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Jul 10, 2016

Harvest Time Rug


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gauge:  3 stitches=1” and 4 rows=1”

Finished Size:  21” wide X 28” long

INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lay yarn tails on the knitting between the pegs.

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

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

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

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

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

Work in ZigZag stitch for (16) rows.

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

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

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

Sewing the Seams:

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

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

 

 

 

ZIGZAG STITCH

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

Designed by Pat Novak

2 Comments

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

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

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Apr 29, 2016

Felted Casserole Cozy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Felted Casserole Cozy-side

Instructions

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

Top Panel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loosely BBO all 28 pegs.

Bottom Panel

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Work row.

BBO remaining 4 pegs.

Sides Panel

CO onto 12 pegs. (Sample used Chain CO)

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

Loosely BBO all 12 pegs.

 FRONT before felting

FRONT before felting

 BACK before felting

BACK before felting

Finishing

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

side panel.)

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

Felting

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

Using sharp scissors, cut a small slit in the center of the tapered point of the button flap, along the same direction as the knitting. The felting process will have firmly knotted all the fibers together, so the knitting can be cut into without worry.  If desired, the slit can be reinforced with some stitches of yarn. Stitch the button(s) onto the corresponding place on the top panel where the button flap will close, as well as anywhere else desired for decoration.

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Apr 23, 2016

Oven Mitt & Hot pad Set

Oven Mitt Set Small 2

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

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

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

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

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

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

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximately

k=knit stitch

ewrap k=ewrap knit

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

st(s)=stitch(es)

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

CC=Contrasting color (lime sorbet)

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

INSTRUCTIONS

Hot PadHot Pad

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

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

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

Row 2: p to the end of row.

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

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Accent I-cordHot Pad with Icord

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

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

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

Oven Mitt

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

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

Rnd 1: ewrap k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 2: p to the end of rnd. 

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

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

Next row: p back (p32).

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

Next row: p back (p32).

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

Next row: p back (p32).

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

Next rnd: p to end of rnd.

*Next rnd: ewrap k to end of rnd.

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

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

Bind off with gather removal method.

Thumb 

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

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

Rnd 1: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 2: p to end of rnd.

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

Bind off with gather removal method. 

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

Accent I-cord 

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

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

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

FELTING INSTRUCTIONS side view

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

You will need the following:

1 pillow case with a zipper

Safety Pin

2-3 jeans (to use in agitation)

Eucalan Woolwash or Baby Shampoo

Towels (to squeeze out excess water).

Top Loader Washer

INSTRUCTIONS

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

Set washer to Small load, and Hot temperature.

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

Place the jeans inside the washer.

Place the pillow case inside the washer.

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Apr 16, 2016

Nautical Dishcloth Set

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

Knitting Loom: 32 peg Basics Loom

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

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle

Gauge: Not imperative for project.

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

Abbreviations:

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

P=purl stitch

St(s)=stitch(es)

Rep=Repeat

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

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Squares DishclothSquares

Cast on 32 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

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

Row 2: k to end of row.

Row 3: p to end of row.

Row 4: k to end of row.

Row 5: p to end of row.

Row 6: k to end of row.

Row 7: p3, k13, p16.

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

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

Next row: p16, k13, p3

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

Next row: k to end of row.

Next row: p to end of row.

Rep last 2 rows: 2 more times.

Remove with Basic bind off method.

 

Dotted DishclothDotted

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

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

Row 2: k to end of row.

Row 3: p to end of row.

Row 4: k to end of row.

Row 5: p to end of row.

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

Row 7: p3, k to last 3 sts,  p3.

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

Next row: k to the end row.

Next row: p to the end of row.

Rep last two rows: 2 more times.

Remove with Basic bind off method.

 

Scrubbie DishclothScrubbie

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

Row 2: k to end of row.

Row 3: p to end of row.

Row 4: k to end of row.

Row 5: p to end of row.

Row 6: k to end of row.

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

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

Next row: k to end of row.

Next row: p to end of row.

Rep last two rows: 2 more times.

Remove with Basic bind off method.

 

 

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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! :D

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

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Feb 7, 2015

Warm and Toasty Hearts Mug Cozy

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

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2.

