably on the larger size - and then block the swatch. It will make the difference between a garment that you love or don't wear. Think of the time and money you put into a garment. It is worth the swatch.

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  49. my best advice learn to let go and do not get defeated by mistakes

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  50. I like to work off of a small note card or notebook instead of a big printed knitting pattern (or one online on my smartphone). For all but the most complicated patterns, this makes for easier and quicker reference as I'm going, and I can refer back to the main pattern just at key points in the construction.

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  51. Best advice: love the yarn you are using for a project. Don't settle..otherwise you won't love the end result.

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  52. By best advice is to SWATCH! I've had countless times where the size could've been fixed by swatching. It's also important to wash and abuse that swatch as much as possible, since different fibers react to wear differently, its important to know that the complicated cabled sweater you're knitting will actually fit after a few washes.

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  53. I've told friends that wanted to learn to knit to learn a knit and purl. If you can get those two things, everything is based off that.

    Knitting has helped immensely with my postpartum anxiety. I tell everyone to try it! Even if you use craft store yarns and cheap needles. Sure, the good stuff is REAAAAAALLLLLLY good, but cost shouldn't keep a person from trying. :)

    laura (dot) anderson (dot) 0612 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  54. So many points I could make here....but I think the one pointer I am going to go with is USE RAVELRY! Put your yarn in there now (before your stash grows to take up a whole room at your house), make notes on your projects so if you ever want to make them again, you know just what you did the last time. I did not find out about ravelry till after I learned to knit and then I did not use it till almost a year later.....I wish I would have used it sooner.

    Ravelry Name = knitphomaniac13

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  55. Don't knit what you don't love. Knitting helps keep my ADD in check and has taught me to always swatch because if you don't you'll have to frog and start all over.

    Ravelry: christadiane

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  56. My best knitting advice....beware as it is an incredible, satisfying addiction for life!!!

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  57. Total newbie to knitting....still on my first project. Learn to "tink" yourself, I think it gives you a better understanding of the stitches.

    ravelry id katydo1

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  58. if you want to love the finished product, yes, you do have to swatch, so get over it :)

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  59. I am using project bags with a zipper since my dog wriggled my knitting out of its draw string bag and chewed through the cable... ☺️��

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  60. learned the hard way: don't use cheap yarn for a big project it, it's worth it after all that work to have a sweater you will love wearing. rav: jodiduby

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  61. Something that I have learned while knitting is to not settle for inferior needles, buy the best that you can afford at the time. Another word of advice is to take your time and be patient. email is anntempleton@bellsouth.net or RavID annfran25

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  62. I love all my Knitter's Pride needles but I can't live without my Karbonz! They are the best needles I have EVER used!

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  63. I think the biggest thing I learned was to keep notes on each project!
    rav:jen27

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  64. My advice would be, use good knitting needles, good yarn, and don't be intimidated by projects. I am brand new to knitting, and I'm trying a lot of techniques to improve myself and challenge myself. Who cares if i mess up, it can be fixed! Ravelry: rhokom

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  65. My best knitting advice is to be patient! Make swatches, it's worth it to frog it, etc.

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  66. The best advice I can give. Be patient with yourself. Count your stitches after each row. The tools I can't live without. Stitch markers! And a crochet hook to grab dropped stitches. I LOVE Knitter ' s Pride products!

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  67. Life lines!! I've always tinked back fixing errors and feel I should have discovered life lines ages ago but never did until recently. They save me so much time now!

    nflux888 on ravelry

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  68. Go to knitting a knitting cafe and meet new people, nice knitters. You learn new things and get new friends. Ravelry id: usk68

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  69. I think one of the most valuable things I've learned so far in knitting is that taking the time to fix mistakes is worth it! When I first started knitting I didn't want to take the time to fix the mistakes and I ended up with things I wasn't very proud of and wouldn't use. Once I got over that fear of going back I have found so much more satisfaction and pride in my finished projects!

    Ravelry ID: annakristine86

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  70. There is nothing that you can do in knitting that cannot be fixed or frogged.

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  71. Learn to knit with beautiful yarn and beautiful needles. Getting on Ravelry changed my knitting life. Take classes!

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  72. Learning to knit continental...much faster & made learning to crochet that much faster! Rav ID: ocean1120

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  73. oh my gosh, this is a fantastic giveaway!! I've always wanted a set of interchangeables, but haven't taken the plunge yet, these look like perfection.

