For years I’ve enjoyed the many faces of the fiber arts: spinning, weaving, crocheting and knitting, and have created many beautiful things that I’ve given to my children and grandchildren, and as gifts. Since 2007 I’ve focused mainly on knitting and have worked at improving my skills, which included asking questions about why imperfections showed up in my work.
A Few Examples:
- While knitting a baby blanket with a checkerboard pattern I noticed a big gap on one side of the block pattern. It created a ladder of gaps up one side of the block.
- When using some yarns the knit and purl rows of my stockinette fabric were even, while with other yarns I noticed the problem of rowing out (translation: uneven stitches between the knit and purl rows, more noticeable on the purl side of the work).
- Some sweaters and other pieces of clothing ended up being either too small or too large, even though I had knit a swatch and calculated my gauge before beginning to knit.
- When working decreases along a shoulder edge or when working raglan decreases, one side looked nice and even, while on the opposite side I noticed a hole at every decrease.
- Ribbing on my sweaters was uneven and much larger than the stockinette pattern.
- Holes in the seed stitch border of a baby dress.
I took one problem at a time and started looking at my work with a critical eye. As I searched for more efficient—and sometimes—easier ways to accomplish various knitting procedures, I started building a library of information I labeled “Knitting Tidbits.” Over time, that folder grew to contain dozens and dozens of little things that made my hand knitted pieces look more professional.
My goal with the publication of this blog is to share the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn) that may help other knitters eliminate self-imposed boundaries as they explore the knitting craft.