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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

  • Thank you for your kind comment, Wilma. I am sorry for the delayed reply. At the bottom of each post, you should see a little printer icon. If you click on the icon, it will load a printer friendly version of the post for you. For your convenience, I’m including a link to the printer friendly version of this post for you. You can find it here:

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    I hope that helps. Have a great weekend!

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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).

2 Comments

  • 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

Rug_plaid

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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May 9, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Lollipop

Whimsical Loom Knits – May 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

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This adorable lollipop is quick, easy, and so much fun to make!  Plus, it is a fantastic way to use up little bits of yarn left over from other projects.  Whip up a scrumptious batch of lollipops in all of your favorite ‘flavors’!

 

Knitting Loom: KB Hat Loom

Yarn: Worsted weight cotton yarn.  Peaches & Crème was used for the samples.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, tape measure, hot glue gun and glue sticks, 4” lollipop sticks, scrap of felt.

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

Finished Measurements: Approximately 1 ¾ “ in diameter (excluding the stick)

 

Instructions

Create a 3 peg i-cord:  Leave a 14” yarn tail.  Make a slip knot and place it on the first peg.  Wrap the 2nd peg and the 3rd peg.  *Take the working yarn behind the 2nd peg and the 1st peg.  Bring the working yarn around the front of the first peg and lay it across pegs 1, 2, and 3 – above the loops that are already on the pegs.  Knit the 3rd peg, the 1st peg, and then the 2nd peg.  Repeat from * five times.  Gently pull on the i-cord to help set the stitches in place and lengthen the cord.  Continue working in this manner until the i-cord measures 10” in length.

Bind off:  Move the stitch on peg 1 to peg 2.  Knit peg 2.  Move the stitch on peg 3 to peg 2.  Knit peg 2.    Cut the working yarn.  Lay the yarn tail across the front of peg 2.  Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch.  Gently pull on the yarn tail to tighten up the bind off.

 

Finishing

Begin shaping the i-cord into a coil:  Thread the 14” yarn tail into the eye of the yarn needle.  Pull the yarn needle through the i-cord, approximately ¾ of an inch from the end.

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Continue coiling and stitching the i-cord into a spiral.

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Once the i-cord has been shaped into a spiral, weave in both yarn tails.

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Using the hot glue gun, glue a sucker stick to the back of the spiral.

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Cut a circle from the felt and glue it over the sucker stick.

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All done!  Easy Peasy!

 

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Enjoy!

 

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Apr 29, 2016

Felted Casserole Cozy

With the warmer weather comes those special events we all love: pot lucks, barbecues, family reunions, and sports outings.  This project is exactly the thing needed to keep those tasty dishes insulated while transporting them to their destination.  The thick felted wool creates the perfect barrier to help hot dishes remain hot and cold ones stay chilled in the sun’s warming rays.

Knitting Loom: KB Hat Loom set to large gauge (pegs in every other hole), 28 pegs used.

Yarn: Approximately 950 yards of worsted weight 100% wool yarn, two strands held as one. Sample used Patons Classic Wool Worsted (2 skeins in each of the colors Jade Heather and Rich Red, 1/2 skein in the color Leaf Green, 1/4 skein in the color Winter White) 210 yds/192 m.

Notions: knitting tool, 6mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc), stitch markers, scissors, knitting pins, yarn needle, row counter, one large and a few small decorative buttons, as desired.  Also needed for felting process: hot water, either in washing machine or in large tub, 1 tablespoon laundry soap or baking soda, thick towels, old jeans or dryer balls to aid in the felting process if using a washing machine.

Gauge: Approx 9.33 sts x 17.75 rows= 4 inches (before felting)

Finished Measurements: Before felting: 17″ x 12″ x 5″ After felting: approximately 15″ x 9″ x 3″  (The size of this cover can be adjusted by changing the number of pegs used and rows knitted, as well as custom fitted by felting the item to fit the specific pan desired for use.)

Skills Needed: E-wrap, Chain CO (or CO of your choice), Basic BO, seaming method of choice (sample used single crochet), felting techniques.

Abbreviations:
CO: cast on
EW: E-wrap stitch
KO: knit off
WY: working yarn
BBO: basic bind off

Pattern Notes:
This pattern uses 2 strands of yarn held throughout.

The instructions below are for the exact color combination used for the sample.  If another look is desired, simply work in the color pattern of choice, keeping the total row count the same as the original.

Felted Casserole Cozy-side

Instructions

Set loom to work in a flat panel using 28 pegs in every other hole.

Top Panel

CO onto all 28 pegs. (Sample used Chain CO)

Rows 1-11:  Work EW on all 28 pegs using 2 strands of Rich Red.

Rows 12-16: Cut 1 strand of Rich Red to 4″ and hold 1 strand of Jade Heather with uncut strand of Rich Red and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 17-27:  Cut strand of Rich Red to 4″ and hold 2 strands of Jade Heather and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 28-32: Cut 1 strand of Jade Heather to 4″ and hold 1 strand of Winter White with uncut strand of Jade Heather and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 33-43:  Cut strand of Jade Heather to 4″ and hold 2 strands of Winter White and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 44-48: Cut 1 strand of Winter White to 4″ and hold 1 strand of Leaf Green with uncut strand of Winter White and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 49-59:  Cut strand of Winter White to 4″ and hold 2 strands of Leaf Green and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 60-64: Cut 1 strand of Leaf Green to 4″ and hold 1 strand of Rich Red with uncut strand of Leaf Green and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Rows 65-75:  Cut strand of Leaf Green to 4″ and hold 2 strands of Rich Red and work EW on all 28 pegs.

Loosely BBO all 28 pegs.

Bottom Panel

CO onto all 28 pegs. (Sample used Chain CO)

Rows 1-88:  Work EW on all 28 pegs using 2 strands of Jade Heather.

Rows 89-100: Continue to work in EW, but decrease 2 stitches at each row using the following method:

*Move the loops from the 2nd pegs from both edges to the outside pegs.

*KO the bottom loop over the top loop at the outside pegs.

*Move the loop from the outside pegs inward one peg to fill in the gaps.

*Work row.

BBO remaining 4 pegs.

Sides Panel

CO onto 12 pegs. (Sample used Chain CO)

Rows 1-200:  Work EW on all 12 pegs using 2 strands of Rich Red.

Loosely BBO all 12 pegs.

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FRONT before felting

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BACK before felting

Finishing

Pin the long side panel evenly onto both the top and bottom panels, keeping the extra length of the bottom panel free by centering the side panel at the flat edge opposite the tapered edge. There should be approximately 4″ left free before it starts to taper to a point.  Being careful not to pull too tightly which will cause puckering, neatly stitch the edges of the panels together (sample used a single crochet stitch  in Leaf Green, but a blanket stitch or mattress stitch could also be used. To keep continuity of the contrasting seam, a single crocheted edge was also applied across the bottom panel’s tapered end as well as ends of

side panel.)

Weave in all ends that will be visible at the opening, and simply make a square knot and trim all other ends.

