This technique comes up rather often in knitting. Two popular examples are the sleeves on a top down sweater (like Flax or Harvest), or the thumb stitches on a mitten (like Maize). The example below is a mitten but the principles remain the same.
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Two simple steps:
- Thread some yarn through your darning needle
- Run the needle and yarn through the stitches, making sure all of the stitches are still on the yarn (don’t pull it all the way through)
Voila, stitches have been place on hold! You can tie the ends of the waste yarn together (so it doesn’t slip out). Later on, when you want to continue knitting from these ‘held’ or ‘live’ stitches, simply slip them back onto needles, then pull the waste yarn out.
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