The Let’s Chat series is a thread on my Ravelry forum where a new conversation topic related to knitting is posted every week. Participants in the threads are entered into a monthly giveaway where they can win either one of my patterns, yarn in my stash or receive a surprise package filled with goodies from Japan!
This week's topic comes from my amazing moderator! She asks: What piece of advice would you give your younger self as a beginner knitter?
The FO in the image above comes from my first garment project (about five months into when I first started knitting) - and additionally this was my first commissioned piece. While the FO came out nicely and the recipient was happy with the result, there was one thing I should have done while knitting this: do a gauge swatch. My final gauge was off just so slightly so the resulting piece was an inch or so shorted than what it should have been. I thought blocking it aggressively could fix that, but now, I know so much better. I keep the aggressive blocking for my shawls and the regular "wash and lay flat" treatment for my garment pieces.
So the piece of advice I would have given my younger self: save time and do a gauge swatch!
What about you? What advice would you have given to yourself? Join in on the conversation here!
Last week I asked: What makes an interesting knit? Here are some of the responses from some lovely Ravelry members!
Rudipatoodee, I gotta agree with you about the lace yarn! It's a pain to fix mistakes in that!
(Hint taken, aersknits!)
I noticed that the majority of answers were along the lines of: alternating textures and simple lace. I'm taking note of this for future designs!