Knitting Help – Getting Good Tension

Knitting Help – Getting Good Tension


bjbj [creaking sound] People are always asking
me how they can get better tension! And I m afraid there s no magic bullet answer for
this. But when they re asking about good tension, they want to have smooth, even stitches without
loose stitches or tight stitches, everything being the same. And, um, there are people
who swear by tricks you can do, to make the edges of your work look better, like slipping
the first stitch, or purling the last stitch I don t even remember what those tricks are,
because I actually don t recommend them. The method that I recommend will make you a more
comfortable knitter, a more relaxed knitter, and just make your knitting better overall,
but it s not a magic bullet answer, sorry. Two things to this. The first one is time.
You are probably a good knitter who can follow patterns and knit and purl and decrease and
increase. And you re still finding that sometimes your tension is off. This is totally normal.
In my experience I see people developing that as kind of the last skill they get good at.
Get good at everything else first, and then over time your tension gets better and better.
So the first element is time. The second element is focus. And if you re a good knitter, you
probably don t pay attention to what your hands are doing all the time. You are watching
a movie or whatever, and your hands are going, and not really paying attention. If you can,
sometimes, whenever you think about it, focus on your hands. Focus on your body. Relax your
shoulders, relax your whole body, and then when you re knitting, pay attention so that
each stitch, the movements of your hands, are exactly like the one before it. And if
you focus on this sometimes, every now and then, really giving it your full attention,
that will become the way you knit. And that will be the habit you have for knitting. And
it will greatly improve your tension. So, two things. Time, which includes patience,
and focus. Good luck. [music] h{-v Staci Perry Normal Staci Perry Microsoft Office Word Title
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28 Replies to “Knitting Help – Getting Good Tension”

  1. I completely agree with you for the most part Staci…and I am in aweee..of your "flickering" style…I have tried many times to "flick" …just now happening for me…Now having said that..I learned to crochet first a loooong time ago 50+ years..and knit shortly after that…I must admit I kept up with my crocheting more than knitting but kept up both..Now being a crocheter holding the yarn in my left hand just made sense TO ME…so I continued to knit that way …Continential Style…

  2. Therefore holding the yarn in my left hand ..wraping my pinkie finger then loop over my pointer finger gives me the best most even tension throughout my knitting or crocheting..I am a stickler for even stitches and even yarn overs…
    Just saying..this is another way you can achieve the best tension.

    Thanks again for another awesome video!

    CamillaInTheDesert

  3. I was just thinking yesterday about commenting on one of your videos and asking you to make a video about this. Thank you so much!

  4. Oooo, I like the sounds effects and the slow motion. How did you do it? Do you have a source for your sound effects? What software do you use for your videos? 🙂

  5. Please make a tutorial on kitting flowers or roses!! I'm a scrapbooker and I've been trying to find a tutorial on flowers. Its mostly crochet but if u can knit one pleaseeee share 🙂 thankyouuuuu so much if u do

  6. I found for me, because I have numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger of each hand, I really had to adapt how I knit. It's hard to explain, but I still have a problem with tension and I think it's totally due to this adaptation I have to do. Personally, if it's something I'm making for myself, then I don't worry if it not smooth and "perfect".

  7. thanks Staci!! you encouraged me to keep practicing and now I am much better at my knitting than just a few weeks ago still working on my tension but no longer wanting to throw my needles and yarn across the room, lol

  8. Thank you Staci, I will use this information from this video. I have been lost on why my tension was fluctuating so much. I love to knit. I'll let you know WHEN I succeed. 🙂

  9. i can't listen to the video right now, but i look forward to listening to it when i get home. tension is horrible for me, my scarves are always a little wavy… but i don't let it stop me! only a fellow knitter knows that its 'bad'

  10. Muscle memory is a good way to say it. Playing piano is all about muscle memory and so is tension for knitting or crocheting. Thankfully I'm an advanced crocheter so my knitting tension is already pretty good but it's still slightly different so my hands are learning the new way to keep the tension. I always enjoying watching how quickly and smoothly you knit, it makes me want to pick up my needles and get to work every time.

  11. Yes – when you pay careful attention to making even, regular stitches – that will become the new "normal" for you, and your tension will improve. It takes time, but it is a worthwhile practice.

  12. So true, Staci. When I learned Continental knitting after decades of English-style knitting, I really focused on precisely what was happening, individual stitch after individual stitch. It wasn't exactly relaxing, but the understanding of how the subtlest changes affected the tension of that stitch allowed me to work on consistency, and consistent stitches magically began to appear. Now it's totally automatic and I can relax just as much with Continental after less than a year's "training"!

  13. This sounds too simple to work – which means it probably does actually work. I'll have to start trying to do this. Thank you for the good advice.

  14. Omg!!! Watched your video on dyeing the sweater your wearing here. Loved that video and so cool to see you wearing the sweater here. Woohoo!!! 🙂

  15. Would you be able to do a video on keeping good tension when knitting cables? I always find my cables very tight and they sometimes leave pulls at the sides even after blocking. Yours always look so effortless! Any advice would be very helpful, many thanks in advance.

  16. I agree it takes time to get good tension. I've been knitting 25+ years and only now have been able to get a good consistent tension.

  17. Very good advice, but doesn't the way you hold working yarn also affect the tension? Can you please show & explain how you hold your working yarn when you knit? I always have trouble figuring out how to hold & tension the working yarn & sometimes it feels like I'm not quite holding it around my fingers correctly resulting in it feeling a bit off in the tension.

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