Aug 15, 2016

Zippy Master Set Makes an Appearance

We would like to share some amazing Zippy projects done by various designers! Please go support them and leave feedback on their blogs on these cute, free patterns for the new Zippy Master set.

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No Twist Drop Stitch Chunky Scarf by Bethany Dailey

Shades of Grey Pillow by Renita Harvey

Cozy Zippy Lapghan by Isela Phelps

Champ-Elysees Scarf by Jenny Stark 

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Aug 13, 2016

Simple Striped Woven Wall Hanging

Simple Striped Woven Wall HangingWeaving has made a huge comeback and there is no doubt that the reason is it’s so fun! With this pattern for beginner’s you’ll be able to make your very own woven wall hanging.

Loom: All-in-One Loom & 20-Peg-Extenders

Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton Classic Size 10 in Golden Yellow is used for the warp, Red Heart Soft Yarn in White is used for the weft, Red Heart Soft Yarn in Seafoam is used for the weft, and Red Heart Soft Yarn in Charcoal is used for the double thread weft.

Notions: tapestry needle, wooden dowel rod

Instructions:

Assemble your knitting loom using the 48 peg sides with the 20 peg extenders

Starting at the third peg on the extender bar, warp your loom following the instructions here so that 16 pegs are warped across the top and 17 pegs on the bottom. Add your anchor thread.

Plain weave the following, leaving 3 inch yarn tails on the sides of your weave when you complete a color block:

13 rows of white

5 rows of 2 strands of charcoal

7 rows of white

2 rows of seafoam

4 rows of white

2 rows of seafoam

8 rows of 2 strands of charcoal

2 rows of seafoam

5 rows of white

2 rows of seafoam

7 rows of white

8 rows of seafoam

9 rows of 2 strands of charcoal

The main body of the weave is complete. Finish your weave following the instructions here.

Congratulations on weaving a wall hanging! Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below.

Happy Weaving!

Kate from The Weaving Loom

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Aug 7, 2016

Learn to Weave a Tapestry: Part 2

Tapestry Weave on a Knitting Loom! Part 2

Weaving has made a huge comeback and there is no doubt that the reason is it’s so fun! We’re going to show you how to use your Knitting Loom as a weaving loom! In this part 2 instruction you’ll learn how to finish your weave, take it off the loom, and hang it for display.  We covered part 1 here.

Weaving Terms:

Warp: The thread that is vertically wrapped around your loom, this is the backbone of the weave.

Weft: The thread that is horizontally woven between the warp threads, this is the design of the weave.

Loom: All-n-One Loom & 20-Peg-Extenders

Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton Classic Size 10 in Golden Yellow is used for the warp, Red Heart Soft Yarn in White is used for the weft, Red Heart Soft Yarn in Seafoam is used for the weft, and Red Heart Soft Yarn in Charcoal is used for the double thread weft.

Notions: tapestry needle, wooden dowel rod

Finishing Your Weave Instructions:

To finish your weave, you will first have to secure all your yarn tails. Turn your Knitting Loom over so that the back of the weave is facing you.

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To secure your yarn tails:

  • If your yarn tail ends under the warp thread, take the tapestry needle and pull it through the back of the same colored weft rows below it.
  • If your yarn tail ends over the warp thread, take the tapestry needle and loop around the warp thread, bringing the yarn tail up so that it is now under the warp thread and then pull it through the back of the same colored weft rows below it.

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To secure thick yarn or doubled thread:

  • If your yarn tail ends under the warp thread, take the tapestry needle and hook the yarn tail under the closest warp thread.
  • If your yarn tail ends over the warp thread, take the tapestry needle and loop around the warp thread, bringing the yarn tail up so that it is now under the warp thread and then hook the yarn tail under the closest warp thread.

Secure one yarn tail at a time to the back of your weave and trim any excess yarn once secured. As you secure each yarn tail, flip back to the front and make sure that your yarn tails are not showing in the front of the weave.

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Once all yarn tails are secured and trimmed, cut the anchor thread.

