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Jul 23, 2017

Pavement Sunset Wall Art

If you are up until midnight browsing social media for the latest knit and crochet trends, you have probably noticed that knit wall art is now a “thing”! With this pattern, you can jump on board and create a stunning centerpiece for any room.

When you finish this pattern, don’t forget to share a picture with us on instagram @knittingboard using the hashtags #zippyloom, #knittingloom, and #knittingboard!

Loom: Zippy Master Set; 4 Zippy Looms (16 pegs).

Yarn: Knit Picks Tuff Puff (100 g per skein), Super Bulky #6, 100% wool, 44 yds.

  • Color A (Silver): 2 skeins (120 g/53 yds)
  • Color B (Orange): 2 skeins (120 g/53 yds)
  • Color C (Flamingo): 1 skein (25 g/33 yds)

(Note: Use different color combinations for different effects [favorite sports team, flag colors, etc])

Finished Size: 30” x 19” finished object, 34” x 23” pipe border

Abbreviations: u = U Stitch

Stitches: U Stitch: Bring yarn to the front of the peg, then wrap around the peg to the back of the loom, then hook over or work the peg.

Other Materials (optional):

½” copper pipe (found at your local hardware store), 2 pieces 34” long, 2 pieces 23” long

4 pieces of ½” copper pipe fittings 90 degree (found at your local hardware store)

1 spool stretch cord (normally used for jewelry)

Tools: Knit hook, large sewing needle

Instructions (for one panel):

Cast on 16 stitches.

Rows 1-14: 16u in color A

Rows 15-25: 16u in color B

Row 26: [1u in color B, 1u in color C] repeat 7 times

Row 27: [1u in color C, 1u in color B] repeat 7 times

Row 28: Repeat row 27

Row 29: Repeat row 26

Row 30-31: Repeat rows 26-27

Rows 32-36: 16u in color C

Bind off and sew in loose ends.

 

Create three panels using above pattern. Using a whipstitch, sew three panels together.

To create the optional frame, connect copper pipes using 90-degree copper pipe fittings.

Center finished object in the pipe frame and attach by weaving stretch cord around the pipe and through the finished object until firmly centered in pipe frame. Hang on your wall, and enjoy!

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  • Why is by cast on so loose and my cast off so tight. Trying to make dish cloths, and they come out, loose on one end and tight on the other. What am I doing wrong. Start rolls also.

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Jul 20, 2017

Patriotic Picnic Blanket

This two person, soft and cozy, picnic blanket is perfect for any outdoor occasion. It’s a festive accent to get you in the picnic mood  ….double knit so you can use either side!

Loom: Zippy Master Set

Yarn: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch Super Bulky (44 yards per skein)
7 skeins of Serrano (308 yards), 10 skeins of White (440 yards)

Finished Size: 45″x 50″

Tools: Knit hook, crochet hook, large sewing needle

Notes: Pattern is made using two double knit loom configurations.
Both in double knit

Instructions: Make 13 stripes (7 in Serrano + 6 in White)

Configure Loom using 2 Zippys + 2 Straight Connectors (double knit)
– cast on using 4 sets of pegs (all 8 pegs)
– set anchor yarn to secure the stitches
– work 56 rows of stockinette stitch keep track to ensure exact length)
– bind off, weave in yarn tails
– finish off cast on edge

Make 2 in White (these will be the edge strips for blanket)
Configure Loom using 4 Zippys + 2 Straight Connectors (double knit)
– cast on using 8 sets of pegs (all 16 pegs)
– set anchor yarn to secure the stitches
– work 56 rows of stockinette stitch (keep track to ensure exact length)
– bind off, weave in yarn tails
– finish off cast on edge

Arrange strips and sew together using the mattress stitch

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Jul 17, 2017

Loom FAQs: What Is A Burn Test? Why Burn Yarn At All?

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have all been there.  Go to a thrift store or yard sale and find a stash of yarn being sold for dirt cheap.  Cannot pass it up because IT IS DIRT CHEAP.  And better yet, it’s clean and usable yarn.  Doesn’t have an odor or feel weird.  Appears to be clean and ready to use.  Might still wash it after the project is made though…

But one thing is missing.  The label.  On several of the skeins.  And since there is such a variety of different kinds of yarn in that stash, there is no way of being certain that is the same kind of yarn.  It feels or looks different from anything else you have.

Or you are not the lucky sort to find these kind of deals and just end up buy a bag of mill ends that is still a mystery even though you bought it at a retail store.

What is it?  What kind of fiber is this mystery yarn?  Will I be able to block it?  Can I use it as a gift for someone who is allergic to wool?  How can I find out what the fiber content of this wonderfully cheap mystery yarn actually is??

