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Oct 5, 2018

Zigtastic Pumpkins

Show your appreciation for autumn with these fun loom knit pumpkins!  Simple 2 stitch cables create a fun zig zag pattern that give these pumpkins flair!  

Design by Renita Harvey

LOOM:  His & Her Sock Looms, 64 peg loom for large pumpkin, 56 peg loom for small pumpkin

YARN 65 yds total of medium/4 weight yarn.  Caron Simply Soft in colors Pumpkin and White (60 yds each) used in samples for the pumpkins and Chocolate (5 yds) for the stems.

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, cable needle, tapestry needle, stuffing

ABBREVIATIONS

K:  Knit (do not use e-wrap knit)

P:  Purl

LC:  Left cross cable

RC:  Right cross cable

MC:  Main color, orange or white

CC:  Contrast color, brown

Rep:  Repeat

SPECIAL STITCHES

LC:  Worked over 2 pegs.  Take working yarn behind peg 1 (skip the peg).  Knit peg 2 and place the stitch from peg 2 onto a cable needle and hold to the center of the loom.  Move the stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 leaving peg 1 empty.  Place the stitch from the cable needle on peg 1.  Knit peg 2.

RC:  Worked over 2 pegs.  Place the stitch from peg 1 onto the cable needle and hold to the center of the loom.  Bring the working yarn in front of the cable needle and knit peg 2.  Move the stitch from peg 2 to peg 1.  Place the stitch on the cable needle onto peg 2.  Knit peg 2.

PATTERN NOTES

Do not use the e-wrap knit stitch.  Use the true knit stitch or u-wrap knit as these stitches will make a tighter fabric more suitable for stuffing.

INSTRUCTIONS

Pumpkin 

Cast on all pegs with MC.  Prepare to work in the round.

R1-4:  *K2, P2, rep from * to end

R5:  *K1, LC, K4, P1, rep from * to end

R6:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R7:  *K2, LC, K3, P1, rep from * to end

R8:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R9:  *K3, LC, K2, P1, rep from * to end

R10:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R11:  *K4, LC, K1, P1, rep from * to end

R12:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R13:  *K4, RC, K1, P1, rep from * to end

R14:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R15:  *K3, RC, K2, P1, rep from * to end

R16:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R17:  *K2, RC, K3, P1, rep from * to end

R18:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

R19:  *K1, RC, K4, P1,  rep from * to end

R12:  *K7, P1, rep from * to end

Rep R5-20, 2 more times for both size pumpkins on either loom

For large pumpkins on the 64 peg loom, rep R6-12 once more.

Rep R1-4

Wrap working yarn around loom 2 times and cut.  Thread tail on tapestry needle.

Run working yarn through all purl stitches and remove the stitches from the pegs while skipping and leaving the knit stitches until all purl stitches are threaded and removed from the loom.

Wrap a second piece of yarn around the loom twice and cut.  Thread on a tapestry needle.

Run this piece of yarn through all the knit stitches and remove the stitches from the pegs until all stitches are removed from the loom.

Gather the purl stitches first.  Then gather the knit stitches.  Pull all 3 ends (1 from the purls and 2 from the knits) to the inside of the tube.  Secure with a square knot.

Stuff the pumpkin around 1 of the tail pieces leaving the other 2 in the middle.  Bring the tail piece up through the other end

Cut 2 more pieces of yarn the same as before.

Thread the first piece through the purls and the second piece through the knits on the cast on edge.   Gather in the same manner as the other end while adding more stuffing if needed.

Secure the ends.

Pull the tail from the opposite end and tie with one of the tails from the cast on end to create a squat appearance.

Stem

Cast on 6 stitches with CC.

Knit all until stem is 1.5″ to 3″  long.

Bind off.

Cut a long tail for sewing.

Let the stem curl onto itself and sew one end over the knots on the cast on end of the pumpkin.  Sew long stitches at the base to create the look of a real pumpkin stem.

2 Comments

  • What kind of cast on would you use for this project. It’s really cute. Thank you.

  • How do you get your stitches loose enough to Cable? After the first row of cables, my stitches are too tight to move. I don’t mean from this pattern. I was using a pattern from KB’s Zippy Loom Knit Cable book. But I thought you might be able to help me.

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May 5, 2018

Spa Scrubbies Set (double knit)

Just in time for Mother’s Day….Exfoliant Scrubbies.   Create a gift basket with scrubbies and creams, and other goodies for mom.  They are washable and dry quickly, but retain their scrubbing quality.

Easy and fast to make in your choice of colors.  Included: Rib knit head band, 3 scrubbies, scrubby sponge, and soap pocket scrubby. Add lotions, soap and a warm fragrant candle for relaxing atmosphere.

Loom:  ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom in double knit

Yarn:  Red Heart Scrubby Texture, 100% polyester or cotton,  4 skeins (one red, blue, bright blue, yellow), and one skein of Scrubby Smoothie of Ocean blue, 100% cotton

These 5 skeins will make 10-12 different scrubbies.

Stitches:  Stockinette, and Rib for the head band

Notions Needed:  Knit hook, Crochet hook, Sewing needle

Size:  Assorted

Gauge:  3 sts=1 inch

INSTRUCTIONS

Each scrubby is a different shape and size, but most instructions will work for them all.

Cast on in stockinette the amount of stitches for size desired. Always leave about 12” of yarn at beginning of cast on so you can finish the edge with it. This is done before the loop knot or first stitch.

When you want a thicker knit, you will do an extra row before hooking over. That way you will have 3 loops on each peg.

Work with this yarn slowly and carefully as one tends to grab onto the other.

The bind off will be different as a stretchy edge is not desired. Use anchor yarn for all scrubbys with smooth yarn, but they will all be removed so contrast color yarn is good.

3 loops for thick Stockinette

Regular stockinette or thick stockinette:  Working in stockinette with full circular is regular stockinette.  When you want a thicker material, just do an additional pass (circular) of all pegs to add a third loop on the pegs.  When hooking over, pick up both bottom 2 loops over each peg.

 

The bind off is worked so that the edge of the scrubby is not stretchy, but tight.  Move the loops from inner loom to outer loom.  Then work 2 loops together with sewing needle.  Be sure to pull the sewing  yarn under the needle to the right to create a loop.  When this is pulled snug, it will lock in the stitch and then it can be  removed from the loom.  Work the next stitch until the piece is off the loom.  Leave 12” of yarn at last row for sewing the edge.

 

 

Regular stockinette or thick stockinette:  Working in stockinette with full circular is regular stockinette.  When you want a thicker material, just do an additional pass (circular) of all pegs to add a third loop on the pegs.  When hooking over, pick up both bottom 2 loops over each peg.

 

Square Scrubbies

Red square– 7”- 8”

Cast on 24 stitches in Stockinette.  We worked a thicker knit at 2nd row and row 23 to give this larger square some extra ‘scrubby’ power.  Work approximately 24 rows before bind off.  Work more if a larger cloth is desired.

Bold Stripe square– bright blue, yellow, red, Ocean blue, 4 rows of each

Cast on 16 stitches in Stockinette in bright blue.  Work 4 rows in regular stockinette. Cut 3” yarn tail.  Tie on the yellow yarn and lay yarn tails between rows of pegs.

Work 4 rows in regular stockinette.  Cut 3” yarn tail.  Tie on the red yarn and work 4 rows.  Cut. Tie on the Ocean blue yarn and work 4 rows.  Cut leaving 10” for yarn tail.

Bind off by moving inner loops to outer loom and sew with yarn tail.

Blue Stripe with 3 yarns– Ocean Scrubby, Ocean Smooth, and Bright Blue

Cast on 12 stitches in Stockinette in Ocean Smooth.  Work 2 rows in regular Stockinette.

Tie on the bright blue yarn.  There is no need to cut any of the yarns, just pick up the one to use when you are ready for it.  Work two rows.

Work one row of Ocean Smooth.

Add the Ocean Scrubby and work two rows.

Now all 3 yarns are attached, so just use the one for the next row, and allow the others to lay out of knit.

Continue working 2 rows of bright blue, 2 rows of Ocean Smooth, 2 rows of Ocean Scrubby.

End with last 2 rows of Ocean Smooth.  Leave 10” of yarn for sewing the edge.
Finish both edges with yarn tails.

Round Scrubby or sponge– worked entirely with thick stockinette

4” square and drawn up, with pompom added for a handle.  The pompom is made from the scrubby textured and smooth yarn.

Cast on 14 stitches in regular stockinette.  (20 stitches for a larger round scrubby) Work 18 rows in thick stockinette.  Remember this means to weave down loom and return to cover all stitches with 2nd loop.  Then repeat so that all pegs have 3 loops.  Hook over by lifting bottom 2 loops over top of peg so all pegs, again, have one loop.  Repeat the double weave.  When the square is the correct size, cut yarn tail with about 20” so you can gather all 4 sides.  (Hint-for easier gathering, tie on the Ocean smooth yarn for the last row of regular stockinette).  This will give you the smooth yarn to do the gather around the square, but it will not show once the gather is complete).  Use the yarn tail with sewing needle to lift the loops off of loom, work around one side by picking up all the stitches, lift all the loops off anchor yarn, work around 2nd side to beginning.

You can gather all the edges together to create the round scrubby.  Once the stitches and edges are gathered, tie and knot the yarn.  Pull yarn tails into scrubby.

Make pompom by using both the bright blue yarn and the Ocean smooth together.  Tie the pompom tight and cut it to the size desired.  Our sample is about 1” in length.  Tie onto the top of the scrubby to create a handle for using.

Headband is worked using only the Scrubby Smoothie yarn and knit in rib stitch on the full 52 pegs in double knit on the Rotating Double Knit Loom.

Cast on all pegs in double knit in stockinette.

Work 14 rows in Rib stitch.

Do regular bind off with crochet hook.  Pick up one loop from inner loom and then one from outer loom.  Pull loop closest to hook thru the other.  Then pick up next loop on inner loom, pull one thru the other.  Continue by alternating the loops from inner loom to outer loom until you have just one loop on the hook, and pull yarn tail thru loop to knot.   Bind off at anchor yarn.  These edges will be stretchy.

Soap Pocket Scrubby

Cast On 16 stitches in regular stockinette with yellow Scrubby yarn. Leave 14” yarn tail for joining later.

Work one row with thick stockinette.

Work additional 5 rows in regular stockinette.

Tie in red scrubby yarn.  No need to cut the yellow.

Work 2 rows with red yarn in regular stockinette.

Work 12 rows with yellow yarn.

Work 2 rows in red yarn.

Work 8 rows in yellow yarn.

Work 2 rows in red yarn.  Cut and knot the red yarn and lay yarn tail into the knit.

Work 5 rows in yellow yarn in regular stockinette.

Work 1 row in thick stockinette

Work 1 row in regular stockinette.  Cut yarn leaving a 12” yarn tail for bind off.  Once you have completed the bind off of loom and anchor yarn, you are ready to sew the pocket together.

Fold the cast on edge up to the top red stripe, but below red stripe.  Sew the side seams of pocket with yellow yarn tail remaining.  If need to, add a new piece of sewing yarn.  Weave in any yarn tails.

Be creative with your gift as the scrubbies and the creams and candles make for a wonderful experience.  You can give a gift that expresses your creativity as well as some great products.  Your arrangement can be in a basket or ceramic container or whatever you choose.

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Mar 10, 2018

Luck of the Irish Shamrock

Design by Renita Harvey

The month of March makes everyone desire to be Irish.  St. Patrick’s Day always brings lots of green décor that includes shamrocks everywhere.

Shamrocks are simply 3 leaf clovers and should not to be confused with 4 leaf clovers.

This pattern uses increases, decreases, and short rows to shape each leaf.  While this pattern is worked on an extra fine gauge loom with DK weight yarn, Luck of the Irish Shamrocks may also be made larger by using any loom with the appropriate weight yarn for the gauge of the loom.

LOOM:  Sock Loom EFG

YARN:  18 yds of DK/3 weight 100% cotton yarn, Kid Cotton in Emerald used in sample

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, tapestry needle

GAUGE:  n/a

SIZE:  approx.. 4” wide x 5” tall

ABBREVIATIONS

 K – Knit

P – Purl

R – Row

K2tog – Knit 2 together

W&T – Wrap & turn – lift stitch off peg, wrap the working yarn around peg from back to front, and place loop back on the peg leaving 2 loops on the peg

M1 – Make 1 – increase by wrapping the peg with e-wrap

CO – Cast on

BO – Bind off

Rep – Repeat

St(s) – Stitch(es)

 PATTERN NOTES

When working the knit on the same peg after the M1, gently tug the stitch to tighten the e-wrap increase.

Each leaf is worked as one piece and seamed up the middle.  Then all 3 leaves and stem are sewn together.

 Thin floral wire may be inserted in the i-cord stem to hold the shape, if desired.

 INSTRUCTIONS

 Leaf – Make 3

CO 1 stitch by placing the slip stitch on the peg leaving a tail 6” long for assembly.

Increases

R1:  K1 – 1 st

R2:  P1, m1 – 2 sts

R3:  K2

R4:  P2, m1 – 3 sts

R5:  K3

R6:  P3, m1 – 4 sts

R7:  K4

R8:  P4, m1 – 5 sts

R9:  K5

R10:  P5, m1 – 6 sts

R11:  K6

R12:  P6

Short rows

Wedge 1

*R13:  K5, w&t

R14:  P5

R15:  K3, w&t

R16:  P3

R17:  K1, w&t

R18:  P1

R19:  K6

R20:  P6*

Wedge 2

R21 – 28:  Rep from * to * once

Wedge 3

R29:  K5, w&t

R30:  P5

R31:  K2tog, K1, w&t

R32:  P2

R33: K2tog, k3

R34:  P4, m1

Wedge 4

R35:  K4, w&t

R36:  P4, m1

R37:  K3, w&t

R38:  P3

R39:  K1, w&t

R40:  P1

R41:  K6

R42:  P6

Wedge 5

R43 – 50:  Rep from * to *

Wedge 6

R51 – 58:  Rep from * to *

Decreases

R59:  K2tog, k4 – 5 sts

R60:  P5

R61:  K2tog, k3 – 4 sts

R62:  P4

R63:  K2tog, k2 – 3 sts

R64:  P3

R65:  K2tog, k1 – 2 sts

R66:  P2

R67:  K2tog – 1 st

R68:  P1

BO leaving a 6” tail for seaming

Seam with mattress stitch using one of the tails.

