THE KNIT SHOW: The Knitting Trends Episode


(awesome theme song plays) – Hey there, and welcome to The Knit Show. I’m Vickie Howell. Today, we’re gonna be talking about modern day knitting, so everything that makes that old school craft we all love, feel new. We’re gonna start off the day with Pom Pom Quarterly’s Meghan Fernandes. Then, we’ll head to Columbus, Ohio, where I give you an insider’s peek in our industry market, TNNA. After that, we’re gonna meet up with WEBS co-owner, Kathy Elkins. She’s gonna talk about trends that she sees from her customers every day that walk in and out. She’s also gonna show how to make this really cool shawl. And then I’m going to wrap it up by giving you the wrap on all different types of needles, but first, we are going to meet today’s Knit Hive. Hello ladies. Welcome… welcome.
– Hi! Kristin, you took a little trip to be here… I’ve heard.
– I did, I did. – [Vickie] Where’d you come from? – So I own a yarn store in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we decided to come hang out with you today. – Well, what’s the name? Where can people in Florida find you? – Well, what do you call your big pile of yarn at home? – [Both] Stash. – A Place For Yarn, that’s the name of our shop. – That’s a great name.
– Thanks. Yeah, we like it. – Oh, that’s wonderful. Well, what made you wanna fly all the way down here? – Well, when you did your Kickstarter campaign, that was one of the perks and we…that was what we donated to. – Well, I’m so thrilled, thank you. I love that you also came and you brought the knitwear you’ve got little felted– – Yep, yep.
– Earrings. – And my necklace is a sheep. – Oh, so cute. So, as a yarn store owner, what are you seeing? What do people most come in and ask– What’s your most requested yarn or project or anything really? – So right now, because we do get a lot of yarn tourists, they always want something that they can’t get at home. So they come in and they say, “What do you have that’s local?” And we’re fortunate to have a local dyer in Tampa, which is about half an hour from us. And so that yarn flies off the shelf. And then we also just started carrying a all Florida grown and milled alpaca. – Ooh, I love that.
– Yeah. – Oh, fantastic. Well, thank you for being here.
– Yeah, thanks for having me. – Susan, you’re also a yarn store owner. We’ve got yarn store owners in the house today. – Yes, I am. Yarnorama! in Paige, Texas, about 40 miles east of Austin. We’re known as the playground for the fiber obsessed. – Lovely.
– And like Kristin, we also have our own line of hand-dyed fibers. – Oh, is this it? – Yes, this is it.
– Oh, let’s take a look at it. Oh, it’s lovely. – Because of where we’re located, we are a destination shop. And so people come in the same and want to know what we have that’s local, that’s special to our area,
– Yeah. – And so it’s really awesome to be able to have something that we’ve created ourselves for people. – Yeah, you know and then speaking of trends, this really is a trend for yarn stores right now. There’s been, you know, with changing technologies, we all in the industry have to figure out where our place is. And yarn stores have felt a little bit of the rub from their being e-commerce sites and Etsy stores and so many different ways that’s really wonderful but we all have to be creative. So a lot of yarn stores owners, as you ladies have talked about, have really felt like, either private label stuff, where you, you make it yourself, or in bringing in local stuff, is really the way to make your shop special. And I know that whenever I go to a yarn store, and I’m traveling, I go straight to see what they have that’s there. This is lovely, it’s got cashmere and silk and merino. – Yep.
– Lovely. – And it’s branded under Fiber Obsessions. – Great, I love it. Pretty. So hello. – Hi.
– Our crocheter’s here. How long have you been crocheting? – I’ve been crocheting since I was five years old. So over 20 years now. Yeah. My mom taught me. She had a lot of patience then that she doesn’t have now. (ladies chuckle)
– I’m really impressed that at five, and by the way, hello Hope, I didn’t even say your name, that at five you had the dexterity. I have an eight-year-old daughter and she’s also not into it, to be honest with you, but it’s really impressive. I learned when I was eight from my mom, too. We watched Bionic Woman and M*A*S*H and Wonder Woman, and I still have those granny square blanket, like doll blankets.
– Mmhmm. – And so crochet really always will have that special place in my heart ’cause I actually kinda hated knitting when I was little. Ironic. (ladies chuckle) It wasn’t until I was older. But crochet is just one of those things that will always be special to me, so I’m glad that you’re here representing it.
– Yeah, mhmm. – So I’m thinkin’, I’m gonna go meet the first guest. – Yeah, okay.
– Why don’t you guys hang out. Make yourself at home, and we’ll meet up later. Okay? – Awesome.
– Alright. Alright, I’m gonna go meet our first guest. (rad ukulele jingle) My first guest is co-founder of one of my favorite magazines, Pom Pom Quarterly, my friend, Meghan Fernandes. Thank you so much for being here. – Thank you for having me. – We wanted you to be on this. You were one of– the first name that came to our mind when we decided we wanted to do a modern trends episode, because Pom Pom magazine is so fresh and so beautiful. And I would love, if from a publisher’s and an editor’s perspective, if you would just talk to us a little bit about different shapes and styles that feel very now. – Yeah, so. We do a lot of garments. And at Pom Pom our favorite is, like kind of a cropped silhouette. I know longer styles have been in fashion recently. – Because they cover some stuff. – Yeah.
