Knitting with Handspun Yarn: 3 Things Spinners Can Learn from Knitters

It’s no secret that knitting with handspun yarn makes you a better spinner. However, whether you’re spinning with a specific project in mind or just spinning your default yarn, what you create might not be a flawless match for the original mill-spun yarn called for in the pattern. In these cases, what’s a handspinner to do?

Learn from our knitter friends! Knitters have a lot of tricks and techniques that spinners can use to create beautiful handspun, handknitted projects. Empower your craft with the 3 things every handspinner needs to know about knitting with handspun yarn.

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Auditioning different handspun yarns can help you find the right one for your project. Photo by George Boe

1. Understand knitter’s math.

I hate to break it to you, but when you’re knitting with handspun yarn, math and a generous swatch are required. Calculations gleaned from your swatch can make or break a project, and a basic grasp of knitter’s math will help you figure out your yardage requirements and stitch and row gauge. Plus, knitting a swatch lets you audition different yarns and needle sizes so you can find the combination that works best for your project.

We suggest: Math for Knitters with Kate Atherley

2. Adjust an existing pattern.

What did your swatch reveal? Did you get stitch but not row gauge for your selected pattern? Not to fear! There are plenty of knitting resources that can help you learn how to customize your pattern, make adjustments for a perfect fit, and choose the best armhole shaping for your body type.

We suggest: Find Your Fit: Understanding & Altering Knitting Patterns with Kate Atherley

3. Design your own.

Don’t let failure to find just the right pattern lead to knitting frustration. Look at it as an opportunity to design your own sweater. You spun the yarn—now draft a one-of–a-kind pattern to show it off! This will add a whole new level of pride to saying, “I made it myself!”

We suggest: Pattern Writing for Knitters with Kate Atherley

What is your favorite tip for knitting with handspun? Tell us in the comments below.

—Elizabeth

Featured Image: Get Adriana Schoenberg’s Undulation scarf pattern and more in this free downloadable eBook, 5 Free Knitting Patterns: Knitting Scarf Patterns from Spin-Off. Photo by Joe Coca


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