With the many cold and dreary days we’ve been having lately, I’ve been knitting more in the evenings than I normally do. I was struggling with the ends of my yarn getting in the way on my latest project, the Caramel sweater by Isabell Kraemer from Ravelry. (I’m making the yellow and grey version.) I use what I’ve called “butterflies” to hold the loose ends of my yarn, but the darn things always work free and fall out. So I popped on one of these little hair clippies and voila! Pretty handy. Here’s how I make the butterflies and some additional helpful yarn tips and tricks for knitters and crocheters.
MAKING THE YARN BUTTERFLY
Basically, you will be weaving the yarn between your first and second fingers in a number 8 or you can also think of it as weaving like an infinity symbol.
Start by looping the yarn up and over your pointer finger.
Hold the shorter end of the yarn with one hand and with the other hand, move the longer end of the yarn so it is now between your fingers.
Wrap the longer end around your second finger, then up and between both finger.
Now loop it over the pointer finger.
And back down between the fingers, and repeat 6-8 times or so.
When you get to your end, slip on the hair clippy.
Here’s the finished butterfly.
And here’s some more great yarn tips and tricks!
HOW TO KEEP YOUR CROCHET HOOK SECURE
Here’s a great idea from Grace over at WEBS Yarn Store Blog! I think it would also work great for that spare double point needle, when working in the round.
DIY YARN BOWL
Check out this post by Miranda from her blog Pocket Pause. (And her ADORABLE dog!) Love this idea! A simple method to turn any bowl into a yarn bowl.
FORK POM POMS
What a handy way to make pom-poms! Head over to Eskimim Makes for the full instructions and take a look at how to make a perfect bow using a fork.
YARN BLOCK PRINTS
I’m not sure if I would consider this a tip or a trick – but I couldn’t resist! What a creative way to use yarn! Steph is the founder/managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids. Find the yarn block printing instructions here.
CLOTHESPIN YARN BOBBINS
A great way to store scraps of yarn, or make your own yarn bobbins. Image from CornflowerBlueStudio.
MAKE A CENTER PULL BALL OF YARN USING A PILL BOTTLE
So I had to sneak another of my yarn tips in…Don’t have a ball winder? Here’s how to make a centerpull yarn ball at home using a pill bottle from ialwayspickthethimble.com.
STORE AND ORGANIZE
Here’s a cute idea found on The Decorating Files. Punch a hole in the lid, making sure the edges of the hole are smooth, then run the yarn through the lid before closing.
DOLLAR STORE CUP TO YARN CONTAINER
And here’s another brilliant way to store your yarn from Sewlicious Home Decor. What a great way to deal with those balls of yarn that just fall apart as soon as you take off the label!
BLOCKING ACRYLIC YARN
Jessica at A Modicum of Ingenuity has a great tutorial on how to block acrylic yarns. Anything that helps acrylic yarns look and feel better is a good thing in my book!
Not a cook? Use that colander to keep your knitting tidy! From Real Simple – and check out their other New Uses for Things in the Kitchen.
Do you re-ball your yarn? Are yarn knots bad? Is continental knitting really faster? (Knit close to your needle tips for speedier knitting.) Here is a wonderfully written article by the Twist Collective and their thoughts on Yarn Myth-information. Hop over to their blog read answers to these questions and more.