    My best knitting advice: don't be afraid to learn new skills with your knitting. whatever the technique, you are a quick internet search away from loads of tutorials, videos, and directions that can help you tackle anything. If you learned how to knit and purl, you can learn to do anything. Seriously.

    Tools I can't live without: a hard ruler (measuring tapes can get stretched out), and stitch markers that bring me joy.

    Thanks Jane, and thanks Knitter's Pride!

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  74. Don't listen to people who tell you can or cannot do a project due to your perceived skill level. If you want to start off with stranded mittens as your first project (as I did!), accept that it'll be challenging, but it is by no means impossible. You might even surprise yourself. Limiting yourself by saying "I can't", in knitting or in life in general, can only serve to hurt you rather than help! Be patient, you can do it.

    Rav username: palaeopath

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  75. Best advice I received starting out again as a teen was from my Granny. She said skip scarves and wash clothes if I found them boring; read the "recipe" as she called directions and make what you like. I have learned way more by knitting projects I loved, figuring out the instructions and finishing as best I could. I also highly recommend my friends, who get interested in knitting, buy interchangeable needle set as they will get better results, have the resources at hand and enjoy the learning process much more! I also love going to my local Victoria yarn shops to talk with the owners for more tips and to learn more about fibre options.

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  76. Best piece of knitting advice: stop buying cute sock yarn if it turns out you hate knitting socks! #guilty

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  77. Swatch, swatch, swatch! (And block the swatch). Every time I get confident and think I can knit without swatching, I get caught. It takes some time, and hard to fight when you just want to start that new exciting project, but it really is essential.

    Thanks for the chance to win! I knit exclusively with my interchangeable needles, I'd love a new set.

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  78. Swatching.....It can't be said enough. When I was a newbie knitter, I didn't swatch and I had a hat that would fit a child and not my jug head. I couldn't understand when I used the right yarn and needle size. But I didn't knit a test swatch. Lesson learned.

    And those needles...ohhhh...what a wonderful give away!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  79. Two things that I learned the hard way: Swatches and lifelines can save far more time than they appear to waste! Don't set yourself up for having to start a project over again because of skipping these things!

    Also, a third thing: Pattern designing isn't has hard as it seems, and can be very rewarding!

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  80. My best knitting advice is to read through the pattern BEFORE you start knitting, this goes double for lace projects. There is nothing worse than when you're chugging along and you suddenly come across a "while at the same time" that hadn't been previously aware of. Ashley1313 on Rav.

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  81. My best knitting advice is to read the pattern from start to finish before beginning a new project, just as you would with a recipe when cooking. Then, read other Raveller's project notes to pick up their tips and tricks. I don't know any fellow knitters, so I have relied a great deal on other Raveller's comments, and I'm sure they have saved me countless hours of frustration and frogging!

    Ravelry ID: busysupervising

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  82. Swatching makes all the difference in your satisfaction with the project when all is said and done. Also... learn the math. I have always HATED math, but had to bite the bullet when I became addicted to knitting. It's a necessary evil! :D
    RavID: nicolecooper32

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  83. I've only been knitting a few months, so my only wisdom is to not sweat the small stuff. You can always undo whatever you've done wrong. my ravID:nicholex

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  84. As a fairly new knitter I've embraced the wisdom of "never be afraid to frog". :) Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  85. Hi Jane, thank you for this chance to win these interchangeable as I have been wanting a set ! The best thing I ever did to improve mt knitting skills and raise the fun and passion for knitting was to join a knitting group. To be surrounded by others working on their projects,, talking and learning as you go. If you are someone who likes to do thing solo, then checking out patterns on Ravelry site and so many great tutorials online. Options and possibilities are endless. Email - alice - adunne@telus.net

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  86. Knitting and listening to audio books is the best way to spend a winter sunday afternoon!

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  87. A tool that I cannot live without is my ball winder. Mine just broke and am now looking for a new one. For knitting with DPNs, I always cast on all stitches on one DPN and then distribute them onto the others for knitting in the round.

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  88. As a new knitter of socks my best advice is to use a lifeline when trying a new pattern.
    RavID: SASenior
    sasenior@gmail.com

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  89. I had pretty much the exact same needle revolution you did but I haven't made the jump to interchangeables yet.