(both laugh) But you know, you got a high-waisted skirt or something like that. So we always really, are into that, but the great thing about knitting is that you can lengthen things or whatever.
– Sure, sure. – According to what you like. We also really like different kinds of shaping. Different techniques for creating different shapes, so, for example, short rows.
– Sure. – Which have been really popular in shawls and things like that, recently, but, are really starting to be kind of the standard in garment making, so yeah, whenever there’s kind of a clever technique for constructing a garment, we’re really into that. – Because it feels fresh or whatever. So just give, in case somebody doesn’t know, give a really quick description of what a short row is. – Well, it’s like a wedge of fabric that’s created by just knitting a shorter row. – Yeah.
– Yeah. ‘Cause it can seem really intimidating sometimes, short rows but, and I did not do well in geometry, or anything like that (laughs) when I was in high school. But once you’ve done it once, it kind of makes sense. But it creates a wedge of fabric so that you get like a shape, like this, so that you don’t have to do lots of casting off and decreasing and stuff like that. You can just have your stitches on your needles and–
– And look seamless and beautiful. – Yeah. Exactly. – So, the shoulder has, this particular garment has some shoulder shaping through that. – Yeah, and you get this really cool detail here because there are short rows that are made along here. And I love these shoulders, I think they’re super cool. – It’s so cool.
– Yeah. – I also love the stripe detailing. I love stripes anyway.
– Yeah. – These are such my color jams. – Well, I was gonna say, the pink and gold, yeah.
– Okay. (Meghan laughing)
– Yeah, so. But also the teal, yeah, that’s a really great– – Yeah. – And really smart. What I love is that the garment is still simple.
– Yeah. – But, that doesn’t mean that it has
to be easy. You know, it’s got some, Not that short rows are harder, but it steps it up. It steps up yourself.
– It makes your knitting interesting… – It does. It does, absolutely.
– For you to actually make it. – What about this other sweater that is right next to you? – Oh, it’s so cool. Yeah, so the short rows are here, so this is your like, wedge of fabric here. So that makes it seamless, of course, and it’s just a really great way. Instead of doing like raglan increases or a set-in sleeve or something. – Was this all done in one piece? – Yeah.
– Wow. – Yeah.
– Yeah. So that’s just gorgeous. It really is.
– Yeah. – And it gives such a really cool, sort of graphic effect. – It does.
– It kind of fools the eye. – Yeah. – Also, and right, the high contrast, pattern on pattern. – Yeah. Yeah No, this whole issue, these are both from our autumn issue, it’s all about pattern. – Are jewel tones back, too? – Well, we think so.
– Did they ever leave? I mean, did they ever leave?
– (laughing) Yeah. – There was a while where it was like,
wintry white everything. – Yeah, well, yeah. I know that there’s definitely a trend for, like the capsule wardrobe that’s, like very clean and, beiges and denim and stuff, but we love color and we think you can have a capsule with what’s colorful.
– And knitters love color. ‘Cause it gets boring to not work with color.
– Yeah, exactly. Okay, so this one, this one’s a little more subtle but talk to me about it. – Yeah, so this one, really simply, just the shoulder shaping is done with short rows. So instead of the traditional, like casting off and decreasing thing, it’s just really, really simple and yeah, you can’t even see it. – You can’t see it, which is the point.
– Because that’s how clever short rows are.
– So pretty and clean and really, it looks professional.
– Yeah. – Which is a big way to step up your knitting skills. So what we’re gonna do is
we’re gonna focus on just that technique the short row shaping. But, on another trend (Meghan giggles) ankle socks!
– Yeah! – [Vickie] So cute, so cute. So talk to me about this project. – [Meghan] So this is a really great, sort of like, gateway drug into the short row thing and that’s doing your heel with short rows and so if you’re scared of short rows in a garment, this is a really good way to just test it out and see how actually simple it is before you commit to a whole garment. – Before you make a life commitment to a big garment. – Yeah.
– You can just dive right in for this. – So the entire pattern for this will be on TheKnitShow.com but we’re really gonna just focus on this shaping. Well, two things, one, these socks are also made from the toe up, right? – Mmhmm.
– Okay, so we’re gonna focus on that and the short row shaping. Everything else, you’re gonna totally get by just looking at the pattern, and you know where to find that. Why don’t we get started? – Great.
– Alright. – So first I’m going to show you how you do the cast on for toe up socks. And it’s called “Judy’s Magic Cast-On.” And it is kind of magic. And so I, I do things magic loop and these socks are written for magic loop. And if you haven’t tried that yet, again, it’s really easy once you get into it but I will sort of show that as well. So, first thing you wanna do is do a slipknot. And put that on one of your needles. And so what’s gonna happen is you’re going to cast on 22 stitches in total. – And does it matter what cast on method, or that’s part of this magic? – This is part of the magic, yeah.
