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Nov 1, 2016

Slipped Purl Cowl

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Keep away the chill with this sumptuous cowl as you walk around this fall season enjoying the crisp fall air. 

Materials

Knitting Loom: (6) Zippy Looms, (4) Zippy Corners.

Yarn: 80 yards of Super Bulky wool. Malabrigo Rasta, shown in Abril was used in sample (less than 1 skein).

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle

Gauge: 5 sts x 7 rows= 4 inches

Abbreviations

P=purl stitch

K=knit stitch

Slwyb=Slip with yarn back. Skip peg with yarn towards the back of the peg.

St(s)=stitch(es)

Rnd(s)=Round(s)

INSTRUCTIONS

Set up knitting loom as shown on this picture: Use 1 connector to connect 2 zippy looms together, repeat with the other 2 Zippy looms. Place corners at each end of the two rails. Slide the remaining two Zippys at each end, connecting them to the rails with the corners.

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Cast on 28 sts using the ewrap cast on.

Rnd 1: *p6, k1; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 2: *p6, sl1wyb; rep from * to end of rnd.

Repeat Rnd 1 and Rnd 2: until about 30 inches of yarn remain.

Bind off loosely with basic bind off method.

Weave ends in.

 

 

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Oct 29, 2016

Crossed Paths Cap

A hat to keep you cozy warm while on the trails or out and about town in the cool weather seasons. This unisex design is high on style and low on difficulty level, with its one and only row of cable design to really make this hat pop!

Knitting Loom: Adjustable Hat Loom set to the large size, 84 pegs, with pegs in each hole.

Yarn: Approximately 140 yards of worsted weight yarn. Sample used handspun yarn 50% merino wool 50% alpaca.

Notions: knitting tool, cable needle, one removable stitch marker, 6mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc), scissors, knitting pins, yarn needle, row counter.

Gauge: 4 sts x 7.5 rows= 1 inch (in pattern, using U-Stitch).

Finished Measurements: Circumference: 21″,  Height: 10″.

Skills Needed: Knit/U-stitch, Purl, 6st-rc/kpk Cable (described in Pattern Notes), Chain Cast On (or CO of your choice).

Abbreviations:
CO: cast on
Rnd(s): round(s)
Rep: repeat
K: knit stitch/U-stitch
P: purl stitch
KO: knit off
St(s): stitches
WY: working yarn
CO: cast on
6st-rc/kpk: 6 stitch right cross cable, k2, p2, k2
BO: bind off

Pattern Notes:
This pattern uses 1 strand of yarn held throughout.

For the sample, all knit stitches were made using the U-stitch. Work whichever type of knit stitch helps you achieve the proper gauge.

Flat Drawstring Bind Off tutorial (instructions for this specific hat are included in the Finishing section below…video is listed for a helpful visual).

The cables in this pattern involve trading the loops of 6 pegs in the correct order.They are all worked the same—as right cross cables (a twist with the sts running to the right) with both knit and purl stitches combined.  They are worked as follows:

*Note: It helps to knit the row before the cable row looser than normal to aid the cable stitches in stretching to their new places. It may help to ewrap the first 2 and the last 2 stitches that will be worked into the cable in the following row, just make sure to untwist the ewraps before knitting them into the cables.

[6st-rc/kpk]:  Worked over 6 pegs, from right to left (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1):

  • -Lift the loops from the first 4 pegs of the cable (1-4) and place them on the cable needle.
  • -Bring your working yarn behind pegs 1-4 and knit the stitch on peg 5.
  • -Move this stitch (peg 5) over to peg 1 of the cable pegs.  Pull out any slack in the yarn that is allowable at this point.
  • -Bring your working yarn behind pegs 2-5 and knit the stitch on peg 6.
  • -Move this stitch (peg 6) over to peg 2 of the cable pegs.  Pull out any slack in the yarn that is allowable at this point.
  • -Lift the first stitch from the cable needle that was previously on peg 4 and move it back to peg 4.
  • -Lift the second stitch from the cable needle that was previously on peg 3 and move it back to peg 3.  Purl these 2 stitches (pegs 3 & 4).
  • -Lift the stitch from the cable needle that was previously on peg 1 and move it to peg 5.  Knit this stitch.
  • -Lift the last stitch from the cable needle that was previously on peg 2 and move it to peg 6.  Knit this stitch.
  • -Work out any slack that may be left throughout the 6 cable stitches.

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Repeating Pattern Rows

(This chart details the 14 repeating pattern stitches in the round.  The rows in the chart detail how they are worked to Row 32.  Row 32 is then repeated to Row 62, then the crown shaping begins, as is shown in the pattern instructions below.)

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Instructions

Crossed Paths Cap with tree

Set loom to use 84 pegs, with pegs set in every hole.  CO onto all pegs in the round.

Rnds 1-10: *k2, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 11-16: Repeat the following 2 row pattern: 

Row A: k84

Row B: p84

Rnds 17-20: Rep Rnd 1. (As stated in Pattern Notes, knit Rnd 20 loosely.)

Rnd 21: *k2, p3, 6st-rc/kpk, p3, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 22-25: Rep Rnd 1.

Rnds 26-31: rep Rnds 11-16.

Rnds 32-62: Rep Rdn 1.

Crown Decreasing:

Rnd 63:  Decrease at every section of 3 purls together for a total of 12 decreases in the following way:

Move the center purl loops over one peg and purl 2 loops together as 1 while working the row below. The spaces can be just left alone and the yarn carried behind the empty pegs, or each 3 peg connector can be removed from the loom and the sts moved to fill in all the empty pegs.  If the loom sections are removed, the loom will now be unconnected on the sides, but it is still held together by the knitting, so can continue to be worked.

Work the rnd as follows:  *k2, p2, rep from * to end of rnd. (Purl the pegs with 2 loops as if they are 1.)

Rnds 64-68:  *k2, p2, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 69:  Decrease at every section of 2 knit pairs for a total of 18 decreases in the following way:

At every pair of knit stitches, move one knit loop over to the other knit peg and knit 2 loops together as 1 while working the row below. Each 11 peg connector can be removed from the loom and replaced with a 3 peg connector on each side. Shift the sts to fill in all the empty pegs, but there will still be 2 pegs left empty.  Situate these 2 empty pegs so that one is placed in between 2 different sets of purl pegs.

Work the rnd as follows:  *k1, p2, rep from * to end of rnd. (Knit the pegs with 2 loops, 2 over 1.)

Rnds 70-74:  *k1, p2, rep from * to end of rnd.

Finishing

Crossed Paths Tree back

  • -Wrap WY around the loom twice and cut at this point.
  • -Add a yarn needle and thread through every purl st in order, trailing the WY behind the knit pegs. Release all purl sts from their pegs.  Give the WY a gentle pull to add tension on all the purl sts.
  • -Add a removable stitch marker onto your WY at this point.
  • -Thread through every knit st in order, releasing them from their pegs.
  • -Firmly pull the yarn tail section that is before the stitch marker, so that all the purl sts are now completely gathered closed.
  • -While keeping this section tight, firmly gather the remaining knit sts closed and knot in place. (Remove the stitch marker just before completely closing the knit sts section.) Sew closed any opening still remaining.
  • -Pull tail to the inside of the hat and knot the purl gathers securely in place.

Weave in all ends and block to size preferred.

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Oct 23, 2016

Men’s Striped Socks

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Using a superb self-striping yarn allows you to simply knit at your heart’s content without having to worry about color changes.

KNITTING LOOM:  Sock Loom 2

YARN:  Approx 275 yds of DK weight yarn.  Viking Aurora Super Sock in color #668 was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, 2 double pointed needles size 2 (used for grafting the toe area close).

SIZE:  Fits a men’s size 9. To create larger/smaller sizes, work less rounds in the foot area.

GAUGE:  12.5 sts x 16 rows= 2 inches in stockinette.

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)

W&T=wrap and turn (remove stitch from the peg, wrap the yarn working yarn around the peg (take the yarn to the inside of the loom, then go around the peg so that working yarn ends up to the front of the loom)).

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INSTRUCTIONS
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Cast on 48 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-16: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Next 56 rnds: k to end of rnd.

Heel

Short-row heel over 24 pegs

Knit from peg 1-23. W&T peg 24

Knit from peg 23-2. W&T peg 1

Knit from peg 2-22. W&T peg 23

Knit from peg 22-3. W&T peg 2

Knit from peg 3-21. W&T peg 22

Knit from peg 21-4. W&T peg 3

Knit from peg 4-20. W&T peg 21

Knit from peg 20-5. W&T peg 4

Knit from peg 5-19. W&T peg 20

Knit from peg 19-6. W&T peg 5

Knit from peg 6-18. W&T peg 19

Knit from peg 18-7. W&T peg 6

Knit from peg 7-19 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 20

Knit from peg 19-6 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 5 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 6-20(treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 21 (two wraps and the stitch)

Knit from peg 20-5 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 4 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 5-21 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 22 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 21-4 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 3 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 4-22(treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 23 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 22-3 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 2 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 3-23(treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop) . W&T peg 24 (two wraps and a stitch)

Knit from peg 23-2 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 1 (two wraps and a stitch).

Pegs 1 and 24 have the wraps and the stitch. On the first round for the foot, work the wraps and the stitch together as a regular stitch.

