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Welted Fidget Toy

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Designed for SSK knitting retreat.

I find comfort in knitting and design. I love challenging my brain to create new things while simultaneously finding comfort in creating stitches. I also love items with a purpose: functional crafts are my jam. I love having a small piece of knitting with me, as it’s great for storing locking stitch markers. This pocket-sized project is great for using up leftover yarn while practicing a few skills: squishy garter stitch, smooth stockinette welts and a tidy attached icord bind-off.


DK weight yarn, or fingering weight yarn held double.

Each toy uses less than 15 g total.

Knit Picks Swish DK, 100% Superwash Merino, 123 yd / 112 m per 50 g, or similar DK weight yarn.

Sample yarn:

MC: Knit Picks Swish DK, colorway Dove Heather, 9.5 yd / 8.7 m (4 g)

CC: Scrap DK weight yarn, 12.3 yd / 11.2 m (5 g)

Each welt uses approximately 1.5 g.

Icord bind-off uses approximately 3 g.


22 stitches & 44 rows = 4” / 10 cm in garter stitch knit flat

US 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, min. length 32” / 80 cm or size needed to get gauge.


3.5” wide x 3” tall / 8.9 x 7.6 cm

Adjust width by casting on more stitches to start.

Adjust length by working more garter ridges between welts, working more welts, or a combination of both.


Spare needle in same size as working needle


Crochet hook of similar size for provisional cast-on

Smooth waste yarn in contrast color for provisional cast-on

3 stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Share your finished creations on Instagram with #WeltedFidgetToy

Tech editing: Bronwyn Hahn

Test knitting: Cathy A & Katherine T.

You will get a PDF (3MB) file

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