– Okay. So, kind of like you’re doing it a long tail cast on but you have both needles parallel to each other here. And Like a long tail cast on, if you’re familiar with that, you’re gonna loop that around…on that needle We’ll call this needle one. And then loop around there on needle two. And then just with your yarn around your thumb like that. – [Vickie] So you’re alternating? – Alternating. – That is magical.
– Yeah. Wait till you see what happens next. So that’s four on each needle. Five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, whoops, now I’m counting wrong now. Let’s just double check. Two, four, six, eight. Nine, ten, and the last ones, Eleven. So we got our stitches parallel to each other like this. And this is gonna be our toe, so there’s no Kitchener stitch. – Glorious. Glorious.
– (laughs) Yeah. Yeah, and that was super quick. Much faster than doing Kitchener stitch, I think, once you get the hang of it.
-Okay – So now in order to start knitting, we’ve got our working yarn here. And we’re gonna pull out this needle. So you get these two kinda like butterfly wings going on here. And then you can just start knitting like so. And so across the first needle you’re just gonna work the stitches as you normally would. – And it doesn’t matter if you’re an English or a Continental knitter.
– Doesn’t matter. – You do you. – Yep, exactly. So, across. And maybe you wanna cast them on looser than I just did. – Yeah.
(Meghan laughs) That’s your thing.
– Yeah, right. – But, that’s a good reminder. The first row of any project anywhere is always more persnickety than–
– Exactly, exactly. – Than the rest of the rows.
– Exactly. So all these stitches are gonna end up over here on the right. Okay, and so that’s one side of our sock. And then turn it around. And then you go into the second side. Now, for the second needle, you wanna make sure that you’re knitting through the back loop. – Okay.
– Of those stitches. – Because you’re working…
– Because the cast on twists that first–
– Because the cast on twists. Okay. – Yeah, so you would just knit through the back loop on that second set of needles.
– Okay. Okay, so now that you’ve done that you’re gonna go ahead and follow the pattern.
– Yep. – Which again is on TheKnitShow.com and you’re gonna work, it’s very, you know, it’s straight knitting. There’s some increases.
– Yep, really simple increases. Foot– – Let’s get into the good stuff, the short rowing. – Okay. So now, we’re gonna do some short rows.
– Okay. – So, we’ve created a gusset here with some increases, again, just a knit front and back, really super simple. So now here’s where the short rows happen. And so what we’re gonna do is I have knit across only part of the row. So that’s the beginning of our short rows. And I’m gonna do what’s called a “wrap and turn,” with this next stitch. And what that means is that I’m gonna kind of capture that stitch so that when I turn and go back in the other direction, there’s not a huge hole in your knitting.
– Right. – So, really simple, on the right side of your knitting when you’re doing this, you bring your yarn to the front. You slip that stitch over to your right needle. Then you take your yarn to the back so that it’s wrapped. Pass it back to your left needle and then you turn your work. So that’s a wrap and turn. – And you’ll notice that she left
a bunch of stitches undone because she’s only working a short portion of the row. – Exactly.
– Okay. – And so now I would go back and I would only go, like 20 stitches back, so that we’re just working the middle of that heel. So that you just get that wedge just on those stitches. So you’re just creating a little pocket of fabric there. So that your heel can fit in. – So you would wrap and turn on that side as well?
– Yep and I’ll just quickly show you how you would do that on the purl side. (upbeat fast-forward knitty music) So, you would bring the yarn to the back. Pass your stitch from the left needle to the right. Bring your yarn to the front and then pass it back. So it’s got a little scarf on. And then you would turn. And then you just keep doing that back and forth–
– Just continue. – Just like one stitch less each time. And that creates your little pocket of fabric. – Perfect. And then what do we do about those wraps after that? – Exactly. So in order to make it so that it’s really nice and invisible, here, I’ve created that pocket, it’s kinda hard to see right now but it’s right there, I’ve knit across the row and I’m about to come to some wraps, and so what you do is you pick up that wrap from front to back. And pop it on the needle and then just knit those two strands together. And it should disappear. – Let’s see it one more time. – Yep.
– So you pick up the wrap.
– The wrap from front to back. Whoops. Yep, and knit those two strands together. – And that makes it pretty invisible. I’ve actually left the wraps before because I sometimes like, as a detail,–
– Yeah. – Just having the bumps.
– Yeah. – But you have options that way for sure. – Exactly.
– And that’s all there is to it. People think it’s really super difficult to short row.
– No. – But it’s one of those things that is gonna free you up skill-wise, and really open a bunch of doors. – Yeah, absolutely. – Well, you know I’m a big fan. I love everything you do and I’m really excited for people to make these socks. Please make sure that you download the pattern at TheKnitShow.com. And when you make them tag Meghan @pompomquarterly? – Pom Pom Mag.
