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TGIF June 26, 2010

PCO-2-P1000823LoTech TGIF: What’s a knitter to do when they’re lost without a crochet hook and they NEED to cast on?

Use a knitting needle! I made this provisional Chain Cast On by progressively knitting into an initial slip-knot, keeping the new loops slightly loose with my thumb & forefinger.

Heh. This also works using two needles the regular way, making a slip knot, putting it on the LHN, knitting that loop, then slipping the loop from the RHN to the LHN. Knit the loop again; replace to LHN again. Rep until desired number of sts are cast on. (I always make a couple of extra because you’ll need +1 when you unzip in the other direction.)

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Leave in-a-pinch stories below ;p Happy Weekend!

5 Responses to “TGIF June 26, 2010”

  1. Tami says:

    I couldn’t find a stitch marker… So I used the tiny hoop earring from the top of my ear. Worked like a charm!

  2. Michelle says:

    I didn’t have a magnet to mark my spot in a chart, so I used a post-it…. Now, I almost prefer them, because I can write little notes and keep tallies as I go!

  3. PICAdrienne says:

    Bills of US currency are exactly six inches long. Folded in thirds, then in half, you have a short measuring device, with inch markings. I don’t remember where I read it, but very handy to know.

  4. Deb in PA says:

    A reverse pinch hit story…

    There was a paper jam in a printer at work. I got out my trusty crochet hook and fixed it. All the guys wanted to see what my “tool” was.

    I’ve also used yarn to fix a broken gas pedal that left me stranded with three kids in the car. It idled a little fast, but it got us home. (The garage across the road couldn’t be bothered to come help.)

  5. Carol U. says:

    I like the US currency idea! I often use my hand to estimate measurements when I am knitting. My hand is 7 inches long from the base of my palm to the tip of my longest finger. This way I can satisfy the “are we there yet?” urge but don’t have to find a tape measure until I am really close.

 
 
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