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Oct 8, 2017

Faire Isle Beanie

Finally, a warm, stylish beanie that will be equally stunning on 5th Avenue or at the high school football game! Fair Isle is a knitting technique that uses multiple strands of different colored yarn to create intricate knit patterns. This hat will quickly become a staple accessory in your wardrobe!

LOOM: ‘Premium’ Round Loom Set (Large, 80 peg loom)

YARN: Worsted Weight (#4)

Red Hearts Super Saver (100% Acrylic) used in sample

Color A: approximately 60 g/110 yds (Soft Navy used in sample)

Color B: approximately 20 g/37 yds (Charcoal used in sample)

SIZE: Adult Unisex

COMPLEXITY: Late beginner to early intermediate

ABBREVIATIONS

st(s): Stitch(es)

rnd: Round

ek: E-wrap knit stitch

rep: Repeat

INSTRUCTIONS

Because this pattern is worked in the round, the pattern may be slightly staggered by one row between the first and last stitches in the round. This is normal and should be expected.

Note: A chart is located at the bottom of the pattern for your convenience. If using the chart, starting from the bottom, repeat the chart 16 times until you reach the end of each row. Then move up to the next row. Refer to the pattern for instructions between rows.

Cast on 80 sts in color A, prepare to work in the round

 Rnd 1-21: ek80 in color A

The brim is created by bringing the cast on row stitches (the bottom row of the work on the loom) back onto the top of the pegs. You should now have two rows of yarn on your pegs (row 21 on the bottom of the pegs and the cast on row on the top of the pegs). Next, simply work row 21 over the cast on row. This will create the double-thick brim.

Rnd 22: *ek1 in color A, ek1 in color B, ek 3 in color A; rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 23: *ek1 in color B, ek1 in color A, ek1 in color B, ek2 in color A; rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 24-25: *ek3 in color A, ek2 in color B; rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 26: rep rnd 23

 Rnd 27: rep rnd 22

 Rnd 28: *ek4 in color A, ek1 in color B, rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 29: *ek3 in color A, ek1 in color B, ek1 in color A, rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 30: rep rnd 28

 Rnd 31: rep rnd 29

 Rnd 32-33: ek80 in color A

 Rnd 34-36: *ek3 in color B, ek2 in color A; rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 37-38: rep rnd 32

 Rnd 39-40: ek80 in color B

 Rnd 41-42: rep rnd 32

 Rnd 43-44: rep rnd 39

 Rnd 45-47: *ek3 in color A, ek2 in color B; rep from * to end of rnd

 Rnd 48-50: rep rnd 39

 Rnd 51-55: rep rnd 32

Bind off with gather removal method. Weave in ends.

Finish by attaching a pompom in color B to the top of the hat.

 

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Jun 10, 2017

Men’s Vest

 

Knit with a simple stitch, this vest is the perfect way to begin loom knitting garments. Worn over a dress shirt with a tie lending a bit of warmth and style.

LOOM:  All-n-One Loom with 20-peg extenders

YARN:  Approx 770 yds of worsted weight yarn. Caron Simply Soft in Navy color 570(600, 630) yds, and Gray color 120 (130, 140 yds) was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  knitting tool, tapestry needle, 6 stitch markers to mark the shoulders and back of neck, stitch holder.

GAUGE: 20 sts x 32 rows=4 inches

SIZE:  S (M, L) Sample shown in Small. Meant to fit loosely.

ABBREVIATIONS

k=knit

p=purl

st(s)=stitch(es)

k1f&b=knit one front and back (an increase)

rem=remain

MC=Main color (Gray)

CC=Contrasting color (Navy)

Approx=Approximately

INSTRUCTIONS

BACK

Using CC, cast on 100 (110, 118) sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-Row 20: *k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Cut CC, join MC.

Row 21: Move last loop over one peg to leave one peg open (move loop from peg 100 to peg 101; from peg 110 to peg 111; from peg 118 to peg 119). K1f&b,k to end of row.  (101, 111,119 sts)

Row 22: k to end of row.

Rep Row 22 until panel measures approx 14.5 (15.5, 16.5) inches.

Tip: recommend to keep track of the number of rows, as you will need to match the front with the same number of rows.

Underarm Shaping

Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.

Continue working in knit stitch until piece measures 24.5 (25.5, 26.5) inches.

Tip: recommend to keep track of the number of rows, as you will need to match the front with the same number of rows.

Bind off the neckline using basic bind off method— 27 (30, 33) sts for shoulder stitches, 35 (39, 39) sts for back of next stitches, and 27 (30, 33) sts for shoulder stitches.

Tip: You can mark them with stitch markers, as you will need to line up the front shoulders to the back for seaming.

FRONT

Follow instructions as for Back from Row 1-Row 21.

Row 22: *k3, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 23: k to end of row.

Rep Row 22-23 until panel measures approx 14.5 (15.5, 16.5) inches

Tip: recommend to keep track of the number of rows, to match the back.  

Underarm Shaping

Bind off 6 sts at beginning of next 2 rows while maintaining the stitch pattern.

(Example for Large Size: First row: bind off first 6 sts of the row, k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. (113 sts rem).

Next row:  bind off first 6 sts of row, k to end. (107 sts rem).

**Next row: k1, p1, *k3,p1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.

 Next row: k to end of row.**

Rep from ** to ** until piece measures 24.5 (25.5, 26.5) inches.

Tip: recommend to keep track of the number of rows, to match the Back.

Work as for Back, including all shaping. When piece measures 14.5 (15.5, 16.5) inches, (at the point of the shoulder shaping), begin the neck shaping too.

Begin Neck Shaping

Work to center st in established stitch pattern, remove center stitch and place it on a stitch holder.  Attach another ball of yarn on next stitch and complete row (using the new ball of yarn). Work both sides at once.

Decreasing 1 st at each neck edge every 2nd  row, 9x (6x, 3x), then every 4th row 8x (13x, 17x).

Continue in established stitch pattern until piece measures 24.5 (25.5, 26.5) inches.

Bind off using basic bind off method.

Block pieces lightly before assembly.

ASSEMBLY

Join side seams using mattress stitch.

Weave in all ends.

Seam each shoulder 27 (30,33) sts of front to 27 (30, 33) sts of back.

Armhole Edging
(make 2)

Using CC, cast on 100 (110, 120) sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-3: *k2, p2; rep from * end.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Seam Armhole Edging to each armhole opening using mattress stitch.

Neck Edging

Using CC, cast on 112 (120, 148) sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-3: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Locate the center stitch of the neckline opening, remove stitch from stitch holder, and pass the tapestry needle through it and begin mattress stitch seaming the Neck Edging at that point all the way around.

Weave all ends in. Block lightly.

Have questions or comments, please feel free to contact Isela Phelps by leaving a comment below. 

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