– @pompommag and make sure to, of course tag @theknitshow. Up next we are gonna take you for an insider’s peek at our industry market, TNNA. (rad ukulele jingle) Hey there. I am at the convention center in Columbus, Ohio, for the annual summer show for TNNA. For those of you who may not know, this is actually the place where all of your local yarn store owners go to see the latest trends for yarn and bags and tools and all the great stuff that you make with. Normally the public is not allowed to be inside the show but we’re giving you an insider’s sneak peek. We’re gonna start by seeing all the new products and then I’m gonna take you to the show floor so you can really see the goods. Let’s check it out. (swell, swingin’ music plays) (kind of like nice whistling too) (ooh, and there’s guitar ^_^ ) – Well, TNNA, The National NeedleArts Association, is really about providing an opportunity for trade to happen between manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers, so the chance for them to see new products, older products, different new vendors, and see what’s new in the industry and bring that back to their stores and sell it to their customers and consumers at large. So, it’s good for brick and mortar shops as well as online shops, and all ways in which we buy things in this day and age. (back to that snazzy guitar/whistling jingle) – I am here with Courtney Kelley. She is actually the chairperson of the Yarn Group. First of all, hello.
– Hi, how are you? – I am great, and I’m really happy that– to be able to talk to you about the Yarn Group because I don’t think that it’s really something that the sort of general community knows about. So if you could kind of give us the scoop? I would love that. – We’re kinda like the industry, behind the scenes, yarn world, is sort of how I think of it. Basically we’re under the TNNA umbrella. TNNA of course, is composed of yarn companies, needlepoint companies, cross-stitch, embroidery, I mean it’s everything. And we’re sort of like the yarn affinity group within TNNA. So if you’re company has something to do with yarn, whether you’re a wholesaler or a yarn shop or a designer, a tech editor, Yarn Group is sort of a way for you to get your voice heard within TNNA. And it’s my job on the TNNA Board to make sure that I bring the things that are important to yarn people to the discussion. (and more whistley guitar jams) (with a toe tappin’ beat) (rad ukulele jingle) – We are back in the studio to talk more trends. And with me now is Kathy Elkins, who is the co-owner of WEBS, America’s Yarn Store and also my friend and collaborator on many projects. Kathy Elkins, so good to see you. – Thank you. Thank you so much for having me. My first time in Austin. – Well, welcome. Welcome, welcome. The reason I really wanted you on the show, other than you know that I adore you, is because you run such a successful yarn store that you see a lot of people coming in and out. You also have your own yarn lines, so you, from both perspectives, see the trends abroad and right where we are at home. And I was wondering if you would talk a little bit about what you’re seeing. What your customers are really into right now. – Sure. You know, I think that it really runs a gamut. But if we were gonna hone in on a couple of things, certainly colorwork, in unto itself, isn’t as popular in my shop as it has been previously. But the way I’m seeing color used is in gradients, and in striping, and using accents, and pops of color. That is tremendously popular. And I’m not just seeing it in my shop but, you know, I pay attention to what other shops are doing as well and on their email lists. And you know, it’s very, very prevalent and it’s something that the knitters are definitely focused on right now. – It’s keeping it simple and letting the yarn do a lot of the work.
– Absolutely. – The dye techniques–
– Absolutely. – Which we love.
– And I think that’s indicative of, sort of where we are today as a society. Everybody’s really busy. Everybody’s running crazy. And they wanna have a project that’s interesting and fun and has a beautiful end result, but they don’t wanna jump through rings of fire to get there. – Absolutely. You are preachin’ to the choir. Accessibility is so important. And none of us needs another thing that we don’t finish, right?
– Right. – We want something that we can actually accomplish and put something beautiful out in the world. And if it can be a cool accessory, like what we’re gonna make today, even better. – Yeah, and the accessory piece of it is really interesting too, Vickie, because you don’t have to worry about seaming and sizing and, you know, I know we all do our gauge swatches, but in the off chance that you didn’t, you’re not gonna get yourself into as much trouble as if you did that when you were trying to do a sweater. – Okay, well talk to me about this project that we’re working on today. – Oh, this project is near and dear to me. I love this. It’s a triangle shawl knit from end to end. It’s done using Valley Yarns Northfield, which is one of my yarns, in two commercially dyed colorways and then the trim, this beautiful ruffle is the same yarn, but it’s hand-dyed locally by one of my staff members. – Oh wow, that’s lovely. So again, we’ve been talking about that in the show. Bringing in, as a yarn store owner, bringing in something, that little bit of special. And, when you do that it brings a little bit of special to your project. You’ve also brought some other colors. So, if blue, you know I love this color, but if blue isn’t your gig, they can choose from any pop. – Right, and even if you don’t wanna go with a hand-dyed, if these poppy colors are a little bit too much for somebody, there’s some other great colorways in the commercially-dyed line that you could absolutely have the same effect with. – Yeah. So why don’t we get started on making this project. This project, as you said, is worked from tip to tip and so that means it starts really