A Rustic Touch

Knitting it great it is just so flexible, and you can craft just about anything if you know what you're doing. Well, the other option is crocheting and they are better suited for fast stable projects.

The problem with large swathes of knitting is that they are not self-supporting. ? Unlike large pieces of weaving, which have the warp to support the weft and vice versa, each knit stitch hangs upon another. Combined with the fact that the amount of yarn per square area is much higher, large knitted blankets (which is basically what that would be) do not hang super well unless you use a very dense stitch like linen stitch.

One way to combat the natural sag of a large knitted piece would be to fit it over a canvas, but that would change the nature of the piece so you might not like it.

Overall, I'd say that small framed swatches are easier to live with and the relatively low time investment means you can try lots of different options and find the ones you like best. I've always liked this idea but I'd just keep mine on the wall and not hang earrings on it.

I tried to learn to knit many times over the course of about 10 years. I'd start, take ages two get two inches and throw it away in disgust.

Try again the next year. Granted I was younger so it was a) not too bad, and b) just something that we have to learn if you want to get good. There are plenty of rustic crafts that you can do with knitting, and I love the way they look, but they aren't always ideal. I am able to crochet as well, so it is a matter of choosing the right method for my project.

I'm left handed. Heavily so. So I always watched left handed videos. About a year and a half ago I decided to try the other way. Turns out I'm an English style knitter. Which basically means I use my right hand for everything knitting related. At least until I learned Portuguese style, now I use both.

May I ask what exactly you're having trouble with?

Are you dropping stitches? Having issues figuring out where the needle goes? Maybe having troubles getting your needle in because things are so tight? Where to put your hands when wrapping the yarn? The needles just feel long and awkward? I ask because there's tips for all of those issues.

Also, if you'd like, I'd be willing to video chat and watch what you're doing and maybe provide some feedback, show you things that might help. If you are, pm me. If not, no worries!

  1. Dropping stitches? Try wooden needles, or maybe acrylic. They're grippier, your stitches will stay put better. Also, you could try tightening your tension, although that's really something that develops naturally with practice.
  2. Trouble figuring out where the needle goes? That's a problem that the right video might help with. Or in person instruction. I agree with one of the other commenters about VeryPinkKnits on YouTube, she's got some great videos.
  3. Trouble getting needle in because things are so tight? Slick metal needles. Not the pretty colored aluminum ones you see at craft stores. ChiaoGoo, Addie's, Hiya Hiyas are all good ones. You can get set circulars at about $10. Also, as you practice your tension will even itself out. The aluminum ones are too soft and not very slick.
  4. Where to put your hands. This is a combo of practice, a good video, and finding the right style knitting for you. Have you tried more than one technique? I tried continental for ages. My hands wouldn't work that way. Still won't. English/flicking is easier for me, or Portuguese. My left hand is for holding the needles steady while I wrap the yarn. My pointer and middle finger automatically grip the right needle without getting in the way when I'm wrapping.
  5. Needles feel long and awkward? I hate working with straight needles. They feel unbalanced and I can't get my tension right. Circulars have a much smaller needle while the cord keeps the weight of the project balanced between your two hands. I find them much easier to work with, and they were part of the lightbulb that went off when everything finally clicked for me.

I have tried, and then quit/not continued a lot of things. But I never would have learned this hobby that I do enjoy and "got" if I hadn't quit those other things that I just wasn't getting and was not enjoying the process of learning. Sometimes trying something else, either by taking a break or at the same time at the same time, especially if it is similar such as like, crochet in this case, can help things "click" in your mind about how to do things.

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