Here are eight more tips for new knitters!
1. When working Stockinette Stitch, the Knit Stitch forms a V on the right side and a U purl bump on the wrong side of the work
2. Do not wrap the yarn around the needle too tightly or tug on the working yarn after you knit a stitch – this will cause you to have very tight stitches
3. Never start a new ball of yarn in the middle of a row. When you are nearing the end of a ball of yarn, finish your row. That way when you are beginning a new row, you can start the new ball of yarn at and edge or seam. You can weave in the ends later or learn one of the ways to join two ends of yarn together.
4. When winding a ball of yarn, wind the yarn over your fingers loosely. The idea is to wind a very loose ball with lots of air so that you do not stretch the yarn out of shape
5. Store your un-used yarn and project-in-progress in a clean plastic bag when you are not handling it. For large projects like throws or afghans that have reached the floor as you work on them, place a clean (old) beach towel on the floor around your feet and chair that will keep your project from coming in contact with a dirty, wet, or lint covered floor.
6. To estimate the length for a long tail cast-on measure 3 times the width you need, plus 4 inches. Example: you want to knit a 5 inch scarf. 5 X 3 = 15 + 4 = 19 inches. Measure 19” and use that point on the yarn for your slip knot, then cast on. This should leave you with a tail that is approximately 8 to 10 inches long after the cast on is complete. Tip: do not stretch the yarn when measuring.
7. Invest in a good reference book that can teach you new skills and that can answer basic questions while working on your projects. Some of my favorites:
- The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe
- Knit Fix, Problem Solving for Knitters by Lisa Kartus
- First Knits by Luise Roberts & Kate Haxell
8. The more you knit, the better your knitting will become and you will become more confident.
Relax, have fun, and just keep knitting!