Here is some help with knitting ideas and common knitting problems that may help you.
This article will hopefully be beneficial for both beginners and intermediate knitters.
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Help With Knitting – Most Common Knitting Problems
The most common knitting problems I found with most knitters included:
- dropped stitches
- working with the incorrect yarns and needles, or ill-suited yarns and needles
- knitting too tightly or loosely
- yarn knotting up
- finishing yarn in the middle of a row
- stitches being added or lost accidentally
- holes in your knitting
The trick with most of the above problems is to resolve them as quickly as you can before you have knitted too much or have to undo too much. It is very soul-destroying to have to pull out all your knitting and start again, especially when you have been going for a while. A lot of people in this predicament simply give up for a while or all together.
Help With Knitting Problems
You can click on dropped stitches above to get an explanation on what to do if you drop a stitch. All you need for this one is a crochet hook.
In this video below you can see how to do it using your knitting needles. The best part is you won’t need to pull out rows and rows of knitting.
Incorrect Yarns and Needles
Because there are so many different yarns on the market, and so many beautiful ones, it is tempting to buy them because you like them, and then try and adapt them to your pattern with disastrous results.
First, decide on the pattern you are going to knit. Then try to buy the exact recommended yarns and needles stipulated by the pattern. This will give you the best results.
If your store doesn’t have the exact make of yarn you are looking for, ask for assistance so you can get the closest possible type of yarn recommended by the pattern.
Knitting with the wrong yarn and needles will change the shape, look, and sizing of the garment you are trying to knit.
Knitting Too Tightly or Loosely
This is a common knitting problem and can be checked by knitting a gauge swatch. You can click gauge swatch here to find out just how to do this. It is a little time-consuming, but you will quickly discover if you are knitting in the right tension and whether you will need to knit a bigger or smaller sized pattern.
Yarn Knotting Up
When you use a ball of yarn, try taking the yarn from the middle of the ball and you have less chance of the wool creating a big knot, which is a real pain to sort out once you have started knitting.
The other option is to purchase a yarn winder like the one on the right. This is a useful tool for all knitters to have, as you can quickly and easily rewind up your knitting wool so that it doesn’t knot up while you are knitting.
I always rewind my wool before I knit with it unless it is already on a cone. If you want to find out how to obtain one of these useful contraptions, simply click on the pic.
Yarn Finishing In The Middle Of A Row
This is quite common. Knitting a row uses quite a bit of yarn.
It is always better to change the yarn at the beginning or the end of a row so that you can’t see the knot where the wool was joined. Even if the knot is on the wrong side, it is still noticeable from the front as a little bulge.
If you are not sure if the wool that you have in your hand is enough to knit a row, take it along the needle with all your stitches spread three times. If it goes three times or more, it will usually be enough to knit one more row.
Losing or Adding Stitches Accidently
This is also a very common mistake, especially when you start knitting. You can read more about how to rectify adding stitches here.
Losing stitches, on the other hand, is usually because either one was dropped, or you mistakenly knitted two stitches together.
Knitting The Wrong Way
This one can be frustrating, and it normally happens because you finish in the middle of a row, and then when you pick up the knitting again you knit the rest of the row in the wrong direction.
You will need to pull out or unknit to rectify this one or try only to put your knitting down when you have finished the row.
Holes In Your Knitting
The main reason you will find holes in your knitting is from taking the yarn over before you knit a stitch. If you see a hole that has formed earlier in the row, simply knit backward or unknit your work until you get to the hole so that you can rectify your mistake.
You will need to undo rows if your hole is only discovered after a few rows. It is best to check your knitting after each row to avoid having to waste time undoing what you have knitted.
These holes are used to create fancy lacy patterns, and you can get patterns that show you how to do this, but a random hole in the middle of your knitting does not look good on its own.
The most important thing to remember regardless of the mistakes you make is to simply be patient with your knitting.
Although these problems can be frustrating, most of these problems can be easily fixed and then become learning experiences for future projects.
As you knit more and get more proficient with your knitting, you will find that you will make very few mistakes, can concentrate on making more complicated patterns, and will need less help with knitting.
6 thoughts on “Help With Knitting And Common Knitting Problems”
This article really made me remember my grandma and how she taught me how to knit when I was very young, I took a lot of time learning to knit but it’s funny how I feel like I don’t know how to get back at it since she left. This article is a good one and I think it has inspired me to go back and I’ve also gotten some good ideas from it, especially now that I know how to pick up a dropped stitch.
Oh, this is a nice post on help with knitting and also those common knitting problems.
Really love how you are able to give us information on how to solve knitting scenarios especially with problems we face. I just started knitting during all this lockdown and it has become a nice hobby for me. The holes unfortunately have become a problem for me. Thank you for sharing your expertise on this.
Thanks for the comment, Jackie. Unfortunately, if you have holes in your knitting you will need to knit backward or pull the knitting out. Unless of course you want the lacey effect.
Hello Michel, thanks for sharing this wonderful article about knitting. Knitting is a very good thing and when you have learned how you’ll be very excited to want to continue.
My daughter her been ready to learn and I really do not have the timer to always assist her and I’ll be glad to give her this article so she can learn from it, as well as other articles I have found on this website including knitting for beginners.
Thanks for stopping by Reece and hope your daughter enjoys her newfound hobby.
In my country, knitting was a hobby that every family in the countryside and smaller towns practised. I also attended payment competitions, I also remember my grandmother’s handicrafts, which are real art. My wife does a little knitting and she will find these tips from your post useful. Thank you for this article that took me back to my childhood.