Felting

**Please Note!** During felting, the wool will shrink significantly. Careful watch over the felting process is required to ensure that the piece doesn’t shrink too much.
If using a washing machine, place the piece inside a laundry bag or tightly tied pillow case before felting.  This will help keep the extra fuzz produced in the felting process from clogging the machine. Set the machine to the hot/normal cycle and add a pair of old jeans or two (ones that will not bleed color) or dryer balls for plenty of agitation.  Add a tablespoon of laundry soap or baking powder to help soften the wool fibers. Let the cycle run for approx 15-20 minutes, checking regularly to make sure of the size of the finished piece.  **Donleave them unchecked too long, as it can quickly shrink beyond what is expected!  If the machine is felting the piece unevenly, simply add friction by hand to those places that still require extra felting.  This allows better control over the felting process so that certain areas don’t felt too much.
Alternately, felting can be accomplished using a large tub filled with hot water and plenty of applied hand agitation with good success.  An ice cube tray, or a new plunger can also be used for added friction. 
Once the desired size has been achieved, rinse piece with cold water. Carefully squeeze out excess water without ringing. Roll cozy in a thick, absorbent towel.
Working while the piece is still damp, carefully stretch the sides of the panels so that they are straight and even and are at the correct measurement. Insert desired baking dish and fit the cozy to its shape (sample’s dish had handles to mold the felting around, but this was done quite easily, because the wool was still damp and pliable).  Stretch and push the piece as needed, pinning the flap in place.  Leave to dry completely.  **Note: Because felting will continue to shrink a bit as the moisture in the wool evaporates, continue shaping during the drying process, so that the project will remain in the desired shape.
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Using sharp scissors, cut a small slit in the center of the tapered point of the button flap, along the same direction as the knitting. The felting process will have firmly knotted all the fibers together, so the knitting can be cut into without worry.  If desired, the slit can be reinforced with some stitches of yarn. Stitch the button(s) onto the corresponding place on the top panel where the button flap will close, as well as anywhere else desired for decoration.

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Apr 23, 2016

Oven Mitt & Hot pad Set

Oven Mitt Set Small 2

Add a special touch to your kitchen with a set of customized oven mitt set. Makes and excellent hostess gift too! Worked in garter stitch and felted to provide the user with a thick fabric that will keep the heat away from the fingers. 

LOOM:  Hat Loom, at large gauge (40 pegs and 20 pegs)

YARN:  Approx 300 yds of bulky weight of wool mohair blend.  Shown in Cranberry Swirl (250 yds) and Lime Sorbet (50 yds)

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: Approx 3.5 sts x 4 rows = 2 inches (gauge not imperative).

SIZE:
Hot pad: Before felting 10×10 inches. After felting 8.5 x 8.5 inches.
Oven Mitt: Before felting 14×8 inches. After felting 12 x 7 inches.

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

ewrap k=ewrap knit

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

rnd(s)=Round(s)
MC=Main color (cranberry swirl)

CC=Contrasting color (lime sorbet)

PATTERN NOTE: Both items are worked completely with the ewrap knit stitch.

INSTRUCTIONS

Hot PadHot Pad

Set knitting loom XS setting-with pegs every other hole, 28 pegs.

Using MC, CO 28 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: e-wrap k to the end of row.

Row 2: p to the end of row.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: until item measures approximately 9.5 inches from cast on edge.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Accent I-cordHot Pad with Icord

Using CC, CO 3 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Work a 3-stitch i-cord that is approx. 45 inches long.

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

Oven Mitt

Set knitting loom Medium setting-with pegs every other hole, 40 pegs. 

Using MC, CO 40 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1: ewrap k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 2: p to the end of rnd. 

Rep Rnd 1 and Rnd 2: 15 more times (total of 30 rnds). (16 garter stitch ridges).Oven Mitt parts

BO 8sts, ewrap k to the end of row (32 sts). (Working in rows for the next 5 rows)

Next row: p back (p32).

Next row: Ewrap k to the end (32 sts).

Next row: p back (p32).

Next row: Ewrap k to the end (32 sts).

Next row: p back (p32).

Next row: Ewrap k to the end, CO 8 sts at end of row. (Begin working the rnd again).

Next rnd: p to end of rnd.

*Next rnd: ewrap k to end of rnd.

Next rnd: p to end of rnd. *Oven Mitt assembled

Rep from * to *: 14 more times. (total of 28 rnds). (16 garter stitch ridges from thumb opening).

Bind off with gather removal method.

Thumb 

Set knitting loom XS setting-with pegs every other hole, 28 pegs.

Using MC, CO 28 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: p to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 and Rnd 2: 11 more times. (total of 22 rnds). (12 garter stitch ridges.

Bind off with gather removal method. 

Assembly of Oven Mitt: Using the mattress stitch and MC, seam the thumb to the thumb opening in the thumb.

Accent I-cord 

Using CC, CO 3 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Work a 3-stitch i-cord that is approx. 25  inches long.

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 side view

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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Apr 16, 2016

Nautical Dishcloth Set

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This month we will bring you small accents to decorate your kitchen, anywhere from dishclothes, hanging towels, to placemats and perhaps even a kitchen rug. The Nautical Dishcloth set is the perfect way to add some color and to test out some new stitches. Remember, it is a dishcloth so perfection is not required, the dishes won’t mind if a stitch is amiss. Grab a loom and sit down outside to enjoy the spring air and knit away.

Knitting Loom: 32 peg Basics Loom

Yarn: Approx 150 grams of cotton worsted weight yarn. Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in Nautical was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle

Gauge: Not imperative for project.

Sizes: Squares: 8×8”  | Dotted: 7.5×7.5”  | Scrubbie: 6.5×6.5”

Abbreviations:

K=knit stitch (or may substitute with U-stitch).

P=purl stitch

St(s)=stitch(es)

Rep=Repeat

Sl 1 wyif=with yarn in front of the stitch (remove stitch from the peg, pass working yarn behind the peg, place stitch back on the peg, then work the next peg as instructed in pattern.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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Cast on 32 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

Row 1 (from right to left): p to end of row.

Row 2: k to end of row.

Row 3: p to end of row.

Row 4: k to end of row.

Row 5: p to end of row.

Row 6: k to end of row.

Row 7: p3, k13, p16.

Rep Row 6 and Row 7: 10 more times (total of 20 rows).

Next row (left to right): k to end of row.

Next row: p16, k13, p3

Rep last two rows: 10 more times (total of 20 rows).

Next row: k to end of row.

Next row: p to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows: 2 more times.

Remove with Basic bind off method.

 

Dotted DishclothDotted

Cast on 32 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1 (from right to left): p to end of row.

Row 2: k to end of row.

Row 3: p to end of row.

Row 4: k to end of row.

Row 5: p to end of row.

Row 6: k3, *k2, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.

Row 7: p3, k to last 3 sts,  p3.

Rep Rows 6 and 7: 18 more times (36 total rows).

Next row: k to the end row.

Next row: p to the end of row.

Rep last two rows: 2 more times.

Remove with Basic bind off method.

 

Scrubbie DishclothScrubbie

Row 1 (from right to left): p to end of row.

Row 2: k to end of row.

Row 3: p to end of row.

Row 4: k to end of row.

Row 5: p to end of row.