Refer to picture at the end of the pattern for more details.

Stem

Work a 2 peg i-cord for a length of 3”.

BO leaving a tail 6” long for sewing.

Using a tapestry needle, thread CO tail though the middle of the i-cord.  Gently pull the tail to give the cord a gentle curve.  Secure yarn tail.

Assembly

 

 

Using the tails on the leaves, seam each leaf to the next starting at the bottom point.

 

 

 

 

 

Seam edges together 2” from the point.

 

 

 

 

 

Sew the end of the i-cord to the bottom middle where the points of the leaves meet.

 

 

Weave in ends.

 

 

 

How the leaf looks when first removed from loom.

 

 

 

 

 

How leaf looks after gently tugging to set the stitches.

 

 

 

 

How the leaf looks after seaming the middle closed with the mattress stitch.

 

 

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Nov 26, 2017

Holiday Tree Garland

Designed by Renita Harvey

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

LOOM:  Rotating’ Double Knit Loom

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

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, crochet hook, tapestry needle

GAUGE:  not important

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

ABBREVIATIONS

CO – Cast On

 BO – Bind Off

SW- Stockinette Weave

 Sts – Stitches

PATTERN NOTES

Use 1 strand of 4 worsted weight yarn.

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

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

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

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

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

Use ends to tie or otherwise secure garland.

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

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

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cord

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

 

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

This picture is from the front of the loom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Pegs cast on.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Pull the second loop through the first loop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat for each peg making a cord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the last stitch has been bound off,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

place back on the peg.

 

 

 

 

 

Tree 

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

 

 

 

Place slip knot on the first peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrap with the SW for 3 pegs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knit over the outside rail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continue following desired chart.

Increase as follows when indicated on charts.

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move it over to the next empty peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase the front peg in the same manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Move stitch over to empty peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then the front peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place the new stitch on the next empty peg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Leaving 5 stitches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work the cord for 13 more stitches.

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

Weave in ends.

 

Sample worked with trees in the following order:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

  • Dear Renita,

    I love it !

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

    greetings Mickey

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Feb 14, 2017

Lovely Bun Hat

In love with February and its promises of warm weather; the sun shines brighter, the afternoons get longer, and the specks of red surround us as a reminder of life!

LOOM: Hat loom, 42 pegs at large gauge.

YARN:  Approx 90 yards bulky merino blend yarn (85 yds MC, 5 yds CC). Cascade Yarns Pacific Bulky in Cream (MC) and Ruby (CC) were used in sample.

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook (to bind off).

GAUGE: 10.25 sts x 15 rows=4” in stockinette.

SIZE:  Fits youth, up to 19” head.

ABBREVIATIONS

K=Knit stitch (recommend the true knit stitch, not the ewrap).
P=Purl stitch
CO=Cast on
Approx=Approximately
BBO=Basic bind off method
MC=Main color (cream)
CC=Contrasting color (ruby)
Rnd(s)=Round(s)
St(s)=stitch(es)

INSTRUCTIONS

Assemble the knitting loom to 42, at large gauge.

With MC, CO 42 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-10: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd. (Approx 3”)
Rnd 11: k to end of rnd.
Rep Rnd 11: until item measures approx. 7” from CO edge.

Remove all stitches from the knitting loom to a piece of scrap yarn.

Using crochet hook, start bind off 2 sts at a time.

Video:

Using CC yarn and tapestry needle, use the duplicate stitch technique to place the heart motif on the hat.

Weave in all ends. Gently tug on the hat vertically to set the stitches. Block lightly.

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Dec 12, 2016

Miniature Christmas Sock

Whimsical Loom Knits – December 2016

Designed by Jenny Stark

We Need a Little Christmas by Johnny Mathis has been on my mind today.  I hope this little project will bring a little holiday happiness to you.  Knit a little Christmas spirit with this cheery little sock and place it in your tree.  Or, fill it with a little present and gift a little Christmas to someone dear to you.

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Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Small amounts of worsted weight yarn in holiday colors.  Sample includes Vanna’s Choice in Cranberry, White, and Olive.

Notions: knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle.

Gauge: Not critical for this project.

Finished Size: Approximately 2.5″ wide by 4.5″ long

 

Special Techniques:

Wrap & Turn (W&T):  Lift stitch(es) on peg.  Wrap working yarn around the peg.  Replace held stitch(es) on to peg above the wrap just created.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Basic Graft Cast Off:  See this tutorial.

Instructions

Using Cranberry, Cast on 24 pegs.

Cuff:

Rounds 1-6:  K2, P2 to end of round.

Leg:

Drop Cranberry to center of loom.  With White,  knit 4 rounds.

Drop White to center of loom.  With Olive, knit 6 rounds.

Drop Olive to center of loom.  Pick up Cranberry.  Knit 1 round.

Short row shaping:

Continue working with Cranberry.

Knit pegs 1-11.  W&T on 12.

Knit pegs 11-2.  W&T on 1.

Knit pegs 2-10.  W&T on 11.

Knit pegs 10-3.  W&T on 2.

Knit pegs 3-9.  W&T on 10.

Knit pegs 9-4.  W&T on 3.

Knit pegs 4-8.  W&T on 9.

Knit pegs 8-5.  W&T on 4.

Knit pegs 5-9.  W&T on 10.

Knit pegs 9-4.  W&T on 3.

Knit pegs 4-1o.  W&T on 11.

Knit pegs 10-3.  W&T on 2.

Knit pegs 3-11.  W&T on 12.

Knit pegs 11–2.  W&T on 1.

Knit pegs 2–24.

Foot:

Continuing with Cranberry, knit 4 more rounds.

Drop Cranberry to center of loom.  With White, knit 4 rounds.

Cut White, leaving a long enough tail for weaving in.  With Olive, knit 6 rounds.

Cut Olive, leaving a long enough tail for weaving in.

With Cranberry, knit 1 round.

Repeat short row shaping section.

Knit 1 more round with Cranberry.

Remove from the loom using the basic graft cast off.

eta – Weave in all ends.  Add an ornament hanger, if desired.

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Wishing you much joy and happiness this Holiday Season!

 

 

4 Comments

  • This is truly adorable, Jenny! 😀 Puts me in a very festive mood!

  • how do you unknit a row of stitches?

  • Thank you Bethany 🙂

  • Hi Maureen,

    I found a video tutorial that should be helpful to you. You can find it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng3_yW33m1c

    I hope that helps. Have a great weekend!

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Feb 8, 2016

Whimsical Loom Knits – Cotton Love

Design by Jenny Stark

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

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Knitting Loom: 32 peg loom

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

Notions: knitting tool, yarn needle, scissors.

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Size: Approximately 5.5” x 5.75”

Abbreviations:

DZ st – Duplicate Zigzag Stitch

l – left

r – right

 

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

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

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Knit the pegs that have two wraps on them.

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

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Knit the pegs that have two wraps on them.

 

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

 

Instructions

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

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

 

Cast On

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

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

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

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

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

Cast on is now complete.

Bottom of the Heart

Increase #1:

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

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

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

Increase #2:

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

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

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

Increase #3:

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

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

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

Increase #4:

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

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

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

Increase #5:

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

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

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

Increase #6:

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

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

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

Increase #7:

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

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

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

Increase #8:

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

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

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

Increase #9:

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

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

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

Increase #10:

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

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

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

Increase # 11:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Left Curve

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

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

Decrease #1:

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

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

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

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

Decrease #2:

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

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

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

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

Decrease #3:

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

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

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

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

Decrease #4:

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

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

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

Decrease #5:

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

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

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

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

Knit the stitch on peg 7 of the upper board.

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

Right Curve

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

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

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

Decrease #1:

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

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

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

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

Decrease #2:

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

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

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

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

Decrease #3:

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

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

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

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

Decrease #4:

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

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

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

Decrease #5:

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

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

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

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

Knit the stitch on peg 9 of the upper board.

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

Weave in all yarn ends.

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

Happy

Heart

Day!

 

2 Comments

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

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

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Dec 25, 2015

Loom Knitting Advent – Mister Quinzee

Loom Knitting Advent, day 25 brings you one last loom knitting surprise: Mister Quinzee, a fun little ‘snowman’ with a hollow core, perfect for storing a little bit of holly-jolly!

Designed by Jenny Stark

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Mister Quinzee

A quinzee is a simple shelter made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow.  It is simpler than an igloo, yet it is an effective way to stay warm if you are out in the winter elements for very long.  The instructions for this project won’t help you create a winter shelter, but they will help you create an adorable snowman with a hollow ‘shelter’ for your favorite goodies or trinkets.

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Knitting Loom: Hat Loom

Yarn: Hat: Red Heart Stellar in Celestial.

Head: Bernat Baby Blanket in White.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle with large eye, scissors, 4” x 4” round paper mache box with lid, LaMode button set #2010, glue gun and hot glue, pencil, blush (optional).

Size: Approximately 7″ tall (excluding pom-pom)

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Abbreviations:

K = knit stitch

P = purl stitch

Techniques

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

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

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

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

Pom-pom:  Lay the yarn across the palm of your hand.  Wrap the yarn around the hand about 20-25 times.  Slide the wraps off of the hand, keeping them pinched together at the center.  Take a separate length of yarn and tie it very tightly around the center of the pom-pom.  Knot it securely.  With scissors, cut the loops at each end of the pom-pom.  Be careful not to cut the center strand that holds the pom-pom together.  Fluff the pom-pom and trim any longer strands, if needed.  Use the yarn ends from the center tie to attach the pom-pom to the project.

Instructions

Loom Set up:

For this project, you will need

  • Two 25 peg rounded loom pieces
  • Two 3 peg connectors
  • 28 pegs

Combine the rounded loom pieces with the connectors to create an oval loom.  Place the pegs in the loom, skipping every other hole.  The loom is now set up to knit in large gauge, in the round.  It should look like this:

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This set up is used throughout the project.  You are now ready to begin knitting.

Hat:

With the Red Heart Stellar, cast on 28 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rounds 1-8:  K2, P2 to the end of the round.

Rounds 9-35:  K to the end of the round.

Remove the hat from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  If desired, create a pom-pom and attach it to the top of the hat.  Weave in all yarn ends.  Set hat aside for now.

Head:

With the Bernat Baby Blanket, cast on 28 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

 Rounds 1-20:  K to the end of the round.

Remove the head from the loom using the basic bind off method.  Weave in all yarn ends.  Set head aside for now.

Finishing:

Plug in the hot glue gun and let it warm up.  Pick up the round paper mache box.  With the lid on the box, use the pencil to trace a line around the perimeter of the container, just below the lip of the lid.

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Remove the lid from the box and set it aside for a moment.  Slip the knitted head piece onto the box, like a sleeve, lining the bind off edge up with the pencil line on the container.

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Using the hot glue gun, carefully glue the bind off edge of the knitted head sleeve to the paper mache box.

Next, wrap the cast on edge of the knitted head sleeve down around the bottom of the container, gluing it in place with the glue gun.

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Remove the button set from its packaging and glue the buttons to the front of the container.  (I started with the carrot/nose, then added the button eyes above it.)

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Add blush to Mister Quinzee’s face, if desired.

Fill the paper mache box up with some sort of wonderful, then place the lid back on the container.  Slip the knitted hat on over the lid and pull it down until it rests just above Mister Quinzee’s eyes.  So cute!

Wishing much warmth and happiness to each of you this Winter!

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  • I would like to give a a great big applaud to all the designers of this 25 day advent calendar patterns Fantastic job on all the selections used in this project.

  • What a cutie, Jenny!! That face is simply adorable!

  • I’m going through pattern withdrawal! I loved the advent patterns!!! Thank you for providing them!!!!!!!

  • I just wanted to say what a cute pattern and idea to make where you can place homemade cookies or fudge,candies to gift to friends they can eat th goodies then after finished they can use the knitted container for decoration to set out every Christmas and you could use the container and knitted holiday slevees and make like a pumpkin or Turkery , easter bunny, valetine , fourth of July or a birthday cake sleeves for all the different holidays just use our imaginations this would be a awesome gift to share with friends and family love the 25 days of Advent calendar knitted patterns Thank you to all of you came up with all these great knitted patterns .

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Dec 22, 2015

Elf House Slippers

 Elf Shoes

Loom Knitting Advent, day 22, brings you a whimsical pair of Elf slippers.

Designed by Isela Phelps

Day 22

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2 (36 pegs)

Yarn: Approx 150 yards of worsted weight wool.  Patons Classic Wool worsted in Bright Red and White was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, row counter (optional).

Size: Shown fits a size 5-9 US women.

Abbreviations

cc=contrasting color (White)

cont=continue

K=knit stitch

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

mc=main color (Red)

P=purl stitch

rem=remain

Rep=repeat

rnd(s)=round(s)

st(s)=stitch(es)

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

W&T=wrap and turn. The process of wrapping the peg and turning to work in the opposite direction on the loom. Lift the stitch/loop off the peg, wrap the peg so that the yarn goes around the peg and ends towards the front of the peg—if working in a clockwise direction around the loom, wrap the peg counterclockwise; if working in a clockwise direction around the loom, wrap the peg clockwise. See video demonstrating a W&T (Around 2:26)

YO=Yarn over. Created by ewraping the empty peg. Used to create the opening for lace items–it creates a small hole. Note: On the next row, untwist the ewrap and place this strand of yarn in front of the peg, then work the peg as instructed (either purl it or knit it).

