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Mar 9, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Bricolage Bracelets

Bricolage Bracelets

‘Bricolagesomething constructed or created from a diverse range of available things.’ 

Gather a variety of colorful beads, cotton thread, and a few toggle clasp sets; then have a marvelous time creating an assortment of beautiful, unique bracelets.

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Materials:

Knitting Loom:  Sock Loom EFG

Yarn:  Approximately 6.5 yards of a size 10 thread weight cotton yarn.  Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread was used in the samples.

Beads:  at least 160 beads in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.  Choose beads with an opening that will easily slide onto the cotton thread.  The smallest beads used in the samples were size 6/0.  The largest measure about ½” in diameter.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, needle, a toggle/clasp set for each bracelet, superglue.

Finished Size:  Finished bracelet measures about 6” (including toggle and clasp)

(If a longer bracelet is desired, increase the length of the cotton thread and string additional beads.  Every other row has 5 beads in it, so string additional beads in a multiple of 5.)

Gauge:  2 pattern repeats (4 rows) = approximately ¼” in length.

Special Techniques:

Placing Beads:  To place a bead, slide the bead along the working yarn until it reaches the pegs.  For this project, the beads will always be placed behind the pegs, between the peg most recently worked and the next peg to be worked. 

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Once the bead is in place, bring the working yarn around to the front of the next peg to be worked and complete the stitch, locking the bead in place.

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Larger beads are added in the same manner as smaller beads.  There will be a little extra thread used when adding larger beads.  This is accounted for in the amount listed in the materials.  The larger beads also take up a bit more space, but they do fit and the added variety makes the bracelet more interesting.

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Note:  This project is a little bit unique because the right side of the bracelet will actually be facing the inside of the loom, rather than facing toward the knitter.  Here is a view looking into the center of the loom at a bracelet in progress:

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Instructions

Take one end of the cotton thread and dip about 1” of it into the glue, then allow it to dry.  Using the stiffened end, string 160 beads onto the cotton thread.

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Leaving a 5” tail, cast on 6 stitches using the double e-wrap method.

 

Row 1:  P6.

Row 2:  K1, [place bead, K1] 5 times.

Row 3:  P6.

 

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until all the beads have been placed.  Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Leave a 5” tail when cutting the thread after bind off.

 

Thread the needle with one of the thread ends.  Whip stitch along the end of the bracelet, until the thread is at the center of the end.  Sew through the connecting loop of the toggle, then sew through the end of the bracelet.  Sew through the connecting loop again and into the end of the bracelet again.  Sew through once more, then continue to whip stitch along the end of the bracelet.  Weave the thread end in on the back of the bead work.  Repeat this process to sew the clasp to the other end of the bracelet.

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Now gather up a new selection of beads and knit a second beautiful bracelet.  And a third.  And a fourth…

Happy Beading!

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  • Wow! These are pretty spectacular, Jenny! Excellent project! :)

  • Thank you, Bethany :)

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Mar 6, 2015

Lucky Shamrock Beanie

Shamrock Beanie

St. Patrick’s is around the corner! Wip out this lucky shamrock beanie for one of your loved ones or for yourself. The stitch pattern is an 8 stitch repeat, making it an easy stitch pattern to use on smaller or bigger hats, or other projects in the round. An awesome unisex design. Want a slouchy style instead of a tight fitting beanie? Work more rounds in the italicized section in the pattern. 

PATTERN INFORMATION

Knitting Loom: All-n-One knitting loom, set at 72 pegs (or any configuration of multiple of 8).

Yarn: Approx 140 yards of worsted weight yarn. Sample was knit using Knit Picks in Citrine (MC) and Macaw (CC).

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 9 sts x 14 rows=2 inches in stockinette

Size: Size shown fits up to a 19.5″ head. To create smaller or larger sizes, simply cast on a number that is a multiple of 8 (56, 64, 72, 80).

AbbreviationsShamrock Chart Property of Isela Phelps

K: knit stitch. Recommend the knit stitch or the u-stitch; do not recommend the flat stitch or the ewrap.

P: purl stitch

CO: cast on (Sample uses the ewrap cast on to provide an elastic fit).

BO:bind off

GBO: gather bind off

Rep: repeat

Rnd: round

MC: Main color

CC: Contrasting color

PU: Pick up

K2tog: knit two stitches together. A right slanting decrease.

Pattern notes:Shamrock Beanie Side View

  1. When working with two strands of yarn on the same row, be sure to pick up the yarns in the same order throughout the project.  View this video for a few tips on working with colorwork.
  2. Work your colorwork loosely, if you pull on the yarn too tight, the knitted fabric will pucker up.
  3. Wet block or steam block after knitting.
  4. Work chart from the bottom up, and every round starts on the right.

INSTRUCTIONS

Set up the All-n-One loom to 72 pegs (or any other multiple of 8 stitches).

Using MC, cast on 72 stitches, prepare to work in the round.

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

Rnd 9-11: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 12: Join CC, k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 13: PU, MC, p to the end of rnd.

Rnd 14-16: Cont with MC, k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 17-24: Follow chart to create the shamrocks.

Rnd 25-28: With MC, k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 29: PU CC, p to the end of rnd.

Cut CC leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.

Rnd 30-50: With MC, k to the end of rnd. Cut MC, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.Shamrock Beanie Top view

Join CC.

Rnd 51-54: k to the end of rnd.

Decrease rounds

Rnd 55: *k2tog; rep from * to the end of rnd.

How to:

Move the stitches from the odd numbered pegs to the even numbered pegs. Knit the round, skipping the pegs with no stitches and treating the pegs with two loops as one loop.

Remove stitches from the loop to a piece of scrap yarn—this is temporary.

Readjust the knitting loom to the new peg number configuration: 36 pegs. (Divide the cast on number of pegs by 2).

Place the stitches back on the knitting loom.

Gently tug on each of the stitches, starting with the first peg, to remove any of the extra slack in the yarn.

Rnd 56: Rep Rnd 55.

Bind off with the gather removal method. Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.

Weave all ends in.

Steam block or wet block to set the stitches.

Link to a video showing Working with Color

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  • I really like this pattern. I would like to download this pattern. Will that be available anytime soon?

  • thanks so much for sharing – ST. PATRICKS DAY is my birthday so yes I will be making one of thiese……………….

  • On round 25-28 did you mean MC?

  • Download? You mean as a PDF. They are put in PDF format after being on the blog for six months. In the meantime, you can copy it and paste it onto a word document and save it that way.

  • Yes. MC.

  • Isela what a clever pattern. I’m so glad to see you still posting patterns. I started loom knitting 2 years ago, I was quite late to the party, but I learned sooooo much from your videos.You’re a fantastic teacher.

  • Where do I learn how to read these patterns. I am totally confused

  • Well, learning to read patterns is a bit like learning to read. Each pattern comes with a list of abbreviations. I guess the first step is to learn the abbreviations and what they mean. Next, start reading the pattern, if needed, replace the abbreviation with the complete term. In pattern writing, it is best to be concise, however, if you prefer, you can use the entire term, if it makes it easier to understand. Once you get to the pattern itself. A number next to a letter or term typically means that you work that many stitches (the number). Example: k2=knit two stitches (knit two pegs). Another example: Sl 3=slip 3 stitches (skip 3 stitches with yarn behind the pegs). Does this help a little?

  • I do not know any other way to reach you. May I please have some info on 2 projects On the AIO headband with crochet flower, I tried to use a #4 weight 100% wool. I was into the pattern and looked at it on the right side, the stitches were large. Your picture showed a tiny row of stitches. What did I do wrong?
    next? on the cats paw headband what yarn did you use? what weight? color?

    Thank you for your help

    bettywaldeck@tampabay.rr.com

  • The one with the crochet flower: I just worked the knit stitch. Nothing different or fancy. My tension is the same throughout.

    Cats Paw Headband: it looks like Knit Picks Shine in worsted weight. Don’t have the color way written anywhere. It was yarn left over from another project.

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Feb 27, 2015

Pretty Pouch

Pretty Pouch~

Reminiscent of the historical reticule, this lovely little pouch is just the thing when you want to carry your essentials without the need for a full size purse.  It would also make a perfect  little treat/gift bag, or even a scented sachet!  Created using a seamless technique, with a bit of Chain Lace to house the drawstring ribbon, this is a terrific little project to enjoy during an afternoon’s knitting. 

Notions

Knitting loom: KB 32 Peg Basic Loom

Yarn:  MC used approx. 1/2 skein Plymouth Encore (sample in 0597), Worsted Weight #4, 200 yards, 75% Acrylic/25% wool,  CC used approx. 8 yards Berroco Vintage (sample in kiwi), Worsted Weight #4, 100% wool.

Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors.  (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, 5mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc))

Gauge: 3.75 stitches and 7.5 rows per inch on average.

Finished pouch measures 7″ tall, with an 8.5″ circumference.

Skills Needed: True Knit Stitch or U-stitch, E-wrap, Double Wrap Short Row Method (shown in video links below), Chain Lace Stitch, Chain CO, and Basic BO

Pretty Pouch Back Abbreviations: 

CO: cast on

CC: Contrast Color

MC: Main Color

EW: E-wrap

K: knit stitch or U-stitch, as desired

KO: knit off

St(s): stitches

WY: working yarn

CLS: Chain Lace Stitch

HHCO: Half Hitch Cast On

BO: Bind off

Pattern Notes:

All knit stitches are either worked as a true knit stitch, or as a U-stitch– not EW– unless EW is specifically called for.

Video Tutorials and Web Tools:

Bottom of Bag:  Double Wrapped Short Row Method  (For those who need it, the Step by Step written instructions are at the bottom of this post)

Chain Lace Stitch:  Tutorial Video  (For those who need it, the Step by Step written instructions are at the bottom of this post)

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

 

Pattern Instructions:

Using your CC yarn, Chain CO to pegs 1-16, centering the sts on one side of the loom. (*Note: this portion is just to help you with stretching your stitches over to the other side of the loom after knitting the bottom section…they will be removed after that step is complete.)

K 4 rows on these 16 pegs.  Trim CC yarn.

Join your MC yarn and using the Double Wrap Short Row Method, decrease until there are 6 pegs unwrapped.  (For those who need it, the Step by Step written instructions are at the bottom of this post)

Increase back to a full 16 pegs.  After wrapping peg 16, knit back to peg 1.  Pegs 1 & 16 will still have wrapped loops-just knit these loops together as one during the next knitted row.

Carefully stretch CO edge across loom and place onto the corresponding pegs on the other side of the loom, filling all 32 pegs. You will be able to see quite clearly where the stitches are that will need to be placed on the pegs, due to your use of CC yarn for those first 4 rows.

At the trimmed CC tail, begin unraveling the CC knitted section, being careful not to lose any sts from your newly filled pegs.  You should now have only MC on your loom.

*(Note: you will now be knitting from the first peg after the heel section (your new peg 1) toward the newly CO pegs, then proceeding on to the short row pegs.  Please adjust the numbers of the pegs to reflect this change.)

Rows 1-12: Using MC, K all pegs.

Row 13: Using MC, K all EVEN pegs.  Set aside MC and join CC to K all ODD pegs.  (*Note: Make sure not to pull your sts too snugly across the skipped pegs to ensure an even tension throughout.)  Set aside CC (Do not trim).

