Knitting Tips - either miniature or full size
Here are a couple of ideas that have proved invaluable for me.
Use a Mastermind board to keep track of your increasing and decreasing. I often see this game in charity/thrift shops.
The board pictured shows the rows for a completed sleeve with groups of rows between increases and decreases. By putting in the pegs as I went along after every row using a different colour for every block of rows I could see
a) when I next needed to increase/decrease
b) how many increases/decreases I'd already made
The board also shows when I changed from increasing after six rows to after every eight rows.
It then shows decreases every two rows and finally every row. You could perhaps leave a gap when you have finished increasing and are starting to decrease to distinguish between the two.
If you have a lot of rows to knit you may prefer to just put a peg in every second row. Three pegs would show that you have worked six rows, etc. Or you could clear the board and start again. Use the left hand rows with small holes and pegs to indicate how many rows you have done.
This would also work for keeping track of pattern repeats. Work out a code that works for you.
If you make things up as you go along then before you clear the board you can then make a note of the rows by using the numbered holes up the right hand side for following when you do the second sleeve. You can see that I used white pegs to show where I need to increase, and black pegs where I need to decrease. Alternatively, if you have all your rows on the board, then just take a peg OUT at the end of every row. This way I may end up with two sleeves that match!
Following a complicated pattern
I find that when I follow some lace patterns I have to read every line of instruction every time. Instead of trying to follow the pattern on one sheet of paper I either write out the pattern or copy it - increasing its print size considerably - and cut out each line and paste them on to individual cards. The advantage of this is that
a) I don't read the wrong line or even mix the stitches from two lines
b) The row I am working on is on the top of the pile of cards. When I've finished it, it goes to the bottom. This way I can put the work down at any point and know immediately where I have to continue when I pick it up again as the next working row is on top.
Simple, but effective.