Chart for the lace cuff
Rnd 1: k to end

Rnd 2: *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to endelf-house-slippers

INSTRUCTIONS

Using MC, cast on 36 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Set up rnd: p to the end of rnd.

Rnd 1: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 2: *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to end of rnd. (It is a 9 st pattern repeat).

Step 1: Remove loop from peg 4 and hold it, move loop from peg 3 to peg 4. Place loop that you are holding back on peg 4.

Step 2: Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3.

Step 3: Move loop from peg 1 to peg 2.

Peg 1 is empty

Step 4: Move loop from peg 6 to peg 5.

Step 5: Move loop from peg 7 to peg 6.

Step 6: Move loop from peg 8 to peg 7.

Peg 8 is empty.

Step 7: Ewrap peg 1, knit peg 2-7 (treating the pegs that have two loops as one loop), ewrap peg 8, knit peg 9.

On Rnd 1: undo the ewraps on pegs 1 and 8, placing this piece of yarn in front of the peg. Then proceed to knit the rnd.

Rep Rnd 1 and Rnd 2

Join CC and cont with CC

**Next rnd: k to the end of rnd.

Next rnd: p to the end of rnd.

Work Rnd 1 and Rnd 2: 2 times.**

Pick up MC and cont with MC

Rep from ** to **

Next 5 rnds: k to the end of rnd

Heel

Work a short row heel over the first 18 sts. (See video on how to work a short-row heel)

Instep and Sole

Cont working in the rnd as follows:

Next rnd: k to the end of rnd.

Rep last rnd until item measures 2 inches less than desired foot length. (Sample shown has 30 rnds).

Cut yarn leaving a 15 inch yarn tail***.

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Join yarn at peg 28. Peg 28 will become peg 1 from this point forward. The toe is shaped with both short rows and with decreases. Tip: Recommend to move the stitches first to create the decreases.

Next 2 rows: k to the end of row.

Next row: k1, k2tog, k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (34 sts rem).

Next row: k1, k2tog, k to the last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (32 sts rem).

Next row: k14, (k2tog)2x, k12, w&t.

Next row: k26, w&t.

Next row: k11, (k2tog)2x, k10, w&t.

Next row: k22, w&t.

Next row: k9, (k2tog)2x, k8, w&t.

Next row: k18, w&t.

Next row: k7, (k2tog)2x, k6, w&t.

Next row: k14, w&t.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps (24 sts rem)

Next row: k22, w&t.

Next row: k20, w&t.

Next row: k19, w&t.

Next row: k18, w&t.

Next row: k7, (k2tog)2x, k6, w&t.

Next row: k14, w&t.

Next row: k5, (k2tog)2x, k4, w&t.

Next row: k10, w&t.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps (20 sts rem)

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps.

Next row: k8, (k2tog)2x, k6, w&t.

Next row: k14, w&t.

Next row: k5, (k2tog)2x, k4, w&t.

Next row: k10, w&t.

Next row: k3, (k2tog)2x, k2, w&t.

Next row: k6, w&t.

Next row: k1, (k2tog)2x, w&t.

Next row: k2, w&t.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps.

Next row: k4, (k2tog)2x, k2, w&t.

Next row: k6, w&t.

Next row: k1, (k2tog)2x, w&t.

Next row: k2, w&t.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps.

Next row: k to the end, picking up all the wraps.

Next row: k2, (k2tog)2x, k2.

Next row: k1 (k2tog)2x, k1.

Next row: (k2tog)2x

Next row: k2tog

Bind off. Cut yarn leaving a 6-inch yarn tail. Weave this end in.

Using the yarn tail from the opening, mattress stitch seam the toe close.

Optional: Add a decorative bell to the tip of the Elf House Slipper.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 21, 2015

Angel Square (double knit)

Christmas Angel w/ Trumpet

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Loom Knitting Advent, day 21, brings you a lovely double knit square with an intarsia motif.

Designed by Pat Novak

Day 21

Loom:  All-n-One Loom set up for double knit with 1 cm spacing.

Yarn:  Paton’s Classic Wool, 100% wool, 120 yds per skein.  Hand wash and lay flat to dry.  Colors used are white (W) and Gold (G).  Background is Natural, or Blue in Lions Brand Alpine Wool in BayLeaf.  Both yarns are 100% wool #5 with great color assortments.  Dark Spruce green also works well.  This will be noted as (B) yarn in pattern for ‘background’.  One skein of (B) and 1/2 skein of (W), and small amount of (G).

Stitch:  Stockinette

Notions Needed:  Knit hook, crochet hook, scissors, large tapestry needle

Size:  10 X 10 inches blocked

Gauge:  4 sts and 5 rows=1 inch  Abbreviations:  R=right, L=left, yds=yards

You may want to add a piece of painters tape on the board near you and note the number of each peg.  This will really make it easier than counting pegs each row.  Also, the graph is explained in the following instructions working from left to right.  You may want to re-number your graph on paper,  so print it out before you begin.

Instructions

Cast On 30 stitches in Stockinette, (B) yarn.

Rows 1-3:  Work in stockinette stitch.

Row 4:  Tie on (W) yarn at peg #16.  Work pegs # 16-20 in stockinette.  Lay yarn down.  Go back to start of row and weave in stockinette on all pegs with (B), skipping the pegs with (W) yarn.  Hook over all.

Rows 5-24:  All these rows will be a combination of the (B) and the (W) yarn worked in stockinette.  Work the (W) first on designated pegs.  Then cover the rest of the pegs with the (B) yarn.  Hook over.

The pegs to be wrapped with (W), by row, are as follows.

Row 5:  Pegs 15-24

Row 6:  Pegs 14-23

Row 7:  Pegs 14-23

Row 8:  Pegs 13-22

Row 9:  Pegs 13-21

Row 10:  Pegs 13-21

Row 11:  Pegs 13-20

Row 12:  Pegs 13-19, and peg 22

Row 13:  Pegs 13-18, and pegs 22-23

Row 14:  Pegs 13-18, and pegs 21-23

Row 15:  Pegs 14-18, and pegs 21-24

Row 16:  Pegs 14-17, and pegs 21-24

Row 17:  Pegs 15-17, and pegs 22-25

Row 18:  Peg 11, and pegs 15-17, and pegs 22-25

Row 19:  Pegs 11-12, and pegs 15-16, and 22-25

Row 20:  Pegs 10-16, and pegs 22-25

Row 21:  Pegs 9-16, and pegs 19-25

Row 22:  Pegs 8-11, and pegs 13-16, and pegs 18-24

Row 23:  Pegs 8-10, and pegs 14-24

Row 24:  Pegs 8-10, and pegs 15-23

Row 25:  Tie on (G) yarn at peg #5 and wrap pegs 5 and 6, front to back.  Lay down yarn.

Wrap in stockinette with (W) yarn, peg 9, and 14-15, and pegs 18-23.  Complete row with (B) yarn.

Row 26:  Pegs 4-12 with (G) yarn, front to back.  Pick up (W) yarn and work in stockinette on pegs 13-15, and pegs 18-23.  Complete row with (B) yarn.

Row 27:  Pegs 5-6, and peg 28 with (G), peg 9, and pegs 13-16, and pegs 19-23 with (W) yarn.  Complete row with (B) yarn.

Row 28:  Pegs 28-29 with (G) yarn.  Pegs 12-16, and pegs 21-22 with (W) yarn.  Complete row with (B) yarn.

Row 29:  Peg 28 with (G) yarn.  Pegs 12-16 with (W) yarn.  Complete row with (B) yarn.

Row 30:  Pegs 12-16 with (W) yarweaveangeln.

Row 31:  Pegs 13-15 with (W) yarn.

Row 32-40:  These rows will be (B) yarn except for a series of (G) stars.  Each star consists of 4 stitches each, one stitch, and 3 stitches in next row, and then last stitch in next row.  See graph.  You can add as many of these stars in (G) yarn as desired.  The Christmas Angel will love lots of bright stars.

 

Bind off after row 40 is complete with the 2-loop method.  Finish the anchor yarn edge the same and remove the anchor yarn.

Lightly mist and block the square.  It can be added to your other squares or used alone.

 

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Dec 18, 2015

Celebration Afghan

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Loom Knitting Advent, Day 18, brings you a lovely double knit afghan. Enhance your home during the holidays with this classic wool throw destined to become a family heirloom.

Designed by Jacquelyn Darragh

Day 18

Loom: 38” Knitting Board set for double knit with .5” spacer setting.

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky, 100% Superwash Wool.  137 yards per skein.  Hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry.

Colors: Hollyberry (R) 9 skeins, White (W), 2 skeins.

Stitches: Stockinette and Rib

Notions: Knit hook, crochet hook, large darning needle.

Size: 37 x 47 inches

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

Abbreviations:  (R)= Hollyberry Red yarn.  (W)= White yarn.  

Back to back weave: single pass of the loom.  Basic wrap around back peg of stitch and then carry the yarn straight down to lower peg of same stitch.  This can be done for just a single stitch or several.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 111 stitches with (R) in stockinette stitch.  Lay contrasting anchor yarn.

Row 1: Work row in (R) in stockinette.

Rows 2 – 7:  Work in (R) in rib stitch.

Note: Rows 8 – 138 are all in stockinette stitch unless noted for basic weave.

Row 8:  Work row in (R) in stockinette.

Row 9:  Tie on (W) yarn and work in stockinette on stitches 3-109.  Wrap the rest of the pegs in (R) yarn basic weave, and hook over.

Row 10:  Work row in (R) yarn.  Carry (W) yarn through.

Row 11: Work (W) on rows 2 – 110.  Wrap basic weave on pin 1 and then loosely to 111 with (R) yarn.

Row 12: Work (W) yarn on pins 2, 6, 8,10, 14, 16, 18, 22, 24,26, 30, 32, 34, 38, 40 42, 46, 48, 50, 54, 56, 58, 62, 64, 66, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80 82, 86, 88, 90, 94, 96, 102, 104, 106, and 110.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn, basic.

Row 13:  Wrap (W) yarn on pins 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 38, 39, 41,42, 44, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 70, 71, 73, 74, 76, 78, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 87, 89, 90, 92, 94, 95, 97, 98, 100, 102, 103, 105, 106, 108, 110.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn, basic.

Row 14: Repeat Row 12.

Row 15: Repeat Row 11.

Row 16: Work one row in (R) yarn.

Row 17:  Wrap even-numbered pins from 2 – 110 in (W) yarn.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 18:  Wrap odd-numbered pins in (W) yarn from 3 to 109.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 19: Wrap (W) yarn on pins 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 104.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.  Cut and knot (W) yarn.

Rows 20 – 26: Work in (R) yarn.

Row 27: Tie on (W) yarn and wrap 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96, 100, 104.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 28: Work row in (R) yarn.

Row 29: Wrap (W) yarn on pins 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90, 94, 98, 102 and 106. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 30: Work row in (R) yarn.

Row 31: Repeat Row 27.  Cut and knot (W) yarn.

Rows 32 – 38: Work in (R) yarn.

Row 39:  Wrap (W) on pins 8, 14, 20, 26, 32, 38, 44, 50, 56, 62, 68, 74, 80, 86, 92, 98 and 106. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 40: Wrap (W) on pins 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, 25, 27, 31, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45, 49, 51, 55, 57, 61, 63, 67, 69 73, 75, 79, 81, 85, 87, 91, 93, 97, 99, 103, and 105.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 41:  Wrap (W) on pins 6, 10, 12, 16, 18, 22, 24, 28, 30, 34, 36, 40, 42, 46, 48, 52, 54, 58, 60, 64, 66, 70, 72, 76, 78, 82, 84, 88, 90, 94, 96, 100, 102, and 106. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 42:  Wrap (W) on pins 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53, 56, 59, 62, 65, 68, 71, 74, 77, 80, 83, 86, 89, 92, 95, 98, 101, 104, and 107.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 43: Repeat Row 41

Row 44: Repeat Row 40

Row 45: Repeat Row 39.  Cut and tie off (W) Yarn.

Rows 46-52:  Work in (R) yarn.

Rows 53 – 57:  Repeat rows 27 – 31.

Rows 58 – 68:  Work in (R) yarn.

