Last year I showed you how I used a paperclip to hold stitches on Craig’s Smokin’ Jacket. A paperclip wouldn’t be big enough for this project, though. And since the goal is to eventually slip the stitches back to a needle, why not just hold the stitches on a spare needle? I have seen a knitting pattern or two that recommends doing this, and I think it’s a simple-yet-effective practice.
I did something that hundreds of knitters have probably done. I took a spare double pointed needle (make sure to use a size similar to the size you’re knitting your sweater on – my sweater is on a US 9 needle, and this dpn is a US 8) and put ponytail holders (you could also use rubber bands) on each end so the knitting doesn’t come off. Ta-da! For a wider section you could also just use a single-pointed knitting needle and secure one side with a rubber band, or you could use an extra circular needle.