Row 6: k to end of row.

Row 7: p3, *k1, sl 1 wyif, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, p3.

Rep Rows 6 and 7: 18 more times (36 total rows).

Next row: k to end of row.

Next row: p to end of row.

Rep last two rows: 2 more times.

Remove with Basic bind off method.

 

 

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Apr 11, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Primrose

Whimsical Loom Knits – April 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

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Celebrate the arrival of Spring with this sweet little flower.  This fun project is a quick and easy way to use up small yarn remnants from other projects.  Use these pretty blossoms to embellish anything from hats, hair bows, headbands, afghan squares, refrigerator magnets, wreaths, etc.  

Knitting Loom: Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Approximately 5 yards of worsted weight yarn.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle.

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

Finished Measurements: about 2″ diameter

Abbreviations:
K: knit
M1: make 1 (to increase)
K2Tog: knit 2 together (to decrease)

 

Instructions

Cast on 3 stitches.

Rows 1-2:  K3.

Row 3:  M1, K3.

Row 4:  K4.

Row 5:  M1, K4.

Rows 6-7:  K5.

Row 8:  K2, K2Tog, K1.

Row 9:  K1, K2tog, K1.

Row 10:  K3.

Row 11:  Using the basic bind off method, bind off 2 stitches.  (One stitch will remain on the loom.)

Row 12:  Skip the stitch on the loom and cast on 2 new stitches.

The first petal of the flower is now complete.  Repeat rows 1-12 until you have a total of 4 petals.

Repeat rows 1-10 once more.  Bind off all stitches, leaving a long yarn end.

The knitted piece will look similar to this:

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Finishing

Thread the long yarn end into the yarn needle.  Work a running stitch along the full length at the base of the petals.

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Pull the yarn end to tightly gather the center of the flower.  Use the yarn end to join the base of the last petal to the base of the first petal.

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Weave in the yarn ends and the little flower is done!

 

Check this out – Try this project out in a super fine or fingering weight yarn.  Use the same loom and follow the pattern as written for a slightly more delicate flower:

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Happy Spring!

 

4 Comments

  • How on earth do you knit the hoxey cowl please share the method.
    Desparet to learn.

  • Hello Maureen. I see that this is a pattern from Interweave Knits. Have you tried sending a message to Interweave Knits, or to the designer of the Hoxey Cowl?

  • Hello. This is a random question, but do you sell any of your work? If so, how to you calculate the price of each piece? Thanks.

  • I calculate my work per hour. If I design the item, I calculate a design fee, then if I have to knit the item, I charge a set fee per hour. Consequently, my knitted items have a design fee+knitting fee+yarn cost.

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Mar 25, 2016

Spring Mountain Shawl

Designed by Bethany A Dailey

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With the first seasonal turns of winter into spring, warming winds wrap themselves around mountain peaks, sending waters of thawing snow caps cascading downwards into the welcoming valleys below. The craggy rocks beneath the crests begin to peek out through the ice and snow, bringing with them the hope of wildflowers and new life after the season of cold.  This asymmetrical shawl embodies this feeling of winter giving way to spring…a little bit blanketed, a little bit revealed, just like those thawing mountain peaks.

Knitting Loom: Zippy Loom, 20 pegs used.

Yarn: Approximately 465 yards of bulky weight yarn, two strands held as one. Sample used Charisma Tweed (5 skeins in the color Gray) 93 yds/85 m.

Notions: knitting tool, 6mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc), stitch markers, scissors, knitting pins, yarn needle, row counter, one or two large decorative buttons.

Gauge: Approx 3 sts x 1.75 rows= 4 inches (in Figure Eight Stitch) **Note: This is a very stretchy stitch, so all measurements are approximate.

Finished Measurements: Width from neck to elbow: 15″, Length before seaming: 74″, Length at longest point while worn: 36″  (The size of this shawl can easily be adjusted by changing the number of pegs used and rows knitted.)

Skills Needed: E-wrap, Figure Eight Stitch, Chain CO (or CO of your choice), Basic BO, seaming method of choice.

Abbreviations:
CO: cast on
EW: E-wrap stitch
KO: knit off
WY: working yarn
BO: bind off

Pattern Notes:
This pattern uses 2 strands of yarn held throughout.

*Create the Figure Eight Stitch (in single knitting):

  • —To begin, wrap around the outside of peg 1, then around peg 2 as if to EW. Your WY will travel in a sort of figure 8 motion, hence the name of the stitch. KO these 2 pegs.
  • —Carrying the yarn behind peg 2, wrap around peg 3 as if to EW, then back around peg 2. KO these 2 pegs.
  • —Carrying the yarn behind peg 3, wrap around peg 4 as if to EW, then back around peg 3.  KO these 2 pegs.
  • —Continue in this manner to the end of the row.

See tutorial video for more details:

Instructions

Set loom to work in a flat panel using 20 pegs.  CO onto all 20 pegs. (Sample used Chain CO)

Rows 1-52:  Work Figure Eight Stitch on all 20 pegs.

**Note: Due to the loose nature of this stitch, when adding a new skein, tie the end of the WY and the beginning of the new skein securely into a square knot.  Thread one of the tails onto a yarn needle and work into the strands of the WY at one side of the knot, parting the plies in the yarn to help the end remain secure.  Repeat for the 2nd tail. 

Loosely BBO all 20 pegs.

Finishing

Being careful not to pull too tightly which will cause puckering, neatly stitch the inside edges of the panel together, starting at the bottom edges, for approximately 21″ (sample uses the mattress stitch). Stitch the button(s) in place as desired onto the back side of the remaining opening.

Weave in all ends and block lightly as desired.

To leave a question or comment for Bethany Dailey, simply add your comments to the section below! :)

Figure Eight Stitch on Zippy

13 Comments

  • Is there any audio with the video on the figure 8 stitch on the zippy?

  • Nope. I figured it was very self explanatory without any verbal explanation. ;)

  • Hi thanks so much for this pattern, it’s beautiful and it is just the type of shawl that I love. I looked everywhere for a airy type of Shawl pattern a beginner can do and this is perfect. I also wanted to tell Gin that if you check out YouTube you can find verbal institutions to the figure 8 stitch. :)

  • Hi Britt! :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment…I’m so glad you like it!

  • Do you use the figure 8cast on?

  • I actually used the Chain Cast On. :)

  • Thank you Bethany I can not ain’t to get started I am a beginner and hope I will be able to make this beautiful shawl Again thanks a million

  • You are so welcome, Gin…any time! :) I believe that you will have great success with this one, as it is really just the same stitch repeated throughout…perfect for a beginner loomer. Enjoy!

  • I have another dumb question Sorry about this but is this worked on 5 zippys without any corner piece. I don’t know the video shows the corners and I am new to this looming

  • You can choose your own configuration of 20 pegs, as it is worked as a flat panel…can be 5 Zippys on a line or 4 Zippys and 4 corners. ;)

  • Thanks again for the help

  • Beautiful pattern intro, Bethany! The shawl is lovely, too – and Emily is just as pretty as can be :)

  • Oh, thank you so much, Jenny! :D That is so sweet to hear!

