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new_knitter 10-21-2007 11:43 PM

Learning to Knit w/o Looking
Ok all you talented knitters who can knit without looking... How did you get started??? I was trying to catch up on some knitting in the car tonight and was bummed when it was too dark to do anymore.

I tried to learn in front of the tv and once I have my needle inserted to knit, I can finish the stitch w/o looking, but I can't get the hang of not looking to start the next stitch.

Any suggestions?

suzeeq 10-22-2007 12:23 AM

You sort of learn to feel with your left fingers what's coming next. And it works best on stockinette, garter or ribbing. Not lace or patterned stitches. Practice while in front of the tv.... look up for a few stitches, you know what they're going to be. Then try it for a whole row. It's just practice.

new_knitter 10-22-2007 01:22 AM

Thanks suzeeq! I will give that a try!

MaleKnitter 10-22-2007 03:21 AM

get a big simple project, like an afghan where there might be a row of 200 knit stitches and then it just gets so easy.

also, knitting in the round on circular needles (not DPNs) helped me really get into the hang of knitting fast without looking, you just knit forever and only need to look down when you're out of yarn.

Sheridan 10-22-2007 06:04 AM

I hope someone else was driving! *wink*

I can't knit and be in the car, I always get sick even if I look down briefly, I can't even read a map while the car is moving or I start to feel queasy.

new_knitter 10-22-2007 09:05 AM

Thanks for the suggestion maleknitter. The scarf I am working on is a 55 stitch knit tube, and I am trying to get the hang of it..... it is the part of getting the right needle inserted that I am having trouble with.

And yes Sheridan my DH was driving LOL.... although.... I have been knitting at red lights lately :shifty:
I have to be done with this project by Friday!

brittyknits 10-22-2007 09:52 AM

AFter the 5 millionth stitch or so, you stop having to look:). But in the meantime, if you really want to knit in the dark: (click on any set of the needles to get to the page where they show them in action)

knitgal 10-22-2007 10:10 AM

I agree with suzeeq. I can knit ribbing or garter or stockinette while watching tv, but that's about it. It really is the feel of the stitches too.
My aunt has some of those lighted needles and used them in the car until my uncle said they were too distracting because they flashed all around!

Yarnlady 10-22-2007 07:53 PM

I realized I was knitting without looking after watching some really intense scene in some movie on TV. When I "came to" I was leaning forward watching TV and knitting a mile a minute! :lol:

Lady Violet 10-22-2007 08:13 PM

i think your needle choice can definitely make it easier. i find it really easy to knit without looking when i'm using my KP options. they just seem to slide into the stitches. i think i've tried it with bamboo, but it didn't last more than a few stitches. they're just too "sticky". now my options are all i knit with. but i only have sz. 7 tips until i place my next order, so i'm kind of limited in what i can knit. :teehee:

it takes a little time until you can knit at any kind of speed without looking. it's kind of like learning to ride a bike. at first you really just want to keep your eyes on your tires. then with more confidence you go back and forth between your tires and the road. and finally you can keep your eyes on the road without even thinking about what your tires are doing. just give it a shot andstick with it, and you'll do fine. :thumbsup:

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