Whether you’re an experienced knitter or a beginner, you should always be prepared to learn something new every time you take on a new project. And if you’re a self-taught knitter, you’re bound to experience some struggles along the way. Here are a few tips to make the learning process easier.
- Consider circular needles
It’s a good idea to use circular needles even when knitting flat items because it’s far easier to lose straight needles. When you’re not looking, the needle may fall out of your bag and out of sight. Circular needles can still work for flat projects if you knit back and forth instead of around. The cable connecting the two needles ensures that you never lose one of them.
Circular needles also have other advantages besides making it impossible to lose one needle. First, they’re more portable as the flexible cable allows you to easily bundle up your work. The needles also help you work with more stitches than a pair of straight needles. Lastly, with circular needles, you won’t drop your stiches in case you stop in mid-row.
- Make the crotchet hook your friend
The crotchet is invaluable even for the most experienced knitters for many reasons.
- Fix dropped stitches – You need not rip back your work in case you drop a stitch, even in cases where it’s located several rows down. Just stick the hook in the work and hook the faulty rung. Then pull it through the dropped stitch loop.
- Pick up knitting stitches – If you need to pick up stitches for your pattern to finish a neckline, the crotchet hook makes it easier. You don’t need to coax the yarn through a knitting needle that’s straight and slippery. Instead, slide the crotchet hook though the stitch, catch the new yarn strand beneath, pull it through the stitch, and then move it to the knitting needle.
- Match the yarn and the stitch
Most beginners use whatever fuzzy-soft, ribbon, or bouclé yarn they find. Over time, however, they learn that using the wrong yarn can ruin stitch patterns such as laces and cables. Simple stitches such as garter and stockinette go well with textured yarn. Shop for the right yarn at reliable brands such as Silhouette.
- Come to terms with stockinette curls
It can be frustrating when you knit a simple stockinette only for it to begin curling at the sides and rolling up at the bottom. You first instinct is to conclude that you’re doing something wrong. In reality, though, it’s the nature of the stitch that causes the curls. Adding a border can help in preventing the curl.
- Use a simple chain slip stitch to make a neat edge
Once you learn the slipped stitch chain edge, you no longer have to worry about lumpy garter stitch edges. One of the ways to chain edge is slipping the last stitch with the yarn in front at every row end. Alternatively, you can knit the slipped stitch where every row starts.