Even now, after almost 20 years of knitting pictures ( /tapestry / wall hanging ), it’s still scary.
I run around telling myself: I don’t know how to do it! I don’t know how I did it before! I’m a terrible knitter! and so on.
So, here is my real ‘how to knit pictures’:
1. BE BRAVE! tell yourself you can do it, and just start!
No matter the gauge, the yarn & color matching. Instead of wasting time in mastering all that and trying to get it perfect – just start knitting. Believe me – it is faster this way.
2. Mid way: even if the knitting looks like – – – – , and not at all like what it suppose to look, even if the images are totally unclear, and even if you have a hole in the middle:
GO ON KNITTING!
You can always fix things later. A big part of knitting pictures is to have faith. If it looks terrible when its done – start again using all the knowledge you gained by LETTING YOURSELF FINISH the first picture. Again – it is faster this way.
3. ALMOST THE END, and you still want to undo because it looks bad and totally un-beautiful and so on – resist unraveling temptation (it comes from the devil whispering in your ear), and finish.
Once done – do all the corrections needed.
Often, the simple act of stretching while framing the picture, will put everything into place.
p.s. yes – technicality, being a good knitter etc. does not really matters. What matters is having the passion in your heart.