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Mar 20, 2016

Spring Blossoms Cowl

Spring Blossoms Cowl

Welcome springtime with this beautiful cowl. The Spring Blossoms cowl depicts a lovely daisy stitch created with the aid of elongated stitches. Worked in two different colors to accent the small daisies.

LOOM:  All-n-One Loom 73 pegs.

YARN:  Approx 350 yds of worsted weight of merino wool.  Knit Picks Preciosa Tonal in Tadpole and Boysenberry was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle.

GAUGE: 11sts x 13 rows = 2 inches.

SIZE:  14 x 13 inches (flat)

ABBREVIATIONScowl slanted

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

A=Main color (Boysenberry)

B=Contrasting color (Tadpole)

Daisy Chain Stitch (Row 1-Row 20 below)
(Multiple of 6 sts plus 1)

Row 1: With A, k to the end of row.

Row 2: With A, p to the end of row.

Row 3: With A, k1, *[k1, wrap yarn 3 times around peg] 5 times, k1; rep from * to end

Row 4: With A, *p1, Cluster st; rep from *, end p1.

Row 5: With A, k to end of row.

Row 6: With A, p to end of row.

Row 7-10: With B, k to the end of row.

Row 11: With A, k to the end of row.

Row 12: With A, p to the end of row.

Row 13: With A, k4, *[k1, wrap yarn 3 times around peg] 5 times, k1; rep from *, end k3.

Row 14: With A, p3, *p1, Cluster st; rep from *, end k4.

Row 15: With A, k to end of row.

Row 16: With A, p to end of row.

Row 17-20: With B, k to the end of row.

Rep rows 1-20.

Cluster st: With working yarn to the back of the loom, drop the extra wraps on the 5 pegs, slide these wraps to the cable needle and hold the cable needle, wrap the working yarn clockwise around these 5 stitches two times. Place stitches from the cable needle back on the pegs. (See pictures for how-tos).

INSTRUCTIONSDaisy Stitch Close up

Set knitting loom to 73 pegs.

With B, CO 73 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-Row 20: Work Daisy Stitch.

Continue Daisy Stitch until panel measures 27 inches from cast on edge.

End on a Row 20. Bind off with basic bind off method.

Mattress stitch the cast on edge to bind off edge.

**To create a shawl instead of a cowl, continue knitting in the Daisy Stitch pattern until panel measures approximately 68 inches from cast on edge (end on a row 20).

Photo Tutorials (click on pictures to enlarge).

Row 3 of the Daisy Stitch Pattern states the following: With A, k1, *[k1, wrap yarn 3 times around peg] 5 times, k1; rep from * to end.

The following pictures show the steps on how to wrap the pegs and how the pegs would look after being wrapped.  Wrap the pegs counterclockwise, 3 times. Each peg should end up with 4 loops on it (the stitch, and three wraps).

wrapping pegs collage
Dropping the stitches to create the elongated stitches that will eventually create the Daisy Stitch.

Dropping stitches collage

The following pictures will show the Cluster Stitch—dropping the extra wraps, placing the stitches on the cable needle, wrapping the yarn around the middle of the stitches.

Place the elongated stitches on cable needle.

Stitches on Cable needle

Wrap the working yarn around the elongated stitches.

Wrap Cluster Collage

Place stitches from cable needle back on the pegs.

Loops back on pegs Collage

 

6 Comments

  • Fantastic!! I absolutely LOVE it! :D

  • Thank you Bethany :). It makes me happy to see the little stitches.

  • When working with 2 different colors how would you go about knitting every other stitch a different color?

  • Please guide me i am seeking help to create hoxey cowl meghan huber
    She alterates colors between stitches for seedstitch creating colorful piece
    Any one that can explain method inwould love to larn this
    Respectfully maureen.

  • Knit the row with A color skipping every other peg; then knit all the pegs you skipped with color B

  • I don’t know which cowl you are referring to. Is this a pattern on our website?

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Mar 14, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Loom Knit Monkey Hat

Designed by Jenny Stark

Mix a little fun and function with this charming hat.  Worked in a soft, fluffy yarn, this hat will be comfy, warm, and oh so cute!  Loom knit an adorable monkey hat for your favorite little ‘monkey’!

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Knitting Loom: KB Hat Loom Set

Yarn: 3 balls of Bernat Pipsqueak – 1 in Chocolate, 1 in Neapolitan, and 1 in Vanilla.

Scrap of worsted weight yarn for the nostrils and mouth.

Notions: knitting tool, yarn needle, scissors, buttons for eyes ( .5″ diameter), needle and thread (to attach eyes)

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Size: Youth

Abbreviations:

K = knit stitch

K2tog = knit 2 together (decrease)

M1 = make 1 (increase)

P = purl stitch

Sl = slip

Techniques

Double E-wrap Cast-On:  Wrap the first peg twice.  With the knitting tool, pull the lower wrap past the upper wrap and over the top of the peg.  Repeat this process for each of the remaining pegs.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

U-wrap Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn in front of the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg.  Bend the working yarn around the peg, creating a u shaped wrap. Knit the lower stitch over the u wrap.

Slip:  For the purposes of this project, slip simply means to skip the peg.

Make 1:  For the purposes of this project, simply cast on an additional stitch using the double e-wrap cast on method.

K2tog:  Decrease- worked over two pegs.  Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg.  Knit both stitches on the second peg together as one.

Gathered Bind Off:  Loosely wrap the working yarn in a circle around all of the pegs that have stitches – two times.  This will ensure that the yarn tail is long enough to complete the bind off.  Cut the working yarn, then unwrap the long yarn tail from around the pegs.  Lay the yarn tail below the stitch on peg 1.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  *Lay the yarn tail below the next stitch.  Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch.  Repeat from * for all stitches on the loom.  Once all stitches have been bound, remove the knitting from the loom.  Pull on the yarn tail to cinch the opening closed (unless otherwise directed by the pattern being worked).  Bind off is now complete.

Basic Bind Off:  Knit the first two pegs.  Move the stitch from the second peg over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  One stitch has now been bound off. Move the stitch from peg 1 to the empty peg.  This is now peg 1.  Knit the next stitch.  Move the stitch that was just knit over to the first peg.  Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch.  Continue working in this manner until there is one stitch left. Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail that is at least 4” long.  Wrap the yarn tail around the last peg.  Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch.  Bind off is now complete.

 

Instructions

Set up

Small loom, small gauge (68 pegs)

(2) 25 peg rounded loom pieces

(4) 3 peg connectors

(2) 3 peg rails

Connect the components listed above to create the small size/small gauge loom:

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Hat

(Worked in the round)  With the Neapolitan yarn, cast on 68 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rounds 1-12:  K2, P2 to the end of the round.

Switch to the Chocolate yarn.

Rounds 13-40:  E-wrap knit to the end of the round.

Rounds 41-42:  K3, P1 to the end of the round.

Remove the hat from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Carefully gather the top of  the hat closed and weave in all yarn ends.

 

Ears  (make 2)

With the Chocolate yarn, cast on 5 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. (Leave a 6″ yarn end)

Row 1:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 2:  P4, K1.

Row 3:  Sl 1, K3.

