Thursday, October 2, 2008

Absolute unassailable knitting rules

All hail the absolute rules of knitting!
  • Never stop in the middle of a row. Always, always finish the row before you set down your knitting!
  • Never store your knitting for long on the needles. Always put the live stitches on a holder!
  • Never start a project without making, washing, and blocking a swatch. Do not scrimp on the swatch! Do not skip the washing and blocking of the swatch! In fact, do several swatches!
  • Never under any circumstances join a new yarn in the middle of a row. Never! Always join at the ends of a row!
  • When knitting in two colors, always carry floaters loosely across the back of the work. Never weave them in as you go! The color might happen to peek through!
Ah, phooey. Never say never, I say. I've broken every one of these rules at one time or another, and the knitting police have never shown up at my door. Of course, there are consequences for breaking each one of these rules, but if the consequences are terribly minor and you can live with them, then carry on as you will.


Mad about Craft said...

I totally agree with you. I not only have broken the rules I never followed them in the first place!

She Knits Socks said...

I've dropped plenty of stitches by stopping in the middle of the row. But sometimes, you have to jump up and rescue something and don't have time to get to the end of the row. I like your rules though. I've never followed them either.

Steffi said...

(Knitting) rules are meant to be broken. I gleefully break the rules pretty much every time I pick up the needles. :D

Anonymous said...

Whew- I was worried for a second there you were terribly uptight...


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