Tips to diagnose and prevent issues with tension in knitting. Unfortunately, you can’t go back after and correct tension issues, making it all the more important to prevent them from the get-go!
This is one of 5 posts dedicated to Common Knit Errors and how to fix them.
This is one of 5 posts that address certain knit errors; how to diagnose, prevent, and fix them. See the other posts here:
Knitting tension is how tightly or loosely you pull your stitches when knitting. I am a tight knitter; some are looser knitters.
Beginning knitters often pull the yarn much too tight, making it difficult to knit the next row as it’s difficult to slide the stitches up and down the needle. Additionally, it is also hard to get the point of the needle into a stitch. Knitting too tightly will also affect how the finished project looks: it will not lay flat and will most likely be smaller than you want.
Loose knitters produce a loose and saggy fabric. Like Goldilocks, you don’t want your tension in knitting to be too tight or too loose; but at minimum, you need to keep your tension consistent throughout your work.
Knitting too tightly is very common in new knitters, but some of us *ahem* older knitters struggle with this as well. 🙋🏼♀️ So, how do you know if you are knitting too tightly?
Well, that’s easy! Don’t knit so tightly! 🤣
But REALLY, how can you loosen up your knitting?
On the flip side, how do you know if you are knitting too loosely?
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