Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Warning: Knitting content has returned, because I need a place to post this picture.

Claudia asked for solutions to keeping sock knitting on the sock needles while carrying it around, and my favorite solution is a little fabric pocket. I measured the fabric an inch wider than the length of the sock needles in question, on the bias so that there would be stretch. Then the pocket is sewn up as shown in the diagram, with extra seams to keep the sock needles from popping out. The knitting hangs out the opening of the pocket, with the flap to fold over (probably optional).

I did my own two pockets in cotton and silk, finishing the raw edgings with a little rolled hem. A super fast hemless solution would be to use a small square of slightly stretchy fleece fabric, which needs no edge finishing.

The reason this works as well as the point protectors is that the hole on the pocket is smaller than the needles are, so it holds the knitting -- remember, the knitting remains mostly outside of the pocket -- narrowly on the center of the needles. It's the same principle as the sock knitting tubes sold here but cheaper.

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