Feb 17, 2016

10 Things I’d Tell My New Knitter Self! A Blast to the Past!

by Angela | 7 Comments

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter selfI am going to take you on a Blast to the Past today!

My knitting journey has been a long one…and if yours has been also, then you totally understand that you pick up so many tips and tricks along the way with experience!

These are things I wish I knew way back when!  So, I am going to share them with you…and whether your a new or seasoned knitter, I hope you will gain some new insight! 🙂

If I could go back in time and give my “New Knitter Self” some good advice, here’s what it would be!

You can watch the “movie” below, follow the photos…or both!

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#1 – Don’t panic if you run out of yarn!

It’s not the end of the world! LOL  And, don’t tie a knot!  It can come undone and that would really stink!

You can see my tutorial on how to join in new yarn here!

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#2 – When buying multiple skeins of yarn…make sure they have the same dye lot!

If you look on the bottom of the yarn tag, you’ll see that it says “Lot” near the barcode.

The number printed near it is the dye lot.  This number is what the factory uses to mark a batch of yarns that were dyed at the same time, with the same dye color.  Since they are dyed in separate batches, the colors will vary…so buy your skeins from the same dye lot.  You can ensure this by making sure your tags all have matching numbers! 🙂

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#3 – Buy good quality yarn!

You are going to be working with this yarn alot…especially if you are a new knitter!  You’ll be staring down at this yarn, running it over and over through your hands and needles…so it should be something you love!  Also pick a color you adore.

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#4 – Carry lotion with you!

Your fingers are going to be touching this yarn alot!  The fibers of the yarn are going to soak up the natural oils in your hands and dry them out.  Keeping your hands moisturized will make knitting so much more fun…cause nobody likes dry scratchy hands that get caught on the yarn!

This is my favorite lotion:  Coconut Hibiscus Lotion

#5 – Check your gauge!

I know, I know…it’s no fun to make a stupid square that you can’t do anything with!

But, over the years I’ve learned that it’s very important folks!  Especially if you are making fitted garments like hats, gloves, sweaters, etc.  So, get yourself a gauge tool!

It could mean the difference between making a hat that should fit an adult…that ends up being fit for a doll!  Yikes!

And, all your time and hard work will be for not!  Then you’ll have to “frog“…

So, making a gauge swatch can save you hours of work…it’s worth doing!

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#6 – Use a row counter!

You think you’ll just remember what row you’re on, or you get distracted…

Trust me, you’ll forget once you finally come back to your knitting!  I’ve done that so many times, and now I use one every time!

There inexpensive and are sanity keepers!

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#7 – You don’t have to save every scrap of yarn!

Trust me…don’t!  You can save some, but not all…cause you’ll end up with what you see I have in the photo above! LOL

I would say a good rule of thumb would be to save only what would fit in a little zip lock bag.

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#8 – Buy lots of stitch markers!

There’s a little unknown secret about these guys…they grow legs and run away!

I have bought so many stitch markers over the years and they somehow escape into the couch cushions, floor, car, everywhere!!!

So, to prevent ever being without one when you need it, buy lots!

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self#9 – It’s ok to talk to yourself…even in public! 🙂

When you are knitting, your gonna be doing a lot of counting, talking, and maybe even some cursing!

No one will think your crazy if you’ve got your knitting in your hands while doing this…but if you don’t have your knitting…well, that’s a different story! 😉

CreatiKnit.com - 10 things I'd tell my new knitter self

#10 – Join a knitting community!

This is a FUN one!  You can find a local knitting group in your area, or join one online…there are many!  Ravelry has forums that are so super helpful, as well as knittingparadise.com!  I even heard CreatiKnit’s Blog is a great place for tutorials! 😉

So many knitters are super helpful, friendly people and will be more than happy to help you out with questions.

So there you have it…10 things I’d tell my New Knitter Self if I could go back in time!

Feel free to share this with the New Knitters in your life! 🙂

Also, let me know in comments which knitting tip helped you the most!

Until Next time, Happy Knitting!

Angela from Creatiknit.com

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Comments

  1. Jan says:

    Loved all your advice. I’ve been knitting since I was five, almost 60 years ago. I’m still dealing with number 7. Just started using scraps for baby goat sweaters. Number 10 is my favorite. Knitting friends are the best.
    Thanks for your website.
    Jan

  2. Angela says:

    Hey Jan, wow 60 years of knitting…that’s wonderful! 🙂 Yeah #7 is a tricky one. 😉 Your right…knitting friends are the best!

  3. Anna says:

    This was fun! Your scrap yarn monster really made me laugh. 😀

    1. Angela says:

      So glad you liked it Anna! And the scrap yarn monster too, hee hee! 😉

  4. Kelleen says:

    I am just learning to knit and your tips were helpful. I want to find a knitting community too! I am going to buy some stitch markers and a guage. Thanks!!

    1. Angela says:

      Kelleen, welcome to the wonderful world of knitting! Good luck with everything and if you ever have any questions, feel free to stop by CreatiKnit! 🙂

  5. Adventure_Chick says:

    Every single one of these, of course, is SPOT on!

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