Every beginning is difficult, but not only beginners make mistakes when knitting. Even long-time knitters make mistakes too, but they could easily be avoided.
Knitting is currently very trendy, everywhere you look, you can no longer avoid photos of self-knitted sweaters on social media or wool shelves in supermarkets, which are getting bigger and bigger. Knitting is no longer just a grandmother’s activity, many young people are currently daring to use the knitting needles and the enthusiasm is great. It has truly become a popular hobby in recent years and new knitters are added every day. And both beginners and experienced knitters often make mistakes when knitting, which are typical but should be avoided at all costs. Here in this blog we would like to show you 5 of the most common mistakes that often happen while knitting.
Wool and knitting needles are not compatible
When buying wool, we like to be tempted by the beautiful colors and color gradients of the wool and make our purchase decisions solely on the basis of color. But the right material is more important than the color. You should ask yourself the question; for which project do I need the wool? Is it a summer or a winter project? And of course very important, which knitting needles and what strength do I need for this?
You will find the right knitting needles for all types of wool at KnittersPride. Another little tip: sometimes it can also make the knitting flow easier for you if you use knitting needles made of certain materials such as wood, bamboo or aluminum for certain types of wool. They then slide off the needle much more easily and harmonize very well with one another.
Keep off the stitch test
Many people are reluctant to knit the stitch test, the importance of which is not yet fully clear to most, but one thing we can assure you, your knitted piece will not fit without a gauge. With the stitch test you determine the correct size of your project. You can use it to calculate how many stitches you need for your project so that it fits in the end. Especially when you are working with new knitting needles or yarn, a stitch gauge is essential. Take the trouble at the beginning of your project with the stitch test, because it is not possible to correct it afterwards, and it would be annoying if your entire project was for nothing.
Bind off correct
So that the knitted piece doesn’t pull together at the end, you should not cast off the stitches too tightly. This error can also only be corrected with difficulty or hardly at all.
Working thread held incorrectly
If you hold the working thread too loosely, your stitches will only hang loosely and will be too big. This creates an ugly stitch pattern. On the contrary, if you pull the stitches too tight, the stitches will look too small. It is best to practice beforehand so that you get a feel for the stitches.
Too little wool bought
Many are irritated by the grammage in knitting patterns, but the running length is more important than the grammage. 10 grams of alpaca wool is not the same amount as 10 grams of cotton yarn. So if you want to use a different yarn quality for a project, use the yardage as a guide, so your yarn will certainly be sufficient.
“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” -Linus Pauling
The best ideas need the best tools to implement them. At KnittersPride we offer you the best knitting needles and knitting needles sets that you should definitely equip yourself with and that will become an integral part of your hobby. Take a look at our range now.