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12 Knitting Tips and Tricks for All Skill Levels

Here are 12 knitting hacks for beginners, intermediate knitters, and advanced knitters.

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 learning 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 Big
    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 Videos
    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
    Whether it’s a family member, friend, or coworker, you likely already know someone who knits. Partner up and learn from them.   

  4. Learn 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. Stay 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.

Knitting Patterns for Everyone

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

  3. 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 knitting tips and tricks do you have to share?

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