Row 69:  Wrap (W) on pins 53, 55, 57, and 59.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 70:  Wrap (W) on pins 51, 54, 56, and 58.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 71:  Wrap (W) on pins 49, 51, 52, 55, 57, 60, 61 and 63.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 72: Wrap (W) on pins 48, 51, 52, 53, 56, 59, 60, 61 and 64.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 73: Wrap (W) on pins 47, 49, 51–54, 58-61, 63, and 65. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 74: Wrap (W) on pins 46, 48, 51- 55, 57-61, 64, and 66. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 75: Wrap (W) on pins 45, 47, 49, 52- 55, 57, 58-60, 63, 65, and 67. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 76: Wrap (W) on pins 53-55 and 57-59. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 77: Wrap (W) on pins 44-48, 51, 54, 55, 57, 58, 61, and 64 – 68.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 78: Wrap (W) on pins 45-49, 52, 55, 57, 60, and 63 – 67.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 79: Wrap (W) on pins 21,23, 25, 27, 43, 46-50, 53, 59, 62-66, 69, 85, 87, 89 and 91. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 80: Wrap (W) on pins 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 44, 47-51, 54, 56, 58, 61-65, 68, 83, 86, 88, 90 and 93. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 81: Wrap (W) on pins 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 28, 29, 31, 43, 45, 48-52, 55, 57, 60-64, 67, 69, 81, 83, 84, 87, 89, 92, 93, and 95. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 82: Wrap (W) on pins 16, 19-21, 24, 27-29, 32, 44, 46, 54, 56, 58, 66, 68, 80, 83-85, 88, 91-93, and 96.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 83: Wrap (W) on pins 15, 17, 19-22, 26-29, 31, 33, 43, 45, 48-52, 55, 57, 60-64, 67, 69, 79, 81, 83-86, 90-93, 95, and 97.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 84: Wrap (W) on pins 14, 16, 19-23, 25-29, 32, 34, 44, 47-51, 54, 56, 58, 61-65, 68, 78, 80, 83-87, 89-93, 96 and 98.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 85: Wrap (W) on pins 13,15, 17, 20-23, 25-28, 31, 33, 35, 43, 46-50, 55, 59, 62-66, 69, 77, 79, 81, 84-87, 89-92, 95, 97, and 99.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 86:  Wrap (W) on pins 21-23, 25-27, 45-49, 52, 55, 57, 60, 63-67, 85-87, and 89-91. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 87: Wrap (W) on pins 12-16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 32-36, 44-48, 51, 54, 55, 57, 58, 61, 64-68, 76-80, 83, 86, 87, 89, 90, 93, and 96-100.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 88: Wrap (W) on pins 13-17, 20, 23, 25, 28, 31-35, 53-55, 57-59, 77-81, 84, 87, 89, 92, 95-99. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 89: Wrap (W) on pins 11, 14-18, 21, 27, 30-34, 37, 45, 47, 49, 52-55, 57-60, 63, 65, 67, 75, 78-82, 85, 91, 94-98, and 101. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 90: Wrap (W) on pins 12, 15-19, 22, 24, 26, 29-33, 36, 46, 48, 51-55, 57-61, 64, 66, 76, 79-83, 86, 88, 90, 93-97, and 100.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 91: Wrap (W) on pins 11, 13, 16-20, 23, 25, 28-32, 35, 37, 47, 49, 51-54, 58-61, 63, 65, 75, 77, 80-84, 87, 89, 92-96, 99, and 101. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 92: Wrap (W) on pins 12, 14, 22, 24, 26, 34, 36, 48, 51-53, 56, 59-61, 64, 76, 78, 86, 88, 90 98, and 100.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 93: Wrap (W) on pins 11, 13, 16-20, 23, 25, 28-32, 49, 51, 52, 55, 57, 60, 61, 63, 75, 77, 80-84, 87, 89, 92-96, 99, and 101.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 94: Wrap (W) on pins 12, 15-19, 22, 24, 26, 29-33, 36, 51, 54, 56, 68, 61, 76, 79-83, 86, 88, 90, 93-97, and 100. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 95: Wrap (W) on pins 11, 14-18, 21, 27, 30-34, 37, 53, 55, 57, 59, 75, 78-82, 85, 91, 94-98, and 101. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 96: Wrap (W) on pins 13-17, 20, 23, 25, 28, 31-35, 56, 77-81, 84, 87, 89, 92, and 95-99. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 97: Wrap (W) on pins 12-16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29, 32-36, 48, 56, 64, 76-80, 83, 86, 87, 89, 90, 93, 96-100. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 98: Wrap (W) on pins 21-23, 25-27, 49, 56, 63, 85-87, and 89-91. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 99: Wrap (W) on pins 13,15, 17, 20-23, 25-28, 31, 33, 35, 50, 55, 57, 62, 77, 79, 81, 84-87, 89-92, 95, 97, and 99. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 100: Wrap (W) on pins 14, 16, 19-23, 25-29, 32, 34, 51-54, 56, 58-61, 78, 80, 83-87, 89-93, 96 and 98.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 101: Wrap (W) on pins 15, 17, 19-22, 26-29, 31, 33, 50, 55, 57, 62, 79, 81, 83-86, 90-93, 95, and 97.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 102:  Wrap (W) on pins 16, 19-21, 24, 27-29, 32, 49, 54, 56, 58, 63, 80, 83-85, 88, 91-93, and 96.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 103: Wrap (W) on pins 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 28, 29, 31, 49, 53, 56, 59, 63, 81, 83, 84, 87, 89, 92, 93, and 95. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 104: Wrap (W) on pins 9, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 39, 41, 50-52, 56, 60-62, 71, 73, 83, 86, 88, 90 93, and 103.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 105: Wrap (W) on pins 21,23, 25, 27, 56, 85, 87, 89 and 91. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 106:  Wrap (W) on pins 9, 24, 39, 41, 56, 71, 73, 88, and 103.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 107: Wrap (W) on pins 16, 24, 32, 56, 80, 88, and 96.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 108: Wrap (W) on pins 9, 17, 24, 31, 39, 41, 56, 71, 73, 81, 88, 95, and 103.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 109:  Wrap (W) on pins 18, 23, 25, 30, 56, 82, 87, 89 and 94.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 110:  Wrap (W) on pins 9, 19-22, 24, 26-29, 39, 41, 56, 71, 73, 83-86, 88, 90-93, and 103.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 111:  Wrap (W) on pins 12, 18, 23, 25, 30, 36, 44, 56, 68, 76, 82, 87, 89, 94, and 100.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 112:  Wrap (W) on pins 9, 12, 17, 22, 24, 26, 31, 36, 39, 41, 44, 56, 68, 71, 73, 76, 81, 86, 88, 90, 95 100, and 103.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 113:  Wrap (W) on pins 12, 17, 21, 24, 27, 31, 36, 44, 56, 68, 76, 81, 85, 88, 91, 95, 100.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 114:  Wrap (W) on pins 5, 9, 15, 18-20, 24, 28-30, 33, 39, 41, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 71, 73, 79, 82-84, 88, 92-94, 97, 103, and 107.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 115:  Wrap (W) on pins 12, 24, 36, 44, 56, 68, 76, 88, and 100.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 116:  Wrap (W) on pins 5, 9, 15, 24, 33, 39, 41, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 71, 73, 79, 88, 97, 103, and 107.  Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 117: Wrap (W) on rows 3 to 109.  Wrap basic weave on pegs 1 and 2, and then loosely to 110 and 111 with (R) yarn.

Row 118: Wrap (W) on pin 3, then even-numbered pins from 4-108, and 109. Wrap remaining pins in (R) yarn.

Row 119: Repeat row 117.  Tie off and cut (W) yarn.

Rows 120 – 126:  Work in (R) yarn.

Row 127:  Repeat row 19.

Row 128:  Repeat row 18.

Row 129:  Repeat row 17.

Row 130: Work row in (R) yarn.

Rows 131-135:  Repeat Row 15, 14, 13, 12,11.

Row 136: Work row in (R) yarn.

Row 137:  Repeat Row 9.  Tie off and cut (W) yarn.

Row 138:  Work row in (R) yarn.

Rows 139 – 144:  Work in Rib stitch.

Row 145: Work in (R) yarn in stockinette.

Bind off 2 over 2 with crochet hook.  Bind off at anchor yarn in 2 over 2 and remove anchor yarn.  Weave in yarn tails.

Chart

 

4 Comments

  • Just beautiful!

  • Could you please make this downloadable. i ordered the 38″ board to do the afghan, looking forward to making it thanks

  • Jean, you can copy it to your desktop and save it to your computer.

  • i am working on this afghan and just not sure how to do the weave, i am on row 12 and did it according to the directions, i get to the end of the row and hook it over then i do the red on the others i end up with both yarns at the end of the row. Is this correct? and if it is do i then take my yarns to peg 1 to start the next row or do i start my next row by turning my board and starting on peg 111 as peg number 1. on my other rows there wasn’t alot of changing colors so i just wraped as i went and didn’t have any issues til now. Normally i never turn my board because i can do it without turning it, to me it is a pain and cumbursome to keep turning it. I would like to see a video of how to do rows 12 and 13 so i can see how you are suspose to do them. it doesn’t have to be a professional video, just take out your cell phone and video tape you doing it. thanks so much i really want this to look as good as the designer’s . This is the nicest afghan that has been posted in a long time and was very expensive since i had to buy the knitting board and the yarn that was a fortune and really don’t want to give up on doing it. thanks again

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Dec 14, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – Peppermint Pinwheel

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Loom Knitting Advent – Day 14 brings you a sweet little pinwheel design worked in red and white to resemble a peppermint candy.

Designed by Jenny Stark

Day 14

 

Bring a little zing to your holidays with these pretty little peppermint pinwheels.  These delightful little pinwheels look intricate, but they are simple to make and so much fun!

 

Knitting loom: KB Sock Loom EFG

Yarn: Red Heart Classic Crochet Thread in White, and in Victory Red

Notions: knitting tool, yarn needle, scissors

Gauge: Not essential for this project.

Size: Approximately 1.75″ in diameter

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

Sl=slip

Techniques

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

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

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

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

 INSTRUCTIONS

Begin with the white yarn.  Cast on 6 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Wedge Pattern

Row 1:  Sl 1, K5

Row 2:  P5, K1

Row 3:  Sl 1, K4

Row 4:  P4, K1

Row 5:  Sl 1, K3

Row 6:  P3, K1

Row 7:  Sl 1, K2

Row 8:  P2, K1

Row 9:  Sl 1, K1

Row 10:  P1, K1

Row 11:  Sl 1, K5

The first wedge is now complete.  Drop the white yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Switch to the red yarn.  Beginning on the left side of the knitted work, repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The second wedge is now complete.  Drop the red yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the white yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The third wedge is now complete.  Drop the white yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the red yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The fourth wedge is now complete.  Drop the red yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the white yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The fifth wedge is now complete.  Drop the white yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the red yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The sixth wedge is now complete.  Drop the red yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the white yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The seventh wedge is now complete.  Drop the white yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the red yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The eighth wedge is now complete.  Drop the red yarn to the center of the loom, but do not cut it.

Pick up the white yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The ninth wedge is now complete.  Cut the white yarn, leaving a 4” yarn tail.  Drop the yarn tail to the center of the loom.

Pick up the red yarn.  Repeat rows 2 through 11 of the wedge pattern.  The final wedge is now complete.

Remove the pinwheel from the loom using the basic bind off method.  Cut the red yarn, leaving a 12” yarn tail.  Fasten off.  Using the 12” yarn tail, seam the first wedge and the tenth wedge together.

Weave in all yarn ends.

 

A few ideas for your pretty pinwheels:

  • Add an ornament hanger and put a pinwheel in your Christmas tree.
  • Add a magnet to the back of a pinwheel and stick it on your refrigerator.
  • Add a hair clip to the back of a pinwheel and wear it in your hair.
  • Add a pin finding to the back of a pinwheel and wear it on your clothing.
  • Decorate the top of a Christmas present with a peppermint pinwheel.
  • Decorate the front of a Christmas card with a peppermint pinwheel.
  • Use a pinwheel as an applique in your next knitting project.

 

Want a bigger peppermint pinwheel?  Follow this same pattern using worsted weight yarn on the KB Sock Loom 2:

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(Larger peppermint pinwheel measures approximately 2.75″ in diameter)

Merry Christmas!

 

4 Comments

  • How cute for my Christmas tree and I am going to make a few for next year to use in place of bows on some special packages. I love, love, luv the idea of the Advent calendar and thank you to all you busy and creative designers (elves) for filling each day with new presents. Have a awesome Holiday and a healthy, happy and safe New Year.

  • I’m so glad you like the peppermints, Cindy 🙂 Wishing you a happy holiday too!

  • This is so adorable! I will be definitely making for next year, not sure if I can fit them in for this year or not.

  • I’m glad you like the little peppermint, Justine. I hope you have fun making them (when you get a chance to try them out). Merry Christmas!

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Dec 10, 2015

Holiday Snowman Square (double knit)

Loom Knitting Advent, Day 10, brings you another lovely double knit square! Frosty the snowman! Add this beautiful intarsia design to any of your double knits!

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Day 9

Designed by Pat Novak

Loom: All-n-One Loom set up for double knit with 1cm spacing

Yarn: Paton’s Classic Wool Roving, 100% wool #5, 120 yds per skein. Hand wash and dry flat. Colors Grey/blue (G), White (W), Cranberry (C), Black (B), Cherry Red (R), Orange (O). 1 skein of G and W yarn and 1 skein B, and ½ skein of C, R, and small amount of O yarn for nose.

Black yarn will need to be of another yarn company. Any wool or blend #5 yarn can be used.

Stitches: Stockinette and back- to- back weave

Notions Needed: Knit hook, crochet hook, large tapestry needle

Size: 10 X 10 inches

Abbreviations: R=right, L=left, Back to back weave=b/b, This is a single pass to cover both pegs of one stitch by wrapping top peg, straight down to bottom peg. See photo at end of instructions.

Pattern Notes:

1-Always start the square at the bottom of the graph, working from L to R. Focus only on that row, until completed.

2-Be sure to start each row with the loom facing you. The cast on yarn tail will be on the left side. Check this before starting a new row, so the design will be correctly applied.

3-If you have a stitch that you want to stand out, such as a snowflake, or the snowman’s eye, you can wrap the pegs with a double wrap.

4-When following the graph on paper, be sure to line-out each row once it is complete. You may also want to fold the printed graph over after each row, so that you are always looking at the current row.  Also, best to number the stitches 1-30 across the bottom.

5-Try to use one continuous stockinette stitch on any color that has several rows, or more than just a few stitches. Then use the b/b wrap on pegs of just a single, or a few stitches.

6-If you carry the main background color throughout the square, it will connect the colors next to it. If you choose to cut separate yarns for each color used, you will need to twist the 2 yarns together at each joint, or cut and tie the colors together.

7-If you have just a few stitches of a color, it is best to cut a piece of the yarn, tie it into the row when needed. Leave it attached until all the stitches are complete for that color, even when it consists of several rows, then you can tie it to adjoining yarn and knot. Example of this would be orange nose of snowman.

