4 Tips for Reading your Knitting

4 Tips for Reading your Knitting

Hand knitters often talk about “reading your knitting”.  Once you’ve mastered the basic knit and purl stitches and are ready to branch out with your knitting, this skill is essential in keeping track of stitch patterns and for more enjoyable knitting without laboriously following a pattern row by row.

For example, when working cables, you should reach a point that you can “read” when it’s time to work another cable, eliminating the need to count rows each time.

If you make a mistake in a knit and purl stitch pattern, you should not only be able to “read” when you mis-patterned and knits and purls are reversed, but be able to “read” the stitches to repair your mistake.

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Look Familiar? – Damage when working Short Rows

Look Familiar? – Damage when working Short Rows

When shaping necklines, machine knitting instructions will often read:

  • Opposite the carriage, put xxx stitches in hold position
  • Set carriage to hold
  • Shape one side of the neckline (Shaping Instructions here)
  • When complete, return held needles to working position
  • Knit 2nd side, reversing the shaping

When done, you’ve created your V neck (Round Neck or split neckline) opening.


Machine Knit Shaped Neckline

Video: Easy Round Neck Shaping


Sometimes you’ll experience damage to the stitches that are left in hold.

Think about it … as they are waiting to be knit, the carriage and brushes are passing back and forth over these stitches repeatedly. You’ll see brush marks and even a dirty line across those held stitches.

The best solution:

Instead of holding one side, remove it on waste yarn (scrap off). The little bit of extra time it takes to scrap off and rehang will save those delicate stitches every time!



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This is a FAST and FUN knitting project that will make great gifts and it’s perfect for charity knitting.

Included are instructions, practice exercises for suggested techniques and inspiration for personalizing your sweater.

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