Feb 11, 2018

‘Stripes’ Hat

Lots of stripes, all ways – vertical and horizontal!  This is a fun hat for any level of knitter.  Choose your favorite color combination, and let the stripes begin!

Loom: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom

Yarn:  Two different yarns used in sample, both #5 Chunky. Premier Serenity Chunky, Smoke Heather, 1 skein. Red Heart Soft Essentials, Greyhound, 1 skein.  Both yarns are 100% Acrylic and machine washable.

Stitches:  Stockinette and Figure 8

Notions:  Knit Hook, Crochet Hook, Darning Needle

Size:  Adult, 10” deep

Gauge:  5 rounds=1 inch

Abbreviations:  Rnd (s)=Round(s),  Aprox=approximately   Lt gray yarn=yarn 1  dark gray heather=yarn 2

Vertical stripes:  These rnds are worked with both yarns, always covering the same pegs with each yarn.  To cast on the loom, create a separate slip knot with each yarn.  Place first yarn slip knot on beginning peg. Wrap around loom with first color. Then with second round, attach the second color on first peg on inner loom (opposite the loop knot with first color). Wrap around loom, covering pegs skipped in first round.

Each round will end with one yarn coming from the outer loom, and one yarn coming from the inner loom. Repeat process covering all pegs with 2nd loop (see photo). Then hook over the bottom loop over top loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast On 52 stitches in Stockinette with both yarns to create the vertical stripes.  Lay anchor yarn.

Rnds 1- 8:  Work in Stockinette with both yarns in vertical stripes.

Rnds 9-11:  Lay yarn 2 aside and work with yarn 1 in Stockinette. (3 rnds)

Rnds 12-14:  Lay yarn 1 aside and work with yarn 2 in Stockinette.  (3 rnds)

Double Vertical Stripes:  Rnds 15-19 (5 rnds) will be in Figure 8 stitch.  Lay yarn 2 aside and work full rnd with yarn 1, on every other 2 stitches.  Wrap front to back of same stitch working 2 stitches, skip 2 pegs, and work next 2 pegs. Wrap each stitch in direction like the number 8. Keep this process going until you have a full rnd and are back to beginning.  Lay yarn 1 aside and work the round covering the skipped stitches, front to back, in Figure 8 with yarn 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rnds 20-22:  Cut yarn 1 and tie off with yarn 2.  Work 3 rnds in Stockinette with yarn 2.

Rnds 23-25:  Place a new loop knot of yarn 1 on beginning peg and work in Stockinette for 3 rnds.

Next 12 rnds:  With both yarns attached and on beginning pegs, repeat the vertical stripes as in the first 8 rnds.

Rnd 38:  Lay yarn 2 aside and work one rnd with yarn 1 in Stockinette.  Cut yarn 1 with 2-3” tail.

Rnd 39-44:  Knot yarn 2 with yarn 1 tail.  Work in stockinette with yarn 2 for 6 rnds.

Hat should measure 9.5”-10” high and you are ready to bind off, and close up the hat crown.

Bind Off:  Cut yarn 2 with aprox 20” yarn tail.  Gently pull stitches snug on pegs.  Move the loops from inner loom to same stitch on outer loom, so that the inner loom is empty.  Hook over each stitch, so that you have just one loop on each peg on outer loom.

Place the yarn tail on large darning needle.  You will be transferring the loops onto the yarn for the gather bind off.

Moving from R to L, insert the needle thru the loop from underneath and allow it to slide onto the yarn.  Remove it from the loom.  Pick up next loop and allow it to slide onto the yarn and remove it from the loom.  Continue around the loom lifting each loop and transferring it to the yarn, until all loops are on the yarn.  The hat is now free of the loom and it can be lifted up and off the loom.

Finishing:  Leave the yarn on the darning needle.  Gently, gather the top edge of the hat by pulling the yarn and drawing the top of hat together.  Once the opening is small, you can take the yarn to inside of hat and use the darning needle to sew the hat closed.  Knot securely.  Leave the yarn tail attached to use to sew on the pompom.

Work a single crochet bind off of cast on stitches using the crochet hook.  Be sure to work towards the yarn tail, so that you end the bind off at the yarn tail. Once you have worked all the stitches on the anchor yarn, there will be only the one loop on the crochet hook. Pull the yarn tail thru the last loop to knot.  Gently remove the anchor yarn.

Weave in all yarn tails that may remain, or pull to inside of hat and trim.  This is best done with the crochet hook.

Pompom:  You will make a crochet chain of each color yarn that is aprox 40” long with the crochet hook. Start with a loop knot, pulled so that it is about the size of a pencil. Insert the crochet hook into the loop, grab the yarn and pull it thru the loop so that you have a new loop.  Grab the yarn again, and keep going in this manner to create the chain.  Once you have aprox 40” of crochet chain, knot the last loop.  Trim ends to about ½”.  Repeat the process with the other yarn.

 

Once you have both yarn chains complete, roll them together as if making a Christmas bow.  Tie in center and knot.  If you would rather, you can make a traditional pompom or tassels.  Just have fun with the adornment!

Sew securely to top of hat using the yarn tail and darning needle.  Cut end of yarn after sewing is complete and weave in yarn tail into the knit, or pull to inside of hat.

 

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  • I love everything about this hat, the color, stripes, the top…so good! Great post!

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Feb 11, 2018

Thrummed Mittens

Designed by Bethany A Dailey

This is the perfect season for warm, cozy mittens!  This version uses a technique called thrumming, which adds sections unspun fiber into the fabric of a knitted piece to add a layer of toasty warm softness to the inside of the garment.  When viewed from the outside, the thrums give the look of little hearts…perfect for February knitting! 

LOOM: Sock Loom 2

YARN: approx. 108 yards bulky yarn. Sample used Bernat Softee Chunky, 108 yrds, 100% acrylic, in Natural.  Also used: approx 1.25 oz of unspun fiber.  Sample used Spinner’s Candy, 100% Falkland Wool, in Birth of Venus colorway.

NOTIONS: loom tool, yarn needle, crochet hook, scissors, row counter.

GAUGE: 6.5 sts x 14 rows = 2 inches in stockinette.

SIZE: junior/ adult.

ABBREVIATIONS:

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

CO=cast on

BO=bind off

KO=knit off

WY=working yarn

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=round(s)

PATTERN NOTES

One strand held throughout.

All knit stitches are the true knit stitch, or U-stitch.

To Create and Place a Thrum:

Use lengths of fiber cut or pulled to 6″.  The lengths should be about the same thickness once folded into thirds, as the thickness of the project yarn.  Fold the length into approximately thirds, or a little bit less, and twist to form the thrum.  This is then used on the peg that calls for a thrum, along with the working yarn. (Wrap the thrum around the peg above the base loop and hold the ends between your fingers to the inside of the loom. At the same time, lay the WY in front of the peg and above the thrum. Lift the base loop up and over both the thrum and the WY. The thrum and WY are knit off 2 loops over 1 in the following row.)

This pattern calls for 96 thrums per mitten, 192 total.  Feel free to make them up ahead of time, or as you work each thrum.

For visual instructions on how to create thrums and begin using them in your mittens, see the following tutorial:

THRUM CHARTS
(Click on the charts to view larger)

Thrummed Mittens Chart

Simple Thrum Chart

INSTRUCTIONS 

Set loom so that both end pieces are able to slide inward.  CO to 32 pegs to work in the round.

Rounds 1-12:  *k2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Round 13 & 14:  k all pegs.

Rounds 15-24: Work Rounds 1-10 of the Thrummed Mittens Chart. (*see Pattern Notes for working thrums)

Thumb: Using only pegs 1-6, knit a flat panel for 30 rows.  The WY will be back at peg 1 at the end of the 30 rows.

Round 25 & 26: Work Rounds 11-12 of the Thrummed Mittens Chart.

Rounds 27-50: Repeat Rounds 1-12 of the Thrummed Mittens Chart two more times.

