I am trying to make socks for the first time and am working on this sampler pattern that I got from knitting daily. I'm done with the leg, and now they want me to put half the stitches on a stitch holder. My question is, what is a stitch holder, how do I get one, and how would I put half the stitches on one without taking all the stitches off of one of my double pointed needles?
A stitch holder can be a large metal, coilless safety pin or a spare circular needle. You can also put the stitches onto a length of scrap yarn threaded through a tapestry needle. You might even put the stitches onto one of your dpns and cap the ends so that the stitches don't fall of (rubber bands wrapped around each end will do in a pinch). You just slip the stitches purlwise off the end of the needle. It may mean taking all the stitches off one dpn and maybe some stitches from a second dpn depending on your instructions.