Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Knitting Maxims and Myths

After posting about the gauge curse on Monday I went back and read a few of my old posts about myths.

Here's an updated version of a post from 2011:

Have you ever noticed that common maxims that are true often have an opposite that is also true? 

Look before you leap versus he who hesitates is lost.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder versus out of sight out of mind. 

Deeper analysis tells us that while both are true we often need to look more closely to understand why that is the case.

As an example this quote: "Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires." Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Here's a list of knitting maxims, myths and personal rules which I hear frequently. The personal rules are the most dangerous, leading to many a knitting disaster. You will notice a few that are exact opposites. When you are having trouble with your knitting projects you might want to rethink some of these, especially the personal rules.

I don't need to do a swatch. I have perfect gauge.

But I'm always a size "X"!

I only knit with....(fill in the blank with a needle type or yarn).

You will be the only knitter in the world that can make stocking stitch edges that will not roll.

Yes - I can knit that item in the (extremely short) specified time. 

And the related one: This year all my Christmas gifts will be hand knit items.

Row gauge doesn't matter. 

Row gauge is critical to success.

Knitting is easy.

Knitting is hard.

You must hold your needles in the correct way.

There is no one single way to hold your needles.

Only old ladies knit.

Only cool young hipsters knit.

You must complete every project.

You must abandon projects that aren't working.

Buttonholes are too hard.

Buttonholes are easy.

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