Rounds 51-58:  Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

a. Knit all sts of the round, but decrease every 4th peg.  Do this by knitting 4 sts, then move the 4th loop to the 3rd peg. Knit the 2 loops over 1 in the following round.  Slide both end pieces inward and shift the sts around the loom so that there are no empty pegs. Mark the original first stitch and keep this as the first stitch, even though it may move to a different peg.

b.  Knit all remaining sts.

Gather BO the remaining 12 sts.  Pull yarn tail with needle to the inside of the mitten, give one more careful pull to tighten all stitches, and knot securely in place.

FINISHING

Using a 15″ length of yarn, neatly stitch sides of thumb closed.

Weave in all ends and trim close to work.  Thrums can be adjusted with a yarn needle or loom tool to make both “legs” even.

Block lightly.

Repeat all steps for second mitten.

Have questions or comments for Bethany?  Feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂 

2 Comments

  • Hi Bethany , Thanks for video. Do you think you could do a video on the new his and hers KB sock loom? By the way a big shout out to Pat at KB looms for the great help. Love KB Looms and all looming products keep up the good work.

  • Hi Carolyn 🙂 So glad you have enjoyed the video and all the KB Looms. I’m not sure about future plans to film for the His and Hers Sock looms specifically, but I can point you to some past tutorials on making socks that were created by KB on the original wooden sock loom. All the same procedures should apply directly to these new looms: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6YJLhydEvymx-MjD_naI2JKZsd5ZLU4i

    Hope that helps!

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Feb 4, 2018

Woven Ladder Scarf

By Ace Beorchia

LOOM: Zippy Loom (2) and Regular Connector (1)

YARN:

2 skeins super-bulky yarn-(appx. 160 g). [Sample used Pattons Cobbles in Winter White.]

1 skein jumbo yarn (appx. 60 g). [Sample used Premier Yarns Couture Jazz in Denim.]

 

SIZE: 5″ W x  desired length. (Sample is 96″ long.)

Expand your loom-knitting toolkit with this Woven Ladder Scarf. Learn a new and simple technique that will give your projects a distinct look with minimal effort. You’ll be sure to turn some heads with this crafty accessory.

ABBREVIATIONS

K= knit  sts=stitches

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Set up a loom with 2 Zippy Looms.

Cast on 8 sts; prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: K2, skip 1 peg, K2, skip 1 peg, K2

(The skipped pegs will create small spaces where the “woven ladder” strands will be weaved at the end of the project.)

Rep Row 1 until item measures desired length from cast on row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Tighten final row and weave in loose ends. Lay flat and block.

 

Woven Ladder

Loosely weave one strand of jumbo yarn (approximately 12” longer than your finished scarf) in the first “skipped peg” spaces of each row. Weave the strand through every two rows to achieve the “woven ladder” effect. Leave 6” of the strand on each end of the finished scarf.

Tassels

Using the same yarn as the woven strands, attach five 6″ tassels evenly across both ends of the scarf.

(Hint: Insert the end of the two woven strands through the nearest tassel to secure the strands of the scarf.)

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Jan 22, 2018

Hoppies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These house socks are easy to knit. Using only the flat stitch and purl stitch, these are great for any skill level.

LOOM: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, used as a single knitting, outside rail only.

YARN: Sample used Stitch Studio Earthtone in Cream approx 100 yards.

NOTIONS: tapestry needle, accent buttons.

GAUGE: 6 stitches and 8 rows to 1″ of flat stitch.

SIZE: medium 7-8, large 8-9.

ABBREVIATIONS

K= uwrap stitch/flat stitch
P= purl stitch

Work one clockwise and one counter clockwise.

INSTRUCTIONS

Ewrap cast on 52 pegs, prepare to work in the round.

Cuff:

Row 1: k3 (p1, k4) p1, k3

Row 2: (k2, p1, k1, p1) k2

Repeat rows 1&2 for a total of 30 rows.

Rows 31-35: k row

Heel:
Turn heel on 26 pegs, using short row shaping. There will be 10 unwrapped pegs when finished decreasing.

Foot:
Knit in flat stitch for a total of 35 (40) rows.
Work as many rows as desired for the length of the sock. (8 rows = 1″)

Toe:
Repeat heel instructions for toe.

Bind off and slip last loop off peg and cut yarn leaving an 12″ tail for sewing.

Sew the toe closed using a yarn needle using the Invisible Stitch.

Tighten cast on edge.

Sew on accent buttons to the cuff. (The set of 4 knit stitches side by side)

21 Comments

  • Can I use this pattern with the new oval plastic sock looms

  • The pattern is wrote out for this loom but the pattern could be used on the His and Her Sock Loom but you will need to do a swatch and figure out the amount of rows needed.

  • Your Lulu Headband has a stitch called “Icord”
    the instructions for the Icord is: over the first two pegs (peg 1 and @), work a 2 st icord that is 35 rows long. Cut yarn and join yarn at peg 3.
    Could you explain this in more detail or can you direct me to a video that I can see how it is done.

  • Bonnie, Isela made the Lulu Headband.
    http://www.knittingboard.com/lulu-headband/

  • I went to that site and that still doesn’t answer my questions.
    What am i to do now.

  • It just brings me back to the Lulu headband.

  • Bonnie, I looked at the pattern and you need to make 6 icords.
    I do not see a video for this pattern. Isela made this video so many this will help you.
    https://youtu.be/Ziu7f_ZG8i8
    The Icords are worked on sets of 2 pegs

  • I went on youtube and found out how to do a icord.

  • What is in parenthesis on row1 and on row 2
    What Zoe’s that men is that what you do for larger size?

  • What is in parenthesis ( ) is what you need to repeat within the row.
    The width can not be changed since you use all the pegs.

  • Does the instruction, “work one clockwise and one counter clockwise” refer to the left and right sock? Are the rows knit in the round continuing the same way for the entire sock?

  • One needs to be worked clockwise and the other needs to be counterclockwise so at the start and end stitches end up on the outside of the sock. This is where the buttons get sewn. The pattern is worked in the direction at which it is casted on. Just make sure you do not work both socks in the same direction.

  • Hi. What weight is this yarn please? I am in the uk and we dont have this brand so i need to find if this a 5 or 6 weight yarn.

  • Any worsted weight will work

  • So what is on the outside of the parenthesis is the border stitch for the row and what is in the parenthesis is the repeat stitches for row?
    Can this pattern be used either sock loom2.?
    .

  • Row 1: k3 (p1, k4) p1, k3
    So on row 1 you knit the first 3 pegs. The ( ) is the repeat within the row. So you work p1,k4 until you reach the last for pegs.You then work p1, k3 to finish the row.

  • can I buy a hard printed copy of your patterns as I don’t have a printer available and it would be easier for me as I am can not write the direction down?

  • Thanks

  • ive done the cuff and now I’m about to start the heel. what does it mean by turn heel on 26 pegs and work short row shaping, please could you publish exactly what to do?

  • You work it just like you would for any other sock heel. You will have 10 unwrapped pegs after the heel shaping.

  • Part 1: https://youtu.be/5e3J0fuYz-U
    Part 2: https://youtu.be/HDCtTqjDDPE

    Even though it is a differant loom the directions do not change. But just rember to leave 10 unwrapped pegs.

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Jan 15, 2018

Aria Messy Bun Beanie

Let’s start the year off by going back to basics with a twist! This beanie incorporates the ewrap knit stitch, as well as the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Want to be more chic, skip the cinching of the top and create a messy bun beanie! 

LOOM:  White Hat Loom (72 pegs) from Premium Round Loom Set.

YARN:  Approx 130  yds of worsted weight merino wool. Red Heart Chic Sheep in Poolside was used in sample (3.5oz/100 grams | 186 yds/170m)

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 9 sts x 16 rows= 2 inches

SIZE:  Fits head up to 21” in circumference.

