If you're new to knitting, it's easy to make some common mistakes. Here are four of the most common knitting mistakes that beginners make, and how to fix them.
Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong yarn
Yarn comes in all different weights, textures, and fibers. So, it's important to choose the right yarn for your project. Every yarn has a unique stitch definition, drape, and texture. Therefore, choose yarn according to the project, whether it's socks, a hat, or a blanket. If you're not sure which yarn to use, ask a friend or visit us in-store at Wild and Woolly Yarns. We'll be able to help you pick out the perfect yarn for your project.
It is really important to research the yarn weight and the needle sizes that go with it. Knitting a swatch gauge will also give you an idea of how your knitted project will look and how the yarn behaves.
Mistake #2: The wrong cast on
There are many different ways to cast on your knitting project. Basically, every cast-on does the same thing. It forms loops on your needle that you then work off by pulling yarn through them with a second needle. Each type of cast-on has a purpose to either create a stretchy edge like needed in socks and hats or a tight fit that lets the necks of sweaters lie flat. A common knitting mistake made by many beginners is using the same cast-on method on all projects and not following the pattern designer’s instructions. If you have made the mistake of choosing the wrong cast-on, the best solution is to unravel your project and begin again. The cast-on is the framework of your project, so if you use the wrong cast-on method you may find that the final result is not what you wanted.
Mistake #3: Your stitches are too tight
This is a common knitting mistake for beginners because it can be difficult to gauge how tight or loose to hold the yarn while you are knitting. If your stitches are too tight, your knitting will be very difficult to work with and may even start to curl up on itself. This problem can usually be fixed by simply loosening your grip on the yarn. If your stitches are still too tight after you have loosened your grip, try using a larger needle size. You may also find it helpful to practice with scrap yarn before starting your project to get a feel for the right tension.
Mistake #4: Not keeping count of your rows
This is a mistake that is easily made, especially when you are working on a project with a lot of rows such as a scarf or blanket. It can be helpful to use a row counter or stitch marker to keep track of your progress. That way, if you do lose count you can easily start again from the last number you remember. There are so many different options for row counters and stitch markers so you can find the one that works best for you.
You can even use a simple pencil and paper to keep track of your rows. Simply make a mark on your paper after each row you complete.
These are just some of the most common mistakes that beginner knitters make. Learning from your mistakes is part of the knitting process and it helps you to become a better knitter. So, don't be discouraged if you make a mistake while knitting, just take a deep breath and try again. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable so have fun with it!
If you need any help, our staff at Wild and Woolly Yarns are always happy to assist you. Visit us in-store or contact us online