    My best advice is to not be intimidated by patterns. Most modern patterns are very well written and informative. If you run into troubles understanding, the internet, and especially Ravelry, is a wonderful resource.

    Ravelry ID: ImpossiblyAlice

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  90. Check your gauge! I'm still guilty of not doing it myself, but you gotta do it or you end up with something two times bigger than it should be.. :-/

    .. And have fun.

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  91. What a wonderful set!
    My best piece of advice is swatching, gauge is different from day to day and mood.

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  92. Interchangeable needles are terrific - never have enough.
    Lindaran on Rav

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  93. What a fantastic giveaway!

    Three important things I've learned as a knitter...

    1. Read the WHOLE pattern.
    When my mum-in-law asked me about a pattern for a shawl that she saw in a yarn store that she really wanted to make. She asked me if there were any complicated stitches and procedures. I skimmed through the pattern and said "Nope. It looks pretty straight forward" (... to me!) So she was very excited. She bought the pattern, needles, and all the yarn that the pattern had called for. Then when we got back from shopping she looked through the pattern and asked me about short rows and wrap & turns. She looked at me with this totally blank look on her face as i tried to explain them to her (complete with youtube vids and all). Then, with a sweet smile on her face, she jokingly said.. "Um, here you go!" and passed everything to me and passive aggressively "asked" me to make it for her... I felt so bad about it. She gave no deadline for when she wanted it. So i did make it for her since her birthday was a few short weeks away. She absolutely loved it. It was awesome to knit. i enjoyed making it. But I think she would have enjoyed making it to and i felt like i took that away from her... So again READ the WHOLE pattern.

    2. Swatching and Blocking make all the difference in the world!

    3.Handknit gifts are ALWAYS from the heart. Don't ever think that whatever you are making is in any way beneath the recipient.
    One of my girlfriends is a beginner knitter and so right now she only knits in garter stitch. It's what she is comfortable doing. She told me once that she was knitting a gift for me but never finished it because it didn't look complicated enough to be a worthy gift. I sat her down and gave her what for :D... I told her that she was taking the time to MAKE me something. She has two kids and barely finds the time for herself. I was totally honoured that she wanted to do that for me. But sad that she thought that i wouldn't appreciate it. I love and appreciate handmade gifts. I understand what goes into creating them. Time and TLC!

    Thanks so much Jane and Knitter's Pride for a chance at this incredibly generous giveaway!
    Good luck to all!!
    *hugs*

    Ravelry ID: Jenn2Marie

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  94. It just takes practice, you just have to put the time in.

    Arika (I hope I win)

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  95. My knitting advice is knit everyday. It's my meditation time!

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  96. One thing I learnt at the yarn shop I had my first knitting lessons was to never hurry up... knitting is love, you add love to somerhing you create with your own hands, so don't hurry up. Take your time, give all the love you have to make it perfect and at the end you will feel so proud for this accomplishement

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  97. My knitting advice is knit everyday. It's my meditation time!

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  98. My favorite piece of knitting advice is the one we are first told as new knitters, but we all ignore until we have learned it's value for ourselves. Don't be afraid to rip back. When I was taught to knit by my aunt, that is the one bit of advice she chose to share with me and I still remember thinking she was crazy. Who would undo something that took so long to make? My very first project (a sweater) would have been greatly improved if I had listened to her advice. When I finally lost my fear of ripping back I felt my status as a knitter changed from Beginner, to Advanced Beginner. knitinmountains on Rav

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  99. Best advice for knitting? You can do anything with a little patience and a lot of reading! Read that pattern, then read it again with your highlighter, then read it again. Beautiful cabled sweater, intricate lace? Not so hard when broken down bit by bit. I crocheted forever because I was terrified of all the beautiful knits, not anymore! Now I'm just making up for that lost time! (sigh)

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  100. i would say i am not the most experienced knitter. however in the last year i have tried to push myself a bit more and try some new techniques and therefore my advice is give it a go. if all else fails unwind and start something new but don't be afraid of something just because you don't understand the technique involved. google, you tube or check out the relevant blog as there is so much free advice out there.

