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ladyjessica
09-09-2008, 10:47 AM
Does anybody else have this problem? I don't mean slow as in, I have trouble figuring out patterns. The patterns usually come pretty quickly to me. I just physically knit slowly, and I can't seem to speed it up because when I do, I tend to lose stitches. It's not really a big deal, but sometimes it just seems like it takes forever to make anything. My progress isn't as quick as I'd like it to be, and then I get discouraged and let projects sit for months or years.

I just wondered if anybody had any tips on speeding up knitting, or knew how I might make my projects go a little faster. I have so many things I want to make, and so much yarn stashed, but I just can't seem to finish the things I've already started.

Thanks :aww:

suzeeq
09-09-2008, 11:11 AM
It just comes with practice I think, most of us were slow starting out. You might try a different style - there's english, continental and combination - one that you're not doing might be better for you. Or how do you work your yarn? Many english knitters actually do `throw' their yarn and take their hand off the needle and move it around in a large circle when knitting. This isn't necessary; I barely skim the needle, keeping part of my fingers on it. I couldn't find a video exactly like I do it, but it's similar to what's these videos - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxuKeg3PQJw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCO8qALs4-w&feature=related

Here's another way - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke39g0AxjgI&feature=related

Maybe experimenting with these methods will help too.

KnittinMitchie
09-09-2008, 11:29 AM
I knit English style or throw my yarn and apparently have so decent speed according to my friends. Also being a crocheter I've learned to just move my wrist and not the whole arm.

But the longer you knit the faster you will become. I still have to watch my knitting so i don't drop stitches and sometimes I still drop them.

brittyknits
09-09-2008, 11:46 AM
THe people I know who have learned both (English and Continental) swear that Continental is faster.

suzeeq
09-09-2008, 12:03 PM
Continenatal can be faster on the knit st, but not so much on the purl. English purling is faster, you use the same motions as knitting, just inserting the needle differently.

knitpurlgurl
09-09-2008, 12:14 PM
OMG - are we twin knitters?? I have the same problem. But what I've noticed is that my life has been so crazy busy and beyond hectic, that my knitting has been very sporatic. And when your knitting is sporatic, every time you pick up the needles, it's almost like starting over. Practice will make us faster. WE just need to find time to knit every day.

nephthys8
09-09-2008, 12:32 PM
I suffer from the same problem, but I am also a beginner. I have a couple of other things working against me, too: I knit in the English method (as has been mentioned, most people swear that Continential is faster) and I "throw" my yarn. I have noticed that I can breeze right through knit stitches, but purling is probably half the speed.

Knitting_Guy
09-09-2008, 12:35 PM
Don't rush it. Knit at your own pace. It's better to be slow than sloppy. You'll likely naturally get faster as you gain more experience.

I've been knitting a little less than two years but I know I used to be MUCH slower than I am now, and am now probably much slower than I will be two years from now.

SBG
09-09-2008, 01:57 PM
Continental has been way faster for me, even for purl stitch.

suzeeq
09-09-2008, 02:05 PM
It's different for everyone. The key is to do it frequently enough in whatever method that you get more proficient at it, therefore, faster.

Moxiemade
09-09-2008, 02:17 PM
Thanks for the videos suzeeq. No wonder I'm so slow and not getting any faster. I'm a wide-circle "thrower"! I'll have to practice different ways.

miccisue
09-09-2008, 02:20 PM
Oh, I'm slower than a seven year itch!!! I don't have much free time, so each knitting session is pretty brief. Also, I "throw" the yarn, too...and I mean the whole "from the shoulder" type motion. I never learned the "wrapping the yarn around such and such a finger" technique, and now anytime I try it it's a hideous mess. Of course, as in a vicious circle, I don't have time to practice the "yarn wrap" and do the knitting I want to do and get finished with it.
So, I guess I'll just accept that I'm not a speedy knitter, and plan my projects well in advance!!!!!!!!:teehee:

KnittinMitchie
09-09-2008, 02:37 PM
I think I spend 4+ hours a day knitting. Mind you that is not all in one sitting and I also knit on more than one project at a time too. (I have a 3 yr old and stay at home) Between knitting I do get the wash done and clean.

But I practice and try to advance my knitting so I become a more rounded knitter.

Indygirl
09-09-2008, 02:53 PM
I'm an English knitter. I have been knitting for over 7 years. I also am a slow knitter. I have to admit I'm faster than I was. I would still like to finish my wip's in much less time than I do. I think I lose interest in my work because of how long it takes to finish it.
Suzeeq, Thanks for the video sites. I'm sure they will help out a lot.

Sunshine's Mom
09-09-2008, 03:10 PM
I agree with Mason, better to be slow than sloppy. I still find myself counting all the time to make sure I always have the right number of stitches. It's a bit OCD, really.

I taught myself to knit using a book that used the English throwing method. I was completely frustrated by the purl stitch this way. It slowed down my knitting so much I almost gave up. Then, I taught myself Continental knitting using Amy's videos on this site and I absolutely love it. It is SOOOO much faster for me than English. I don't even think I could do English knitting now.

