So, you’ve been knitting for a while, but you aren’t happy with your finished fabric. Your stockinette looks uneven and bumpy and you’re not sure what the problem is!
You want 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.
Great! Because below I’ve compiled a list of 25 knitting tips and techniques that will help you even out those stitches and instantly make you a better knitter!
Ready to learn how to become a better knitter? Let’s get crackin’!
1) Start with good quality ingredients
2) Choose the right yarn for your project
2) Fiber Content
3) Use the right tools for the job
4) Knit a gauge swatch
5) Hold and tension the yarn consistently
6) Get in the mood
- Listen to relaxing music
- Make some soothing tea
- Meditate for a few minutes
- Spritz the room with some of your favourite essential oils or burn incense
- Practice deep breathing exercises.
Alternatively, you could have a “warm-up” project that you work on to release tension, before working on your important project.
7) Make all your stitches the same size
8) Read the pattern all the way through
9) Practice new techniques before you start your project
10) “Read” your knitting
11) Check your work regularly
12) Keep detailed notes
- The name of the pattern and the designer
- The yarn (name and brand) you are using
- fiber content
- dye lot
- washing instructions
- The needle size you are using (remember that gauge swatch we talked about? What size needle are you using to achieve the pattern gauge)
- Your gauge (before and after blocking)
- The date you started and finished the project
- Any alterations or modifications you make to the pattern
- What you like or don’t like about the pattern (or other thoughts that come up as you knit).
- Things you might do differently next time?
- Keep track of rows worked by using a tally system.
- Where you need to start from the next time you pick up your knitting
Tip: You can keep a record of your projects (including photos), yarn stash and notes in Ravelry. Ravelry is a free online community for knitters (and other yarn crafters), and includes forums, and a database of patterns, for ideas and inspiration. If you haven’t already, check it out!