Posted by: GourmetGirl | August 14, 2012

Reading Your Knitting

Reading your knitting is what jumps you from a beginning knitter to the next level.

The better you read your knitting, the sooner you stop and/or catch mistakes and the easier it is to follow a pattern and a pattern stitch.

When you read the pattern stitch that you are working on – by looking at your work, you know where you are in the pattern stitch. This knowing where you are, as you are knitting, lets you follow a complicated pattern easier.

Yes, you usually need to work a couple of repeats of the the pattern stitch to be able to follow along by “seeing” or “reading” your work. Don’t feel bad if you need to tink back or rip out when first working a new pattern stitch – this happens to even your most experienced knitters.

When first given a complicated pattern stitch, it is not a waste of your time to work up a swatch of the pattern stitch. Working the swatch allows you to understand and get to know the knits, purls and yarn overs that make the pattern stitch special.

Knitting is a constant learning experience. You can change the way you knit by learning to read your stitches.

Happy Reading Your Knitting,

Nancy

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