3 Ways to Motivate yourself to Knit!

Do you feel isolated as a machine knitter? Most of us don't have a club, local gropu or even another machine knitter nearby who shares our passion. Staying motivated an be a challenge. Here are some tips:

1. Remember why you started machine knitting

  • Was it because you were a hand knitter who wanted to knit faster?
  • Did you have small children or grandchildren to clothe?
  • Did you lust after those expensive St. John style suits and dresses?
  • Were you looking to make a few extra dollars?

Whatever the reason you started machine knitting, ask yourself why you are knitting today. Maybe you need to commit to participate in a local bazaar this fall. (Nothing like a deadline to get you motivated).  What about charity knitting?  There are lots of charities who could use your talents for making hats, mittens, or blankets. When's the last time you made something beautiful for yourself ... just for fun?

2. Fan the Flames

It's easy to get stuck in a rut and knit the same things over and over.  But your creativity (and skills) will blossom when trying new things.  Examine your last few projects.  


  • Are you stuck in a rut?
  • Were the projects fun or were they a chore?
  • When's the last time you tried a new technique?
  • When's the last time you tried a new yarn?
  • Maybe an unusual colorway is what you need to get your creative juices flowing
  • Visit an expensive boutique for inspiration
  • Surf the web for photos of current fashions


machine knitting coned yarn

Try a new yarn ... try a new technique

3. Put that knitting machine to work!

I hear knitters tell me that they have too much yarn.  What are you waiting for? Knit it up!  Unlike wine, yarn doesn't increase in value with age.


  • Go to your stash and pick out your favorite color.  Make a commitment to knit something .... and finish it!  No UFO's allowed. Even a plain stockinette blanket will find a home and it can give you a boost to get creative and do more knitting.
  • Post a photo of your finished item on Ravelry or an internet forum ... brag a bit!
  • Wear something you've made into a yarn store and make all those hand knitter jealous!


Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 07/30/2012 at 5:18 AM | Categories:



Sileola wrote on 07/31/12 7:17 AM

I'm encouraged. Thanks

Lynda wrote on 07/31/12 1:39 PM

I simply love knitting on my machines. Scarves, jumpers, hats, baby clothes anything, just to use up the wool accumalating in my shed over the past 40 years!!

Jeanne wrote on 07/31/12 2:02 PM

Its been too darn hot to do anything, including knitting. I've got some ideas for Xmas. And I had better get started.
Emmy Lou

Emmy Lou wrote on 07/31/12 10:54 PM

I'm not happy with my finishing techniques on the last two sweaters I've knitted. How can I improve?

Sue wrote on 08/01/12 3:47 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. It's a good reminder to get me going again.
Jeannie Crockett

Jeannie Crockett wrote on 11/12/14 9:30 AM

You forgot to mention to keep reading Knit-It-Now. You always inspire me to just go do it!

Heidi wrote on 11/12/14 11:07 AM

I'm fortunate to live where there are several clubs, seminars and retreat opportunities, plus we have quite a few dealers. My problem is I knit a significant number of holiday gifts for family (who, fortunately, not only appreciate my work, but request it), but I burn myself out trying to get it all done on time, so don't want to knit for the rest of the year. Doing it earlier would be smart, but either the recipient doesn't drop hints early enough, or I don't have any ideas until the last minute. I can't do the charity knitting our guild calls for because if I had to knit hundreds of hats over and over again, I'd get so bored I'd never want to knit anything ever again. If it isn't something new and different, I don't want to do it. I do like to experiment with ideas that pop into my head, but that also ramps up frustration, which may be leading to the loss of my knitting mojo.
Morag Walker

Morag Walker wrote on 11/13/14 10:20 AM

Knit it Now has been great for me even if I haven't been able to knit for a few weeks as I have to keep my sore foot up, they give me inspiration to do "something" when I am able. I have been on the website "a few times" I went into the stash and found some lovely yarn and have knitted a waistcoat for myself, which I am sewing up just now - with my foot up!! Thank you to Sue at Knit it Now.

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