Rows 14-18: Using MC, K all pegs.

Row 19:  Using MC, K all ODD pegs. Set aside MC.  Pull up CC without adding extra tension and K all EVEN pegs.  Set aside CC.

Rows 20-24: Using MC, K all pegs.

Row 25:  Using MC, K all EVEN pegs. Set aside MC.  Pull up CC without adding extra tension and K all ODD pegs.  Set aside CC.

Rows 26-34: Using MC, K all pegs.

Using MC, complete 1 row of Chain Lace Stitch, using 4 EWs rather than the 6 shown in the video.

(For those who need it, the Step by Step written instructions are at the bottom of this post)

Pull all the trailing lengths of yarn to the front of the corresponding pegs.

Row 35:  Using MC, EW all pegs with loops, and HHCO all empty pegs. (HHCO is shown in the video above.)

Rows 36-40: Using MC, EW all pegs.  Trim MC.

Join CC and bind off all sts using the Basic BO.

Weave in all ends.  Trim close to work.

Thread a pretty ribbon through every other CLS, starting at the center front.  At the back inside of the pouch, thread another length of ribbon to be used as the carry strap through the center CLS and tie in an overhand knot.

 

**Step by Step Double Wrap Short Row Instructions:

Pretty Pouch-short row bottom To wrap and turn (W&T): Remove the loop from the peg and hold it. With working yarn, simply e-wrap around the peg, then place the loop back on the peg.

  • K15, W&T peg 16.
  • K14, W&T peg 1.
  • K13, W&T peg 15.
  • K12, W&T peg 2.
  • K11, W&T peg 14.
  • K10, W&T peg 3
  • K9, W&T peg 13.
  • K8, W&T peg 4
  • K7, W&T peg 12
  • K6, W&T peg 5
  • K7 (Treating the wrap and loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 13.
  • K8 (Treating the wrap and loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 4.
  • K9 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 14.
  • K10 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 3.
  • K11 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 15.
  • K12 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 2.
  • K13 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 16.
  • K14 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 1.

***Pegs 1 and 16 have 2 wraps. Leave them on the pegs as you continue with the rest of the instructions. On the very next round, treat the stitches and wraps on these pegs as one stitch.***

**Step by Step CLS Row Instructions:

* Peg 1:  move loop to peg 2, EW around peg 3 times (DO NOT KO!)

Peg 2:  EW once, KO 2 loops over 1. Move the top EW from peg 1 to peg 2 and KO. Repeat process to KO all 3 EW’s from peg 1.  Peg 1 will now be empty.

Peg 3:  move loop to peg 4

Peg 4:  EW and KO 2 loops over 1.  EW and KO 3 more times to create a chain.

Repeat from * until the end of the CLS row.

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Feb 20, 2015

Easter Egg Cozy

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Easter is so full of color and warmth. Decorating for this time of year brings a smile to my children’s face. I created this little egg cozy as a way to bring a smile to their face Easter morning when they opened the fridge. The design is small and you can complete a small cozy in less than 2 hours.

PATTERN INFORMATION

Knitting Loom: Knitting loom in regular gauge. Samples were knit using All-n-One knitting loom (AIO)

Yarn: Approx 25 yds of worsted weight wool for body. Approx 10  inches of contrasting color yarn for embroidery. Sample used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Pink and Black (for the face embroidery) for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy. Sample used Knit Pick Swish Worsted in White and Pink (approx 15 yards of each color).

Notions: knitting tool, and tapestry needle.

Gauge: 10.5 sts x 17 rows= 2 inches in stockinette (not blocked)

Size: Fits a large size egg.

Abbreviations

K: knit stitch

P: purl stitch

CO: cast on (Sample uses the ewrap cast on).

BO:bind off

BBO: basic bind off

Rep: repeat

St(s): stitch(es)

Rem:remain

MC=Main color (pink for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy; White for Colorwork Egg Cozy).

CC: Contrasting color (black for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy; Pink for Colorwork Egg Cozy).

PU: Pick up

Pattern notes: After the item is complete, go back to the cast on edge and tighten it by pulling off the extra slack of yarn. Use this video on how to tighten the e-wrap cast on.

INSTRUCTIONS

Easter Bunny Egg Cozy

Set the AIO knitting loom to 24 pegs (see picture). 7 pegs from each long rail and 5 pegs from each of the two sliders. If you have two Sock Loom 2s, you can set one up with 2 sock loom sliders. The Sock Loom 2 with the 2 sliders, would be easier to maneuver.

Loom Set Up 2

Using MC, cast on 24 sts, join to work in the round.

Round 1: P to the end of round.

Round 2: K to the end of round.

Round 3: P to the end of round.

Round 4-18: K to the end of round.

***Decrease rounds:

*Loosen the bolts, slide each slider in ONE peg (thus decreasing by 4 stitches), tighten the bolts up again. Move the loops on the outside corner pegs (the loops that are not in the new square) to the inside pegs.

Next round: K to the end of round (treat the pegs with 2 loops as 1 loop).

Next round: k*

Repeat from * to *: 2 more times. 16 stitches rem.

Last rnd: *K2tog; rep from * to end of round.

How to:

Move loop from Peg 1 to Peg 2; knit peg 2.

Move loop from Peg 3 to Peg 4; knit peg 4. Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3.

**Tug gently on the working yarn to remove any slack on the yarn.**

Move loop from Peg 5 to Peg 6; knit peg 6. Move loop from peg 4 to peg 5. Move loop from peg 3 to peg 4. Rep from ** to **.

Move loop from Peg 7 to peg 8; knit peg 8. Move loop from peg 6 to peg 7. Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6. Move loop from peg 4 to peg 5. Rep from ** to **.

Move loop from peg 9 to peg 10; knit peg 10. Move loop from peg 8 to peg 9. Move loop from peg 7 to peg 8. Move loop from peg 6 to peg 7. Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6. Rep from ** to **.

Continue in this pattern all around moving the loop from the odd numbered pegs to the even number peg, knit the peg with the two loops. Before proceeding to the next set of pegs, move all the other loops closer, then tug gently on the working yarn to eliminate any extra slack.

Bind off with gather removal method. Weave ends in.***

Ears
(make 2)

Set the knitting loom at 16 pegs (3 from each of the long rails, and 5 from each slider).

Usng MC, leaving a 10 inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 10 stitches, only on the two sliders. Cast on 5 on one slider, then go directly to the opposite slider and continue casting on the other 5 stitches on this slider, join to work in the round.

Rounds 1-14: k to the end of round.

Bind off with gather removal method. Weave ends in.

With cast on tail, sew securely to the sides of the body.

Face

Using CC, embroider the little eyes, nose and mouth. Weave all ends in.

Colorwork Easter Egg Cozy

Set up knitting loom the same as for Easter Bunny Egg Cozy

Using MC, cast on 24 sts, join to work in the round.

Round 1: P to the end of round.

Round 2: K to the end of round.

Round 3: P to the end of round.

Round 4 and 5: K to the end of round.

Round 6: Join CC, using MC, knit every odd peg. PU CC, knit every even peg.

Round 7: PU CC, k to the end of round.

Round 8: Rep Round 6.

Round 9 and 10: PU MC,  k to the end of round.

Round 11-13: PU CC, k to the end of round.

Round 14: Rep round 6. Cut CC, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Round 15-18: Continue with MC, k to the end of round.

Continuing with MC, rep from *** to *** from Easter Bunny Egg Cozy instructions (Decrease rounds to gather bind off). Weave ends in. Block lightly.

 

3 Comments

  • Hello,I love,love,love Loom Knitting but I have 1 question…I have 2 sets of knifty knitter looms and some more that didnt come in packs..I bought on line the loom clip and it doesent fit on any of my long looms,..My smallest loom is 12 peg round and counting one side of long loom 18 pegs (all pegs 36)..Anyway i have been try to make baby booties&babysocks (all newborn) & im havin a tough time,the clip doesnt fit&the blue round 24 peg is to big and the 12 peg seems to small (i really dont know) whatever bootie or sock patter,i do on the 12 never comes out right and the blue like i said too big..Please Help..THANK YOU?

  • Hello,I love,love,love Loom Knitting but I have 1 question…I have 2 sets of knifty knitter looms and some more that didnt come in packs..I bought on line the loom clip and it doesent fit on any of my long looms,..My smallest loom is 12 peg round and counting one side of long loom 18 pegs (all pegs 36)..Anyway i have been try to make baby booties&babysocks (all newborn) & im havin a tough time,the clip doesnt fit&the blue round 24 peg is to big and the 12 peg seems to small (i really dont know) whatever bootie or sock patter,i do on the 12 never comes out right and the blue like i said too big..Please Help..THANK YOU?

  • You can probably knit one as a flat panel and then seam it down the length. It would not be as easy as working in the round, but it would work.

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Feb 14, 2015

Loom Knitted Basket

 Basket with yarn and loom small

The inspiration for this little basket came from finding the yarn first, as soon as I saw the t-shirt style yarn, I knew that one could knit some heavy duty baskets to store a variety of knick knacks or to even store loom knitting projects. The fabric provides a sturdy foundation that will keep the small basket sitting on a flat surface.

PATTERN INFORMATIONEmpty Basket small

Knitting Loom: Knitting loom in extra large gauge. Sample was knit using the Adjustable Hat loom.

Yarn: 55 yds of bulky weight of t-shirt style fabric. Sample used Fettuccini yarn by Lion Brand manufacturer in a denim blend colorway. Note: each color way is limited edition-be sure to buy enough yarn for the project(s) you have in mind.

Notions: heavy duty knitting tool, and tapestry needle.

Gauge: Gauge is not important for this project.

Abbreviations

K: knit stitch (loosely)

P: purl stitch

CO: cast on (Sample uses the ewrap cast on).

BO:bind off

BBO: basic bind off

Rep: repeat

Pattern notes:

  1. Working with this style of yarn is very difficult at first. The fabric has no elasticity so the first few rounds are a little hard to work, however, it gets easier after the 3rd or 4th round.
  2. I highly recommend to use a heavy duty knitting tool for this project. Again, due to the elasticity issue of the yarn, a heavy duty pick will allow you to lift the wraps easier.
  3. Work your knit stitch loosely.

 INSTRUCTIONSbasket inprogress small

Set up the Adjustable Hat Loom to 40 pegs, at large gauge: 2 rounded parts, 4 connectors (3 peg), 2 peg rails (9 peg).

Cast on 40 stitches, prepare to work in the round.

Round 1: k to the end of round.

Round 2-4: p to the end of round.

Round 5: k to the end of round.

Round 6: p15, BBO5, p15, BBO5.

Round 7: k15, CO5, k15, CO5.

Round 8: p to the end of round.

Round 9: k to the end of round.

Rep Rounds 8 and 9 until 24 inches of yarn remain.

At this point, you will remove the item off the knitting loom as follows: thread the yarn through a large eye tapestry needle. Remove the first loop off the peg and leave it on the yarn, repeat with the remaining 39 pegs. All the loops should be off the knitting loom and they should be resting on the yarn. Lay your item flat so that both handle openings end up to the sides of the bag. Sew the bottom of the bag with the yarn and tapestry needle. The bottom of the bag should be flat and the handles should be at opposite sides. See pictures for additional help. Weave ends in.  Turn basket inside out. No need to block.

