I am always on the look out for simple designs that will get me back into knitting. I am personally not a fan of anything to complicated or intricate as my purpose for knitting right now is relaxation and to distress. After a bout of insomnia I was told to stay away from the computer after 6pm and find something else to do.
I used to knit years ago when my kids were little and came away from it, so I am back and finding things I can knit while listening to music or watch some easy going TV. You don't always have to use knitting needles, I came across this rainbow loom and found a really cute video for trying this quick and easy knitted Christmas Stocking. Check out the video below, and I also have a link to the rainbow loom if you want to try it yourself.
These are really cute, and would be a great project to start right about now so you have lots of time to make a few for the holidays.
Use as Gift Wrap
They don't have to be simply for hanging Christmas Eve, you could make them to house a gift to family or friends. Something they could keep instead of throwing away or recycling as with wrapping paper.
Embroider to Personalize
If you want to make your Christmas stocking more personal, you could embroider a persons name, or a cute picture. I embroidered a cute little cat on my kids stockings when they were little. Just makes them a bit more personal. I wish I had come across this style of knitting back then as I painstakingly created them on 4 needles! I am going to try a this method instead to use for family this year including our pets.
I love finding new tools and ways to knit that are simple, fun and you see your knitting grow quickly. This way interest is not lost. This would make a great first project for anyone who doesn't knit or is thinking of learning, or for kids interested in crafts.
As you can see in the video, it is a young girl teaching the craft and a really good looking Christmas stocking comes out of it. You could get more complicated and knit one using round needles just like making a real sock, but this is a quick way to ease yourself into the craft. I used to do this type of loom knitting when I was a kid. Back then you had to make your own with a wooden spool and nails! (yes I am dating myself). But there are really cool products on the market now that are an affordable way to get back into a bit of crafting.
You don't have to use a rainbow loom, you can get a set of simple knitting looms to create different size projects. Most craft stores sell these now, but you can also get them online, and in different sizes.
If you are just starting to collect supplies for knitting, then having a set of plastic looms around means that you could simply change it up and create 3D projects such as Christmas Stockings, scarves, and more. These are a fun a different way to get into the world of knitting.
When I first saw these plastic looms in my local craft store, I didn't get them because I thought all they could really do is knit round things. But I was wrong. I came across this book that shows you so many ways to use these simple looms to create all kinds of great knitted projects, such as pillows, scarves, bags and more. I was amazed.
My goal is to just have fun with projects. I am not quite ready to dive into the world of intricate patterned sweaters or something that takes months to produce. Time is limited for many people who just want to try something and not lose interest or worry about mistakes.
This is my next project, once I have finished my 6th scarf ready for our Ontario winter!. I would like to try my hand at this type of knitting which will also give your hands a break from the knitting needles. As long as you have a good hook or metal crochet hook to life the first stitch over, this can be a lot of fun. The stitches look good too.
So, if you are looking for something a little different to try from the traditional knitting needles, give this a go. You could use up your leftover yarns on smaller projects, and your projects grow right before you eyes, which is what I love because I tend to be impatient. Have Fun!
If you read the title and thought "what?" now I have heard everything, I was surprised too. But this technique shows you that you can get super creative with knitting and it is not limited to traditional needles.
If you have ever stopped by my blog, you will know that my main interest in knitting is finding simple, easy and fun ideas to get back into knitting for stress relief. I don't want anything to intricate if possible, so that I can simply relax, knit and enjoy music or TV. I don't want to have to worry about 10 different colours or heavy counted patterns. So in my search I have come across many really cool ways to get creative and have awesome looking products for yourself, friends, gifts or even to sell at craft fairs and shows.
Check out the video below to get inspired by using that big fat comb that was in style years ago or get one at the Dollar Tree.
You can find these at dollar stores, or discount stores. Or you could simply get creative and take a strong comb you no longer use and get rid of a few teeth. It depends on how thick a yarn you use too. So if you have tinier combs you could use lightweight yarn to look more like a woven product.
Combs, Shoe Boxes, Get Creative!
You could use old combs, or cut teeth out of the edge of a shoe box, or a piece of wood. As long as there are teeth and a way to work the yarn and be able to lift the stitch up and over, it can work. So if you are looking to try something a little different than needles, give this a try. It is very similar to loom knitting but knits a long piece which would be great for scarves or create pieces you can sew or weave together for later, such as with my knitting bag example. I knitted pieces and then wove them together and stitched them to create something a little different looking.
YouTube is a great place to get some inspiration if you are stuck such as the video above.
Try weaving a Blanket?
You could work on these comb knitted strips and collect them using all your leftover yarns (say similar weight if you can) and then once you have created a good sized collection, lay them out on the table and then weave them together and sew where them meet and around the edges you could add fringe or anything that inspires you, or even bling and buttons as in my knitting bag project..
There are so many ways to knit now. For me these ideas are something that fulfills my idea of simple, quick and fun and "de-stressing". I love seeing something grow from my hands quickly and this works! So give it a try and have some fun.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.