Sole and Foot

Next row: k to end of rnd.

Rep last rnd until foot measures approx 8.5 inches from the end of heel (or 1.5 inches less than desired length).

Toe

Rep short-row heel instructions for toe area.

At the end, you will have Peg 1 and peg 24 with an extra wrap, lift this wrap up and off the peg.

Grafting the Toe Close

Remove stitches 48-25 and place stitches on one double pointed needle. Remove the remaining stitches from the loom and place them on second double pointed needle.

Using the kitchener stitch, graft the toes close.

 

 

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Oct 15, 2016

Zippy Twisted Rope Scarf

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Fall is finally here! Time to take out the scarfs, hats, and mittens! Perfect time to knit a luscious knit for the guys’ in our lives! Whenever I think men knits, cables come to mind and this time with the Zippy loom to create a thick, warm scarf. A simple, yet attractive rope cable twists around the body of this scarf. Although it looks intricate to create, the two stitch twists are rather simple and provide with a tight cable.

Photo credit: Wendell Pace. Website: pacephoto.com

LOOM:  Zippy Master (17 pegs used)

YARN:  Approx 225 yds of super bulky weight yarn (#7).  Lion Brand Color Clouds yarn in Traveler’s Yarn was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle (optional).

GAUGE: 5 sts and 8 rows  = 4 inches in stockinette.

SIZE: 11 x 68 inches (not counting tassels)

ABBREVIATIONS

approx=approximate

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BBO=Basic Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)

RT=Take loop off first peg and hold it to the center of the loom on the cable needle. Knit peg 2. Move loop from second peg to peg 1. Place loop from cable needle on peg 2. Knit peg 2.

LT=Skip peg 1 with yarn behind the peg. Knit peg 2. Move loop from peg 2 to cable needle and hold to center of loom. Knit peg 1. Move loop from peg 1 to peg 2. Place loop from cable needle on peg 1.

RTP=Take loop off first peg and hold it to the center of the loom on the cable needle. Knit peg 2. Move loop from second peg to peg 1. Place loop from cable needle on peg 2. Purl peg 2.

LTP=Skip peg 1 with yarn behind the peg. Purl peg 2. Move loop from peg 2 to cable needle and hold to center of loom. Knit peg 1. Move loop from peg 1 to peg 2. Place loop from cable needle on peg 1.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 17 sts from right to left. First row will be worked from left to right.

Row 1-4: *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 5: k3, p3, k2, p4, k1, p1, k3.

Row 6: p3, p1, LTP, p2, RTP, LTP, p2, p3.

Row 7: k3, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k3.

Row 8: p3, p2, LTP, RTP, p2, LTP, p1, p3.

Row 9: k3, p1, k1, p4, k2, p3, k3.

Row 10: p3, p3, RT, p4, k1, p1, p3.

Row 11: k3, p1, k1, p4, k2, p3, k3.

Row 12: p3, p2, RTP, LTP, p2, RTP, p1, p3.

Row 13: k3, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k1, p2, k3.

Row 14: p3, p1, RTP, p2, LTP, RTP, p2, p3.

Row 15: k3, p3, k2, p4, k1, p1, k3.

Row 16: p3, p1, k1, p4, LT, p3, p3.

Rep Row 5-16 until you have reached approx. 66 inches from cast on edge.

Next 4 rows: *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

BBO. Weave ends in.

 

 

FINISHING

Fringes: Cut 34 pieces of yarn that are about 10 inches in length each.

Add 17 fringes to cast on edge. Add the remaining 17 fringes to the bind off edge.

  • Fold the strand of yarn for one fringe in half, forming a small loop at one edge (make sure the ends on the other end of the strand match in length).
  • Use crochet hook and draw the loop through the single crochet stitch where you are attaching the fringe to.
  • Now catch the loose ends of the yarn strand through the loop (thus creating the loop)
  • Tighten the knot by pulling gently on the fringe ends with your hand and holding the knot with the other hand.
  • Trim the ends if necessary to make all the tassels/fringes the same length.

 

 

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Oct 10, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Mini Gnome

Whimsical Loom Knits – October 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

This charming little gnome can be created in an afternoon.  This quick little project is so much fun, you’ll want to make an entire clan of mini gnomes.  Have fun!

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Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in various colors.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle.

Other Materials: 3″ wood peg doll, glue gun and glue, black paint for eyes.

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

 

Instructions

Robe:

Use worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice.  Leave a slightly longer yarn tail and cast on 14 pegs:

Rows 1-10:  E-wrap to end of row.

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Leave a long yarn tail.  Using the long yarn tail from the bind off, seam the two edges of the panel together, creating a tube.  Weave in the yarn end.  Slip the tube onto the body of one of the wood dolls from the Peg Pair package.  Using the yarn tail from the cast on, gather the neckline of the robe and cinch it snug around the wood doll’s neck.  Weave in the yarn end and set the doll aside for now.

 

Hat:

Use worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice.  Leave a long yarn tail and cast on 12 pegs:

Row 1:  K2, P2 to end of row.

Row 1:  P2, K2 to end of row.

Rows 3-5:  E-wrap to the end of the row.

Row 6:  K2tog, E-wrap to the end of the row.

Repeat row 6 until there are only 2 stitches left on the loom.

Next row:  K2tog.

Fasten off the last stitch remaining on the loom and remove the hat from the loom.  Using the long tail from the cast on, seam the edges of the panel together, forming a pointed hat.  Weave in both yarn ends and set the hat aside for now.

 

Face and Beard:

Dip a pencil in the black paint.  Create eyes: use the pencil to add two dots to the wood doll.

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Cut six 3” lengths of white or gray worsted weight yarn.  Use the glue gun to adhere them to the face, below the eyes.

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Untwist the yarn strands (use the pick tool to help with this, if you like) and trim the beard to the desired length and shape.

 

Hair:

Cut twelve 5” lengths of the same yarn.  Use the glue gun to adhere them to the top of the head.

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Untwist the yarn strands and trim the hair to the desired length and shape.

Place the hat on the doll’s head.

Adorable!

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ps -the little mushroom house shown in the main photo for this pattern was created using a small oatmeal container.  The container was turned upside down and covered in white felt.  A little tan felt door was glued to the front of the container.  The top of a metal brad was used as a door knob for the little door.  The container is topped off with a red yarn cap that was lightly stuffed so the cap would hold its shape better.   Small white circles of felt were glued to the red yarn cap.  Add any other desired decorations and you have a pretty sweet house for your mini gnome :)

4 Comments

  • I am so into the Gnome , & seeing this, never thought of knitting one. . Thank You for this Special little Gnome. I Will Absolutely make this for ME , , LOL <3

  • This is so absolutely darling, Jenny!!! :D I love this little Gnomey! <3

  • Thank you, Bethany!

  • Thank you Carolyn! I am so glad you like my little gnome. I hope you have fun making one of your very own.

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Sep 25, 2016

Picot-Boo Bonnet

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This sweet baby bonnet is the matching topper for the little pair of booties, Zoey’s Tootsies, released last year.  These were especially designed for my niece, with whom they share a namesake. The bit of picot edging and the contrast colored “peek-a-boo” back, along with the adorable ribbon tie, are what make this little bonnet an heirloom quality accessory!
Zoey’s Toesies: click here to access the coordinating booties pattern~

Items Needed:

Knitting loom: KB 18″ All-n-One Loom

Yarn:  approx. 1 skein each color of Cascade Yarns Fixation: Sock Weight, 100 yards, 98.3% Cotton/ 1.7% Elastic (sample in colors MC: #9907 & CC: Lemon).

Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors, 26″ length of ribbon or I-cord.  (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, 4mm crochet hook for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc.)

Gauge: 11 stitches and 24 rows= 2″.

Finished bonnet measures 5.5″ in height and depth, and 11″ around face edge.

Skills Needed: True Knit Stitch or U-stitch, Chain CO and/or Half Hitch CO, and Gather BO, Knit 2 Together.

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Little Baby Zoey! :)

Pattern Notes:

All knit stitches are either worked as a true knit stitch, or as a U-stitch.

The sample bonnet was knit using an elastic yarn, which makes the end result nice and smooshy.  The thing to be careful of is keeping just a little bit of tension on the yarn throughout the project. This gives the project that perfect amount of stretch…not too little and not too much.  BUT!  make sure to keep the tension consistent throughout the project for a smooth, even knitted fabric.

Abbreviations: 

CO: cast on

HHCO: half hitch cast on

CC: Contrast Color

MC: Main Color

K: knit stitch or U-stitch, as desired

S1: slip one, or skip one

KO: knit off

St(s): stitches

WY: working yarn

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together.

BO: Bind off

 

Pattern Instructions:

Using your CC yarn, CO to 60 pegs to work as a flat panel. (Sample uses chain CO.)

Rows 1-9: S1, k59.

Row 10: K2tog every odd peg starting with peg 3 (Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3, move loop from peg 4 to peg 5, etc, all around loom. To work row, s1, carry WY behind each empty peg, k all pegs with 2 loops 2 over 1.).

Row 11:  S1, then carry yarn in front of each empty peg and k each peg with loops. All pegs will now be filled.

Rows 12-20: S1, k59.

Cut CC.  Pull CO sts back up onto all corresponding pegs. Knit extra loops 2 over 1 on next row.

