Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Last Minute Gifts

It's crunch time for hand made gifts! If you are running short on time, here are some suggestions for making thoughtful and beautiful gifts with limited time!

Cute Bow Headband by Rachel Hunnicutt: use a KnitPro Symfonie Single Pointed Crochet Hook

This quick and adorable headband will be done before you know it when you use a KnitPro Symfonie Single Pointed Crochet Hook! The KnitPro Symfonie hooks are designed by people who know and understand the art of crochet. These hooks are strong and lightweight, made from beautiful wood with a smooth polished wood surface your stitches will glide off the hook and right into the wrapping paper for gifting!

Fiona Button Scarf by Jennifer Dickerson: use a KnitPro Aluminum Crochet Hook and a KnitPro Symfonie Wood Shawl Pin

This elegant cowl is made with super bulky yarn and a 9 mm hook, so it will be done in just a couple of hours! Use the KnitPro Aluminum Crochet hook with its unique ergonomic shape with smooth handle and gentle grip will ensure that you can crochet all day long! Save time by including a KnitPro Symfonie Wood Shawl Pin as a closure rather than sewing on buttons. They come in many colors and styles, so you can easily find one that will perfectly compliment your cowl!

New Era by Alexandra Beck: use KnitPro Cubics Double Pointed Needles and KnitPro Wooden Buttons

Any lucky person on your gift list would love to receive these fashionable and practical fingerless gloves. Use KnitPro Cubics Double Pointed needles to make knitting these gloves a joy. The cuboid shape in the cross section gradually gives way to perfectly tapered birch wood tips, providing excellent stitch definition. Add the perfect finishing touch with KnitPro wooden buttons, available in all different shapes and colors!             

Friday, 7 December 2012

Gift Ideas to Give & Get

It's the season for giving gifts, and the KnitPro team has put together some great gift ideas for every knitter in your life (or maybe inspiration for your own wish list)!

The Colorful Knitter

These are some bright and colorful knitting accessories for those knitters that love vibrant hues and variegated yarns. 

1. KnitPro Shawl Pins come in many styles and are a great way to keep your beautiful hand knits in place.

2. Anyone would love to adorn their beautiful hand knit items with these fun KnitPro Wood Buttons. They come in beautiful colors as well as 7 different shapes.

3. Everyone needs cable needles, and these uniquely colored wood KnitPro Symfonie Cable Needles make knitting cables a delight!

4. KnitPro Fabric Bags are essential for keeping all your knitting needles organized in one place. Use this colorful case to store interchangeable or double pointed needle sets while they are not in use.

5. KnitPro Symfonie Needles are the ultimate needle for knitters that love color. They are strong, lightweight, have perfectly tapered tips and are suitable for any type of yarn and knitting project. Symfonie needles are available as double pointed, single pointed, fixed circular, and interchangeable circular knitting needles.

The Organized Knitter

These accessories are perfect for knitters who love to keep all their tools in order. 

1. KnitPro Needle Size ID Tags can be slipped on the cable when needle tips are removed, so that you can have multiple projects using the same size needle and never forget which tips to use for which projects!

2. If you like to keep all of your interchangeable needles neatly displayed by size than the KnitPro Interchangeable Needles Stand is essential! It is both beautiful and functional.

3. KnitPro Cubics  provide a unique ergonomic shape that makes knitting more comfortable and stitches more even. Although Cubics appeal to a wide range of knitter the geometric shape and sleek look is particularly appropriate for the organized knitter. Cubics are available as single pointed, double pointed, fixed circular, and interchangeable circular knitting needles.

4.The KnitPro Chart Keeper is a great tool for knitters that love to keep all their patterns and charts organized in one place. The Chart Keeper functions not only as a place to store your patterns, but also works as a stand to use while knitting!

The Travelling Knitter

These accessories were chosen for knitters who like to knit on the go.

1. KnitPro Needle View Sizer is a must for any knitting bag, because you never know when you will need to check that two needles are the same size.

2. The KnitPro Row Counter will help you to save time, because every time you pull your knitting out of your bag you won't need to count how many rows you've already knit-because you can just look on your row counter!

3. KnitPro Point Protectors are perfect for travelling knitters because they will ensure that all of your stitches stay on the needle, and that your knitting needles won't poke holes in your knitting bags.

