This is a thread for fun and for educational purposes. I was thinking last night about all the lessons that I’ve learned with each knitting mistake I’ve made, and I was thinking that I should write them all down so that I don’t forget. Then I was thinking that it would be neat to know what are some major lessons that other knitters have learned and might share, so that we can learn from each other’s mistakes.
I realize this might have a bit of a newbie flavor to it, but that’s okay, right? Here goes…
ILIRIT (I’ve learned it’s really important to) [I]pull the first stitch on each needle really tight when knitting on double-pointed needles[/I], because otherwise I’ll end up with a big gap in my knitting.
ILIRIT [I]follow decreasing instructions exactly, especially when it comes to doing a row of even knitting in between decreasing rows[/I], because otherwise your project looks REALLY weird.
ILIRIT [I]wind center-pull balls correctly[/I], because otherwise you can end up with an enormous tangle of yarn.
ILIRIT [I]make sure your gauge is accurate[/I], because otherwise you will knit it all in the wrong size. While this is not so important for a scarf, when it comes to hats or items that have to fit, it’s very important.
ILIRIT [I]use a larger size needle when using 2 strands of yarn[/I], because otherwise you’ll end up with a hat so stiff you can eat soup out of it.
OKay, that’s all for me so far. Join in and share what you’ve learned from your mistakes!