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Stop Letting Stitches Lag On Your Left-Hand Needle

Liat Gat - Founder

August 30, 2010

Not advancing the stitches on your left-hand needle makes you work harder and harder to get into those stitches. Yet many people do it, because they are afraid their stitches will pop off if they keep them too close to the edge.

Many self-taught knitters do not push the stitches up to the tips of their left-hand needle as they work.

Not advancing the stitches on your left-hand needle makes you work harder and harder to get into those stitches. Yet many people do it, because they are afraid their stitches will pop off if they keep them too close to the edge.

Fix: Get in the habit of pushing the stitches up onto the tip of your left-hand needle as you knit. Use your fingers to help the stitches stay on so you can knit without fear of losing your stitches.

Letting Stitches Lag On Left-Hand Needle
Letting Stitches Lag On Left-Hand Needle

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  1. How does this technique work with Portuguese style knitting?

    I am just learning to knit (longtime crocheter) and after failing at English & Continental styles, I found Portuguese style and can finally knit! But I do have the issue you describe here.

    Since Portuguese style uses the left thumb to move the yarn over the needle to create the stitch, I’m not sure how I could also hold the stitches on the left needle at the same time.

    1. Hi Katie,

      Great question! Let me experiment with this as I am starting a basic hat and can do it all purled Portuguese style. I will try this out over the next couple days and see what advice I can give you. More soon!

      Liat

    2. Hi Katie,

      After experimenting on the hat I was knitting, I found that I quite naturally advanced and held the next stitch stable with my left middle finger. And every 10-20 stitches I would push the next bunch of stitches up to the tips. Does that sound like something that could work for you?

      Liat

  2. I have always deeply appreciated any little tips you offer, because you help me get more pleasure while knitting. As soon as I can get the surgery on my right thumb and wrist, I will joyfully pick up my knitting again.

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