Don’t Get Bogged Down in Monotony
I love knitting, but I must admit that if I keep knitting the same thing that I get a bit bored and it's not good to lose your mojo for a project.
The trick is to plan ahead. I have a little look through the pattern to see how many of a thing needs making. Three or over, then I know I will find it hard going. So, to stop my knitting becoming a chore, I have a couple of ideas to stop the monotony.
Trick 1 – Don’t knit all of the boring parts in succession. Knit a boring thing, and then knit a fun thing. Keep alternating. You’ll be super surprised that the boring things just seem to multiply as if by magic.
Trick 2 – Put something interesting to watch on the telly and settle down to doing the boring bits in one hit whilst distracting your mind.
Trick 3 – It’s similar to ‘Trick 2’ only you call a friend or have a social zoom meeting whist knitting. Hopefully by the end of the call the boring bits are done.
Trick 4 – This one isn’t always possible. But I like to save long rows of boring knitting that doesn’t require much attention for long car journeys when I’m not driving. It is important to have a driver with this tip.
Let’s talk about sewing up and cutting the excess yarn…
Particularly if you are sewing on the right side of the work, if you snip the yarn after finishing off it can eventually start to work its way out and you have an end that you can’t sew back in because it’s too short and if you snip it again it will eventually work its way undone even more.
My top tip is; after the finishing off stitches, push the needle through the stuffed part of the work or along the seam so that it is 5cm or so away from the finishing off site. Then when you cup the yarn, pull it taught so that when you have cut it; it retracts inside the work. That way it can’t be seen, and it won’t work its way out.
Sewing Up Letting You Down?
If this is your problem, you’re not alone. Lots of people struggle with sewing up and are unhappy with the finish of their tea cosy.
My advice would be to practise Mattress Stitch, you can watch a Mattress stitch demo video here.
Using mattress stitch gives a virtually invisible join. Not only is it great for seams, but it’s also the best way to sew on details to the main cosy such as pockets and heads. Because the sewing up thread crosses over the cast-on edge or row end edges of the piece you are sewing on, it gives a lovely finish and hides the edges.
I read somewhere that Alan Dart always sews up in Mattress stitch and you can’t argue with Alan.