Technical Tuesday: 5 Mistakes that Every Knitter Makes

Every one makes mistakes, which is how we learn isn’t it? There are a few that every knitter makes, even if they aren’t particularly new. I still find myself doing a couple of these.

1. Leaving your Knitting at Home

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This mostly happens to me when I am in a hurry and forget to pack anything, then I get to an appointment and have to wait. I sit there and think about the knitting I could have been doing as I sat there.

2. Knitting While Tired

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I always think to myself, ‘just one more row, then I’ll go to bed.’ I wake up in the morning and can’t even dissect what happened on that last row. This is especially true with colourwork. You think you’re knitting in the pattern, but that is actually sleepions messing with your brain. Never trust the sleepions.

3. You thought you had that Pattern Memorized

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Same kind of malfunction as Knitting While Tired. You thought you had that pattern totally down and walked away from the paper. Next thing you know it looks like your garment got second place in a wood-chipper fight.

4. Not Following your Intuition about a Pattern

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You read it over… sure, it’s slightly confusing, but you can totally handle it. Don’t bother checking over techniques that are unknown to you, just cast on all 400 stitches of lace and let ‘er fly! I am the biggest advocate for being adventurous with your knitting, but there are some patterns that just don’t work. If you’re thinking a pattern is written strangely or the wording is too cluttered, ask a friend for help BEFORE you start.

5. Not Knitting a Gauge Swatch

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I guarantee, every knitter has done this (myself included). You think ‘oh I know what I am doing’ or ‘what could possibly go wrong.’ My friends those are the last sane words you will think. I have had both ends of the spectrum with clothes that ended up being hideously too big and indecently too small. Trust me, there are some things that don’t just block out.

Be smart and learn from your mistakes!