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  101. Tool I can't live without (when knitting lace especially): stitch markers! I have an entire collection of knitting jewelry :)

    Best piece of advice: learn to 'read' your knitting (especially when following a lace pattern). The row below will tell you where you've made a mistake. Also when knitting on DPN give the last stitch on the needle a tiny extra tug before starting to knit the next needle, this will help you avoid ladders between needles. Oh! Oh! And when doing colour work put the different colours on opposite sides of your lap (or chair, or whatever). Oh! one more, when picking up selvage stitches (cast on/off or stockinette), pick up and knit. When picking up along a garter row edge, slip the first bump onto your needle, then knit the NEXT row. (Thank you, Yarn Harlot!)

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  102. Swatch and swatch big, it's just yarn. Make a fabric you like then adjust the pattern to work for you.

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  103. Advice...hmm. Read the pattern all the way through before starting so you have an idea of what should be done. Also, keep count in order to try and avoid having to rip . (I hate ripping up! ) Rav id : maja-san

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  104. Well, since I am fairly new to knitting my advice would be--don't be afraid, just jump right in, it doesn't have to be perfect. And it is good for the soul.

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  105. project! If you mess up you can choose to rip back, or frog completely, or fudge the mistake and carry on as if you'd never noticed it! Everything about knitting is entirely controlled by the knitter, unlike so many other things in our lives :)

    My Rav ID is: JocelynShuman

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  106. The best tool is a little stick that is a crochet hook on one side and a small knitting needle on the other side. It is supposed to be for scrap booking but I have fixed so many mistakes with it!

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  107. I don't think I could live without ravelry anymore.

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  108. Hi! Let's see...
    1) Knit socks tightly!
    2) Before you buy yarn, plan the general amount you want. If you know you love big alpaca scarves, buy at least 2 skeins at a time.
    3) Here's my best tip: You know how expensive stitch markers can be? Tiny elastic hair ties work perfectly!! Super-cheap alternative.

    I'm KendreaB on Ravelry.

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  109. Make mistakes then learn how to fix them.
    While, at first, ripping back probably would have been quicker, I was determined not to and now I'm a master at dropping down or fixing the row before as I knit. I can pick up a whole row of live stitches I dropped off the needle or correct most mistakes with ease, even in double sided lace!
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  110. I would say invest in a quality pair of needles and quality yarn, even if you've never knit before. Blunt tips and yarn with no elasticity and no softness will not make learning fun. You are going to spend a kit of time with that first project, your motivation will be greater if you have yummy colorful yarn, and you won't mind the inevitable flogging and reknitting that comes with the learning process.

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  111. Two pieces of advice, if you see a mistake and it bugs you enough to go back and look at it a couple of times, bite the bullet and rip! Also, hand dyed yarn, alternate, alternate, alternate! I never regret doing it, I have definitely wished I had! ZaraD on Rav. :-)

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  112. Always buy a little more yarn than you think you are going to need. Good lighting is key too. Thank you for the chance to win!
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  113. For someone starting, I would advise not to be afraid to start with small accessories (hat, mittens), I think starting with a long rectangle scarf is really long and boring. Also, if the project is small, it matters less to restart in case of error ;) RadID: MarieTricoteuse

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  114. I have 2. First swatch. Second read and reread the pattern AND check for published errata.

    Mlalove1718@yahoo.com on Rav

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  115. I was just thinking about how much my knitting philosophy has changed. I used to be okay with a mistake here and there simply because I couldn't stand the idea of taking something out and starting over. That's my current favourite piece of wisdom - don't be afraid to start over! It can be so worth it.

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  116. Stitch markers!! I always think to myself that I can do without them, then I get into a jam and I'm all like- SELF!! Really!! Stitch markers!! :)
    Rav ID: HillyDilly

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  117. Beautiful set! Best advice, never be afraid to ask questions if you are in doubt, knitters are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. We love to share, just look at the kindness of Jane sharing the needle set if you need proof.

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  118. Swatching and buying the right yarn! And I'm still learning and making mistakes!

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  119. Ravelry. One of THE BEST resources for knitting advice, yarn subs, tutorials, questions for designers and those who've already knitted your planned project.

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  120. Something I should have done differently: Complete one project before beginning a new one! As difficult as it is and no matter how excited I am when I find that new "I just have to have" pattern and/or yarn I have set this as my new rule. Oh, and buy extra yarn . . . just in-case!
    Good luck to all, congrats to the winner and thank you Jane for the opportunity! Who knows, maybe I'll be able to cast on your Oatmeal Pullover, I've been itching to start, with a snazzy new set of needles!