Row 21:  Using MC, CO to 6 pegs before peg 1, k60, CO to 6 pegs after peg 60. There will now be 72 pegs with loops. (Sample uses chain CO, but HHCO could also be used.)

Rows 22-60: K72.  Cut MC.

Rows 61-66: Using CC k72.  Count down 6 sts (at the beginning of the CC rows) and pull sts back up onto all corresponding pegs and KO.

Rows 67-88: Continuing with CC, k72.

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Gather BO until there is a keyhole opening of 2.5″. Knot the two bottom edges together.

Pin a 26″ ribbon or knit I-cord for tying loosely around baby’s neck along the bottom edge. Fold under 1″ of bottom edge and stitch in place, making sure to not sew through ribbon/I-cord.

Weave in all ends, stretching the fabric as you go, so that the tails will stay hidden.  Trim close to work.

*To contact Bethany Dailey, simply submit a comment at the bottom of this post. :)

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Sep 12, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Whiffy

 

Whimsical Loom Knits – September 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

This itty bitty baby skunk was designed for my husband.  He had a favorite little skunk toy when he was little.  He’s not actively collecting skunks, but over the years we’ve given him a little skunk figurine or other related item just for fun.  Whiffy is the newest member in his very small collection of these little critters.  I hope you’ll enjoy knitting this mini skunk for your favorite skunk enthusiast

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Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Small amounts of Red Heart Super Saver, in black, and Bernat Pipsqueak, in white.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, small amount of fiberfill, 2 beads (for eyes), small amount of thread in color of choice (for nose).

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

Finished Measurements: Approximately 1” by 2.5”

 

Instructions

Legs (make 4):

Using the black yarn, cast on 3 pegs.  Work a 3 peg i-cord for 2 rows.  Bind off.  Set cords aside for now.

 

Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 10 pegs, in the round.  With the black yarn, cast on 10 stitches using the drawstring cast on method.

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Work 2 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Next 10 rounds:  Knit pegs 1-7 with the black yarn, knit the 8th peg with the white yarn, and knit the last 2 stitches with the white yarn.  Cut the black yarn, leaving a 20” yarn tail.  Using the black yarn, bind off with the gathered bind off method, skipping pegs 7, 8, and 9.  Pull the yarn tail to cinch the bottom of the skunk closed.  Continue on to the tail section.

 

Tail:

Work the tail using the 3 stitches remaining on the loom.

Row 1:  Knit peg 7 with the black yarn, peg 8 with the white yarn, and peg 9 with the black yarn.

Row 2:  Knit peg 9 with the black yarn, peg 8 with the white yarn, and peg 7 with the black yarn.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more. Cut the white yarn.  Using the black yarn, bind off using the basic bind off method. Use the yarn needle to weave in the yarn ends at the end of the tail.

 

Finishing

Lightly stuff body.

Locate yarn tail from the drawstring cast on and pull until the opening is cinched closed.  Use the remaining yarn end to stitch an ear on each side of the skunk’s head.  Weave in any remaining length.

Using the yarn tails from the cast on, sew the legs to the bottom of the body.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Sew a bead on each side of the skunk, near the front.  Using thread, stitch a little nose on the front of the skunk, just below the eyes.  Weave in any remaining threads.

 

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4 Comments

  • Simply ADORABLE!!!!

  • Cute!

  • Thank you Alyna!

  • Thank you :)

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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 

2 Comments

  • I bought most of the Zippy loom parts before the master set came out. Is it possible to purchase the L-connectors and straight connectors. I have everything else so I don’t really want to purchase the Master set. Thanks so much for any suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Pam Smart

  • It is in the plans that these parts will be sold separately in the near future in our website.

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Jul 31, 2016

Undulating Crescents Cowl

Crescents Cowl

It is not too early to begin knitting your knits for fall. The Crescents Cowl uses a beautiful lace stitch to create a cascading waterfall of eyelet openings that undulate around the cowl. Worked in luxurious pure merino wool, this item will become one of your go-to for this upcoming fall/winter.

LOOM:  All-n-One Loom (100 pegs used).

YARN:  Approx 200 yds of worsted weight pure merino superwash. Candombe was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 11sts x 16 rows = 2 inches.

SIZE:  10” wide x 11” high. To make wider—increase by 10 sts (wider cowls must use a different loom than the All-n-One. 


ABBREVIATIONSCrescents Cowl, loom and yarn

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)

SSK=Slip, slip, knit

YO=Yarn over (ewrap the empty peg)

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to the 100 pegs.

CO 100 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-Rnd 8: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 9: *p1, yo, k3, ssk, k4; rep from * to end.

Rnd 10 and all even numbered rnds: *p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Rnd 11: *p1, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 13: *p1, k2, yo, k3, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 15: *p1, k3, yo, k3, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 17: *p1, k4, yo, k3, ssk; rep from * to end.

Rnds 18-20: *p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Rep Rnds 9-20: until item measures approx 10″ from cast on edge.

Next 8 rnds: *k2, p2; rep from  * to end of rnd.

Bind off with basic removal method. Weave ends in. Block lightly.

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  • Is there a repeat from Rnd 9 or so? Is so, how many repeats are there? Thank you!

  • Also, is there a Rnd 19 or is it the same as Rnd 18?

  • There is a Rnd 19. “Rnds 18-20: *p1, k9; rep from * to end.” This means that it is Rnds 18, 19, and 20, so yes, it is the same as Rnd 18.

  • Tricia, you repeat round 9-20 until the item measures approximately 10 inches from the cast on edge. If you want it longer (you will need more than the 1 skein of yarn), you can continue to make it longer, then finish off with the last 8 rounds in the pattern.

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Jul 17, 2016

Trellis Headband

 

Trellis-Headband-683x1024Summertime is here and with it the promises of hiking through the high mountain tops and discovering new streams and meadows. Keep your hair in check with the trellis headband that blends in with the foliage. 

LOOM:  All-n-One Loom (25 pegs)

YARN:  Approx  60 yds of worsted weight merino wool.  Knit Picks Preciosa Tonal in Tadpole was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 20 sts x 17 rows = 4”

SIZE:  16.5” long (plus the icords) x 5″ wide

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

k2tog=knit two stitches together

ssk=slip, slip, knit

CDD=Centered double decrease

rem=remaining

yo=yarn over (ewrap the empty peg, on next row, undo ewrap and place this strand of yarn in front of the peg and treat it as a stitch)

INSTRUCTIONSTrellis-Headband-2-683x1024

Set knitting loom with the spacers at opposite ends–you will be using 25 pegs.

Cast on 25 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1 (going from right to left (clockwise) on the loom): k to the end of row.

Row 2: p to the end of row.

Row 3: k2, k1, *yo, k3, CDD, k3, yo, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 4 (and all even rows): p2, k to last 2 sts, p2.

Row 5, 7, 9: Rep Row 3.

Row 11, 13, 15, 17: k2, k2tog, *k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, CDD; rep from * to last 11 sts, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2.

Row 18: p2, k to last 2 sts, p2.

Repeat Rows 3 to 18 until piece measures 12” from CO edge.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

**Next row: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.

Next row: p to end of row.Trellis Headband Back

Rep last 2 rows until 5 sts rem.

On rem 5 sts, work a 5 st icord that is 8 inches in length. Bind off. Weave ends in. **

On the cast on edge, pick up 25 stitches and place them back on the knitting loom.

Rep from ** to **.

Block lightly.

 

Need extra assistance with the lace rows? We’ve got you covered! Keep reading below for extra assistance.

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Jul 11, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Vignette

Whimsical Loom Knits – July 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

This pretty bookmark is designed to resemble a curving, twining vine.  The pattern name, Vignette, was chosen because the word originated from the Middle French word, vignete, the diminutive form of the noun vigne, which means “vine.” In English, the word was first used in the mid-18th century for a design or illustration that ran along the border of a page, or one that marked the beginning or end of a chapter. The designs often looked like little vines.  Knit this charming bookmark to mark your page in your favorite book. 

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Knitting Loom: 11 peg loom rail from the KB Hat Loom

Yarn: Approximately 12 yards of a light fingering weight yarn.  1 mini skein of Lion Brand Bonbons was used for the sample.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle,

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

Finished Measurements: Approximately 2” wide by 8.5” in length

Abbreviations:

K – Knit

K2tog – Knit 2 together (decrease)

M1 – Make 1 (increase)

P2tog – Purl 2 together (decrease)

Sl 1 – Slip 1

 

Pattern Notes: For the purposes of this project, when the pattern indicates a M1, simply cast a new stitch on the peg indicated by the pattern.

 

Instructions

Right Scallops:

Begin at peg 6.  Working from left to right, cast on 3 stitches.

Row 1:  Sl 1, K2.

Row 2:  Sl 1, K2, M1.

Row 3:  Sl 1, K3.

Row 4:  Sl 1, K3, M1.

Row 5:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 6:  Sl 1, K4, M1.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K5.

Row 8:  Sl 1, K5.

Row 9:  Sl 1, K5.

Row 10:  Sl 1, K3, K2tog.

Row 11:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 12:  Sl 1, K2, K2tog.

Row 13:  Sl 1, K3.

Row 14:  Sl 1, K1, K2tog.

 

Using the basic bind off method, bind off 2 stitches.  Place the remaining stitch back on peg 6.

