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12 Life-Changing Knitting Tips and Tricks

Check out these essential knitting tips to take your hobby to the next level. There's something new to learn for all skill levels!

By: Rachel Pomeroy, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
12 Knitting Tips and Tricks for All Skill Levels
12 Knitting Tips and Tricks for All Skill Levels
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No matter how much experience you have knitting, you can always improve your skills. Knitting is a continual learning process, from mastering knitting basics and working on beginning knitting patterns all the way up to tackling advanced knitting techniques. And sometimes tips and tricks can be helpful when you’re stuck or just looking for something new to try.

If you want to learn and push yourself, you've come to the right place for some tips and tricks. Whether you’re just learning how to knit and need some knitting tips for beginners or you’re an experienced knitter who's mastering advanced knitting patterns but looking to push yourself and improve, there’s something here for you.

And even if you’ve seen some of these tips before, they might be a good reminder of knitting best practices for all skill levels. So stick around and learn something new, or refresh your memory on things you may have forgotten.

Knitting Tips for Beginners

  1. Start Knitting with Big Needles and Bulky Yarn
    Start with arm knitting or with big needles and bulky yarn. This way, you can easily see what you’re doing, spot mistakes, and keep track of your stitches. Pictured: One Hour Arm Knit Blanket

  2. Watch Free Knitting Video Tutorials
    The internet is full of wonderful knitting tutorial videos that will help you learn new techniques and stitches. All you have to do is sit down with your needles and learn a new skill.

  3. Find a Knitting Mentor and Ask Questions
    Whether it’s a family member, friend, or coworker, you likely already know someone who knits. Partner up and learn from them.   

  4. Learn Common Knitting Abbreviations
    Knitting patterns are full of abbreviations that can be confusing to beginners. Try keeping this Common Knitting Abbrevations cheat sheet (pictured) handy so you can begin memorizing what the abbreviations mean.   

Tips for Intermediate Knitters

  1. Keep Your Knitting Supplies Organized
    Rummaging through a drawer for a set of matching needles is not ideal. Get yourself a knitting basket, a knitting needle case, or whatever works so you can keep your tools in place. Pictured: Zippy Knitting Needle Pouch.  

  2. Push Yourself to Learn a New Skill
    Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to push yourself. Have you tried brioche, entrelac, or fair isle knitting? If not, it’s time to try some intermediate knitting patterns.   

  3. Join a Knitting Group for Support
    Joining a local knitting group, or creating one with your knitting friends, can be one of the best ways to stay motivated and get help when you’re stuck or want to learn a new skill.   

  4. Knit Everywhere You Can
    Knitting wherever you go can help you work on your speed and keep your fingers nimble. Bring along a lightweight project when you’re leaving the house and pull it out whenever you have some down time.

Tips for Advanced Knitters

  1. Practice Memorizing Patterns to Increase Your Speed
    Once you’ve mastered lots of knitting techniques, try memorizing patterns so you can knit quickly without the interruptions of referring to patterns.   

  2. Improve Your Posture While Knitting
    When you’re knitting for long periods of time, it’s important to keep good posture so you don’t strain your back, neck, shoulders, or wrists.   

  3. Write Your Own Patterns to Keep Things Fresh
    Try writing your own patterns, since you’ve mastered so many others. This can be a fun and creative way to make exactly what you want and share it with others.   

  4. Teach Someone Else How to Knit
    Once you’re an experienced knitter, consider becoming a knitting mentor to someone or teaching a class. Share your knitting tips and skills so others can get as much joy from knitting as you do.

Best Free Knitting Patterns for All Skill Levels

  1. This blanket knitting pattern is perfect for beginners. The Simple Quick Knit Throw uses big needles and bulky yarn, so you'll be done in no time.

  2. The Easy Farmhouse Kitchen Dishcloths require only knit and purl stitches which makes them ideal for beginner knitters. It's easy to make one in all your favorite colors.

  3. The Vintage Elegance Lacy Shawl incorporates the beautiful open weave and details of lace. You will love stretching your skills to complete this stunning intermediate shawl pattern.

  4. If you're an intermediate knitter, consider trying this Sandhurst Sweater. This is a seamless sweater knitting pattern with some really interersting details. 

  5. The Fair Isle Market Knit Bag Pattern is ideal for advanced knitters due to the different skills and techniques required. Carry this tote while you're running errands and enjoy a stylish way to carry your groceries.

  6. These Fox in the Snow Mittens are ideal for advanced knitters, especially those who enjoy colorwork knitting. The pattern is adorable and the mittens are cozy. 

What are your best knitting tips and tricks?

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