What are Knitted Lights?
Knitted LED lights create a warm and cozy ambiance that just cannot be beat. Knitted light adds the sweetest touch of winter magic to your home decor. These unique lights combine the art of knitting with the charm of traditional LED Christmas lights, resulting in a one-of-a-kind display.
You know what else they are? Fantastic gifts!
These super unique projects are not only stunning but also gift the receiver with the satisfaction of a handmade project. The magic of knitting with light adds an extra layer of enchantment, making your gifts truly one-of-a-kind. And it truly doesn’t matter what time of year they are given. Sure, they may seem like a classic Christmas or Hanukkah present, but what about birthdays? Or graduations? Or Weddings? They’re perfect for lighting up any special day.
Materials needed for knitting lights
The supply list is specific, and to have success knitting with light you’ll need the supplies listed below. Most of these items are readily available at your LYS or local hardware store, but that 66ft light strand can be tough to source (and it’s gotta be 66ft–you can not spit-splice fairy lights).
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Note that LED Fairy Lights come in a variety of options: copper or silver wire, indoor or outdoor (or both), battery-operated or USB plug-in, and you can even get colored lights. Make sure you think about where you want to hang your star before you purchase your lights so you have the correct strands. I have a battery-operated one for outdoors that we use in the winter on a tree, and in the summer when we camp! But for indoor use, I love the USB plug-in lights.
Tips for knitting a string of lights
Knitting with light requires a few additional considerations compared to regular knitting projects.
- TEST your lights before you start knitting with them! This is important as sometimes they arrive broken.
- You will likely need to rewind your lights as the plug end is typically first, you’ll want to cast on with the “free” end. I wind my lights around a can or spare spool.
- Make sure to work on the body of the needles, not on the tip... i.e. when you work a stitch wrap the wire around the full circumference of the needle. If you work it on the tip of the needle, your stitches will be way too tight to work into. Wire is NOT elastic!
- Gently pull your work downward at the end of each row, opening up the stitches. I find this helps me to see the shape forming and makes it easier to knit into the stitches on the following row.
- Try to avoid kinking your wire... before starting a new row, I release a good length of wire from the coil and prep it by laying it out. This extra step avoids any twists and kinks!