Maybe you are new to knitting, perhaps you have been knitting for quite awhile and have even accumulated several knitting bags and totes, either way, there are knitting tips that will make you a better knitter.
If you want to learn how to become a better knitter, read on and let’s get crackin’.
Quality Ingredients are Key
Quality knits begin with quality ingredients. Knitting is like cooking, you will not wind up with a great dish unless you are using fresh vegetables, lean meats and homemade spice blends.
Yarn is at the heart of all knitting projects and it is important that you realize not all yarn is created equal. In order to create a quality knitted project, you don’t need to buy the most expensive yarn on the market, but the stuff you buy at the dollar store isn't going to produce a quality product, no matter how good a knitter you are.
You will discover that once you invest in decent yarn, the quality of your finished projects will go way up. So we recommend you get the best kind of yarn that you can afford, it is well worth it.
The Right Yarn for the Project
Maybe you already buy quality yarn, but the yarn that you do buy is not the right type for the project you are knitting.
There is a wonderful selection of yarn out there in a variety of colors. But there is much more to choosing a yarn other than color. You also want to consider what you are knitting.
First, think about the function of what you are knitting. For example, if you are knitting a beanie to keep your head warm in the winter, you will use a different type of yarn than you would knitting clothes for a doll.
Fiber Content- For the most part, animal fibers, from sheep and alpacas for example, are a good choice for projects that are meant to keep people warm. This is because mohair, wool and cashmere are all lightweight and cozy and are more elastic than plant fibers.
Plant fibers like cotton and hemp are less elastic and are better suited for clothing that doesn't have to “fit,” like dresses and scarves. And because plant fibers are breathable, they are the better choice for summer wear.
Texture- If you are knitting complex patterns, you don’t want to distract from the stitches so go with a yarn with a greater number of plies.
Use the Right Tool
You don’t see a mechanic use a ¾ inch wrench on a ½ inch bolt, so make sure you are using the right needle size for the yarn. If the needle size is too small for the yarn you are using, you will get stitches that are too tight and a stiff fabric. If you use a needle that is too big for the yarn, you will wind up with floppy fabric.
If you find that some stitches are bigger than others, it could be because you aren’t holding the fabric with the same amount of tension all the way through. There is no right way to tension yarn, just make sure you are consistent.
Light a Candle
We are not kidding, the amount of tension or stress you are feeling when you knit will have an outcome on your project. So before you start knitting, take a little Zen time, make some tea, listen to some classical music and practice some deep-breathing exercises.
Read Patterns All the Way through First
When you piece together that coffee table from Ikea, it is best to read through the instructions first before piecing together anything. The same holds true in knitting, read the pattern through before knitting.