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What is the Difference Between Flat and Circular Knit?

What is flat and what is circular knitting? Which one is better? Which knitting needles are best for which type of knitting? What should I put attention on? For which projects is flat and for which circular knit suitable? Yes, there are a lot of questions regarding flat and circular knits.

Flat and Circular Knit

There are many big differences between flat and circular knit. The necessary tools alone, i.e. the knitting needles, differ and also the technique because flat knitting is knitted in rows and circular knitting in rounds, which makes a big difference. It is therefore also important to know which type of knitting is best suited for which project. In this blog we would like to list some important questions and differences between flat and circular knitting for you.

Flat Knitting

For beginners, the terms flat and circular knitting are perhaps not even known. Flat knitting, as the name suggests, is a flat knitted project. Single pointed knitting needles are mainly used here. The piece has a front and a back and these are knitted back and forth alternately in rows.

Flat knitting is particularly popular with beginners to get started with knitting.

Circular knitting

Circular knitting involves crocheting in rounds to create a circular tube. Ideal for projects such as sweaters, loops or hats. Circular knitting also requires circular knitting needles, either fixed circular knitting needles or interchangeable knitting needles. But you can also crochet in rounds with double pointed knitting needles, these are perfect for smaller projects such as baby hats or classic socks.

Stitch markers are an indispensable accessory for circular knitting, because you crochet continuously in rounds, you often have to mark important points such as the beginning of the round. Our circular knitting needle sets always contain all the accessories you need for your circular knitting projects.

An advantage of circular knitting compared to flat knitting is that you don't have a seam for loops or hats and so you can avoid the annoying sewing together. And one advantage of the fixed or interchangeable circular knitting needles is that they are suitable for both flat and round projects. In principle, circular knitting needles are just short straight needles that are connected to each other with a cable and are so flexible and allow you to crochet in rounds.

For small projects such as socks and arm warmers, the circular knitting needles are usually too large in size and it becomes difficult to knit small pieces with them. Here the Double Pointed knitting needles are the more suitable choice. Double Pointed knitting needles come in sets of five needles and have pointed ends on both sides. The total number of stitches is divided into 4 needles and the fifth is knitted to create the rounds.

Should I knit flat or circular instead? What is the better choice for me?

We recommend that you try out both techniques at least once to get a feeling and to be able to decide better which type of knitting is suitable for you or for your project. Try out our fixed and interchangeable knitting needles to get a feel for which one is more comfortable for you. Some projects are only knitted in flat and some only in circular, so it won't be that difficult for you to choose.

"Imagination is everything. It’s the preview of life’s coming attractions." -    Albert Einstein

What type of knitting do you choose or do you prefer? No matter which one you like to choose, at Knitterspride you will find the best knitting needles that promise you an incomparable knitting experience.

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Benefits of Knitting with Sharp Needle Tips

Knitters love their knitting needles and prefer them sharp and smooth. The pointy tips of the needles create magic with yarn transforming it into garments, accessories and various projects. A sharp tip knitting needle is a basic requirement of smooth knitting. A simile to explain the point is, as a chef would not enjoy working with a blunt knife, similarly a knitter will not prefer a blunt knitting needle. With not so sharp needle tips you may be able to knit and complete the task at hand but you will certainly not enjoy it and spend more time getting the job done. 

Sharp tips are best found in metals, especially stainless steel knitting needles as it is very hard to match the point profile in wood, bamboo or any other material. The points make a huge difference in your knitting comfort. It becomes easier for you to insert the tip of your needle in your stitches without splitting your yarn, to pick up stitches, to insert in the back loop or to make any type of increase. With these pointy tips, you would find yourself knitting faster and much smoother.

interchangeable circular needles

Here are the 5 reasons why sharp-tip knitting needles work the best. If you are a tight knitter or one who hurts easily, you may not work with them but even then you cannot deny the fact that the sharp tips work very well.

  1. Ideal for Lace Knitting Techniques

Sharp tips are ideal for lace knitting patterns. The knitting needle has to go through two or more stitches at one time to create those artful holes. To work with techniques with accuracy while not damaging the delicate yarn, sharp tip needles work the best. There is also the need for yarn over (yo) once or multiple times as you will compensate by knitting two or more stitches together.

