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Have you tried Portuguese Knitting? July 04, 2017 12:13

The Portuguese knitting method has become very popular among knitters. Its's a great method of knitting to use for those who experience hand pain because there is less stress on the hands knitting this way.

What is it? In Portuguese knitting you wrap the yarn around your neck, through a knitting pin, or knitting necklace to create the tension needed to knit evenly. The hands are more relaxed because you are not trying to maintain tension with the hands.

Many knitters have found that they get even better tension using a knitting pin or necklace rather than placing the yarn around the neck.

There are several types knitting pins. They are all worn on your clothing. The traditional pin type pins through the clothing. It holds well but leaves holes behind. Another type is a clip on style. It usually attaches using a bulldog clamp or alligator clip. It works best attached to the edge of a shirt collar and stays in place fairly well. The third type is a magnetic pin. Usually attached by placing a magnet under the shirt and the pin on the outside of the shirt. As long as they are made with strong magnets they stay in place and don't damage clothing.  

Lastly is the Portuguese knitting necklace. These are worn around the neck and are usually adjustable in some way so that knitters can get the most comfortable position.

All of the tools are used by placing the yarn through some kind of hook preferably an open hook to make removing at the end of your knitting session easy.

There are classes you can take on Craftsy to learn this technique. You can even try YouTube videos. Even if your hands don't hurt, it's always nice to expand your knitting skills. Give it a try and see what you think! 


Featured Product- Knitting Lanyards August 04, 2015 10:27

   Do you take your knitting on the go? Find yourself digging to the bottom of your bag hoping to find a stitch marker?

Today I would like to help you organize your knitting life. I designed the beaded knitting lanyard to help you keep track of your stitch markers while keeping your knitting bag organized.

The knitting lanyard features a large lobster clasp on each end. You attach one clasp to a zipper on your knitting bag and attach your stitch markers to the other clasp. It's that easy!

You can see more knitting lanyards here:  http://www.jillsbeadedknitbits.com/collections/knitting-bag-lanyard-sets


Are My Stitch Markers Heavy? July 13, 2015 10:20

I am often asked if my stitch markers are heavy or if they will pull on the stitches? The average stitch marker set weighs less than an ounce. They do not pull on your stitches because they rest on the needles not the yarn or stitches. Of coarse if you are working on a large project like an afghan and you are using like 50 stitch markers your project will be a bit heavier than without stitch markers. I know some knitters have to be extremely careful because of arthritis and other problems from over knitting but I try to keep this in mind when creating stitch markers and choosing light weight beads. 

Another lighter weight option if this is a concern is my wire loop markers. In these I use beading wire in place of the rings. The wire is flexible and thinner than the rings. 

If you are concerned about the weight of a set please contact me so I can help you choose the best possible options for your needs.


Facebook Followers Wanted! July 11, 2015 11:12

Follow Jill's Beaded Knit Bits on Facebook to see the latest products and get occasional coupons. I love to see pictures of my stitch markers being put to use. Hint hint! :)))) I recently found a wonderful Facebook group called Knit & Chat that I recommend all the knit and crochet peeps checkout.

Customizing Your Purchase July 08, 2015 21:19

I love creating customized pieces for my customers. If you see something that interests you but you don't like the color- request a color change. Maybe you would like your set with a particular charm but you don't see it on the website. Please ask for it! I have over 1100 designs that I am in the process of uploading to the site, so just because you don't see doesn't mean that I don't have it. 

You can request a custom order by sending me an email at JillsBeadedKnitBits@gmail.com


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