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  121. What a beautiful set of needles! Best piece of knitting advice? Don't drink to much wine! You'll end up having to unravel you nights work the next day, it would also qualify as one of the hardest learned lessons.

    Rav:ErisEternal

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  122. I visited this site today to refresh my memory on how to do the "magic knot" in Jane's tutorials here on her blog (excellent!!). I guess that would be one best knitting advice item.
    Such pretty pictures of the needles and thanks for the contest...
    I wish I could be more organized and like someone else added - finish a project before starting another.

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  123. Oh what a beautiful set!! I too love a slick finish and a pointy tip - and what a lovely touch to include size markers - a great idea! :)

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  124. Knitter's Pride Interchangable Needles, of course!
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  125. Using interchangeableness has made knitting so much more efficient and enjoyable for me. I bought my first set and felt guilty for 'spending so much' on myself. I quickly learned they were well worth it. Using a row counter has also given me much more enjoyment in knitting, I am terrible at remembering what row I'm on, how many rows until I need to decrease or start short rows, etc. So a row counter always hangs from my needles! The tips on these look beautiful and love the sleek looking colour combo.

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  126. The best thing I ever did for my knitting was download a row counting app. There are dozens of them out there. I rarely mess up on my patterns now that I use one.

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  127. To prevent laddering: tighten the 2nd stitch on the new needle-not the first.
    Stranded Colourwork: don't scrunch the needles up! Keep em spaced!

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  128. Google. It is your friend. Anything you aren't sure about, you will find great advice from knitters who have gone before you. And techknitting is the best blog with drawn illustrations (my favorite way to learn knitting).

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  129. I am always learning new knitting tips and new things as a knitter. I love this post! The two things that popped into my are to...SWATCH your damn sweaters! Haha. I have really learned the hard way with this one. The other tip I have is to check out the magic loop method. I meet a lot of people who have never heard of it and I really love it (especially with interchangeable needles!). I know there are die hard DPNs users out there but I encourage everyone to at least look up a tutorial video. It may change your sleeve/sock/hat decreases life!!!! Thanks Jane! Emily emleeread@gmail.com

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  130. I have knit through death, divorce and disease. My best advice is to be patient with yourself and your knitting. You also need to be fearless, try something new with each project. A new fiber, a new pattern or new needles. And the give away interchangeable needle set looks great!! The best tool for me has always been stitch markers I use them for marking rows,pattern repeats as well as stitch numbers. Always remember there is nothing that can't be redone in knitting!!
    loracampbell@hotmail.com

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  131. Always stay open to learning new ways to do things. Try new techniques. Challenge yourself. Copper_eagle2@Yahoo.com

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  132. Always read through a pattern before starting a project! I've had to frog many times because I rushed ahead and didn't fully understand where the pattern was going. Much easier to read through at least once.

    rav id: navystripes

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  133. It's ok to break up with your knitting. Sometimes, things just aren't working and you need to rip it out, start over, change projects, or what have you. I always get this stash guilt where I feel like I HAVE to use a certain yarn, so I give myself permission to put it away for a while and move on.

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  134. I have never owned or used an interchangeable set of knitting needles. These sound amazing and I love the fact that you can use those tags to remind you what size you are using too. Thank you for the review of them, I might have to save up for some.

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  135. First hand advice would be to give yourself the freedom to make mistakes and to not be intimidated by complicated concepts/ designs. I put off cables for 6 years because I didn't believe that I could do it. I finally gave up that ghost, went for it and realized that In many ways knitting is a metaphor for life. It is all made of small stitches one at a time. So really nothing is unapproachable or unattainable. Especially with the oracle of You tube, ravelry and a really good yarn shop.
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  136. Switch to a new skein near a seam - it will be less noticeable when your project is all said and done. I made several sweaters before trying this. ;) Thanks for offering such an great giveaway.

    regi@redlogic.com

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  137. Listen to your gut... if you hate something frog it! I have way too many ugly, under appreciated, ill fitting things that I am too ashamed to rip out. Don't let it get that far. Save the yarn and your sanity! :)

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  138. Use the best quality yarns and needles you can afford. It makes knitting more enjoyable and the end product will be worth your time and effort. Ravelry ID : lynnesome

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  139. One tool I can't live without (which is sort of a tip too): I use the rubber, brightly colored, little girls' ponytail holders as stitch markers. They come in a box with three different sizes, fitting just about any needles size, and are so inexpensive I don't have to worry about it if I lose one now and then, and I can choose a color or colors to contrast with my knitting project so they're easy to see.