Basket closure snapshos

 

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  • Very nice. I see a Easter basket, just loom a handle and attach it !

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Feb 9, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Little Bits of Love

Little Bits of Love

With just a pinch of fingering weight yarn and a smidge of time, you can ‘have a heart’, ‘put your heart into it’, ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’… or just knit these sweet little hearts to ‘your heart’s content’ and then sprinkle a little bit of love on the darlings in your life.

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Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom EFG

Yarn:  Each heart requires approximately 3 yards of a light fingering weight yarn.  Various sock yarns were used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle

Finished Size:  Each knitted heart is approximately 1” by 1.25”

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

     M1: Make 1.  (For this pattern, the increases are made simply by casting a new stitch onto the nearest peg.)

     Sl 1: Slip 1.  (Skip the peg.)

Instructions:

Cast on 1 stitch.

Row 1:  K1

Row 2:  P1

Row 3:  M1, K1

Row 4:  M1, P2

Row 5:  M1, K3

Row 6:  M1, P4

Row 7:  M1, K5

Row 8:  M1, P6

Row 9:  M1, K7

Row 10: M1, P8

Row 11: M1, K9

Row 12: M1, P10

Row 13: M1, K11

There should now be 12 stitches on the loom.  Create the left swell of the heart by working rows 14 – 18, back and forth over just the first 6 stitches on the loom:

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Row 14: Sl 1, P5

Row 15: Sl 1, K5

Row 16: Sl 1, P2tog, P1, P2tog

Row 17: Sl 1, K2tog, K1

Row 18: Sl 1, P2tog.

Bind off the last 2 stitches of the left swell using the basic bind off method.  Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn end measuring about 3 inches in length.

Create the right swell of the heart by working rows 14 – 18, back and forth over the remaining 6 stitches on the loom.

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Bind off the last 2 stitches of the right swell using the basic bind off method.  Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn end measuring about 3 inches in length.

The project will look like this:

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Thread the yarn end from the left swell into the yarn needle.  Take the needle down through the center of the heart, between the two swells:

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Pull the yarn end through firmly to shape the left swell.  Weave the end in securely on the back of the heart.

Thread the yarn end from the right swell into the yarn needle.  Take the needle down through the center of the heart, between the two swells.

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Pull the yarn end firmly to shape the right swell.  Weave the end in securely on the back of the heart.

Weave in the remaining two yarn ends.  The finished heart will look like this:

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From my heart to yours, Happy Knitting!

11 Comments

  • I have a fine gauge adjustable sock loom and I’m able to do the knit and pearl stitches well.
    But I’m having a lot of trouble doing the flat stitch to turn the heel. I’ve tried doing it also with the CD that came with the loom and I get holes, runs and/or the stitches just don’t look right. Can anyone give me some advise?

    Thanks,
    Cindy

  • Hello Cindy! KB has a 2 part tutorial on knitting the heel section of a sock. I know you’ve watched one from a CD, but sometimes it can be helpful to see things explained in another way. Hopefully these clips will help you out. You can find them here:

    Part 1:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e3J0fuYz-U

    Part 2:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDCtTqjDDPE

    After you’ve watched these clips and given it another try, I hope you will get in touch again if you are still having trouble with heels. I’d be glad to trouble shoot with you further, if you need more help :)

  • Thanks Jenny, I’ll give it a try. Do I have to rip out the entire sock to start again, or is there away that I can just rip out the heel? Also, when I do the flat stitch it seems to turnout really tight.

    Thanks again,
    Cindy

  • Without having a look at the sock you are working on, it’s hard for me to say one way or another. That being said, I do like to avoid a complete undo if at all possible. I found a video tutorial for you on fixing mistakes in circular knitting that might be useful for you. It is for needle knitting, but the process is pretty similar for loom knitting:

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

    Hope that helps. Have a great night!

  • Thanks, I’ll give it a try. I’ll let you know how it works out. Have a great day!

  • Greetings all you Knitting Board Pioneers! I’m new to the community and the Knitting Board world and need a little advice. One of the baby Bootie patterns on the site that I want to make calls for the Tadpole Loom, and another calls for the 10″ Knitting Board. I already have Sock Loom 2, and the 28″ expandable Knitting Board, not to mention the entire collection of Knifty Knitter Looms. I have found that I prefer Knitting Board to Knifty Knitter, so I want to have the looms I need from the Knitting Board line. So here’s my question…

    The Tadpole has 16 pegs per side and is not adjustable. The 10″ board has 24 pegs per side and IS adjustable, not to mention begins in the same 5/16″ measurement as the Tadpole. It seems to me that instead of buying both, I should be able to do the baby booties I want (which calls for the Tadpole) and even more on the 10″ Knitting Board. So, rather than buying both the Tadpole and the 10″ Knitting Board, am I correct in assuming I could buy ONLY The 10″ board and be able to do the booties I want plus the versatility to do even more??

    Oh – one other question…is anyone familiar with the Knitting Board Basics book available for sale on The Knitting Board site? Is this a good book for beginners? I purchased the Loom Knitting for Toddlers and Infants and find that I haven’t truly loved any of the patterns and also am in a strange new world of knitting pattern abbreviations, even though the book has a great introduction as well as me being a previous needle knitter who was able to read patterns. What is anyone (or better, everyone)’s take on the Knitting Board Basics book? Am I just as well to get my tuteledge from the KB site tutorials and you fine folks, or do you think this book will truly help me?

    Please give me some feedback on these 3 items – Tadpole vs 10″ board and Knitting Board Basics book.

    Thanks so much. it is qbsolutely invaluable to have you all out there!!!

  • Dear Cindy, trying to do a flat stitch on the Sock loom:

    Hi! I am brand new too! The tutorials show the working yarn being laid straight across the front (working side) of the loom and just kinda being held straight across the loom loosely while you flip your stitches. I found that impossible so Each time I pull the stitch up and over the working yarn, I hold the working yard a wee bit taught BETWEEN the current stitch being worked and the next stitch. I do this every time I knoit a flat stitch. It does tend to create a very tight stitch so all of your following rounds will be very tight to get the stitch up and over the peg. But it’s a sock so you wqnt it tight, right? Just be careful and take your time lifting thise stitches up over the working yarn and off the peg so you don’t break a peg. The other good thing I found about holding my working yarn between the working stitch and the next stitch is that if I take my time pulling the stitch up over the working yarn and the peg, and the working yarn accidentally begins to come up over the peg instead of the stitch, I have the control I need to keep that stitch on the peg, put it back down over the peg, reposition the working yarn, and try again. I was not able to do that when just resting the working yarn across the entire front of the working side of the board.

    I hope that makes sense! Good luck!

    New Kid on the Block, Shannon White

  • These are so cute. Not only can they be incorporated in a knitting project but I could definitely see them in other colors stung on a long piece of yarn for a garland in a newborn nursery. Thanks for the cute pattern!

  • Thanks Shannon, I’ll give it a try.

    Cindy

  • Hi Jenny & Shannon,

    I tried your suggestions, and I wound up having to redo the whole leg and the heel still didn’t turn out quite right. Is there anywhere in the Brighton/Howell MI area that I could go to and have them show me how to rip this heel out and turn it right?

    Thanks for your help,
    Cindy

  • Shannon
    I own both of the sock looms and the 18 & 28 inch long looms, a fine gauge loom, and the new hat loom. My go to loom for most projects is the 18 inch loom. It fits in my lap nice, yet I can take it with me on trips, works well with worsted weight yarn, can knit in the round, double knit because it is ADJUSTABLE , and flat panel , and has enough pegs to do most of the projects ie. hats, scarfs, even socks, and afghan blocks. It is an excellent loom to start your looming journey.
    As far as books go, sometimes even if you find you are not fond of some of the patterns in a book, you may find the techniques / info most useful. When you have done a few projects and gained experience you may return to those patterns and make them your way by adding your own creative touch. Isela has an excellent loom primer book that has a ton of useful info and techniques. There are patterns in the book as well but I find myself turning to the technique pages often. Many of the loom books you see have illustrations showing another manufacturers round plastic looms but these techniques will work on all of the KB looms too. Hobby Lobby carries some of her books so you could look at them and see if it is what you are looking for.
    These are just my opinions. Hope that is useful to you.

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Feb 7, 2015

Warm and Toasty Hearts Mug Cozy

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Start off your day with a special touch on your coffee cup. The warm and toasty mug cozy is worked in simple lace to create small hearts throughout the cozy. It is a great time to try out simple lace eyelets. Pattern is provided as well as chart instructions.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2.

Yarn: Approximately 30 yards of worsted weight wool. Samples shown in Knit Picks Swish in worsted weight, colors Rouge and White.HeartsCozies2

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size J.

Other: 3 small buttons.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

SSK=slip, slip knit

Created over 2 pegs. Peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left.  Move loop from peg 1 over to peg 2. Knit peg 2. Knit peg 2 treating both loops on the peg as one loop. SSK complete.

YO=Yarn over

Yarn over: ewrap the empty peg. On the following row, undo the ewrap and place the yarn in front of the peg.

Sl1-k2tog-psso: slip 1, k2tog, pass over slipped stitch.

Over three pegs, working on the knitting loom from a right to left direction–peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 in the middle, peg 3 on the left. Skip peg 1 with yarn behind the peg. Move stitch from peg 3 over to peg 2. Knit peg 2 (treating both loops as one loop). Move loop from peg 2 over to peg 1, lift bottommost loop off peg 1. Sl1-k2tog-psso complete.

Chart Directions

Read chart from bottom to top, right to left direction on odd rows, left to right direction on even rows.

INSTRUCTIONSWarmandToastyCozy

Cast on 19 stitches, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: p to the end of row.

Row 2 (and every even row): k to the end of row.

Row 3: p to the end of row.

Row 5: p4, k4, ssk, yo, k5, p4.

Row 7: p4, k4, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k4, p4.

Row 9: p4, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, p4.

Row 11: p4, k2, yo, k2tog, k3, ssk, yo, k2, p4.

Row 13: p4, k1, yo, k2tog, k5, ssk, yo, k1, p4.

Row 15: p4, k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, p4.

Row 17: p4, k2, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k2, p4.

Row 18: k to the end of row.

Row 19: p4, k11, p4.

Row 20: k to the end of row.

Row 21: p4, k11, p4.

Row 22: k to the end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-Row 22: 2 more times.

Repeat Rows 1-4.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Leave a 20” yarn tail.

Using yarn tail, and crochet hook, chain 6, connect it down to first stitch of the bound off edge, single crochet 6, chain 6, connect it down to the middle of the bound off edge, single crochet 6, chain 6 and connect it down to the bound off edge, single crochet 1. Bind off.

Weave ends in. Steam block or wet block to open up the lace eyelets.

With thread (same color as yarn), sew buttons to the cast on edge, be sure to align them with the eyelet chains.

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2 Comments

  • This is such a perfect heart mug cozy. Love it for this time of year!

  • Pretty! I need to make sure of these-thanks!