 

Working from left to right, cast on 2 more stitches.  Repeat rows 1-14, creating a second scallop.  Using the basic bind off method, bind off 2 stitches.  Place the remaining stitch back on peg 6.

 

Continue working in this manner until there are 5 Right Scallops, or until the desired length has been created.  Using the basic bind off method, bind off 2 stitches.  Place the remaining stitch back on peg 6.

 

Left Scallops:

Begin at peg 6.  Working from right to left, cast on 2 more stitches.

Row 1:  Sl 1, P1, K1..

Row 2:  Sl 1, P2, M1.

Row 3:  Sl 1, P2, K1.

Row 4:  Sl 1, P3, M1.

Row 5:  Sl 1, P3, K1.

Row 6:  Sl 1, P4, M1.

Row 7:  Sl 1, P4, K1.

Row 8:  Sl 1, P5.

Row 9:  P2tog, P3, K1.

Row 10:  Sl 1, P4..

Row 11:  P2tog, P2, K1.

Row 12:  Sl 1, P3..

Row 13:  P2tog, P1, K1.

Row 14:  Sl 1, P2.

 

Using the basic bind off method, bind off 2 stitches.  Place the remaining stitch back on peg 6.

 

Locate the connecting stitch between the nearest Right Scallop and the one below it.

 

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Place this connecting stitch back on the loom, above the stitch on peg 6.  (Make sure that the knit side of the Right Scallop is facing the same direction as the knit side of the Left Scallop, and that together, they form a nice oval shape.)

 

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Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.

 

Working from right to left, cast on 2 more stitches.  Repeat rows 1-14, creating a second scallop.  Using the basic bind off method, bind off 2 stitches.  Place the remaining stitch back on peg 6.

 

Continue working in this manner until there are 5 Left Scallops, and they have all been joined to the Right Scallops – or until the desired length has been created.

 

Fasten off and weave in the yarn ends.  Steam to block.

 

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2 Comments

  • Jenny, this is so neat! I love it! It could also be used as a trim on an item, or even a pretty bracelet. Terrific job, as always! :)

  • Thank you Bethany :)

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Jul 10, 2016

Harvest Time Rug


photo 5Bring the fall colors to the inside of your home with this beautiful Harvest Time rug. With our little rug in ‘veggie’ colors of Eggplant purple, squash yellow, and herbal greens as a great reminder.  It’s fun and easy to knit and very durable.

Loom:  28” Knitting Board + Peg Extenders Loom.  Set up as double knit with    smallest setting of wood spacers-No extenders needed.

Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, 80% Acrylic and 20% Wool, 153 yds per skein.  Machine Washable. Colors used #173 Willow (G), #131 Moss (M), #144 Eggplant (E).

Lion Brand Homespun (H), 98% Acrylic and 2% Polyester, Color Green, 185 yds per skein.  Machine Washable.

Purchase (2) skeins of each of the (4) yarns so you can have 2 skeins to pull from.  You will only use the yardage of one skein so they can be partial skeins.  If you plan to make a longer rug, you will need additional yarn or the 2 full skeins of each color.

Stitches:  ZigZag and Stockinette  (See review of ZigZag below)

Notions Needed:  Knit Hook, Crochet hook size 5, Large darning needle, Scissors.

Gauge:  3 stitches=1” and 4 rows=1”

Finished Size:  21” wide X 28” long

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast On in stockinette stitch, 62 stitches in center of loom. Color (G). Change to ZigZag stitch.

Work (16) rows, in ZigZag stitch.  Cut (G) yarn with 2-3” tail and tie on 2 strands of (M) yarn.  Working with 2 strands is very bulky, so work slowly.  When working with double strands, you can pull from both ends of the skein to get the (2) strands.(If preferred, you can use 1 strand of Lion Brand Thick n’Quick in same color.)

Work (2) rows in Stockinette with (M) yarn.  Do not cut the yarn as it will be used for the border of each row.

You will now tie on the yarns to create the (3) sections of color.  Tie on color (H) at 5th stitch.  Tie on color (G) at 23rd  stitch.  Tie on another skein of (H) at 42nd  stitch.  Tie on another 2 strands of (M) yarn at stitch 58.  You can pull from both ends of the Moss yarn skein to get the double strands from one skein.

You should work full rows of all colors to be sure the sections are equal.  If you want to twist at each joint of color, it will keep the yarn sections attached, but the yarns will get very tangled.  The option is to just allow the sections to be separate.  We will seam them together at the end.  This method is much faster and easier, and preferred.  Place the skeins in front of your knitting.

Work in Stockinette Stitch for all sections.  Work (4) stitches (M) yarn, (18) stitches (H) yarn1, (18) stitches (G) yarn, (18) stitches (H) yarn2, (4) stitches with 2nd (M) yarn.

Work all for (25) rows.  Cut the center yarns leaving 2” tails.  Do not cut the (M) yarns at beginning or end of loom.  This border will continue on all sections.

Tie on (E) yarn at stitch (5) stitch attaching to (H) yarn.  Tie on (H) yarn at stitch 23 attaching to (G) yarn.  Tie on other skein of (E) yarn at stitch 42 attaching to (H) yarn.

Lay yarn tails on the knitting between the pegs.

Work all for (25) rows.  Cut the center yarns leaving 2” tails.  Do not cut the (M) yarns.  Tie on the (H) yarn, the (G) yarn, and the 2nd skein of (H) yarn.

Work all for (25) rows.  You are now ready to add the stripe (M) rows.  If you choose to make your rug longer than 28”, you can repeat another 25 row section before doing the (M) stripe.

You will continue working with the first 2 strands of (M) yarn.  Cut all the others leaving a 2” yarn tail including the 2nd double strand of (M) yarn at end of loom.

Work (1) rows of (M) yarn across all stitches.  When you get to each of the yarn tails, stop and tie the yarn tail onto the working yarn, and then continue to end of row.  Repeat (1) additional row.

Cut and knot the 2 strands of (M) yarn.  Tie on (G) yarn.

Work in ZigZag stitch for (16) rows.

Cut the (G) yarn leaving 2” yarn tail.

Bind Off of loom using a basic 2-loop bind off starting at end of loom opposite the yarn tail.  Use the yarn tail to create a knot with the last loop.

Bind Off at anchor yarn starting at edge opposite the yarn tail.  Once complete, you can carefully remove the anchor yarn.  Pull in any yarn tails that are exposed.

Sewing the Seams:

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Connect all corners of color sections with a small piece of scrap yarn before doing the stitching.  Then work the pieces together by sewing with an invisible stitch so that the sewing does not show.

Once complete, your ‘Veggie’ Rug is ready to use.

 

 

 

ZIGZAG STITCH

This stitch is created by weaving every peg, front to back, across the loom at an angle.  Then the next row is done at the opposite angle.  This is what creates the ‘zig’ and the ‘zag’.  In order to get all pegs covered, it is necessary to wrap the first 3 pegs at both ends with a straight weave also.  We will use 2 different yarns to illustrate.

Start the row by weaving front to back on first 3 pegs.  Be sure to start by noting from which side the yarn is coming, and continue in that direction.

Now, going back to peg 1, weave the photo 2(3)diagonal weave across the loom covering all pegs with a new loop.  Note that the weaving is going in opposite direction from previous row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you get to end, yophoto 4(1)u must repeat the straight weave on last 3 pegs so that all pegs have a new wrap.

 

 

 

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This will result in one side of loom with an extra wrap on last 3 pegs.  Same situation on the first 3 pegs.  If you pegs have both the straight weave and the diagonal weave, this is a thick side.  If you only have the straight weave on the 3 pegs, this is your thin side.

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When you hook over all pegs on the row, lift one over one.  If you have 3 loops, lift 1 over 2 on the thick side, and lift 2 over 1 on the thin side.

(This is thick side.  Lift one loop over 2 loops.)

 

 

 

 

(This is thin side.  Lift 2 loops over one loop.)

 

Now, weave the next row at opposite angle.  If you start and you see it’s the same angle, this means that you started on the wrong side of loom.  Go photo 2(4)back and wrap again.

Designed by Pat Novak

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  • The rug looks great. How hard is it knitting with two strands of such thick yarn if one has a touch of arthritis?

  • The two strands are not harder to move than a single strand of super chunky yarn. I just suggest that you go slower pace so that both strands get worked as one. Also, relax with the stitches and they will be comfortable to move.

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Jun 26, 2016

Semaphore Socks

Semaphore Socks

Summer camp is a fun rite of passage while growing up.  It has all the excitement of being away from home, making new friends, and having lots of new adventures.  Most camps teach interesting new skills to take home and remember for a lifetime…one of them could be learning to communicate via an old secret code: flag symbols, or semaphore!

An entire alphabet and numbers could be signaled depending on the positioning of these special flags.  Although the code is not so much used these days, these sporty socks recall to mind the thrill of learning new adventures, along with all the excitement of summer.   

 

LOOM:  Sock Loom EFG (shown at 64 pegs).

YARN:  Approx 300 yds of washable sock weight.  Lion Brand Sock-Ease Yarn in Marshmallow was used in sample for the MC, Patons Kroy Socks Yarn in Purple Haze was used for the CC. Both are 75% washable wool and 25% nylon.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, 2 double pointed needles in size 1 or 2 (used to Kitchener the toe), row counter, measuring tape.

GAUGE: 15 sts x 22 rows= 2” in stockinette.

