I hope everyone is enjoying their summers. It is so hot around here, and I am still pulling out my shawl from time to time- in the air conditioning, not outside. :)
I just wanted to share another tip that I recently started to implement. Anything to make our finished work look better!
As I mentioned in this post, I am a row counter. I also am a locking stitch marker addict (more on that later!) and use them religiously to keep track of increases and decreases.
Does that seem like too much effort? Maybe, but nothing is worse than trying to backtrack and figure out how to make 2 pieces match later. Trying to count rows to match shaping on dark or intricate fabric is so hard.
I used to place my markers at the beginning of an increase or decrease row.
|The more shaping, the further in you need to go to find an unbroken column of stitches|
If you look at a piece that has shaping elements- decreases, bind offs, or increases, such as a waist, underarm or collar, you will notice that it is jagged or slanted and hard to tell later where the adjoining row begins.
I now place my row marker about 10 sts in from the edge, on each shaping row. This way, as I continue to shape the piece, I can isolate a column of stitches far enough away from the edge that I can keep track of rows easily.
See how the straight line of markers is easier to count.
So simple, but such a time saver later. What do you do to make sure your pieces match?