Learning to Knit w/o Looking

Ok all you talented knitters who can knit without looking… How did you get started??? I was trying to catch up on some knitting in the car tonight and was bummed when it was too dark to do anymore.

I tried to learn in front of the tv and once I have my needle inserted to knit, I can finish the stitch w/o looking, but I can’t get the hang of not looking to start the next stitch.

Any suggestions?

You sort of learn to feel with your left fingers what’s coming next. And it works best on stockinette, garter or ribbing. Not lace or patterned stitches. Practice while in front of the tv… look up for a few stitches, you know what they’re going to be. Then try it for a whole row. It’s just practice.

Thanks suzeeq! I will give that a try!

get a big simple project, like an afghan where there might be a row of 200 knit stitches and then it just gets so easy.

also, knitting in the round on circular needles (not DPNs) helped me really get into the hang of knitting fast without looking, you just knit forever and only need to look down when you’re out of yarn.

I hope someone else was driving! wink

I can’t knit and be in the car, I always get sick even if I look down briefly, I can’t even read a map while the car is moving or I start to feel queasy.

Thanks for the suggestion maleknitter. The scarf I am working on is a 55 stitch knit tube, and I am trying to get the hang of it… it is the part of getting the right needle inserted that I am having trouble with.

And yes Sheridan my DH was driving LOL… although… I have been knitting at red lights lately :shifty:
I have to be done with this project by Friday!

AFter the 5 millionth stitch or so, you stop having to look:). But in the meantime, if you really want to knit in the dark:
http://www.kpixie.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=223_224 (click on any set of the needles to get to the page where they show them in action)
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2868&PRODID=prd49535

I agree with suzeeq. I can knit ribbing or garter or stockinette while watching tv, but that’s about it. It really is the feel of the stitches too.
My aunt has some of those lighted needles and used them in the car until my uncle said they were too distracting because they flashed all around!

[COLOR=DarkOrchid][SIZE=3][FONT=Comic Sans MS]I realized I was knitting without looking after watching some really intense scene in some movie on TV. When I “came to” I was leaning forward watching TV and knitting a mile a minute! :lol:[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]

i think your needle choice can definitely make it easier. i find it [I]really [/I]easy to knit without looking when i’m using my KP options. they just seem to slide into the stitches. i think i’ve tried it with bamboo, but it didn’t last more than a few stitches. they’re just too “sticky”. now my options are all i knit with. but i only have sz. 7 tips until i place my next order, so i’m kind of limited in what i can knit. :teehee:

it takes a little time until you can knit at any kind of speed without looking. it’s kind of like learning to ride a bike. at first you really just want to keep your eyes on your tires. then with more confidence you go back and forth between your tires and the road. and finally you can keep your eyes on the road without even thinking about what your tires are doing. just give it a shot andstick with it, and you’ll do fine. :thumbsup:

:grphug: Thank you for all the suggestions! I think I will eventually manage it!

I can knit without looking for short periods of time before I check it although it seems easier to purl without looking. I knit continentally which is much easier for me. I squish up as many stitches as I can on the left handle, use my left index finger to hold the stitch to be worked, then with the right insert where I think it should be and before letting go with my left finger I pull with the right needle a tiny bit to feel the resistance of the stitch and then let go with my left finger and finish the stitch. Of course, this happens pretty quickly, but just try to feel the resistance of the stitch so you know your needle is in there. Good luck!

I can do this but, how do you avoid splitting threads? Even while looking, sometimes the needle’s position will split the yarn and has to be corrected by repositioning the needle. If I was not looking, I never would even know that the yarn was split and therefore the project would continue with the split yarn. This is not a mistake that I can feel with my fingers.

I can knit without looking…but then I have to frog!:roflhard:

I don’t have much problem with splitty yarn, and you don’t have to not ever look. Just check it once in a while.

You know, I never really taught myself to be able to knit without looking. It’s just something I started to do without realizing it after I’d been knitting for quite awhile. I think it’s similar to learning to drive-you brake and shift gears, etc., without having to think it out each time, but when you first learned to drive, you had to think about it.

I do have a glance though, because I do occasionally split a stitch. However, when I move the yarn to the other needle, I can feel the thickness of it and I can usually tell when I’ve done this. I can knit and purl without looking, but I don’t do lace or anything like that.

Incidentally, I’ve never been able to crochet without looking, even though I’ve been crocheting longer than I’ve been knitting. Go figure!

Mee too can knit without looking each n every time but after a while i like checking it

I did a lot of knitting on the bus, which gave me incentive not to look too long at my work. (For the same reason I can’t read much on the bus; I get ill.) I became very conscious of feeling for the stitch with my left fingertips and holding it in place to insert the right needle and feeling a little pop as you pick the yarn through the stitch. What amazed me most was that my error rate seems to have nothing to do with whether or not I was looking at my knitting.