Next cut across the bottom warp threads, I cut mine to 5 inches long.

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Now knot two warp threads together at a time all the way across the bottom of the weave to secure it.

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Carefully lift the top warp loops off the loom.

Pass the dowel rod through the warp loops. If your dowel rod is thinner then the loops then double twist the loops above the top weft row and then pass the dowel rod through the loop. This will secure your top weft row from creeping up your warp loops.

Now you know how to begin a weave, make the plain weave, and how to finish your weave. Don’t forget to try our beginner’s pattern where you can practice what you’ve learned!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

Happy Weaving!

Kate from The Weaving Loom

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5 Comments

  • Has Stitchology ended

  • I am going to try to make a table runner using this weaving technique. I have the loom but never used it. Thanks for the tutorial .

  • Stitchology and all the other regular columns are on hold for the month of August. The columnist are taking a well deserved vacation.

  • Thanks I was hoping it did not end

  • Is this going to be on YouTube with the All-n-One Loom. I like to make a scraf with these instructions.

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Aug 4, 2016

Learn to Weave a Tapestry: Part 1

Tapestry Weave on a Knitting Loom! Part 1
Weaving has made a huge comeback and there is no doubt that the reason is it’s so fun! We’re going to show you how to use your Knitting Loom as a weaving loom! In this part 1 instruction you’ll learn how to warp your Knitting Loom and how to weave the plain (tabby) weave. We shared how to finish a weave here.

Weaving Terms:

Warp: The thread that is vertically wrapped around your loom, this is the backbone of the weave.

Weft: The thread that is horizontally woven between the warp threads, this is the design of the weave.

Loom: All-in-One Loom & 20-Peg-Extenders: Note the 28″ Knitting loom comes with the Peg Extenders. If you purchase the AIO, it doesn’t come with the Peg Extenders. In addition, the gauge of the Peg Extenders differs from the AIO. While you can use the Peg Extenders with the AIO to weave, it is not recommended to use them together to knit as the areas where the peg extenders will have a different gauge, proving you with a knit fabric that is not uniform throughout.

Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton Classic Size 10 in Golden Yellow is used for the warp, Red Heart Soft Yarn in White is used for the weft, and Red Heart Soft Yarn in Charcoal is used for the double thread weft.

Notions: tapestry needle

Warping the Loom Instructions:

Assemble your knitting loom using the 48 peg sides with the 20 peg extenders

On the peg extender, count to the third peg and tie your warp thread in a double knot.
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Bring the warp thread up and around the corresponding top peg, then back down.

It is important to keep an even tension as you pull the warp thread around the pegs. You want your warp thread to be pulled tight enough to not sag, but it should have some bounce to it. It should be similar to a strung guitar.

Continue to pass the warp thread from bottom, around a peg, to top, around a peg, back to bottom and so on. Do this until you have pass the warp around the top peg that is the third from the end of the extender. You will have used 16 pegs at the top.

Then bring the warp thread down to the bottom peg that is second from the end of the extender where you will tie it off. Before you tie off the warp thread, check your tension, if the warp is sagging you can pull the warp around each peg to get it tighter as you work the excess towards your last peg. Once the tension is good, tie a double knot on that last peg and cut the thread from the ball. You will notice that both the start and end of the warp thread are tied at the bottom of the loom, this ensures you have warp loops at the top of your weave. You will have used 17 pegs at the bottom.
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Next, taking about 18 inches of your white yarn, tie and anchor string across the top warp threads (the top is the end without the warp thread knots). Between the second and third peg on the sides, tie a double knot of the yarn around the one side of the loom. Pull the yarn across the front of the warp threads and tie a double knot of the yarn around the opposite side of the loom. This anchor provides two functions; it keeps the warp threads from sliding up the pegs and it is a place marker of where to start your weaving.

Plain (Tabby) Weave Instructions:

The plain weave is the basic over 1 warp under 1 warp weaving pattern.

Turn your loom so that the top with the warp loops and anchor string is closest to you (or upside down). We will weave top to bottom.

