Knitpal

6 Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Hand-dyed and Mill-dyed Yarn

commercial yarn indie-dyers knitting needles

Have you ever wondered how yarn is dyed or what the differences between hand-dyed and mill-dyed yarn are? Then read on! We all know the bliss of seeing all the skeins of yarn that are just waiting to be turned into a wide variety of hand-knitted items, like our supporters gear. But have you ever stopped to wonder how all those magnificent colors and color-effects are created? In this post, we take a closer look. How is yarn dyed or colored? Yarn is dyed or colored through the use of different types of dyes that are applied either before or...

Read more →


What do you need to begin knitting?

begin knitting beginner knitting how do I begin to knit what do you need to knit

What do you need to begin knitting?

With all the knitting needles and accouterments on the market, it’s very difficult to know what exactly it is that you need when you’re just a beginner knitter. Let KnitPal help you out! When you are just starting out, there are only a few basic items that you’ll need. These include knitting needles and yarn (obviously), but also yarn needles, a gauge and a few other odds and ends. But, you may be wondering, which knitting needle size do I choose? Or which yarn? Keep reading to find out. Knitting Needles The main thing you have to remember with buying...

Read more →


How to read knitting patterns and knitting abbreviations

knitting abbreviatons

How to read knitting patterns and knitting abbreviations

When you’re just beginning to knit, all the knitting abbreviations may look difficult to understand, but, as you’ll see, it’s easy to learn the abbreviations and how to read knitting patterns. If you’ve ever looked at a written knitting pattern, you would have noticed that the pattern consists of a list of numbers, abbreviations and other signs. These abbreviations are used in place of writing out the names of the stitches and directions in full every time. Just imagine how long the patterns would have been then! However, when you’re just starting out, there’s only really a handful of knitting...

Read more →


Knitting Needle Conversions From Metric to US and UK sizes

beginner knitters beginner knitting questions beginning knitters download knitting needle conversion Knitting needle conversion chart knitting needle conversion PDF knitting needle sizes chart knitting needles knitting needles metric to UK knitting needles metric to US knitting needles UK to US

Knitting Needle Conversions From Metric to US and UK sizes

Because different countries may use different numbers for the same size knitting needles, it’s important to always check which type of pattern you’re using and that you’re using the correct size needles. Our handy, downloadable, knitting needle conversion chart and explanation makes this super easy! How Knitting Needle Sizes Work The good news is that the size of the needles remains the same across straight, double-pointed needles (also called DPNs), and circular needles. So, for instance, a KnitPal 4mm straight knitting needle will have the same diameter than a KnitPal circular knitting needle. The lengths of the needles do differ...

Read more →


Where can I find free knitting patterns?

free patterns good free knitting patterns knitting patterns Pinterest patterns Ravelry patterns where find free knitting patterns

Where can I find free knitting patterns?

Finding free knitting patterns can be tricky if you don’t know where to look for good quality patterns. Here are 4 different places where you can find free knitting patterns for yourself, for gifts, or just to practice with.  Ravelry If you’re not yet familiar with Ravelry — it’s been described as Facebook for knitters and crocheters. Your profile on the site is free, as is posting your own projects, being part of groups, and searching and downloading (free) patterns. Basically, you only pay when you start buying patterns. Once you’re registered on Ravelry, click on “patterns” in the top...

Read more →