What To Do In A Knitting Rut

Knitting for others can burn you out, especially if you’re doing it last minute as most holiday gift-giving knitters are. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to rope your way back from a knitting rut. Within the 6+ years I’ve been knitting, I’ve gone through my fair share of boring knitting periods- but I’m still knitting strong!

Here are my favorite ways to spice up your knitting.

Is knitting getting boring or turning into a chore? Here are some ways to spice up your knitting game in the new year.

1. Buy more YARN!

I don’t know about you, but I always get inspired when I see yarn. Go into a yarn store and squish, smell, and buy some new yarn for yourself. Sock yarn is especially good because it’s much cheaper and extremely useful. How can you resist casting on something new when you’re surrounded by yummy yarns and fibers?

2. Try something new.

If knitting is turning into more of a daily grind than a fun past time, why not try out a different fiber art? Spinning with a drop spindle doesn’t require much- just a spindle and some fiber. Another fun one is crochet– it is similar to knitting in ways, I suppose.

3. Surround yourself with Knitters.

Whether it’s visiting your local knitting group or going on a knitting retreat, spending time with other yarn lovers is sure to reignite your knitting spark. With all the fiber fumes and knitting aficionados surrounding you, knitting will seem positively irresistible.

4. Knit something easy…

Knitting difficult projects can wear us down if they aren’t successful. Try knitting something meditative and relaxing to sooth your knitterly soul. My favorite things to knit are plain vanilla socks, garter stitch shawls, and squishy hats.

5. Or something challenging.

An easy way to stop feeling bored with knitting is to knit something that requires focus. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to knit a Shetland lace shawl on size 00000 needles or a giant Aran sweater. Some ideas are this lace and short row shawl, this amazing cowl sweater, or this lovely fair isle hat.

I hope you’ve found inspiration to keep on knitting. Life is full of ups and downs and so is knitting. So grab some yarn, your favorite needles, and knit forth!

Let me know in the comments below how YOU like to get out of a knitting rut.

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Start knitting Christmas presents, no matter what time of the year
    Look at yarn catalogs
    Enter ‘knitting a …’ at YouTube
    Enter ‘knitting a …’ at pinterest
    Go to ravelry.com
    Go to yarn brands websites

  2. Thank you for your article. I am definitely in a rut. As I approach the end of a project (that seems like it will never end) I can’t decide what to cast on next. It’s not for lack of yarn or patterns, it’s just a lack of commitment: what pattern to select, gather the supplies and wind the yarn. also this is a time where I am making lots of decisions. So it will either be vanilla socks or a hat (Rikke, with the new-to-me no purl method). Thanks again!

  3. what ends up happening is a case of startitis-I cast on for six different things. That way I can jump from one to the other and keep my interest up.

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