Another thing I did for myself - I only knit one project at a time. No more multiple needles and projects going. It saves on yarn costs and makes me less stressed about those projects just sitting there. It takes discipline, but I find it totally worth it.

Practice, practice, practice with whatever method you choose. Speed is not necessary.

thecatsmother
09-09-2008, 05:33 PM
I also throw my yarn but coming from Scotland I have to say I'm a Scottish knitter not english LOL
My speed depends on the pattern but after looking at those videos(thank you) I can see where the continental style would be faster...but I think I'm in the,old dog-new tricks,category.
Maybe when I get caught up on all my projects I'll have time to practise

Jan in CA
09-09-2008, 07:15 PM
Knit with whatever method works for you. One is not really better than the other. I've seen some very fast english knitters, too! It takes practice. Besides, no need to hurry, just enjoy the journey. ;)

suzeeq
09-09-2008, 09:30 PM
I don't wrap the yarn around my fingers either miccisue; I thread it through them and kind of `flick' out my first and 2nd fingers. I suppose I'll have to get a video done that shows how. I tried to see if there was one on youtube, but didn't find anything that's close.

Yes, use whatever's comfortable for you, practice does help improve the mechanics though. I think I knit fairly fast, depends on the yarn and needle size though; I'm pretty slow with lace weight yarn.

ladyjessica
09-09-2008, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the tips everybody. I really love this board. :hug: Um, did I forget to mention that I've been knitting for almost 5 years? :teehee: I am a lot faster than I was, but I'm like knitpurlgurl, I do it very sporadically. In fact, I pretty much haven't knit all summer because I just couldn't get into it. However, I'm currently working on a baby blanket I started when my sister-in-law was pregnant. My niece just turned 2. I'm making it now for her sister. hehe.

I use the English style. I've tried Continental a few times, but it's just not happening. I do get frustrated because I can't finish things quickly, but I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one. I guess maybe, like Jan said, I should start looking at it as a journey, not just an end product.

Thanks again! :grphug:

Oh, suzeeq, I forgot to thank you for the videos. My style is very similar to what is shown in the first video. Just slower. lol.

saracidaltendencies
09-10-2008, 12:29 AM
I think you just gotta find your groove so to speak...When I have long breaks from knitting and then resume, I always start out slow, but, the more I knit, the quicker I get. I've noticed music really helps me move a bit faster too. I just get lost in what I'm listening to (while still somehow paying attention to what I'm doing...lol) and zip right along.

knitpurlgurl
09-10-2008, 09:24 AM
I've seen so many neat ways to knit.. I am a thrower. When I learned to knit, I learned on my own, so I learned to throw with the yarn held at tension in my index finger and thumb - I grasp the yarn with the index and thumb, wrap that way, and tighten the tension that way. My tension has always been extremely even because of that. Unfortunately, my knitting is very slow because of the way I throw. But honestly, I am a process knitter, so it doesn't really bother me that I'm slow. Occassionally, when I see those that flick (like the Harlot (http://www.archive.org/details/irishcottageknitting) and others), I think about how great it would be to finish my projects in half the time.. but otherwise, I just like knitting.

RuthieinMaryland
09-10-2008, 12:20 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY&feature=related

Hi! :waving:

I found this to be THE definitive (for me) way to knit continental style. Once I learned to properly hold the yarn (across the back of the left hand fingers) the purl stitches just fly! So does the rest.

And I find it's faster because it's so smooth and efficient, not because I'm rushing things. I can just smoothly glide along, and it's incredible to get my projects finished almost before I know it. I'm working on a project that I started last year (when I re-discovered knitting!) to make afghans for each of my close family members. Right now I'm on #8 of 9.

So it might be helpful if you concentrated on smoothing out your motions rather than speeding them up. If you do the first, the second will follow!

Happy knitting,
Ruthie :clink:

suzeeq
09-10-2008, 01:48 PM
So it might be helpful if you concentrated on smoothing out your motions rather than speeding them up. If you do the first, the second will follow!

Good point, and it works no matter whether you knit english, contior something else.

laikabear
09-11-2008, 09:57 AM
I knit Continental as well (nice for me since I'm a lefty). But I am pretty slow. I never knew how slow till I saw that video of Stephanie! OMG!!!! Even when they slowed it down, I was confused. I have never heard of Irish Cottage knitting. She's like John Freaking Henry.

Anyway, slow as I am, my speed has improved over time without me doing anything specific. I say, knit as much as you can! :)

Plantgoddess+
09-11-2008, 11:38 AM
I find myself wishing that I was a little slower knitter this past year. I have finished so many projects I've had to order yarn 4 times this year plus what I bought locally.
You people here have so inspired me that I have a drawer full of socks, I've completed 2 tops, a couple of afghans, a shawl and a scarf, and a couple of dishcloths. I currently have 2 different socks on the needle plus another shawl.
I am an english left handed knitter and find that the difficulty of the pattern determines speed for me.