Frustrated by slow knitting? Here’s encouragement and tips for ways to knit faster
“I don’t seem to knit fast enough to do all the things I want to do for charity. I mostly do baby things but I want to do for older kids and for adults too. Need more hands and fast ones too.”
I hear this a lot, and if you’re a knitter — unless you’re already dizzyingly fast — you can probably sympathize. Don’t many of us dream of having lightning-quick fingers that churn out stitches in the blink of an eye? Imagine if we never had to worry about knitting deadlines because we could finish whatever is on our needles in a day or two.
Okay, so that’s unrealistic for the most part, especially if you enjoy knitting sweaters, blankets, and/or socks. Even so, I have no trouble seeing the benefits of speedy knitting.
It’s the flip side of the desire to have more time to knit — if we could only knit faster, we could use the bits of time we have to knit more!
The question is, is it possible to become a faster knitter?
Yes, it really is!
In today’s post, you’ll find encouragement and tips for ways to knit faster. And in the next Friday post, you’ll find 4 different knitting techniques that will help you knit faster.
Knit Faster through Practice
Believe it or not, one simple way to become a faster knitter? Practice!
I say this with conviction because I am living proof. I’m not a blindingly fast knitter by any stretch, but I am a much faster knitter now than I was when I first started.
If, at best, you’re a relatively new knitter — that is, if you’ve been knitting for 3 years or less — don’t beat yourself up because you’re slow. The more you knit, the faster you’ll get.
Think of knitting like reading. If you’ve ever helped a young child read, you’ve heard the halting sounding-out of words, the stumbles over unfamiliar words. But a year later, if you listen to that same child read to you, you’ll notice that his voice is stronger and more confident, his stumbles fewer.
The same goes for knitting! It’s only natural that when you’re starting out, you’ll need a lot of concentration just to make a knit or purl stitch. You’ll need to avoid accidentally making new stitches or dropping stitches from your needles.
And even as you gain experience, you’ll likely meet trouble when you learn new stitches and/or techniques. To continue our reading analogy, think of the child who moves from a picture book to a chapter book. She’ll have to learn new strategies to be able to understand what she’s reading without the help of pictures. This will slow her down, but it’s a temporary setback — no reason for discouragement.
While I’m a fairly speedy knitter, I still wind up slowing way down when I’m following a colorwork chart or a pattern where every line is different. My increased need to concentrate on my pattern means my actual knitting is slower.
Tricks and Tips to Knit Faster
While you’ll naturally gain knitting speed through practice, there are also abundant ways to knit faster, if you’re willing to take the time to practice these ideas and techniques.
How to Knit Faster: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Tips: Regardless of your skill level, great speedy tidbits are available on this page. I especially love her tip about finding the right needles for you. Sometimes the right needles really do make a big difference.
How to Knit Faster: This article is more about selecting projects that will knit up more quickly than actually knitting faster, but her tips are helpful if you’re considering what you can knit in a short period of time.
However, the best part of her article is the link to her video on cable knitting without a cable needle. When I watched her video my mind was literally BLOWN. I can’t wait to use her technique on my next cable round!
I hope you’ve found some encouragement — you will knit faster over time! And maybe you’ve found some great knitting-faster tips, too. Now check out the next post on this topic, when you’ll find 4 great knitting techniques for faster knitting!
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