5 Tips on Learning New Techniques

I love to knit. I find it very relaxing. Added to that is the fun in watching the item “grow” in front of my eyes. Sometimes I like to do what I would call simple knitting. You know what I mean…those patterns we run to when mindless knitting is desired when watching all episodes of House of Cards in one sitting, for example.

But, there are those times when a challenge is in order.

As I mentioned before, I wanted to make my sister a tank top using the Berroco Fuji I bought at Lovelyarns. During my trip to Phoenix I discovered that my sister didn’t want a tank top. After searching on Ravelry we found a pattern she liked and that I would enjoy knitting.


Contiguous Sleeve Method

The designer was extremely clever in her construction. The pattern is worked back and forth from the top down beginning at the back of the neck. As you work down, you knit the shoulders and the caps of the sleeves using the contiguous sleeve method developed by Susie Myers.  Eventually you join your stitches and then finish the body of the garment in the round. There are absolutely no seams!

I am enjoying both this technique and the pattern. It’s working up beautifully with this yarn and I’m already planning on making one for myself.

Knitting my Ambiente while on return flight from Phoenix

Knitting my Ambiente while on return flight from Phoenix

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, learning new techniques should not be intimidating. You can tackle this on your own or check out the classes and Knit Alongs (KALs) at Lovelyarns.

Here are a few tips on how to approach learning a new technique:

  1. Start with a pattern you are just dying to knit — Don’t let the pattern scare you off. Remember, you already know how to knit and purl… every other stitch builds off those two.
  2. Read the entire pattern before you begin – I sometimes do this 2-3 times just to familiarize myself with the construction and to highlight terms I may not understand.
  3. If you are not familiar with some abbreviations or terms, look them up – there are many online resources that can be of help. Look up the term on YouTube as there might be a video tutorial. www.knittinghelp.com is also a great resource.
  4.  When starting something new it’s always best to take it one step at a time – Read through the pattern one more time, review any tutorials you found. If you focus on one step at a time it isn’t so scary anymore.
  5.  Most importantly, ask for help – Knitters love to help other knitters. Lovelyarns (or your local LYS) is the first place you should start. Owners and staff can provide expert assistance. Attend our Stitch-n-Bitch…nearly every LYS has one. This is a great way to meet other local knitters and you’ll find that the knitters gathered there are more than happy to offer helpful advice.
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