8-You can add some accents to the square after it’s complete with some extra stitches, using yarn and tapestry needle, if desired. Example of this would be some falling snow around the snowman.

The (W), and (G), and (C) yarns will be done in stockinette weave, unless otherwise noted. Follow instructions for accent colors of (B), (O), and (R).

Instructions

Cast On 30 stitches in (G) yarn in stockinette. (This row not shown in graph)

Row 1: Cut 2 pieces of (B) yarn, 4’ long, and 2’ long. Tie on the skein at stitch #5, and 4’ one at stitch #27. Set aside the 2′ piece until next row.  Weave each of these stitches with (B) in b/b weave. Tie on (W) yarn at stitch #6. Work stitches 6-26 in stockinette. Complete row in stockinette with (G) yarn on all pegs not covered with accenting yarns by dragging from L side across to peg #28-30. Hook over all.

Row 2: Tie on the 2’ piece of (B) yarn to peg #16 and wrap in b/b. Wrap peg #5 and #27 with (B) yarns attached. Work pegs #6-26 in (W) and complete with (G) on all other pegs in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 3: Tie on (C) yarn at peg #23 and work pegs 23 and 24 in stockinette. Work pegs 5 and 27 with respective black yarns in b/b. Complete row with (W) and (G) yarns, in stockinette, and hook over all.

Row 4: Work pegs 22 and 23 in (C) yarn in stockinette. Work (B) yarns on peg 6, and 26, b/b. Work the center pegs with (W) yarn on pegs 7-25 skipping the pegs wrapped with (C) yarn. Complete row with (G) yarn skipping all pegs already wrapped and hook over all.

Row 5: Work pegs 6, 16, and 26 in respective (B) yarns in b/b each. Work pegs 21-24 in (C) yarn in stockinette. Work (W) pegs in center skipping pegs wrapped in other yarns. Complete with the (G) stitches on pegs 1-5, dragging over to wrap pegs 27-30 in stockinette. Hook over all. Cut and weave in the (B) yarn, center,  at buttons.

Row 6: Work pegs 6 and 26 with respective (B) yarn. Wrap pegs 19-24 with (C) yarn. Complete row, working yarns (W) and (G) in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 7: Work pegs 7 and 25 in (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 16-23 in (C) yarn, stockinette. Work (W) yarn on center stitches 8-24 skipping the (C) stitches. Complete row in stockinette with (G) yarn. Hook over.

Row 8: Work pegs 8 and 24 in (B) yarn, b/b weave. Work pegs 15-20 with (C) yarn. Work pegs 9-23 in stockinette with (W) yarn skipping the pegs with (C) yarn. Work pegs remaining in stockinette with(G) yarn to complete row. Tie and knot (W) yarn. The white snow flakes can be added with (W) yarn when the knitting is complete. Hook over all.

Row 9: Work pegs 9 and 23 with (B) in b/b weave. Work pegs 10-22 in (C) yarn in stockinette. Work pegs remaining with (G) yarn in stockinette. Tie and knot both (B) pieces of yarn and trim tails. Hook over.

Row 10: Work the (C) stitches on pegs 8-24 in stockinette. Work pegs 1-6 and drag to work pegs 25-30 with (G) yarn. Hook over.

Row 11: Work pegs 9-23 in (C) yarn in stockinette. Cut and tie off.  Complete row with (G) yarn and hook over.

Row 12: Tie on (B) (partial skein) yarn at peg #12. Work pegs 13-19 with (B) yarn, b/b weave leaving the yarn at peg 19 to work all R side stitches. Work pegs 1-12 with (G) and drag to pegs 20-30 in stockinette. Hook over all.

Row 13: Tie on remaining skein of (B) yarn to peg #12.  This will be used for all L side stitches.  Tie on (W) yarn at peg 13 to start the snowman’s face. Work pegs 12 and 20 with the (B) yarns in b/b. Work pegs 13-19 with (W) in stockinette. Work pegs 1-11 and drag to pegs 21-30 with (G) yarn in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 14: Work pegs 11 and 21 with (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 12-20 with (W) yarn in stockinette. Complete row, with (G) yarn in stockinette on all remaining pegs. Hook over.

Row 15: Work pegs 10 and 22 in (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 11-21 in (W) in stockinette. Complete row with (G) yarn in stockinette on all remaining pegs. Hook over.

Row 16: Tie on bright red (R) yarn at peg #16 and weave stitch , b/b. Work pegs 9 and 23 with (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 10-22 in (W) skipping the (R) stitch. Complete row with (G) yarn on pegs 1-8 and drag to pegs 24-30. Hook over.

Row 17: Work (R) on pegs 15-17 in b/b weave. Work pegs 9 and 23 in (B) yarns. Work pegs 10-23 with (W) skipping the (R) pegs. Complete row with (G) yarn on all remaining pegs and hook over.

Row 18: Work pegs 14-15 and skip over to pegs 17-18 in (R) yarn in b/b. Work pegs 8 and 24 in (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 9-23 with (W) skipping the pegs with (R). Complete row with (G) yarn skipping all the pegs with other colors. Hook over all.

Row 19: Work pegs 12-13 and 19-20 with (R) yarn, b/b. Work pegs 8 and 24 with (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 9-11 and 14-18, and 21-23 with (W) yarn in stockinette. Complete row on remaining pegs with (G) yarn in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 20: Work pegs 13 and 19 in (R) yarn, b/b. Work pegs 8 and 24 in (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 9-23 with (W) yarn skipping the (R) pegs. Cut and knot (R) yarn. Compete the row with (G) yarn in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 21: Work pegs 8 and 24 with (B) yarns, b/b. Work pegs 9-23 with (W) yarn in stockinette. Complete row with (G) yarn in stockinette.

Row 22: With a piece of (O) Orange yarn aprox 2’ long, tie on at peg #16. Weave stitch with b/b weave. This is the start of Frosty’s nose. Work pegs 7-8 and 24-25 with (B) yarn, b/b. In stockinette work pegs 9-23 with (W) yarn skipping the (O) stitch. Complete the row with (G) yarn in stockinette and hook over.

Row 23: Work pegs 15-17 with (O) yarn, b/b. Work pegs 8 and 24 in respective (B) yarns, b/b. Work in stockinette on pegs 9-23 with (W) yarn skipping the pegs of the nose. Complete the row with (G) yarn in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 24: Work peg #16 with (O) yarn, b/b. Work stitches with (B) yarn on pegs 8 and 24. Complete the row working the (W) and (G) yarns. Hook over.

Row 25: Work peg #16 with (O) yarn, b/b. Work pegs 8 and 24 with (B) yarns, b/b. Work center of Frosty with (W) yarn on pegs 9-23 skipping the orange stitch. Cut and knot the (O) yarn. Complete row with (G) yarn in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 26: Work pegs 9-10, and 13-14 in 1st (B) yarn on L side. Work pegs 18-19 and 22-23 in (B) yarn from R side, all in b/b weave. Work pegs 11-12, and 15-17, and 20-21 with (W) yarn In stockinette. Complete row with (G) yarn in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 27: Repeat row 26.

Row 28: Work pegs 10 and 14 with (B) yarn from L side. Work pegs 18 and 22 with (B) yarn from R side, b/b. Work (W) yarn on pegs 11-13 and 15-17, and 19-21 in stockinette. Complete row with (G) yarn. Hook over.

Row 29: Work pegs 10-11 with (B) yarn from L side. Work pegs 21-22 with (B) yarn from R side, b/b. Work pegs 12-20 with (W) yarn in stockinette. Complete row with (G) yarn, in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 30: Repeat row 29. Tie off R side (B) yarn. Cut with 2” tail.

Row 31: Drag (B) yarn to peg 7, and work in stockinette from peg 7-25.   Complete row with (G) yarn, in stockinette. Hook over.

Row 32: Repeat row 31.

Row 33: Tie on (R) yarn at peg 13. Weave in stockinette on pegs 13-19. Tie, and knot. Work all other pegs with (G) yarn in stockinette skipping the (R) pegs of the hat. Hook over.

Rows 34-39: Work on pegs 13-19 with (B) yarn in stockinette. Complete each row with (G) yarn in stockinette skipping the (B) yarn.

After completing row 39, tie and knot the (B) yarn.

Row 40: Work in stockinette with (G) yarn. Cut yarn with 3” yarn tail.

Bind off with crochet hook, starting at end opposite the yarn tail, and work with 2-loop method.

Bind off at anchor yarn, starting at end opposite the yarn tail. Remove the anchor yarn. Weave in all yarn tails.

Snowflakes: Using the tapestry needle and (W) yarn, weave to cover each stitch where a snowflake is desired. Carry the yarn between the layers of knit to next location, and weave next snowflake. Only one stitch is needed for each snowflake. Once complete, just trim yarn tail and weave into the knitting.

Mist and lightly block the snowman square for a nice even look.

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Back to back weave:  White yarn is wrapped from top peg to lower peg in b/b.  The red yarn continues in stockinette stitch.

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  • So adorable! Don’t need to wait for snow to build your own “very” cute snowman. Thanks Pat

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Dec 9, 2015

Christmas Stocking Square (double knit)

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Loom Knitting Advent, Day 9, brings you another lovely double knit square! Add this beautiful intarsia design to any of your double knits!

Designed by Pat Novak

Day 9

Loom:  All-n-One Loom, set up for double knit with 1cm spacing

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Roving #5, 100% wool, hand wash and dry flat.  Natural background 1 skein, Dark Green ½ skein, Cherry red ½ skein, Aran white ½ skein, Lion Brand Homespun Holiday Green 5 yds for stripes.

N=natural, S=Spruce green, R=Red, G=green holiday, W=white.

Stitches: Stockinette and back- to- back wrap (similar to Figure 8, but not twisted), covering both front and back pegs of one stitch, working straight across from top peg to lower. Used when a design is only a single stitch or a few stitches. See photo at end of pattern.

Notions: Knit hook, Crochet hook #4 or 5, scissors, tapestry needle

Size: 10 X 10 inches completed

Gauge: 4 sts and 5 rows=1 inch

Abbreviations: R=right, L=left, b/b =back to back wrap

 

Pattern Notes:

1.Always start the square at the bottom of the graph, working from L to R. Focus only on that row, until completed.  Be sure to work the graph from Left to Right.

2.Be sure to start each row with the loom facing you. The cast on yarn tail will be on the left side. Check this before starting a new row, so the design will be correctly applied.

3.When following the graph on paper, be sure to line-out each row once it is complete as you work up the graph. You may also want to fold the printed graph over after each row, so that you are always looking at the current row. Re mark the peg numbers.

4.Try to use one continuous stockinette weave on any color that has several rows, or more than just a few stitches. Then use the b/b wrap on pegs of just a few stitches.

5.If you carry the main background color throughout the square, it will connect the colors next to it. If you choose to cut separate yarns for each color used, you will need to twist the 2 yarns together at each joint, or cut and tie the colors together. Example of this is the holly berries on cuff of stocking.

6.If you have just a few stitches of a color, best to cut a piece of the yarn, tie it into the row when needed. Leave it attached until all the stitches are complete for that color, even when it consists of several rows, then you can tie it to adjoining yarn and knot.

Once the square is complete, it is recommended to mist with warm water and block. Allow wool to dry completely before using it in your project.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 30 stitches in natural color (N) in Stockinette stitch.

Rows 1-5: Work in stockinette.

Row 6: For toe and heel areas, cut 2 strands, each 3’ long in (S) color. Tie on one yarn at peg 9, and one at peg 20, between the boards. Tie on the (R) yarn at peg 12.

Work the (S) and (R) stitches in stockinette, twisting them together at the joints. Lay these yarns down. Work the (N) yarn across the stitches in stockinette stitch, starting at peg 1, skip over the (R) and (S) and continue to end of row. Hook bottom loop over on all pegs.

Row 7: Looking at the graph, you see that the (S) sts start 2 pegs before the ones on row 6. Take the (S) and wrap pegs 7, 8, 9 and 10, twist with (R), wrap next 9 pegs with (R), twist, wrap next 4 pegs with the 2nd (S) yarn. Work in stockinette with (N) yarn starting at peg 1 and work over the (S) and (R) yarns to complete the row. Hook over all stitches.

Rows 8-11: Follow the graph working with the (N), (S), and (R) yarns.

Row 12: Cut the 2 (S) yarns leaving about 3” tails. This row is just (N) and (R) yarns. Work the pegs with the (R), and when you get to the (S) yarn tails, tie them on to the (R) to secure. Lay the tails on the knitting with 1” tails. Work the (N) yarn over the entire row in stockinette stitch. Hook over all stitches.

Rows 13-14: Follow graph with (N) and (R) yarns. Do not cut the (R) yarn.

Row 15: On peg 15, tie on the (G) holiday yarn. Work 8 stitches in (G) with b/b knit. Cut and knot. Work the (N) yarn over entire row in stockinette. Hook over.

Rows 16-17: Work the graph with (R) and (N) yarn.

Row 18: On peg 13, tie on (G) yarn and work for 9 sts in b/b knit. Finish the row with (N) yarn in stockinette.

Rows 19-21: Work with (R) and (N) yarn in stockinette.

Row 22: With (G) yarn, work in b/b knit for 11 stitches. Cut and knot. Complete the row with (N) yarn in Stockinette.

Rows 23-24: Work the graph with (R) and (N) yarns.

Row 25: Tie on (S) yarn and work in stockinette for 11 stitches. Complete row with (N) yarn in stockinette.

Row 26: Work with (R) and (N) yarns. Cut and knot the (R) yarn with 1” tail.

Row 27: Work the graph with (S) and (N) yarns. Cut and knot the (S) yarn.

Row 28: Tie on the (W) yarn at 11th peg for the top of stocking. Work in stockinette for 15 stitches. Complete the row with (N) yarn in stockinette.