  1. Perfect Small Stitches

Knitting small stitches require the same exactness as lace patterns. Small stitches mean small needle sizes and lightweight yarns. Many knitting needles in small sizes focus on being durable so that the points are rounded so that they don’t chip off or break when you manipulate it in tight yarn plies. Sharp tipped needles of stainless steel are perfect for the task of small gauge. Even if you have the smallest needles, you can be assured that the surface is smooth, rust-resistant and durable.

  1. Managing Fuzzy yarns

Knitters love yarn and they come in many forms and looks. Fine yarns, like lace weight or fingering, are for intricate knitting patterns. Fuzzy fibers such as mohair, angora, cashmere, alpaca and llama wool look beautiful and are warm. Working with different kinds of yarn does not mean different kinds of needles. It can be easily knitted with needles that have precision tips. If you are working with two yarn types of different textures, with sharp tips you can differentiate easily and make the stitches. Even if two yarns have tangled or tend to stick together, then too with these points you can easily knit.

  1. Best for Big Decreases

Decreases are a part of knitting patterns where you want the project to take shape such as socks, hats, and sweaters. There are various methods of decrease but most of them work smoothly with sharp needle tips. When you will be merging two or more stitches in one and that too very neatly the precise points work the best.  This is also helpful for knitting increases. You can easily knit one stitch twice to add more stitches to shape up your projects.

  1. Multi-Color Yarns or Colorwork Patterns

Like lace patterns and small gauge, knitting colorwork patterns becomes easy and smooth with sharp tips. When you work with precision points, it helps you view and insert stitches neatly and comfortably. You can also easily inspect the yarns when you are working closely with two colors or a multi-shaded yarn. 

With this, you have reasons to work smoothly with sharp tip knitting needles. Many of us knitters prefer a set of needles or brands over others for the natural ease of working with it. The Mindful Collection is a unique range of stainless knitting needles with sharp tips. Making the needles special is an inspirational word imprinted on the body, such as create, dream, breathe, etc. that keeps the knitter focused on the meditative aspects of knitting. You can choose individual sizes or purchase knitting needle sets in options of double-pointed, fixed circular as well as interchangeable circulars that contain the most popular sizes plus accessories. Circular knitting needles combine the comfort of sharp tips with smooth cords making the ideal tools for all kinds of projects. The eco-friendly material is known for smooth crafting. Needle sets are often the best and most economical way to buy interchangeable circular needles since they include a variety of sizes but also additional helpful accessories that, if bought separately, would cost more.

Best Knitting Accessories you can Buy

You think all you need to knit is knitting needles and wool. That's not wrong either, but with our Knitters Pride knitting accessories you make life easier and have a better knitting experience. You will surely ask yourself how you managed without these helpers until now. In this short blog we would like to present some of our accessories in more detail and explain how they work.

Knit blockers

Many knitting patterns only unfold when properly blocked. The pieces of knitting are moistened and stretched to the right shape and size. To make this process extra easy, we've designed these awesome Knitters Pride Knit Blockers for you. The needles are gentle on your knitting project and rust-resistant.

Aqua Sock Blockers

Socks also need to be blocked and due to their special shape, they also need a special accessory to block. These Aqua Sock Blockers are designed specifically so that you can slide your sock on and block into the right shape. Pretty handy, isn't it?

Row Counter Ring

Everyone likes a nice ring on their finger. We don't offer it as a pretty fashion accessory, but as a useful knitting accessory for you. With this ring you can count your knitting rows and don't miss the rows of your pattern. You can also interrupt your work and know where to continue next time.

Row Counter Clicky

If you don't like or don't want it in the form of a ring, you can alternatively take a look at our Row Counter Clicky here. As the name suggests, the Clicky has a clicker that you press at the start of each round to count your rounds.

