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July 07, 2008



How about you ask all those people who think you're doing it the wrong way if they have a book coming out anytime soon?


If everybody followed the rules then how would anything new be invented? It's good to look at things from another perspective. If you knit something that looks beautiful to you, then that's all that matters. And btw, it looks beautiful to a few of us out here in blogland too!!!!


Well said, as usual. I usually respond when asked if something is knit "right" "do you like how it looks? Are you producing a knit fabric? Then it's right."

There may be techniques to refine but how dare anyone tell someone they are doing it "wrong". Knitting styles and methods are different in different areas of the world, so who decides which way is "Right"?

(formerly) no-blog-rachel

My take is that if the product you're knitting (or crocheting, or whatever) turns out to your liking, then you're doing it 'right'.

People who insist that one way is right and anything else is wrong are...wrong. :)

Maureen J.

How anyone can look at your knitting and design output and say that you're doing it wrong is just..well, wrong-headed. If you did it "right", you might be knitting toilet-roll covers about now. (Not that there's anything wrong with--- ;)

Back when I wore a suit and worked in corporate middle management, I'd have to occasionally attend some management charm school on team-building or creativity, and many of the creativity exercises purposely had you doing something backward or sideways. Supposed to jiggle the part of the brain that governs creativity. So there you are. The team-building exercises were too humiliating to discuss.

As far as your crochet motifs, sounds like that would work. Lots of tablecloths have kind of a spiderweb of single crochet joining motifs like that, too.


Hmm, I guess I fall somewhere in between on this question. I don't think that there's any "wrong" way to knit, and a lot of it comes down to personal preference, but sometimes what looks like preference might just be ignorance. For example, if someone twists stitches because they like how it looks, that's totally fine. But if they twist stitches without realizing that they're doing so, and they secretly wonder why their work always comes out tight and slanty, then it's a problem of just not knowing the "right" way. (Or the "other" way, or the accepted way, if you prefer.)

I mean, I would never tell someone they're knitting the wrong way. But if I politely asked a fellow knitter if she realized that she was twisting all her stitches, does that make me a bad person? :P


I agree with you, Joanna. I agree that it's okay to politely point things out, especially if you think someone is being unintentional.


I've been told I knit "backwards" too. I am also able to knit way faster than those who claim to knit the "right way". Think I'll stick with "backwards"!


I think 'rules' are just a teaching aid, and are really just the easiest path, avoiding pitfalls, to a successful result. If someone is already doing a fabulous job despite breaking these rules, then the overriding rule of 'stick to what works for you' applies.

BTW, there's an article in Interweave Crochet Summer 08 called "Join Motifs as You Go" that might be helpful with joining those motifs.


Who's to say that one person's "wrong way" isn't the absolute brilliant and correct way but they just don't know it?

Next time somebody says you're doing something wrong just reply, "Really, I'm surprised everybody doesn't do it this way since it works so much better!"


....yes, join them as you go by chaining into the middle chain on the last lap around on two of your clusters. Easy! Japanese crochet books show how, too! I'm making one right now out of Artyarns sequined cashmere....heavenly soft!


Take a peek into a Happy Hooker if you get a chance. There is a pattern for this scarf.


and it basically does that!


My grandmother told my aunt, who in turn told me..."If you are doing it wrong, but you are doing it consistently the same wrong way, then you are doing it right, and it is beautiful". Grandma said this in regards to knitting and MY grandma was ALWAYS right.

I couldn't tell you if I am right or wrong. I work in a yarn shop and the only thing I ever ask people is "Do you enjoy it, and are you looping through loops? If so, it is beautiful!"


I think there is merit to the other side, though. I mean, I have no problem with people doing things differently, but I also feel like there's value in a standard that everyone can at least understand - I mean, maybe someday there'll be a technique that someone comes up with that you won't be able to do that way. And if that's fine with you, cool. But it's something to think about, anyway. I guess all I'm saying is there might be a point to at least knowing how to do things the 'right' way.

An extreme example of someone who really should learn the rules first is my dad trying to cook. I won't go into it. :P


i don't know if i knit the right way or the wrong way but i can knit fast that's all i know and i'm happy with it! i have a friend who tells me his mother and his grandmother always crocheted the seams on their knitting...i tried it once but i couldn't figure out how...maybe you should consider tutorials for those who want to do it a different way even if it is the wrong way!!! ha keep up the good work! and don't listen to everybody else..do they have a you know book about knitting???


Look in Loop-d-Loop crochet. I made the Medallion Cardigan with crocheted motifs and you basically use a needle and thread to sew the edges together. You sew the motif edges together from the right side using a small whip stitch toward the back of the work that will be hidden in the seam. And it doesn't take as much time as you would think. Hope that helps!


I think it is really rude to go around telling people they are doing things "The Wrong Way" just because they do something a different way. My philosophy on knitting is that if you are knitting and enjoying it, then great! Thats all that really matters. If someone does things differntly than me, its fine for them to share their way with me, but to take that enjoyment from someone because they are doing it "wrong" is just mean. Knitting is very old and was developed all over the world and just like there are different languages all over the world it makes sense that there are different ways to use a ball of yarn and two needles to make something.


I was going to suggest the Summer Interweave Crochet mag for a great article on joining motifs as you go, but it appears someone has already done so.
And I totally agree with you. Who cares as long as you're enjoying it.


Everything else has already been said already, but those colors are basically going to be the colors of my dorm room in the fall. Only with a little green thrown in for good measure.

Like everyone else, I agree with you. ;]

Lee Cockrum

There is an article in Interweave Crochet Summer 2008 issue about different ways to join crochet motifs. It is the Santa Fe Shawl. I actually bought the magazine for that one pattern!

Lee Cockrum


Here is the url!


Thank you!


I don't agree with HWWV! :) hehe. All people are different, and learn differently. Some people will do better if they are given rules and don't have to get creative (maybe they get creative later). Some people are creative straight away and will even ignore said rules when they see them.

I think it really depends on the person, circumstances and craft.


Read a bit of Annie Modesitt and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee; they both march to their own drummer. In a word, if the knitting fits, use it. That's one of the great things about knitting -- you're the only one who has to like it. (And I agree with someone's grandma, consistency overcomes "wrong" in many situations.) Enjoy.


Hey, I agree with Kate: joining with a chain (or slip stitch) somewhere along your last round to a previous medallion will save you finishing time later. But hey, do it how you like! Me, I hate to seam together later. Amen on the nix knitting/crocheting rules! Jen.

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