Cut 2 pieces of (S) yarn about 3’ long. Cut 2 pieces of (R) yarn about 2’ long.

Row 29: Tie on one (S) yarn at peg 23. Double wrap this peg with (S) in b/b weave. Start the (W) yarn at peg 9 and work in stockinette for 17 stitches, skipping peg 23 where you have placed the (S) yarn. Complete the row with (N) yarn in stockinette.

Row 30: Tie in the (S) (2nd piece) on peg 13 and double wrap this peg in b/b weave. Tie on one piece of (R) yarn on peg 23 and double wrap. Double wrap peg 22 and 24 with the (S) yarn in b/b weave. Pick up the (W) yarn and work the pegs skipping over the (R) and (S) stitches in stockinette. Complete the row with (N) yarn in stockinette.

Row 31: Tie on the 2nd (R) yarn at peg 13 and double wrap. Wrap all pegs with the (R) and (S) yarn per the graph. Complete the row with (W) yarn and then (N) yarn in stockinette.

Row 32: Work the (R) and (S) yarn on pegs for this row. After last (R) stitch, cut and tie the (R) yarn as it is done. Complete row.

Rows 33-36: Follow the graph to complete the (R) and (S) designs. Cut and knot the yarns. Complete the rows with (W) yarn and (N) yarn in stockinette.

Row 37-40: Work all 30 stitches in (N) yarn in stockinette stitch.

Bind off with 2- loop method.

Bind off at anchor yarn and gently remove the anchor yarn. Weave in any yarn tails.

Lightly block the square and it’s ready to be a beautiful holiday accent, scarf, or afghan. You can mix it with other Holiday designs or with solid color ones.

BACK TO BACK WEAVE: Demonstrated with the white yarn. Red yarn is worked in stockinette.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dec 8, 2015

Noel Holiday Square (double knit)

 

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Loom Knitting Advent, Day 8, brings you a lovely double knit square that you can incorporate into any double knit item. 

Designed by Pat Novak

Day 8

Loom:  All-n-One Loom, set up for double knit with 1cm spacing

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Roving #5, 100% wool, hand wash and dry flat.  Aran 77008, 1 skein, gold 77615, ½ skein, Cherry red and Spruce green, aprox 1/4 skein of each.

(A)= Aran, (G)= Gold, S=Spruce green, R=Red,

 Stitches: Stockinette and Figure8 (if desired) for center section, or b/b weave for some areas of color.

Notions: Knit hook, Crochet hook #4 or 5, scissors, tapestry needle

Size: 10″ x 10″ completed

Gauge: 4 sts and 5 rows=1 inch

Abbreviations: R=right, L=left, b/b weave=back to back wrap.  Wrap back and front peg of a stitch by going straight across the loom.  Do not twist the yarn as in Figure8.  See photo at bottom of pattern.

Pattern Notes:

1. Always start the square at the bottom of the graph, working from L to R. Focus only on that row, until completed.  Be sure to work from left side of graph to right side, and from bottom to top following rows.

2. Be sure to start each row with the loom facing you. The cast on yarn tail will be on the left side. Check this before starting a new row, so the design will be correctly applied.

3. When following the graph on paper, be sure to line-out each row once it is complete. You may also want to fold the printed graph over after each row, so that you are always looking at the current row.

4. Try to use one continuous stockinette weave on any color that has several rows, or more than just a few stitches. The center of this square at the Noel rows can be done in Figure8.

5. If you carry the main background color throughout the square, it will connect the colors next to it. If you choose to cut separate yarns for each color used, you will need to twist the 2 yarns together at each joint, or cut and tie the colors together.

6. If you have just a few stitches of a color, it is best to cut a piece of the yarn, tie it into the row when needed. Leave it attached until all the stitches are complete for that color, even when it consists of several rows, then you can tie it to adjoining yarn and knot.

7. Once the square is complete, recommend to mist with warm water and block. Allow wool to dry completely before using it in your project.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 30 stitches in stockinette with (A) yarn.

Rows 1-6:  Work 6 rows in stockinette stitch.

Row 7:  Tie on (R) yarn on st 4 and wrap b/b weave on this stitch.  Tie on (S) yarn on st 5 and wrap b/b on stitch 5.  Drag (S) yarn to peg 21-22-23 and wrap b/b.  Work in (A) yarn in stockinette across row skipping the stitches covered with (R) or (S) yarn.  Hook over.

Row 8:  Follow graph.  Wrap pegs 5, 21,22,23 with (R) yarn.  Lay down yarn.  Wrap peg 6, 15-20 and 24 with (S) yarn, in b/b wrap.  Work in (A) yarn in stockinette across row skipping the stitches covered with color yarns.  Hook over all.

Row 9:  Work pegs 7-14 and 25 in (R) yarn, b/b wrap.  Wrap peg 26 with (S) yarn.  Work in (A) yarn in stockinette across row skipping the stitches  covered with color yarns.  Hook over all.

Rows 10-11:  Work 2 rows in A) yarn in stockinette.

Rows 12-26:  Work each row of Noel following the graph.  You can work all rows with Figure8 or work the (G) stitches with b/b and (A) stitches in stockinette.  It is recommended that you continue with the color, now (G) in b/b and the (A) in stockinette as this will give a more uniform appearance.  The sample was done with the Figure8 on all stitches.

Rows 27-31:  Work in stockinette with (A) yarn.

Cut (2) pieces of (S) yarn aprox 3′ long and (2) pieces of (R) yarn aprox 2′ long.

Row 32:  Tie on one piece of (S) yarn at peg 4.  Tie on one piece of (R) yarn at peg 7.  Work pegs 4-5 with (S) yarn, b/b weave.  Work pegs 7-8 with (R) yarn.  Leave the pieces attached.  Work the row in stockinette with (A) yarn skipping the pegs wrapped with the color yarns.  Hook over.

Row 33:  Tie on the 2nd (R) yarn onto peg 25 and weave that peg, b/b.  Tie on the 2nd piece of (S) yarn at peg 27 and weave that peg, b/b.  Lay yarns down.   Work pegs 4,6,8 with 1st (S) yarn.  Work peg 7 with 1st (R) yarn.  Lay yarns down.  Work row with (A) yarn in stockinette skipping all pegs with colors.

Row 34:  Work pegs 5 & 7 with (S) yarn.  Work pegs 8 & 9 with (R) yarn.  Work pegs 24 & 25 witj (R) yarn and work pegs 26 & 28 with (S) yarn.  Lay down all short yarns.  Work row in stockinette with (A) yarn on all stitches not covered with colors.  Hook over.

Row 35:  Work pegs 6 & 8 with (S) and peg 9 with (R) yarn.  Work peg 23 with (R) and pegs 24-25 & 27 with (S) yarns.  Work row in stockinette with (A) yarn on all stitches not covered with colors.  Hook over.  Cut and knot both (R) yarns as they will not be used any further.

Row 36:  Work pegs 5 & 7 with (S) yarn.  Work pegs 23 & 26 with (S) yarn.  Work row in stockinette with (A) yarn on all stitches not covered with colors. Hook over.  Cut and knot 1st (S) color as it will not be used again.

Row 37:  Work pegs 24-25 & 27 with (S) yarn b/b weave.  Work row in stockinette with (A) yarn on all stitches skipping the pegs with color.  Hook over.  Cut and knot the last (S) yarn.

Rows 38-40:  Work rows in (A) yarn in stockinette and hook over.

Bind off with basic 2- loop method.  Weave in yarn tails.

Bind off at anchor yarn with basic 2-loop method or if this is beginning of a scarf or other garment, continue with your choice of colors.

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BACK TO BACK WEAVE: Demonstrated with the white yarn. The red yarn is worked in stockinette. This basic weave allows for color stitches to be completed in just one pass on the loom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noels

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  • I’m just loving all of these!

  • That’s great, as we have more coming. Enjoy the season.

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Dec 5, 2015

Christmas Bead Tree Ornament

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Loom Knitting Advent Day 5 brings you easy, quick, and fun bead tree ornaments!

Designed by Renita Harvey

Loom: 32 Peg Loom or  Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  10 yrds worsted or bulky weight yarn, Yarn Bee Fetching Chunky in Emeraux and Diamond used in samples, and  20″ of metallic crochet thread, J.P. Coats Metallic Knit-Cro-Sheen in White/Silver and Gold/Gold used in samples

Beads:  12 – 15 beads to match, 2 samples use novelty glass Christmas beads, 3rd sample uses clear acrylic faceted beads in sizes 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm

Notions:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, beading needle

Size:  5 – 6″ tall depending on size of beads used, 3″ wide, 1/2″ thick

Abbreviations

K:  Knit

P:  Purl

S:  Slip

INSTRUCTIONS

Chain cast on 3 pegs.

R1:  S1, K2

R2:  S1, P1, K1

Repeat rows 1 – 2 until ribbon is approximately 21″ long.

Bind off using the basic bind off method.

Weave in ends with tapestry needle.

ASSEMBLY

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Fold the knit ribbon starting with the bottom 3″ wide.

Continue to fold with each branch narrower than the one below.

 

 

 

 

 

Place the beads between each branch of the ribbon.tree2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thread the beading needle with the crochet thread.

 

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Thread 1 strand of the thread through the smallest bead at the bottom as an anchor.tree4

 

 

 

 

 

tree5Thread both strands of the thread through the next bead

 

 

 

 

tree6and through the middle of the ribbon.

 

 

 

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Continue threading the crochet thread through the next bead and then through the middle of the next branch until all is strung.

Thread last bead on top and knot above the top bead.

Make hanger by making another knot about 2″ above the top bead, string 1 last bead, and knot thread above the bead.

 

 

 

Day 5

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  • What a great idea Renita. They are soo adorable! Quick and easy to make too!

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Dec 1, 2015

Celebration Scarf

 

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Let’s bring in the holidays with a beautiful double knit scarf, perfect for the chilly weather! Its beautiful design will have you reaching for your knitting loom and casting on.

Designed by: Jacquelyn Darragh

Loom: All-in-One Loom set up for double knit with 1cm spacing

Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn, sample uses Vanna’s Choice.  170 yards/100 grams per skein (100% Acrylic);

3 skeins Cranberry, 1 skein White.  Or use any worsted weight yarn preferred.  (W)=white   (C)=cranberry

Stitches: Stockinette, Rib, and back-to-back weave.  Work in stockinette unless the pattern says to work in rib or back-to- back weave (basic weave)

Notions: Knitting hook, Crochet hook size 5/F, large sewing needle

Size: 9 x 64 inches

Gauge:  4 stitches and 3 rows = 1 inch

Pattern notes:  You may want to number your pegs as it is a little easier to follow the chart. To mark the loom, lay painter’s masking tape along the wood next to the pegs on both boards.  Use a fine-point pen or Sharpie and just number from 1 to 35 for the width of scarf.

Work the scarf in the center of the knitting board rather than at the ends.

Always wrap the pegs with the (W) yarn first.   This creates the pattern.  Then you will fill in all the rest of the pegs that were not wrapped using (C).

Work the chart from bottom, and work up the scarf.  Print a copy of the pattern.  After completing each row, draw line thru the row, or fold over the pattern paper so that the current row is easy to see.  Written instructions are also included.

Back-to-back weave:  This is an easy way to work stitches that are just a few in number within a row.  When you are working in stockinette for the main color of each row, the extra color stitches may be worked with a single pass.  Similar to working in Figure8, only without the twist of the ‘8’.  So wrap the yarn around both pegs of the stitch, front to back, going straight across the boards.  This can also add a bit of highlight effect to stitches.  In this pattern, it is used to simplify with just a single pass rather than doing the stockinette weave.  See photo at end of pattern.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 35 stitches with (C) in Stockinette stitch, using anchor yarn of a contrasting color.  It will be removed.

Rows  1 – 7:  Work in Rib stitch.

Row 8:  Work in Stockinette stitch.

Row 9:  Tie on (W) yarn and wrap the stitches in back- to- back weave.  This will be on stitches 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34.  Each stitch will be wrapped on front and back pegs.  Weave (C) yarn on all the remaining pegs in stockinette, skipping the pegs where you have placed the (W) yarn.  Hook over.  Do not cut the (W) yarn.

Row 10:  Weave stockinette stitch on all pegs in (C).  Just carry the (W) yarn through the center of the board; no need to tie off until after row 19.

Row 11: Weave (W) on rows 2 to 34 in stockinette.  Weave in (C), back-to-back on peg 1 and loosely carry the yarn to peg 35.   Hook over.

Row 12: In basic, work (W) yarn on both sides of the pegs for 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, and 32.  Wrap (C) yarn in stockinette on all the pegs not wrapped in (W).  Hook over.

Row 13:  Work (W) in basic on pegs 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20 21 23, 24, 26 28, 29 31, 32, and 34.  Wrap (C) on all the remaining pegs and hook over.

Row 14: In basic, work (W) yarn on both sides of the pegs for 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 24, 28, 30, and 32.  Weave (C) yarn in stockinette not wrapped in (W) and hook over.

Row 15: Weave (W) on rows 2 to 34 in stockinette.  Wrap back-to-back on peg 35 than loosely carry the yarn to peg 1 in (C).  Hook over.

Row 16:  Work row in (C) yarn in stockinette stitch, leaving (W) yarn attached.  Hook over.

Row 17:  Work in (W) yarn in basic weave on pegs 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34.  Wrap (C) on all the remaining pegs in stockinette skipping the pegs where you have placed the (W) yarn.  Hook over.

Row 18:  Wrap (W) in basic on pegs 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, and 33.  Wrap (C) on all the remaining pegs in stockinette skipping the pegs where you have placed the (W) yarn. Hook over.

