How fast do you knit?

I have come a long way in a short period of time. I have been very active here, hopefully I haven’t pestered too many of you too much. :stuck_out_tongue: I have found these forums to be a huge source of help and now I think I would probably say I am at an intermediate skill level. I am not having any problem mastering new stitches I come across in new patterns, but I am wondering if I am slow?

I thought that I was pretty fast, I keep up a decent pace, but I haven’t gotten to the point of finishing a project in a day. I am working on a large cowl with a somewhat complicated design pattern and I realized that I was only halfway through after knitting all day. All day. I had been sitting and knitting off and on literally all day.

So, how fast are you? Are you fast because you knit Continental? Do you have any tips or tricks to pick up speed?

I can knit the knit stitch Continental, but I find it very tricky to do other, more complicated stitches without throwing the yarn with my right hand. I think I am going to spend some time on youtube finding tips on how to Continental knit and maybe I will switch.

I knit continental and have been told I’m a fast knitter (I personally think I’m pretty average though), whether or not knitting continental contributes to that, I don’t know. If you do want to learn, one tip I can give you is I see some people purling with the yarn in front and wrapped around their left forefinger. I’ve never liked that, it’s awkward and uncomfortable for me. I hold the yarn in front in my left forefinger and thumb. It gives me more control and I don’t end up dropping the yarn nearly as much. But everyone’s different, it’s all what’s comfortable to you.:slight_smile:

The faster I knit, the sooner I tink. I knit Continental and if I’m doing endless knit stitches I can go fairly fast I think. If you are more comfortable knitting English style then speed really is secondary IMO. Enjoying the knitting is more important.

Totally agree.

I knit with the yarn in my right hand–that’s how I learned, and that’s what comes easiest to me. I’ve been told I’m fast by people who are learning, but I’ve never timed myself. I work at whatever pace is comfortable in the moment.

Most projects can’t be completed in a day, no matter how fast you knit. Baby hats, mittens, etc., sure.

Adult clothing? A pattern that you have to refer to often? Don’t think so.

It depends on what I’m knitting on how fast I am. I knit Portuguese style, and on all purl garter stitch, or stockinette, I’m grateful to have hit close to an average speed of 10 or so stitches a minute. But when you start mixing stitches, and having to count them as you go, it slows me down considerably. I’d much rather take my time so I don’t have to frog as often then. But that’s me…

Basically it depends on pattern, fiber, needles and stitches of the sweater. Generally, I am not a fast knitter. I took 6-7 days for knitting a sweater.

Once I get going, I’m relatively quick. It’s just finding the time to actually sit down with my needles that’s the hard part!

I have actually found that going to the local bookstore and grabbing a table allows me to pull out my needles for a few hours. If I’m at home, I have so many other things I need to do that I often don’t knit very much. But when I escape to the bookstore, I’m pretty quick. :slight_smile:

Is there a standard for knitting speed, like there is for typing? :?? :wink:

I don’t know how fast I am relative to other people, since I have never knit alongside anyone else. I am faster relative to my knitting speed several projects ago and even faster relative to my speed after I become comfortable with knitting.

On the other hand, it took me three years to knit an afghan that some people can knit in a weekend, so I guess by that measure, I’m pretty slow. :lol:

I knit English and I’m comfortable with whatever speed it is I use. I tried out Continental for a while, because I liked the idea of actually holding my yarn in my left hand instead of always picking it up with my right, but knitting that way for me was slow with loose and uneven stitches; I decided I would rather knit with my current method now, with stitches that are compact and consistent, rather than keep practicing to eventually become proficient in the other method.

I would like to go back and give Continental more of a chance, but I don’t would not do it for speed, but as a different way to hold the yarn. I miss holding the yarn the way I did when I crocheted and Continental seems to be somewhat similar to that.

Sigh… I’ve seen super fast English knitters and slow continental knitters. It’s actually valuable to know both ways, but people generally knit faster with how they are most comfortable. My go to method is English, but I know both for when I knit fair isle.

As for speed…I knit because I enjoy the process. I’m faster with some things than others, but ultimately I don’t care how long it takes.

I agree with everyone else - just knit at the speed and in the style you’re comfortable with.

The only time you need to go really fast with your knitting is if you’re in a speed knitting competition lol. Even going really fast at something to finish it, eg., for Christmas, makes it all too stressful.


I agree with everyone else - just knit at the speed and in the style you’re comfortable with. Speedy knitting is only required for a speedy knitting competition or if you’re wanting to finish something yesterday and even then it gets too stressful.

In answer to your question, I am slow and infrequent.


I am slow as molasses, but I enjoy every stitch!

I knit garter relatively fast I suppose but when I have to pearl and do other stitches I slow down a lot. I typically have to take breaks between rows anyway because my wrists are messed up from working in factories my whole life. the longer I knit, the less breaks I need though as my wrists must start to get used to the movement.
like others, I have a hard time finding the time to knit. I took the last 7 months off because I have been working 7 days a week 74 hrs a week. that don’t leave much time for you to do much of anything lol them knitting machines are looking better and better everyday lol.

When I knit garter I average at 1 stitch per second and stockinette about the same speed but things like rib and especially lace and cabling I do at a slower average speed.

I would say the average speed for knitting is close to 1 stitch per second.

Slower in the summer and faster in the winter. It depends if I have to switch wool or keep with one type and stitch!:slight_smile:

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This is an interesting topic and I’ve been studying it a lot lately. I’ve read of knitters who knit 60-80 stitches per minute. I’ve also found some great articles on Pinterest and YouTube that discuss how to knit faster and show you different styles.

I found a couple videos of the yarn harlot showing 2 different ways she knits. She is extremely fast. If you’d like to see some of the article and videos I’ve found check out my Pinterest page under the topic “fast knitting” - my username is flirtyknitter there. To connect with me on Twitter, you can use that same name.

I’m working on speed with continental knitting but I don’t have a great time per minute there. I’m using a flicking method that I found on a YouTube video and I’ve been working on mastering a quick way to knit using this method. It’s similar to the one yarn harlot uses. I would be happy to look up the video for you if you’re interested. Just shoot me a message on Twitter and I’ll send you the link.

I’ve been timing myself using a variety of styles based on that video and I’m pretty proud of how much I’ve improved! :grinning:

I would say I can knit now anywhere from 20 to 40 stitches in garter stitch. I read about the average knitters speed being 20 so I think I’m making progress!

Side note: I think I could be A LOT FASTER but I’m using a size 15 circular needle (plastic not metal - which to me is slower) and I’m using double stranded yarn. (I make a lot of lapghans and typically use the same pattern).

Anyway, I hope that helps someone or answers your question! The only concrete answer I found in this forum was 60 stitches per minute which is amazing! Gold star! :+1:

Find me on Twitter and let’s connect! I look forward to meeting new knitters (and other needleworkers!!) :grinning:

Michele Kelsey
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It really depends on the complexity of the project. I knit English style, never Continental. I can make a plain garter stitch scarf in one day, but if I’m using a complex stitch pattern, the same size scarf may take two or three days.