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Jan 12, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Capricorn

Capricorn

According to Chinese Astrology, 2015 is the year of the goat.  Knit a whimsical little goat to keep you company throughout the year.

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Materials

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Patons Divine was used for the goat’s body.  Red Heart Super Saver was used for the horns, hooves, and nose.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing, needle and thread, 6 mm buttons for eyes.

Finished Size:  Approximately 3” in length.

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Adding a Gathering Thread:  Cut a 12” length of yarn and thread it on to the yarn needle.  Push the yarn needle up under the stitch on peg 1.  Pull the length of yarn out through the stitch, stopping when an inch or two remains at the bottom of the stitch. Move to the next peg and pull the yarn needle up under the stitch.  Pull the length of yarn until all of the slack is gone between the two pegs.  Continue working in this manner until the gathering line has been pulled up under the last stitch in the round. Remove the yarn needle.  Leave the gathering line in place.  It will be used later to shape the goat’s neck.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

3 Stitch I-Cord:  Using the double E-wrap cast-on method, cast on 3 stitches.  *Working yarn will be at peg 3.  Take the working yarn behind peg 2 and peg 1.  Bring the working yarn around the front of peg 1 and lay it across pegs 1, 2, and 3.  Knit peg 2, then peg 1, then peg 3.  Repeat from * as directed in pattern, or until I-cord reaches the desired length.  Gently pull on the cord every few inches to help set the stitches.

Bind the I-cord off by moving the stitch on the second peg over to the first peg, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stich over the top stitch.  Move the stitch from peg 3 over to peg 1, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stitch over the top stitch. With the working yarn, wrap peg 1 and knit it.  Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 4”.  Draw the working yarn out through the last stitch remaining on peg 1, then remove the cord from the loom.  Gently pull on the yarn tail to secure the bind off.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Instructions

Head and Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Work the head and body in Patons Divine.  (If Patons Divine is not available, use a fluffy, bulky yarn with the same wpi = approximately 7 wpi)  Using the drawstring cast-on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 10 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Add a gathering thread.  (See special techniques)

Work 15 more rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method, but do not gather yet.  Set aside.

Legs (Make 4):

Using the Red Heart Super Saver, cast on 3 pegs.  Work a 3 stitch I-cord for 2 rows.  Switch to the Patons Divine.  Work the 3 stitch I-cord for 8 more rows.  Bind off and set aside.  Repeat this process for the remaining legs.

Ears/Tail (Make 3):

Using the Patons Divine, cast on 3 pegs.

Rows 1-6:  Sl 1, K2.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K2tog.

Row 8:  K2tog.

Fasten off and set aside.

Horns (Make 2):

Using the Red Heart Super Saver, cast on 3 pegs.  Work a 3 stitch I-cord for 4 rows.  Bind off and set aside.

Finishing:

Work with the head and body piece first.  Turn the knitted tube inside out so that the purl bumps are on the outside.  Gather the top of the head closed by pulling on the yarn tail from the drawstring cast-on.  Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in.

Stuff the head section with fiberfill.  Reach inside the tube to find the yarn tails of the gathering thread.  Gather the neck area by pulling on the yarn tails to draw the neck area in.  Secure the neck shaping by tying a knot in the gathering thread.  The yarn tails from the gathering thread should be inside the knitted tube and don’t need to be woven in.  They can be left as is.

Stuff the body section with fiberfill.  Gather the body closed by pulling on the yarn tail from the gathered bind off.  Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in.  (Note:  the Patons Divine is a bulky textured yarn and is a bit trickier to gather than other yarns.  It is possible, it just takes a bit more work and patience.)

Use the yarn needle to sew the tail to the back of the body, near the gathered bind off.  Attach two legs to each side of the body, near what will become the underside of the goat.

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Use the needle and thread to sew the button eyes onto the face, near the gathered cast on.  With the Red Heart Super Saver, embroider a little nose near the bottom of the face.  Sew the ears to the side of the goat’s head and attach the horns to the top of the head.  Weave in any remaining yarn tails.

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Wishing each of you happiness, health, and prosperity in 2015!

10 Comments

  • So, so ,SO maaaaaahvelous! (pronounced like a goat would, lol) I laughed out loud with glee when I saw this little guy this morning…you’ve made my day with his cuteness! :D The year of the goat is also combined with the sheep…will you be bringing to life another adorable creature from your looms soon?? Love it!

  • that is SO cute, and the perfect colored yarn for a goat

  • Thank you, Bethany! I actually DO have an idea for a cute little sheepie. Maybe it will pop up in one of the whimsies this year :)

  • Thank you, Pat! I thought the color was perfect as well. And the texture of the yarn adds a fun element to the project too.

  • Love him, love him now I want to hug him … tooooo cute :)

  • OMG..it is soooooo stinking cute and then when I saw who designed it I said I should have known it was Jenny. ADORABLE and at a latter date I may have to try this as it could almost be me as I am a capricorn. may have to figure out how to make the bottom half a fishtail :-0 Thank you very much

  • Awwwww, so cute!!!! So whimsical. Just begging to be worked up and given to a special little one. On my list!!!

    As always with all your wonderful projects, Great job! <3

  • Thank you, Linda! I’m so glad you like it. Have a great day!

  • Thank you LoomaHat/Denise! My little gal thinks he’s pretty snuggly too. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Thank you, Karen! You are too sweet. If you do make one, I’d love to see it. Have a great day!

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Dec 26, 2014

Men’s Basic Hat and Scarf (double knit)

 Men's Double Knit Hat &Scarf Combo

Easy and quick to knit with easy fit that every man loves.  Our unique stitchery is in the matching scarf.  Both are double knit, warm and soft-any man or gal will love the holiday look of them.  One of my very favorite yarns to work with-you will love it too.  Let the cold winds blow!

Loom:  28” Knitting Board + peg extenders set up for double knit with 1 cm spacers.

Yarn:  Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/heavy worsted.  Our holiday color is #24529 Blue Blood.  Need 4 balls for the scarf and 2 balls for the hat.  This yarn is 55% Merino Wool, 25% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Donegal Tweed.  164 yds per ball.  Hand wash and dry flat.

Stitches:  Rib, Stockinette, CrissCross

Finished Sizes:  Hat fits head approximately 22-23” and 10” deep.  Scarf measures approximately 6” X 50”.

Notions Needed:  Knit hook, crochet hook, darning needle

Gauge:  Stockinette stitch- 6 stitches X 9 rows=2 inches

 

Instructions:

Hat

Cast On 60 stitches in Rib stitch.  Lay anchor yarn of any color as it will be removed.

Work (5) rows in Rib stitch.

Change to Stockinette and work until the hat measures 5.5-6” from anchor yarn.

Now, you want to decrease across the stitches so the top of the hat will fit better.

Decrease Row:  We will do (4) decrease rows.  When you do each of these, just move the indicated loops from the pegs and place them onto the adjacent peg towards the center of the loom.  This is same as a K2tog.

First decrease row-Starting at L side of loom, lift loops from pegs #5, 15, 25, 35, 45, 55.  Place each one on adjacent peg going towards center of loom.  Once moved, you have (6) empty pegs.  Do this to both sides of the loom.  Now, carefully lift loops and move over filing in the empty pegs.  Work towards center of loom.   Be sure to move both loops when you come to a peg with (2) loops.  The result will be (3) less pegs at each end of loom for the hat.  You will now have (54) stitches.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

Second decrease row-This time, move loops on pegs # 5, 14, 23, 32, 41, 50.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

Third decrease row-This time, move loops on pegs #5, 13, 21, 29, 37, 45.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

Forth decrease row-Move loops on pegs # 5, 12, 19, 26, 33, 40.

Work (3) stockinette rows.

You now have (36) pegs on loom.  Time to bind off of loom.

Bind Off:  Use anchor yarn for easy gather.  After last row, lay a new anchor yarn of same yarn.

Lift loops on one side of loom and place them on the pegs of other loom so that one rail has no loops and opposite rail has 2 loops.  Lift bottom loop over top so that there is only one loop on pegs, and the anchor yarn is inside.  Bind these stitches off using 2-loop method.

Sew side seam with invisible stitch. Gather top, using new anchor yarn and tie securely.  Pull yarn to inside of hat and take a few stitches inside to secure the opening.  You can use the yarn tail of the anchor yarn for this.  Tuck in any remaining yarn tails.

If a pompom is desired for top of hat, you can create and add when complete.

Scarf

Note: Be sure to work each row hooking over from left to center and then right to center.  Vary the center point in each row.  This will ensure that your scarf edges remain even and straight.

Cast On (20) pegs in rib stitch.

Work (6) rows in Rib.

Change to Criss Cross Stitch starting with row 1 to 3 and 2 to 5. (stitch pattern #1)

Continue working the Criss Cross stitch until scarf measures approximately 50”.

Change to Rib stitch.

Work (6) rows.

Bind Off with 2-loop bind off at loom and anchor yarn in rib stitch.  Keep the working yarn loose so that the ends do not pull too tightly.  Tuck in any yarn tails for a great looking holiday scarf.

Notes:  video and how-tos for the Criss Cross stitch can be viewed at www.knittingboard.com.

 

5 Comments

  • This is a very handsome hat set. I have always wanted to try a double knit hat with a decreased crown. It will be my next hat set project for my husband. Thank you.

  • I have been trying to make this hat!! Now on my 3rd attempt and I get to the decrease and I’m ending up with a hole and I have to start over. I’ve even stared marking the board with numbers. How are you working to the middle?? Sorry very confused right now.

    Thanks for your help!!

    Susan

  • Hello this question may sound dumb but I’m confused how do you double knit for a hat?? I looked for videos on youtube to get an idea but had no luck. Is there any way you can make a video demonstrating this please thank you.

  • Very nice hat and scarf set. I really like the color and I’m totally loving the stitch texture of the scarf. Thanks for sharing it!

  • Can this same set of instructions be used for a single knit?

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Dec 12, 2014

Pretty Peds

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 We are bringing you a new feature to our blog! Every second Friday of the month, we will feature a design by one of our customers. Our second installment in this tradition features a pattern by Bethany Dailey. Reminiscent of ballet slippers, this exquisite design will have you reaching for your EFG Sock Loom!  To contact Bethany, simply submit a comment at the bottom of this post. 

 

Knitting loom: KB EFG Sock Loom (set to 60 pegs in the round for ladies size 6.5-8.5).

Yarn:   1 skein Patons Stretch Socks (sample in Plum), Super Fine #1 weight, 239 yards, 41% cotton /39% wool / 13% nylon / 7% elastic

Notions: loom tool, 3mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc),  (2) size 3 double pointed knitting needles (for Kitchener Grafting), stitch markers, scissors, yarn needle, row counter, measuring tape

Gauge: 8.5 stitches and  13 rows per inch in stitch pattern.

Skills Needed: True Knit Stitch or U-stitch, E-wrap, Purl, Double Wrap Short Row Method (shown in video links below), 2 peg I-Cord, Kitchener Stitch (or other grafting method), Picot Edging, CO, and BO (as described in pattern notes)

Abbreviations: 

CO: cast on

EW: E-wrap

K: knit stitch or U-stitch, as desired

P: purl stitch

KO: knit off

St(s): stitches

WY: working yarn

BO: Bind off

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is created for ladies size 6.5-8.5, as the nature of the stretchable sock yarn allows for forgivable sizing.  If you’d prefer a smaller or larger size, just add or decrease pegs as needed.

