7 Take-a-ways from a Fellow Machine Knitter’s Success Story

Does any of this sound familiar?

Fellow Knitter Jill, shares some lessons learned from her latest project ….

You are NOT alone!

Frustrated? We’ve all been there … hang in there!

Stick with one Pattern type / Charting Method

Jumping from Software to Dynamic Patterns to hand charting wastes so much time and energy!

Copy an Existing Sweater

If you like the fit, duplicate it!

Read the ENTIRE Pattern before you start to Knit

Don’t get caught by surprise by an instruction you don’t understand or a design element you don’t want

Calculate yarn need before you start

Running out of yarn is no fun!

Keep Notes for interruptions

After a break, Jill forgot what shaping technique she used … a sticky note would have helped


You CAN do it!

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One thought on “7 Take-a-ways from a Fellow Machine Knitter’s Success Story

  1. Linda in TX

    June 19, 2018 at 7:44am

    I have to say that I make mistakes on almost everything I make, and I’ve been knitting since 1985! When you got to the “punch line” about the button band, I’m thinking, “Who cares???”! To be honest, I don’t look to see which side has buttons, and if it’s buttoned up, it SURE doesn’t make any difference. I made a pink baby sweater, once, and put the buttonholes on the wrong side. I ended up putting crocheted flowers over the holes, and didn’t put buttons on it, at all.

  2. Author

    Knit it Now

    June 19, 2018 at 8:49am

    I agree, Linda! We don’t have ladies-in-waiting any longer dressing us…. isn’t that how the whole left/right thing started??

  3. Maureen E Tokley

    June 19, 2018 at 1:28pm

    Just neatly sew up the buttonholes, and put poppers on. No remedy for the different front and back though, just say its a special feature! LOL.

  4. Silvana Johnson

    June 20, 2018 at 2:19pm

    Would love to see a picture of how it turned out. I know I’m very hard on myself when I make mistakes or things don’t turn out how I pictured them in my head, but I’m working on being “proud” of everything I make, even mistakes.

  5. Author

    Knit it Now

    June 20, 2018 at 2:27pm

    Please take a look at our Share Page.
    As you can see, knitters come in all shapes, sizes and skill levels!

    We are all so hard on ourselves! Embrace your successes!

  6. Nancy Mangeri

    June 23, 2018 at 5:33pm

    Remember that so long as we learn from our mistakes the time is not wasted. And if we aren’t making mistakes we aren’t growing as artists because we are probably taking the safe route instead of stretching and growing! Been mking since 1973 and still have mistakes but I ‘ve learned to fix them. Funniest mistake was not dressing swatches and having finished garment change by 10 inches .

  7. Pat Vermillion

    June 25, 2018 at 3:10pm

    Loved the story. These ladies learning how to knit hand or machine, have no idea how lucky they are to have all this information on their computers. It makes it so much easier for them.
    You are doing great with your ‘Knit it Now’, you have come along way. I remember when you first started and thought that was good. You have always been there to offer your help.
    Good for you keep up the great work you are doing. Pat.

  8. Author

    Knit it Now

    June 25, 2018 at 3:19pm

    Awww… Thank you Pat!

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