YOUR Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths



Last year I wrote a post called My Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths. Recently it’s been bopping around the internet and over 175 AMAZING comments were added.

What I loved the most about the comments, is how many of you clearly share my frustration with being told “always” or “never” or “right” or “wrong”. Out of the comments, I’ve put together YOUR top 10 least favorite knitting myths, the ones that were mentioned multiple times. (with comments by me in italics)

Top Ten Least Favorite Knitting Myths

#10: You Don’t Need to Learn to Knit If You Already Crochet
(Crazy, I’ve never heard this one, I knit and crochet. Can’t imagine what’s not AWESOME about knowing them both)

– that one kept me from learning to knit for a long time. I think I was afraid to learn to knit, as if my crochet skills would suddenly vanish.

#9:  You should sell your stuff and get rich
(I’ll just let the article on the myth of the million dollar “hand knit” biz speak for itself: )

– Oh wow you should quit your job and open an Etsy store for your knits. You’ll make so much money. Yeah…not quite.
– The person that says ”you should sell what you make” wouldn’t pay the price either.

#8: Continental Knitting is Faster
(Continental can be fast, but so can a lot of other styles. Lily Chin is a thrower, and she’s crazy fast. I’ve seen lever knitters knit like the wind)

– Continental knitting is just intrinsically faster. This is the biggest myth of all. Continental knitters cling to it like members of some cult.
– My pet peeve is when I’m told that if I switch to continental I’ll be able to knit faster.

#7: All Knitter’s want to knit faster
(This made me so happy to read. I also believe that focus on good form and creation of even stitches is more important than speed)

– Knitting isn’t a race to the finish line. Knit for the pleasure of the experience and savor it.
– Why would I want to knit faster? Knitting is not about instant gratification – at least to me

#6: There is a “right” and a “wrong” way to knit
(Everyone who’s ever taken a class with me knows how I feel about this. The only “wrong” in knitting, is when you did something you didn’t mean to do)

– “You are knitting the wrong way.”  . . . Tell any knitter they are “knitting the wrong way” and risk a needle in the eye.
-One (person) called me throwing the yarn ‘the stupid way’ to knit. Hard to bite my tongue sometimes.
– If it looks like knitting…………….lol

#5: Lefties should / should not mirror knit (this one had both sides representing!)
(This one had folks chiming in on both sides. What I’ve never liked is some of my students telling me that a right handed person taught them, and showing them NO options, just “do the opposite of me”. Some were very unhappy with being told what they could and couldn’t do. My only pet peeve is not showing a leftie multiple options and letting the KNITTER decide what’s comfortable, explaining the pros and cons of each option. Since I’m comfortable knitting forward, or backwards and don’t have a strong dominant hand, I always felt knitting was two handed. BUT, now that I’ve worked with so many lefties I see they are many different levels of left handed dominance. Here’s an interesting site about left handed dominance.)

– You simply can’t learn to knit because you are left-handed – that stupid teacher!!!!
-That all knitters should be taught right-handed knitting because knitting uses two hands. Right.
– “Yarn and needles aren’t handed, so knitting isn’t handed” as a reason to teach left-handed people to knit right-handed. . .
– The myth that left-handed people have to knit backwards in a “left-handed way”!!!
– Left-handed people can’t learn to knit from right-handed knitters, or have to do everything backwards, or can’t knit…

#4: Never Knit Your Boyfriend a Sweater . . . and the answer is
(This one had some truly hilarious comments. Maybe wait on the cashmere???)

– Never knit ANYTHING for a boyfriend, until there is a ring on your finger. Words I have sworn by since the Scarf Incident of 1999.
– That must be why I tend to knit something for each of my lovers quite early on in the relationship: the hope that they won’t stick around past their welcome.
– I knitted my husband a jumper…. but he is still here!
– My ex-husband took the sweaters with him. Surprising, since he hardly ever wore them.

#3: Knitting is for old ladies.
(What – EVER!! I can’t believe this one won’t die)

– Why is knitting associated with old? Like everyone is always so impressed that a young 20’s knits and I’m just like why???
–  “knitting is for grannies.” . . . The only possible response to it is, “would that I could knit half as well as my granny.”

#2: Men don’t knit
(Reader warning – some of the comments are hilariously sassy. Read at your own risk 🙂 )

– My husband assures me that his dangly bit has never interfered with his knitting.
– Guy’s Doesn’t Knit and if they knit, they’re gay. Well, you know, I knit, I crochet, I tat, I spin, I love yarn, I’m straight… I don’t know why a crochet or a knitting needle should have a sexual preference correlation? Do you have sex WHILE knitting or crochet?

#1: (Paul Shaffer’s drum roll here) When it comes to knitting, you should ALWAYS . . .

– ALWAYS beware of any ‘rulisms’ that contain the words ALWAYS or NEVER. (LOL)
– The only NEVER in knitting is NEVER believe ALWAYS. The only ALWAYS in knitting, is ALWAYS be wary of NEVERS in knitting.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. It’s amazing how many people still have crazy ideas about knitters.

Stay strong – knit the way you knit – knit the way that makes you happy – and remember

NEVER believe ALWAYS!!

Knit on!

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