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

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

Other: 3 small buttons.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

SSK=slip, slip knit

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

YO=Yarn over

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

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

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

Chart Directions

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

INSTRUCTIONSWarmandToastyCozy

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

Row 1: p to the end of row.

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

Row 3: p to the end of row.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Row 18: k to the end of row.

Row 19: p4, k11, p4.

Row 20: k to the end of row.

Row 21: p4, k11, p4.

Row 22: k to the end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-Row 22: 2 more times.

Repeat Rows 1-4.

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

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

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

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

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2 Comments

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

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

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Aug 16, 2014

Woven Table Decor

  Blending Weaving and Knitting!

Blending easy weaving with some knitted edges can create great home décor.  You can weave separate place mats for the table or connect several pieces to create a table runner as long as needed.  Here, we have created two sections and connected with one-color panel of knit.

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Loom: 28” knitting board + peg extenders, set up as a rectangular loom using both 20-peg extenders

Yarn:  Elite Verde, Sprout, 100% Organic Cotton, machine wash, lay flat to dry.  Each hank is aprox 100 grams or 109 yards.  Colors used are #4378 Brown (1 hank), #4325 Pink,  (1 hank), and #4316 Cream (1 hank).

 

Notions needed:  Knit hook, Crochet hook #4-5, 12” long wooden crochet hook, and darning needle

 

Size finished: 9 X 56 inches (each section is aprox. 28” long). Work as many as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions:

Choose the color that you want as the base.  Here we have used the brown yarn (yarn #1).  Start with a loop knot and place it on the first peg on the long side of the loom.  You are working across from one long board to the other.  Weave across all pegs.  End with another loop knot.  Keep the yarn taut, but with enough stretch so the size is maintained once off the loom. Do not use the 4 corner pegs of the loom. Your base yarn is set up.

Now, place a loop knot on the first peg of the extender using yarn 2, pink.  Use the long crochet hook in 3 sections to move the yarn across the base yarn and down to the opposite extender on first peg.  This is one continuous flow of the yarn of each color.  Work 4 pegs of pink yarn.

Once the pink yarn is complete, cut yarn and tie on the brown yarn to the pink yarn tail at peg.  Work 2 rows of brown yarn.  Cut brown, tie on the yarn #3 Cream at next peg.  Work 8 pegs back and forth in the cream yarn.  Do not be concerned with all the yarn tails.

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Change back to the brown yarn for another 2 rows.  Cut and tie to the pink yarn.

Work last 4 pegs with pink to match the opposite side.  Knot the pink upon completion

by tying to the last peg or use a loop knot for easy removal. 

Edges (linear) along the long boards:  Choose the yarn color for the edges.  We decided to keep using the brown yarn. Use the short crochet hook and keep the weaving on the loom as you work.  Do not remove at this time.

Start at one end of the long boards.  Pick up the loop, from top to bottom, on the first peg and grab the working yarn.

 

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Make one more chain stitch on the hook.  Move the crochet hook to front of board and twist the hook so that the loop on it is twisted.  Pick up next loop and repeat.

Continue down the board until all pegs are secured with the crochet edge.  The edge will be on the outside of the loom.  Knot the yarn on last peg to secure or use loop knot.

Repeat the same edge on the other side of the loom so that both sides are completed.  Your woven piece should still be on all pegs.  The only open pegs are the ones at 4 corners of the loom.

 

Completing the ends with knitting: Once the long sides are complete and secure, you can work the short ends.  You may do this with knit and purl stitches on the loom, or move the loops to a #10.5 long knitting needle.  You will want to carefully remove the side edges off the pegs being careful not to remove the end loops until they are completed.  However you choose to knit off the ends, work with knit and purl rows.  Tie on the yarn at one end peg of a short side.  Add a stitch to the end pegs at beginning and at end of loom. You will be working on 22 pegs.  Work 2 rows in knit stitch, 1 purl row.  Repeat 3 times ending with a knit row. This is aprox 10 rows of knitting.  Bind off.  If you want it done in all knit stitches or all purl stitches, this can be a matter of choice. Once complete, draw in all yarn tails into the same color section and trim.