SIZE:  Shown in size 6-7 women. To create a larger, but still narrower size, simply work the foot section to 1.5 inches of desired length, then follow the toe instructions.  To create a larger and wider size (size 8-9 women), follow the instructions for using 72 pegs in parenthesis, along with making the foot section the desired length as described previously.  Of course, gauge will always be a consideration for a proper fit.

ABBREVIATIONS

MC: main color

CC: contrast color

CO: cast on

WY: working yarn

k: knit

KO: knit off

sts: stitches

rnd(s): round(s)

w&t: wrap and turn (remove loop from the peg and hold it. With working yarn, wrap the peg from the inside of the loom to the outside. You will then knit in the opposite direction.)

BO: bind off

 

Pattern Notes:

The sample was worked in a freeform colorway style to enhance the feel of the freedom of summertime.

To make the socks match as closely as possible, work one sock normally and then when beginning the second sock, locate the spot on the yarn that resembles the same colorway as where the first sock was started and begin at this point.

All knits were worked as the true knit stitch or U-stitch, not ewrap.

The colorwork sections of this pattern are worked by using the stranded method.  Simply carry the yarn not being used behind the pegs.  When picking up the next color to be used, bring it up and over the previous yarn.  If the yarn not being used will be trailed across more than 3 pegs, make sure to twist it up and over the yarn being used so that the strand will be prevented from trailing too long, thus having the tendency to catch on toes.

*Tip: keep your two yarns being used at an even tension, being careful not to pull too tightly.

Colorwork Chart for 64 Pegs:

Semaphore Socks 64 Peg Color Chart

Colorwork Chart for 72 Pegs:

 Semaphore Socks 72 Peg Color Chart

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Set knitting loom to 64 (72) pegs.  Using CC, CO in a clockwise direction to work in the round.

Cuff

Rnds 1-10: k.

Rnds 11-18(26): Using MC, k.

Continue to heel. (If you prefer a longer sock, repeat Rnds 11-18(26), until sock leg measures desired length, typically around 7-8 inches from cast on edge.)

Heel

The heel is worked using CC yarn and the short-row method over the first 33(36) stitches (takes place from peg 1 to peg 33(36).

The instructions for creating the short-row heel can be found at the end of pattern for both 64 and 72 peg versions.

If familiar with a short-row heel, simply follow the Heel and Toe Part I, decrease until there are 11(12) pegs unwrapped. Then follow Heel and Toe Part 2, increase back to a full 33(36) pegs.

Foot

Rnd 19(27): Skip peg 1 as it was just wrapped on the last short-row. Using MC yarn, k63(71).  (KO 3 over 1 on peg 33(36).

Rnds 20-28(28-36): k.  (KO 3 over 1 on peg 1 for first rnd.)

Rnds 29-36(37-44): Using both MC and CC, follow 8 rows of Colorwork Chart for the number of pegs being used.

Rnds 37-48(45-66): Using only MC, k. (Add additional rounds here if there will be additional length needed at the foot.)

Rnds 49-56(67-74): Using both MC and CC, follow 8 rows of Colorwork Chart for the number of pegs being used.

Rnds 57-66(75-84): Using only MC, k.

Toe

Repeat the same steps that you used to turn the heel, making sure to use the same pegs and side of the loom as before.

Remove the live stitches from pegs 1-32(36) and place them on one of the double pointed needles. Remove remaining 32(36) stitches (pegs 33-64(37-72) and place them on second double pointed needle.

Close the toe with the Kitchener stitch (see tutorial included in this post for instructions).

Weave in all ends. Block lightly.

 

Short-row heel (and toe) Instructions For 64 Pegs:

  • Knit from peg 1 to peg 32, w&t peg 33.
  • Knit from peg 32 to peg 2, w&t peg 1.
  • Knit from peg 2 to peg 31, w&t peg 32.
  • Knit from peg 31 to peg 3, w&t peg 2.
  • Knit from peg 3 to peg 30, w&t peg 31.
  • Knit from peg 30 to peg 4, w&t peg 3.
  • Knit from peg 4 to peg 29, w&t peg 30.
  • Knit from peg 29 to peg 5, w&t peg 4.
  • Knit from peg 5 to peg 28, w&t peg 29.
  • Knit from peg 28 to peg 6, w&t peg 5.
  • Knit from peg 6 to peg 27, w&t peg 28.
  • Knit from peg 27 to peg 7, w&t peg 6.
  • Knit from peg 7 to peg 26, w&t peg 27.
  • Knit from peg 26 to peg 8, w&t peg 7.
  • Knit from peg 8 to peg 25, w&t peg 26.
  • Knit from peg 25 to peg 9, w&t peg 8.
  • Knit from peg 9 to peg 24, w&t peg 25.
  • Knit from peg 24 to peg 10, w&t peg 9.
  • Knit from peg 10 to peg 23, w&t peg 24.
  • Knit from peg 23 to peg 11, w&t peg 10.
  • Knit from peg 11 to peg 22, w&t peg 23.
  • Knit from peg 22 to peg 12, w&t peg 11.

(Note: The following increase rows will require working all previous wraps and stitches together as one as the pegs are knit and w&t’d. This can be up to 2 wraps and a stitch worked as one.)

  • Knit from peg 12 to peg 23, w&t peg 24 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg)
  • Knit from peg 23 to peg 11, w&t peg 10 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 11 to peg 24, w&t peg 25.
  • Knit from peg 24 to peg 10, w&t peg 9.
  • Knit from peg 10 to peg 25, w&t peg 26.
  • Knit from peg 25 to peg 9, w&t peg 8.
  • Knit from peg 9 to peg 26, w&t peg 27.
  • Knit from peg 26 to peg 8, w&t peg 7.
  • Knit from peg 8 to peg 27, w&t peg 28.
  • Knit from peg 27 to peg 7, w&t peg 6.
  • Knit from peg 7 to peg 28, w&t peg 29.
  • Knit from peg 28 to peg 6, w&t peg 5.
  • Knit from peg 6 to peg 29, w&t peg 30 .
  • Knit from peg 29 to peg 5, w&t peg 4.
  • Knit from peg 5 to peg 30, w&t peg 31 .
  • Knit from peg 30 to peg 4, w&t peg 3.
  • Knit from peg 4 to peg 31, w&t peg 32.
  • Knit from peg 31 to peg 3, w&t peg 2.
  • Knit from peg 3 to peg 32, w&t peg 33.
  • Knit from peg 32 to peg 2, w&t peg 1.

Peg 1 and Peg 33 still have wraps on them. Continue to the foot instructions. On the first round, pick up the wraps together with the stitch (3 over 1) as the next round is worked.

Short-row heel (and toe) Instructions For 72 Pegs:

  • Knit from peg 1 to peg 35, w&t peg 36.
  • Knit from peg 35 to peg 2, w&t peg 1.
  • Knit from peg 2 to peg 34, w&t peg 35.
  • Knit from peg 34 to peg 3, w&t peg 2.
  • Knit from peg 3 to peg 33, w&t peg 34.
  • Knit from peg 33 to peg 4, w&t peg 3.
  • Knit from peg 4 to peg 32, w&t peg 33.
  • Knit from peg 32 to peg 5, w&t peg 4.
  • Knit from peg 5 to peg 31, w&t peg 32.
  • Knit from peg 31 to peg 6, w&t peg 5.
  • Knit from peg 6 to peg 30, w&t peg 31.
  • Knit from peg 30 to peg 7, w&t peg 6.
  • Knit from peg 7 to peg 29, w&t peg 30.
  • Knit from peg 29 to peg 8, w&t peg 7.
  • Knit from peg 8 to peg 28, w&t peg 29.
  • Knit from peg 28 to peg 9, w&t peg 8.
  • Knit from peg 9 to peg 27, w&t peg 28.
  • Knit from peg 27 to peg 10, w&t peg 9.
  • Knit from peg 10 to peg 26, w&t peg 27.
  • Knit from peg 26 to peg 11, w&t peg 10.
  • Knit from peg 11 to peg 25, w&t peg 26.
  • Knit from peg 25 to peg 12, w&t peg 11.
  • Knit from peg 12 to peg 24, w&t peg 25.
  • Knit from peg 24 to peg 13, w&t peg 12.

(Note: The following increase rows will require working all previous wraps and stitches together as one as the pegs are knit and w&t’d. This can be up to 2 wraps and a stitch worked as one.)

  • Knit from peg 13 to peg 25, w&t peg 26 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg)
  • Knit from peg 25 to peg 12, w&t peg 11 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 12 to peg 26, w&t peg 27 .
  • Knit from peg 26 to peg 11, w&t peg 10.
  • Knit from peg 11 to peg 27, w&t peg 28.
  • Knit from peg 27 to peg 10, w&t peg 9.
  • Knit from peg 10 to peg 28, w&t peg 29.
  • Knit from peg 28 to peg 9, w&t peg 8.
  • Knit from peg 9 to peg 29, w&t peg 30.
  • Knit from peg 29 to peg 8, w&t peg 7.
  • Knit from peg 8 to peg 30, w&t peg 31.
  • Knit from peg 30 to peg 7, w&t peg 6.
  • Knit from peg 7 to peg 31, w&t peg 32.
  • Knit from peg 31 to peg 6, w&t peg 5.
  • Knit from peg 6 to peg 32, w&t peg 33.
  • Knit from peg 32 to peg 5, w&t peg 4.
  • Knit from peg 5 to peg 33, w&t peg 34.
  • Knit from peg 33 to peg 4, w&t peg 3.
  • Knit from peg 4 to peg 34, w&t peg 36.
  • Knit from peg 34 to peg 3, w&t peg 2.
  • Knit from peg 3 to peg 35, w&t peg 36.
  • Knit from peg 35 to peg 2, w&t peg 1.

