It's great to learn from other knitters, and in that spirit, in a recent Facebook Live broadcast, I shared some of my top tips for making your knitting or crochet better. Here they are!
1. Don't be afraid to rip! Ravel your your project if you don't like how it's turning out. Think of it as a learning experience, and use that yarn for something you'll love!
2. Practice makes perfect. If you're just learning to knit or crochet, practice every day for at least a half-hour. A good practice project is a simple swatch. This approach is very freeing; since you're not making anything, it doesn't matter if you make a mistake. Just keep going! This is good advice when learning new techniques, too.
3. Look for projects that teach you new skills. With each project, I try to choose something that will teach me something new. Look for patterns that have one or two new-to-you things, but no more than that or you might get frustrated and never finish.
Try my His & Hers Toe-Up Muklucks and learn how to work an afterthought heel!
4. Learn to use stitch markers. They are incredibly handy reminders when knitting or crocheting. Use markers to separate pattern repeats and at the beginning of rounds. They're also great for marking increases and decreases. Place one at each increase or decrease, such as when working sleeves, and you'll be able to count them easily. No searching for those make-ones or knit-two-togethers!
5. Have a can-do attitude. Learning new things can be frustrating, so be careful of your self-talk when you're trying new techniques. Tell yourself you can do it, and you WILL do it.
6. Try to finish one or two projects per week. Please note that I'm a fast knitter, and I've got a lot of projects on the needles, so this is achievable for me. Be sure and use yourself as an example and finish projects as you can, whether it's one a week or one every two or three months.
7. Learn how to read patterns. Knitting and crochet patterns have a language of their own, and it's important to learn it if you want to advance. Use the experts at your local yarn shop, on the internet (especially YouTube!), and travel to conventions if you can. There's so much to learn. Here's a video i made on how to read knit and crochet patterns.
8. Use a notebook to record important information. I always keep a small notebook with my knitting so I can jot down which row I'm on, a modification I made, or the name of a pattern someone is knitting. So handy!
This cute book cover will have you wanting to take notes on everything!
Perfect for your knitting or crochet notebook, right? (Fits a 6" x 8" notebook.)
9. Use Ravelry to record your projects. I put all of my projects on Ravelry so I can keep track of what pattern I'm knitting, what yarn I'm using, what size I'm making, and so on. I love having everything in one place.
10. Join a knit and/or crochet group. You'll meet people who share your fiber interests and make new friends! You'll also get help and get great ideas from your fellow group members. You can also join our VIP Facebook group to share ideas and ask questions.
Please leave a comment and share one of your favorite knitting tips!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.