When one first starts knitting, everything is just lovely. A new knitter can happily knit away for months and years before noticing that there is a little problem with having too many knitted goods. Knitted sweaters start spilling out of closets, drawers fill with an excessive amount of mittens, and every couch will have about three knitted blankets on it. There are some solutions. The knitter could give away several items but new items always seem to take their place. They could try to stop knitting, but we all know that’s impossible. The best solution that I’ve found to knitted items taking up too much space is to simply knit smaller items.
There are a couple of options when one makes the decision to go small. You can knit on typical needles that can be found in your local yarn store. The items made this way will knit up rather quickly. To get some ideas for super-cute, teeny-tiny knits, I suggest stopping by Anna Hrachovec’s site, Mochimochi Land. This adorably designed site has knitting patterns for so many teeny-tiny knits, like this adorable wizard.
Check out the gallery to see what kinds of nifty little things other people are knitting up.
Knitting up little plush items is a bit of a novelty but every knitter knows that there is no satisfaction quite like the one that comes from finishing up a sweater. Fortunately, Althea Crome is around to show us that knitting tiny sweaters is also a possibility. Her designs might not be big enough for anyone to wear but they contain a level of intricacy that isn’t even found on most normal sized sweaters.
Her tiny creations have to be knit up on special needles that can’t be found at most yarn stores. Fortunately, they are used for other projects and I was able to find them at available for sale on her website and a website called Purse Paradise. Sometimes even these needles aren’t tiny enough for Althea, who has created some amazing little cardigans using pieces of wire. While there isn’t much of a demand for super tiny sweaters, she was the knitter responsible for creating all the knitted looks for the movie Coraline.
In this video she explains her fascination with tiny things. Watching her work on those thin needles is amazing and makes me feel like I’m ready for a challenge. I might have to buy one of her kits soon.