Tape measure

Every piece of knitting or crocheting has to be measured. It doesn't work without the numbers, sometimes you have to measure the arms, the collar or simply the length. Our practical Tape Measure in different shapes are practical to pack in the needlework bag and always have with you without getting tangled up. Because the measuring tapes can be pulled out and with one press, the measuring tape can be neatly retracted and stowed away again very quickly.

Folding scissors

A pair of scissors is always a must. And these scissors are ideal for your handicraft bag, because you have absolutely no risk of injuring yourself. Because it is foldable, the sharp tips can be hidden inside the scissors and can be transported safely.

Stitch markers

Sometimes a row has to be marked, sometimes stitches or the beginning of the round. Stitch markers are little helpers that we couldn't work without. We have the small colorful markers in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Take a look around and equip yourself with a few of the colorful little helpers.

Wool needles

We need woolen needles to sew on individual parts, to sew them together or to sew up thread ends. We have a set of woolen needles that includes different sizes and are therefore suitable for a wide variety of projects.

"Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it." - Dee Hock

These useful accessories will take your knitting experience to a whole new level. As a result, you will experience more joy in knitting and can become more creative and devote yourself fully to your work. We as Knitters Pride do our best to always offer you the best knitting experience.

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How to Knit a Christmas Stocking on Circular Needles?

A filled Christmas stocking by the fireplace is simply part of St. Nicholas Day and Christmas. The bigger the stocking, the bigger the joy. Children in particular are very happy when it is filled with sweet treats and little surprises. In this blog we would like to show you how you can knit the classic Christmas Shocking yourself.

The swatch for this project is 30 stitches x 34 sounds = 10 x 10 cm (stockinette stitch)

You need Double Pointed knitting needles with a needle size of 3 mm and the desired and suitable yarn. And off you go.

Step 01

Cast on 100 stitches with double pointed knitting needles and close the work in a round. There are 25 stitches on each needle.

Step 02

Now knit the next 15 rounds in stockinette stitch.

Step 03

From now on you continue to work in the following division: Knit the 25 stitches of the first needle on the right, knit the cable strips over the 25 stitches of the second and third needle, increasing 5 stitches per needle in the first round (i.e. 5 times after every 5th row). Knit 1 stitch twisted out of the cross thread), knit the 25 stitches of the 4th needle. Now you would have a total of 110 stitches on the four needles. In this arrangement you knit 60 rounds further. (= 5 pattern sets in height.)

Step 04

Now we have arrived at the heel. After a total of 75 rounds, knit a boomerang heel over the 50 stitches on the first and tipped needle, starting with the double stitch right on the next round and continuing with the heel. Divide the 50 stitches into 16 stitches - 18 stitches - 16 stitches.

Step 05

After the heel, work the foot in the same way as you did for the upper. In the 123rd round, decrease 5 stitches in each of the two cable strips from the start. You should now have 100 stitches.

Step 06

Now work the lace in stockinette stitch. Here you decrease each round until there are only 8 stitches left on the needles. Then close the top.

Step 07

You can knit a furry collar around the connecting edge to make a more Christmassy sock. Using 4 mm Double Pointe knitting needles, pick up 68 stitches (17 on each needle) from the cast-on edge by stitching from the inside out of the sock. After 24 rounds in stockinette stitch, cast off all stitches loosely and then turn the brim inside out.

Step 08

The last step is to crochet a hanger for the Christmas shocking. To do this, crochet 4 chain stitches and a chain. Work single crochet back and forth until the hanger has a total length of 20 cm. Each round begins with a chain stitch. Sew the loop onto the socks and fasten all threads.

Finally, fill your socks with little things that will bring joy and you can attach it to the fireplace.

"Christmas is a stocking stuffed with sugary goodness."-     Mo Rocca

If you have a crochet or knitting lover in your family, you can also fill your Christmas stocking with the most beautiful items from Knitters Pride and bring great joy.

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How to Knit Socks in Easy Steps

Socks have a very special place in knitting. Hand knit socks are perfect to warm your feet or gift a loved one. After learning to knit a pair of knitting needles and yarn to make some socks. For new knitters and everyone who is willing to give it a try, we got this blog on how to knit socks in easy steps. Even though knitting a sock could seem to be a complicated project, in reality, it is quite simple. You have a quick project on hand with only few rounds to go. Once you understand how it works, you’ll be able to “whip up” different socks in any size using whatever yarn you have on hand.

