We each have our own special way of doing things, especially when it comes to knitting. A lot of knitting is learned through trial and error. So, I’d like to share a few knitting tips for beginners, that I had to learn the hard way. Hopefully, these tips will help to make your knitting journey a little easier.
5 Yarn knitting tips for beginners:
- Beginners should avoid expensive fancy yarns.
- Light color yarn makes it easier to see your stitches.
- When using dark color yarn, daylight knitting is best.
- Make sure you have enough yarn for your project.
- Try to match dye lots whenever possible.
First, when you are looking at all that beautiful yarn and want to buy the fluffy, glittery, bumpy yarns DON’T! It’s hard to resist, but the reasons are simple. It can be hard to see your stitches with these yarns. Plus, ripping out rows due to mistakes is inevitable, which causes your yarn to wear out and to knot. Trust me when I say take it slow. Save your money until you are a little more confident.
The Color of yarn makes a difference. Light colored yarn makes it easier to see your stitches. This helps when learning to tell knit from purl stitches. Whenever possible, knit dark colored yarn during the day. It’s easier to see your work and eases eye strain. Knitting Paradise is a great forum that can help with any questions or topics on knitting you’d like to discuss.
Always try to match dye lots whenever possible especially if you’re knitting a garment. The dye lot can be found on the label. You may not see a difference in the store, but you don’t want part of your sweater one shade of pink and the other half a different shade.
Make sure to buy enough yarn to finish your project. This can be difficult on large projects and it’s not always financially feasible. I have spent many days running around town trying to find a specific yarn the store either stopped carrying or were sold out.
5 More Knitting Tips for Beginners to Remember:
- Gauge is essential, so always check.
- Try some different types of needles to see what you are most comfortable with.
- Write down what row your on before you stop.
- Check the knitting level: beginner, intermediate, difficult.
- Relax & have fun.
Gauge is essential for your garments to fit properly. However, on flat pieces you can usually get away with not doing a swatch. Doing swatches are something we all dislike, especially when we are so eager to start a new project. Still, there is a lot of information you can learn. Are you a tight knitter or a loosey, goosey like me. You’re knitting will become more uniform and change, over time, as you get more comfortable. Plus, each type of yarn knits up a little different. You may need to use a larger needle or a smaller needle to make gauge.
All needles are not created equal. Some knitters like bamboo, others aluminum, and some prefer one brand over another. I always use circular knitting needles, they are more comfortable for me and easier to carry. As you try different needles you will develop your own preferences, so don’t be afraid to try different needles and experiment with different yarns.
Knitting counters are great for keeping up with your rows. While markers help to keep up with your stitches. However, I usually forget to use my counter. So, write down where you are, in your pattern, when you stop. The worst lie I tell myself is I’ll remember what row I’m on when I start again. After a while you can usually tell, but it takes practice, so write it down or use a good counter.
We all want to make the fancy cable knit sweaters and those gorgeous lace shawls, but that comes with experience. I always love a challenge and I urge you to try new stitches and patterns. I like to use Ravelry and All Free Knitting for patterns. If you like a pattern try it, but check to see exactly how difficult the level is first. It will prevent a lot of tears. If you are starting out, try easy beginner patterns then venture up to intermediate. Avoid difficult patterns until you have mastered the other levels. You will be so much more successful.
Get comfortable and relax. Find a comfortable chair. I sit in a rocking chair so both my arms can be supported. This reduces shoulder and neck strain. Relaxing will also help prevent cramps in your hands and wrist. It also helps to stretch and move around occasionally so take frequent mini breaks. Remember, knitting uses muscles you are not familiar with and you might experience some soreness.
Knitting for beginners should be fun. I know when I mess up I get frustrated, so know when to stop and come back later. Some days I just sit and rip out rows and wind yarn it’s just as much fun for me. It’s usually when I’m too tired to knit, but I still want to play with the yarn. It’s mindless fun. Maybe there’s a little cat inside me LOL!
Always remember, non-knitters can’t see those little mistakes that drive us knitting perfectionist mad! So be kind to yourself. We are our own worst critics. It’s never as bad as you think. Practice makes perfect! There are plenty of knitting tips for beginners all over the internet. These are just some that I really thought were important and sometimes are overlooked. Another great article with knitting help is the 6 Basics of Knitting Everyone Needs to Know.