Are you sick of doing the same knitting mistakes over and over again? Or do you want to know which mistakes can possibly waste your time so you could prevent them from happening?
In this article, we will show you a list of the common mistakes that knitters, especially beginners, might encounter and might get trapped into. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in the same place, producing no fabric or garment in days just because you cannot move forward from a mistake. If you are here to discover how they are fixed or what remedies should be given unto them, then you’ve come to the right place at the right time!
We will share with you the ultimate secrets on how to resolve your knitting dilemmas. C’mon, let’s get this over with!
1. Too Tight Yarn
As you get to the quarter or half period of knitting, you suddenly realize that it’s getting more difficult to carry the yarn in different directions and up the needles. Well, that only means that your yarn is too tight.
To resolve this, always make sure that you are sliding your stitches back to the broadest or widest portion of your needle. Do not hold your yarn too much tightly; try grasping it in a loose manner. Allot some allowance or spaces for the yarn. Also, do not put a lot of pressure and tension on your needles and yarn; work as lightly as you can and as possible.
The use of wider needles, while you are still a beginner, will help you hold the yarn more naturally and with less tension.
2. Losing Count of Rows
Slow down. If you’ve lost count of your rows due to frequent daydreaming or reverie (LOL), do not hesitate to use a notebook and a pen so you can take note or create a mark each time you finish a row. Alternatively, you can use a stitch counter to keep track of it.
When working on a knitting project, it is consequential to learn how to count your rows. It will save you a lot of time, energy and hassle in the future! Try counting the “v” formations when you are using stockinette stitches. However, if your project features garter stitches, you can focus on counting the row of ridges per side of the project. Then, just add them collectively.
After you’re finally done with the counting process, mark the last row that you have counted with a little clothespin. This will prevent you from coming back over and over again just to repeat the counting from the beginning.
3. Unwanted Holes in Your Project
Remember the yarn overs? If you happen to find extra and unwanted holes in your project, this means you have accidentally created an excessive coat of yarn over the needle. To fix this, unknit the yarn back to where the hole is located. Insert the left needle below the top loop, which is the second loop, on your right needle. Take the right needle out of the loop by slipping it, then pull the yarn. Continue doing this to do the unknitting, and when you reach the unnecessary hole, double-check if your yarn is already on the accurate, correct side. Then, start over again.
4. Chaotic Knitting
Oftentimes, first-time knitters have a hard time doing clean knitting. You ask yourself emotionally, “what went wrong?” Here’s the thing. What causes chaotic or messy knitting is the lack of consistency. Yes, consistency is the key!
When you hold the tension of your stitches, you should aim for consistency. Why? Because holding some loosely while holding others tightly will cause you trouble. This happens. But don’t worry, again, first-time knitters often make this mistake, but that’s completely okay. Just keep on practicing until your hands and fingers get used to holding your stitches in balanced tension.
5. Dropped Stitch
Stitches tend to fall off after setting your knitting down. Without the right focus and attention, a stitch can get off your needle. At the bottom part of appears to be a chain of ladder rungs, you will see the dropped stitch hanging out. These are the “working yarn” from the rows where the dropped stitch came from.
So, just pull the dropped stitch back up the seeming ladder rungs, and recreate a stitch on each row. As easy peasy as that!
This situation also occurs when using different types of knitting machines. In troubleshooting your equipment, check your needle bar and make sure it is not damaged. Then, examine each part of the machine: feeder plate adjustment, latches, tension spring, etc.
6. Taking a Break and Not Knowing Where You Left Off
Because knitters need a break to drink a glass of water, eat snacks, or do some stretching, they disengage for quite some time. After all, you guys don’t have all the time in the world to just knit and do nothing else. Because of that, this mistake or dilemma happens.
To get back to where you left off, there are many tools that you can utilize. But then again, learn how to count your rows, so you can easily navigate on the project. You can use safety pins and a yarn bowl.
Knitting shouldn’t be hard. In fact, it isn’t. It’s totally fun and challenging! Don’t give up on yourself or your projects. Accept that mistakes do happen and let them encourage you to become a better and skillful knitter. Learn to look for solutions when things get kind of messy and chaotic at times. You can always search the internet for some tips and ways on how to improve your knitting or fix some knitting problems. Everything is made available for you, even free knitting patterns. Be unstoppable!