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Knitting – Why Knit? : why-knit

Why should you take up knitting?

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Many people associate crafts like knitting and crocheting with old ladies, however this is a stereotype which could not be more wrong. An increasing number of young people are now getting into this creative past time and are knitting scarves, gloves and even toys. Plus in this economic climate, learning a skill like knitting is a great way to save money by making home made gifts.

With the current popularity of these crafts and the variety of yarns and fun projects available, there’s never been a better time than now to take up this creative activity. If you normally spend your free time watching reruns of TV shows or playing some FoxyBingo.com online, but now you would like to try being more creative and productive, then it sounds like knitting is the perfect hobby for you.

Knitting relieves stress

After a long or stressful day at the office, there’s no better way to relax than sitting on the sofa, enjoying a cup of tea and getting on with some knitting. You’ll find that all the worries of the day melt away due to the relaxing, rhythmic and simple nature of knitting. The repetitive movements of knitting help to lull us into a relaxed rhythm because all we need to do is focus on just one task. In addition, knitting helps you to gather your thoughts and find a calm and positive state of mind where you’re not mulling over the past or fretting about the future.

Health advantages

There’s more to knitting which meets the eye. According to research conducted by Professor Richard Davidson of Wisconsin University, it is thought that practising rhythmic and repetitive movements such as knitting for eight weeks can have a positive effect on brain function and even strengthen the immune system. This is because therapeutic activities such as knitting evoke relaxation responses which can help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and help to prevent stress related illnesses.

Knitting improves your mood

In research by Dr. Barry Jacobs of Princetown University it has been discovered that repetitive movements in animals enhance the release of serotonin. In depression, serotonin levels are low but rhythmical movements such as knitting release a chemical called serotonin which can help you feel more calm and happy.

So when you are feeling stressed at work, it’s time for a knitting break!

Investigating Healthy Minds
An interview with Richard Davidson

What Causes Depression
New insights into serotonin, neurogenesis and depression.

The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

Knitting Needle Sizes

Crochet Hook Sizes

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How to Make a Russian Join: russian-join

What is a Russian join? A Russian join is a very effective way to join 2 yarn ends without using a knot. It works well on any type of plied yarn, especially when the yarn doesn’t felt, such as for cotton, linen or superwash wool yarns. It can be used for knitting and crochet. I also like to use this method for nalbinding.

How to Russian Join Yarn

Step 1:
Thread a needle with one of the yarns you wish to join.
Work the needle back through the yarn for about an inch, forming a loop.

Russian join yarn step 1

Step 2:
Pull the thread through, leaving a loop in the yarn end.
Russian join yarn step 2

Step 3:
Thread the second yarn end through the loop.
Russian join yarn step 3

Step 4:
Thread the needle with the second yarn.
Work the needle back through the second yarn end for about an inch.

Russian Join
Russian Join

Step 5:
Pull the needle through the yarn, leaving a second loop.
Russian join yarn step 5

Step 6:
Pull gently on both yarn ends to close the loops.
Russian join yarn step 6

You can now trim the yarn ends leaving you with a neatly joined yarn.
Nalbinding Supplies on Etsy
Look for nalbinding yarns, needles, kits and yarn in my Etsy Shop.

Nalbinding Books
Nalbinding – What in the World Is That?
Nålbindning – The easiest clearest ever guide!
Nalbinding Made Easy
Viking: Dress Clothing Garment

Nalbinding IPhone Case
What is a McMorran Balance
How to Make a Twisted Fringe

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Fingerless mittens

Here are some free patterns for knitting fingerless mittens

fingerless mittens

Kids Fingerless Mittens
Knit these up in an evening using variegated yarns.

Knoon Designs
Fingerless mittens knit in worsted weight yarn.

Learn How to Knit Fingerless Mittens
These mittens are reversible – knit in reverse stocking stitch and twisted moss stitch.

2 Hour Fingerless Mitten Pattern

Optimistic Mittens
Knit these fingerless mittens in superwash merino wool.

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Charmed Fingerless Mittens
Knit these luxurious mittens in cashmere and mohair yarn.

Fast and Easy Fingerless Mitts
Knit these mittens in worsted weight wool – using just 50 grams of yarn.

Knitting Patterns

hand spun yarn
Paivatar Hand Spun Yarns
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Knitting Books

Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques

Solveig Larsson’s Knitted Mittens: Over 40 Wearable Patterns Inspired by the Landscape, Legends, and Lasting Traditions of Northern Sweden

Free Knitting Patterns

Simple Scarf Pattern
Seed Stitch Hat
Norwegian Lichen Slippers
Knitted Socks

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Big O Games

I found some lovely examples of knitting today at my local yarn shop – in support of those ‘Big O’ games that are coming to London next week. It is nice to see that handknitters support local and global sports and use their creative talents to create works of art.

A warning though – if you do knit a doll and put shorts on it, or create other works of art that are in support of your favourite sports events, please be aware of and respect copyright rules.

Big O Games Knitting

Ravelry Crackdown
Unfortunately one of the well known knitting groups ran into some confrontation with the O committee due to copyright infringement rules.
An Apology

The Lobbying Power of Crafters

Knitted O-Theme figures

Knit Wit Suzanne – Mini Games in Garden

Big O Games Knitting

Sochi Rainbow Birds
Folksy: Sochi Rainbow Birds
Etsy: Sochi Rainbow Birds

Knitting Patterns

Knit London: 10 Iconic London Projects
Knitting patterns for the London Eye, Big Ben, phone booth and more.

