Baby Sock Knitting Tools – Clover Chibi Metal Straight Darning Needles Review

 

I have been using Clover Chibi Metal Darning Needles for the past five years or more. These Japan-made tools have been valuable in my knitting projects especially in making baby socks!

In the photo above, I am showing the straight darning needles. The curved darning needles (comes in a yellow case) are just as good and are great to use as well.

Advantages

1. They are inexpensive.
2. The needles last for a long period of time.
3. The darning needles are sturdy and pleasant to use.
4. Clover designed a clear tube so that you can easily see what tools you have.
5. The container is easy to open.
6. The needles are blunt enough that they don’t hurt your hand when binding off socks, hats, fingerless gloves, or any knitting project where you’re sewing seams together as well.
7. The cap is easy to twist off.
8. The design of the darning needle container is knitter-friendly with soft edges and sides so that it doesn’t snag your yarn.
9. The needle set comes in three sizes and widths for various yarn weights and sizes.

Happy Baby Sock Knitting!

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Video Update – Knit Easy Baby Tube Sock Tutorial

 

Today I decided to see if I had enough energy to film some video clips of a beginner series on knitting baby socks. In conjunction with the book I’m working on, I thought a good first-time project for those who are eager to start right away was the Easy Tube Baby Sock.

This tutorial teaches you how to:

1. Cast on stitches using the long-tail method
2. Divide cast on stitches onto four double-pointed needles (it’s really easy!)
3. How to align your stitches properly to keep them from twisting when “knitting in the round”
4. Make the cuff
5. Knit stockinette stitch using the circular method
6. Decrease stitches
7. Use an easy bind-off method to close the toe of the baby sock

Now I just have to edit the video clips, upload them, and update them here. This is the first time I’m attempting to film myself knitting and it’s a challenge. I am excited to do it at every good opportunity especially before our baby arrives this summer, Lord willing. 🙂

Other Projects

Our family plans on making videos as well of knitting baby socks that include the short row heel (without wraps and turns) using a yarn over method that Priscilla Gibson-Roberts teaches. I also want to show other options of making baby socks for those who are nervous about using double-pointed needles and would like to use single-pointed needles.

That project might come after the tube sock and short-row heel sock. Who knows? I may finish writing the baby sock book first. 🙂

Happy Baby Sock Knitting!

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