I hope that you’ll find the following tips and hints useful! I have learnt from my mistakes, so I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learnt along the way with you – maybe it’ll help you avoid making them!
Check, Double Check and Triple Check the number of stitches you have cast on
I have lost count of the number of times I have got part way through a project to find out I don’t have enough stitches to do it properly and have had to make some bodged attempt at fixing it because I’ve been to lazy to rip it up and start again. Checking the number of stitches you have cast on really helps avoid this! I have become a lot better at it recently.
Read the pattern first
I know this is stating the obvious, but it’s really helpful and allows you to understand what you’re knitting before you start.
Keep a piece of paper/note pad and a pencil/pen handy
That way when you leave a piece of work you can note down where you’ve got to and you won’t get lost!
KEEP YOUR YARN BANDS!!!!!
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to get another ball of yarn to match the one you’re using so that you can finish a piece. Although you think you’ll remember when you get to a yarn shop and are faced with their wide selection of yarns you pretty soon become unsure. You could keep them in an old ice cream tub (or something similar) with a sample tied to them (the details on the bands are often a bit cryptic!) or you could do what I do which is stick the yarn band in a scrap book with a little knitted sample of the yarn. I find the sample really useful for matching colours and planning designs.
Use a good pair of scissors
Blunt scissors with trash the ends of your yarns – a decent pair will help you keep your work tidy.