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matt98
03-08-2009, 08:49 PM
i have been knitting for 10 months but sadly knit pathetically slow,

On purls I knit 58 sts in 3 minutes

On knits i knit 66 sts in 3 mins

I knit Irish Cottage Style

Any help!!

imrachel
03-08-2009, 09:33 PM
Have you tried other knitting styles, such as German (thrown) or English (Continental?) Some people are faster at one method than another.

suzeeq
03-08-2009, 09:41 PM
Knitting isn't a contest or a race, it's a skill that's learned with experience. If a person only sits down with it once every week or so, that's not frequent enough to get comfortable with the movements. A little bit every day is better.

But you can try other styles or other ways of holding your yarn and making your stitches. Watch knitting videos on Youtube for a wide variety of styles - English, continental and combined, and look at how they hold the yarn and wrap it around the needles.

globaltraveler
03-09-2009, 08:07 AM
People often comment that I knit really quickly, but it's really that right now I can knit for longer. :)

If you feel you must knit faster, sit down and watch yourself knit and really think about where you are wasting time and motion. There are really fast knitters in every style, so unless you want to try other methods, there's usually bits of your knitting that can be streamlined.

I'm still having more fun learning to care much about speed - I figure it'll wait until I've corrected my tension issues! :)

suzeeq
03-09-2009, 11:05 AM
There are really fast knitters in every style,

That's true. The worlds faster knitter does continental, but the 2nd fastest does english and she's only about 3 sts/second behind her. Many how to videos for english do show 'throwing' your entire hand around the needle and that's a wasted motion. I knit english at a fairly good clip depending on the yarn and needles and my right hand skims along the needle with the fingers flexing out. Here's a couple videos that are similar and shows you don't really have to let go of the right needle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCO8qALs4-w&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeG1U2_LvXg&feature=related

Songbirdy
03-09-2009, 11:20 AM
The other thing is to give yourself time. There might just be a point when you can just zip along. With me, it came a good three years after I really "got into" knitting. I was initially taught to knit when I was 6 and am in my mid-30's now.

You just need time and repetition to build up the muscle memory that then equals into speed. Try getting a good stocking stitch in the round knitting pattern and just sit there and knit. Two things will happen, you're tension should likely improve/standardize and you will get faster. For sure!

Most of all... it totally doesn't matter other than you want more fun knitted stuff faster... that or you're trying to get through your current project because you've found a better one ;)

cftwo
03-09-2009, 11:46 AM
Give yourself time. I find that when I reach a point with any pattern where I don't have to think about what I was doing, my speed increases.

But I'm also not in it for speed. I find that the snick snick of the needles and the process of knitting to be soothing. Finishing a project is nice, but knitting itself - that's where the real joy comes in. :)

luvmykid28
03-09-2009, 02:34 PM
I have only been knitting since July and I find that when I really get to knit for extended periods of time my speed increases. I am an English knitter. I prefer to knit small simple patterns that way I get to see the results of my knitting more quickly. I am however working on a Log Cabin blanket and really enjoy the repetitive garter st. I also have other small projects going so when I get tired of the garter st, I put it down and work on something else. For me it's just the knitting that I enjoy.

cristina61
03-09-2009, 03:18 PM
Another point to consider: speed is great, but just make sure you're not hurting yourself! Once you find a technique that feels comfortable, you'll still need to remember to take breaks now and then.

I type for a living, and when I'm not typing I'm knitting, so I need to be very careful about repetitive stress injuries.

If something starts to hurt, stop what you're doing and rest. Better to take a breather now than to be forced to stop knitting forever.:verysad:

AH1OZ
03-09-2009, 03:38 PM
i am a fairly fast knitter... i loose time shifting stitches and readjusting on the needles

novice stitcher
03-09-2009, 04:33 PM
i have been knitting for 10 months but sadly knit pathetically slow,

On purls I knit 58 sts in 3 minutes

On knits i knit 66 sts in 3 mins

I knit Irish Cottage Style

Any help!!

I've not timed myself knitting yet but I can safely say you knit faster than I do. I only started knitting a few weeks ago so give it time you will get faster the more you do it.

I never heard of Irish Cottage Style knitting so googled it and found this link with a video:

http://www.theanticraft.com/serendipity/index.php?/archives/124-Irish-Cottage-Knitting.html

knitasha
03-09-2009, 07:18 PM
That's true. The worlds faster knitter does continental, but the 2nd fastest does english and she's only about 3 sts/second behind her. Many how to videos for english do show 'throwing' your entire hand around the needle and that's a wasted motion. I knit english at a fairly good clip depending on the yarn and needles and my right hand skims along the needle with the fingers flexing out. Here's a couple videos that are similar and shows you don't really have to let go of the right needle - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCO8qALs4-w&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeG1U2_LvXg&feature=related

Sue-- One thing interesting about those videos: Both knitters were using fairly thin needles and yarn. I find I knit much faster with fine yarn and small needles, while I plod along with bulky yarn on size 10s. I suppose it's because the yarn has less distance to travel with every stitch. Or because my fingers aren't throwing as much weight around.

To Matt98: Suzeeq is 200% right: knitting is not a competition.
Stop timing yourself (not to be sexist, but maybe that's a guy thing.) Speed comes naturally when you establish a smooth rhythm, but trying to knit against the clock just breeds tension. Relax and enjoy.

matt98
03-09-2009, 09:16 PM
not to be sexist, but maybe that's a guy thing.)

