What's the expression, we tend to learn the hard way?! Well, I think I'm in that spot... Nothing that can't be worked around, but I have discovered some great tips that I wish I had learned about BEFORE starting my Vintage Sweater project!
TIP # 1: Using the right amount of yarn for the long tail cast on.
This casting on business is such a pain in the neck, definitely my least favorite part about knitting. But, so far, I really like how the long tail cast on looks; plus, I needed to do a 1x1 ribbing cast on for the bottom of the sweater. There's a great video on YouTube for that particular cast-on, and, once you get a rhythm going, it's not that hard.
But, I really wish I had seen this article before I started (I've gotten the back done and am currently working on the left side of the cardigan): No More Estimating Tail Length for a Long Tail Cast-on by Coco Knits. I'm definitely trying this for the right side of the sweater.
TIP # 2: How to stop stockinette from curling
Well, I'm not going to be able to do anything about this problem except follow some of the after-the-fact tips given in this article by Loveknitting. I always thought it was me: I wasn't doing it right or I wasn't blocking properly, etc. But it's not us; we just didn't know these tricks! I kind of like the idea of adding some ribbon and have seen that inside of sweaters before, so that might be my solution this time.
TIP # 3 Do some research BEFORE starting your project
This is the toughest tip for me! I usually just jump into a project without really thinking about it too much beforehand. But, this is a good lesson for me: I need to slow down, really read through the pattern, think about all the instructions, and do a little investigating before starting. Great tip for life in general in a way, though I probably will still keep jumping in ;-)
What critical tips have you experienced?!