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Old 01-17-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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I can't knit
Today I woke up determined to knit, but I can't do it. I've started over several times, and, I haven't knit more than 10 rows without dropping a stitch.

Has this ever happened to you?
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Andres View Post
Today I woke up determined to knit, but I can't do it. I've started over several times, and, I haven't knit more than 10 rows without dropping a stitch.

Has this ever happened to you?
Suggestions?


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Andres, I was an accomplished crocheter, but couldn't knit until I learned the continental method. Keeping the tension even seems much easier and I only occasionally drop stitches. However learning to correct mistakes as you go along is wonderful for building your confidence as I find lack of confidence causes stress in the hands which leads to mistakes. I found the book "Knit Fix" by Lisa Kartus to be invaluable because it covers fixing all different kinds of mistakes in a way that is very easy to understand and learn.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:56 AM   #3
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Hi!

This sort of thing has happened to me in more than one area. I paint, write and knit and invariably I have those "un-inspired" moments.

For painting, I watch instructional technique tapes and soon find myself itching to pick up the brushes.

For writing, the answer is to just write. Even if uninspired, and even if most of what I write ends up edited out, just letting the universe know I'm determined will help me punch through the block.

As far as knitting, if I'm having the kind of situation you describe, I set it aside and take awhile to go do something else creative, if it's only sorting out a sock drawer! When I see the results of even so mundane a task, it often inspires me to continue the creativity with my knitting. The knitting is actually like a carrot on a stick!!!

Creativity can ebb and flow in any activity, but as the creators, it's really up to us to punch through!

So good luck and happy knitting!

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Old 01-17-2009, 11:58 AM   #4
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You're joking, right?

Well, in case you aren't--almost ALL knitters make mistakes, drop stitches, etc. You just have to work slowly, don't work when you are fatigued or frustrated. You'll get better. Also, it's important to know how to fix errors. If you aren't taking a class, there are some books out, Knit Fix is one that comes to mind.

You might practice on a small square, not a large project. That way you can see your progress after each row and keep a more careful count on stitches. Also never put your knitting down in the middle of a row (unless the house is burning down). Put it down when you have finished a row.

Are you a beginner working on a big project like an afghan? I would suggest you do some practice swatches before you tackle something like that because you will become very frustrated.

Good luck, don't give up. You'll get it.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:14 PM   #5
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It seems like some of you didn't understand what I meant.

I can't knit because I can't concentrate.


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Old 01-17-2009, 12:18 PM   #6
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That is Knitter's Block and it happens to each of us. I call it loosing my Mojo. Put your project aside and do something else for a while and soon you'll feel up to knitting again. OR just knit when it is quiet and you can concentrate completely on your knitting. OR pick a project you really want to see finished and try that, preferably something small that shows progress quickly.

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Old 01-17-2009, 12:41 PM   #7
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I've had that happen to me.. it's almost like one day I'm knitting and knitting and the next, I am constantly tinking or frogging.. Take heart, we all have those days!
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:53 PM   #8
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Old 01-17-2009, 02:58 PM   #9
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OR just knit when it is quiet and you can concentrate completely on your knitting.
That's what I'm doing. I'm also new to knitting and even having the TV on seems to make me lose count or lose my place in what I'm doing. It's not second nature to me yet like crochet. I'm sticking with easier patterns, something I can memorize, so there's not so much to remember (or forget!).
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