Some tips to make your knitting experience easier and more enjoyable.
- Make sure you have all your equipment before beginning a new project.
- Use good quality yarns and knitting needles.
- Choose your yarn wisely, make sure it is suited to the project you are making and check you have the correct ply and knitting needle size.
- When knitting scarves or blanket squares using garter stitch (knitting every row) where the edging plays a big part in the finished quality of the item, slip the first stitch knit wise on every row to the other needle, then continue knitting to end of row.
- If knitting a large project, it is best to buy your yarn at the same time and check that the dye lots are the same. Different dye lots can result in slightly different shades of colour which may not look to different to the eye but in a project, it can be quite noticeable.
- If you aren’t able to buy all the yarn at the same time keep your yarn label, that is wrapped around the ball of yarn. This contains important information about the yarns shade, ply, dye lot number (so you can match it perfectly) washing instructions, how many metres per ball, weight and other information you might need.
- If you are knitting an item that you need to be the correct size it is important that you knit up a swatch so you can check your tension and the number of stitches per inch etc. as this can make a difference to overall finished size. Patterns will have this gauge on them. Some patterns won’t need to be gauged, but it is a good habit to get into before starting a new project.
- Finish your row of knitting before you put it down. For one the tension may be different when you come back to it and secondly, I have managed to lose stitches by just putting the work down in the middle of a row.
- If using multiple colours best to make sure they are all the same brand and ply, some 8 ply’s will knit up differently to other 8 ply’s.
- Try to be relaxed and keep your tension even, not too loose and not too tight. Knitting up a small swatch can give you an idea if your knitting is too loose or too tight and you can adjust before beginning your project.
- Most importantly enjoy what you are making, everyone loves an item made with love!