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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.

Why Knitting Gauge is so important?

 A knitting gauge is important for every knitting project, be it a pair of socks or a blanket. You just don’t start a project with the knitting needles and yarn mentioned in a pattern. A pattern designer often mentions that gauge count and knitters try to achieve the same count or something close to it. To understand why knitting gauge is important, you must understand what it is. A knitting gauge is a little map that you create with your own knitting needles to understand your journey better. In knitting and also crochet, a gauge refers to the number of stitches as well as rows in one inch of knitted fabric.

knitting gauge

To get a knitting gauge, you need to knit a small swatch to match the intended count. You take the knitting needle size or even type mentioned in the pattern and the yarn fiber and weight and make a small square of 6-10 inches. After binding off the square, wash it and block it. Later measure an inch with a measuring tape and see the count. If it’s lesser than mentioned, use a smaller needle size and go a size up if the count is more. Try and achieve the closest count.

Now, you might want to skip this step of knitting a gauge swatch, but you must not.

gauge swatch

Why Is Knitting Gauge Important?

  1. A gauge determines the look of your project. When it comes to the look, even if you follow the pattern designer’s gauge and recommendation, the look might be different. Even though you work with the needle sizes and yarn recommended you might end up with a different look. Different needle materials work differently with yarns. If you have uneven knitting tension (due to yarn or the needle material), your knitting may appear lumpy. The stitches will get bigger and smaller throughout the fabric and manifest in gaps. With a gauge swatch, you can clearly see the stitches and understand the drape of the knitted fabric.

 

  1. The gauge will also help choose the size. This is especially for garments. If you are knitting a sweater, you would want it to fit; it must not be too tight to not go down your head or too big to hand. If a pattern recommends a US 8 needle size and yet you do not get the gauge, you need to go up a needle size (US 9) or go down a size (US 7). A trick to knitting a gauge swatch is for circular knitting projects knit a swatch in the round on circular knitting needles or double-pointed needles. Cut the swatch and lay it flat for exact measure.

 

  1. It’s not just size and appearance, a knitting gauge will help you calculate the amount of yarn you use, too. If you knit fewer stitches per inch than the gauge in the pattern, you’ll run out of yarn too soon and if you knit more stitches per inch than the required gauge, then you’ll have leftover yarn when the project has finished.

Though its best you get the exact number or the closest measurement, if you are knitted fabric makes you happy then go for it! If you want the best results, experiment with the right combination of knitting needles, needle size, yarn, and tension to get the perfect gauge.


5 Tips to Get Started with Thread Crochet

Thread crocheting is usually a daunting prospect for beginners. The thin yarn, the fine stitches and the long working hours are usually a reason why many people shy away from it. But have you already seen the wonderful patterns that are created? Her work looks like lace due to the thin yarns and stitches, which is why these projects are often called lace.

5 Tips to Get Started with Thread Crochet

In this blog we give you 5 great tips with which YOU can definitely start crocheting with thread.

But first we have to clarify a few important points.

Thread crocheting is often thought to be very difficult, but that's not true. Thread crochet requires the same skills as crocheting with other yarns. The only difference is that the yarn and the crochet hook are finer. This just takes a little getting used to and practice more too. The process is exactly the same as crocheting. Thread crocheting is also often felt to be very painful and tiring for the hands, that's only partly true, because the fine yarn and working with a smaller crochet hook can strain your hands and fingers, but YOU can avoid that. Why not try optimizing your yarn tension, because this way you can find the ideal tension for you and the pain disappears. Of course, the right crochet hook is also very important, our Knitterspride crochet hooks promise comfort and pain-free work thanks to the ergonomic design. Don't forget to do regular hand exercises.

We only know thread crochet from small lace doilies that are lying around everywhere in the apartment. We usually see these little doilies on the shelves of our grandmothers. But thread crochet isn't just for the little blankets, you can create so much more. Even amigurumis are crocheted with today's thin yarns. This is how very small but detailed amigurumis are created.

The important thing is to block your thread crochet projects. This is the only way to show off the fine stitches and patterns. Of course only when it comes to blankets, scarves and those projects that need to be blocked. For example, amigurumi projects don't need to be blocked.

5 Tips for Thread Crocheting

- For a thread crochet project, you should definitely prefer steel crochet hooks. This makes it easier for you to work with the fine yarn and the fine yarn slides off the needle better. At Knitterspride you will find fine steel crochet hooks that are perfect for your thread crochet project.

- Pay attention to the grip of your crochet hook! Just because the hook is so fine doesn't mean the handle has to be so thin. This should be easy to grab to make your work easier. This is actually one of the reasons why many find thread crocheting more difficult, but it doesn't have to be.

- Do not buy sewing or embroidery thread to crochet a thread, only crochet thread. Technically, you can crochet with anything that resembles thread, but it will be much easier for you to crochet with crochet yarn. These yarns have been specially developed for thread crochet.

- Wrap the thread around your non-working hand to better control the tension because as mentioned above, this is one of the most common reasons hands hurt while crocheting.

- Make your yarn overs close to the head of the crochet hook, otherwise your loops will be too loose.

"You use a glass mirror to see your face. You use works of art to see your soul." George Bernard Shaw

Discover this unique art with thread crochet. For your crochet experience we have the best crochet hooks by Knitterspride.

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How to Choose the Right Crochet Hooks Material?

 

Choosing the right crochet hook material is just as important as choosing the right wool materials. This makes a big difference over your crochet history. In this blog we would like to introduce you to different crochet hooks made of different materials, but first let's take a closer look at a crochet hook.

A crochet hook consists of three parts: hook, shaft and grip

The wool is picked up with the hook. Depending on the design, the wool can slip off or get stuck. Our Knitterspride crochet hooks are shaped in such a way that you always have a good grip and the hook neither slips nor gets caught. See for yourself.

The shank is usually made of the same material as the hook. This area should be smooth to allow the thread to flow easily.

The handle is the area that is in our hands all the time. This range should be comfortable for our hands. The best way to find out which grip shape is suitable for your own hand is to try out the different materials and grips yourself. This is the only way to find the perfect crochet hook for you.

Material

A crochet hook can be made of metal, wood, plastic, or bamboo. We would like to introduce you to our Knitterspride crochet hooks made of the following materials:

Aluminum: Aluminum crochet hooks are lightweight but very strong at the same time. Because it is a metal crochet hook, all types of wool slide easily over it. Mohair or cotton in particular are best worked with metal needles.

Wood: Wood crochet hooks are particularly popular because of their warmth. As described above, hairy types of wool are not suitable for wooden needles, they do not slide off particularly well and thus disrupt your workflow.

Steel: Steel is particularly robust. Similar to aluminum, these are particularly suitable for hairy yarns. These needles have a sturdy handle and are ideal for all types of projects.

Bamboo: Similar to wood, bamboo is particularly popular due to its warmth.

"Everything you are comes from your choices" -Jeff Bezos

With this blog we were able to make your decision about the right crochet hooks a little easier.

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