tiny and ends really tiny. So let’s start with the increases that make it less tiny. – Absolutely, you cast on three stitches and it’s a four row repeat of three knit rows and then your increase row. And so I’ve done a little bit of it here, Vickie, just so folks can see. I didn’t want to start way down low. But I’m ready now to do my increase. And we’re increasing only on one side. So you’ll have a straight edge and a pointed edge as this continues to grow. So to do the increase, you just wrap your yarn and knit as you normally would in the front. And then knit into the back of the stitch. Pull it through and voilà, you have two stitches. It’s one of my favorite increases. It’s very very simple to do. It has a nice look, and even though it’s a little bit messy here on the edges when we pick up a knit for the ruffle that’ll all disappear into nowhere. – It’s called a KFB, or a Knit Front and Back. And that’s it. – That’s it.
– That’s it. Okay, so. You’ve worked up another piece for us and it looks like it’s time, so they can really see, whoops the other side, how this comes together. You can see the shape forming. Let’s just show them really quickly. – Yep. – This is the wrong side.
– Yep. – But you can see how it’s really starting to form, getting wider and wider and wider as you increase. So let’s talk changing colors. – Okay, so there is a schematic for the way the striping in this particular piece is done. You can follow it one for one or you can do your own thing, but the way we did it is, we started a big block of the light color, starting to flow into the contrasting color and then when you finish at the end, it’s all in the contrasting color. So you’ve sort of got gradient and striping happening all at the same time. – Okay well, let’s just show ’em really quick how you would join a color. – Absolutely, absolutely. And what I like to do is, I like to hold the two strands together sorta behind and pick up my other needle… Okay, hold it behind and wrap and pull it through and then just keep going. – And then it’s joined.
– And then it’s joined and then you can just keep going along. But I like to hold those tails behind so that they don’t get in your way when you’re going along. – Perfect. Okay so that’s joined, you continue as the pattern is called for and that pattern will, of course, be available on TheKnitShow.com. Okay, so now let’s talk decreases. You’ve worked a swatch, this is not the whole shawl, it’s too hard to see on camera. So this is the coming back down. – [Kathy] We’re coming back down. We have a whole lot of shawl back here behind us… – [Vickie] Right. – in reality. So here, you’re just gonna do the decrease and again, it’s just like it was on the increase, you’re knitting three rows, and then you do a decrease, decrease row on the edge, and the decrease for this is you’re gonna knit a stitch as you normally would. Then you’re gonna slip. And you’re gonna slip a stitch, whoops, there we go. Slip the stitch, and then you’re gonna knit. And then you’re gonna just slip that stitch back over. There you go, just like that. And now you’ve decreased and then you continue on knitting.
– A slip slip knit, yeah. – A slip slip knit.
– And that creates that left slanting. – Exactly. And that brings you down.
– So you do need to use that decrease in case people wanna go rogue and use another one.
– Oh, yeah. No, no, no, no, none of that. – Okay, so perfect. So you would continue as the pattern calls for. And I just wanna show them really quickly, let’s talk edging and picking up stitches. – Right so, this has already been started, as you can see. But this is just a pick up, or pick up and knit, however you term it. And it’s really simple. Sometimes picking up stitches is not exactly a fine art, you kind of have to fiddle with the formula a little bit to know how many you should pick up to make it look appropriate. With this project, because of its simplicity in its garter stitch, you just have to pick up in each and every valley. So it makes it very easy. – And the valley is in-between…
– Right. – the two rows of the bumps. – Right, in-between the two ridges. So you just put your needle in. You wrap your yarn around. Whoops. Wrap your yarn around. Pull it through and you’ve got your stitch, and then you go on. And if you just pinch and pull, you’ll be able to see your valleys a little bit easier, And you wrap it, and you pull it through. And you just keep going like that until you reach the end. – Yeah, and then from there, she’s worked– this is the ruffle portion, and so she’s worked, you can see that pop of color really coming out. – [Kathy] Right. – The increase that you did were just… that you did, is exactly like the increase that you showed earlier, right? – Right, so what happened is we pick up the whole row and then when we come back, we’re gonna do that same increase in every single stitch. So you’re gonna double the
number of stitches that you have and then from there you just, knit, knit, knit, and it creates this beautiful ruffle effect. – It creates the gap or excuse me, the gathering effect. And ruffles are actually really on trend right now too. So, neutrals, pop of color, ruffles, you’ve kinda covered it all.
– I’ve got it all. – Thank you so much, friend. I really appreciate you being here. – Thank you, Vickie.