Cut a length of the white yarn to approximately 36 inches long.
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Using this length of yarn and a tapestry needle, start plain weaving by passing the needle over 1 warp thread, then under 1 warp thread, over 1 and so on. Repeat this all the way across your warp threads and pull your yarn through leaving a 3 inch yarn tail off the side of the loom.

Push your woven yarn down with the tapestry needle, so that it is next to your anchor thread.

For the return pass, weave your yarn in the opposite pattern from the row before it. I ended under the warp thread, so in the return pass, I will start weaving over 1 warp, under 1 warp repeating until I reach the end of the row.

Tapestry Weave on a Knitting Loom! Part 1Pull your weft thread until you have a slight loop around the end warp. If you pull too much, your warp threads will be pulled into the middle and your sides will not be straight.

Using your needle, push the weft thread down to the other row. A good exercise is to create weft hills, as is shown in the picture, so that you ensure your weft thread isn’t pulling on the warp strings. Push all the hills down until the wefts are flat against each other. If the weft is too loose you can tug a bit on the yarn remove excess yarn from the row, but make sure your warp end stays straight.

Weave back in the opposite direction again, continuing the over 1 warp, under 1 warp pattern. Each row will alternate this pattern.

Once you are finished leave a tail of 3 inches off the side.

Tapestry Weave on a Knitting Loom! Part 1

You can also weave the plain weave using more then one thread at a time. In the above picture you can see that two threads next to each other can be woven to add bulk. To do this, simply cut two threads of yarn and using the tapestry needle, weave both threads at the same time.

That wraps up Part 1, you can find Learn to Weave a Tapestry: Part 2 here and create a wall hanging with this beginner’s pattern!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

Happy Weaving!

Kate from The Weaving Loom

5 Comments

  • It would be nice to have a video on this?….

  • Yes, I agree that a video would be helpful. I want to weave on my 28″ board with the long connectors. I am assuming that the process would be the same. But visual instructions work best for me.

  • Is it possible to use dish cloth cotton instead of crochet cotton?

  • You can use any type of thread or fiber, including wool roving, rag strips, etc once you get the initial process down. Have fun with it!

  • Yes you can use dish cloth cotton. You can use anything for the warp, but I’ve found that using a strong thread with little stretch is the best to use when starting out. A dish cloth cotton would be both strong and have little stretch.

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Aug 1, 2016

NEW Zippy Master Set

Now you can get all your Zippy parts in one set !!

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With the Zippy Master Set, we are introducing new Zippy  “L” connectors and straight connectors to give you even more connection options than ever before!

Knitting on Zippy Loom is the easiest and fastest way to knit! With one Zippy create a scarf in 10-15 minutes. Great tool for beginners to learn loom knitting , and experienced knitters who want to create beautiful chunky knits quickly.

The Zippy Master Set includes: (4) Zippys, (4) Corners, (4) “L” connectors, (2) Straight connectors, (4) regular connectors, (4) projects, step by step instructions and knit hook.

Connect with Zippy Corners to make a 20 peg loom for adult hats, or cowls. With the brand new “L” connectors, make a 16 peg loom for kid’s hats, or use the straight connectors for double knitting. Mix Zippys + super bulky yarn to create super fast knits! Check out Zippy Loom patterns and Zippy Loom videos!

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To set up Zippy Looms to make a child size hat use the “L” connectors (above see connected), to make a 16 peg loom.  To set up Zippy Looms for double knitting, use (2) 8 peg Zippys and add the straight connectors to create a double knitting loom (see below).

Simple double knit scarf, knit using the straight connectors

Simple double knit scarf, knit using the straight connectors

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Double Knit on Zippy for extra chunky scarf!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch above to see Zippy Connections in Action!

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  • I have 10 zippys and4 connectors How can I get the straight connector?

  • Hi, its our very newest product and the new connectors are only available in the master kit at this time. Please be sure you are signed up for newsletters so you will be first to know when these parts may be available as stand alone products. Thank you, Pat

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