All knit stitches are either worked as a true knit stitch, or as a U-stitch, not e-wrap.

Video Tutorials and Web Tools:

Picot Cast On (Bethany Dailey’s version)

Heel and Toe Part 1 & Part 2

Kitchener Grafting Stitch Tutorial (at the bottom of Twisting Vines Socks)

Picot Stitches Instructions:

Picot Edging: Where called for in pattern, at the beginning of each panel knit row, EW and KO turning peg 5 times to create chain. When turning to knit the next row, slip (skip) this peg.

Picot Cast On: (note: when called for in pattern, you will already have a base loop on the starting peg)

    • * -EW and KO 5 times on 1st CO peg to create chain.
    • -Remove loop from peg and place on crochet hook.
    • -Place hook with loop just before the peg you chained on, and point towards the inside of the loom.
    • -Wrap WY around the front of the peg, towards the next peg in line.
    • -Snag WY to the back of the peg with crochet hook, and pull through chain loop to create a new loop.
    • -Place new loop onto next empty peg.
    • -Repeat from * until you’ve reached the next peg with a base loop.  At the base loop peg, knit 2 loops off as one on the first EW KO, then complete 4 more, to equal 5 EW’s.

Picot Bind Off:

    • * -EW and KO 5 times on 1st BO peg.
    • -Move loop from 2nd BO peg to 1st BO peg, KO.
    • -Move loop back to 2nd BO peg.
    • -Repeat from * to last BO peg.

 

Pattern Instructions:

Pretty Peds Close upSet loom to 60 pegs in the round.  CO to 30 of the pegs, centering stitches on a long section of the loom. (Note: if you have adjusted the number of pegs being used for an alternate fit, just CO half of the new number.)

Knit first row on all 30 pegs, then using Heel and Toe Part I, decrease until there are 10 pegs unwrapped. (Note: if you have adjusted the number of pegs being used for an alternate fit, just decrease to a third of the total short row pegs.)

Using Heel and Toe Part 2, increase back to a full 30 pegs.  After wrapping peg 30, knit back to peg 1.  Pegs 1 & 30 will still have wrapped loops-just knit these loops together as one during the next row.

Carefully stretch CO edge across loom and place onto the corresponding pegs on the other side of the loom, filling all 60 pegs. (If this stretch is just too much for your chosen yarn, you can instead CO the empty pegs with your working yarn.  You’ll then need to graft these edges together later, during the finishing steps of this project.)

*(Note: you will now be knitting from the first peg after the heel section (your new peg 1) toward the newly CO pegs, then proceeding on to the heel pegs.  Please adjust the numbers of the pegs to reflect this change.)

Place stitch markers on pegs 11 and 20.

Knit 12 rounds using all 60 pegs in the following pattern:

    • -Pegs 1-10: K
    • -Pegs 11-20: K, P, K, P
    • -Pegs 21-60: K

Row 13: K pegs 1-10, Picot BO pegs 11-20, K pegs 21-60 & 1-10.

*To connect the picot trim on the heel to the trim you will now begin creating on the sides, you’ll need to pull up the base of the 5 EW chain from peg 11 up onto peg 10. Treat these 2 loops as one in the next steps.

*Please now make peg 10 your new peg 1 and work the next rows from this point.

Instep Rows:  Knit in the following 2-Row pattern until the entire length of knitting measures the total length desired for foot minus 3.5” (3” for toe and .5” for negative ease) (Note: Sample used 56 rows):

Row 1:

    • -Picot Edging, slip peg and turn.
    • -Pegs 2-4: Purl
    • -Pegs 5-50: Knit

Row 2:

    • -Picot Edging, slip peg and turn.
    • -Pegs 49-47: Purl
    • -Pegs 46-1: Knit

Once you’ve reached your planned measurement, Picot CO to 10 empty pegs so that all 60 are filled. Complete the round in Knit, so you are back to your original peg #1.

Re-number your pegs so that they are continuing in this direction for the following rounds.

Knit 6 rounds using all 60 pegs in the following pattern:

    • -Pegs 1-10: K
    • -Pegs 11-20: K, P, K, P…
    • -Pegs 21-60: K

Complete the next 18 rounds in the Knit stitch.

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 loops from the loom and graft edges to close the toe, using the Kitchener Stitch (see tutorial included in this post for instructions).  If required, repeat the same technique for the heel section.

For tie strings, pull up 2 stitches from the edge of your sock, where you prefer for your tie to be attached, and create an 8” 2 Peg I-Cord for the instep, and a 5” 2 Peg I-Cord for the outside. (2 Peg I-Cord Tutorial)

Weave in all ends.  Work all steps once more for your completed pair of Pretty Peds!

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Dec 8, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – Doll Pin Angel Ornaments

Doll Pin Angel Ornaments

Create a little Christmas spirit with these beautiful angel ornaments. Traditionally, angels are placed on Christmas trees as a reminder of divine messengers bringing tidings of great joy and peace on earth, good will toward men.  May these blessings find you and your loved ones this season.

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Materials:

Knitting Loom:  Sock Loom EFG

Yarn:  Approximately 6 yards of a size 5 thread weight cotton yarn.  Bernat Handicrafter Thread was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, needle, Darice Craftwood 2” Doll Pin, hot glue gun and glue

Additional Embellishments:

  • Wings:  10” length of 5/8” wide sheer ribbon.
  • Halo:  1.5” of 4mm fused string pearl bead trim.  (8 pearls)
  • Hair:  A tiny bit of crafter’s doll hair, if desired.

Finished Size:  Each angel is approximately 2” tall.

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast-on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Yo, K2tog:  Worked over two pegs.  Peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left.  Move the stitch from peg 1 over to peg 2.  E-wrap peg 1.  Knit peg 2, treating both stitches as if they are one.  Yo, K2tog is now complete.

Instructions

Bodice:

Prepare the loom to work over 22 pegs, in the round.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 22 stitches.  Work 8 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Do not bind off.  Continue on to skirt.

Skirt:

Round 1:  *Yo, K2tog, rep from * to the end of the round.

Round 2:  E-wrap knit all pegs.

Work rounds 1 and 2 four times.  (Tip:  For variety, try changing colors before working the last two rows of the skirt.  Or work the bodice section in one color and the skirt in another.)

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Once the dress is off of the loom, gently stretch it to help set the stitches.  Weave in the yarn tail from bind off.  Note:  There will be a tiny gap between the first and the last stitches bound off.  This is due to the basic bind off being used in the round.  For a more polished look, these stitches can easily be drawn together when weaving in the yarn tail.  Simply thread the yarn tail through the needle and draw the needle down through the first stitch bound off, then weave it in on the inside of the dress.

Finishing:

Place the dress on the doll pin, with the bodice section near the doll’s neck.  Pull on the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to cinch the dress around the doll’s neck.  Weave in the yarn tail.

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Glue a tiny bit of crafter’s doll hair to the top of the doll pin’s head, if desired.

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Or, skip the hair and just add a halo to the top of the doll pin.

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Create the halo using the 4mm fused string pearl bead trim.  To do this, place a small dab of glue near the front of the doll pin’s head.  Coil the 1.5″ length of bead trim into a circle and stick the center front of the circle into the glue.  Place a small dab of glue near the back of the doll pin’s head and carefully stick the two ends of the bead trim into the glue, maintaining the halo shape while the glue sets.

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Create wings using the sheer ribbon.  Tie the ribbon into a small bow.  Glue the bow to the back of the angel’s dress, near the neckline.  Once the wings are in place and the glue has set, trim the ribbon ends close to the center knot.

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For a hanging ornament:  Cut a 5” length of the crochet thread.  Use the needle to draw one end of the thread through the dress, near the back of the doll pin’s neck.  Tie the ends of the thread together in an overhand knot.  The angel is now ready to grace the Christmas tree.

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Merry Christmas!

 

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  • Another darling project, Jenny! They are so cute…and filled with so many possibilities. My daughter loved play acting with homemade characters when she was little and these would have fit right in! :)

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Dec 5, 2014

Wrister Wallet

Wrister Wallet

A friend of mine recently asked for a pattern similar to this, I remembered that I had created one years ago, so I went digging for it. I hope you can find it useful.

There are those days when one wishes one can just go out without a wallet or a purse. Actually, I am not a purse person at all. I hate them, they are bothersome to have around and then if you go to a restaurant you have to watch where you put it or find a place to put it. The wrister wallet comes very handy in those occassions. I also see it being useful as my children grow up, a great way for them to carry a little cash with them. 

Knitting loom: All-n-One loom suggested or 22 pegs small gauge loom.

Yarn: Bits of worsted weight yarn.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread in color of choice.

Other: 3 small buttons for closure

Size: The sample fits a wrist that is approximately 5.5 inches in circumference. The little pocket is about 1.5 inches in width.

Gauge: 9sts x 16 rows= 2 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch, not ewrap. Ewrap will make the item too big

p=purl stitch

k2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the loop from the peg on the right to the peg on the left, this leaves an empty peg and one peg with 2 loops, treat the 2 loops as one loop when knitting the row.

yo=yarn over. ewrap the empty peg.

BO=Bind off. This pattern uses the basic bind off.

Pattern notes: worked as a flat panel. The picture differs slightly from the pattern below. After I finished knitting it, I realized that I should have purled the row where the little pocket ended so that it would sit more flat, my picture doesn’t have that purl row (it is row 17 of the pattern).

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 22.
Row 1: k
Row 2: p
Row 3: k
Row 4: p
Row 5: k2, yo, k2tog, k to end
Row 6: p3, k to last 3sts, p3
Row 7: k
Row 8: as 6
Row 9: k
Row 10: as 6
Row 11:as 7
Row 12: as 6
Row 13: k
Row 14: as 6
Row 15: K
Row 16: as 6
Row 17: BO7, p to end (15sts)
Row 18, p3, k to last 3sts, p3
Row 19: k
Rep 18 and Row 19:  18x
Next row: p
Next row: k
Rep last 2 rows: 3x
Next row: p
Next row: k3, yo, k2tog, k to last 5sts, k2tog, yo, k3,
Next row: p
Next row: k
Next row: p
BO.

Assembly: using yarn and tapestry needle close the pocket by folding it along the purl row, sew it on the wrong side of the small panel. Also close the bottom edge. With thread and needle place the little buttons in place, follow the picture for layout.

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  • This is awesome, will make a wonderful Christmas gift, would be great for the gym. I see myself knitting some for x-mas. Thank you so much for sharing, I love it.

  • very good idear and safety as well

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Nov 22, 2014

Aislin Earwarmer

Aislin Earwarmer Side View

The Aislin Earwarmer is a luscious blend of a perfect braid cable with spongy ribbing. The use of merino wool lends this earwarmer a dreamy feel that provides just the perfect amount of warmth to keep the chill away. The earwarmer uses an elastic hairband to provide a comfortable fit.

