Knitting without looking

So whenever I’m knitting in front of the TV, DH will occasionally bust out laughing at something that I’ve completely missed because I was looking at my knitting instead of the screen. (I never noticed before how many jokes are strictly visual.) So I’ve decided it’s time to learn how to knit without looking. I know a lot of you do it because I’ve seen it mentioned numerous times. Do you have any tips? Does it depend on the complexity of the stitch pattern, weight of the yarn, etc? When do you do it – while reading, watching TV, visiting KH? When else? TIA – I’m really curious to see the results! :x:

I can sometimes when I’m knitting in the round or just doing garter st… and st st on straight knitting I can handle that… and some ribbing… but chart reading or something that I have to pay attention to the count/pattern… then I miss things happening on tv :rofl:

sometimes, but rarely…only when its JUST knit stitches, otherwise, i screw everythign up!!

Stockinette or seed stitch, no problem…if I need to count or follow a chart, no way. :smiley:

In the car when it’s dark. But it has to be an esay pattern like slip 1 knit one. Noting hard and not socks!

yeah it really does depend on the pattern. i can do it most of the time but i am not inclined to WATCH the TV very much anyway. if i am not knitting i am surfing or doing some other thing that keeps me from actually looking at the TV. when i am at the movies or knitting in a lecture or whatever, i tend to knit easy-ish patterns so i don’t need to look at the work very often.

I wondered about this myself since I’ve heard knitters say they watch TV while knitting. I can’t do it & don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do it. I’ll have the TV on while knitting, but I keep my eyes on the knitting & just listen. Of course, if it’s something I really want to watch, I put the knitting down.

I can do knit and purl stitches with out looking. I freqently do this type of knitting at movie theatres and in the car. I knit mainly charity animal snuggles during these times that don’t have to be “perfect”.

I always have the TV on when I knit…force of habit. I can’t stand silence at all and I am able to tune out the TV if I am knitting something difficult. Even if I’m doing complex chart knitting I still have the TV on. I may mute it to count and such. I also like to have easier projects that I can knit without to much effort while watching something I really want to watch.

DH and I watch Jeopardy daily and if I’m knitting, he’ll often blurt out the question before I even hear the whole answer because he’s already read it off the screen. I notice I miss a lot of jokes when watching the Venture Bros. too.

I say sometimes…and I can watch TV or read something very simple (like I read the Chronicles of Narnia while knitting). The problem with reading is you can’t hold the book, so it has to be big enough to lay flat.

But I can knit while talking to people or watching TV once I’ve memorized my pattern. And even then, I’m looking at my knitting AND the TV. Movies I’ve seen a gazillion times are best for this, because I won’t “miss” anything.

I probably do it about half the time. An easy pattern, like st st, garter or ribs, or a row that’s plain, doesn’t require that you look at the work. Even on more complicated pattern, I might only look occasionally.


Are ya kiddin’??? I wish I could do that, but no way!

How do you do it? By touch/feel? I’m sure I would split stitches, skip stitches, drop stitches… :doh:

If it’s an easy or simple stitch pattern, I’ll be looking at the tv or give my attention to something else, and not look at my knitting, but if the pattern has a lot of decreases/increases, cables or colorwork, I’ll pay attention to the knitting then.

I’m a ‘sometimes’ knitter that doesn’t look, too. I am very much like SaraJayne, I have the tv on all of the time because I don’t like the silence, but I’m not usually paying attention to it, but to my knitting. Although, I can knit easy things without looking without a problem, but, for some reason, I have to look at my knitting all of the time, so I don’t do it often.

I said sometimes but it’s really not that often. I can do it, but it really slows me down so I usually don’t. If I want to look at something on the tv or look at somebody while talking, and there is still a noticeable difference between how easily I do this for knit stitches vs. purl stitches. I can only do it for straight stockinette. Knitting stockinette in the round is easiest to do.

I sometimes knit w/o looking, but only if it’s a really easy pattern like stockinette or a k1,p1 rib.

…but i still can’t watch a subtitled movie and knit. no matter how easy the stitch. Both require too much brain power to do together.

I do sometimes.
I can knit, purl, rib, seed. That’s probably it. Anything I don’t need to really count.

If I know the pattern (like the Lucky sleeves I’m still working on) I can do the ssk, or the yos or whatever without looking at each stitch. I usually only do a row or two before looking though, because if I did screw something up I don’t want to find out about it many rows later. :wink:

Yeah, I’d have to agree with that. :rofl:

I have started making me a booga bag so I sit in the livingroom knitting it and I watch tv. Then I start looking at my work and it is time to :frog: ! I am not even sure what I do but after trying to fix 3 or so stitches, I say forget it and start all over again, ugh. (Maybe I need to turn the tv off, nah that could’nt be it!)

I can sometimes, but it has to be something pretty simple: stockinette, garterstitch, basic ribbing, stuff like that.

Generally, I prefer to look at what I’m doing even if it is simple unless I’m trying to watch TV or I’m in the car. We drove to Iowa over the weekend, and it was dark for 2.5 or 3 hours of a 4 hour drive; I knitted in the dark then because I can hardly stand to sit still for so long.