Top tips from real knitters
We asked about your top knitting tips, and you answered! Here are the top 6 knitting tips from real knitters, but beware: they might just change your life!
We asked the all-important question on our Facebook page– what are your top knitting tips? We received a plethora of fabulous tips, and we chose our 6 favorite tips to share with everyone. Here they are, in no particular order!
1. ”Sometimes it’s better to put the knitting down” – Katy Griffis
Katy has a good point – when you’re feeling tired, frustrated, or bored, it might be time to set down your needles. Negativity will only breed more negativity – and more mistakes. It’s hard to concentrate on your knitting when you’re not feeling well, mentally or physically, so take a break and work on something else for awhile. You don’t want to wake up in the morning to discover dropped stitches caused by careless, sleepy knitting!
2. ”Always read the pattern first” – Liz Clarke
We’re with you, Liz – reading the pattern all the way through first is the only way to make sure that the pattern doesn’t use any unfamiliar techniques or stitches that you refuse to do. Checking over the pattern ensures that you know exactly what’s coming up and familiarizes you with the construction of the garment.
3. ”Forget housework, those sleeves need to get finished!” – Belinda Wood
Belinda sounds like a good friend; don’t we all need friends to enable our knitting and help us ignore the dishes in the sink? Everyone knows that finishing that beautiful sweater on the needles is more fun than dusting the shelves in the bathroom – indulge yourself, ignore the housework for once, and work on that WiP!
4. ”Swatch, swatch, swatch” – Amy Barstad
Swatch it – better knit a tension square before everything goes topsy-turvy! Swatching is a hot bed of discussion among knitters of all ages; some swear by it while some swear it off. Read our post on 4 reasons you should always swatch your projects!
5. ”Always buy an extra ball of yarn, just in case” – Carol Shelby
We like the way Carol thinks – wouldn’t we all love an excuse to buy more yarn? In truth, having and extra ball of yarn is never a bad idea – you never know when you might need just a little bit more. And besides, ”You could always make a scarf with the extra,” says Carol. We could always use another scarf!
6. ”Always start your ball of wool from the inside” – Violaine Mendez
Violaine has some serious words of wisdom – to avoid tangled yarn that rolls away with every pull, use the inside end to save yourself a world of frustration. These tricky ends can be hard to find, but it’s worth the effort for hours of knitting without unruly yarn.
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Last updated: May 22nd, 2015.