Peg 1 and Peg 36 still have wraps on them. Continue to the foot instructions.  On the first round, pick up the wraps together with the stitch (3 over 1) as the next round is worked.

 

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Jun 19, 2016

Happy Feet for Dad

 

Worked in luxurious Malabrigo merino wool… offer both comfort and warmth!

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LOOM:  Sock Loom 2 (48 pegs)

YARN:  Approx 320 yds of worsted weight of merino wool. Malabrigo Arroyo in Azules was used in sample. If knitting a larger size, you will need approx 400 yrds.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 11 sts x 16 rows = 2 inches in stockinette.

SIZE:  Sample shows a size 9 men’s. To make larger size, work the foot of the sock longer (about 1.5”) shorter than desired length, then work the toe.  

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to 48 pegs.Happy Feet close up

CO 48 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-Rnd 64 (approx. 8” from CO edge): *k3, p2, k1, p2: rep from * to end.

Rnd 64-80: k to end of rnd.

Heel

The heel is a short-row heel over the first 24 stitches (takes place from peg 1 to peg 24).

New to short-row heels: directions for Short-row heel instructions can be found at the end of pattern.

If familiar with a short-row heel, simply follow the Heel and Toe Part I, decrease until there are 12 pegs unwrapped. Then follow Heel and Toe Part 2, increase back to a full 24 pegs.

Foot

Next rnd: k to end of rnd.

Rep last rnd until foot measures approx. 8.75 from heel (or 1.5” less than desired length).

Toe

Repeat the same steps that you used to turn the heel, making sure to use the same pegs and side of the loom as before.

Remove stitches 1-24 from the loom and place them on one of the double pointed needles. Remove remaining 24 stitches (pegs 25-48) and place them on second double pointed needle. Graft edges to close the toe, using the Kitchener Stitch (see tutorial included in this post). 

Weave ends in. Block lightly.


 

Heel Instructions

 The short-row heel for this sock is worked over 24 pegs (pegs 1-24).

  • Knit from peg 1-23. W&T peg 24
  • Knit from peg 23-2. W&T peg 1
  • Knit from peg 2-22. W&T peg 23
  • Knit from peg 22-3. W&T peg 2
  • Knit from peg 3-21. W&T peg 22
  • Knit from peg 21-4. W&T peg 3
  • Knit from peg 4-20. W&T peg 21
  • Knit from peg 20-5. W&T peg 4
  • Knit from peg 5-19. W&T peg 20
  • Knit from peg 19-6. W&T peg 5
  • Knit from peg 6-18. W&T peg 19
  • Knit from peg 18-7. W&T peg 6
  • Knit from peg 7-19 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 20
  • Knit from peg 19-6 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 5 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 6-20(treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 21 (two wraps and the stitch)
  • Knit from peg 20-5 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 4 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 5-21 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 22 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 21-4 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 3 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 4-22(treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 23 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 22-3 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 2 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 3-23(treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop) . W&T peg 24 (two wraps and a stitch)
  • Knit from peg 23-2 (treat the wrap and the stitch as one loop). W&T peg 1 (two wraps and a stitch).

Pegs 1 and 24 have the wraps and the stitch. On the first round for the foot, work the wraps and the stitch together as a regular stitch.

On toe, leave the wraps there and continue to grafting the toes with the Kitchener stitch.

 

 

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Jun 13, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Basic Socks for 18″ Dolls

Whimsical Loom Knits – June 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

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With less than 40 yards of sock yarn, and a few spare hours, you can knit these sweet little socks for 18″ dolls.  

Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Approximately 35 yds of a light fingering weight yarn.  Footsie (in Punky), by Knit Fit Knitting, was used for this project.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, 2 double point knitting needles (size 2)

Gauge: 6 stitches and 10 rows = 1″

 

Special Techniques:

w&t:  Wrap and Turn

At the peg indicated in the pattern, using the knitting tool, lift the stitch(es) already in place up off of the peg and hold it(them) temporarily.  Pass the working yarn behind the peg and then across the front of the peg.  Place the held stitch(es) back on the peg, above the wrap that was just created. Wrap and turn is now complete.

 

Instructions

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(Make 2)

Cast on 24 pegs.  Prepare to work in the round.

 

Cuff:

Rounds 1 – 4:  K2, P2 to end of the round.

 

Leg:

Rounds 5 – 16:  Knit to the end of the round.

 

*Short row shaping:

K pegs 1 – 11, w&t peg 12.

K pegs 11 – 2, w&t peg 1.

K pegs 2 – 10, w&t peg 11.

K pegs 10 – 3, w&t peg 2.

K pegs 3 – 9, w&t peg 10.

K pegs 9 – 4, w&t peg 3.

K pegs 4 – 8, w&t peg 9.

K pegs 8 – 5, w&t peg 4.

(Note: For the following rows, when knitting a peg with more than 1 stitch on it, knit all stitches over together, as if they are one stitch.)

K pegs 5 – 9, w&t peg 10.

K pegs 9 – 4, w&t peg 3.

K pegs 4 – 10, w&t peg 11.

K pegs 10 – 3, w&t peg 2.

K pegs 3 – 11, w&t peg 12.

K pegs 11 – 2, w&t peg 1.

K pegs 2 – 24.

(Short row shaping is now complete.)

 

Foot:

Next 6 rounds:  Knit to the end of the round.

(Note: For the first round of this section, at peg 1, knit all stitches over together, as if they are one stitch.)

 

Toe:

Repeat the entire short row shaping section.

Next round:  Knit to the end of the round.

(Note: At peg 1, knit all stitches over together, as if they are one stitch.)

 

Finishing:

Place the stitches from pegs 12 – 1 on a double point knitting needle.  Place the stitches from 13 – 24 on another double point knitting needle.  Use kitchener stitch to close the toe.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Block, if desired.

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2 Comments

  • Is there a printable version of this pattern. It looks so cute I would like to try it for my grandsons doll. Thank you. Wilma

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Jun 12, 2016

Crescent Socks

Summer is here and with it means it is time to have some easy-to-carry projects like socks! Like waterfalls dripping down the rocks, the Crescent socks have a fluid stitch pattern that drips gently down to the toe of the sock. Worked in a self striping yarn that give them a summer feel. 

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LOOM:  Sock Loom EFG (shown at 60 pegs).

YARN:  Approx 350 yds of sock weight of superwash merino wool.  Vesper Sock Yarn, self-striping in Pink Sorbet was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, 2 double pointed needles in size 1 or 2 (used to Kitchener the toe).

GAUGE: 15 sts x 19 rows= 2” in stockinette.

SIZE:  Shown in size 7.5 women. To create a larger size, simply work the foot section to 1.5 inches of desired length, then follow the toe instructions.

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)

SSK=Slip, slip, knit

YO=Yarn over (ewrap the empty peg)

w&t=wrap and turn (remove loop from the peg and hold it, with working yarn, wrap the peg from the inside of the loom to the outside). You will then knit in the opposite direction.

Rnd(s)=round(s)

Tips:

  • I recommend to move all the stitches to their new positions before working (knitting) the round.
  • To make the socks match as closely as possible, work one sock normally and once you are to begin the second sock, locate the spot on the yarn that resembles the same coloway as where you started the first sock. Sample shows the sock starting in white, so the second sock was started at a section of white yarn.

INSTRUCTIONS Chart JPG

Set knitting loom to 60 pegs.

Cuff

Rnd 1-Rnd 16: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 17: *p1, yo, k3, ssk, k4; rep from * to end.

Rnd 18 and all even-numbered Rnds: *p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Rnd 19: *p1, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k3; rep from * to end.

Rnd 21: *p1, k2, yo, k3, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 23: *p1, k3, yo, k3, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

Rnd 25: *p1, k4, yo, k3, ssk; rep from * to end.

Rnds 27 and 28: *p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Continue to heel. (If you prefer a longer sock, repeat Rnds 17-28, until sock leg measures desired length, typically around 7-8 inches from cast on edge.)

Heel

The heel is a short-row heel over the first 30 stitches (takes place from peg 1 to peg 30).

New to short-row heels: directions for Short-row heel instructions can be found at the end of pattern.

If familiar with a short-row heel, simply follow the Heel and Toe Part I, decrease until there are 10 pegs unwrapped. Then follow Heel and Toe Part 2, increase back to a full 30 pegs.

Foot

**Next rnd: Skip peg 1 as it was just wrapped on the last short-row. k29, *p1, yo, k3, ssk, k4; rep from * end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, * p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, *p1, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k3; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, * p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, *p1, k2, yo, k3, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, * p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, *p1, k3, yo, k3, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, * p1, k9; rep from * to end.

Next rnd: p1, k29, *p1, k4, yo, k3, ssk; rep from * to end.

Next 3 rnds: p1, k29: *p1, k9; rep from * to end. **

Rep from ** to ** until foot measures approx. 1.5 less than desired length.

