“There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit”

Ah, the wisdom of Elizabeth Zimmermann.

I agree completely.  There should be no right or wrong way to knit.  The way I learned to knit was a product of an 8 year-old teaching herself to knit.  Most knitting teachers would likely tell me it’s wrong.

I disagree.

Wrong maybe as far as the books are concerned.  With it, I’ve knit many patterns including complicated cables.  My stitches are even, and I knit fast.

When I started knitting circular patterns, I realized my method wasn’t working anymore.  So, as an adult, I went back to the books.  Lo and behold, my method was not what the books teach.  It looked fine, though.

After learning that method, it was easy to learn another.  Although it did take a bit of practice to switch consistently.  But so does any habit.

On average, it takes 20 to 30 repetitions to learn a new habit.

While I now can knit either method with equal ease, I find I still don’t hold the yarn like the books.  I hold it my way.  And I think it’s one reason I knit fast.  You see, I don’t worry if I’m holding the yarn correctly or not.

I just do what’s comfortable.

See if you join me in agreeing with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s full quote:

“There is no right way to knit; there is no wrong way to knit.  So if anybody kindly tells you that what you are doing is ‘wrong,’ don’t take umbrage; they mean well.  Smile submissively, and listen, keeping your disagreement on an entirely mental level.  They may be right, in this particular case, and even if not, they may drop off pieces of information which will come in very handy if you file them away carefully in your brain for future reference.”  ~ Elizabeth Zimmermann 1910-1999



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