4. KnitPro Nova needles are engineered from hollowed brass and quality plated nickel. These needles are smooth and lightweight-perfect for knitters on the go! Novas are available as single pointed, double pointed, fixed circular, and interchangeable circular knitting needles.

5.  The KnitPro Ring Binder is a great case for carrying circular knitting needles, small knitting accessories, and small knitting projects. For example you could keep your needles, stitch markers, and half knit socks all in this ring binder, so you won't have to worry about forgetting any of your essentials at home!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Portable Projects: Socks

Thuja by Bobby Ziegler
We hear that socks are the perfect project for knitting on the go. They are small and portable, and if you're knitting simple socks you don't have to carry any charts.There are lots of great sock patterns online, as well as some great books all about socks.

Knitting socks does require slightly different tools and accessories, and there are many techniques for knitting socks! You can knit socks from the cuff to the toe, or from the toe to the cuff. You can knit socks on double points or on circulars. You can also knit both socks at once on double points or circular needles.

If you like knitting socks on double points try out the new KnitPro Karbonz. These new-age needles are made from high-tech carbon fiber with tips in nickel plated brass. The shiny, smooth brass tips comes in perfect points to make knitting with fine sock yarn easier. KnitPro Karbonz are available from 1.5mm to 3.5mm.

If you prefer knitting socks on circulars, you're in luck - KnitPro Karbonz are also available as circular needles! KnitPro Karbonz Circulars come in  40, 60, 80, and 100 cm lengths, so whether you like to knit them using the magic loop method or with two circulars, you'll be able to try out these amazing new needles. KnitPro Karbonz Circulars are available from 2mm to 3.5mm. 

KnitPro also has double pointed sets specifically for socks and other small accessories.
If you prefer wood needles with color and flair a set of KnitPro Dreamz are perfect. They are available in 15 and 20 cm lengths and come in the most popular sizes 2-4mm, great for any type of sock or small accessory. The KnitPro Dreamz double pointed needle set comes in a beautiful fabric pouch so you can enjoy the beauty of these needles even when they are not in use.

If metal double points are your preferred tool for knitting socks give KnitPro Nova needles a try! KnitPro Novas are 15 cm long a set includes sizes 2-4mm.  Made from lightweight metal KnitPro Nova needles are strong, lightweight and durable. The smooth surface of the KnitPro Nova needles ensures that stitches move smoothly off the needle to make knitting quicker. 

If you're working socks on double points you'll want to make sure and use KnitPro DPN Tubes to keep all of your stitches on the needle, and if you're using circular needles, you can use KnitPro Point Protectors. Nothing is worse than taking your project out of the bag and realizing that your stitches have fallen off the needles! 

Once you've finished your socks, don't forget to use KnitPro Socks Blockers to block them into sock perfection! 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Knitting On The Go

We love to see people knitting in public. There’s no better way to extend your patience while waiting than to pick up your needles and work on your knitting project. However, working on your project on the go can present some difficulties, especially if you are unprepared. So, we’ve put together a list of essentials for knitting on the go: 

KnitPro Chart Keeper -  These are great not just for lace charts, but for keeping your place in any knitting pattern. This way you can move your magnets to keep track of your row and never lose a page in your pattern again! 

KnitPro Point protectors - There’s nothing worse than pulling your project out of the bag and realizing that some of the stitches have slipped off the needle. Avoid the frustration of having to pick up all your stitches by putting these point protectors on the tips of your needles before you put them in your bag. 

Crochet Hooks - Crochet hooks are very handy tools for knitters. They are useful for picking up dropped stitches, so it’s always good to have one in your bag for emergencies.

Row Counters - Row counters are extremely helpful when you have long sections of stockinette or garter stitch. It’s easy to lose count, so make sure you don’t by clicking this cute little row counter at the end of each row or round. 

DPN Tubes - If you like to knit socks or gloves on double pointed needles than these DPN tubes are a must have! These will protect your knitting and the needles while they rest in your bag. The knitting just hangs out the side of the tube while your needles are encased in the tube. 

Stitch markers - We have them all: the ring stitch marker, split ring stitch marker, locking stitch marker and Zooni beaded stitch markers! Choose your favorite style to keep on hand - these are a knitting bag necessity!

Finally, be sure to keep your knitting safe (and your notions all in one place) with a project bag! You can even make your own if you like. Here are a few of our pattern suggestions to try:

Braided Cable Handle Tote        Knitted Pocket                    French Market Bag     Pinwheel Purse