Toe

Repeat the same steps that you used to turn the heel, making sure to use the same pegs and side of the loom as before.

Remove the live stitches from pegs 1-30 and place them on one the double pointed needles. Remove remaining 30 stitches (pegs 31-60) and place them on second double pointed needle.

Close the toe with the Kitchener stitch(see tutorial included in this post for instructions).  .

Weave ends in. Block lightly.


Short-row heel (and toe) Instructions (over 30 pegs)

  • Knit from peg 1 to peg 29, w&t peg 30.
  • Knit from peg 29 to peg 2, w&t peg 1.
  • Knit from peg 2 to peg 28, w&t peg 29.
  • Knit from peg 28 to peg 3, w&t peg 2.
  • Knit from peg 3 to peg 27, w&t peg 28.
  • Knit from peg 27 to peg 4, w&t peg 3.
  • Knit from peg 4 to peg 26, w&t peg 27.
  • Knit from peg 26 to peg 5, w&t peg 4.
  • Knit from peg 5 to peg 25, w&t peg 26.
  • Knit from peg 25 to peg 6, w&t peg 5.
  • Knit from peg 6 to peg 24, w&t peg 25.
  • Knit from peg 24 to peg 7, w&t peg 6.
  • Knit from peg 7 to peg 23, w&t peg 24.
  • Knit from peg 23 to peg 8, w&t peg 7.
  • Knit from peg 8 to peg 22, w&t peg 23.
  • Knit from peg 22 to peg 9, w&t peg 8.
  • Knit from peg 9 to peg 21, w&t peg 22.
  • Knit from peg 21 to peg 10, w&t peg 9.
  • Knit from peg 10 to peg 20, w&t peg 21.
  • Knit from peg 20 to peg 11, w&t peg 10.
  • Knit from peg 11 to peg 21, w&t peg 22 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg)
  • Knit from peg 21 to peg 10, w&t peg 9(two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from peg 10 to peg 22, w&t peg 23 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from peg 22 to peg 9, w&t peg 8 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 9 to peg 23, w&t peg 24 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 23 to peg 8, w&t peg 7 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 8 to peg 24, w&t peg 25(two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from peg 24 to peg 7, w&t peg 6 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 7 to peg 25, w&t peg 26(two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from peg 25 to peg 6, w&t peg 5 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 6 to peg 26, w&t peg 27(two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from peg 26 to peg 5, w&t peg 4 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 5 to peg 27, w&t peg 28(two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from peg 27 to peg 4, w&t peg 3 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 4 to peg 28, w&t peg 29 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 28 to peg 3, w&t peg 2 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).
  • Knit from peg 3 to peg 29, w&t peg 30(two wraps and a stitch on this peg) .
  • Knit from 29 to peg 2, w&t peg 1 (two wraps and a stitch on this peg).

Peg 1 and Peg 30 have the wraps on them. Continue  to the foot instructions (on the first round, you will pick up the wraps together with the stitch as you work the next round.


Crescent Stitch Pattern

Multiple of 10 stitches; 12 round repeat

Rnd 1: *p1, yo, k3, ssk, k4; rep from * to end.

  • Remove loop off peg 6 and hold it. Move loop from peg 5 to 6. Place loop that you are holding back on peg 6 (two loops on peg 6).
  • Move loops from peg 4 to 5, from 3 to 4, from 2 to 3. Peg 2 is empty.
  • Purl peg 1, YO peg 2 (ewrap peg 2), knit pegs 3-10 (treat both loops on peg 6 as one loop).

Rnd 2: *p1, k9 (and all even rounds).

Rnd 3: *p, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k3; rep from * to end.

  • Remove loop off peg 7 and hold it. Move loop from peg 6 to 7. Place loop that you are holding back on peg 7 (two loops on peg 7).
  • Move loops from peg 5 to 6, from 4 to 5, from 3 to 4. Peg 3 is empty.
  • Purl peg 1, knit peg 2 YO peg 3 (ewrap peg 3), knit pegs 4-10 (treat both loops on peg 7 as one loop).

Rnd 5: *p, k2, yo, k3, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

  • Remove loop off peg 8 and hold it. Move loop from peg 7 to 8. Place loop that you are holding back on peg 8 (two loops on peg 8).
  • Move loops from peg 6 to 7, from 5 to 6, from 4 to 5. Peg 4 is empty.
  • Purl peg 1, knit peg 2, knit peg 3, YO peg 4 (ewrap peg 4), knit pegs 5-10 (treat both loops on peg 8 as one loop).

Rnd 7: *p, k3, yo, k3, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

  • Remove loop off peg 9 and hold it. Move loop from peg 8 to 9. Place loop that you are holding back on peg 9 (two loops on peg 9).
  • Move loops from peg 7 to 8, from 6 to 7, from 5 to 6. Peg 5 is empty.
  • Purl peg 1, knit peg 2, knit peg 3, knit peg 5, YO peg 5 (ewrap peg 5), knit pegs 6-10 (treat both loops on peg 9 as one loop).

Rnd 9: *p, k4, yo, k3, ssk; rep from * to end.

  • Remove loop off peg 10 and hold it. Move loop from peg 9 to 10. Place loop that you are holding back on peg 10 (two loops on peg 10).
  • Move loops from peg 8 to 9, from 7 to 8, from 6 to 7. Peg 6 is empty.
  • Purl peg 1, knit peg 2, knit peg 3, knit peg 4, knit peg 5, YO peg 6 (ewrap peg 6), knit pegs 7-10 (treat both loops on peg 10 as one loop).

Rnd 10-12:  *p1, k9 (and all even rounds).

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  • Lovely socks :)
    I so want to try making these lovely socks one day soon :)

  • Thank you! I hope you have the chance soon to try them.

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May 27, 2016

Silken Byways Handbag

Silken Byways Handbag-frontTraditional saris, woven with heavy silk and gold and silver cloth, are highly treasured and worn during special occasions and festivities within the Indian culture.

This vibrant and somewhat free spirited handbag is created using yarn made from recycled sari remnants…a wonderful way to enjoy the exquisite beauty of sari silk, with our more casual western ways in mind.

 

Loom:  Adjustable Hat Loom, 28 pegs in every other hole.

Yarn:  Approx 90 yards/143 g of bulky weight recycled sari silk ribbon yarn. Sample used SilkIndian Ribbon Yarn (1.5 skeins in the multi) 60 yds/100 g.

Notions:   knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, row counter, large decorative button, one tassel, one strap (sample uses a curtain tie-back cord).

Gauge: Approx 8 sts x 12.5 rows= 4 inches

Size:  7” high x 7” wide x 3.5” deep at base.

Abbreviations

Approx: approximately
sts: stitches
CO: cast on
EW: E-wrap stitch
KO: knit off
WY: working yarn
BO: bind off

Pattern Notes:
All knits are worked as E-wrap stitches throughout.  When working an EW with the ribbon yarn, be sure to wrap and knit off just one peg at a time.  Leave extra looseness in each wrap after knitting off, so that the following rows won’t be too tight to manage.

This pattern uses a Drawstring Cast On for ease in gathering the bottom of the bag.  Please see this helpful web tutorial for more details:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkTsM3WjKQU

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Set loom to work in the round using 28 pegs in every other hole.  Going in a COUNTER CLOCKWISE direction, Drawstring CO to all 28 pegs.

Rows 1-24:  Work very loose EW on all 28 pegs.

Row 25:  Basic BO pegs 1-14, EW pegs 15-28.

Row 26:  EW pegs 28-15.

**Note: The WY should now be on the left side of the pegs being worked. If it’s not, simply switch the diagram below to work as if a mirror opposite.

  

Row 27:  Using the peg diagram above, work the 2 left side decreases as follows:

  • *Move the loop from peg 2 to peg 3 and KO.
  • *Move the loop from peg 1 to peg 2.
  • *Basic BO peg 1.

*EW knit the remaining pegs in line. 

Silken Byways Handbag- close up edgeRow 28:  Basic BO first peg of row.  EW knit the remaining pegs in line.

Rows 29-33:  Repeat Rows 27 & 28.  When done, there will only be 3 pegs with loops remaining.

Row 34:  Basic BO first peg in row. EW and KO 4 times on peg 2 only.  Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3, KO.  Trim yarn and pull through loop.  Cinch tightly.

 

FINISHING

Pull tail at CO edge to gather until there remains a 2” opening.  Stitch this 2” opening closed so that it will lay flat and serve as the bag bottom.

Weave in all ends and trim any long threads from the ribbon yarn’s natural frays.  Feel free to stretch the bag and asymmetrical flap into shape.  The firm nature of the ribbon yarn allows for some adjustment of the knitting into the preferred form.

Stitch the button in place at the bag front just inside the button loop, along with the tassel, and handles of choice.

If desired, the bag can be lined, or it can be left in its natural state.

7 Comments

  • Is it possible to use any other type of loom? My hat loom pegs broke!

  • Oh no, Erin! I’m so sorry to hear that! :P This is one of the big reasons the pattern talks about making your stitches *very* loosely. But, as for another loom to use this project on, any one of a large gauge would do. Perhaps a loom with fixed pegs would be better for you. You might even try it on a Zippy, but you’d most likely need to line the bag after you’ve completed the knitting, as the stitches may have extra spaces between them. Best of wishes for your success! :)

  • Hi Erin, I would let the company know about the issue of your hat loom by email to info@knittingboard.com. They will be happy to discuss this with you.