    revelry id: flutterbysong

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  140. My advice is to try a pattern that scares you: short rows, cable stitches, a raglan sweater. You learn that it's not that hard and makes you unstoppable! Ravelry: iggynimbus

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  141. The best advice I have is that it is only knitting. It can be ripped out and knit again. Too many times I find that I stress over each mistake. I have to remind myself to relax. Now when I teach my daughter and her friend, I remind them that any mistake can be fixed.
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  142. I would have to say that swatching is one of the most important things I have learnt, and would pass on to others.
    There have been many sweaters too short and way too wide made by me in my younger knitting years. Try starting with the sleeves and use that as your swatch. Then you havent wasted time, and you do have an idea of guage . If you have to rip back, you arent halfway up the back.
    I also reccomend using sharp tipped needles..no splitting the yarn.
    I am nnzknitter on Rav.

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  143. My best advice~use the little key to tighten those circulars!! It is "key" for keeping the cord and needle tip from self destructing during your knitting :)
    Ravelry: ofoxanne

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  144. My best piece of knitting advice is to buy yarn with a pattern in mind. I have lots of beautiful skeins, but they have been sitting there because I knit based on patterns that I love. I am expectingsam on rav.

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  145. My best advice: Be adventurous. Try the lace. Try the cables. If you mess up, try again. Read a book, take a class, watch a youtube video. Don't be held back by the fear of messing up your project. Knitting can always be taken out and there is always more yarn!

    Miranda8rose on Ravelry

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  146. My favorite tool is a tiny little crochet hook someone gave me. It is perfect for picking up stitches or correcting stitches. And the best piece of advise I've received - if you can't see a mistake from 50 feet away while riding horseback, let it be!

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  147. I have become a good enough knitter to need a interchangeable set! I finally get it that you need it for swatching much less multiple projects. This would be wonderful!
    Rav ID: jreed86

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  148. What a fun drawing! My best advise is to knit with friends. We have a knitting group that meets once a month. I have never been more challenged or encouraged.

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  149. Well, the most important piece of advice I have has been said many times in these comments- swatching! But one I haven't read that I always rely on is a quick ravelry search for helpful notes about the project on other raveler's project pages. I do this before casting on. It's a great way to consider potential issues, good technique tutorials, and modifications you may like to try. I'm mamatronic on ravelry.

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  150. When in doubt, backtrack. I've ignored problems and mistakes until it's way too late and usually end up ripping out all the stitches and starting over again. Patience is very important.

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  151. Advice - don't be afraid to rip back (or even rip out) to fix an error. Chances are that you'll knit 3 more inches and rip it back anyway because it's bugging you. Don't waste the knitting time - rip it back and make it right. Rav ID Knitnik.

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  152. my best advice would be to be adventurous and not afraid to try new techniques.

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  153. When attaching any two pieces of knitted goods, be patient! And do it right! Rav name threeapplestall

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  154. Youtube can be a beginners best friend. Also, swatching is good.

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  155. My tip is to make something for yourself every once in a while. And use the good yarn. ;-)
    Chrystalcorliss at gmail

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  156. Buy quality yarn! Dare I say it, I've become a yarn snob (don't laugh Aunt Marty!). If you enjoy working with the yarn, you are more likely to finish your project and actually use it! Check out your local indie dyers. I had no idea how many there are out there. Instagram has really opened my eyes to the very talented dyeing community!

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  157. I've learned to read through a pattern thoroughly before starting. When I've found a step or stitch that doesn't quite make sense, I've looked for it on YouTube or asked other experienced knitters to break it down. Also, do invest in quality needles once you've become comfortable knitting. It really does make knitting much more enjoyable!

    Rav Cihtiikn

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  158. I don't remember where I learned about it, but when I do a longtail cast on I use both ends of yarn from the ball instead of pulling out a length of yarn and then starting the cast on in the middle. You end up with one extra end to weave in, but you never have to worry about running out of yarn for your cast on!

    I am caitling1212 on rav!

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  159. Be fearless and adventurous! tackle any project that strikes your fancy and don't limit yourself!!!
    LOVE the needles x

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  160. Read the pattern through at Least Once... Twice isn't a bad idea. Double check unfamiliar abbreviations before you start and check your gauge.

