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Whether you need help translating a knitting pattern into English or are looking for help for more pressing knitting problems, you'll find guidance here.
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How Do I Keep Track of Where I am in a Lace Pattern or Chart?
Lace patterns, charts and other stitch patterns with intricate instructions can be frustrating because it's hard to keep track of where you are in the pattern or follow long rows of printed instructions. Here's an easy way to stay in line and keep your sanity in check.

How Not to Start a New Row of Knitting
New knitters often find their rows growing along the edges. There's one common mistake in starting a new row of knitting that can make this happen. Here's how not to start a row of knitting if you want your number of stitches to remain the same.

Where Can I Find Discontinued Yarn?
Sometimes you start a project with discontinued yarn only to find that you need more than you have to finish your project. Here are some ideas on where to find discontinued yarn so you can finish your project.

How to Wash Hand Knit Socks
Knit socks are great additions to your wardrobe, but how do you wash them to keep them in great shape for as long as possible? Follow these tips to launder hand knit socks the best way possible.

How Do I Wash Machine Washable Hand Knits?
Lots of yarns say they are machine washable, but that doesn't mean you can wash items knit from them just like you'd wash any other clothes.

Deciding Whether to Finish or Frog
There comes a time when every knitter loses interest in a project. Should you struggle through to finish it or rip it out? Ask yourself these questions to determine if you should finish or frog.

Interview with Manda of Knitting Psychos
Manda at Knitting Psychos posted a Finish or Frog challenge for herself that inspired me to think about finishing and frogging some of my own projects. Here she talks about why she's finishing, frogging and how it's going so far.

Pick up a Dropped Knit Stitch
Dropping a stitch is one of the most common knitting mistakes, but it's also an easy one to fix. This tutorial will take you through the process step by step.

Why Does Stockinette Stitch Curl?
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding knitting is why stockinette stitch curls. The answer is really pretty simple and can give you a clue about when to use stockinette stitch.

How Do I Pick the Right Needle?
Picking the right knitting needle has a lot to do with personal taste. Here are some tips to help you pick the right needle for you.

What is a Hank? A Ball? A Skein?
Hanks, balls, and skeins are all common ways of buying yarn, but what are the differences?

What If My Stitches Fall off My Needle?
Everyone accidentally slides the stitches off their needles from time to time. Here's how to fix this common knitting problem.

What Do I Do If I Drop a Stitch?
Dropping a stitch happens to all knitters at one time or another. Most of the time it's quite easy to fix. Here's how.

How Do I Know Where I Am in a Pattern?
Did you put down your knitting and now you aren't sure where you are in the pattern? The stitches that are already on the needle will help you out.

What is Tension?
Tension means different things depending on where you live. This knitting FAQ should sort you out in terms of tension.

Why Are There Holes in My Knitting?
Wondering why there are holes in your knitting where there shouldn't be? It might be a question of inadvertently doing a yarn over.

Fixing Mistakes in Your Knitting
Knitting mistakes happen, whether they're a single knit where you should have purled or a problem with a pattern. Here are some tips on how to fix them.

Knitting Help
I absolutely love Knitting Help. This site is full of wonderful videos for both continental and English knitters showing all sorts of knitting techniques, from the basics of casting on and binding off to working cables, stitching with color, and much more. This site taught me how to long-tail cast on.

Sock Knitting Tips
Socks are intimidating to many knitters, until they get the confidence to try and then they wonder why they waited so long to try them. This site should give you some confidence to give them a go. It uses two circular needles instead of double-pointed needles.

How Do I Stop Yarn Shedding?
Yarn that sheds, either while you're knitting a project or while you're wearing or using it, is a big pain. Here are some tips on how to eliminate (or at least reduce) yarn shedding in your projects.

What Happens When Stitches are Twisted in Circular Knitting?
We all know you're not supposed to twist our stitches when knitting in the round, but what happens if you accidentally do? Is there a way to fix it?

How to Fix a Dropped Stitch in Garter Stitch
Fixing a dropped stitch in Garter Stitch is a little trickier than the same move in Stockinette, but it's not too difficult.

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