Row 19:  Wrap (W) in basic on pegs 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, and 34.  Wrap (C) on all the remaining pegs in stockinette  skipping the pegs where you have placed the (W) yarn.  Hook over.  Tie and knot the (W) yarn in between your pegs leaving a 5” yarn tail.

Rows 20-26:  Work 7 rows in stockinette with (C) yarn.

Row 27:  Tie on (W) in the center of the knitting near peg 17.  Work pegs 15, 17, 19, and 21 in (W) in basic weave.  Work the remaining pegs in (C).  Hook over.

Row 28: Work pegs 13, 16, 20, and 23 in (W) in basic weave.  Work all remaining pegs in (C). Hook over.

Row 29: Work pegs 11, 13, 14, 17, 19 22, 23, and 25 in (W) in basic.  Work the remaining pegs in (C) and hook over.

Row 30:  Work pegs 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, and 26 in (W) in basic.  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 31:  Work pegs 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 21, 22, 23, 25, and 27 in (W) in basic.  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 32:  Work pegs 8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, and 28 in (W) in basic.  Wrap the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 33: Work pegs 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, and 29 in (W) in basic.  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 34: Work pegs 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, and 21 in (W) in basic.  Wrap the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 35: Work pegs 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 in (W) in basic.  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 36: Work pegs 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 in (W).  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 37: Work pegs 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 15, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31 in (W).  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 38: Work pegs 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30 in (W).  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 39: Work pegs 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 31 in (W).  Work the rest in (C) and hook over.

Row 40: Work pegs 6, 8, 16, 18, 20, 28 and 30 in (W).  Work the rest in (C) yarn and hook over.

Start each row with (W) yarn on sts indicated.  Complete each row with (C) in stockinette:

Row 41: 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29 and 31

Row 42: 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30

Row 43: 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 15, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31

Row 44: 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29

Row 45: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30

Row 46: 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, and 2

Row 47:  7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 27, and 29

Row 48:  8, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, and 28

Row 49:  9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 21, 22, 23, 25, and 27

Row 50:  10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, and 26

Row 51: 11, 13, 14, 17, 19 22, 23, and 25

Row 52:  3, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, and 33

Row 53:  15, 17, 19, and 21

Row 54:  3, 18, and 33

Row 55:  10, 18, and 26

Row 56:  3, 11, 18, 25 and 33

Row 57:  12, 17, 19, and 24

Row 58:  3, 6, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 30 and 33

Row 59:  5, 6, 7, 12, 17, 19, 24, 29, 30, and 31

Row 60:  3, 6, 11, 16, 18, 20, 25, 30 and 33

Row 61:  6, 11, 15, 16, 18, 21, 25, and 30

Row 62:  3, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 22, 23, 24, 27, and 33

Row 63:  6, 18, and 30

Row 64: 3, 9, 18, 27, and 33

Row 65:  6, 12, 18, 24 and 30

Row 66:  3, 6. 9, 18, 27, 30, and 33

Row 67: 12, 18, and 24

Row 68:  3, 6. 9, 15, 18, 21, 27, 30, and 33

Row 69:  3, 6. 12, 18, 24, 30, and 33

Row 70:  2 thru 34

Row 71:  2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34.  Tie (W) yarn and cut.

Row 72:  2 thru 34

Rows 73-83:  Work 11 rows in stockinette stitch, (C) yarn.

Row 84:  Tie (W) yarn near peg 4.  Work pegs 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, and 32 in basic.  Work all other pegs in (C).  Hook over.   Tie (W) yarn and cut.

Rows 85-95:  Work 11 rows in stockinette stitch in (C) yarn.

Row 96:  Tie on (W) yarn near peg 6.  Work pegs 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, and 30 in basic.  Wrap all other pegs in (C).  Hook over and tie (W) yarn and cut.

Rows 97-107:  Work 11 rows in stockinette stitch, (C) yarn.

Row 108: Repeat Row 84.

Rows 109 – 119: Work 11 rows in stockinette with (C) yarn.

Row 120: Repeat row 96.

Rows 121 – 131: Work 11 rows in stockinette stitch, (C) yarn.

Row 132: Repeat row 84.

Rows 133 – 143: Work 11 rows in stockinette stitch, (C) yarn.

Row 144: Repeat row 96.

Rows 145 – 155: Work 11 rows in stockinette, (C) yarn.

Row 156: Repeat row 84.

Rows 157 – 167: Work 11 rows in stockinette, (C) yarn.

Row 168: Repeat row 96.

Rows 169 – 179: Work 11 rows in stockinette, (C) yarn.

Row 180: Repeat row 84.

Rows 181 – 191: Work 11 rows in stockinette, (C) yarn.

NOTE:  If you want your scarf shorter or longer, this would be the place to make adjustments.  Take one or more rows of the solid Stockinette out to make the scarf shorter, or add one or more rows in between the “stars” to make it longer.

The scarf is a mirror image so that you can take the pattern upside down if you’re using the chart.

Row 192: Repeat row 72.

Row 193: Repeat row 71.

Row 194: Repeat row 70.

Row 195: Repeat row 69.

Rows 196-255: Continue to repeat the rows in reverse.  It will probably be exceedingly easier to use the chart and check off each row as you go.

Row 256: Work 1 row in stockinette, (C) yarn.

Rows 257 – 263:  Work in rib stitch.

Row 264:  Work 1 row in stockinette, (C) yarn.

Bind off loosely and finish ends with crochet hook in 2-loop method.  Remove anchor yarn. Weave in ends and yarn tails.  Enjoy the holiday season in this gorgeous and warm scarf!

Back to back weave in photo.  When working in stockinette, and the pattern calls for a few stitches in back to back, we just weave the yarn around back peg and straight down to front peg, of one stitch.  This results in a single pass simplifying the change of colors.  In this photo, the red yarn is done in Stockinette and the white yarn is done in back-to-back weave or basic weave.  This is an easy way to adjust the pegs to be wrapped in each row.

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Click here for PDF that includes Chart

Day 1

11 Comments

  • Beautiful! Do we get to know the very talented designers, or will they be kept a mystery? The scarf is very lovely, congratulations to the designer.

  • Thank you Sue for pointing that out. We will add the names of the designers, they are all part of the KB Team. The Celebration Scarf was designed by the talented, double knit guru, Jacquelyn Darragh.

  • On Facebook some one asked what the back to back weave is. Does it mean make the pattern white pegs done first in stockinette and then come back on all skipped pegs in red with the stockinette wrap? Could you explain it in the comments. I had not heard it called ‘weave’ before either.

  • Beautiful! Thank you so much for the pattern — it truly is lovely and I can’t wait to try it! Can you please explain what is meant by “wrap the stitches in a back-to-back weave” in row 9? Thank you so much.

  • Exquisite! I really love the contrasting red and white, and what a beautiful design! 🙂

  • Hi ! but I don’t know what they mean with “back to back” or “basic weave”. Can’t find an explanation anywhere. Can anybody explain this?

  • Hi, the instruction for the back to back weave has been added to the pattern for the holiday scarf. But it is worked like a Figure8 without the twist. Just weave both pegs of a double stitch by wrapping the yarn, straight across around both pegs. It was used to simplify the color stitches when there were just a few in each row.

  • I am very much a beginner. When doing the rib stitch for the first rows I have 2 rows at end rather than one. Do I just wrap 34 individually and then start back from 35 to 33?

  • I am with jefferie rib stitch doesn’t work at the end of the row dont know how to fix this problem

  • Hi, Usually when doing the rib stitch, we use an even amount of stitches. However, this is not always required especially when you are doing just a few rows before beginning a design. In the case of this beautiful scarf, the design of the Christmas balls and ribbons was the primary goal. So, you start the rib stitch on peg 1 top to peg 3 bottom and work across the pegs. When you get to the end of the row, you are taking the yarn from top peg 33 to bottom peg 35. Wrap around and go back up to peg top 35. Wrap pegs 34 top and bottom, and then continue the rib stitch, back to beginning.

  • Pat thank you so much for the update i am looking forward to making this scarf i hope it turns out as beautiful as the sample

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Dec 1, 2015

Loom Knitting Advent Calendar

We would like to thank all our readers for your support and for the feedback we have received during the past year. We love our customers and we are out on a mission to give you not only the best loom knitting products, but also the best place to come for information on loom knitting, anything from stitches to patterns!

As a thank you for our gratitude, we have put together a Loom Knitting Advent Calendar for you. Starting today, December 1st and going through December 24th, we will release one new pattern for your enjoyment. The patterns will range in variety and difficulty. Each pattern will be posted by 6pm MST, starting today. We hope that you enjoy the designs!

The KB Team would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season. May the peace and beauty of the season remain with you throughout the coming year.

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21 Comments

  • Can’t wait!! C’mon 6 p.m.!!!

  • You guys are so awesome!!!

  • OOOOHHH, I love patterns!

  • Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  • What a wonderful gift to all us knitters. Can’t wait to see all the great “new” things. Thanks so much. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  • I want to personally thank you for all that you do for use! Have a very blessed Christmas and New Years!!!

  • Muchas gracias. Me encanta recibir información de ustedes y poder aprender siempre un poquito más. Un fuerte abrazo desde Limón, Costa Rica. Felices Pascuas y un venturoso y prospero Año 2016.

  • Muchisimas gracias! Que te pases una navidad muy linda con tu familia.

  • Thank you so much for your support.

  • Sue, thank you! Happy holidays!

  • Thank you Shelley! May you have a wonderful holiday.

  • Thank you Karen! May you have lovely holiday season.

  • thank you! what a wonderful idea!

  • Great idea thank you so much!
    Best of the holiday season to you & the Knitting Board staff and contributors!

  • What a lovely idea!

    Have a wonderful Holiday season.

  • I can’t wait,I can’t wait!!

  • Love kb products, the free patterns are great, and I am hoping for a nice mitten pattern done on the 18 inch all in one loom. Merry Christmas, thanks for your wonderful products, patterns and tips. I am asking Santa for the original sock loom this year-hope he gets my letter! lol

  • Thank you! This is Awesome!

  • That’s gorgeous!!! Thank you!!!

  • What an awesome idea, thank you!

  • Brilliant idea and most welcome. Happy holidays to all Kb team xx

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Nov 27, 2015

Zippy Christmas Stocking

Zippy Christmas Stocking with logo

The stockings were hung, the music is playing, the food is cooking, and you are surrounded by all your loved ones. Knit your loved ones an heirloom stocking that they will be honored to display.

Materials

Knitting Loom: (4) Zippys,  (4) Corners, 20 pegs.

Yarn: 160 yds (main color) in super bulky weight; sample used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA in Tampa Spice. 15 yards (contrasting color) in super bulky weight; sample used Lion Brand in Houston Cream (2 strands as one).

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, 2 knitting needles size 11 for use in closing the toe.

Gauge:  5.5 sts x 9 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Size: 19 inches long by 7 inches wide

Abbreviations

K= knit stitch

P=purl stitch

Rep=Repeat

Rnd(s)=Rounds

St(s)=stitch(es)

W&T=Wrap and Turn. Lift the loop that is currently on the peg, wrap the peg with the working yarn by taking the working yarn to the inside of the loom, then wrapping around the peg so the working yarn ends to the front of the peg, place the loop back on the peg).

INSTRUCTIONS

Use 2 strands throughout the project.

Cast on 20 sts, prepare to work in the round.

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

Rnd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 4: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 5-24: k to the end of rnd.

Heel: Worked as short-rows over the first 10 pegs.Zippy Christmas Stocking Chart

*Row 1: Knit from peg 1-9, W&T peg 10.

Row 2: Knit from peg 9 to peg 2, W&T peg 1.

Row 3: Knit from peg 2 to peg 8, W&T peg 9.

Row 4: Knit from peg 8 to peg 3, W&T peg 2.

Row 5: Knit from peg 3 to peg 7, W&T peg 8.

Row 6: Knit from peg 7 to peg 4, W&T peg 3.

Row 7: Knit from peg 4 to peg 8 (lift all the loops on peg 8 as one loop).

Row 8: Knit from peg 7 to peg 3 (lift all the loops on peg 3 as one loop).

Row 9: Knit from peg 4 to peg 9 (lift all the loops on peg 9 as one loop).

Row 10: Knit from peg 8 to peg 2 (lift all the loops on peg 2 as one loop).

Row 11: Knit from peg 3 to peg 10 (lift all the loops on peg 10 as one loop). W&T peg 11.

Row 12: Knit from peg 10 to peg 1 (lift all the loops on peg 1 as one loop). W&T peg 20. *

Heel complete: work in the round from this point forward.

Next 12 rnds: k to the end of rnd.

Repeat instructions from * to *

Lift bottommost loop off peg 11 and peg 20.

Transfer stitches to knitting needles and close toe with the Kitchener Stitch.

Using contrasting color yarn and the double stitch technique, embroider the tree over the center 9 stitches of the side of the leg. Chart shows the 9 stitches and 15 rows that it covers.

 

Chart

 

 

7 Comments

  • This is just the cutest stocking ever! I don’t have Zippy yet, so I’m going to have to get on board. This also looks like you could just whip some of these darling’s up for my mantel, friends and shut-ins for a really special holiday treat. What great idea!

  • Thank you Jacquelyn! It was a speedy project and so much fun to play with double stitching technique.

  • What does the abbreviation md stand for. Is there a video on the wrap and turn, I just can’t visualize it.

  • I love the stocking, it is beautiful!

  • Robin, where is the md abbreviation? I can’t find it.

    Here is a video that shows how to create a heel using the W&T https://youtu.be/PbPyovyRJ5k

  • Thank you Robin!

  • rnd = r n d = round (looks like m d)

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Nov 20, 2015

Shelby the Shelf Elf

Shelby main left sm Shelby main right sm

The holiday season at last has come, the shopping and planning has now begun, but soon we’re so hectic with all of our plans, our fistfuls of hair match our barked out commands. 

