How to speed up knitting: a set of secrets

Author: Elena

I think that many of you, like me, have thought about buying a knitting device or a knitting machine. But, having looked through a lot of instructions, master classes and works using all kinds of devices, I realized that nothing can replace manual knitting! Never! Things that have come out of such devices turn out to be of the same type, not interesting ... And even the beautiful patterns that came out of the car turn out to be faceless, not causing any emotions. But hand knitting has an individual, rich and unique look. Each piece, as a handwritten letter, has its own handwriting and its own history.

But still, is it possible to accelerate hand knitting? I think every knitter has her own methods, and I would be glad to know them. Please write in the comments, if you have any. And I want to share with you my set of small secrets that I use in my work to knit faster. They are simple and straightforward and, collectively, help speed up hand knitting without losing quality. I hope that every knitter will find something useful for them.
Tool selection

The tool is the most important part of the product creation process. I must say, for myself, I found the most comfortable knitting needles with which you can knit at almost the speed of light. These are the so-called knitting needles for caps (as for socks, only longer ones), they are matte and have pointed ends.

  • Always choose knitting needles and hooks with pointed ends. This tool is easier and faster to capture the loop from the first time.
  • The spokes should be as light as possible and without tips. Excess weight is an extra load and loss of knitting speed due to fatigue.
  • When knitting a wide fabric, I choose knitting needles with a matte finish; knitting will not slide off the other end of the knitting needle.
  • When knitting a narrow fabric, you can choose the smoothest glossy knitting needles. The canvas will be easier to slide, it will not need to push and thereby lose valuable time.
  • It is important that the thickness of the knitting needles match the thickness of the yarn.
  • For the convenience of knitting, before starting work with circular knitting needles (regardless of the chosen knitting method), I straighten the fishing line, briefly holding it in hot water.
  • If the ends of the tool have roughness, begin to cling to the yarn or fingers, I part with them.It distracts from work, takes time and annoys.

I do not use various additional tools in my work, such as additional knitting needles, pins, markers, row counters, and other objects that distract from the main work. When knitting harnesses, braids and other similar patterns, I throw loops between two knitting needles in the order in which it is needed, and then knit them. So I knit absolutely all the patterns. When knitting items that knit on four knitting needles (such as socks or mittens, for example), I often choose knitting methods on two knitting needles (no seam), and there are some.

Knitting Method

  • I do not knit on circular needles in a circle. I have no complaints about the needles themselves, they can be convenient for knitting a very wide fabric. But! Not in a circle. When knitting in a circle, you must constantly push the blade. From such actions the canvas is overwritten, loses the appearance of a new thing. And this is a huge loss of time. I do not consider the absence of a seam on things connected in a circle a plus, since such a thing has no orientation on the side (front-back, left-right) and this is not convenient when using the product. I connect the product with a neat crochet stitch with a hook (detailhow I do it, I will describe in the next master class) and never with the help of a needle! My firm opinion, the needle is not a knitter's tool, such a seam spoils the look of the product.
  • I do not knit by schemes. Do not knit according to the scheme, understand it! Understand the pattern and understand it will take much less time than constantly distracted from work, looking at the scheme.
  • I choose yarn in comfortable small coils and knit, pulling the thread from its middle.
  • The thicker the yarn, the faster the thing will communicate. If you need to quickly make a product, choose a thick volumetric yarn.
  • Do not knit too tight. Free loops are knitted much faster than dense ones. If you need a more dense canvas, you can take more thin knitting needles.
  • I do not turn over the canvas when knitting. Having tied the row with my right hand, I pass the auxiliary needle to the left and begin to knit the next row, in the opposite direction, without turning the cloth over. This is convenient in that it does not waste time turning the canvas, the pattern is always in front of the eyes and it is easier to reproduce when knitting with several balls at the same time, their tangling is excluded. Perhaps this method will seem unusual, but it is very simple and convenient.You just need to do it. I invented it myself and always use it. I have not met anyone who knits the same way. If you knit so much, write in the comments, I will be glad to find like-minded people :) If someone finds my way interesting, maybe later I will do a master class and even record a video of how I knit.

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