ABBREVIATIONS

Ek=ewrap knit

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

Rnd(s)=Round(s)

Approx=Approximately

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 72 sts, join to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-10: *ek1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 11: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 12-21: *ek1, p1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 22: Pick up cast on row and place the stitches back on the loom. K to end of rnd.

Rnd 23: *k3, p1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 24: k2, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 25: k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Rnd 26:  *p1, k3; rep from * to end.

Repeat Rnds 23-26 until item measures desired length (approx 7 inches from cast on edge).

To create a regular beanie (top closed): Move every loop from every odd numbered peg to its neighbor (1 to 2, 3 to 4, etc.). Once every other peg has 2 loops on it, bind off with basic bind off method.

To create a Messy Bun Beanie (top open): Remove all the stitches from the loom onto a piece of contrasting color yarn. Single crochet close the opening by grabbing three stitches each time all the way around. Follow this link to a video demonstrating this step.

Weave all ends in, block if necessary.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYZJ6gkuaVU

 

4 Comments

  • What is the gauge of the loom being used in this pattern

  • The sample used the white loom from the Premium set–some would consider it regular gauge or small gauge.

  • Were all knit stitches e-wrapped?

  • No, only the ones on the brim. The pattern has these as “ek”. I believe Rounds 1-21.

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Jan 1, 2018

Twill Stripes Stitch: Stitchology 39

Twill is a type of weave with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs.  Simply stated, this is accomplished by floating one thread over the top of one or more others to create its characteristic diagonal pattern. We can recreate this weaving technique with our knitting. The floats, or diagonal lines, are accomplished by simply twisting two peg’s stitches at a time as you work through the rows.

We have changed the format just a little bit for our Stitchology Column.  Each of the featured stitches will be explained row by row via both written and video instructions.  We will be focusing on highlighting the repeating stitch pattern itself, so that you can enjoy the freedom of putting these new stitch patterns to use in your own projects as creativity strikes.  We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning new stitches with us! 🙂

Find all the previous Stitchology Columns at this link here.

Special Stitch Instructions

To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.

The cables in this pattern involve simply trading the loops of 2 pegs in the correct order. They consist of a Left Twist [lt2] (a twist with the sts running to the left), and if so desired, a Right Twist [rt2] (a twist with the sts running to the right).  They are worked as follows:

[lt2]:  Worked over 2 pegs: Lift the loop from the peg on the left and either hold in your fingers, or place on a cable needle.  Lift the loop on the right and move it to the peg on the left.  Place the held loop onto the peg on the right.  With the working yarn, knit the 2 pegs. (*see video for alternate techniques)

[rt2]:  Worked over 2 pegs: Lift the loop from the peg on the right and either hold in your fingers, or place on a cable needle.  Lift the loop on the left and move it to the peg on the right.  Place the held loop onto the peg on the left.  With the working yarn, knit the 2 pegs. (*see video for alternate techniques)

*An easy way to remember which direction to go is to remember to hold the stitch on the side of the slant.  So…for a right twist, hold the loop on the right.  For a left twist, hold the loop on the left.

Abbreviations

K,k: knit

P,p: purl

WY: working yarn

St(s), st(s): stitch, or stitches

rep: repeat.

lt2: a left leaning twist of 2 stitches

rt2: a right leaning twist of 2 stitches

Chart for Repeating Stitch Pattern

 

 

 

 *Note: The stitches in the chart that are bordered with darker squares are the Repeating Pattern Rows/Stitches.

When working a Flat Panel, the stitches after the border square are worked only once: at the beginning of the first and all odd rows, before all the repeats of the Repeating Pattern Rows are worked, and at the end of the 2nd row and all even rows, after the Repeating Pattern Row repeats have been completed.

When working in the Round, only repeat the 7 stitches of the Repeating Pattern Rows within the border…the stitches after the border squares are not worked at all.  Make sure to simply read each row from right to left and work in a clockwise direction.

Repeating Pattern for working as a flat panel (Cast on from right to left/clockwise a number divisible by 7, plus 2 additional sts.  Begin 1st Row from left to right/counterclockwise):

Row 1:  p2, *k5, p2, rep from * to end.

Row 2:  *p2, lt2, k3, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 3:  rep Row 1.

Row 4: *p2, k1, lt2, k2, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 5: rep Row 1.

Row 6:  *p2, k2, lt2, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 7:   rep Row 1.

Row 8:  *p2, k3, lt2, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Rep rows 1-8 for desired length.

 

Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 7):

Round 1:  *p2, k5, rep from * to end.

Round 2:  *p2, lt2, k3, rep from * to end.

Round 3:  rep Round 1.

Round 4: *p2, k1, lt2, k2, rep from * to end.

Round 5: rep Round 1.

Round 6:  *p2, k2, lt2, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 7:  rep Round 1.

Round 8:  *p2, k3, lt2, rep from * to end.

Rep rounds 1-8 for desired length.

For working a stitch that is the exact mirror opposite of the one above, follow the same general instructions provided, but substitute right twists for the left ones, and use the below chart for exact stitch placements.

Have questions or comments?  Please feel free to leave a message for Bethany in the comments below.

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Dec 23, 2017

Spruce Berry Mittens

When the snow falls you’ll be ready to play with super warm mittens. Stylish enough for any occasion!


LOOM: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, set up for flat panel in double knit. Other looms may be used with 34+ double stitches.

STITCHES: Rib, Stockinette and Figure 8 for FDL design

YARN: Premier Serenity Chunky Tweed, #5, Color Cypress (G), 1-1/2 skeins. Premier Serenity Chunky, color Red Ochre (R), 1 skein and Pristine, white (W), 1 Skein. 100% Acrylic, 109 yds per skein. Machine wash, warm.

NOTIONS: Knit hook, Crochet hook, Large Darning Needle

SIZE: Adult med/large (7-7.5” from wrist to tip of middle finger)

GAUGE: 5 sts X 9 rows=2 inches in stockinette

ABBREVIATIONS
St (sts)=stitch (stitches), Inc=increase, dec=decrease,

Techniques: Increase (inc)-move loops over to create an empty peg. Lift loop from previous row on adjacent peg onto empty peg to create a new stitch.

  

 

 

 

Decrease (dec)-lift loop on one peg onto adjacent peg. This creates an empty peg and a peg with 2 loops. Shift all loops over to close in the empty peg. This removes the stitch. When hooking over, lift both loops as one.

 

 

 

 

Note: When instructed to work an inc or dec, always follow this with a weave and hook over to complete the row. It will say, “work row”.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast On in Rib stitch. (22) stitches with G yarn. Lay anchor yarn over stitches.

Rows 1-10: Work in Rib stitch. Rest of mitten will be worked in stockinette stitch.

Work 1 row in Stockinette with G yarn.

Add W yarn at 2nd stitch and knot. Cut G yarn.

Work 2 rows in stockinette with W yarn. Increase 1 stitch at each end at 3rd stitch after the 2nd row is complete. Work this row.
Work one additional row. Total W rows=4.

Add G yarn, and work 1 row.

Pick up W yarn, and work 1 row. Cut W yarn.

Add G yarn, and work 2 rows. After 2nd G row, inc 1 st each end. Work row. Cut G yarn.

Add W yarn, and work 3 rows. On rows 2 and 3, inc 1 stitch each end, and work rows.

There are now 30 stitches on the loom. Cut and knot the W yarn.

Add G yarn and work 2 rows.
Increase 4 stitches. Move 6 sts out from each end creating one empty at each end at peg 7 and peg 23. Then move the end 3 stitches out to create 2 more empty pegs. Be sure to add the new stitches from previous row onto empty pegs.
You now have 34 stitches on the loom.

Work 2 additional rows in G yarn.

THUMB

The thumb is worked on center 10 stitches. They will remain on the loom as you continue to work in flat panel. Leave G yarn attached at beginning of loom. Add R yarn at peg 13 or 14 for thumb stitches.

 

Work 10 rows in center of loom with R yarn. After each row, simply push down in center of loom to move the thumb stitches down.

