We learn so much over the years. Much of it by trial and error 😉
This is certainly the case in knitting and crochet!
With this in mind, and to share our learning, what are the best knitting tips or pieces of advice that you would suggest to a new knitter?
There could be so many!
In no particular order, mine would include:
~ accept that your first project may not be as perfect as you would like – any mistakes and unevenness are a natural part of the learning process – embrace them! They make your project unique!
~ there is no right or wrong way to hold your knitting needles or your yarn, as long as it works for you – try different techniques to find the most comfortable one for you;
~ make notes about your project and about any changes you make to the pattern, so that you can do the same again next time (or improve it!);
~ learn how to fix mistakes (they happen!) so that you can move past them quickly and get on with The Knitting;
~ although it might feel like a waste of time, making a swatch before you start a project is a good idea, partly to check the size, partly to see if you like how the worked yarn turns out (different yarns have different properties) and partly to see how you get on with the pattern/stitch before you commit to a full project;
~ ask for help! If you don’t have a local yarn shop, or a knitting neighbour, there are lots of on-line resources and communities such as Ravelry where you’ll find tips and ideas. Knitters are a generous bunch and love to share their craft!
What would be your tips or advice for new knitters? What were you told when you first picked up your needles, and which of those tips worked (or didn’t work!) for you?
I’d love to hear about them – thanks for sharing!