You are not trying to be sexist, but are being sexist.

suzeeq
03-09-2009, 09:39 PM
Interesting, I knit faster with worsted weight and larger needles. It's not just because the sts are larger and I get done faster. I have to knit slower with thinner yarn even using medium size needles. Could be that for timing, smaller needles and yarn are an advantage because for counting sts, you can do more of them in a minute.

LadyFirelyght
03-09-2009, 10:00 PM
Interesting, I knit faster with worsted weight and larger needles. It's not just because the sts are larger and I get done faster. I have to knit slower with thinner yarn even using medium size needles. Could be that for timing, smaller needles and yarn are an advantage because for counting sts, you can do more of them in a minute.
I find it easier to do sport-to-worsted weight on size 5-8 needles. Not too big, not too small, easy to see! I find myself going slow when I do socks because if I accidentally drop a stitch... oy!

Kattra
03-13-2009, 03:10 AM
Why knit fast the slower you knit the longer you get to have the nice soft yarn in your hands.

knitpurlgurl
03-13-2009, 09:52 AM
I too am a slow knitter. I took a class recently and out of the 5 in the class, I was always the last to finish up a section before moving on to the next part. I felt so humiliated! I think I tend to knit slowly because I knit to relax. I've learned alot of techniques and am getting pretty good at knitting, but am still slow. I just figure that I'm not punching a time clock and since I know how long it takes me, I should not procrastinate in making items for presents or in KALs! LOL!!! :D

ArtLady1981
03-16-2009, 08:27 AM
There is this knitter (Miriam Tegels) that goes at something like the speed of light...so I tried to see how fast I knit. Cripes. Every time I clicked that timer, I botched it. The timer made me go slower.

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She's from HOLLAND, and she's got a certificate from Guiness World Book of Records! She knits 118 st per min.

Shees. My top speed was something like 27 st per min.
Well, I get a lot done cuz I knit a lot, but not fast! :teehee:

Learn to speed knit with Miriam Tegels (http://community.knitpicks.com/video/learn-to-speed-knit)

globaltraveler
03-16-2009, 09:17 AM
I'd quite like to knit a bit faster, if only to get some of these WIPs off the needles. :) Maybe not as fast as these girls, though, I think I'd have to work a bit too hard for that!

I noticed today that my purl has slowed down considerably, and I'm not sure why. I'm sure it'll pick back up again. This is probably the sort of thing that comes and goes in waves....yes? :)

suzeeq
03-16-2009, 11:31 AM
Yes, your 'speed' can vary depending on the yarn, needles, pattern, your mood and concentration, and probably the phase of the moon.....

globaltraveler
03-16-2009, 03:50 PM
heeheehee! Very probably...

ritaw
03-17-2009, 08:24 AM
I have never thought about how many stitches i knit until i read this .
So i timed myself using the project i am working on right now which is with DK weight yarn on size 2 needles .
I purled 50 stitches a minute and i Knit 43 stitches per minute.
I enjoy knitting very much and i think that if i knit like that lady in the video clip then i would probably not enjoy it as much .

Arielluria
03-17-2009, 03:21 PM
Just enjoy the end product and your speed will catch up. Don't put pressure on yourself for that or knitting might start to feel more like a chore than a hobby - and that ain't fun!

That said, I knit continental only and I'm pretty fast though I've never timed myself well, about 40-50 stitches a minute in garter (knit every row), and without having to look down. In fact I'm faster that way.

But again, that took a lot of practice and making myself work in the dark (in car or watching TV) so that I couldn't cheat by looking down. But it all comes with time and with each project you'll be a little faster and more experienced.
:hug:

knittingfinatic11
03-17-2009, 03:59 PM
knitting is not a race.

dont try to knit fast because you will mess up stitches.

Anarfea
03-21-2009, 01:14 PM
I knit continental and I think I'm pretty fast (though I haven't timed), but when I tried teaching myself how to knit english (with the help of the great videos on this site) so that I could knit two-fisted fair isle I was really frustrated with how slow I was knitting.

I looked around and the most helpful item I found on the topic was a great article by TechKnitter (http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2006/12/knitting-efficiently.html)

One of the things she points out is that most fast knitters don't move that much--if you take a look at that world's second-fastest knitter, she's got that thing tucked in her belt that holds her non-working needle still while English knitting. And Mariam Tegels is only moving her fingertips.

Knitpicks has a tutorial on speedknitting with Miriam here (http://community.knitpicks.com/video/learn-to-speed-knit), also useful.

So, after focusing a lot on keeping my needles still, trying to sit up straight (I usually slouch/lounge when I knit) and--most importantly, finding a way of feeding the yarn through the fingers on my right hand which felt comfortable, I think this is one of the things really slowing me down at the beginning was constantly re-adjusting the yarn, I sped up my English knit stitch. But I still cannot purl English.

Craw
03-21-2009, 01:22 PM
knitting is not a race.

Ditto. :)

Trying to speed up my knitting would make it more like work to me, not a hobby. If I need something that fast I buy it. :teehee:

Knitting_Guy
03-21-2009, 08:14 PM
What's the rush? The point is to relax and enjoy it.

ritaw
03-22-2009, 03:30 AM
What's the rush? The point is to relax and enjoy it.
I totally agree Mason :) But having never timed myself knit before , I thought i would give it a go .
Like i said in my previous post , It seems if i knitted like the speed of light then i do not think i would enjoy it as much .