    Mikaiyawa on ravelry

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  161. I would love to win these! I'm a beginning knitter...just done a few scarves, but my advice to myself would be to relax more and not make my stitches so tight. leitmotif_@hotmail.com

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  162. Don't stress about it! It's all for fun!

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  163. It's all for fun and relaxation.

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  164. My advice would be to learn Magic Loop. I love this technique! I use it for anything that requires dpns or 9"-16" cables. All my short tips and dpns are stored away unused because this is my go-to method. I like short tips but never cared for dpns, I think, because I am just not coordinated enough. Ravelry ID: Bunpeal

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  165. Jane: I just finished your Grace and it is lovely. Thank you for such a terrific pattern.
    My hint goes to a knitter's state of mind: Look at knitting as an adventure. You learn so much from challenging yourself. It is so easy just to frog something that doesn't work out. Steeking is next up for me...
    My rav name is janineny2001

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  166. I learned to knit a week ago and my biggest tip is to have patience with yourself and your project. No matter how many times you have to rip out a project just think of it as a chance to learn and grow in your knitting. Hopefully the third times a charm for this project I'm working on!!

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  167. knitting advice: love your yarn. Knitting is magical. A simple string of yarn can transform into a toy, sweater... Thank you for the chance to win those beautiful needles! Rav Id honeysugar

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  168. i teach knitting classes and i tell all my students: there is no 'right' way to knit -- if you're enjoying yourself and getting an FO you're happy with, you're doing it right! and if you're not enjoying yourself or your FOs, try something else :) (microgirl on rav)

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  169. Well, until I win this lovely set of size-stamped needles (pick me! pick me!), the tool I can't live without is a needle gauge.

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  170. As a self-taught knitter, the best piece of knitting advice is get a good resource (mentor, web-site, author, etc) to rely on instead of being afraid to try something new or getting stuck on a project. My favourite resource is http://www.knittinghelp.com/ - text and video explanation for almost everything knitty! Also box bags are crucial when traveling - I didn't realize that the handles easily allow you to knit while standing when you slide it over your wrist. :) (rav id = sararae)

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  171. My best piece of advice is to use good quality yarn, otherwise you're pretty much wasting your time because the thing will likely shag up or pill, or both!

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  172. My best piece of advice is, "go for it!" Don't be afraid to try a new pattern- heck you can always start over. Don't be overly critical of your self. Rav- dinasmiles2

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  173. My best advice: surround yourself with amazing knitters. They will inspire you to knit beautiful things. Ravelry ID: beige

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  174. This is such a great give away! My best advice I very basic.... read the pattern in full before you start. Second piece of advice is to make a copy of the pattern so you can write all over it, increased rows or where you had some troubles or just to keep track of row count. bspaven@gmail.com

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  175. What a beautiful set! I have wanted a set of interchangeable needles for a long time now, but can't afford them.
    My best advice is for people who are new to knitting. If you are finding a pattern or technique too difficult and frustrating, don't give up! Take the time to practice and come back to it later. Knitting can be so rewarding when you are constantly overcoming new obstacles and rising to the challenge with newly learned skills. Knitting is the best skill I have ever taught myself!
    Ravelry ID: kels0

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  176. Thank you for the giveaway!
    What helped me tremendously was learning how to undo mistakes: frogging a few rows or using a crochet hook to salvage a lost stitch for example. After that, I had much more confidence in knitting, knowing I always had a way back if I went wrong... That, and printing out lace patterns so I could mark finished rows with a highlighter to visualize the progress on the pattern.

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  177. My tip is when that little voice inside of you is telling you things look too big or too small that you need to listen to it; don't keep knitting and hope it's lying, cos it's not.
    sewsable on Ravelry

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  178. Alpacka grows
    I knitted one of my first sweater in alpaca I had made a swath but was to eggier to wash it before I started I knitted the most perfect sweater but I didn't dare to wash it and it all worked out fine the first year then it started to grow at first it only got longer it was still fine, then the shoulders started stretching a little then one of my nieces smashed an ice-cream on it and a wash was necessary and it grow a lot and was now about 4 sizes larger that me with orangutan sleeves (I'm almost 6' with long arms so you can imagine) I decided to try a light felting it was my favorite sweater with beautiful vintage buttons knitted in a fine gauge. I tried felting it by hand nothing happened, then I throw it in the machines wool program once (still big) them twice and and it had shrunken to much it was no longer a fine gauge light cardigan but a seamless boiled wool (alpaca) jacket I tried stretching it out but it didn't really work. However it fit my friend 2 sizes smaller them me almost perfectly, which was a small constellation to losing my favorite garment.
    Ninnilina on Ravelry

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  179. Oh my, these are beautiful! And size markers!? My advice - for a new knitter to find a seasoned knitter for guidance. Thank you Grandma. And to have a go. Patterns can look oh so complicated but broken down into stages is far more manageable. And that is where the internet does help...