Row 4:  P3, K1.

Row 5:  Sl 1, K2.

Row 6:  P2, K1.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K1.

Row 8:  P1, K1.

Repeat rows 1-8 eight times.  Repeat rows 1-2 once more.  Remove the ear from the loom using the basic bind off method.  Leave a 6″ yarn end.

Use the yarn ends to sew an ear to each side of the hat.  (Tip:  Try placing the hat on a Styrofoam head before choosing ear placement.)  Weave in all yarn ends.

 

Muzzle

With the Vanilla yarn, cast on 5 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. (Leave a 7″ yarn end)

Row 1:  Sl 1, K4.

Row 2:  M1, P4, K1.

Row 3:  M1, K6.

Row 4:  M1, P6, K1.

Row 5:  M1, K8.

Row 6:  M1, P8, K1.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K9.

Row 8:  Sl 1, P8, K1.

Row 9:  Repeat row 7.

Row 10:  Repeat row 8.

Row 11:  Repeat row 7.

Row 12:  Repeat row 8.

Row 13:  Sl 1, K7, K2tog.

Row 14:  Sl 1, P6, K2tog.

Row 15:  Sl 1, K5, K2tog.

Row 16:  Sl 1, P4, K2tog.

Row 17:  Sl 1, K3, K2tog.

Row 18:  Sl 1, P3, K1.

Remove the muzzle from the loom using the basic bind off method.  Leave a 10″ yarn end.

Use the yarn ends to sew the muzzle in place on the front of the hat, just above the brim.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Using the needle and thread, sew the button eyes in place, just above the muzzle.

Thread the worsted weight yarn into the tyarn needle and add nostrils and a mouth to the muzzle.

 

Pom pom

Using the Chocolate yarn, the Neapolitan yarn, and the Vanilla yarn, all held together as one, create a large pom pom.  (The pom pom in the sample was created by wrapping all 3 strands of yarn around my hand, approximately 30 times.)  Attach the pom pom to the top of the hat and weave in the yarn ends.

Happy Loom Knitting!

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3 Comments

  • For the ears it says “Repeat rows 1-8 eight times.” How many times is the repeat? I’m so confused.

  • nvm I read it again and it says repeat 8 times. Oops – my mistake! Such a cute hat, I think I’ll make one for my niece.

  • I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting!
    Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

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Mar 11, 2016

Mila’s Zippy Cowl

 

 

Mila's Cowl

Creating last minute gift with the Zippy loom is a breeze!

LOOM:  Zippy Loom. Option: 4 Zippy and connectors. 4 Zippy and (4) corners.

YARN:  Approx 80 yds of Jumbo (size 7) acrylic yarn.  Lion Brand Color Clouds in Travelers Tan was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 4.25sts x 6 rows = 4 inches.

SIZE:  11” wide x 18” long.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Approx=approximately
  • k=knit stitch
  • p=purl stitch
  • CO=Cast on
  • BO=Bind off
  • st(s)=stitch(es)
     

INSTRUCTIONS

Set Zippy loom to work in the round (4) Zippy and (4) Corners.

CO 16 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Rnd 1-Rnd 7: k to end of row.

Rnd 8: p to the end of row. 

Rnd 9: k to end of row. 

Rep Row 8-Row 9: 4 times. 

Rep Rows 1-9: 2 more times. 

Next: Bind off with basic removal method, leaving a 16 inch yarn tail.

Mattress stitch the cast on edge to bind off edge. Weave ends in. Block lightly.

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Feb 19, 2016

Woodlands Throw (Double Knit)

Blanket_WoodlandsDesign by Jacque Darragh

See beautiful soft stripes emerge from the one yarn. Stitch pattern creates lots of texture.

Loom:  28” Knitting Board + peg extenders for double knit set at 2cm spacing.

Yarn:  Lion Brand Scarfie, 4 skeins.  Cream/Taupe. 312 yds. per skein.  Bulky weight. Hand wash and dry flat.

Stitches:  Rib, Stockinette, and Honeycomb pattern

Finished Sizes:  34 x 44 inches

Notions Needed:  Knit hook and crochet hook

Gauge:  2 sts X 3 rows=1 inch

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  • Beautiful! Two questions, what is the spacing between rows and is there a graphic of the peg wrap?

  • Hi Melissa, the boards are at mid spacing or 2cm apart. You can look at the pictorial instructions on knitting board website. If you go to the Criss cross stitch under Double Knit, the weaving is the same, but this design works 2 rows of each stitch pattern. So the whole Honeycomb pattern is a total of 4 rows.

  • Thank you!

  • I love these! So beautiful. I a newbie, but learning fast. Do you have a pattern for the hat?

  • The hat pattern was written by designer and will be posted soon.

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Feb 12, 2016

Crayon Box Throw (double knit)

Design by Jacquelyn Darragh

Work with the Ribbing stitch in this fun, colorful throw. The bright colors and bold stripes make this a simple knit favorite and with the double knit, double the warmth!

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Knitting Loom:  28” Knitting Board + extenders set up for double knit at 2 cm spacing

Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn, Worsted Weight, 100% Acrylic, 355 yards per skein. Machine washable and dryable Colors: Grape, 2 skeins. Pink, Tropical Pink, Yellow, Peacock Blue, 1 skein each. Neon Green, I Love this Yarn, Worsted Weight , 255 yards per skein. 1 skein

Stitches: Rib Stitch and Stockinette

Notions: Knit hook, crochet hook

Gauge: 5 stitches X 6 rows = 2 inches

 Size: 28 x 34 inches

Instructionscrayonbox_blanket2

Use two strands of yarn as one, throughout the making of this throw. When you are knitting a solid color, for example, grape rib stitch, just use both ends of the skein of yarn, pulling one strand from the center and one strand from the outside. When using two different colors together, it will be much easier if you use one strand of each pulling from the center of the skein, which will keep them from tangling.

With each color change, cut yarn and knot after tying on the next color. Always tie on new color at 2nd stitch so that knots do not show from outer edge.

Cast on: 64 stitches in Stockinette stitch with Grape yarn. Lay contrasting anchor yarn.

Note: Complete throw is worked in Rib Stitch until you come to the bind off row.

Rib Stitch: After the cast on, start first row by wrapping the top 1st peg and bring down to the bottom 3rd peg. You are skipping peg 1 and 2 on lower board. Your yarn is at an angle. Now go back up to top board to 3rd peg and wrap. Take yarn down to lower 5th peg. Continue wrapping every other peg at this angle till you get to the end of your stitches. To return, take yarn around end of pegs to wrap the top last peg. Continue by wrapping all the empty pegs. You will see that you are going back with peg 1 to 3 again and working at the opposite angle. This is what creates the ribs. It is correct that the last pegs are wrapped consecutively. Hook over all pegs. Repeat for each row according to color design.

Knit 5 rows Grape yarn. Tie on Lime yarn. Do not cut the Grape, but carry it in along with Lime yarn.

Knit 1 row in Lime. Cut Lime and knot.

Knit 3 rows Grape. Tie in Lime yarn. Cut grape and knot.

Knit 3 rows in Lime.   Cut the one strand of yarn coming from the outside of the skein and tie on one strand of the Blue yarn from the inside of the blue skein.

