Keeping track…

Here’s a little tip for you. I can’t take credit for this idea but I have been using it a lot lately. I learned about this from a post on Lori Versace’s Instagram account quite a while ago. She uses the little rubber hair ties to mark and keep track of increases and decreases in her knitting.

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As you can see in photo above, I am keeping track of two different things so I’m using two different colored bands. I’m decreasing every 4 rows (red bands) and then every 2 rows (yellow bands). I counted out how many decrease I need to make and pinned them to my knitting with locking stitch markers.

Step 1 is to work to where you need to increase or decrease, as you can see in the photo below. Place a band on your right hand needle.

Step 2 is to work the stitch you wish to mark. In this case, I am decreasing a stitch, so I worked a ssk.

Once the stitch has been worked, move the band so it is wrapped around the stitch, as show below. That’s it. Pretty simple.

If you use these on a sleeve or side seams, marking the increases or decreases on both sides makes it really easy to line them up when seaming. I also use them when I am counting rows in my knitting, say every 20 rows or so. Once you have completed your piece, you can simply cut the bands and remove them.

As always, thanks for following along and happy knitting!

Shellie

Bentley sends his best as well.

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