Once complete, bind off the 10 sts with a dec: Move loop 1 onto peg 2, loop 3 onto peg 4, loop 5 onto peg 6, 7 onto peg 8, 9 onto peg 10. You have 5 pegs with 2 loops each. Move them together to center.

Cut R yarn with 6” yarn tail. Place yarn on darning needle and remove the thumb stitches to yarn. This will hold them until you are ready to sew the mitten. Push the thumb down so that it is below the loom.

The mitten is worked on the remaining 24 sts, 12 on each side of thumb.
Slowly, move the stitches from each side to meet in center. Be sure to move the 12 inner sts to line up with the 12 outer sts. Do same thing to other side. Once all sts are moved to meet in center, do a reinforcement twist on st 12 and st 13 by crossing them.
This twist will reinforce the base of thumb.

Work 2 additional rows in G yarn on the 24 sts.
Do increase at st 3 and st 22 after 2nd row of G is complete. Cut G yarn. There are now 26 sts on the loom.

Add W yarn at 2nd peg. Work 2 rows in W yarn. Leave W yarn attached.

Add R yarn at peg 2 by tying it in center between the rows of pegs.
Work 3 rows with W and R yarn to complete the Fleur de Lis pattern.

Fleur de Lis There are five R designs, worked in 3 rows.
Each has: Row 1 with a center stitch,
Row 2 with 3 stitches,
Row 3 has 1 center stitch.
There are 2 stitches between the designs at center sts. Work all R sts in Figure 8 stitch, and then add the W yarn in stockinette.

It goes like this:
Row 1 & 3: Wrap st 4, 9, 14, 19, 24 with R yarn in Figure 8. Lay R yarn down but do not cut. Work remaining pegs with W yarn in stockinette. Hook over.
Row 2: Wrap sts 3,4,5, -8,9,10,-13,14,15,-18,19, 20, -23, 24, 25 with R yarn in Figure 8. Work remaining pegs with W yarn in stockinette.

You will note that the Figure 8 wrap is only moving R to L, or L to R. The yarn tail will end at R end of loom after the 3 rows. Cut R yarn.

Work 2 rows with W yarn. You can tie the R yarn tail onto the W yarn at R side at next row. Cut W yarn and tie on G yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

Work 4 rows of G yarn.

Decrease row (dec):  Dec by 4 sts at each of the dec rows. Work the dec on peg 3 from each end, and center 2 pegs. This leaves 4 empty pegs, 1 at each end and 2 in center. Shift the loops to close in the empty pegs. Work row.

Work one regular row with G yarn. (no dec)
Next 2 rows, do dec rows and work each row.
Work one regular row.
Work 1 dec row. Work row.
Now 10 sts on loom. Cut G yarn with 10” yarn tail.

Removing the mitten from loom: Move the loops from inner loom to outer loom so that the inner loom is empty. Hook over to have only one loop on each of the 10 pegs. Shift loop from peg 1 onto peg 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10. Move stitches towards center. Place yarn tail on darning needle and pick up all loops so that they are on the yarn and free of the loom. Remove the mitten.

Sewing and Finishing
Once the mitten is off the loom stretch it out so that the inc and dec are even and well shaped. Fold in half. The sewing will look best if you use the same color yarn as the stripes dictate. Start with the thumb and sew the R sts together with the yarn tail. Once you get to the G open area at base of thumb, change to G yarn. Sew this securely.

Move to top of mitten and draw the bind off sts up with yarn tail, Knot. Continue with G yarn until you get to the W fleur de lis section. Change to W yarn and do all the W sections. Knot each one. Use G yarn to complete the sewing down to the cuff. Be sure to match the color sections for a professional looking mitten. If you have any yarn tails to cut and weave into knitting, do these before sewing the cuff. Once the cuff is closed up, it will be more difficult to get into the inside to trim yarn tails. Once complete, you will repeat all instructions for the 2nd mitten.

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Dec 22, 2017

Baby Stroller Blanket

Loom knit a gorgeous baby blanket in the perfect size for a stroller or car seat. A simple stitch pattern gives it texture through out.

LOOM:  28″ Loom + peg extenders
YARN:  Approx 500 yards of Aran weight merino wool, alpaca, donegal tweed mix yarn. Sample was worked with City Tweed HW in Obsidian, 3 skeins (164yds/150, 100g/3.53oz).
NOTIONS:  tapestry needle, row counter (optional)
GAUGE:  10 sts x 18 rows=2 inches in stockinette
SIZE:  25” long  x 26” wide

ABBREVIATIONS
k=uwrap knit
p=purl
st(s)=stitch(es)
Rep=Repeat
Approx=Approximate
SPECKLED STITCH PATTERN
4 st repeat +3
Row 1: k3, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts; k3.
Row 2: k to end.
INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 131 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k to end of row.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8:p to end of row.
Row 9: k4, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k to end.
Row 10: p4, k to last 4sts, p4.
Rep Row 9 and Row 10: (108 times) until item measures 25 inches from cast on edge (216 rows).
Rep Rows 1-8
Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in. Block if necessary.

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Dec 21, 2017

Slanting Cowl

We bring you another 2-hour or less knit! There is still time to Zippy through a few more holiday gifts! 

Loom: Zippy Master Set and 2 Zippy Looms  
Yarn: 160 yds of super bulky acrylic yarn. Sample used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA (2 strands as 1) in Tampa Spice color (81yd/74m, 142g/5oz)
Notions: knitting tool
Gauge: 2sts x 2 rows=2 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations

k=knit (sample used the knit stitch)
p=purl
co=cast on (sample used the chain cast on at the beginning)
bo=bind off
bbo=basic bind off method
rnd(s)=round(s)
rep=repeat
St(s)=stitch(es)

Set up Zippy Loom as shown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Using two strands of yarn as one, cast on 28 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Rnd 1, 3, 5: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 2, 4, 6: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: *k3, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: k2, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 9: k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Rnd 10: *p1, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 7-10: until item measures 10″ inches from cast on edge.

Repeat Rnds 1-6.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Weave all ends in.

4 Comments

  • What are dimensions of this Scarf or what is it called Isela ? I don’t have a zippy by would like to work it on knitting board,

  • Can it be done in A IO?

  • You could adapt it to the AIO. You will need to cast on a multiple of 4 (like 104 pegs). Use 1 strand of worsted weight yarn. Follow pattern as is…you may want the garter edges wider too.

  • It is about 11 inches in height and about 11 inches in width when laid flat.

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Dec 18, 2017

Double Knit Bear Beanie

Designed by Bethany A Dailey

Stay cozy this winter with a double knit hat that evokes a little woodland charm! Knit this hat’s bear in white and it looks like a polar bear, in brown and it takes on the feel of an evergreen forest creature.

LOOM: Rotating Double Knit Loom

YARN: approx. 275 yards super bulky yarn. Sample used approx. 200 yrds MC and 75 yrds CC of Knit Picks Brava Bulky (blue/white sample), 136 yrds, 100% acrylic, in white and denim, and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky (cream/brown sample) 137 yrds, 100% wool, in white and chocolate.

NOTIONS: loom tool, yarn needle, removable stitch marker, crochet hook, scissors, yarn bobbins (optional)

GAUGE: 6 sts x 11 rows = 2 inches in double knit stockinette

SIZE: junior/sm adult. (18″ circumference (but stretches to wider width) x 8.5” height

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

MC=main color

CC=contrast color

k=knit stitch

dks=double knit stockinette

dkr=double knit ribbing

CO=cast on

BO=bind off

KO=knit off

WY=working yarn

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=round(s)

PATTERN NOTES

One strand held throughout.

It might be helpful to use masking tape around the outside of the loom to temporarily number the pegs so that the colorwork chart can be more easily followed.

In the colorwork chart, there are color sections that are separated by more than one stitch during the course of a row. In these instances, it is recommended to use a separate yarn ball to switch colors. This helps the colorwork stand out with the most clarity.  Small little balls can be wound from the main skeins, or by using some sort of yarn bobbin for ease of use. There will be need for 2 extra little balls of each color during the working of the chart, plus both skeins of MC and 1 of CC.