On the 2nd panel, you can just knit the one side edge.  The other end will be joined to the first panel and can be a bind off with the crochet hook.  If you choose to knit this edge also, you will create a wider middle section by sewing the 2 knit ends together.  If you have chosen to make place mats, be sure to knit off both ends.  As mentioned, you may have a longer table that you want your runner to fit.  You may work up as many woven panels as desired.  If you plan to do a 3rd panel, be sure to purchase a 2nd hank of the yarn that you are using for your base and edges.  3 panels will make a runner aprox 84” long.

You may want to block lightly, the knit sections, for nice even edges with the weaving.

Weaving is just another way to create home décor, tote bags, and scarves.  You can also experiment with many different types of media other than yarn.  Try cord, jute, and fabric yarn.

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May 2, 2014

Zig Zag Dishcloth

Zig Zag dishcloth

Decorating my kitchen with new dishclothes is always a fun activity. It also allows me to try new stitches while creating something useful for my household. The Zig Zag dishcloth uses a zig zag stitch that looks great on a dishcloth but would also look fantastic on a larger size item such as a blanket.

PATTERN SPECIFICATIONS

Knitting Loom: All-n-One knitting loom.

Yarn: 60 yards of worsted weight cotton. Sample was knit with Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton in Blueberry.

Notions: Knitting tool.

Size: 8 inches x 8.5 inches.

Gauge: not important for this project.

Size: Approx 8 x 8″

ABBREVIATIONS

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO= Cast on

BBO=Basic Bind Off

sts= stitches

Rep= repeat

INSTRUCTIONSZig Zag Dishcloth 2

Cast on 38 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1, 3: k to the end of row.

Row 2, 4: p to the end of row.

Row 5: k4, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 4sts, k4.

Row 6: p4, k to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 7: k4, p1, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 9sts, k3, p2, k4.

Row 8: As row 6.

Row 9: k4, p2, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 8sts, k3, p1, k4.

Row 10: As row 6.

Row 11: k4, p3, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 7sts, k3, k4.

Row 12: As row 6.

Row 13: k4, p2, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 8sts, k3, p1, k4.

Row 14: As row 6.

Row 15: k4, p1, *k3, p3; rep from * to last 9sts, k3, p2, k4.

Row 16: As row 6.

Rep Rows 5-16: 3 more times.

Work Row 5.

Next row: p to the end of the row.

Next row: k to the end of row.

Next row: p to the end of row.

Next row: k to the end of row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

 

 

3 Comments

  • Anyone know if it is possible to make this larger like for a place mat???

  • Yes, you can definitely make it larger. Cast on a multiple of 6 stitches+ 8 for the garter stitch border. For a place mat, I would cast on 68, work the instructions as written, it should work ok.

  • This pattern is adorable and thank you for sharing!

    I would like to know what knit stitch that you used.

    Thank you!!!

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Dec 18, 2013

Weave a Sleeve for Your Coffee Cup

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Weave a custom coffee sleeve!   Help the environment by saving on the paper ones AND show off your weaving know-how by learning to use small darts or short rows to curve the fabric as you weave it. Complicated looking, but simple to execute.

Knitting Loom
28” Knitting Loom with Peg Extenders

Yarn
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn about 25 yds in main color, and 9 yds in contrasting color.

Tools
knitting tool, tapestry needle, scissors, ruler, a fork.

Other Supplies
Postcard or similar size piece of cardstock, a 3″ x 4″ piece of cardboard,  permanent marker.

Finished Length
2.5″ x about 9.5″

Weaving Technique
Tapestry (weft faced, no warp shows)

Terminology
Warp – the vertical lines of yarn you weave in an out of on the loom.
Weft  – the horizontal line of yarn that you weave in and out of the warp.
1. Add the loom extenders
Place one extender at one end of the loom and add the second extender in the third hole of the board.

2. Warp up the loom
With the contrasting color tie the yarn securely to a peg toward the middle of one of the extenders. Run the yarn to the peg exactly opposite on the other extender. Continue until you have 12 lines of warp. Tie the yarn securely to the last peg you’ve warped and cut.

3. Prepare the yarn
Working with the main color yarn, wind two layers of yarn around the shorter side of cardboard, then turn the cardboard and wind two layers of yarn around the longer side. Continue in this manner until all the yarn is on the cardboard.