Treating the two yarns as one, knit 5 rows of Blue and Lime in rib. Cut and tie off the Lime yarn. Tie on the other end of the Blue yarn so that you now have both strands of Blue.

Knit 5 rows in Blue. Cut the blue yarn and tie off. Tie on Yellow yarn.

Knit 2 rows in Yellow. Cut and tie off the Yellow yarn. Tie on the Grape yarn.

Knit 2 rows in Grape. Cut and tie off the Grape yarn. Tie on two strands of the Pink yarn.

Knit 4 rows in Pink.   Cut one strand of Pink yarn coming from the outside of the skein and tie on one strand of the yarn from the inside of the Tropical Pink skein.

Treating the two yarns as one, knit 5 rows of Pink and Tropical Pink rib. Cut and tie off the Pink yarn. Tie on the other end of the Tropical Pink yarn so that you now have both strands of Tropical Pink.

Knit 5 rows of Tropical Pink. Cut both strands of yarn and tie off. Tie on 2 strands of Grape yarn.

Knit 5 rows of Grape. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Pink.

Knit 5 rows of Pink. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Blue.

Knit 5 rows of Blue. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Tropical Pink.

Knit 5 rows of Tropical Pink. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Lime.

Knit 5 rows of Lime. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Grape.

Knit 5 rows of Grape. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Tropical Pink.

Knit 5 rows of Tropical Pink. Cut one strand of Tropical Pink yarn coming from the outside of the skein, and tie on one strand of the yarn from the inside of the Pink skein.

Treating the two yarns as one, knit 5 rows of Pink and Tropical Pink. Cut and tie off the Tropical Pink yarn. Tie on the other end of the Pink yarn so that you now have both strands of Pink.

Knit 4 rows of Pink. Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Grape.

Knit 2 rows in Grape. Cut and tie off the Grape yarn. Tie on the Yellow yarn.

Knit 2 rows in Yellow. Cut and tie off the Yellow yarn. Tie on two strands of the Blue yarn.

Knit 5 rows of Blue. Cut one strand of blue yarn coming from the outside of the skein and tie on one strand of the Lime yarn from the inside of the blue skein.

Treating the two yarns as one, knit 5 rows of Blue and Lime. Cut and tie off the Blue yarn. Tie on the other end of the Lime yarn, so that you now have both strands of Lime.

Knit 3 rows in Lime.   Cut and tie off yarn. Tie on 2 strands of Grape.

Knit 3 rows in Grape. Do not cut grape yarn but let it carry through. Tie on 2 strands of Lime and knit one row of Lime. Cut and tie off Lime yarn.

Knit 5 rows in Grape.

Knit 1 row in Grape Stockinette stitch.

Bind off the board remembering that you are still treating 2 strands as one, so each side of the board in which you are doing the crochet bind off, will have two loops. Weave in ends.

Bind off the anchor yarn treating 2 strands as one. Lift two loops over two loops. Weave in ends.

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Feb 8, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Cotton Love

Design by Jenny Stark

Love is in the air this month and hearts in all colors, shapes, and mediums abound.  Get ‘cotton love’ with these adorable double-knit cotton hearts.  Because they work up so quickly, you’ll have time to make one for all of the sweethearts in your life.

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Knitting Loom: 32 peg loom

Yarn: 100 % cotton yarn in worsted weight.  Peaches & Crème and Sugar n Cream cotton yarns were used in the samples.

Notions: knitting tool, yarn needle, scissors.

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Size: Approximately 5.5” x 5.75”

Abbreviations:

DZ st – Duplicate Zigzag Stitch

l – left

r – right

 

Techniques2016-02-10 14.06.49

Duplicate Zigzag Stitch:  The Duplicate Zigzag Stitch (DZ st) is worked on both sides of the knitting board/loom.  The wraps will travel at a slight slant.  In this stitch pattern, one peg at the beginning of each row will serve as a sort of turning peg and will not be wrapped.  When working from left to right, the turning peg is the first peg on the lower board.  When working from right to left, the turning peg is the last wrapped peg on the upper board.

Wrapping in DZ st, l-r:  (Working yarn will be at the first wrapped peg on the lower board).  Take the working yarn to the upper board and around the nearest wrapped peg.  Take the working yarn back down to the lower board and around the nearest wrapped peg.  Continue working in this manner until all pegs have a second wrap on them, except the turning peg.

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Knit the pegs that have two wraps on them.

Wrapping in DZ st, r-l:  (Working yarn will be at the last wrapped peg on the upper board).  Take the working yarn down to the lower board and around the nearest wrapped peg.  Take the working yarn back to the upper board and around the nearest wrapped peg.  Continue working in this manner until all the pegs have a second wrap on them, except the turning peg.

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Knit the pegs that have two wraps on them.

 

Work back and forth across the board in DZ st until the knitted fabric reaches the desired length, or as directed in the pattern.

 

Instructions

*This project is double knit.  This means that the project will be worked back and forth, using the upper and lower board of the loom.  Lower board = the rail and pegs closest to you.  Upper board = the rail and pegs farther from you.  The board will not be rotated, so the lower board and the upper board will not change.  For this project, disregard the 2 pegs at each end of the knitting loom.  They are not included in the peg counts for this design.  So, peg one of the lower board would be the first peg on the left hand side of the rail closest to you.

*Work with 2 strands of yarn held together as one throughout this project.

 

Cast On

Make a slip knot and place it on the 7th peg of the lower board.

Wrap the 8th peg on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

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Wrap the 8th peg on the lower board in a clockwise direction.

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Wrap the 9th peg on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

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Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Cast on is now complete.

Bottom of the Heart

Increase #1:

Wrap peg 7 on the upper board in a clockwise direction.

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Wrap peg 6 on the lower board in a counter clockwise direction.

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Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #2:

Wrap peg 9 on the lower board in a clockwise direction.

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Wrap peg 10 on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

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Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #3:

Wrap peg 6 on the upper board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 5 on the lower board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #4:

Wrap peg 10 on the lower board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 11 on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #5:

Wrap peg 5 on the upper board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 4 on the lower board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #6:

Wrap peg 11 on the lower board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 12 on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #7:

Wrap peg 4 on the upper board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 3 on the lower board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #8:

Wrap peg 12 on the lower board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 13 on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #9:

Wrap peg 3 on the upper board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 2 on the lower board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase #10:

Wrap peg 13 on the lower board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 14 on the upper board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Increase # 11:

Wrap peg 2 on the upper board in a clockwise direction.

Wrap peg 1 on the lower board in a counter clockwise direction.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

 

Left Curve

Move the stitch from peg 7 on the lower board to peg 6 on the lower board.

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Work in DZ st, l-r until peg 6 on the lower board has been wrapped and peg 7 on the upper board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on peg 6 of the lower board.)