The samples were cast on in a counterclockwise direction, but the colorwork chart’s stitches were still followed from right to left.  This resulted in a mirror image of the bear pattern.  If an exact replica of the chart is desired, simply cast on going in a clockwise direction and follow the chart from right to left.

For Instructions on how to create the Double Knit Ribbing and Stockinette Stitches on the Rotating Double Knit Loom, see the following tutorial:  http://blog.knittingboard.com/archives/8174

COLORWORK CHART
(Click on the chart to view it larger)

INSTRUCTIONS 

Using MC, CO to all 52 pegs to work in the round using the Double Knit Ribbing method (dkr). Use an anchor yarn after all pegs have been wrapped once.

Rounds 1-6:  MC, dkr all pegs.

Round 7:  MC, wrap using Double Knit Stockinette (dks) method across every other peg, beginning with the 1st front peg, during the first wrapping round. CO CC and dks on all remaining pegs during the second wrapping round. KO all pegs.

Round 8: CC, dks across every other peg, beginning with the 1st front peg, during the first wrapping round. Pick up MC and dks on all remaining pegs during the second wrapping round. KO all pegs.

Round 9: MC, dks on all pegs.

Rounds 10-24: Follow colorwork chart to create bear design. At each place where a new yarn color will be added (*see Pattern Notes), twist yarns so that the new color to be used is coming up through the “hole” of the last wrap of the current color.  Turn and wrap current color back to the beginning of that color’s smaller section.  Pick up the next color in line and repeat this wrapping process.  Continue in this method until the round is complete and all colors designated by the chart have been wrapped and KO.

Round 25: MC, dks on all pegs.

Rounds 26 & 27: repeat Rounds 7 & 8.

Rounds 28-38: repeat Rounds 1-6.

FINISHING

Wrap WY around loom 2 times and cut at this point.  Work a modified Drawstring BO, or Flat Drawstring CO following the steps below:

-Place yarn needle on yarn tail and sew through all inner loom’s stitches in the same direction as knitting.

-Place a removable stitch marker at this point of the yarn tail (can be as simple as a piece of tied on scrap yarn).

-Sew through all the front loom’s stitches.

-Remove hat from loom.

-Cinch in securely all the inner loom’s stitches by pulling the yarn tail at the place before the stitch marker.

-While holding all the inner loom’s stitches secure, cinch in all the outer loom’s stitches. Remove the stitch marker at the last moment and tighten all stitches at once.

-Pull yarn needle to the inside of the hat, give one more careful pull to tighten all stitches, and knot securely in place.

If desired, an eye for the bear can be placed at the stitch indicated on the chart either by using a duplicate stitch, or by pulling a length of yarn from the inside of the hat to the outside, making a knot, and then pulling back through to the inside.

If desired, create pompom using both colors of yarn, and attach at the top of the hat.

Weave in all ends and trim close to work.

Below is a Playlist to view this design being worked in its entirety. Come and loom along with me! 🙂

Have questions or comments for Bethany?  Feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂 

4 Comments

  • love the hat Bethany for the optional pom pom what is the size of it? Don’t want one too big or one to small thanks

  • Hi Kathy! 🙂

    It is really up to your own preference what size pom pom you create. I just spotted a Bear Beanie knit by someone who used a pom pom that was a little bit smaller than the one I used and it also looked really cute! I will tell you that I used the box of a specialty chocolate bar (Ghirardelli, I think) to make my pom pom wraps, so anything goes, I think, haha! 😉

  • Is it possible to do this beanie using the 28 ” loom?

  • Hi Heather 🙂

    Yes, you could do this beanie on the 28″ loom, but because the Rotating DK Loom is the only loom that is capable of working in double knit in the round, you would need to adjust the pattern to work every row as a flat panel and then seam up the side after the hat was removed from the loom. Also, slight adjustments may need to be made to account for differences in gauge between the two looms.

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Dec 10, 2017

Chunky Tube Scarf

By Ace Beorchia

LOOM: Zippy Loom (2) and straight connectors (2)

YARN: 2 skeins super-bulky yarn-32 yards (72g) each skein. Sample used Knit Picks Tuff Puff in Sky (Color A) and Silver (Color B), 1 skein of each color.

SIZE: 2.25″ W x  desired length. (Sample is 60″ long.)

Crank out those last minute Christmas gifts with this super quick knit! This pattern is perfect for the kids AND adults in your life.

ABBREVIATIONS

k= knit  sts=stitches

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 8 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Row 1-5: k to end of row in color A.

Row 6-10: k to end of row in color B.

(Note: To simplify switching colors, after completing the last stitch on row 5, pull the scarf taut through the center of the loom and begin row 6 with color B (without cutting color A). Make sure the working strand from color A remains inside the tube as rows 6-10 are worked in color B. When starting row 11 [or the first row of any color switch], tighten both working strands and work the stitches using the opposite color. Continue this process at each change in colors to prevent loose ends.)

Rep Rows 1-10 ten times, or until item measures desired length from cast on row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Attach 5” tassels to the end of both sides of the scarf.

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Dec 6, 2017

Silver Bells Clutch

Design by Renita Harvey

Enjoy the holiday parties with bells on!  This small clutch is just big enough for money, cards, and lipstick.  It is always handy hanging on your wrist.

Using both single and double knitting, this small purse can be created very quickly and makes a great gift as well.

LOOM:  Rotating Double Knit Loom

YARN:   64 yds 4/worsted weight yarn and 30 yds 2/fine weight yarn, Lion Brand Landscapes Yarn in Lake Clark and Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour Yarn in Platinum used in sample

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, tapestry needle. snaps (optional)

GAUGE:  n/a

SIZE:  7.5″ long x 3″ tall

ABBREVIATIONS

KKnit – e-wrap knit stitch is not recommended

PPurl

COCast on

BO:  Bind off

CA:  Color A – Blue

CB:  Color B – Silver

R:  Row

W&T:  Wrap and turn by lifting the stitch and wrapping the peg from back to front

Rep:  Repeat

Pattern Notes

Use 1 strand of the 4/worsted weight yarn.

Use 2 strands held together as 1 of the 2/fine weight yarn.

Do not cut the yarn when changing between colors.  Drop the yarn not being used and pick it up when needed again.

When changing colors in the middle of the row, twist the 2 yarns around each other once to prevent holes in the work.

Closure Flap is worked sideways.

INSTRUCTIONS

Purse

Using CA, CO 26 peg sets with stockinette stitch weave in double knit

Work 30 rows of criss cross stitch pattern found HERE

BO

Closure Flap

Using CA, CO 12 pegs in single knit.

R1-4:  K12

R5:  K6, add CB, continuing with CB, K6

R6: (short row) P5, W&T

R7: (short row) K5

R8: (short row) P5, W&T

R9: (short row) K5

R10:  P6, K6

R11:  P6, K6

R12: (short row) P5, W&T

R13: (short row) K5

R14: (short row) P5, W&T

R15: (short row) K5

R16:  P6, drop CB, pick up CA, K6

R17-20: Continuing with CA, K12

R21:  K6, add CB, continuing with CB, K6

Rep R6-21, 3 times

Rep R6-20, one more time

BO

 

Wrist Strap

Work a 2 peg i-cord for approximately 10”.

 

Assembly

Fold the Purse part in half bring the CO and BO edges together.

Seam the sides.

Seam the top of the Closure Flap to the back of the Purse.

Fold the Wrist Strap in half and sew the ends on the inside of the top corner of the Purse.

Add snaps to the inside of the Closure Flap if desired.

Weave in ends.

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Dec 3, 2017

Nubes Scarflette

LOOM: Zippy Loom (3) and connectors (2)

YARN: 50 yards of super bulky yarn. Sample used Loops and Threads Chunky in GL322 (5.2oz/150g | 27 yds/25m)

NOTIONS: Tapestry needle, row counter (optional). Decorative button

GAUGE: 4sts x 4 rows=2 inches

SIZE: 30″ L x 8″ wide (at smallest point) 11″ (at widest point). 

