Last week, I mentioned using inventory tags to label gauge swatches. While that is a great way to keep notes on your swatch, it just so happens that inventory tags come in handy for a variety of other knitting needs. You can use these same little cardboard tags to mark lots of important things in your knitting and save yourself the aggravation of making one of those beginner mistakes that often befall us when we put down our knitting.
For example, you might tie a tag at the beginning of a series of decreases or increases to remind yourself how many and how far apart they are worked in that section of the pattern (dec every 4th row for 24 rows). You can also put a tally mark on the same tag to indicate how many decreases you have completed. You can use a tag to label where you stopped in a pattern (begin working with Row 125) or to indicate where you need to add something (begin bust increases on next round).
It is simple to attach these tags to your knitting. Just slip the string over a stitch before you knit it. Then clip the string to remove it later. Or you can thread the string through one side of a completed stitch if you forget to put it in place as you are knitting. The strings and tags are light enough that they won’t damage your knitting but your note is attached so it can’t get lost.
Having these little notes attached to your knitting can help you remember important things if you have to put your knitting down. When you pick up the knitting later, you will have all the necessary information hanging right there on your knitting. No need to frog any mistakes!