4. Prepare to weave
Weave in your postcard or cardstock into the warp by weaving over the first warp yarn and under the next. Continue in this same pattern until you reach the last yarn. The cardstock acts as a header and will provide you the space you need later to be able to weave in the warp yarns as you finish off the project. Weave the second piece of cardstock into the warp in the same way, weaving over the first warp yarn and under the next. Use the permanent marker to mark the width of the warp yarns on the footer cardstock.

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5. Begin weaving
Use the end of the fork to weave under the first warp yarn and over the next, continue in this pattern until you have woven the end of the fork through all the warp yarns, use your left hand to lift up all the warp yarns on top of the fork. With your right hand pass the yarn wound piece of cardboard through, leave a 4″ tail. Weave the tail into the middle of the warp, letting it dangling off of the back. You will weave it in later when you finish off the project.

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For the second pass, use your right hand to turn the footer cardstock slightly, lifting the warp yarns, insert the fork to hold the bottom warp yarns down. With your left hand, pass the yarn wound piece of cardboard through. Rows will alternate between these two positions. Use the fork tines to push the weft down against the card as you proceed. The fabric will become dense and only the weft will show. The warp will become completely covered. Use the markings on the footer cardstock to make sure you aren’t pulling the weft threads too tight, and that the woven fabric is about the same width. Weave a total of 60 weft rows in the main color, ending with the yarn on your right. Do not cut the yarn.

6. Weave the contrast color wedge
Thread the contrast color yarn onto the tapestry needle.  Weave under, then over, the  6 left most warp yarns. Pull the contrast color yarn until you have a 3” tail. Leave the tail to dangle off the back. Keeping in pattern of weaving over your unders and under your overs, weave 4 rows over the 4 left most warp yarns. Then weave one more row over the 6 left most yarns.  (See the photo for reference.)  Cut the contrast color yarn leaving a 2” tail.

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Repeat steps 5 and 6 three more times. Next, weave two more rows in the main color yarn. Cut the yarn, leaving a 5” tail.  Use the tapestry needle to weave the end in half way, and let the rest of the tail dangle off the back.

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7. Weave in your ends
Flip your loom over, use the tapestry needle to weave the ends dangling off the back along side the warp yarns. Your woven fabric should be well packed down, and should have a slight curve to it. The outside curve should measure about 9.75”, and the inside curve about 8.75”.

8. Taking it off of the loom
With your knitting tool, lift the warp off of the pegs. Untie the knots you made at the beginning. Gently remove the cardstock. Cut the warp yarns even leaving approximately a length of 4”. Fold the cut warp yarns over to the front of the piece.  Bring the two ends together, and knot top two warp yarns securely together, then drop them to the back side (inside the sleeve.)  Continue until all of the warp yarns have been tied together.  Turn the sleeve inside out.  Use the tapestry needle to weave the ends in under the weft yarn, alongside the warp yarns, as you did before.  Turn the sleeve inside out again, and you are done.

Mary K. Lawrie is a vegan artist and crafter. She gets really excited about eco-crafts and recycled materials. 

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Oct 24, 2012

Hostess Gift: Washcloth & Towel Set

I have to admit that the only reason this set made it into “real life” was because of the color of the yarn-HOT GREEN, or as I like to call it “Zumba Hawt” It is the color of many of my Zumba clothes…hey I should probably take it as my new towel during class. I saw it at the store and it was an impulse purchase. I had to get the yarn and knit something with it, it didn’t matter what, just something. Then it occurred to me, my bathroom downstairs could use a splash of color and voila the little set was born. I hope you enjoy knitting it and gifting it or keeping it :).

Happy looming!

Materials:

Loom: AIO loom

Yarn: Sugar and Cream in Hot Green

Tools: knitting tool, tapestry needle, measuring tape (or simply eye ball it).

Other: 2 cute small buttons (for towel)

Size: 8 x 8 inches (washcloth); 8 x 10 inches.

Gauge: 9 sts x 14.5 rows= 2 inches in Welted Rib stitch pattern

Stitch Pattern

Welted Rib (multiple of 4 + 2)

Row 1: k2, *p2, k2; rep from *

Row 2: k to the end of the row.

