Knitpal

How To Read Vintage Crochet Patterns

crochet how to read crochet patterns vintage patterns

How To Read Vintage Crochet Patterns

Have you seen a beautiful vintage crochet border, cloth or garment that you simply have to make, but have been intimidated by the vintage pattern? It may even look to the uninitiated that you really do have a book written in code in front of you. However, learning how to read and getting the hang of vintage crochet patterns can open up a whole new world of design and patterns for you. You will see that the older the patterns are, the more difficult the pattern is to understand. Before you start, therefore, practice a few rounds with the yarn...

Read more →


How To Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

how to read knitting patterns knitting vintage patterns

How To Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

Love the vintage look? Or maybe you found a vintage pattern that you just have to make? Reading vintage knitting patterns can prove tricky the further back in time you go. In this post we’ll look at the names that were used for different stitches in vintage patterns as well as the tools and yarn that you can use for different patterns.   Vintage knitting pattern terms and what they mean When you start reading a vintage pattern you’ll probably notice a few things, including the strange names and terms given to some stitches. While “newer” vintage patterns will use...

Read more →


Knitting, crochet, and visible mending

Knitting, crochet, and visible mending

When most of us think about mending clothes, it probably entails the darning of warn patches or holes in socks or an elbow or knee patch where the clothing item’s fabric is wearing out. This kind of mending was, more often than not, made in a manner where the mending could not be seen. Indeed, the clothing item was meant to look “good as new” once you were done mending. However, visible mending has come to the forefront in the past few years to become a movement that doesn’t just mend clothing for the sake of making something last longer,...

Read more →


Basic knitting maths – How to Learn It and Make Sense of It

Basic knitting maths – How to Learn It and Make Sense of It

Maths. Not usually associated with knitting, it often attracts groans from hobbyists who simply want to knit and not be bothered by the ins and outs of maths. However, all knitters do maths practically the whole time they are knitting without really realising it and, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you’ll soon start to understand how knitting patterns work. Understanding the patterns not only means that you can more easily find and fix mistakes, but also that you can start designing your own knitting patterns! In this article, we’ll look at the basics of knitting maths and some...

Read more →


The Best Ergonomic Knitting Tools for Everyday Use

The Best Ergonomic Knitting Tools for Everyday Use

Have you ever experienced pain while knitting? Because of the repetitive motions that you make when knitting, you could start to suffer from Repetitive Strain Injuries, or RSI, in your shoulders, arms, wrists, or hands. The good news is that there are tools you can use that is ergonomic and may help these injuries from occurring while you’re knitting. There are also some different knitting methods that you can use. In this article we’ll be looking at ergonomic knitting needles, other tools, and lighting that can be used to create the perfect knitting spot where you can work away to...

Read more →