Decrease #1:

Move the stitch on peg 1 of the lower board to peg 2 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 2 of the upper board to peg 3 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Work in DZ st, l-r until peg 6 on the lower board has been wrapped and peg 7 on the upper board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Decrease #2:

Move the stitch on peg 2 of the lower board to peg 3 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 3 of the upper board to peg 4 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Work in DZ st, l-r until peg 6 on the lower board has been wrapped and peg 7 on the upper board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Decrease #3:

Move the stitch on peg 3 of the lower board to peg 4 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 4 of the upper board to peg 5 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Work in DZ st, l-r until peg 6 on the lower board has been wrapped and peg 7 on the upper board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Decrease #4:

Move the stitch on peg 4 of the lower board to peg 5 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 5 of the upper board to peg 6 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, r-l.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Decrease #5:

Move the stitch on peg 5 of the lower board to peg 6 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 6 of the upper board to peg 7 of the upper board.

Knit the stitches on peg 6 of the lower board and peg 7 of the upper board.

Move the stitch on peg 6 of the lower board to peg 7 of the upper board.

Knit the stitch on peg 7 of the upper board.

Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 4”.  Using the yarn tail, knit peg 7 of the upper board.  Pull the yarn tail up through the stitch, removing it from the loom.  Pull the yarn tail to tighten and secure this final stitch.  The left curve is now bound off.

Right Curve

Move the stitch from peg 8 on the upper board to peg 9 on the upper board.

Working with 2 strands held together as one, reattach the yarn at the right hand side of the loom, beginning at peg 13 of the lower board.

Work in DZ st, r-l until peg 9 on the upper board has been wrapped and peg 8 on the lower board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on peg 9 of the upper board.)

Decrease #1:

Move the stitch on peg 13 of the lower board to peg 12 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 14 of the upper board to peg 13 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Work in DZ st, r-l until peg 9 on the upper board has been wrapped and peg 8 on the lower board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Decrease #2:

Move the stitch on peg 12 of the lower board to peg 11 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 13 of the upper board to peg 12 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Work in DZ st, r-l until peg 9 on the upper board has been wrapped and peg 8 on the lower board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Decrease #3:

Move the stitch on peg 11 of the lower board to peg 10 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 12 of the upper board to peg 11 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Work in DZ st, r-l until peg 9 on the upper board has been wrapped and peg 8 on the lower board has been wrapped.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.

Decrease #4:

Move the stitch on peg 10 of the lower board to peg 9 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 11 of the upper board to peg 10 of the upper board.

Work in DZ st, l-r.  Knit all pegs with 2 sets of stitches on them.  (Knit 2 stitches over 1 on the end pegs.)

Decrease #5:

Move the stitch on peg 9 of the lower board to peg 8 of the lower board.

Move the stitch on peg 10 of the upper board to peg 9 of the upper board.

Knit the stitches on peg 8 of the lower board and peg 9 of the upper board.

Move the stitch on peg 8 of the lower board to peg 9 of the upper board.

Knit the stitch on peg 9 of the upper board.

Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 4”.  Using the yarn tail, knit peg 9 of the upper board.  Pull the yarn tail up through the stitch, removing it from the loom.  Pull the yarn tail to tighten and secure this final stitch.  The right curve is now bound off.

Weave in all yarn ends.

So quick, so fun, make a ton of cotton loves!

Happy

Heart

Day!

 

2 Comments

  • What a darling idea, Jenny! I’m lovin ‘it! I l really love your use of double knit for a wash cloth…I bet it has wonderful squish! :D

  • This is really hard to figure out without some short tutorials. ?

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Feb 5, 2016

‘Back to Basics’ Blanket (double knit)

A GREAT PATTERN FOR BEGINNERS!!  …an introduction to double knit. No matter how fierce the winter gets, this lovely throw will keep you warm and cozy. Designed by Jacquelyn Darragh

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Knitting Loom:  28” Knitting Board + extenders set up for double knit at 2 cm spacing

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky, 100% Superwash Wool. 137 yards per skein. Hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. Colors: Camel Heather (Camel), 3 skeins, White, 3 skeins, and Fjord Heather (Blue), 2 skeins

Stitches: Stockinette

Notions: Knit hook, crochet hook

Gauge: 2 stitches X 3 rows = approx. 1 inch

Size: 34 x 50 inches

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Basic Notes: With each color change, cut yarn and knot after tying on the next color. All stitches are Stockinette. Check out chart below.

To keep side edges even and smooth, tie on your new yarns at 2nd stitch between the rows of pegs. This will keep the knots away from the edge and hidden from the finished throw. When cutting each yarn, leave a yarn tail approximately 3” that will lay flat between the 2 rows of pegs.

Cast on row will be the same as one row of stockinette stitch. You start on Left side of loom on top peg #1 with a slip knot; bring yarn down to peg #2 on lower board. Wrap yarn around, and continue back up to peg # 3 on top board. Continue weaving the yarn around every other peg, alternating from one board to the other, to end. Wrap around the end at last peg. Return back to beginning by wrapping all the pegs that were skipped on first pass. Now all the pegs for this project will be wrapped.

Lay a piece of yarn across the stitches with the yarn ends dangling at each end of loom. This is referred to as the anchor yarn or waste yarn. It is usually removed after the knitting is complete. Now, wrap all the pegs again just as before so that you have 2 loops on each peg. You are ready to hook over using the knit hook. This means to lift the bottom loop, on each peg over the top loop, and into the center of the loom. Do this to all pegs, so that they have only one wrap of yarn. Your stitches are now cast on and you are ready to work in stockinette stitch.

The stockinette stitch produces a smooth knit, and is usually the first stitch learned in double knitting. It is the same process as casting on. Once you wrap all pegs again, hook over. This completes one row of stockinette stitch. Continue this stitch with the color changes for the entire afghan.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 64 stitches with Camel yarn in Stockinette stitch. Lay contrasting anchor yarn.

Knit 7 rows in Camel. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 3 rows in Blue. Tie in Camel yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 6 rows in Camel. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 4 rows in Blue. Tie in Camel yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 5 rows in Camel. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 5 rows in Blue. Tie in Camel yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 4 rows in Camel. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 6 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 3 rows in Camel. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 7 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 4 rows in White. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 6 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 5 rows in White. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 5 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 6 rows in White. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 4 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 7 rows in White. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 3 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 8 rows in White. Tie in Blue yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 2 rows in Blue. Tie in White yarn. Cut Blue and knot.

Knit 7 rows in White. Tie in Camel yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 3 rows in Camel. Tie in White yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 6 rows in White. Tie in Camel yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 4 rows in Camel. Tie in White yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 5 rows in White. Tie in Camel yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 5 rows in Camel. Tie in White yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 4 rows in White. Tie in Camel yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 6 rows in Camel. Tie in White yarn.  Cut Camel and knot.

Knit 3 rows in White. Tie in Camel yarn.  Cut White and knot.

Knit 8 rows in Camel.

Bind Off your stitches with a loose crochet bind off.

Bind Off at anchor yarn with loose crochet bind off.

Now that the blanket is complete, finish off with this method. Place blanket in pot or sink with hot water for 4 minutes. Allow yarn to fully soak up all the water. Remove from sink and gently roll in a full size towel or two to absorb as much of the water as possible. Place in your dryer for five minutes on medium heat to fluff and soften the wool. Block to specified size and allow to air dry until fully dry. Enjoy your lovely throw!