Abbreviations

approx=approximate

CO=Cast on

BBO=Basic Bind Off

Cont=continue

k=knit stitch (not flat stitch or u-wrap or e-wrap).

p=purl stitch

yo=yarn over (either e-wrap the peg, or take the working yarn in front of the empty peg)

sts=stitches

k2tog=knit two stitches together (a decrease)

p2tog=purl two stitches together (a decrease)

DIRECTIONS

CO 40 sts, prepare to knit a flat panel.

Row 1: (Going from left to right). k to the end.

Row 2: p to the end.

Row 3: k to the end.

Row 4: p to the end.

Row 5: k3, Welted Rib to last 3 sts, k3

Row 6: p3, Welted Rib to last 3 sts, p3

Rep Row 5 and Row 6: until item measures 7.5 inches. End on a Row 6.

Cont with instructions for either Washcloth or Towel

Washcloth Only

Next row: k to the end.

Next row: p to the end.

Next row: k to the end.

Next row: p to the end.

BBO

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Towel Only

Next row: p2tog, p to the last 2 sts, p2tog.

Next row: k2tog, k to the last 2 sts, k2tog.

Rep last two rows until 20 sts rem on the loom. Cont in this garter stitch pattern (purl one row, knit the next row) for approx. 2.5 inches. End on the second row.

Next row: p6, yo, p2tog, p to last 8 sts, p2tog, yo, p6.

Next row: k to the end.

Next row: p to the end.

Rep last two rows two more times.

BBO.

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Sew to buttons on the opposite side the buttonholes–be sure they line up with the buttonholes.

PS: if the towel feels a bit stiff at first, it is normal, soak it in some shampoo and it softens right up and the stitches become a bit more uniform.

7 Comments

  • To Isela,
    I just wanted to say thank you for posting such great ideas and patterns. I just received my own all in one loom. I have a few other projects to finish first but I look forward to casting on with you here at AKB in the very near future.
    Leann

  • If you don’t have the loom you used what would be the next best loom. I have the round knifty knitters and the Martha Stewart loom set. Would any of these work?

  • I would recommend the Martha Stewart with the small little blue pegs.

  • Thank you Leann :). You will love this loom, it is my favorite!!!

  • Love this pattern but… there seems to be an error in the welted rib. The directions state “Row 1: k2, *p2, k2; rep from *, IMO it should be Row 1: *k2, p2, k2; rep from *. I have tried to make this using the original instructions but the pattern I get is all wrong.
    Please let me know if I am reading the pattern correctly.

  • The stitch pattern for knitting in the flat is a multiple of 4 + 2. I put the +2 at the beginning of the stitch pattern, the k2, then I put the multiple *p2, k2. If we were to repeat the entire thing of *k2, p2, k2–it would be a multiple of 6, instead of a multiple of 6. Also, if we were to have the multiple as *k2, p2, k2–we would have 4 knit stitches together in between each p2. I hope this makes sense. Thanks for your feedback.

  • Forgive me for doubting, you are correct! Tried this again as written but this time relaxed my stitches on the board to account for the cotton yarn. The pattern really comes alive after washing and blocking the piece.

    The cotton yarn was throwing me off, but had faith and kept working along, with looser stitches which appear to be the key, what a learning experience!

    Keep up the great job, you are awesome!

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Sep 21, 2012

Kitchen Towelette

Kitchen Towelette

Bring the fun to your kitchen with this cute towelette. Knit it in fun colors to add a little splash of color to your kitchen. The body of the towel is made up of basketweave stitch and it is surrounded by a garter stitch border.

Enjoy!

MATERIALS

Knitting Loom:
52 peg, fine sett/gauge knitting loom (pegs spaced at ¼ from center to center). Sock loom by the knittingboard.com company is recommended.

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy, 2 skeins: one skein color Sea Foam; one skein color Crème Brulee. Yarn content: 75% Pima Cotton, 25%
acrylic; Weight: 50g; Length: 109yds

Notions: Knitting tool

Other: 1” Fun Button in complimentary colors

Gauge: 11sts and 15 rows=2 inches. However, gauge is not important.

