Why waste knitting? Most hand knitters graft from knitting needles using rote memorization of what to do. Well, by using waste knitting;
- You can see exactly how much to pull up the sewn stitches to exactly mimic a row of knitting
- The knit fabric is secure on the waste knitting, and won't slide off the needles or unravel.
- The row of waste knitting adjacent to the garment fabric actually follows the path that your sewn stitches will follow, so acts as an extra guide.
- Use a blunt needle.
- Have enough yarn so you don't have to tie on more in the middle of the row. It takes about three times the width of the knitting to sew all the way across.
- Never pull the sewn stitches tight! Just pull until they're the same length as knitted stitches. Soft. Loose. Relax...
- Always make sure you're inserting your needle into a LOOP, not just a space between stitches. If you're not in a LOOP, you're going to have a hole!
- There are two stitches, even if you can grab them in one push of your needle, on each side. With garter stitch, on the bumpy side, it's through two bumps; on the leggy side, through two legs.
- When you take that first stitch on the opposite side, always go first into the "used" hole, where your yarn came out last time you were on that side, then go into the "new" hole.