"Knitting is the saving of life" ~ Virginia Woolf

Knitting Etiquette

1. Don't interrupt a knitter while she or he is counting. You'll be able to tell because they'll have stopped talking and may even be counting out loud.

2.  Always ask permission before knitting in a meeting or in a classroom.

3.  Don't go to a shop looking for help with a project if you don't regularly shop there and didn't buy the yarn or pattern there and don't expect a huge amount of help for free. Be respectful of the shop owner's time and pay for a class if you need a lot of help.

 4.  Patterns ~ if you buy a pattern book, you can make a photocopy of the pattern for yourself so you don't have to tote the book in your knitting bag or to make following a chart easier. But don't make patterns for all your friends. Respect the fact that books are a way of making a living for designers, and if you share patterns around, the designer isn't getting paid.


Likewise with patterns online, don't post them to your own website or blog without permission. The best thing to do if you want to share a free pattern is to provide a link to the website that originally published it. Again, this shows respect to the designer. And if you're posting a link to a pattern, drop the designer an e-mail and let him or her know.


5.  As with all hobbies and pastimes there is an appropriate time and place for your knitting. The key to proper etiquette is taking into consideration the feelings of those around you. If there is any chance that your activity will be distracting or annoying to others then err on the side of caution and wait until you get home.


6.  You might also want to leave your needles home when you're going to church, a public performance or speech, or even to a movie. This is somewhat controversial, but knitting can be a distraction to other people or give speakers the impression you're not paying attention. In a small venue where people are performing, they'll be able to see you and it could be a distraction to them as well.


7. If you are the host, put your cat away so it can't get into the knitting projects.

8. Don't criticize another person's knitting project. Praise or find something nice to say about it or don't say anything.

9.  Be helpful to beginning knitters. All of us were in that position once.


10.  It is best to keep drinks off of the knitting table, or at least make sure it has a lid.


11.  Keep your knitting to just your area, don’t store bags in seats and all over the table or block someone's view with bags.


12.  Always ask before you touch someone’s knitting or their pattern. Don’t ever pick it up, the whole project could slide off of the needles, it happens.

13.  Some yarn shop rules:

Don't eat or drink in the shop
Ask for assistance in finding additional skeins of yarn
Ask for an appointment if you have a problem and the shop is busy.
Expect to be treated with respect.
Expect value for your purchases.
Treat the salesperson with respect.

Don't publicly malign a shop's policies,   merchandise or pricing. 

Actually, for the most part, knitting etiquette is a continuation of the rules of etiquette for daily living. The basic rule is to treat each other with consideration and respect. You cannot go wrong it you follow the Golden Rule of treating others as you expect to be treated.