Knitting is a time honored skill that takes a short time to get the hang of but a lifetime to master. Knitting projects can give you endless outlets to your creativity and can provide a great outlet for your mental energy as well as a way to quiet the mind. The repetitive motions of knitting can bring on a kind of meditation, and can give people something to do with their hands during idle times or relaxing.
If you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, these tips and tricks for knitting should give you a leg up on your next few projects. If you have any other tips or tricks that we didn’t include leave a comment below and we will include them!
1.) Quality materials are key. Don’t skimp on cheap yarn or your projects will suffer. Once you start investing in some higher quality yarn your knitting will take off. Yes, it is more expensive than yarn from your local dollar store, but it will be worth it. If you can get the best yarn that is budget-friendly for you, then you will be much happier with the results.
2.) Choosing the right yarn is also a bit more complex than just buying the most expensive yarn that you can find. Think about the project you’re making and what you’d like the fabric to do and how you want it to feel. Should it be dark, light, elastic, soft, durable, warm or cool, heavy, etc. Do some thinking and you can then make a more educated choice of which yarns to select.
3.) Using the right tools for the job is also an important step to ensure that you’re thinking about. Knitting needles come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. There is an associated needle size for each weight category of yarn, so choose your needles accordingly. If the needle size is too small for the yarn that you’re using you’ll end up with a tight and stiff fabric. Needles that are too bit will result in a loose and floppy fabric. In addition, using a “grippier” material such as bamboo or wood for your needles can help if you find that you’re having problems with the yarn slipping.
4.) Did you know that the “ball band” (the piece of paper wrapped around your yarn) is full of useful and pertinent information to the yarn that you’re using? So don’t just throw it away willy-nilly. Keep that sucker on hand for reference!
5.) Make use of a gauge swatch. If you are following a preset pattern or need your knits to be a certain size, then creating a gauge swatch is the only way to know how big or small your final product will turn out to be. Don’t skip this step or you’ll end up with mismatched sizing! And this is true even if you use the recommended yarn and or needle size because your tension might be slightly different. The gauge is unique to you as an individual knitter so make sure you do this!
6.) Relax! Did you know that your state of mind and mood can have an impact on your knitting tension? Experienced knitters may know this already, but it might come as a surprise to beginners. Although knitting is in and of itself a stress reliever, loosening up before a knitting session with some deep breathing or meditation might go a long way towards consistency.