A less than 2-hour knit! Grab your Zippy loom and knit this quick knit! Stay warm and cozy in the Nubes Scarflette.

ABBREVIATIONS

k=knit

p=purl

st(s)=stich(es)

CO=Cast on (Sample used the ewrap cast on and then the tightening CO technique to clean up the edge)

Note: to cast on at the beginning of the row, you can ewrap the empty peg.

INSTRUCTIONS

Assemble the three Zippy looms together. You will cast on the furthest peg to the left; the first 4 pegs will be empty.

CO 8sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end.

Row 2: p to end.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: 2x

*Next row: CO 1 st at the beg of row, k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Rep from * 3x more (12 pegs have stitches now).

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Rep last 2 rows: 7 more times (total of 14 more rows).

**Next row: Move stitch from first peg to the second peg, k to end (1 st decreased).

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Rep from ** 3x more (8 pegs have stitches on them).

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in.

Add a button (maybe two) to secure the two ends of the scarflette close at the front.

 

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Nov 26, 2017

Holiday Tree Garland

Designed by Renita Harvey

Holidays always include decorations.  The best decorations are ones that are handmade with love. Deck the halls with this festive tree garland that is worked as one piece and goes on as long as you have time and patience to make it.  The connecting cord is worked on the outside loom while the trees are worked in double knit. Five cheerful charts with skill levels ranging from beginner to medium depending on which chart is chosen is provided to pick and choose from to create your own holiday cheer.

LOOM:  Rotating’ Double Knit Loom

YARN:  4 weight 100% acrylic yarn, yds vary depending on number of trees, Lion Brand Heartland in Katmai and Everglades, Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour (2 strands used as 1) in Gold, Red Stone, and Topaz used in the sample

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, crochet hook, tapestry needle

GAUGE:  not important

SIZE:  each tree 3” wide x 6” tall, entire garland with 12 trees as shown is 61.5” long

ABBREVIATIONS

CO – Cast On

 BO – Bind Off

SW- Stockinette Weave

 Sts – Stitches

PATTERN NOTES

Use 1 strand of 4 worsted weight yarn.

Use 2 strands together as 1 of 2 fine weight yarn.

Always insert the crochet hook in the stitch in the same direction in order to keep the bind off from getting twisted.

The chain is worked in single knit on the outside loom.  Trees are worked in double knit.

Sample worked with 12 trees.  Work as many or few trees with whichever charts desired.

Read chart from bottom to top and from left to right.  Work green in stockinette weave.  Work other colors in back to back weave unless the entire row is worked in the same color then work in SW.

Use ends to tie or otherwise secure garland.

If longer cords are desired on each end, work more pegs for the cord at the beginning and end of the project.

Tip:  Print off charts.  Mark off each row when worked for ease of reading.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cord

Leaving a 6″ tail, CO the outside loom in single knit with grey using the chain CO method for 25 pegs.

 

Begin the chain cast on by placing the slip knot on the first peg.

This picture is from the front of the loom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the working yarn around back of the next peg.  Wrap around the crochet hook and back around the front of the peg.  Wrap the working yarn around the hook.  Pull the new loop through.

This picture is from the back of the pegs being cast on.

 

 

 

Pull the new loop behind the next peg.  Bring the working yarn to the front of the peg.

This picture is from the back of the pegs being cast on.

 

 

 

Pegs cast on.

 

 

 

BO 15 pegs starting with the end stitch using the crochet BO method.

 

 

 

To bind off, place the loop from the first peg on the crochet hook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place the loop from the next peg on the hook so there are 2 loops on the hook.

 

 

 

 

 

Pull the second loop through the first loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat for each peg making a cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the last stitch has been bound off,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

place back on the peg.

 

 

 

 

 

Tree 

CO 3 sts with green in double knit SW over the next 3 peg.  There will be 2 stitches on each peg on the outside rail and 1 stitch on each peg on the inside rail.

 

 

 

Place slip knot on the first peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap with the SW for 3 pegs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return wrap so pegs have wraps on the front and back pegs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit over the outside rail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap the 3 pegs in SW.  Knit over both rails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue following desired chart.

Increase as follows when indicated on charts.

First BO the next cord stitch leaving an empty peg between the double knit work and the cord stitches.

 

 

Lift the loop from the previous stitch that is behind the peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move it over to the next empty peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase the front peg in the same manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move stitch over to empty peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work the other side in the same manner on the back peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the front peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place the new stitch on the next empty peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each increase is worked on both sides increasing the work by 2 stitches.

When bottom of the tree is reached, BO as follows leaving 5 stitches for tree trunk/gift:

Place the loops from the back pegs on the last 4 stitches on each end on the corresponding front pegs.

Knit over so there are only 1 loop on each peg.

BO using the crochet BO method starting the end stitch working to the middle.  Repeat on the other side.

Leaving 5 stitches.

When tree trunk/gift is finished, BO as follows:

Place the loops from the back rail on the corresponding pegs on the front rail.

Knit over so there are only 1 loop on each peg.

Starting on the end opposite the working yarn, work the crochet BO method until all loops are off the pegs.  Pull the working yarn through the last loop to secure.

*Work the cord by CO 23 more pegs, finish the cord by BO 15 pegs, then work the next tree.

Continue by repeating from * until number of trees or width is achieved.

Work the cord for 13 more stitches.

Cut working yarn leaving a 6″ tail.  Pull tail through last stitch to finish.

Weave in ends.

 

Sample worked with trees in the following order:

  • Chart 1
  • Chart 2
  • Chart 3
  • Chart 4
  • Chart 1
  • Chart 5
  • Chart 5
  • Chart 1
  • Chart 4
  • Chart 3
  • Chart 2
  • Chart 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Dear Renita,

    I love it !

    But i have no idea how to do do the fair isle,
    im afraid it will all fall apart, when i make this..

    greetings Mickey

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Nov 20, 2017

Welcome Winter Mittens

Brrr, it is cold outside! Knit yourself a cozy pair of mittens to keep you warm this winter. 

 

LOOM: KB Sock Loom 2

YARN: Red Heart Classic in Paddy Green 380 yards.

NOTIONS: Tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 4 stitches and 6 rows =1″

SIZE: Child & Adult.

ABBREVIATIONS

K= knit stitch
Ewk= ewrap knit stitch
P= purl stitch
Sts= stitches

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Ewrap cast on 30 (40) pegs clockwise, prepare to work in the round. Adjust the number of rows for pattern to ensure proper fit.

Rows 1-14:
For Child: (k1,p1) repeat for row
For Adult: (k2,p2) repeat for row

Rows 15-19: ewrap knit row

Row 20: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 21-25: ewrap knit row

Row 26: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 27-31: ewrap knit row

Row 32: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Thumb:
For child use pegs 1-5 (ewk 25 rows).
For adult use pegs 1-8 (ewk 30 rows).
End back at peg 1.

Rows 33-37: ewrap knit row

Row 38: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 39-43: ewrap knit row

Row 44: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 45-49: ewrap knit row

Row 50: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 51-55: ewrap knit row

Row 56: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 57-61: ewrap knit row

Row 62: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 63-67: ewrap knit row
End for child, continue for adult.

Row 68: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 69-73: ewrap knit row

Row 74: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 75-79: ewrap knit row

Bind off using the gather bind off method
and weave in yarn ends. Sew up each side of thumb. Set stitches by gently tugging on the mitten.

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Nov 10, 2017

Blue Reeds Cable Hat

If you love cables in double knit, try this snazzy ‘ready for winter’ hat.  Four cable sections of two cables each. Knit on the ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom

Loom: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, set for double knit.