Size: Approx: 9.5 inches wide x 16 inches long

Loom Knitting Level: Advanced Beginner

Loom Knitting Skills: knit stitch, purl stitch, knit 2 stitches together (k2tog), flat panel knitting.

Pattern notes:
Knit: refers to the knit stitch not the e-wrap/twisted knit stitch. You may
substitute with the flat stitch

k2tog (knit two stitches together): how to: move the stitch from the peg 1 over to peg 2. Treat both stitches
on the peg as one and then knit the peg.
Stitch Patterns

Garter Stitch
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Repeat above rows to create 1 garter stitch ridge.

Basket Weave
Multiple of 8+ 4

Yarn Colors
~A stands for Sea foam color yarn
~B stands for Crème Brulee color yarn

Abbreviations
CO=Cast on
BO=Bind Off (basic removal method)
k= knit
p= purl
k2tog= Knit two stitches together
R=Row
sts=stitches

DIRECTIONS

With A, CO 52 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

R1-R6: Work in Garter Stitch (3 garter stitch
ridges)

Cut A and join B.
R7: k4, p4 (k4, p4) 5 times, k4
R8: p4, p4, (k4, p4) 5 times, p4
R9: Same as R7
R10: Same as R8
R11: k4, k4 (p4, k4) 5 times, k4
R12: p4, k4 (p4, k4) 5 times, p4
R13: Same as R11
R14: Same as R12
Repeat R7-R14: 9 more times.
Repeat R7-R10.

Cut B and Join A continue to Top Edging instructions

Top Edging
Work 8 rows of Garter Stitch (4 garter stitch ridges)

Shaping
*Next row: k2tog, k2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2tog
Next row: p*
Repeat from * to * until 8 stitches remain

Button Band
Rows 1-20: On remaining 8 stitches, work 20 rows
in Garter Stitch (10 garter stitch ridges total)
Next row: k3, bo2, k3
Next 4 rows: Work 4 rows in Garter Stitch (2 garter
stitch ridges).

BO

Finishing
Attach button to bottom of the 8 stitch section and secure the button.

Block lightly.

1 Comment

  • thank u , IDE love to see some with the towel topper, there are only 2 I’ve found and I can’t understand it

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May 29, 2012

Box Stitch Washcloth Pattern

Loom: AllnOne Loom

Yarn: 60 yards of worsted weight cotton

Notions: Knitting tool

Size: 8 inches x 8.5 inches

ABBREVIATIONS

  • k=knit stitch
  • p=purl stitch
  • CO= Cast on
  • BBO=Basic Bind Off
  • sts= stitches
  • Rep= repeat

DIRECTIONS

Cast on 38 sts.

Border

Row 1: k.

Row 2: p.

Row 3: k.

Row 4: k.

BODY

Row 1: k2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, k2.

Row 2: p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2.

Row 3: k2, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2.

Row 4: p2, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, p2, p2.

Rep BODY rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 inches.

Rep BORDER rows.

BBO.Weave ends in.

 

 

16 Comments

  • Thank you! Very pretty, can’t wait to try it!

  • Have fun Margo :)

  • Thanks, Isela, I love learning a new stitch on a small project like this.

  • Has anyone laundered one of these to see if it remained square after washing and drying? The reason I ask this is because any washcloths that I have made on a knitting loom have had to be longer than they are wide in order to remain square after washing.

  • Thanks for another wonderful pattern.

  • I notice that my dishcloths always change shape whether needle knit or loom knit. You would probably be smart to do a gauge swatch and wash it to recalculate your rows and stitches if you wanted it to remain square. I once knit a cotton sleeveless top and was so proud of how it turned out. After it was washed, it was wider and shorter and that’s when I learned you can’t trust cotton yarn.

    Karen C.

  • Isela, do you think sometime you could explain how to set up a pattern with yo’s and k2’s and sskp on a loom so one could read the pattern and know what they are doing? I understand what to do when needle knitting but when loom knitting it all turns greek to me. I’m thinking primarily of the tulip face cloth you did recently.

