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Here’s How to be a Better Knitter in 7 Easy Steps.

January 14, 2019

Like any learned skill, knitting is something you can get better at, and it’s not as hard as you might have imagined. Here’s how you can be better in these easy steps! 01. Read the whole pattern before you start Just like anything else knowing what you’re doing is essential for everyone. Even the most … Continue reading "Here’s How to be a Better Knitter in 7 Easy Steps." Read more

Like any learned skill, knitting is something you can get better at, and it’s not as hard as you might have imagined. Here’s how you can be better in these easy steps!

01. Read the whole pattern before you start
Just like anything else knowing what you’re doing is essential for everyone. Even the most skilled knitters can make mistakes. Even though you might just want to skim through the pattern take your time and go through the whole thing. This will ensure you have everything ready before you can start your knit or is the knit requires skills you may not have come across before.

02. Don’t be afraid to try new skills
Learning new skills can be intimidating. The lack of familiarity and experience leaves a lot of room for failure but that is why you need to do it. If there’s a skill you haven’t tried or tried only once or twice don’t be afraid to try it again. This will make you familiar with the technique and help you master it as you go on.

03. Practice. Practice. Practice!
Keeping your practice up is key when it comes to knitting. Keeping your skills brushes up with loads of practice will pay huge dividends as time goes on. This ensures you never lose touch of your skills and knit the best you can every time.

04. Carry your knit wherever you go
It is good practice to carry your knits wherever you go. Take advantage of any opportunity that you get to complete you r project or just practice as you go. Travelling to places or sitting in public gives you plenty of time and opportunity to polish your skills and keep your hands busy.

05. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
It’s you knit and you can do whatever you want! Keep yourself open to ideas and do whatever you want to. Making mistakes is how you’ll learn to fix them and you’ll be a better knitter at the end. So try new things and see yourself improve as you go.

06. Have lots of patience
As they say, patience is a virtue, and it is especially important while knitting. You may come across failures or long stretches of tedious tasks but you need to have patience. All good things in life take time and you know for a fact that the end result is going to be worth it!

07. Have a cup of tea nearby
Like all things in life even knitters need their fuel to keep them going. So, never forget to prepare yourself a cup of tea before you’re ready to pick up your needles and create your wonderful designs into reality!

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How to Read a Knitting Yarn Label?

December 18, 2017

Knitting yarn labels pack a lot of information and you’ll need to know what it all means especially if you’re following a hand knitting pattern. Hand knitting patterns will tell you what kind of yarn to buy for that knitting project. But there are other reasons as well. For instance, you may want to substitute … Continue reading "How to Read a Knitting Yarn Label?" Read more

Knitting yarn labels pack a lot of information and you’ll need to know what it all means especially if you’re following a hand knitting pattern. Hand knitting patterns will tell you what kind of yarn to buy for that knitting project.

But there are other reasons as well. For instance, you may want to substitute the yarn that is called for in a pattern. You may also want a certain thickness.  All this information is wrapped neatly around your little ball of knitting yarn.

Below is what yarn labels say and what to look for:

Yarn Name: The largest and the most prominent letters on the labels are the knitting yarn/company name.

Yarn nameYarn Weight: The actual weight of the knitting yarn when packed is always listed.

Yarn weightColour and Dye Lot Number: Always check to ensure the dye lot numbers are the same.  Even though the colour may look exact it could be off just a tiny bit. If you can buy enough yarn for what you need in your project that would be great. It may be hard to match it up if you run out.

Knitting colour and dye lot numberLaundry Care: The next set of boxes show you the laundry care symbols; how should you wash your garment, do you need to iron your garment, etc.

Yarn laundry care

Knitting Needle Sizes: This section, the knitting needle symbol section, on knitting yarn labels is the part that knitters need to take a look at. On Vardhman Knitting yarn label below it’s the third box from the top. It gives you important knitting information for such things as needle size and thickness. You can see in the center is a pair of criss-cross needles with the number 9,10 (this is the needle number) at the top and 3.75-3.25 mm (this is the needle thickness) below. This is the suggested knitting needle size you should knit this particular knitting yarn with.

Knitting needles Any “X” on any laundry symbol means “do not”.

Now that you know so much about your knitting yarn, get started already!

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Master the Art of Knitting with these Five Easy Hacks

January 31, 2017

If you’re looking to know how to get a smooth and even fabric, and you’re ready to level-up your knitting knowledge to become a better knitter, you have landed yourself at the right place. Now, let’s get cracking on becoming a pro knitter![...] Read more

If you’re looking to know how to get a smooth and even fabric, and you’re ready to level-up your knitting knowledge to become a better knitter, you have landed yourself at the right place.

Now, let’s get cracking on becoming a pro knitter!

1) First things first, always start with good quality yarn

Yarn is the heart and soul of your knitting. Good quality yarn will result in producing better products, which you are excited to wear and proud to gift. So, buy the best you can afford. It is absolutely worth it!

2) Check your work regularly

Checking your work regularly is the best way to identify mistakes as soon as they happen. Do this often and you’ll start noticing mistakes sooner rather than later. This can save you a lot of time!

3) Finish your row

This is a quick tip. Always try to finish the row you’re working on before you put your knitting down. The tension may differ next time you keep up your knitting and that could be visible in the garment.

4) Read the pattern thoroughly

Always read the pattern thoroughly and try to understand the instructions and imagine yourself knitting each step. Try to understand how the garment is being constructed. This will help you in knitting smoothly.

5) Join new yarn at the beginning of a row

If possible, avoid joining new yarn in the middle of a row to avoid a noticeable hole and/or looser stitches at the join site.

In a culture in which we often expect immediate success, it is important to remember that expertise is developed over time. We must have patience with ourselves as we try, fail, learn, and grow. Have patience and you shall succeed for sure!

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