From beginner knitters to advanced knitters, everyone is looking for tricks to increase their speed and finish their projects quickly. There are a few simple tricks that most people don’t know about that can dramatically improve your knitting time. The average knitter knits about thirty stitches per minute. With these tips, you can double that number and spend half the time you normally would to finish your projects!
Getting the right tools is the first step. Addi Turbo needles are the perfect brand of knitting needles for speed, as they are nickel plated with brass tips. These needles are known as the highest quality and most versatile in the knitting industry, so you can use them on a number of different projects. For lace projects that use finer weight yarn, try the Addi Lace needles, which are made entirely of brass and have sharp tips for finer work.
Generally, metallic needles will give you a lot more speed than plastic or bamboo needles. Both of these brands will really rev up your knitting and slide your stitches from one needle to the next with ease. These needles are sold separately and in interchangeable needle sets. With these sets, you can always have the right size needle at the ready!
Learning a new style of knitting can really improve your speed. Continental and English are the two major styles of knitting. In English, the yarn is held in the right hand and thrown over to create a new stitch. I find the Continental style a lot quicker: the yarn is held in the left hand and picked at by the right needle. If you’re interested in learning this new style, search “Continental Knitting” on YouTube.com.
Holding yourself correctly is the next step. When knitting, you should keep your shoulders, elbows, and wrists very relaxed. Try to reduce your hand and finger movements as much as possible. You only want to perform just enough movement to accomplish the stitch. Remember to take frequent breaks from knitting to stretch for optimal comfort and health.
Knitting is generally faster than purling. If you need to create a tube in stockinette stitch, it is faster to knit in the round rather than knit flat and seam it up the side. To increase confidence, work on small projects that only take a few hours to knit. Hats, children’s clothing, and fingerless gloves are great small projects that you can finish in a small amount of time.
If you need to produce items quicker than your hands will let you, consider investing in a knitting machine. Addi carries two fantastic machines: The Addi Express knitting machine for small projects, and the Addi Express king size machine for larger projects. If you sell knitted items, have arthritis, or just want to design and own knit items quickly, these two products are great to check out.
If you are a hand knitter, try to develop a steady rhythm in your knitting. This comes with practice: once you get the motion of your knitting style down, it’s just a matter of repetition. Circular needles like Addi Turbos and Addi Lace Needles are perfect for improving your knitting speed drastically. The more often you practice, the sooner you will master your chosen knitted style and finish your project with ease!