– This is such a great project. Make sure that you go to TheKnitShow.com to download this pattern and get more scoop on Kathy’s yarns, and all that good stuff. Up next though, I am going to take you through a little tour of kind of today’s needles, and so you know what needle to use when. (rad ukulele jingle) Although knitting needles really have always just been two sticks, or maybe one cord and two sticks, there have been a few developments within the knitting world. It might be materials. It might be, a tiny different shape, but I thought it would be really fun to go through the basics of the different types of needles, and then later I will talk about materials. Okay, so first up, types. First, everybody starts on straights. Basic, really easy. You can knit flat pieces. You knit back and forth. It’s really kind of the go-to beginner basic needle. Great, the only sort of downfall to them is that it’s kind of limiting on how wide a piece that you can use and also how heavy a piece ’cause it can be hard on your wrists. That’s where circulars come in. Circulars have two tips, and then a cord, and the cord can be all different lengths. So you can do one of two things with circulars. You can knit in the round with them, with the circumference of the cord or, what I like to do, is I actually do almost all of my flat knitting on circulars. I still knit back and forth as if they were regular needles, but all the weight is held on my lap where the cord is rather than hurting my wrist. It’s just a little tip and it saves things. Okay. The next option is our double pointed needles. Double points can be used with either four or five at a time, or really, up to any number that you’d like. They’re really good also for knitting in the round. Great for smaller projects, mittens, socks, the top of hats as you decrease. Anytime you need to get smaller you want to move over to DPNs. Alright, now, if you’re upping your game and you want to work with circulars that’s when you invest in an adjustable set. So this set is gorgeous. It’s all sleek and black, which really is just a plus. But what’s cool about it is that it has all these different cords and then different needles. And they’re adjustable so all you have to do is pick your size, and then you just screw on your needle. And so you can change it, regardless of what type or what size you need, or if you need to change the length as your project grows, you’ve got it with you. I travel with this adjustable set because then, no matter what my knitting whim is, I have the right supplies. Okay, so those are the basic different types of needles. Now let’s talk materials. I’m gonna move these out of the way. Alright, first up, aluminum. Everybody has worked with aluminum at one point in their life. Your grandmother probably worked with them. You probably worked with them when you were a kid. Now, they’re a little bit more sleeker. These are called Zings, and they’re really lightweight. And, they have a much pointier tip, which is something that wasn’t really a thing when aluminums first started. So this is kind of a go-to, easy metal to work with. Next up is wood. Now I’ve got these big mamma jammas, but you can get ’em in any different size. Wood is heavier but still great, especially when you get bigger, because metal this big would be crazy time. So, this is actually like a birch wood. Any time you use wood, it warms in the hands, and that’s always an option. And this is a basic, so it’s probably a little bit more affordable. So these two are really sort of your affordable options. If you still want wood, consider going this route. So these are gorgeous. These are colorful and beautiful. These are actually called Dreamz and they are by Knitter’s Pride and KnitPro, all of this stuff is, depending on where you are, either UK or US. And these have the wood. They’re slick. Normally I wouldn’t recommend using wood needles if you were using a cotton, but these are such a slick… have such a slick finish, you’re good. They also have the metal tips. So, they work for lace knitting, which is great, or any time that you’re working with a thinner yarn that you really need to get in there with the tips. So these are really a beautiful option. They also look great in a vase because they come in different colors depending on what size they are. Their aluminum needles, also color coded, which is super handy ’cause you don’t ever have to– I don’t know about you but I’m always like, trying to find the number or whatever. You just grab a color. These, these are just fun. So another type is plastic. A lot of different brands make different type of plastic. I have not seen the marble ones like this before. These are called Marblz and I just think they’re the coolest. They’re lightweight. They’re fun to work with and they’re really eye-catching. So again, these would great in a vase but also, really just kind of light and airy. Alright, these last ones I’m gonna show you, these my friends, these are the Cadillacs. They’re sleek. They’re fast. They’ve got tip points, really pointy tips. They’re called Karbonz. This is going to make your knitting go faster ’cause your yarn’s just gonna glide off. They’ve got the pointy tip, so again, great for lace. And really, if you are serious about your knitting and ready to buckle in, this is a set that you’ll have for the rest of your life. Alright, so now you’ve seen all the basic and beautiful types of knitting needles shapes, sizes, and materials. (rad ukulele jingle) Alright, that does it for today. Thank you so much for tuning in at home. Thank you to our Hivesters for being here. – Thank you.
– Thank you, Vickie. – Make sure that you tune in to the next episode where we focus on the big knits trend. We will have Loopy Mango’s Oejong Kim, and also, my friend Michele Muska from Boye Simplicity. Until next time, breathe in, knit out. (awesome theme song plays) (Hi Traci! Hi Karin!) (Hey, Jeffrey, I need you to juggle that yarn.) (This yarn here?) (On it.) (Thank you so much for watching!)