Stitches:  Rib, Cable Twist

Yarn:  Patons Shetland Chunky, 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool.  Hand wash and lay flat to dry.  Chunky #5 weight.  Color used is 78742 True Peacock.  1 skein or a total of 125 yds.  To make a deeper hat, purchasse 2 skeins of Patons Shetland Chunky.

Medium Blue, 8 yds for PomPoms, or any accent color desired. Sample worked with 3 yarns of similar color and Medium blue.

Notions:  Knit hook, crochet hook, loom double hook (optional), tapestry needle, and stitch markers (4 colored rubber bands work well)

Size:  Hat fits average adult and is 8.5” deep.

Gauge:  4 rounds=1″

 

Abbreviations

St (sts)=stitch (stitches)   aprox=approximately  Rnd(s)=round(s)

Hat Design:

Hat is worked in Rib Stitch. Total of 32 rounds unless deeper hat is desired. Each rib is 2 sts.  Cables consist of 8 stitches or 4 sets of Ribs.  There is a total of 4 Cable sections in hat.

Break down…

  1. Work Twist #1 on all cables and work round.
  2. Rib stitch (3 rounds)
  3. Work Twist #2 on all cables and work round.
  4. Rib Stitch (3 rounds)

Place colored rubber band on each set of 8 sts cables before beginning.  There are 4 of these sections. Sequence:  4st, 8 st cable, 6st, 8 st cable, 4 st, 8 st cable, 6 st, 8 st cable.  Place one rubber band around pegs for each 8 st cable, for markers.

#1 Twist: Each cable design consists of 4 ribs or 8 sts.  Be sure to pick up the correct stitches to keep the ribs consistent.  Twist only the sts on the outer loom.  Place markers or rubber band on each set of 8 sts.

Working pegs 1-4. Lift first 2 sts, 1 and 2 (one rib) and hold on double hook. With another hook, move sts 3 and 4 onto pegs 1 and peg 2.   Now, place st 1 and 2 from double hook onto peg 3 and peg 4.

 

Working pegs 5-8. Do another twist (2 ribs).  Then repeat the process on all sets of 8 sts marked with rubber bands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Twist:  Start with 2nd rib.  You will be twisting the stitches in the opposite direction.

Working pegs 1-4. Lift the 2 sts on pegs 3 and peg 4 and hold on double hook. Move sts 1 and 2 onto pegs 3 and peg 4.  Now, place sts from double hook onto pegs 1 and 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Working pegs 5-8.  Lift sts 7 and 8 with double hook.  Move sts 5 and 6 to peg 7 and peg 8.  Now place sts from double hook onto pegs 5 and peg 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat this process on all sets of 8 sts marked with rubber bands.

Finished Twist #2

 

Hints:  Work in loose tension especially the row before each twist row.

Work hook over on inner loom first as this loosens tension.  Then, work the hook over on the outer loom.

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast On all 52 pegs to work in the round in Rib stitch.  Lay anchor yarn and allow ends to dangle below the looms.

Rnds 1-6:  Work in Rib stitch for the brim of hat.

Rnd 7:  Work Twist #1 cable on all 4 cable sections (8 sts each).  Weave the round in rib stitch over all pegs including the cable twists and hook over.

Rnd 8-9-10:  Rib stitch

Rnd 11:  Twist #2 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work the rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 12-13-14:  Rib stitch

Rnd 15:  Twist #1 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 16-17-18:  Rib stitch

Rnd 19:  Twist #2 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 20-21-22:  Rib stitch

Rnd 23:  Twist #1 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 24-25-26:  Rib Stitch

Rnd 27:  Twist #2 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 28-29-30-31-32:  Rib stitch

Bind Off using Rib Bind Off method: Maintain a yarn tail of aprox 12-14”.  Keep the 2 rib sts together.  Place st 1 on st 2 as if to do decrease.  This needs to be the 2 sts of one rib.  Do this all around the loom on both looms.  You will have every other peg with 2 loops.  Lift bottom over top so that there is just one loop on every other peg. Now, bring the loops from inner loom to outer loom so that there are again 2 loops on every other peg on outer loom.  Use tapestry needle and yarn tail to work around the loom and pick up the loops on the pegs, so that hat is free of the loom, and all loops are secure on the yarn.  Lift hat off loom.  Draw up the top of hat.  Go around the top of hat a 2nd time to secure a snug closure.  Knot the yarn, and weave in ends.

Bind off at Anchor yarn:  With the crochet hook, pick up both loops of one rib at yarn tail.  Pull one thru the other.  Pick up next loop of next rib, and pull one closest to hook thru the other.  Do this loosely around entire brim of hat.  Once complete, knot last loop with yarn tail and weave in ends.  Gently pull out the anchor yarn.

Finish hat with a happy big pompom.  Use some different yarns of shades of blue or peacock blue and maybe some different weights.  Wrap about 40 times around cardboard.  Tie the pompom, cut and trim.  Tie to top of your hat for a fun look.

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  • Great supportive photos! Thank you!!!!!

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Nov 6, 2017

Ripples & Ribs Stitch, Stitchology 38

Front Side Ripples & Ribs

 

This is a stitch that is full of loft, texture, and lines, both straight and wavy.  The best  part of this new stitch is that it is completely reversible, with its vertical lines trailing between sections of texture along the front side, and lovely undulating ripples showing horizontally across the back side.  Feel free to use this stitch on anything for which both sides will be featured, such as scarves, blankets, and even reversible hats!

Back Side Ripples & Ribs

We have changed the format just a little bit for our Stitchology Column.  Each of the featured stitches will be explained row by row via both written and video instructions.  We will be focusing on highlighting the repeating stitch pattern itself, so that you can enjoy the freedom of putting these new stitch patterns to use in your own projects as creativity strikes.  We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning new stitches with us! 🙂

Find all the previous Stitchology Columns at this link here.

Special Stitch Instructions

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.

Abbreviations

K,k: knit

P,p: purl

WY: working yarn

S1, s1: slip one stitch (simply skip this peg while carrying the working yarn behind the peg)

rep: repeat.

 

Chart Key for Repeating Pattern Rows

 Ripples & Ribs Repeating Pattern 

To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

Repeating Pattern for working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 6.  Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Row 1: *s1, k1, p1, s1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 2: *p2, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 3: *s1, p2, rep from * to end.

Row 4: *p1, k3, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 5: *s1, k2, rep from * to end.

Row 6:  *k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, rep from * to end.

Row 7: Repeat Row 3.

Row 8: Repeat Row 2.

Row 9: *s1, p1, k1, s1, k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Row 10: k all sts.

Rep rows 1-10 for desired length.

 

Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 6):

Round 1: *s1, k1, p1, s1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 2: *k1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 3: *s1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 4: *k1, p1, k3, p1, rep from * to end.

Round 5: *s1, k2, rep from * to end.

Round 6:  *k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 7: Repeat Row 3.

Round 8: Repeat Row 2.

Round 9: *s1, p1, k1, s1, k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Round 10: k all sts.

Rep rounds 1-10 for desired length.

 

Have questions or comments?  Please feel free to leave a message for Bethany in the comments below.

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  • Hi Bethany, I just watched the video on the new Ripples & Ribs stitch and I absolutely love it. Can you tell me what cast on and bind off you used please and thank you.

    Corry

  • I’m so glad you like the stitch, Corry! 🙂 I pretty much always use the Chain Cast On and the Basic Bind Off for all my projects. They look very similar to each other, so provide nicely matched edges.

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Oct 29, 2017

Eydis Scarflette

 As the crisp mornings come to us, the yearning for something soft and snuggly around the neck beckons us to grab our looms and create!

