Published on November 1st, 2015 | by Angie


5 dilemmas a knitter faces

What a dilemma – have you faced any of these?

Even though knitting is great for your mental health, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t fraught with hard decisions sometimes – though some are harder than others.

To frog, or not to frog?

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Sometimes, we have to make the hard decisions – and sometimes, that includes deciding whether a project is past the point of no return. When a project has been in the bottom of the cabinet for a year and a half and you have no idea where you left off or where the rest of that yarn went, it might be time to frog and rip it out.

Wool, or alpaca?

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Is there any harder decision than which yarn you want to use for a project? This dilemma is compounded by things like color selection, fiber content, construction of the yarn, how much twist the yarn has….the list goes on and on! Sometimes, you just have to jump in and get started.

Should I sell my projects?

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This is a tough question for most knitters. Some find it profitable and fulfilling to sell their finished projects on sites like Etsy, while others find the whole ordeal stressful. Deciding whether or not to sell your works, either publicly or privately, is a very personal decision. If you aren’t sure,  try out selling your projects and evaluating how that makes you feel: stressed? Accomplished?

What should I knit next?

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We’re all the same: a pattern wish list a mile long, a stash that could fill a swimming pool, and the burning hunger to knit something, right now. To solve this dilemma, refresh your memory of your knitting priorities. If there’s a birthday or an important holiday coming up, you might want to consider working on those projects first.

Should I get more yarn?

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This isn’t even a real dilemma – there’s always room for more yarn!

What’s your biggest knitting dilemma? Tell me in the comments below.

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!

Last updated: December 14th, 2015.

32 Responses to 5 dilemmas a knitter faces

  1. Yvonne Osborne says:

    seeing the stitches as I’m losing my sight and only have tunnel vision left….

    • Turnip Reston says:

      Had to laugh at the photo – i assumed wrongly that the most awkward dilemma is how to enjoy a good cup of tea and knit at the same time without spillages. I have too many UFOs in the house to mention, and still starting more… managing not to buy wool at present though (which I call wool. Knitting with any other fibre is for ninnies).

  2. Alison says:

    After discovering a mistake (hours later, of course), frog back to it and make it right, or let it go and call it ‘character’?

    • Lucy says:

      This! Depends how bad it is 🙂

    • Susan says:

      leave it and call it your signature 🙂

    • Roni Hermony says:

      Never leave a mistake. Pure laziness. I had a friend who taught me to correct a “booboo” even if you are at the end of a garment section. A little judicial use of a crochet needle will help a dropped stitch and if it is an incorrect p[atch that is also not incorrectable.
      As for yarn I always look for 100% synthetic. It launders beautifully, doesn’t shrink or get out of shape and at my great age when I have returned to knitting after a break of over 20 years, I need pretty and easy maintenance.

  3. Christine says:

    Getting caught coming in with another bulging bag of wool.

  4. Belinda Davies says:

    Not having enough time to knit!! This going to work business really gets in the way >:(

    • Sue says:

      I agree!! Going to work every day cuts into my knitting time! Then there’s the cooking and cleaning that has to happen every day! Who needs to sleep???

  5. roxanne says:

    should i start on my christmas presents…. or keep working on a project for me?!

  6. Gittel says:

    Which project do I start first, of the many I want to knit….

  7. Gittel says:

    Which project do I start first, of the many I want to knit….

  8. Rosalie Dally says:

    I knitted several beanies 2 years ago and still haven’t sewn them up. Love knitting but not sewing up.

    • Sally Juras says:

      Oh no, knit them in the round – simples!

    • Gengy says:

      Great someone else has this problem . Anybody got any tips . Do you still need to sew up with the same yarn . Any professionals got suggestions????

  9. Jesse says:

    Needing another pair of needles for another project idea when I have so many ufo’s in the works as it is, and wondering, should I frog something or try to find an inventive way to save this?

  10. Wendy says:

    Sitting down and knitting in the middle of the afternoon and my husband comes in and I feel guilty that I am not working.

  11. joanbarker says:

    But surley is as industries as scrubbing the floor even our mothers had time to be creative once chores are done but I understand how you feel just because husbands go out to work we do equally hour for hour working in the home a I expect you prepare meals clear up long after he came in from work we are not machines we need time to do our own thing if he is not happy with that tough but I suspect it’s just your feeling anot his enjoy your knitting !!!!

  12. Jenny says:

    I applaud the use of Snape as an answer as to whether more yarn should be bought or not! I will definitely invoke him next time my boyfriend asks if I reeaalllyy need more wool 🙂 jenny xx

  13. Kellie says:

    I just find comfort in discovering that I’m not the only one who experiences ALL these dilemmas on a daily basis!

  14. Carole says:

    Thinking you have enough spare wool to make something else only to find you haven’t

  15. Kate says:

    Knitting the same pair of mittens over and over again, in alpaca, of course, for sisters (5), mother, friends …… not able to move on.

  16. Christina says:

    The problem I haven’t yet been able to conquer are instructions that begin with “at the same time….”. I have a nice pattern for a top called “Olga” which I tried to do a couple of times, but the pattern has decreases to make waist shaping, plus there are purl rows at the same time for a garter stitch pattern at the same time. I’ll get back to trying it again, but right now still finishing Christmas gifts.

    • delilah says:

      I have this problem too. I find most like this are American or Spanish patterns. English patterns are more direct, row by row and stitch by stitch.

      I now take time to work the “at the same time” patterns out before knitting, re-writing it row by row, working out the increases and decreases and stitches in between. Alot of effort tho. Half the time I find an alternative pattern already written out. There is ALWAYS something else I like.

  17. Val says:

    Trying to convince family that what I want for Xmas is yarn and pattern to knit for them. It’s the knitting I want. The outcome doesn’t have to be for me.

  18. Alison says:

    Thank you. I feel so much better knowing the rest of you are out there and it’s not just me!

  19. Suzanne says:

    Knowing that with so much knitting there WILL be sewing up – I hate sewing up! Circular needles and dpns are fantastic – what a shame I can’t always use them!

  20. Romantic Status says:

    Thank you for your many item to select your decision.

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