Micro Knitter Althea Crome Gets an Incredible 80 Stitches To The Inch

Micro Knitter Althea Crome Gets an Incredible 80 Stitches To The Inch

Her work is so impossibly small … how she does it … it’s almost unimaginable.

Micro Knitter Althea Crome Gets an Incredible 80 Stitches To The Inch

See more of Althea Crome’s incredible work at altheacrome.com. This Bloomington, Indiana-based artist pioneered knitting at a 1:12 scale. You have likely seen her work, her miniature knit garments adorn the lead character of the 2009 stop-motion film, Coraline.

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  1. Sally

    I have knitted approximetly 100 small sweaters that I decorate my Christmas tree every year

  2. Marg aret Hier

    I am in awe of this skill level, Do you use thread and sewing needles or wire as needles?

  3. RoseMary haverstock

    Beautiful. ❤️

  4. LuAnn McKee

    Luv. Luv. Luv

  5. terry christopherson

    probably 000 knitting needles ,,that way you can do three at a time

  6. Dawn hugo

    OMG, I have never seen anything like these little jumpers (sweaters), they are exquisite. You’re so clever.

  7. Helen L. Burgess

    I am not in awe I am knocked over stupid. I can almost crochet but knitting and these pieces to me are works of art. If you sell any please let me know. I hope I can afford at least 1.

  8. Judith Sargent

    I suspect 000 needles would be too large for this scale knitting – I am curious what was used?

    • Rosemarie M Buchanan

      Needle size would probably be .5 mm. Thread would probably be sewing thread. Metric is so much easier than a bunch of zeros in a row! lol …

  9. kathy Rug

    I love the tiny items, how do I get patterns? I have up to 000000 needles!

    • Danielle

      Hi Kathy, I don’t think Althea sells patterns, but feel free to reach out to her. Good luck!

  10. Dave VanEss

    My mother used to knit mini argyle socks while listing to her lectures in college. She used cocktail toothpicks as needles.

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