100 thoughts on “THE KNIT SHOW: The Knitting Trends Episode

  1. GREAT first ep! So excited about this show! Since you film in Austin — will you have the Very Pink gal on, too?

  2. Wow! It's like a tv show! Beautifully done. I like that you have the Hive. it's nice to meet other knitters and crocheters and it gives a good vibe to your program.

  3. Oh I love the ceramics by that guy, I don't remember his name. But is the one that looks like knitting – of course. Also great first show! woo hoo

  4. Awesome show. I downloaded the Webs shawl pattern already and am going to order yarn from them tonite. I also plan to look into the Dreamz needles.

  5. That was great – though I had to laugh. Learning to do a toe up sock has been on my to-do list for so long, and you showed me how to do it in like 45 seconds! Looking forward to more episodes.

  6. So excited for this and you read my mind! I have been researching different ways to knit sock, specifically magic loop. I've been following your journey and so happy it's finally here!

  7. 🎵My kind of show the knit show is🎵. Educational, visually pleasing and the use of persnickety. Great show!

  8. I am beside myself today for finding the Knit Show.  I heard of the show, but thought it was forgotten.  Congratulations, Vickie!  Yeeiiii!

  9. Great start to the show ! I wish I didn’t have to work today so I could binge but I’ll have to be satisfied with a taste for now 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  10. Very happy you are back with a new show. I used to watch you years ago on knitty gritty and loved it💕💕💕

  11. The most exciting thing about this show was watching the yarn reverse-unravel in the first five seconds. When is there going to be a serious and interesting knitting show that does not focus on beginning knitters? So much fabulous knitting and crocheting happening out there. But not on this show.

  12. Congratulations, Vickie!! It is WONDERFUL! I am transported back to the days when I taped Knitty Gritty every day – love the homage to the KG couch! Loved seeing Kathy Elkins in person! (Listen to her podcast regularly). So happy that I was able to be one of your funders. You kick butt! Keep it going!

  13. This show was so great! It is like having Knitty Gritty back but even better! Trying not to watch all of the shows today, so that I have something to look forward to LOL

  14. It was an awesome viewing party at Stash- A Place for Yarn in St.Pete FL, with Kristin Lohr, a guest on the first episode. Great channel, I’ll be watching.

  15. Awesome show💝☺ I love the first episode and I am a fan already. What could be better than watching this show and knitting…all smiles ☺☺

  16. Such an eye catching, bubbly show! You answered so many of the questions that an intermediate knitter like me has after watching all the lovely youtubers in knitlandia! I can make socks. That's about it. Everything else seems too hard…..until today!

