I often have young knitters and knitters who contact me because they are afraid. Indeed, when people learn new skills, it is very common to feel unfit or afraid of not succeeding.
What seems simple and straightforward at first glance is usually a little more complex when you try yourself. However, with a little perseverance, you will usually be rewarded.
Usually you have to practice things before you do them properly and knitting is no exception. I have not yet met anyone who can take a needle, wool, read a pattern without blinking and finish a sweater the first time!
When I teach knitting (to friends or others), I find it much more helpful to encourage people to continue, rather than stressing every little mistake. Yes, the end result may be different from what was originally planned, but it allowed you to practice. The next attempt will be more in line with your expectations, that’s for sure!
The more you try to be perfect when you start a new technique, the more it becomes discouraging when the results are not perfect. Accept your new challenge for what it is, to accept your learning curve and your pace of progression, understand that the more you persevere and will be lenient with yourself, the more you will advance in your practice.
That’s why I recommend beginners to knit small 10×10 squares to start with. By practicing on small projects that finish faster, you will be able to see your progress more easily.
So, here are my three tips for beginner knitters and knitters:
Often, when we focus intensely on something new, we literally hold our breath! This deprives our brain of oxygen and we think less clearly. So, take deep, calm breaths regularly while knitting, this will really help you and will avoid you turning blue!
If your hands cling to your needles as if they cling to life, if your hands sweat: relax! Shake hands, move your shoulders and breathe. Similarly, do not pull the wool so firmly, it will not fly! By relaxing and creating a softer tension in your knitting, you will find it easier and the thread will behave as it should.
3. Do not panic
If you make a mistake, it’s not the end of the world. Do not lose sight of your goals because of a small mistake. Everything is repairable.
First, take a look at your knitting and see where you are wrong, if you knit only a few stitches (or even a row) the wrong way, go back slowly and get back to work 😉
If all seems hopeless, undo your work and start again. Just call this knit a test. Do not dwell on it, start again with confidence and serenity.
Have the confidence and the courage to start, but above all, persists and continue your learning despite your failures. Nobody ever got there first time so relax!) At the end, you’ll be the best!
In fact, whether you are beginner or advanced, these tips may be useful. And what would be your advice to the knitonauts?