If you’re a beginner knitter, most of your focus is on making sure you complete your knit or purl stitches, but fairly quickly, you’ll wonder why your knitting is so uneven, lopsided, and doesn’t look like knitting in a lot of pictures on the internet.

If you’re not sure what tension is, or how to achieve a “proper” tension, check out my video here. (And a bonus: Franklin makes an appearance to play with some yarn demonstrate how not to tension your yarn.)

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3 thoughts on “Why Tension in Knitting is Important

  1. Pattymac

    Such a great explanation Kristin! I learned to knit English style, which I think is pretty common. I was living in a pretty isolated place in the country, and only went to my knitting class once a week or every two weeks. So I got used to knitting that way, and have not been able to relearn any other style. My tension is really nice and even, but I wish I could get the hang of knitting in a way that involves less movement in my right arm. I feel it in my shoulder, and I know that’s not too good! There as many ways to knit as there are ways to walk or paint or stir the sauce. We all have our own style!

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  2. Pattymac

    Such a great explanation Kristin! I learned to knit English style, which I think is pretty common. I was living in a pretty isolated place in the country, and only went to my knitting class once a week or every two weeks. So I got used to knitting that way, and have not been able to relearn any other style. My tension is really nice and even, but I wish I could get the hang of knitting in a way that involves less movement in my right arm. I feel it in my shoulder, and I know that’s not too good! There as many ways to knit as there are ways to walk or paint or stir the sauce. We all have our own style!

    Reply

  3. Pattymac

    Such a great explanation Kristin! I learned to knit English style, which I think is pretty common. I was living in a pretty isolated place in the country, and only went to my knitting class once a week or every two weeks. So I got used to knitting that way, and have not been able to relearn any other style. My tension is really nice and even, but I wish I could get the hang of knitting in a way that involves less movement in my right arm. I feel it in my shoulder, and I know that’s not too good! There as many ways to knit as there are ways to walk or paint or stir the sauce. We all have our own style!

    Reply

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