Every new year that rolls around brings on a fresh start and a warm rush of inspiration which can help launch us towards a better version of ourself.
As knitters, we understand how challenging it can be to learn and advance such a sophisticated craft.
At times it can be disheartening but we all know that a little perseverance is all we need to get the rewarding results we want.
We’ve put together this small guide to help our commuknitty keep their passion on track and growing in 2022.
This first tip isn’t always the easiest to implement but it may be the most important on this list!
It’s only bad and a waste of time when you decide it is.
Instead, decide that it’s another valuable learning experience.
Making mistakes is an essential part of the journey so don’t get upset when it happens.
If it does happen, just undo and and try again. It's a great way to learn and it means you’re on your way to improvement.
This is easy to implement and can advance your skills quickly!
Find new stitches and techniques you’re unfamiliar with and practice them on a small test swatch.
See a project you like but unsure if you can do the stitch work or techniques it requires?
Practice them first on a test swatch and build up your confidence to take on new adventurous projects.
This is important to advance your knitting skills and creating time for yourself.
Create a realistic goal around your schedule. It might be 1 project a week or 1 a fortnight, whatever works best for you.
You can then decide how much time you’re able to put aside to work towards this goal.
That’s your YOU time! So stick to and keep consistent because it will do you wonders.
One of the best ways to advance is to throw yourself in the deep end and take on something new.
Often times it’s not as hard as what you imagine it to be!
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to try, just do it.
You’re never alone on your project. There’s tonnes of helpful material on the internet to guide you through.
Sometimes reading a pattern can feel like you’re reading a foreign language, because you are!
Treat it like one and take the time to learn pattern reading.
Understanding a pattern and reading it through before you cast on is a sure way to improve the success of a project.
Seeing what others do with their craft is a great way to keep yourself interested and advancing in any hobby.
Dig around online to find designers, yarns and knitters that are new to you.
This is a great way to develop your own taste and style with your knitting.
Plus, it's exciting and surprising to see all the different ways people create!
Knitting has brought people together for as long as it's been around.
Meeting new people through knitting clubs can rapidly help to advance your skills in many ways.
It gives you new opportunities to learn from others, get feedback and validation for your work.
We think this is one of the more beautiful sides of knitting, that's why we started our own knitting club for you to join here.
Easier said than done but one of the most important tips on this list.
Believe in yourself and remind yourself that you are a knitter, no matter what stage of your journey you are at.
Relieve yourself of the pressure and accept that where you are is exactly where you're meant to be.
If you are trying to do better today than you did yesterday, then you're already winning!
These tips are some things we personally practice to help keep us motivated. We hope they can help you too.
Try implementing them into your routine and let us know how you get on! We'd love to hear your thoughts 😊🧶