Socks come in various sizes for babies, kids and adults (men and women). While the best way to go forward is the measurement of the ankle and the area from down the heel, it cannot be done for every project. Socks make the best gifts, so of you are making it for loved one you might not shy from asking their measurements, if not follow the standard sizes.

For your sock sizes, here’s a quick chart.

(U.S. Shoe Sizes)

 

4-6½

6-8½

7-9½

9-11½

10-12½

13 -14

Foot Circumference (inches)

7

8

8

9

9

10

Sock Height

 

7

8

Total Foot Length

8

9¼-10

9¼-10

 

10¼-11

10¼-11

11¼-12

 

Which Knitting Needles to make Socks?

For knitting socks you can go ahead double pointed or circular needles. Both are handy tools for the project. The knitting needle size is most important here so make sure you have needles as mentioned on a sock knitting yarn. You can plan one with popular sizes- US 1, US 2 or US 3 with lengths of either 4″ or 6″.

If you like working on circular needles rather than double points, we recommend 10” circular needle set. The small circumference of the fixed circular makes them easy to handle, and the set comes with a variety of needle sizes in an easy to carry case. It also includes several useful accessories.

If you are ready to try out new things, the magic loop technique is definitely worth. Make sure you have a circular needle that has a cord length of 32″ to almost 47″.

Yarn: While you can use any kind of yarn for sock knitting, a lot of knitters prefer yarn with superwash sock-weight yarn. Wool and wool-blends are popular choices for babies to keep their feet warm.

How to Knit Socks?

There are two ways to knit socks- toe up or cuff down. Both are perfectly fine as long as you are confident. Many knitters prefer to make the cuffs first then go down while many knitters like to go the other way.

Knitting Socks in Easy Steps

Start with knitting a gauge swatch of 4 - 6” x 4 - 6”. Make sure to use the same knitting needles and yarn that you have planned for the project. Stockinette is the most common stitch pattern for socks therefore it’s recommend you knit the same. After the swatch is ready, wash and block it. Then measure your row and stitch gauge.

Step 1: Cast on Stitches

Cast on stitches with three or four double pointed needles or the needle tip of the circular needles and spread it over the cord to the other tip.

Start with knitting the leg part of the socks. Work 3 rounds of rib stitch (knit 1, purl 1). Repeat until the leg measures according to your calculations. You can knit with 1 yarn color or 2 or more, just make sure to knit at least two or three rows with one shade.

Step 2: Knitting the Heel and Foot

Knitting a sock heel is challenging but then a pattern assists you. Keep working with the stockinette stitch on the needle for the heel. The heel shape needs special attention so make sure to keep trying the socks every few rows if it’s your first time sock knitting project.

If you are working with double points, for the heel and gusset, you will need to divide the stitches. Even with circular needles first go ahead with short rows and then later come back to the pick them up and complete them.

After the heel, pay attention to the sock pattern as you need to actively decrease stitches. Use stitch markers here to mark the points of decrease.

Step 3: The toes and binding off

Continue with the stockinette stitch and decrease for the toes. When you have few stitches left on the knitting needle, use the Kitchener stitch or other seaming methods to bind off.

Work the second sock in the same way.

After you have completed the project give it some love with blocking tools. You can cover up the minor mistakes and let the yarn relax.

Happy Sock Knitting!


How to Knit Neater Rib Stitches?

Do you know that feeling when you want to knit a clean rib stitch pattern, but isolated stitches keep coming loose and destroying the overall picture? Perhaps there are even entire rows that simply appear uneven and therefore ugly? Don't worry, you'll get rid of them very quickly with these tips from Knitters Pride and you can knit clean rib stitch stitches according to this blog.

If a project is to be elastic in some places, as with hats, then a 2x2 rib stitch is often knitted, i.e., 2x purl stitches and 2x knit stitches alternately. This creates a pattern that is elastic like a rubber band. Many sweaters also start with this pattern. But this beautiful pattern is not so beautiful anymore when the stitches are knitted unevenly. Therefore, these beginner stitches are actually one of the most difficult. You must always follow the stitches and not mix up the stitches because if a knit stitch is on top of a purl the whole pattern will look wrong.

