This week, I received a lot of incredible messages from knitonauts because they were stuck. Their knitting went awry and it can be scary at first. Fortunately, the good thing with mistakes is that we can fix them and also be better prepared to avoid them next time. So today, I decided to gather the different topics of messages that I had received, and even if some errors may seem obvious, believe me we all, at least once, made mistakes of this type even while being experienced: fatigue, stress, deconcentration are enough.

Make the right choice of needles

A good knitting starts with a good choice of needles and the same goes for a lot of things. You will not remove nails with a screwdriver? Or rake your lawn with a shovel? It’s the same thing here. We adapt our tools to our realization.

The stitches slip

If you start knitting with metal needles, the yarn can slip sometimes . Try different needles to see what’s right for your yarn. Bamboo is the least slippery, metal the most, wood and plastic are in between.

The stitches are too loose

Choose your needle size carefully. If they are too big, your knitting will be loose and too “airy” unless this is an effect you want to see. It will also tend to widen more.

The stitches are too tight

Do not choose too small needles 🙂 Your knit will be too tight and you will not be able to advance properly.

Choosing the right yarn

The choice of yarn is an element of utmost importance! This is what will make your knitting different (drape, color, fluidity, size of the thread …). It is very important to choose well and it is often at this stage that it stuck …

My thread gets tangled, it's terrible !

Do not try to knit the skein directly without winding it, it will get tangled instantly! If it is a ball of the trade, I can only advise you to try to unravel the damage. If there are too many knots, go to another ball and if this happens again, drop that thread and find another thread.

My yarn was discontinued

It’s important to make sure you have enough thread for your project. Always plan 1 to 2 balls more (I call them “balls of margins”), it will save you a lot of inconvenience. If you still miss wire, try to get information from the knitting groups, ask your haberdasher to get a word out to his customers, make a call on social networks or ask the wool supplier directly, there is sometimes a ball that happens to emerge and save you!

Choose the right pattern

The choice of the pattern is also essential. A well chosen boss will save you white hair (or torn off) if the model is too complex for example or boredom if the point is too simple.

The pattern is incomprehensible and I can not finish

It is important to choose a pattern according to his level. The most beautiful patterns are also the most complex. Make sure to choose a pattern that is not too complicated, for that, do not hesitate to test the point on a sample and try to repeat it to see if you do not have too much difficulty to realize it 😉

I have no idea what's going on in this pattern

Take the time to read the instructions carefully before you begin to make sure you understand how the pattern is building 🙂 Try to visualize the steps in your head.

The project is too big / too complicated, I lost motivation and it looks like an endless story !

We all want to move forward quickly, progress and achieve wonders. Nevertheless, it is important not to be too ambitious, too fast. If you have never knitted a full pattern before, do not start with a hoodie full of cables ! Find something smaller, simpler and progress at your own pace to more complicated patterns.

While you knit

Accidents during the realization of your knitting project can happen and they are particularly troublesome. Nobody wants to be wrong in the middle of a row and have to start 12 rows lower.

My needles broke (ouch!)

Alas, not much can be repaired in this case. The only thing to do and pay attention to where you leave your needles. I lost at least 2 pairs at once when someone sat on my project bag! I can only recommend that you try to carry your needles in a small solid box or a solid basket.

I forgot what needles I used for my sample / what corrections I had to make / what steps I need to take.

It’s easy to forget the little details. You can create a project booklet where you will be able to note all these small essential elements 😉

I can not follow the pattern

Try using markers to keep track of where you are in the pattern. You can buy or make it yourself from a contrasting color thread.

I do not know where to continue

Write down where you are on the boss using posts-its for example to know where you need to go. I can only advise you to avoid stopping in the middle of a row (especially for complex points reasons).

My knitting has holes without reasons

It could have happened several things … First, you created, in one way or another, a kind of thrown what left a big hole. This may have happened if you tried to knit a stitch while the thread was in front of your book. To avoid this, you must make sure that the yarn you are knitting is in the right place (in front of you if you knit stitches upside down, behind if you knit at the place).

The other possibility is that you made a mistake by making a strikethrough increase (when you lift the horizontal thread between two stitches and you knit it), you knit in the wrong strand. When you increase this way, take a good look at how the mesh you are lifting is positioned: if the strand of the mesh seems to have a large space, do not knit it, knit the strand that sticks the most to your needle and which seems the most difficult to recover. Depending on the type of increase you make (from the front or the back) you will have to take a specific strand.

The dimensions

A tiny change can have a much greater impact on the size of your knitting, even a needle change of a few millimeters can have an impact.

My clothes are too big / too small

Everyone has a different tension and that is why the sample exists. I know how unbearable it can be and that you have the feeling of wasting time, but you avoid knitting something at the wrong size.

I knitted a sample, but the size is not the right one

Maybe the sample was too small … It is not enough to test the sample on 20 meshes, the best is a sample of 10×10 cm.

I knitted a pretty big sample and the size is not the right one

When making your swatch, also consider washing it and drying your sample. This will allow you to see the final size and see if the point “falls well” in relation to the chosen wool.

My knit has widened around the edges as I try to knit straight

You may have accidentally knitted the same stitch twice. This happens more easily on the first and the last stitch. You have several options: if it is an edge that will be stitched in a seam later and the knit is expanded by one or two stitches, you can simply decrease the stitch. Place a marker to think of making a decrease and leave it. When sewing the garment, take the extra stitches in the margin of your seam. If it bothers you, you can simply go back and fix the mistake.

My knit seems uneven

You may not be able to maintain the tension of your work wire steadily. Some stitches will be loose and others will be tighter, which will give your knit an uneven appearance. If you are starting knitting, this is a common problem that will improve with practice. The key is to find a comfortable position to hold your yarn. Washing and blocking your knitting will also help you to equalize the whole thing.


Washing is an important step and is also the point where mistakes are easy to make. A completely damn sweater, a ruined scarf … it’s really too bad especially when we spent time.

I worked a lot and when I washed my knit, he felted / shrunk, it can go to the trash

Be careful when washing your garment, check the instructions on the thread. It’s really too frustrating to pull out a completely ruined sweater. In general, washing by hand is the safest way. It’s not that complicated and you’re sure not to ruin your room. If the sweater has shrunk a bit without much, you may be able to recover it by blocking it again, but nothing is ever sure.

I offered a knit as a gift and it was completely ruined from the first wash

If you are knitting something for a gift, make sure to include washing instructions: mistakes can happen so quickly.

Whether you start or not, mistakes are inevitable, do not blame you too much 😉 The most important thing is to understand your mistakes and keep going !

And you what mistakes do you tend to make ? 

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