  • Can the sashay yarn be used for this pattern?

  • Hi Kerri! :) Yes, the Sashay yarn held all bunched up as one strand of thick yarn would be a great match for this project…terrific idea! :)

  • Can you use the All in one loom to make this bag

  • Hi Margaret :)

    Well, you can use the All-n-One for this, but you would need to change the yarn used, as the silk ribbon used in the pattern would be too thick for the gauge of that loom. Then, of course, you may wish to change the number of pegs used and rows worked so that you end up with the size bag that you wish to have. ;) I would highly recommend making a swatch first and then doing a little math to determine the desired numbers.

    Best wishes! :)

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May 20, 2016

iPad Cozy

Ipad bag

Knit a fashionable iPad cozy to keep your iPad safe from bumps. The felted material also protects the iPad from unwanted spills.

LOOM:  Hat Loom, set at large gauge, at M size (40 pegs every other hole)

YARN:  Approx 275 yds of wool mohair blend bulky weight yarn. Lamb’s Pride Bulky in Cranberry Swirl (250yds) and Lime Sorbet (25 yds) was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, row marker (safety pin)

Other: Decorative button, approx 1/2″

GAUGE: 3.5 sts x 4 rows = 2 inches.

SIZE:  Pre-felted: 14.5″ W x  10.5″ H (including flap folded over the front)

Felted: 10″ W x 8″ H

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

Rep=Repeat

MC=Main color (Cranberry Swirl)

CC=Contrasting Color (Lime Sorbet)

INSTRUCTIONS Ipad Bag prefelted

Using MC, cast on 36 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: ewrap k to end of row.

Row 2: p to end of row.

Row 1 and Row 2=1 Garter Stitch ridge.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2, until you have 48 Garter Stitch ridges

Next row: ewrap k to end of row.

Next row, BO 2, p to end. (Place a row marker at this point).

Rep last 2 rows until 8 sets rem.

BO with basic bind off method.

Fold the panel so that the cast on edge lines up with the row that has the stitch marker. Using tapestry needle and MC, mattress stitch down the sides. Weave ends in.

I-cord for flap

Using CC, work a 3-stitch i-cord that is approximately 24 inches long. Using tapestry needle and CC, mattress stitch the i-cord to the tapered flap of the bag, starting at the beginning of the tapered edge, loop the end of the i-cord to form a loop, secure to the edge of the flap.

Button

After felting (see instructions below for felting), fold the flap over to see where to place the button. Sample shows button at the bottom right of the flap. Sew the button in place to the bottom part of the bag. Fold flap over, with a knife of scissors make an opening to the flap, big enough to allow the button to pass through.

Ipad Bag Open Prefelted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assembly: using the mattress stitch, seam the icord to the cast on edge of the oven mitt. Create a small loop with the remaining icord (to use for hanging)

FELTING INSTRUCTIONS 

The magic in this knitting happens when you wash the untreated wool with hot water and the item shrinks, making the stitches smaller, and the fabric thicker.

You will need the following:

1 pillow case with a zipper

Safety Pin

2-3 jeans (to use in agitation)

Eucalan Woolwash or Baby Shampoo

Towels (to squeeze out excess water).

Top Loader Washer

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all items to be felted inside the zippered pillow case. Secure the zipper with the safety pin (to ensure the pillow case doesn’t open).

Set washer to Small load, and Hot temperature.

Place 1 tsp of Eucalan Woolwash or 1 tsp of Baby Shampoo.

Place the jeans inside the washer.

Place the pillow case inside the washer.

Start the washer. Check the washer again BEFORE it goes into the spin cycle. If the item is not the desired size, re-start the washer from the beginning (simply turn the knob back to the beginning of the wash). Place the pillow case back in the washer and let it go through another cycle, stopping the washer BEFORE it was through the spin cycle. Check again. If not desired size, repeat. *The above samples took 3 cycles.

Once the items are the desired size, remove the items from the pillow case. Take them to the sink. If you used Eucalan Woolwash, rinsing is not required. If you used Baby Shampoo, rinse in cold water. Do not wring the excess water. Place a towel on a flat surface, then place the felted item on top of the towel. Pat dry as much as you can.

Set the items to air dry, away from the sun. The sun may discolor the yarn.

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May 18, 2016

Plaid Rug from T-shirts

Designed by Lindsay Obermeyer

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Needed

Size:  Rug 14″ x 22.5″ Each panel 7″ x 22.5″

Loom: All-n-One Loom or 28″ Loom, plus a set of loom extenders.

T-Shirts: 1 orange, yellow, peach, green and white t-shirts and 2 grey t-shirts with minimal text or graphics.

Notions: scissors, size J crochet hook, ruler, crochet cotton, such as Sugar and Cream in a color to match the t-shirts, Tapestry needle, ball headed pins

 

Panel one: Orange Plaid

Set up: make t-shirt loopies

©2016Obermeyer-t-shirt-loop-process

Fold the t-shirt in half , lining up the sleeves. Smooth out the wrinkles with your hand. Cut off the bottom band.   Measure and cut a 2” wide strip across the shirt through both layers. Trim off the seam ends. With the fabric still folded in half, cut a slit straight up the center until about a ¼ inch from the end. You now have 2 strips with slits up them. Round off the corners. Take one strip and pull it taught while holding onto each end. The strip will stretch, the edges will curl in and you now have a warp loopie.

Make 2 green warp loopies, 9 yellow and 9 orange warp loopies for a total of 20.

To make the weft loopies , Cut 8” x 2” strips of the t-shirt. (Use every scrap of the t-shirt, including sleeves). Fold each strip in half, cut a slit up the center and round off the edges.

Make 22 peach, 17 orange, 15 yellow weft loopies.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Warp the loom in the following color order 6 yellow, 1 green, 3 yellow, 3 orange, 1 green, 6 orange.

©2016LindsayObermeyerPlaidRug-weaving

Weft Color Pattern

Weave in a basic over and under manner the following color sequence:  5 orange, 1 green, 5 yellow 1 green 8 peach 1 green 6 orange, 1 green, 5 yellow, 8 peach, 1 green, 7 orange, 1 green, 5 yellow, 1 green, 7 peach.

Finishing / Binding off the fabric from the loom

When you finish weaving in the last strip, crochet bind off the fabric off of the loom. Use a J hook and lift the first loop on the top of the warp onto your hook, proceed and add the loop next to it. Then lift the first loop up and over the second loop, proceed to the third loop and place it on your hook, then take the 2nd loop and lift it up and over the third loop, you will continue in this fashion all the way around the loom, until only one loop remains on your hook. You will pull this loop and weave it into the structure of your weave using either your hook or a tapestry needle.

 

©2016Obermeyer-seaming-plaid

 

 

 

Seam your 2 pieces together with yarn and tapestry needle.

6 Comments

  • With the fabric still folded in half, cut a slit straight up the center until about a ¼ inch from the end. You now have 2 strips with slits up them—Do you have pics of this step? It’s a little confusing to me. =)

  • Thus reminds me of making potholders for my Mom @ the playground in summer. Thanks for the idea! :)

  • Hi Dana, Sorry we do not have pics of this step. I will send your question to the designer for you. Thanks.

  • Just a note for folks, was in Hobby Lobby the other day and notice they have T-shirt knit on a cone in different colors already cut. If anyone is interested.

  • Love this article. Your expertise is much appreciated. Thanks, Caroline

  • Would it be possible to make this using the sashay yarn instead of the recommended yarn? I have some left over with no use and don’t want to make scarves and its just sitting in my yarn bucket staring at me saying “when will I get used”

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May 15, 2016

Springtime Yoga Bag

yogabag2Springtime is here! The birds are chirping, the sun welcomes us each morning with is warm rays. It is the perfect time to grab that yoga mat and head to the nearest park to enjoy a relaxing yoga class.

LOOM:  Hat Loom, set at small gauge, at XS size (56 pegs)

YARN:  Approx 250 yds of cotton worsted weight yarn. Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Nautical was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size D.

GAUGE: 7 sts x 12 rows = 2 inches.

SIZE:  Fits a 24” width yoga mat.  

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)

k2tog=knit two stitches together

YO=Yarn over (Ewrap the empty peg, on the following round, undo the ewrap and place this stitch in front of the peg and then work it as instructed (this pattern indicates to knit the peg)).

INSTRUCTIONS

Bag

Cast on 56 sts, join to work in the rnd.

Row 1: p to end of rnd.

Row 2: k to end of rnd.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: 2 more times.

Next rnd: *k2tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Next rnd: p to end of rnd.

Next rnd: k to end of rnd.

Rep last 2 rnds: 2 more times.

Next rnd: *k2tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Next rnd: k to end of rnd.

Rep from ** to **: until panel measures: 24 inches from cast on edge.

Bind off with gather removal method.

Strap

Cast on 7 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

Row 1: Sl1, k to end of row.

Row 2: Sl1, p5, k1.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: until strap measures 30 inches long.

Bind off with basic bind off.

Secure strap to the bag.

Crochet cord

With size D crochet hook, crochet a chain that is about 24 inches long. Bind off. Pass the cord through the eyelet openings through the garter stitch border. Make a knot at each end of the cord.

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