  17. Great first show. I realise though that I have utterly failed in my needle purchase choice. I did not realise it was important to consider how they'd look in a vase and mine look AWFUL, though that could be the milk carton vase not helping much. Thank you for educating me and giving me a PERFECT excuse to purchase new needles immediately 😂

  18. Your new show it amazing! I'm so thrilled to have you doing this. I can't wait to watch every episode.

  19. So glad to see the show, congratulations! I seem to get interruptions or show stops.Wondered if there is problem my end , yours? thanks.

  20. Oh, Vickie – the show is even better than I hoped it would be! Congratulations on a very professional and interesting show. All of your hard work has paid Off! 💗

  21. It appears that the decrease on the shawl is a slip, knit and pass not a slip slip knit as mentioned in the video – yes???

  22. I can see that this is going to be a great series! Also that there are lots of interesting new people and businesses to start following!

  23. Absolutely loved This!!!! Thank you Vickie! My husband thought it was awesome too – he just started knitting and crocheting 😊

  24. Thank you for having the courage and drive to deliver this very slick, interesting and enjoyable show. Delighted x

  25. OMG I love this show!! I was so sad when I couldn’t find Knitty Gritty, but I’m so happy that the knitting community came together to bring a Vickie Howell knitting show back!!! Yay!!! Knit on!!!

  26. I'm soooo excited for the show! I want to binge watch but I don't want them to end! It's so great to see you again…you got me into this hobby years ago and I've missed the modern view and trends to this traditional craft! Thank you so much!!!

  27. I really enjoyed watching this show- look forward to future episodes. Loved learning about the short rows and plan on trying to knit the socks- thanks for including pattern

  28. Thank you so much for working with so many wonderful folks to get your show up & running! I love the option of watching when (& where) I want. Missed watching you!

  29. Oh, Vickie! I'm so excited to see you hosting a knitting show again! This was awesome. Can't wait to watch the other episodes. Yay! I love The Knit Show!

  30. Learned to knit when I was five cause crocheting was too difficult for me. 27 years later and my butt still can't crochet.

  31. I'm so excited you launched The Knit Show, Vickie! I use to watch you on PBS and am so glad to see you again. You really stirred my interest in knitting many years ago, and I'm looking forward to new things now. I'll be watching them all!

  32. Welcome back, at least to me! I used to watch your original show, was always fun and informative. Hey Vickie, the light-colored alpaca was whispering to the other one, saying how nice you are. ; ) Great show!

  33. Just found this. What fun. Binge watching knitting. The husband should be very nervous. More ideas for more yarn! 😀

  34. Last segment sounded like a paid advertisement for KnitPro/Knitter's Pride (I was really hoping you'd touch base on the different brands out there (HiyaHiya, ChiaGoo, KnitPick, Clover)), but I enjoyed the rest of the episode. 🙂

  35. Awesome. I live in Clearwater will have to visit the store in St Pete . There are a few alpaca farms nearby good to hear they are producing local yarn .

  36. Awesome! I think it is very interesting to see the trends that pop up in knitting and crochet. Can't wait for my yarn stashdown to be over next year after Stitches SoCal. Every time I see pattern ideas I want yarn to knit them.

  37. This is so amazing & to see local yarn shops from the Tampa Bay area! We have been only had department store yarns to chose from & now it's just starting to be a BOOM of LYS! I love it bc it's what I grew up knowing & now can share with my 8 yo granddaughter who has been crocheting since age 3. Love your The Knit Show here on YouTube Vickie & have been binge watching the show Daily Knitting. <3

  38. Just started binge watching …. Love Pompom magazine. The yarn store where I work now carries it. Yay! Might have to get knitting their socks!

  39. Just caught up to this after listening to the Ready, Set, Knit! podcast with Vickie as guest. Congratulations! I work p/t at an LYS and will share with the owner and our Knit Night regulars. 🙂 Question about short-row heels for socks: are they as sturdy as a "Dutch heel" flap (you know, the knit 1, slip 1 row with a purl back row to make a flap and then turn the heel? Because they don't have that reinforcement of a slipped stitch…I've always wondered…

  40. NOTE: you can't use short 'cords' (i.e. 16") with regular-length tips. If you are going "short" (for hats, for example), ask your vendor for "short tips". 🙂

  41. Amazing show. I just finished school and look forward to binge watching all the episodes while I catch up on my knitting. 😀

  42. Hi Vicky! Just found this show on the internet, and I cannot stop watching it. I saw the 12 episodes in 1 day! I loved them. I wanna try everything you and your guests taught us! I cannot wait for season 2!!!! Thanks for teaching us with so much love and opening our minds to a new world! Hugs from Uruguay

  43. Just found this today and I'm so excited!! Thank you for creating this amazing channel. Let the binge watching begin…

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