Published on May 24th, 2015 | by Angie


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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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: May 22nd, 2015.

20 Responses to Top tips from real knitters

  1. Nanci says:

    Add to #2, reading through the pattern first you can identify printing errors and look for the corrections.

    • Sue says:

      AMEN! I got caught once when I didn’t read through and missed the “at the same time” instruction and was 20 rows past the spot where I should have been decreasing at the same time as changing the stitch pattern or whatever it was! I learned my lesson.

  2. Gaile Morrison says:

    All so very true

  3. shirley sloop says:

    Always roll my yarn before I use it. Hated finding knots in middle. Alsoalways use circulars even when knitting flat. No dropped needles

    • Alison says:

      Haven’t used a straight needle in years. I also adapt most sweater patterns to knit in the round to the armpits at least, raglan sleeves are a breeze when knitting in the round, Even a straight sleeve can be picked up from the armhole and knitted in the round to the cuff. I graft Shoulder seams.
      Can you tell that i hate sewing knitted pieces together. 🙂

    • Kathy Perrin says:

      I use circulars almost exclusively , with 4 inch tips. I’d love to personally thank the person who invented them!

  4. Yvonne ruddy says:

    I always use two balls of wool and knit sleeves both at same time. Plus where possible knot sides & back all in one then just split at armhole shaping.

  5. Sue Davis says:

    When knitting several patterns along a row I always use markers so I know where one pattern ends and another begins, always use circulars and always do two sleeves together.

  6. Margaret Blair says:

    Always check your dye lots !

  7. Liz Sargent says:

    Use the loveknitting organza bags to keep the ball of yarn clean, tidy and tanglefree as you knit with it – just pull the drawstring tight enough to stop the ball coming out and loose enough for the yarn to flow freely. Ideal if you are knitting with more than one ball at the same time. Stops it rolling around the floor if you drop it too.

    • Sue says:

      BRILLIANT!!! I’ve been collecting those gorgeous little bags knowing I would need them for “something”. I love this! It’s one of those, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” ideas!!

    • Kay says:

      Ohh what a fab idea! The simplest thing, yet never thought of it! I have always used the bag for the pattern, needle tips, markers etc! Then for giving away stuff!

    • Karen Rossler says:

      What a fabulous idea! I was trying to think of a way to keep my yarn safely away from my new kitten while I knit. This is perfect! 🙂

      • Kathy Perrin says:

        Keeps the cat hair off of your ball of yarn, too! I have a cat, and their hair can be a problem. Mine uses my knitting as an engraved invitation to jump in my lap under my project!

  8. Helen W says:

    I keep my ball of wool in a Pyrex bowl to stop it rolling away. But the organza bag idea sounds great for travelling.
    My top tip is to use the app “ink flow” to count rows and write notes to myself as I knit. No scrappy bits of paper especially when using PDF patterns on my iPad.

  9. Alison says:

    I have a knitting bowl with a slot and a hole near the base. keeps yarn from tangling , can store smaller projects on top of yarn, and looks a lot better on the coffee table than a pile of knitting.;_ylt=A0LEVvUdKGZV.EQAv1EnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTE0YXJmY29zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRkZYVUkyNl8xBHNlYwNzYw–?p=Yarn+Bowls&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001

  10. tina says:

    Is there anyone out there who has opinions on using wool containing silk? Silk worms are boiled live in hot water to extract the silk. Is the silk in wool obtained this way?
    🙁 I don’t buy wool with silk


  11. Sally Juras says:

    If we are supposed to start our yarn from the inside – why don’t manufactures leave the end ready to use. I always start from the outside as that is where the end is and it’s virtually impossible to find the inside end without yards of yarn vomit.

  12. Sheralynn Wilson says:

    I never use the yarn from the middle of the ball. I do a lot of knitting with laceweight yarn and using from the middle can allow the outside to collapse on itself and get into a huge tangle. I use a yarn bowl or a drawstring bag to keep it from rolling around.

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