I remember when I first learned to knit. My girlfriend Marlene and I bought little how-to knitting books from our local five-and-ten-cent store (what’s that, you say?) and armed with some simple yarn and knitting needles tried to make our yarn look just like the pictures in the book. That little book cost just 35 cents (!) and we read the instructions over and over and over again, and then, in our own time, played with the yarn, let the needles feel “normal” in our hands and slowly, very slowly, we began to knit one stitch after another to the end of the row.
Sound a lot like you?
Beginning knitting is not easy. Just observing knitters at their craft, it looks amazingly simple as they fly through the rows. “I can do this”, you’re thinking!
Answer is, . . . YES YOU CAN!
Nowadays, we all have lots of help! Just the fact that we can easily go online, there are numerous websites, (don’t forget Scarf Knitting!) where you can find lots of good answers to all of your knitting questions.
Lately, while visiting some knitting forums, I see quite a lot of the same questions being raised. And, there’s nothing wrong with that! No one ever learned anything by pretending they could really take it on. It’s days and weeks and sometimes months of practice to perfect our craft, whatever that may be!
I’ve gathered four (4) most-asked knitting forum questions for you below. Betcha one of them is something you’ve been wondering about, too.
- Why is my scarf turning into a tube? This is one of the MOST asked questions for beginning knitters. The ANSWER is because you are most likely knitting your scarf in a stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row, knit, purl, etc) and when knitting a scarf, you cannot use the stockinette stitch. You may incorporate knit and purl rows into your pattern, but they must be used in conjunction with other stitches as well. Find an easy scarf pattern, or use one of mine here.
- What are the best interchangeable needles to use? Often this is a matter of preference. I don’t own a set of interchangeable needles, and if you do want to try them out, I recommend using someone else’s for a project just to see how it goes. Interchangeable needles are sets of circular knitting needles with cords that allow you to exchange different sized knitting needle points. This way you don’t have to keep running out for another size circular needle. The most popular interchangeable knitting needles are from Boye and Denise. They can run a little pricey, but what a nice knitting gift! 😉 😉 Interchangeables are safe for airplane travel, and can be either circular or straight. So all your bases are covered!
- What can I do about my sore hands and fingers? I think I’m going to have to give up knitting! First off, DON’T GIVE UP KNITTING! You may want to take a break from any small needle projects you’ve been doing and concentrate instead on something on a larger needle, say a light dishcloth or baby blanket. Stick with sport yarn or lighter-weight yarns. And, stay away from yarns such as super bulky or chunky. These can be very difficult to knit with and your fingers will freeze up! Take it from one who knows.
- Lastly, do knitting mistakes go away the longer I knit? If only! No, mistakes are here to stay; and that’s okay. I have yet to meet the perfect human being and knitters are no exception. So, just keep the tea kettle hot and find the most comfortable chair and have at it. Mistakes are just part of life; knitting mistakes are what keep us coming back! Someone has to rip it out!
There you have it; four most-asked knitting forum questions. 🙂
As always, take your knitting to heart! ♥