When the pot boils over and the last nerve is wrung,  there’s someone who’ll help, someone who’ll come. 

He sits up high, perched on a shelf, awaiting that moment when you yell out a “Help!”

No worries, as Shelby has all in hand; he’ll mind the children and butter your pans, he’ll wrangle dust bunnies, with a sure and quick hand, and even frost all those gingerbread mans.

Never fear… sweet relief is near…
Shelby the Shelf Elf now is here! 

 

Knitting loom: KB Sock Loom 2 (KB All-n-One Loom could also be used).

Yarn: 1 each (or portion of 1 skein each) Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice (170 yrds per skein,  #4 worsted weight, 100% acrylic) in the following colors: fisherman, cranberry, kelly green, white, taupe mist and mustard.

Notions: 2 wiggle eyes or other substitute, sewing needle and embroidery floss or thinner weight yarn (for stitching on face details), craft glue, craft felt in blue and white, polyfill stuffing, beans/rice/some other type of weighted items for base of elf’s body, Press and Seal plastic wrap (or whatever is preferred to secure rice/beans: see Finishing Steps), loom tool, 5mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc), stitch markers, scissors, knitting pins, yarn needle, row counter.

Gauge: 9 stitches and 14.5 rows per 2”

Finished  Measurements:

Width:  6″

Height sitting:  9.5″

Height unfolded: 21″

Skills Needed: E-wrap, Knit/U-stitch, Purl, Double Wrap Short Row Method (shown in video links and step by steps below), Drawstring CO, Half Hitch CO (or CO of your choice), Gather BO, and Basic BO, embroidery techniques.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

EW: E-wrap

K: knit stitch/U-stitch

P: purl stitch

KO: knit off

St(s): stitches

WY: working yarn

BO: Bind off

W&T: wrap and turn

Pattern Notes:

This pattern uses 1 strand of yarn held throughout.

Video Tutorials and Web Tools:

Drawstring Cast On

Heel and Toe Part 1 & Part 2

Pattern Instructions:

Head~

-Wrap a length of skin color (sample uses fisherman) once around the loom and cut at this point. Set aside.

Set loom to 42 pegs. Using the skin color, Drawstring CO to all of the pegs to work in the round. **Note: do not cinch in CO until instructed.

-K 35 rounds.

-Decrease 4 stitches on each end, moving loops and slider to fill in empty pegs.  K the remaining 34 sts, working 2 over 1 on pegs with 2 loops.  Cut WY.

-Using the length of skin color cut at the beginning, work one Gathered Row.  Leave ends to outside of work, and do not cinch in until later.

Gathered Row-

(Example of how to work a Gathered Row…simply work yarn in front and behind of pegs, so that this row can be easily gathered later on. KO all pegs with 2 loops.)

Body~

-Adding red color (sample uses cranberry), K 50 rounds.

-Panel knit on only pegs 1-12 for 16 rows.

-Basic BO loosely on only pegs 1-12. Wrap WY around loom once and cut here.

-Add new length of red yarn and Basic BO remaining pegs 13-34. Wrap WY around loom once and cut here.

Shelby parts

Legs~

-Set loom to 16 pegs and using red yarn, CO and prepare to work in the round.

-K 80 rounds.  Cut WY.

-*Using green color (sample uses kelly green), K 2 rounds.

-Using white, K 2 rounds.  (No need to cut yarns between uses, simply bring next color up without pulling tension too tightly.)

-Repeat from * once more.

-Pick up green and prepare to turn the heel. Step by Step instructions are listed at the bottom of this pattern. *Use separate instructions for right and left legs, so that the stripe “jogs” can be put to the inside when seaming legs to body.

The heels will be turned using 8 pegs, and W&T’ed until 2 pegs are left unwrapped.

-Once the heel has been turned and the entire round is completed, K one more round with green.

-Pick up white and K 2 rounds.
-Pick up the green and K 2 rounds.

-Pick up the white and K 2 rounds.  Cut white yarn only.

-Pick up the green and K 1 round.

-Decrease 4 stitches, evenly spaced across the 16 pegs, moving loops and slider to fill in empty pegs.  K the remaining 12 sts, working 2 over 1 on pegs with 2 loops.

-Decrease 4 stitches, evenly spaced across the remaining 12 pegs, moving loops and slider to fill in empty pegs.  K the remaining 8 sts, working 2 over 1 on pegs with 2 loops.  (*Note: the spacing of the loom makes this part just a bit tricky. Simply place 4 loops on the slide and 4 loops on the end pegs and squeeze slider as far in as possible while knitting.)

-K 4 rounds.

-Gather BO.  Pull all threads to inside.

-Make 2.

christmas-holly-clip-art-Arms~

-Prepare to panel knit using 12 pegs.

-*Using green, CO and K 2 rows.

-Add white and K 2 rows.

-Repeat from * for a total of 48 rows.

-Cut white yarn only.

-Using green, K 12 rows.

-Pull up the loops from row 1 of the previous 12 rows up onto their corresponding pegs, the same as when creating the brim of a hat. KO on all pegs.

-Wrap green around loom once and cut here.

-Add skin color and K 6 rows.

-HHCO onto 2 pegs before peg 1.  K12, HHCO onto 2 pegs after peg 12.  There will now be 16 pegs being worked.

-Thumb Row: K pegs 16-7.  Panel knit on pegs 7-10 only for 10 rows.  K pegs 6-1 to complete the row.

-K 10 rows.

-Gather BO all pegs.  Seam sides of thumb, then sides of hand.  Use green tail to seam sides of arm together, but do not cut yarn at end of seam.

-Make 2.

Ears & Nose~

-CO with skin color using 7 pegs to work as a flat panel.

-K 4 rows.

-Move loops from pegs 2 & 6 in one peg towards center. Move end loops in one peg to fill in gaps. K 2 loops over 1 in next row.

-K 2 rows.

-Move loops from pegs 3 & 5 in one peg towards center. Move end loops in one peg to fill in gaps. K 1 row, knitting 3 loops over 1 on peg 4 in next row.

-Gather BO remaining 3 pegs.  Cinch tightly and knot.

-Make 3.

Hat~

Shelby back-Set loom to work 50 pegs in the round.  Using white, CO to all pegs.

-Rounds 1 & 2: *K, P, repeat from * to end of round.

-Round 3: instructions are broken down peg to peg below  (**Note: Popcorn: EW same peg and KO 5 times. Pull white base loop back onto peg and KO red/green loop so only white remains on peg. Pull ends of red/green at back to remove slack. Because this is for a toy and will be stitched onto the head, you may trail the red/green yarns across the back of the work between popcorns. White will be carried behind each popcorn peg.)

  • -Peg 1: Create a popcorn using red.
  • -Pegs 2-8: P, K, P, K, P, K, P using white.
  • -Peg 9: Create a popcorn using red.
  • -Pegs 10-33: rep pegs 2-9.
  • -Pegs 34-41: P, K, P, K, P, K, P, K using white.
  • -Peg 42: Create a popcorn using red.
  • -Pegs 43-50: K, P, K, P, K, P, K, P using white.

-Rounds 4 & 5: Repeat rounds 1 & 2.

-Round 6:  instructions are broken down peg to peg below 

  • -Pegs 1-4: K, P, K, P using white.
  • -Peg 5: Create a popcorn using green.
  • -Pegs 6-12: P, K, P, K, P, K, P using white.
  • -Peg 13: Create a popcorn using green.
  • -Pegs 14-37: rep pegs 6-13.
  • -Pegs 38-45: P, K, P, K, P, K, P, K using white.
  • -Peg 46: Create a popcorn using green.
  • -Pegs 47-50: K, P, K, P.

-Rounds 7 & 8: Repeat rounds 1 & 2.

-Rounds 9-14: EW using green.

-Round 15: P using red.

-Rounds 16-18: EW using white.

-Round 19: K2tog every 10 pegs as you EW knit the round using white. Move loops and slider as necessary to fill in empty pegs.

-Rounds 19-21: EW using green.

-Round 22: Repeat round 19 using green.

-Rounds 23 & 24: EW using green.

-Round 25: P using red.

-Round 26: EW using white.

-Round 27: Repeat round 19 using white, but rather than every 10 pegs, space 5 k2tog’s evenly across remaining pegs.

-Round 28: EW using white.

-Rounds 29-34: EW using green. (Repeat round 27 on rounds 30 & 33)

-Round 35: P using red.

-Rounds 36-38: EW using white.  (Repeat round 27 on round 37)

-Rounds 39-44: EW using green.  (Repeat round 27 on rounds 40 & 43)

-Round 45: P using red.

-Rounds 46-48: EW using white.  (Repeat round 27 on round 47, but only make 4 k2tog’s)

-Rounds 49-52: EW using green.  (Repeat round 27 on round 50, but only make 2 k2tog’s)

-Gather BO and cinch tightly and knot.  Create pom pom as desired and attach to end of hat point.

Finishing~

Shelby bum-Lightly and evenly stuff the legs and feet/arms and hands. Using a knitting needle or another long item to help you get the stuffing all the way down and to work out any lumps.  It is important to remember to use a light amount of stuffing throughout.

-Pin legs evenly to the base of the front side of body. Make sure you have the right and left legs in the correct position. Add the bottom of the body’s panel knit section to the base of the front, with the legs sandwiched in-between. Stitch in place through all thicknesses. Continue to stitch along the sides of the panel knit section to create a flat bum shape.

Shelby hand-knee-Using red, stitch a running stitch across knees to help them bend.

-Create a bag of beans or rice for the base of the bum to help him sit properly.  The sample used several layers of Press and Seal plastic wrap to create a bean bag type circle. Place the bag firmly into the base of the bum.

-Begin adding stuffing to the body section, first poking it down around the bag of beans/rice to cushion it a bit.  Continue to stuff the body firmly and evenly so that there are no visible lumps and the body does not bend at all.

-Once body section is completely stuffed, pull 2 ends of Gathered Row and cinch in tightly, being careful not to break yarn. Knot securely.

-Pin and stitch arms into place at shoulders, making sure they are stitched with the thumbs facing up.

-Stitch hands together at fingertips.  Overlap them just a bit, so it looks like they are resting on one another.

-Continue stuffing head in the same manner as the body: firmly & evenly.  *Tip: to create a circle shape, keep pushing stuffing to the outside of the head section, and add stuffing to the center. Do this until it is the size and shape desired.

-Pull Drawstring CO tail in tightly.  Sew across any hole that might be remaining and knot securely.  Do not cut yarn.

Shelby hair loops -Create loops of yarn for the hair (sample uses both taupe mist and mustard) by wrapping it as many times as is desired for hair thickness around your four closed fingers. Carefully remove from fingers and spread loops onto top of head, making sure that they are tipped down enough to peek out from hat brim. Use the CO tail to stitch the loops repeatedly and securely into place on head.

-Place hat on head where desired and stitch in place.  Trim hair loops so that they are single strands and frame face as desired.

Shelby face-Stitch CO edge of ears low onto sides of face in a curved shape.

-For the nose, stitch up sides of third piece to create a cone shape. Add just a tiny bit of stuffing to help hold shape. Stitch top of nose so that it is even with the top of the ears on the center of face.

-Cut the white felt into a collar shape and place at the neck with the opening at the back. Glue the ends together.

-Sample uses small pieces of blue felt circles to outline the wiggle eyes.  Both pieces are glued together, then glued onto the face.  You may find another option for eyes that you prefer better…feel free to make his personality shine through in the way you wish! 🙂
-Using the red/pink embroidery floss, stitch a mouth into place as desired. Using the brown floss, stitch on his eyebrows and eyelashes. Again, the attitude your elf will have depends highly upon the way you create his face. Look at photos of dolls or cartoon characters online to decide how you’d like to create his features to make him your favorite creation!  A little powdered blush works excellently brushed lightly on his cheeks and nose to give him that fresh from the cold at the North Pole rosy glow.

 

**Step by Step Double Wrap Short Row Instructions:

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

Use the main instructions for the LEFT leg, use the instructions in the parenthesis for the RIGHT leg.  If no parenthesis are used, the main instructions apply for both left and right legs.

  • K8 (16), W&T peg 9 (1).
  • K8 to peg 1 (9), W&T peg 16 (8).
  • K7 to peg 7 (15), W&T peg 8 (16).
  • K6 to peg 2 (10), W&T peg 1 (9).
  • K5 to peg 6 (14), W&T peg 7 (15).
  • K4 to peg 3 (11), W&T peg 2 (10).
  • K3 to peg 5 (13), W&T peg 6 (14).
  • K2 to peg 4 (12), W&T peg 3 (11).

Increasing Begins: Each W&T will make a total of 3 loops on that peg (lift both wraps and loops already on W&T peg as one, then W&T), and the peg before the W&Ts will be KO 2 loops over 1, then 3 loops over 1 as the pegs increase.

  • K3 to peg 6 (14), W&T peg 7 (15).
  • K4 to peg 3 (11), W&T peg 2 (10).
  • K5 to peg 7 (15), W&T peg 8 (16).
  • K6 to peg 2 (10), W&T peg 1 (9).
  • K7 to peg 8 (16), W&T peg 9 (1).
  • K8 to peg 1 (9), W&T peg 16 (8).
  • LEFT: K16 to peg 16, knitting off 3 over 1 on pegs 9 & 16.
  • (RIGHT: K8 to peg 16. Knit off 3 over 1 on next round on pegs 1 & 8.)

Heel/Toe Video Tutorial, if needed:

Heel and Toe Part I

Heel and Toe Part 2

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

 

 

4 Comments

  • Bethany, Shelby is jaw dropping cute. Amazing job!

  • Awww…Shelby thanks you, Carol! 😉

  • Super cute! How very talented you are!

  • Oh, thank you, Cindy! 🙂 I’m so glad you like him!

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