SIDE NOTE: It is all about cables . I love cables, every knit should have cables. My favorite sweater that I saw my grandma knit was red and it had cables. She is the type of woman that could picture something and make it. She made that red sweater with no pattern at all, just from her head. People would travel from neighboring towns to buy her knits and her crochet items. To this day, I love cables, especially when they are knit with red yarn. I think it reminds me of her and the time I spent learning by her side. I owe everything I am today to my Grandma. My talents come from her, she saw something in me that I didn’t see and thank goodness she was patient enough to teach me.

I would like to express my gratitude to Dayna Scoles, who dreamed the idea of using an elastic hairband to make the headbands adjustable. Check out her neat patterns and the unique way she uses the hairbands on double knit headbands.

Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom, set at large gauge, 20 pegs.

Yarn: Approx 60 yards of superwash merino wool in Aran weight. Cascade 220 Aran weight in Ruby was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle.

Other: Elastic Hairband

Size: 3 x 19 inches, blocked.

Gauge: 4 sts x 10 rows= 2 inches

AbbreviationsAislin Earwarmer

K: knit stitch

P: purl stitch

St(s): stitch(es)

C4F: Cable over 4 stitches, cable leans to the left.

How to: Skip peg 1 and 2 with yarn towards the back of the pegs. Knit peg 3 and 4. Place stitches from pegs 3 and 4 on cable needle. Take yarn to the front of peg 1. Knit peg 1. Knit peg 2. Place stitch from peg 2 on peg 4. Place stitch from peg 1 on peg 3. Place stitches from cable needle on pegs 1 and 2.

C4B: Cable over 4 stitches, leans to the right.

How to: Place stitches from peg 1 and 2 on cable needle and hold to the back of the pegs.  Knit peg 3 and 4. Place stitch from peg 3 on peg 1; place stitch from peg  4 on peg 2. Place stitches from cable needle on pegs 3 and 4. Knit pegs 3 and 4.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Leave a 10-inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 20 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-4: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

*Row 5: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k2, c4f, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Row 6: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Row 7: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, c4b, k2, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Row 8: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.*

Repeat Rows from * to *: 27 more times.

Next 3 rows: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Leave a 10-inch yarn tail.

Tighten the cables from the wrong side of the item.

Steam block lightly.

FINISHING

Add the hair band: pass the hair band through one of the ends of the headband. Fold the end of the headband as to cover the hairband, whip stitch the bound off edge to the wrong side of the headband to secure the hairband in place. Repeat with the other side of the headband. Use the pictures below to see how I sewed the elastic hairband in place.

Weave all ends in.

PS: You can also put your hair in a pony tail and pass the pony through the opening created by the elastic hairband! Bonus!!!

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  • Isela, this is fabulous! I love cables too….so much! What a very sweet way to remember your grandmother. I’m sure she knows and smiles every time you cable with luscious red yarn. :)

  • Like you, I love anything Cable. I know I will be making this for my daughter-in-law who lives in Germany. Thanks so much for a really great pattern and sharing with all of us.

  • Oh what a good idea! Something I was just thinking about too.

  • Can this be made on an All-N-One? Or on a Knifty Knitter or 10″ Knitting Board? I don’t have a hat loom, but these will make fantastic gifts.

    Thanks!

  • With worsted weight yarn, yes. The headband would also end up a lot thinner than the photo shown.

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Nov 14, 2014

Snowman Hat Pattern

Snowman hat final

We are bringing you a new feature to our blog! Every second Friday of the month, we will feature a design by one of our customers. We will start off this tradition with a new pattern by Kathy McGuire. Kathy created a lovely Snowman Hat that every child will love. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. To contact Kathy, please email her at this link

 

Knitting loom: KB All-in-One loom set up with two sliders.

Yarn:  Approximately 50 yards each of worsted weight in red, green and white.  Approximately one yard each of black and orange.

Notions: knitting tool, row counter, crochet hook, tapestry needle and  (optional) pompom maker

Gauge: 4 stitches and  6 rows per inch in stitch pattern.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

EW: E wrap

P: purl stitch

St(s): stitches

Rnd(s): round

Rep: repeat

BO: Bind off

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked in the round.

In this pattern, after round 46, you will begin decreasing stitches to form the taper of the hat.  With each decrease, you will move the stitches on the four corners in one peg.  After moving the stitches, you will then move both sliders in one peg, in line with the pegs that have two stitches.

This pattern can will fit a toddler/young child. It can be made larger by increasing the number of pegs per side. However, if more pegs are used, be sure to use an odd number on each side and begin casting on using the middle peg. For example, the pattern as written calls for using 23 pegs per side with cast-on beginning at peg 12. If you increase to say, 25 pegs, then you would cast on starting at peg 13. Also, for every two pegs you increase, you will have one more taper to do at the top.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to work 46 pegs in the round, with sliders at both ends.  Place a stitch marker on peg 12 – you will begin the CO on this peg.  This is important for the tapering to work out.

Beginning at peg 12, EW CO all 46 pegs

Rnd 1-4 : *EW using red yarn

Rnd 5-8:  Without cutting red yarn, EW using green yarn*

Rnds 9-16: Rep from * to*

Rnd 17-20: EW using red yarn.  Cut red yarn leaving about a 6″ tail

Forming the brim: bring the CO loops up through the center of loom. Lining up the loops, place one loop on each peg.  You will now have two loops on each peg.  Lift bottom loop on each peg over the top loop.

Rnd 21-34:  EW using white yarn.  Cut white yarn leaving about a 6″ tail

For the remaining Rounds, you will be knitting alternate rows of red and green.   Carry yarn to the inside of loom when not using.  Do not cut.

Rnd 35-42: Using red yarn, make four sets of garter stitch (alternating rows of EW and P).

Rnd 43-46:  EW using green yarn.  Do not cut yarn.

Rnd 47:  *Move the St(s) from each corner peg in one peg.  (For example, in this round you will move peg 1 to peg 2; peg 23 to peg 22; peg 29 to peg 30 and peg 41 to peg 40).   Move the sliders in one peg to line up with pegs that have two St(s).  EW using red yarn, turning pegs with two loops as one.

Rnd 48-50: EW using red yarn.

Rnd 51:  Move the St(s) from each corner peg in one peg and line up sliders.  EW using green yarn,  turning  pegs with two loops as one.

Rnd 52-54: EW using green yarn.*

Rnd 55-86: Rep from * to *.

Rnd 87-90: Rep Rnd(s) 47-50

Cut both yarns leaving a 12″ tail

Using both yarns held together as one, BO using drawstring bind off.  Remove hat from loom  and drop the yarn tails inside the opening at top of hat.  Turn hat inside out and close top by pulling on the yarn tails.  Cut yarn tails to about 5″.  Weave in all ends. Turn hat right side out.

Make a pom pom and attach to top of hat.

(Optional) Using a length of white yarn, make three (or more) “snowflakes” on front of snowmans “hat” (the garter ridges).

Eyes:  Make a chain of 25 stitches using black yarn and crochet hook, leaving 6″ tail at beginning and end of chain.  Coil up the chain and stitch together using the yarn tails then stitch eyes onto hat.

Nose:  Using either bulky weight or two strands held together as one of orange worsted weight, form a short i-cord using three pegs of the loom.  Bind off.  Slightly stretch the i-cord so that the bind off edge is wider than the other end and attach to hat.

 

 

5 Comments

  • This is sooo cute! I may even make this as a toliet tissue holder. Will look adorable in our bathroom for Christmas. Thank You.

  • Oh soo cute! Any child would love this hat. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  • I want to make this for myself!! I have Bern wanting to make myself a snowman hat and scarf set but haven’t taken the time to do so. Now I see this one and I love it. How do I make it to fit an adult???

  • Kathy, has added a little blurb about making the hat bigger, it is in the pattern notes.

  • Thanks! I am also happy to help if you have any other questions or you need clarification on any part of the pattern.

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Nov 10, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – Miniature Knitted Poufs

Miniature Knitted Poufs

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These charming miniature knitted poufs just might become an obsession, especially since there are two styles to choose from!  This scrap happy project will help you use up all of those lonely little remnants that are lurking about in your yarn collection.  So much fun to make – and even more fun deciding how to use all of the wonderful, colorful little poufs!

 

 

Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Approximately 5 yards of a basic worsted weight yarn per pouf.  Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle

Finished Size:  Each knitted pouf is approximately 1.56” in diameter

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast-on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Instructions:

Basic Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Your knitted piece will look like this:

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Textured Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows in ribbing stitch:  *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Now for the best part – deciding what to do with all of those darling little poufs!

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Have fun creating!

4 Comments

  • These are Supper Cute ! Put a button in the middle and sew one to a hat.
    Love it !
    denise

  • Those are just way too cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reminds me of crocheted “puffs” that you use to do and sew or crochet together to make afghans or vests,etc. how adorable! Imagination can go wild on this cute “poufs”! Thanks for the pattern.

  • Thank you for your comments, Denise, Barb, and Sue.

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Nov 7, 2014

Baby Ballet Slippers

LittleShoes600

 

 

Holidays are around the corner, knit little baby ballet slippers for the precious little ones. The pattern is simple and small that you can knit a pair in one afternoon.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: All-n-One loom, 20 pegs used. Pattern can be done on All-n-One loom, Adjustable Hat Loom, 32 Peg Loom.

Yarn: 40-50 yards of worsted weight wool. Sample was knit with Knit Picks Swish Worsted, shown in Cornmeal.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size I.

Size: 3-6 months

Gauge: 9sts x 10 rows= 2 inches in garter stitch

Abbreviations

K=knit

P=purl

CO=cast on

Cont=continue

BO=Bind off

St(s)=stitches

M1=make 1. A type of increase. Move the loops on the pegs to create an empty peg where you need the increase. Reach for the ladder going from one peg to the other, twist it and place this loop on the emptied peg.

k2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.

SSK=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the last peg over to the peg before last. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.

Pattern notes

The pattern is worked as a flat panel then assembled into a little shoe shape.

When the pattern calls to cast on stitches at the beginning of the row, use the ewrap method to cast on the additional stitches.

Decreasing rows: simply move the loop from the outer peg to the peg next to it, example: from peg 1 to peg 2, from very last peg to the peg before last. Work both loops as one when working the stitch.

Entire pattern is worked in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row).

The little bow string was crochet. You can substitute with a piece of ribbon.

When seaming, use the mattress stitch to seam the little slipper.

INSTRUCTIONSLittleShoes6002
(Make 2)

Cast on 12 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (14 sts).

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: p to the end.

Row 3: As row 1 (16 sts).

Row 5: As row 1 (18 sts).

Row 7: As row 1 (20 sts).

Row 9: k2tog, k to the last 2 sts, ssk (18 sts).

Row 11: as Row 9. (16 sts).

Row 13: as Row 9 (14 sts).

Row 15: as Row 9 (12 sts).

Row 16: Using the ewrap, cast on 5 stitches, p to the end of row. (17 sts).

Row 17: k1, m1, k to the end (18 sts).

Row 18: p to the end.

Row 19: k1, m1, k to the end (19 sts).

Row 20: p to the end.

Row 21: k1, m1, k to the end (20 sts).

Row 22: p to the end.

Row 23: k1, m1, k to the end (21 sts).

Row 24: Basic bind off 12 sts, p to the end of row.LittleShoes6003

Rows 25-37: cont in garter stitch.

