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Morehouse KnitTips

> How to wind a skein into a ball

> How to knit with more than one yarn color

> How to knit in the round

> How to pick up stitches around armhole

> How to make a perfect pompom

> Knitting with lace yarn

> Knitting with variegated yarn

> Pattern stitches

> Pattern abbreviations and what they mean

> Finishing process (felting)

Margrit, a partner at Morehouse Farm,
knitting with a feathered friend on shoulder

  How to wind a skein into a ball

Knitting yarn comes in several shapes: on cones, wound into balls or as skeins (also called hanks). Skeins or hanks of yarn need to be wound into balls before knitting with them.

Take the skein and find the place where the bundle is tied together. Make sure that none of the strands cross over at the tie (see illustration). Put the skein over your two outstretched arms and give it a good stretch to straighten out the strands of yarn.

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Now put the skein around the back of a chair. The tie is the beginning and end of the skein of yarn. Untie the knot and start winding with one end (it doesn’t matter which one). Wind the yarn around your hand loosely about two dozen times. Pull the bundle off your hand; and—holding the bundle in your hand with the wrapped yarn parallel to your fingers—start wrapping again, this time around the fingers together with the bundle of yarn, wrapping them together. Pull the wrapped yarn with bundle off your fingers; and—holding it in your hand—wrap yarn around your fingers and bundle again. Keep repeating these steps until you have wound the entire skein into a loose ball.

Now you can start knitting with the ball of yarn.

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