How to Knit Neater Rib Stitches?

Tip 01 - Pull tight after every first purl stitch

The first thing you need to work on for a clean rib pattern is your tension. So, pull the yarn well when you switch from a knit stitch to a purl stitch. But really only do this on that one stitch.

Tip 02 - Knit with a smaller knitting needle size

If you don't want unsightly holes to appear between the transitions to the knit stitch, you can counteract this and use smaller knitting needle sizes. Because these holes are created because the knitting needle is in the way here, so if a smaller knitting needle size is in the way, the hole will also be smaller and in the end hardly noticeable.

Tip 03 - Knit through the back loop

In the transitions, the stitch only has to go over halfof the stitch, and you also reduce the distance between these stitches, between which the unsightly holes appear, and end up with a clean rib stitch.

Tip 04 - Change your yarn

Sometimes the problem is not the technique or the knitting needles, but simply the yarn is unsuitable. In this case, you should change your yarn and try a different one.

Tip 05 - The yarn has a high friction

Scratchy wool does not lend itself well to the rib stitch. It is almost impossible to knit a neater rib stitch here, the yarn is difficult to stretch, slips off your knitting needle badly and is simply not suitable in this case.

"Neatness - which is grooming, after all - is definitely the most important requirement." Babe Paley

A neat knitting can be very calming and fills you with great joy. Apply these tips and feel more fun in knitting and get a satisfying result.

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How to Teach Children to Knit?

Knitting is fun for all ages. The creative hobby is instant gratification. All you need is knitting needles, yarn, a mentor and later patterns for projects. Online sources are also good mentors. Given the many health benefits of knitting, more and more people are taking up knitting. Besides, learning to knit more knitters are looking forward to teaching their children to knit. Knitting for children is fun and an activity that will bring joy to their lives in the longer run.

The tips and tricks to teach children to knit are not universal. They can be similar but the instructions need to be customized according to the age of the child and interests. To help you teach knitting to the young ones, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Start with the right knitting needles – When you want to teach your children to knit you may want to teach them with the knitting needles you own, but do consider if it’s right for them? You can introduce knitting to children with single-pointed needles or even circulars but see that they hold it properly. Bamboo as a material is very beginner friendly. It is lightweight, affordable, smooth yet grabby to not drop stitches. Many knitting teachers recommend keeping children away from sharp needle tips to prevent accidents. This point is valid only for the very young ones. Once you see the child balance things you can get them circular knitting needles. Leave the double-pointed needles for round knitting after they have had enough practice.

Start with the right yarn – After the knitting needles though must be given to the yarn. You can get them started with some worsted-weight yarn. Bulky yarn can give them stress, especially to their tender wrists and hands. Fine lace threads are a no, till they have some practice and successful projects under their belts. Go stash busting and let them have the leftovers to make their own creation. Many times vibrant colors get them into knitting. Do not go for yarn that they feel allergic to. Lanolin can cause allergies in some kids.

Start with a small project – Many children do not enjoy doing the same thing again and again. So, to make knitting fun, start with a small project. Then can make a dishcloth or a scarf with all knit stitches. They will enjoy the different steps to cast on stitches, knitting a pattern, binding off and more. The completed project will give them the push to do more. And, with time they would love knitting.

Let them rip it too – In knitting, especially beginners will have knitting mistakes on hand. Many children love to rip things and allowing them to frog or rip the stitches is perfectly ok.

Give them time – The most important thing to keep in mind is to give time. Dedicate half an hour to the craft every day. If the time is too tedious, set them up to the task to knit five rows. Children might want to skip a few days, which too is fine. Knitting stays in muscle memory and skipping few days will not damage all the progress they made.

To conclude let’s take advice from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s famous quote “When they hand it to you to fix, do a couple of rows. While you don’t want to do it for them, you can certainly help them along!”

With this in mind introduce yarn crafts to children.