Row 38: Cast on 12sts, p21.

Row 39: k2tog, k to the end of row (32 sts).

Row 40: p to the end of row.

Row 41: k2tog, k to the end of row (31 sts).

Row 41: p to the end of row.

Row 42: k2tog, k to the end of row (30 sts).

Row 43: p to the end of row.

Row 44: k2tog, k to the end of row (29 sts).

Basic bind off, leaving a 20 inch long tail for seaming.

Decorative Crochet Ribbon

Using crochet hook and contrasting color yarn, chain 65. Bind off.

ASSEMBLY

Using the mattress stitch, seam the side of the upper to the sole area. Mattress stitch the heel area last. Weave ends in.

Steam block gently.

Pass crocheted chain through the edge stitches on each slipper, arrange the ends of the chain so that they are to the side of each slipper. Make a little bow. Secure the little bow in place with matching thread and needle.

 

 

 

4 Comments

  • These are so absolutely precious! :D

  • Super sweet baby slippers!

  • Hi thank you very much for making this tutorial. I was wondering if you could make this or others on the EFG sock loom? I can’t find many patterns for that loom and it makes me very sad and disappointed.

  • The EFG loom will work, however, the slipper will be small, probably the size for a newborn.

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Nov 1, 2014

Men’s Beanie

mens beanie

 

A simple beanie designed for him in mind. Worked in simple, no fuss stitch pattern, with a super soft and airy wool yarn.

Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom

Yarn: 140 yards of worsted weight merino wool. Malabrigo worsted in Paris Night was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool and tapestry needle.

Gauge: 8 sts x 17 rows= 2 inches in stitch pattern.

Size: 9 inches x 9.5 inches when laid flat.  Model’s head size is 23-1/4 inches.

AbbreviationsTop of hat small

K: knit stitch (not ewrap)

P: purl stitch

Rep: repeat

Sts: stitches

Rnd(s): round(s)

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to small gauge at 80 pegs.

Cast on 80 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-10: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 12: *k3, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 11 and 12: 32 more times

Next rnd: Move stitch from all odd numbered pegs to the even number peg; example from peg 1 to peg 2, from peg 3 to peg 4; etc. K to the end of rnd, (treat both loops on the even number pegs as one loop). At the end of this round, knitting loom should have one empty peg and a peg with one loop, all the way around.

Remove with gather removal method.Mens Beanie Side

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

13 Comments

  • May I use another loom for this pattern , as I do not have the hat loom?

  • Hi Renita!
    Love this hat :) Would love to make one for my son and my boyfriend! I know that your instructions are for the Adjustable Hat Loom, but is it possible to make this on the All-In-One Loom? I’m relatively new at all of this so I’m just not sure.

    Thanks!
    Karen

  • Hi Karen,
    This is Isela, I designed the hat pattern. Yes, you can do it on the All-n-One loom. You can follow the instructions exactly. Set your knitting loom to 80 pegs and start working with the same pattern.

  • You can use the All-n-One loom.

  • Thank you Isela!

  • Hello I am making this. When you say to do rounds 11 nd 12 ,32 more times do you mean like as a pair or just 32 more rows. I numbered a sheet 1-32 and alternated rows. And my hat isn’t very big.

  • As a pair

  • Hi I am not familiar with the term pair can you please explain I am not sure how to read patterns either when it say k1 does it mean knit 1 and when it says purl 6 do I purl 6 times on that peg I am confused please help

  • I have just purchased the KB Adjustable Hat Loom. How do you get 80 stitches on this loom….The most I can get is 50 stitches….do I have to buy additional pieces?

    Thanks.

  • The loom’s booklet has 80 pegs is for a 20″ head, but this pattern is saying 84 pegs and fits a 23″ head?

  • Kim, the pattern shown used 80 pegs. Knitted fabric stretches, thus the reason why this hat was able to fit the 23″ head of the model. Also, the type of yarn and stitch will affect how much the knitting stretches. If you use cables, the knitted fabric won’t stretch. If you use cotton, the knitted fabric won’t stretch at all. However, this pattern was worked in knit stitches and purl stitches, and with a wool yarn, all of these characteristics combined provided with a hat that can stretch.

  • Helen, you have to put the pegs in the open holes. Your loom should have come with additional pegs and you just set it up and put the pegs in the open holes.

  • Hi Isela, I have an all-n-one loom & want to make this for my grandson who is 7. I think it was you who made a scale or a way to adjust the patterns to fit the individual. If I am correct & it was you can you tell me where I saw that so maybe I can figure out how to adjust. He likes this type cap. I have made my daughter 2 of your slouchy hats & she just loves them. Sorry I am so long winded, I can’t say what I need to without using a lot of words. I have to tell you I have learned so much from you and am very appreciative of the time you spend teaching us all. I love your patterns and videos. You are very talented. Thanks for your time.

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Oct 24, 2014

Swirling Leaves Cowl

Fall Cowl

Fall Cowl by Isela Phelps

The trees are changing color and perfect evening temperatures call for a cup of hot cocoa and pumpkin cookies. The Swirling Leaves cowl was inspired by all the beautiful colors of nature during this time of year.

Knitting loom: Afghan Knitting Loom, 141 pegs used.

Yarn: Approx 400 yds of Aran weight wool blend. Breakdown: 300 yds of main color (MC), 50 yds of contrasting color (CC), 25 yds of second contrasting color (SCC), 25 yds of third contrasting color (TCC). Sample used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Beige (Main color, 300 yards). Accent colors—Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Allspice (CC), Dublin (SCC), Cornmeal (TCC).

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Gauge (blocked): 10sts x 15rows= 2 inches

Pattern notes: The cowl is worked as a flat panel, the flat panel then is seamed to a circular. The picot edging is worked as part of the body of the cowl. The leaves are loom knitted then sewn to the cowl. The connecting branches are embroidered on.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch (do not substitute with e-wrap).

P=purl stitch

Sts=stitches

MC=Main color

CC=Contrasting color

SCC=Second contrasting color

TCC=Third contrasting color

K2tog=knit two stitches together. Decrease slants to the right. How to: over 2 pegs, peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left. Move loop from peg 1 over to peg 2. Knit peg 2, treating both loops as one loop. Move stitch over to peg 1.

SSK=slip, slip knit. Decrease slants to the left.  How to: over 2 pegs, peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left. Move loop from peg 2 to peg 1. Knit peg 1, treating both loops as one loop.

M1=make one, an increase. Before you can do the M1, you need to have a peg empty where you need the increase, move the stitches outwards to create an empty peg.  Reach for the ladder going from one peg to the next peg, twist it and place it on the peg. When you reach the point where you created the twist, knit the peg as normal.

INSTRUCTIONS

COWLFall Cowl

Cast on 141 pegs, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k1 to the end of row.

Row 2: *k3, p1; rep from * to last stitch, k1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until item measures approx. 11 inches from cast on edge.

Cut MC, join CC.

Next 4 rows: k to the end of row.

Next row: *k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Next 4 rows: k to the end of row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Leaves

Make 3-one with each color (CC, SCC, TCC)

Over 11 stitches (pegs)

Leave a 15 inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 3sts (working yarn should end by peg 3 after cast on. Row 1 should go in a left-right direction.) Prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1 and all other odd number rows: knit entire row

Row 2: k1, (m1, k1) twice. (5sts total)

Row 4: k2, m1, k1, m1, k2. (7sts total)

Row 6: k3, m1, k1, m1, k3. (9sts total)

Row 8: k4, m1, k1, m1, k4. (11sts total)

Row 10: ssk, k7, k2tog. (9sts total)

Row 12: ssk, k5, k2tog. (7sts total)

Row 14: ssk, k3, k2tog. (5sts total)

Row 16: ssk, k1, k2tog. (3sts total)

Row 18: sl1, k2tog, psso. Cut yarn leaving about a 20 inch yarn tail end (yarn tail end will be used to embroider the swirls). Fall Cowl Leaves layout

Bind off by passing the remaining yarn tail end through the last stitch.

Need more instructions on making the Leaf? Check out my original file on this item-Little Leaf

ASSEMBLY

Block all items, including the leaves.

Fold the cowl in half, placing the right side and left side together, mattress stitch seam along the side.

Picot edging seaming: it is imperative that the item is blocked to open up the picot edging prior to sewing it down. Fold down the picot edging, naturally the picot edging will fold down along the line of the eyelets. Using the long tail of CC sew down the picot edge.

Weave ends in.

Leaves placement: Use the photo shown layout the leaves by one of the sides of the cowl, you can also do a different layout. Sew the leaf in place.

Embroidering the connecting swirls: Use the chain stitch to embroider the swirls. Chain stitch: Thread tapestry needle with yarn tail from the leaf, draw the needle up the knitted fabric and *insert it back where it just came out, looping a short stitch. With the needle above the yarn, hold the yarn with your thumb and draw it through, pulling all the yarn out and leaving the small loop. Repeat from the *. Concentrate on keeping the chains the same size. Tip: if this is your first time embroidering, experiment first on a piece on another type of knitted fabric.

Great link on embroidery basics: http://www.purlbee.com/2007/02/12/embroidery-basics/

Weave all ends in. Block again if necessary.

9 Comments

  • This is so darling! I’ve always loved the look of embroidery and applique on knits! :)

  • Bethany, I had finished the cowl and I “thought” it was already and it was lacking something. Then I remembered the little leaf and I thought, “you know, I bet those would make this look 100% better”. I am very pleased with it. I think I am going to keep it :)

  • Hi Isela!!!

    Your patterns are just wonderful!! Thank you soooo much for sharing your talent.

    I purchased the Book Loom Knitting For Babies & Toddlers.

    I am currently working on the Baby Bib……… The size of mine is not the same size as yours and wanted to know what I was doing wrong.

    When I count stitches in the photo it looks like there are actually twice as many as what the pattern calls for???

    Thank you sooo much for your help!!

    Prim Blessings

  • That is DARLING! (as always, you inspire!)

    Questions:
    1. For the knit stitch did you use the reverse of the purl? Or did you use flat or u-stitch? I know sometimes you can interchange them and sometimes it’s best not to.
    2. What were the finished dimensions of the cowl? It looks large (that’s not a bad thing, I was am just curious – also, perhaps your model is ultra-petite.)
    3. How much shape did the cowl hold? Did it drape with the yarn you used or was it as upright as shown in the top pic. In one pic she’s holding it up so it was difficult to tell if this was done for photography purposes or if it stood up on it’s own.

    Love this!!! The colors, the design…it’s all lovely!

  • Alyna,
    1. Knit stitch used was the reverse of the purl. For all of my knits, I typically use the reverse of the purl as it is the one with the most height and the closest to needle knit look. If you use the flat or u-stitch know that yours will look a lot tighter and it may not drape as much because the stitches are so tight.
    2. Dimensions–I am not home to check, but it was wide, I want to say about 20-24 inches in width. I was aiming for a cowl that went a little lower in the front to keep more of the chest warm.
    3. The cowl has drape with the yarn I used. If you use a yarn that doesn’t have as much drape, like an acrylic yarn, the cowl will be a little bit more stiff and sit more upright. The model is holding the cowl up so that the leaves can show. If she wasn’t holding it up, the cowl sits down folded around the neckline.