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  180. I learned to really knit the hard way. I was living abroad in Sweden and wanted to knit more than just a plain scarf. I didn't understand the language just yet, and knitting terms were far beyond my understanding in Swedish till I became fluent. I managed to teach myself how to knit stranded color work, socks, and all sorts of things all because of my determination not to let a language barrier stop me. I also taught myself how to tink back over a three hour period!!! after realizing I did not want to frog no more like my mom showed me.

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  181. When I knit a lace item, I use a lifeline. If I make a mistake along the way, I can safely rip back to that lifeline, pick up those stitches and carry on.

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  182. What an awesome giveaway! I've heard such wonderful things about these needles. My best piece of knitting advice is to always always rip back when in doubt. It took me a couple of years to learn that - I hated to undo progress I'd made - but now I know that really loving a piece and making it come out the way that I want it to is worth it. @roamingradish on Ravelry.

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  183. this set looks amazing! i've learned the hard way to never skip knitting a swatch! when i was younger and just wanted to start a new project i would "save time" and not make a swatch. that was a mistake. now i always swatch a pattern first! @ariel8863 on ravelry.

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  184. Challenge yourself! Don't be afraid to try something because it looks too difficult - go ahead and give it a try - it's a great learning tool! And wear what you make. I used to always save my garments for "something special". Once I started wearing them daily, I got so much enjoyment out of my craft!

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  185. My advice is to knit with yarn you love. Knitting is a tactile exercise and the feel of the yarn is so critical to maintaining momentum to finish a long process.

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  186. Thanks for the amazing give away...and super set of knitting tips! I am already a winner having read these comments.
    Read the pattern thoroughly and check for errata on Ravelry, the designer's website, and the book publisher's site before casting on. Read project notes on the Ravelry pattern page. These notes are a gold mine of information.
    Rav ID: muttiruth

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  187. My best advice is to stop working on something when you know you don't love it. I've worked on too many projects that looked wonky and I knew I wouldn't be happy with the final result. Cut your losses and recast on with something else!

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  188. I'm just getting started out but am quickly learning how important patterns vs. Just winging it. I would love to try out this set! Email trish at trish Dot net Ravelry ID trishmckenna

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  189. Great giveaway! I love these needles and am ready to break up with my acrylic interchangeable set so would love the KP one! Years ago I heard the advice that if you swatch 30 stitches, its width will change by 1/2" going up or down a needle size. I wouldn't necessarily use that for a sweater for me but it's a handy shortcut when you just want to get your project started without making multiple swatches (still have to make one though!).

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  190. My best advice is to knit with the best yarn and needles you can afford. The process of knitting should be as enjoyable as possible- each stitch a pleasure. You don't have to break the bank either-lots of beautiful and affordable yarn is out there. Knitting with quality materials is not only easier, you can use a simple stitch to let your gorgeous yarn do all the work!

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  191. My knitting advice is not to surprise gift knit. If you want to make someone a knitted gift include them in the process. Colour, texture and style are all highly personal. There is not point in investing all the hours and effort only to give a gift that is not what the recipient would love and wear. The only possible exception is baby knits and even then...
    Claudia/knittingmylife on raverly

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  192. Well... this set looks amazing... regarding the different parts, it really reminds me of my knitpro wood set. This one was quite affordable to start with but I'm not happy with it (even if so far it was ok...), more happy with my addi ones (but not tried the interchangeable one)... so before buying anything else, I would concider this set... thanks for your share.
    One advice???
    Well...
    Double check gauge and more than once and washed and blocked swatch. Read for sure carefully the pattern twice and to then end. And last but not least.... if not happy from the start with the yarn, I mean colour or fiber, just don't do it, don't force it, it's not meant to be. In my case, I never wear it in the end, so really a waste of time and money!!!
    Thanks for this game. Naniluce on ravelry.

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