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Jan 30, 2016

Very Berry Bonnet

 

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Designed by Bethany A Dailey

**Edited 2/5/16 to add a note to Rnds 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22.

**Edited 2/10/16 Brim section to correct remaining number of loops on each long side of the loom to 34 (68 total).

A hat to keep you cozy warm with a vibrantly whimsical flair! This design is unique in that it is styled to be worked from the crown down to create those playful points at the ears.

Knitting Loom: All-n-One Loom, 92 pegs used.

Yarn: Approximately 395 yards of worsted weight yarn. Sample used Universal Yarn Classic Shades (1 skein in Campfire used for main color) 197 yds/180 m., and Patons Classic Wool Worsted (1 skein in Plum Heather used for contast color) 210 yds/192 m.

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

Gauge: 13 sts x 33 rows= 4 inches (in pattern, using U-Stitch)

Finished Measurements: Circumference: 20″, Length from crown to middle brim: 10″ (ear points add 3”)

Skills Needed: Knit/U-stitch, Purl, Drawstring CO, Half Hitch CO (or CO of your choice), and Basic BO, braiding and pompom making.

Abbreviations:
CO: cast on
MC: main color
CC: contrast color
Rnd(s): round(s)
Rep: repeat
K: knit stitch/U-stitch
P: purl stitch
KO: knit off
St(s): stitches
WY: working yarn
HHCO: half hitch cast on
S1: slip one/skip one
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.

Drawstring CO tutorial

Half Hitch CO tutorial

Very Berry Bonnet BInstructions

Set loom to work in the round using 68 pegs, which are centered on the loom. Peg #1 should be at a corner (where the slider and long side meet). Using the Main Color, drawstring cast on to 68 pegs.

Rnds 1-6: *k2, p2, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22: (*Note: you will be increasing the number of pegs used by 4, at each corner of the pegs currently being used.) HHCO to corner peg just before peg 1 (this will be the new peg #1), k all pegs on 1st long side of loom to 2nd corner, HHCO to next empty peg, k all pegs on slider, HHCO to next empty peg, k all pegs on 2nd long side of loom to 4th corner, HHCO to next empty peg, k all pegs on slider.

Rnds 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21: knit all, including newly CO pegs. Move sliders gradually outward to accommodate new sts. (After Rnd 22, there will be 92 pegs filled.)

Rnds 23-28: *k2, p2, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 29-34: * p2, k2, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 35-70: rep Rnds 23-34 a total of 3 times.

Prepare to work in a flat panel using only 12 pegs at each end of the loom. (Pegs 4-1, 5 slider pegs, & pegs 92-90 on first end and pegs 39-41, 5 slider pegs, & pegs 47-50.)

Work the first section of 12 pegs, keeping in the same pattern as before, while decreasing at the center with a k2tog every other row. Expect the decreasing to cause there to be 3 knits or 3 purls together at the center occasionally. When there is only one loop left, cut at 10” for seaming and pull through loop. Repeat procedure with the other side’s 12 pegs.

Brim

Very Berry Bonnet flatThere will now be 34 loops remaining on each long side of the loom (68 total). Prepare to CO to work in as a flat panel in the following method:

Using the Contrast Color, and leaving a 10” tail for seaming later, CO to 92 pegs, centering them on the loom so that the beginning CO loop is at the center of the front long side of the loom. Work all the way around the loom and back to the 2nd center peg of the front long side of the loom. The original loops of this front long side of the loom will NOT be worked in the following rows. These pegs are simply being borrowed temporarily— just work the rows while ignoring those bottom loops. Only the back long side original loops will be worked into the row.

Row 1: s1, *p1, k1, rep from * to back long side with previous sts. Work these sts following the same ribbing pattern, but with 2 loops worked as one (the original loops and the newly CO loops). After these 30 sts are worked, continue around the loom to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2: s1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 3: s1, *p1, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Rows 4-16: rep Rows 2 & 3.

Rows 17-32: rep Rows 2 & 3, but BO the first 2 sts of each row.

Loosely Basic BO remaining 60 sts. Leave a 14” tail for seaming.

Repeat the same Brim Instructions, but CO starting at the center of the BACK long side, working the original loops from the FRONT long side into the first row.

Finishing

Very Berry Bonnet stitching Very Berry Bonnet- stitching braidCinch the Drawstring CO by pulling carefully but firmly on the yarn tail until the sts are as snug as they will go. Pull tail to inside of hat and stitch around circle to close completely. Knot securely.

Using the long tails of the MC, neatly stitch the edges of the brim to the MC points on each side of the hat.

Create 2 braids by wrapping both the MC and the CC around the loom 6 times. Cut the loops at each end. This will provide 2 sections of 12 strands of yarn. Tie each section with an overhand knot at the top. Divide the sections into 3 groups of 4 strands and braid them together until 4” remain unbraided at the bottom. Secure with another overhand knot.

Pinch the top knot of one of the braids between the back side’s brim at the point section. Take the front side’s brim point and wrap around the back side’s to seal the braid inside. Using the long tails of the CC, stitch the braid and corner flaps securely in place, keeping edges even and tidy. Repeat on the other side. A few hidden stitches can be tucked into the back brim to keep it folded upwards.

Create three pompoms using both the MC and the CC yarns. Secure onto place at the top of the hat, and at the ends of each braid. The overhand knot at the bottom of the braid serves as a place to tie the pompoms to so that they have a better hold.

Weave in all ends and block lightly as desired.

To leave a question or comment for Bethany Dailey, simply add your comments to the section below! :)

8 Comments

  • Can’t wait to get started on this! We are supposed to get up to 14 inches of snow today and tomorrow so I got some great yarn to use! I’m sure I’ll have tons of questions but it looks like an awesome pattern. Thanks!

  • Wow! This bonnet is the perfect project for 14 inches of snow! :D I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, no worries. ;)

    Have fun, Lisa…both with the snow *and* the looming!

  • OK, I’ve done CO and first 6 rows. Struggling with 7. HHCO to just before peg 1 does that mean go all the way around using HHCO? I’m working counterclockwise so maybe that makes a difference?do I need to start over and work clockwise? Told you I would need help! Thanks!

  • Yes, this row was a tad tricky to explain. All you are doing is adding 4 extra pegs, located at each corner of the pegs you are currently using.

    So, in answer to your question…no, you don’t CO all the way around the loom…just *add* the corner peg next to peg #1 before working your way to the next corner peg in line, going the same direction as you have been the whole time. You will then add a peg here too (at the 2nd corner)…and so on, for a total of 4 added pegs, each of these with a HHCO loop. Is that better? :)

  • Thank you! It makes total sense now and I’m on row 12!

  • Yay! Look at you go! :D

    Thank you for your question, as it helped me to know how to word it better. Good feedback is priceless! :)

  • Love the pattern but I must be missing something. After I finished with the first color and am starting the brim I somehow have 34 loops on each side and not 30. Could you please explain what I am doing wrong.

    Thanks!

  • Hi Kristen! :)

    You are exactly correct. Good catch! I have updated the pattern accordingly. Thank you so much for letting me know.

    I can’t wait to see your bonnet when it’s all done! :D

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