Stitch London: 20 kooky ways to knit the city and more

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Knitting Software: sfwknit

Knitting Software Inc.
Makers of the Sweater Wizard.

Artlandia
Symmetry Works is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that lets you make surface pattern designs.

Cochenille Design Studio
Cochenille Design Studio’s software products include Stitch Painter that can design patterns based on a grid and Garment Styler for designing your own handwoven clothing..

Knitware Design
I love this software for designing handknit sweaters. It works great for my handspun yarns. I knit a test swatch, type in the gauge, needle size and select the sweater design I want.

Knitting Patterns
This is a free online design tool for designing your own Icelandic sweaters. You can see a 3d sweater with the pattern as you draw it and then you can make PDF document with instructions to knit the sweater. The software works with Chrome or Internet Explorer but I found that this software crashes when using Firefox Browser.

Sweater Wizard 3.0 Sweater Charting Software
With Sweater Wizard 3.0, you can simply and easily create sweaters that fit your body, your style, and your knitting preference.

Sock Wizard PC V2 Software
Create sock patterns based on shoe size. Patterns can be customized for 4 dpns 5 dpns or 2 circular needles as well as knitting from cuff to toe or toe to cuff.

Knitting Math Wizard Software-
Knitting calculation with trepidation expressly designed to eliminate pattern reading stress and ease the phobias of the mathematically challenged or relieves time consuming preparation.


Keep track of your patterns, yarns, needles, tools and browse your patterns and yarns.

KnittingCalc

Stitch Motif Maker: Color & Texture Software for Hand Knitters, Version 3.0
Stitch motif maker with knitting symbols most used by the hand knitters.

Stitch Mastery
A knitting chart editor that lets you easily design your own knitting pattern charts for cables, laces, Estonian increases and decreases, Brioche, beaded and twined stitches. Try out the free demo.

Software

Cross Stitch Software
Weaving Software
Computers and Looms
Weavit

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Thanksgiving Knitting: knit-tgiving

Daily Knitter
The daily knitter is a great source for free knitting patterns, including some for the holidays.

Oven Mitt and Potholder
Knit this oven mitt and potholder set for the holidays – in fall colours and your own handspun yarns.

Turkey Finger Puppet
Have some fun knitting this cute turkey finger puppet

Noe Knit BlogKnitted Turkey and Trimmings

Mummble JummbleA knitted and felted turkey pattern

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Beadwork

Thanksgiving Knitting Patterns and Projects

Thanksgiving Crochet Patterns

Thanksgiving Cross Stitch & Needlework Patterns

Thanksgiving Clipart

Thanksgiving Feltmaking Crafts

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Knitted Baby Sweater: blho-babysweater

Handknit Baby Sweater

The sweater set is for a friend’s baby-to-be. The yarn isn’t handspun as I wanted the sweater to be machine washable and dryable. It is Phildar Prognostic 70% Acrylic and 30% Wool. I have 2 pet cows and thought the little cow would be a natural choice for me to make and include with the sweater.

baby sweater

by Jessie

Baby Sweater Knitting Patterns

Quickie Baby Sweater
Cabled Baby Sweater
Baby Knitting

Knitting Pattern Books: Babies

Designs for use with organically grown, undyed yarns: designs include an adorable dress, a chunky jacket, or a kimono sweater for a baby and wonderful, cozy items for mothers .
UK: Natural Knits for Babies

Natural Nursery Knits: Twenty Handknit Projects for the New Baby
Using the purest of yarns, bamboo, milk cotton, baby alpaca, and pairing them with adorable designs.
UK: Natural Nursery Knits

Vintage Knits for Modern Babies
Knitted baby patterns from caps, cardigans, and mittens to booties, bonnets, and blankets–each pattern features delicate period details hearkening back to the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s .
UK: Vintage Knits for Babies

Simple Knits for Little Cherubs
Knitted baby patterns from caps, cardigans, and mittens to booties, bonnets, and blankets–each pattern features delicate period details hearkening back to the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s .
UK: Simple Knits for Little Cherubs

Sky Baby Kimono Knitting Pattern
Kindle Version:
Baby kimono knitting pattern with simple lines and seed stitch details.
UK Kindle: Sky Baby Kimono

..more Baby Knitting pattern books..

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St Patricks Day Knitting: knit-stpats

Free knitting projects and patterns for kids and adults to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

A beautiful collection of knitted blocks to create a special St. Patrick’s Day afghan.

Celtic Knot Afghan
Designed by Nicky Epstein

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St Patricks Day Crafts

More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
St Patricks Day Crochet
St Patrick’s Day Beadwork

Celtic Knitting Pattern Books

Great Book of Celtic Patterns
Step-by-step instructions for plotting out and drawing lines, twists, braids, and knots in the ancient Irish tradition.

Celtic Designs
More than 200 authentic Celtic motifs, ideal for myriad uses, include elaborate spirals and weaves, exotic birds, horned beasts, mermaids, and other fanciful creatures.

Celtic and Old Norse Designs
125 royalty-free designs depicting birds, human figures, mythological creatures, interwoven patterns.

Celtic Collection
Alice Starmore’s Celtic knitting.
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