    Karen

  • Karen,
    I use them to wash my body or dishes and to tell you the truth, I have never looked to see if they end up squarish after washing them. Since it is just for either my body or the dishes, I don’t mind if they don’t end up being square. Typically, my washclothes end up being my test swatches for bigger projects.

  • Karen, I will definitely tackle this for you and see if I can shed some light on the subject.

  • That would be great Isela. Thank you so much. I found the video you did on the fern lace stitch and the light bulb is slowly becoming brighter.

  • Greeting from across the sea. excellent blog I must return for more.

  • This is a great pattern. Thanks for posting it! So far it’s working up very nicely, and the All n One is a pleasure to use for making it.

  • i have tried four times to make the box stitch washcloth on the all-n-one and just cannot get it right somehow. i am using Village yarn, craft cotton #4 and the size comes out 12 ” and the pattern is just a jumbled mess. i am following the pattern exactly but don-t know what is wrong. could i be using the wrong yarn type? any input would be greatly appreciate.

  • The yarn should be about worsted weight. A few people have already knitted the cloth so the pattern seems to be okay, can you perhaps tell me what you are doing, step by step and then I probably will be able to help you.

  • I’m using sugar and cream cotton yarn. For this pattern, is it best to use one strand or two strands as one?

  • With our knitting looms, one strand is enough.

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Apr 30, 2012

Tulip Lace Facecloth

A small little square is the perfect way to try out new stitches. The Tulip Lace Facecloth uses the Tulip Lace stitch throughout.

Loom: AllnOne Knitting Loom

Yarn: Approx 60 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle

Size: Approx 7 x 7 inches

DIRECTIONS

Cast on 37 sts, prepare to work a flat panel
R1 (must go from right to left—clockwise around the loom): p37
R2: k37
R3: p37
R4: k37
R5: p3, k3, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k2, p3
R6: k37
R7: p3, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k1, p3
R8: k37
R9: p3, k3, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k2, p3
R10: k37
R11: p3, k31, p3
R12: k37
R13: p3, k7, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, sl1 k psso, yo, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, p3
R14: k37
R15: p3, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k5, p3
R16: k37
R17: p3, k7, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, sl1 k psso, yo, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, p3
R18: k37
R19: p3, k31, p3
R20: k37
R21: p3, k3, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k2, p3
R22: k37
R23: p3, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k1, p3
R24: k37
R25: p3, k3, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k2, p3
R26: k37
R27: p3, k31, p3
R28: k37
R29: p3, k7, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, sl1 k psso, yo, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, p3
R30: k37
R31: p3, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k5, p3
R32: k37
R33: p3, k7, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, sl1 k psso, yo, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, p3
R34: k37
R35: p3, k31, p3
R36: k37
R37: p3, k3, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k2, p3
R38: k37
R39: p3, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k1, p3
R40: k37
R41: p3, k3, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k2, p3
R42: k37
R43: p3, k31, p3
R44: k37
R45: p3, k7, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, sl1 k psso, yo, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, p3
R46: k37
R47: p3, k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k psso, k5, p3
R48: k37
R49: p3, k7, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, sl1 k psso, yo, k6, yo, sl1 k psso, k6, p3
R50: k37
R51: p37
R52: k37
R53: p37
Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave ends in.

5 Comments

  • I love this stitch! I am always looking for new ones to try out on dishcloths (Mother’s Day is coming – this may fit the bill)

  • At this point I have shared this post as well and am up to 20 points total….off to find more posts I missed :)

  • Stunning washcloth. I think it would make an awesome granny square on a larger project! I even mentioned that on Google+, Pinterest, facebook and twitter. =)

  • I’m using the All-n-One and gave a gauge swatch of 11 sts and 16 rows for 2 inches.

  • i am very new new to this craft but for years after having a paralyzed left arm was determined to teach my self to knit and thank god i stumbled upon a kitting board!!!! but have yet to find a place for lessons to guide me through mistakes i was under trhe impression the knit stitch always needed to be wrapped on a peg after viewing the videos you have taught me otherwise you have np idea how video has helped the world of those stuck at home self teaching thank you sooooooooooo much i just wish now the boards were a bit less expensive you will hear from me again THANK YOU for helping me sincerely Maureen halle. i purchased the book reading has been reenforced.

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