LOOM:  His & Her Sock Looms, Purple, 64 pegs.
YARN:  450 yrds extra fine merino wool fingering weight yarn. Sample used Araucania in Huesco, color 7.
NOTIONS:  tapestry needle, row counter (optional). 3 small buttons, size 7/16” (11mm)
GAUGE:  not relevant for this project.
SIZE:  approx 9” wide x 31” long

ABBREVIATIONS

p=purl

k=knit stitch (may use the u-stitch)

yo=yarn over

k2tog=A right slanting decrease. Takes place over 2 pegs. Number the pegs 1 and 2, from right to left, as follows: Peg 2 -Peg 1.  Remove stitch from peg 1 and hold it. Move stitch from peg 2 to peg 1. Place the loop you are holding back on peg 1. Work both loops together as one loop. *Note: usually, you move this loop over to peg 2 to leave peg 1 empty to create a yarn over.

ssk=A left slanting decrease. Takes place over 2 pegs. Number the pegs 1 and 2, from right to left, as follows: Peg 2 -Peg 1.  Remove stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 1. Work both loops together as one loop.

 

NOTES

The stitch pattern repeats over 18 stitches (18 pegs). The first 5 pegs and last 5 pegs will always be in garter stitch. The stitch pattern repeats 3 times in the middle 54 pegs. A stitch pattern breakdown is provided at the end of the pattern. Recommend to try out the stitch pattern first before embarking on the project.

Chart provided if you prefer to work from a chart. Chart shows the stitch pattern over 18 pegs and from Row 1-Row 12 of the stitch pattern.

INSTRUCTIONS

Edging

Cast on 64 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

**Row 1: k to end. Note: Row 1 should be in a right to left direction (clockwise around the loom).

Row 2: p to end.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: 3 more times.

Body

Row 1, 2: k to end of row.

Row 2, 4: p5, k to last 5 sts, p5.

Row 5: k5, *k2tog 3 times, [yo, k1]6x, ssk 3 times, rep from * to last 5 sts, k5

Row 6: p5, k to last 5 sts, p5.

Row 7, 9, 11: k to end of row.

Row 8, 10, 12: p to end of row.*

Rep from ** to ** until item measures 27” inches from cast on edge.

Next row: k to end of row.

Next row: p to end of row.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in.

Steam block to measurements.

Secure 3 buttons along the side of the scarf. See picture below for placement.

How to do Row 5

To facilitate the stitch pattern breakdown, we will concentrate on the 18 stitches of the lace stitch pattern. The instructions below will start on peg 6 of your loom. On Row 5, the lace row, the first 5 pegs are knitted. The stitch pattern begins on Peg 6—for the purpose of this demonstration, peg 6 will be called peg 1.

  • Move loop from peg 1 to peg 2. Two loops on peg 2. Knit peg 2. Move loop from peg 2 to peg 1.
  • Move loop from peg 3 to peg 4. Two loops on peg 4. Knit peg 4. Move loop from peg 4 to peg 2.
  • Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6. Two loops on peg 6. Knit peg 6. Move loop from peg 6 to peg 3.
  • Pegs 4, 5, and 6 are empty.
  • Move loop from peg 7 to peg 5.
  • Move loop from peg 8 to peg 7.
  • Ewrap peg 4, knit peg 5.
  • Ewrap peg 6, knit peg 7.
  • Ewrap peg 8, knit peg 9.
  • Remove loop from peg 18 and hold it momentarily. Move loop from peg 17 over to peg 18. Place loop you are holding back on peg 18.
  • Remove loop from peg 16 and hold it momentarily. Move loop from peg 15 over to peg 17. Place loop you are holding on peg 17.
  • Remove loop from peg 14 and hold it momentarily. Move loop from peg 13 over to peg 16. Place loop you are holding on peg 16.
  • Move loop from peg 12 to peg 15.
  • Move loop from peg 11 to peg 13.
  • Move loop from peg 10 to peg 11.
  • Ewrap peg 10, knit peg 11.
  • Ewrap peg 12, knit peg 13.
  • Ewrap peg 14, knit peg 15.
  • Knit to the end of the row (the pegs that have 2 loops on them (pegs 16, 17 and 18) treat both loops as one loop).

Special note: pegs 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 should have been ewrapped (yarn over).

Repeat these instructions every 18 pegs. I recommend getting masking tape and marking your knitting loom (on the masking tape) 1-18, three times—the stitch pattern repeats itself 3 times around the loom. Pegs 1-5 are not part of the stitch pattern, pegs 60-64 are also not part of the stitch pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 23, 2017

Spa Cloth

The holidays are around the corner, this lovely washcloth makes the perfect hostess gift. Knit up a set of three and you have the perfect gift for your next gathering. 

LOOM: KB Premium Round Loom. Any loom from set can be used.

YARN: Sample used Peaches and Cream stripes. (1 ball makes 2)

NOTIONS: Tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 4 stitches and 5 rows to 1″ of pattern, but not relevant for the project.

SIZE: 7” wide x 7″ tall.

ABBREVIATIONS

Ew= ewrap knit stitch
P= purl stitch
K2tog= knit two stitches together
Yo= yarn over (carry yarn in front of peg, do not ewrap)

INSTRUCTIONS

Ewrap cast on 28 pegs counter clockwise, prepare to work in a flat panel. Skip the first stitch in every row to create a nice even edge.

Row 1: purl row

Row 2: ewrap knit row
Repeat rows 1-2 for a total of 8 rows.

Row 9: p3, yo, k2tog (ewk 4, yo, k2tog) p3, ewk1

Row 10: ewrap knit row

Row 11: p3, k2tog, yo (ewk 4, k2tog, yo) p3, ewk1

Row 12: ewrap knit row

Repeat rows 9-12 seven times.

Row 49: purl row

Row 50: ewrap knit row
Repeat rows 49 & 50 for a total of 8 rows.

Bind off using the basic bind off method and weave in yarn ends. Set stitches by gently tugging on the edges.

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  • How pretty awesome job on it. Will be making some. Thank you

  • I really like this….. I do think I have found a grand idea for some friends Holiday gifts…. I have two little girls that will love them

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Oct 20, 2017

Alternate Rib Hat

Loom: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, set up for double knitting.

Yarn:  Knit Picks Preciosa Tonal, 100% Merino Wool, worsted weight, 1skein.  Color ‘Canary’ in sample.

Stitches: Rib, Alternate Rib

Notions:  Knit hook, Crochet hook, one stitch marker (optional)

 Size:  Average Adult

Pattern notes:  Hat brim is knit in the rib stitch. The rest of the hat is knit in the rib and alternating rib stitch. Work by alternating these 2 stitches, round 1 and round 2 until hat length complete.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the stitch marker on beginning peg, if desired, or use arrow. Cast On in stockinette stitch.  Lay anchor yarn around stitches between the looms.

Rounds 1-8:  Work rib stitch until end of round.

Round 9: Work alternate rib, until end of round.

Round 10:  Work rib stitch until end of round.

Repeat rounds 9 and 10 until you have a total length of approximately

8-8.5” from brim edge.  Complete the knitting with a row of rib stitch.

See photos below for weaving patterns for the Rib and Alternate Rib Stitch. The blue yarn show the ribbing, and yellow yarn shows the alternate rib.

 

             RIB STITCH

Beginning of round one

End of round one

End of round two

              ALTERNATE RIB

Beginning of the round one

End of round one

Once the knit is desired length, you are ready to bind off.  Move loops from inner loom to outer loom so that each peg on outer loom has 2 loops, and the inner loom is empty, hook over, bottom loop over top.  Now, one loop remains on each peg on outer loom.

Cut the working yarn coming from the project, leaving about 16-20 inches of yarn to use for the gathering process.

Thread the yarn tail through the eye of a tapestry needle. Pass the needle up and under the first stitch on the loom. Remove the stitch from the peg and leave it on the yarn tail. Go to the next peg and remove the stitch from the peg with the needle. This stitch will also rest on the yarn tail. Continue working around the loom until all the stitches have been removed and are secured on the yarn tail.

Gently pull on the yarn tail, cinching the top of the item closed. Pass the needle through the center of the gathered stitches and turn the hat inside out. Do a few securing stitches. Knot your yarn and weave in the tail.

Bind off the cast on stitches at anchor yarn with crochet hook for a completed hat.

 

 

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