  • Is it length or width that you are missing?

  • Dear Isela,
    I love the pattern but I personally do not wear cowl as it is never that cold in Brazil.
    Is it possible to get to a similar look using the AIO? Do you have any instructions using that pattern for a blanket?
    Even being a begginer, I would like to save it for a future project.
    Love all you do and your book! Thank you,
    Juliane

  • Thank you so much, Isela!!!

  • Juliane, a blanket would look lovely with this design. The design in question is worked in the round, if you were working in it flat, I would adjust as follows:

    Cast on a multiple of 4 + 3 (example: 160+3=163 stitches)
    Row 1: k to the end of round
    Row 2: *k3, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
    Repeat the above two rows until blanket is desired length.

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Oct 17, 2014

Hashtag Hat

Have some fun and hashtag you!  Great project for beginners using 2 stitch variations. It is sized for youth with an option for an adult.

hashtaghatLoom:  All-n-One Loom, set up for double knit

Yarn:  Patons Shetland Chunky, 25% Wool and 75% Acrylic, 148 yds per skein

Colors used:  #78209 Soft Teal (1 skein) and #78042 Charcoal (1/2 skein)

Stitches:  Stockinette and Rib

Notions Needed:  Knit Hook, crochet hook, measure tape, scissors, darning needle

Finished Size:  Youth=20” and Adult=23-24” head circumference, aprox 9” high from brim to pompom

Gauge:  5 stitches and 10 rows= (2) inches in stockinette

Special Note:  Using the full width of this loom makes a youth/small size hat.  To knit a larger hat as in our sample, we have added a small back panel to increase the width.  Using a larger loom ie the 28” loom will result in larger gauge and larger stitches which will change the shape slightly of the ‘hashtag’.

Instructions:hashtag.angle

Hat Front with ‘hashtag’:

Cast On all pegs or 48 stitches in Rib Stitch using Teal Yarn.  Lay anchor yarn of contrast color yarn.

Work (2) rows in Rib stitch.

Tie on color 2 Charcoal at 2nd peg.  Do not cut the Teal yarn.

Work (1) row in Rib stitch with Charcoal yarn.  Cut and knot.

Work (1) additional row in Rib with Teal yarn.

Change to stockinette and work (2) rows.

Hints:  Mark the center of the loom with a stitch marker or pin.  Next row will be row 1 of the bottom of ‘hashtag’.  Whenever you are working the Charcoal for just the 2 stitches of each upright, weave the 2 consecutive pegs front to back and move over to 2nd upright and weave the 2 consecutive pegs front to back.  Then, weave the Teal yarn in Stockinette weave skipping the upright pegs.  When, you are working the long rows of charcoal, weave the stitches in stockinette, and then weave the Teal yarn in Stockinette weave skipping the charcoal stitches.  Notice in your graph that the uprights will shift over by (1) stitch to give the design an angled look.

Go to center of loom, count back (4) stitches and tie on the Charcoal yarn.  Work the (4) upright stitches.  Note that there will be 3 pegs skipped in center of them.  Lay the charcoal yarn down where you end.  It doesn’t matter which direction you do the front to back for the 2 uprights.  Weave the row with the Teal yarn and hook over.  The ‘hashtag’ design consists of a total of (15) rows.  Once complete, you can cut and knot the Charcoal yarn.  Hat will be completed in Teal Yarn.

Work (7) additional rows in Stockinette.

Change to Rib stitch.  Work total of (14) Rib rows to top of hat.

Work Decrease row on row #6 and row #10.

Decrease Row explained:  decreasing some stitches at top part of the hat will add some shape to the head and keep the top of the hat from being too ‘bunchy’ or bulky.  So, we will do a decrease to 2 stitches on each side of the design.  That will take out a total of 4 stitches on each decrease row and make the top of hat fit much better.  Before doing the weaving and hook- over, go to stitch #8 from left side.  Lift the stitch and place it on peg #9.  Go to stitch #12 from left side.  Lift the stitch and place it on peg #13.  Now you have 2 empty pegs.  Go to right side of loom and count over to peg #8 and place this stitch on adjacent peg to left.  Count over to peg #12 and place this stitch on adjacent peg to left.  Do this to both sides of the board directly across from each other.  You now have (4) empty pegs on each board.  Carefully, lift the stitches and move towards the center of loom.  You want the empties to be at ends of loom.   Now, weave and hook over the row carefully lifting all loops on each peg so that only the one loop remains on the pegs.  Continue working in Rib stitch.

Repeat this decrease process on row #10.  Complete the hat with Rib stitch.

Removing the hat from loom:  Since we are at the top of the hat, we want to create another anchor yarn to gather the top of hat.  Do not bind off.  Instead, cut and knot the working yarn.  Cut another piece of the working yarn about 24” long and thread onto the darning needle.  Pick up the stitches working from one board to the other and allow the stitches to come off the loom onto the yarn.

Small – youth size finishing:  Sew the back seam using invisible stitch with matching yarn, Teal.  Bind off the brim edge stitches.  Gather the top of hat by pulling the yarn securely and tying a secure knot.  Hat is ready for a fun pompom.

Large adult.  In order to add more width to back of hat, we knit a matching piece that will be seamed into the side edges of the hat front.

Cast On 10 stitches in Rib stitch. (More if you want a larger than large hat)  Our 10 sts will add 4” to the size of the hat.  Work this small piece just as you did the hat front only no design is needed and no decreases are needed.  Do work the matching stripe on row 3 to match the front of hat.

Once complete and free of the loom, seam to the hat front using invisible stitch on both sides connecting the 2 pieces into one round hat.  If you use the invisible stitch for the seaming, the seams will not show.  Just be sure to match the Charcoal stripe exactly.  Now, gather each section with the anchor yarns at top of hat.  Tie the yarn securely.

Now you can bind off in one continuous yarn at brim.  Either size, you are ready for the pompom.  We have used both yarns for the pompom in the sample, but you can choose to make it all one color, if desired.  Wrap the yarns around a box or anything that will give you approximately 5” long strands.  Wrap 20-30 wraps; tie in center very securely.   Cut the loops and shake the pompom loose.  Use the yarn tie of the pompom to secure to top of hat.  To finish the hat, use the crochet hook to tuck in any yarn tails that remain from the seaming and knotting.  Shape the pompom as short or as shaggy as desired.  In our sample, we trimmed it up a bit, but left it fairly long.

For a complete look, make a matching Hashtag Scarf. Very cute!

 

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Oct 13, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – Mini Monsters!

Happy October!  In my little corner of the world, the air has grown chilly, darkness comes earlier, and there are Halloween decorations popping up everywhere.  I thought it would be fun to make a few little ‘spooks’ for this month’s Whimsical Loom Knit project.  I hope you have tons of fun with this pattern.  

Mini Monsters!

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 If you go out on Halloween night,

You’d better not go alone!

It’s creepy out there on Halloween night,

But spookier still at home!

For every little monster that ever was

Will prank and haunt you tonight, because

This is the night to knit up a scary delight!

 

 

Materials

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Approximately 15-20 yards of a basic worsted weight yarn.  Red Heart Super Saver was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing

Suggested Embellishments: 

Eyes:  Tiny buttons (6mm), google eyes, fabric paint, yarn, thread, etc.

Mouth:  Yarn, thread, fabric paint, etc.

Hair:  Yarn, felt, etc.

Finished Size:  Approximately 5” in height

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Adding a Gathering Thread:  Cut a 12” length of yarn and thread it on to the yarn needle.  Push the yarn needle up under the stitch on peg 1.  Pull the length of yarn out through the stitch, stopping when an inch or two remains at the bottom of the stitch. Move to the next peg and pull the yarn needle up under the stitch.  Pull the length of yarn until all of the slack is gone between the two pegs.  Continue working in this manner until the gathering line has been pulled up under the last stitch in the round. Remove the yarn needle.  Leave the gathering line in place.  It will be used later to shape the monster’s neck.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

3 Stitch I-Cord:  Using the double E-wrap cast-on method, cast on 3 stitches.  *Working yarn will be at peg 3.  Take the working yarn behind peg 2 and peg 1.  Bring the working yarn around the front of peg 1 and lay it across pegs 1, 2, and 3.  Knit peg 2, then peg 1, then peg 3.  Repeat from * as directed in pattern, or until I-cord reaches the desired length.  Gently pull on the cord every few inches to help set the stitches.

Bind the I-cord off by moving the stitch on the second peg over to the first peg, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stich over the top stitch.  Move the stitch from peg 3 over to peg 1, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stitch over the top stitch. With the working yarn, wrap peg 1 and knit it.  Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 4”.  Draw the working yarn out through the last stitch remaining on peg 1, and gently pull on the yarn tail to secure the bind off.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Instructions

Head and Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 18 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the head.  Using the drawstring cast-on method, cast on 18 stitches.  Work 10 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Add a gathering thread.  (See special techniques)

If desired, switch to a new color for the body.   Work 15 more rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method, but do not gather yet.  Set aside.

 Limbs (Make 4, or more):

Using the same color that the body was worked in, cast on 3 pegs.  Work a 3 stitch I-cord for 6 rows.  Switch to chosen head color, if desired.  Work 3 stitch I-cord for 4 more rows.  Bind off and set aside.  Repeat this process for the remaining limbs.

Finishing:

Work with the head and body piece first.  Gather the top of the head closed by pulling on the yarn tail from the drawstring cast-on.  Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in.

Stuff the head section with fiberfill.  Gather the neck area by pulling on the yarn tails of the gathering thread.  Secure the neck shaping by tying a knot in the gathering thread.  Use the yarn needle to weave in the ends of the gathering thread.

Stuff the body section with fiberfill.  Gather the body closed by pulling on the yarn tail from the gathered bind off.  Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in.

Use the yarn needle to sew the limbs to the body.  Attach the arms near the neckline; attach the legs at the bottom of the body.  Weave in any remaining yarn tails.

Now for the best part – embellishing!  Give your monster(s) hair.  Or horns.  Eye(s).  Mouth.  Fangs.  Scars.  Whatever your imagination can scare up.  Only, maybe avoid giving them a laboratory brain marked A B Normal…

Tip:  Each monster is knit as directed in the pattern.  Different looks can be achieved by varying the colors and types of fibers used while knitting, as well as using a variety of embellishments.  Let your creativity run wild!

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Frankenstein is embellished with button eyes. Mouth and scar are embroidered on. Hair is added a strand at a time. It is tied into the top of the head, the plies are split, then the hair is mussed up a bit.

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Voodoo doll is embellished with one button eye and a button heart. Mouth and second ‘eye’ are embroidered on. He is also brushed with dark eye shadow to give him a dirty appearance.

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Monster is knit in a strand of basic worsted weight acrylic, along with a thin, fuzzy novelty fiber to give him a furry look. He is embellished with one googly eye, backed by a slightly larger felt circle.

            

4 Comments

  • I think these are the sweetest spooks ever! You’ve really come up with some darling gouls for us to loom knit, Jenny! Spooktacular job!!! :D

  • Love!!!

  • Thank you, Bethany and Dale!

  • give me an idea for a different helloween , they will be suprised !

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