Well you are in luck.  There are ways to find out the fiber content of yarn.  And it’s fun too.  BY BURNING IT.  Why would I burn it?  Then I wouldn’t have it.  Well you don’t burn the entire thing.  Just a small piece.

Please note!!  Please take every precaution about using open flames in your home so that your entire stash doesn’t burn with the rest of the house.  I mean, we all love firefighters.  And calendars of shirtless firefighters.  Just don’t go and try to meet all from the firehouse all at once by accident…  And please do not use me as an excuse to your significant other as a reason there was a fire in your home or why you have burned your hand.  But Renita said you can burn the yarn to see what it’s made of!!  It’s her fault.  Just use some common sense before setting anything at all on fire.  Even a candle.

What is a burn test?

A burn test is a simple way to tell if the yarn is 1 of 3 fiber types, synthetic (acrylic, nylon, etc.), plant base (cotton, linen, bamboo, rayon, etc.), or animal (wool, silk, alpaca, angora, etc.)

Why can I not tell between different types of animal or plant?

Since all of each fiber types will burn the same, there isn’t a way to tell between the different animals or plants or man-made fibers.  While some people can tell between silk and wool, the way those burn will remain the same.

How do I do a burn test?

First you will need to take all safety precautions like mentioned earlier.  A bowl or sink full of water is a great way to start.  If you are more accident prone, go ahead and have that fire extinguisher out and ready that we are all to have already in our kitchens.  Never hurts to have that handy just in case.

Then you will need to cut off a piece of the yarn.  About 6″ to 12″ will suffice.  Want it long enough to see how it burns and how easy it is to put out.  But not too long or too short that you can lose control easily.

Then light one end of the yarn on fire using a match, lighter, or other open flame while holding it over the prepared water.  You may need to use the water to put the flame out if blowing on it like a candle doesn’t work.  Or the flame gets out of the control and you really need to just drop it.  That water is going to come in handy.  Just take my word for it…

Do NOT pinch the flame out with your fingers!!  If the yarn is synthetic, you are basically burning plastic and run the risk of the melted plastic adhering to your fingers.  Not something you want to happen.

What does it tell me when I do a burn test?

Below are the results of burning each fiber type.

Each type will have different results in how it smells, how it burns and if it extinguishes itself or must be extinguished by you, and the way it burns and whether it produces ash or not.

And yes.  I have conducted the burn test myself and have smelled each one.

Synthetic (acrylic, nylon, etc.)

– smells like burnt plastic

– the flame will burn fast and will continue to burn until it is extinguished by blowing it out or submerging it in water

– the burnt end will not turn to ash and will harden like melted plastic while turning black

Plant (cotton, linen, bamboo, rayon, etc.)

– smells like burnt linen which it should especially if it’s linen…, (I saw it described that way before and just had to include that sweet little nugget of information…) In other words, it has a “clean” smell when burnt

– the flame will continue to burn until it is extinguished and is easy to extinguish like a candle wick by blowing t out

– the burnt end turns to fine ash like burnt paper ash

Animal (wool, silk, alpaca, angora, etc.)

– smells like burnt hair

– flame will almost immediately die out on it’s own without the need to extinguish, if it doesn’t then it may be a blend

– leaves crisp, crunchy ash that is larger, may stick together until broken apart, and not fine like plant fiber

What if the yarn is a blend?

Usually the burn test will determine the highest of the fiber content used.  It may or may not burn differently depending on the content of each fiber when it’s a blend.  There is not a sure fire way to know what the percentage of each fiber is.  Did you see what I did there…  

If the yarn is plied with multiple strands, you may try separating the strands and conducting the burn test on each strand.  Sometimes with blends, the strands that are plied together are actually different fibers.  Most times though all the different fibers are carded together before they are spun.

One way to tell if it’s a blend is by looking closely at the colors in the strand.  If the strand of yarn has slightly different shades of the same color, it is most likely a blend of more than one fiber.  Different fibers take color dye differently causing a variation of color shade in the same strand of yarn.

Can I try it on something I know first?

A great way to know what it looks like and smells like when burnt is to do a burn test on yarn you already know the fiber content.  Trying to describe how it smells and looks is harder than it sounds, and everyone smells things differently.

 

While the burn test will not give the most definitive answers, it will narrow down the fiber type tremendously making it easier to know how to use, block, and clean the finished projects made with the mystery yarn.

For more answers regarding the yarn weight of the mystery yarn, please check out my previous article Loom FAQs:  What Is WPI And Yarn Weights?

Now you know basically what the yarn is and are ready to cast on your loom.  Well get going!  Happy loom knitting!!

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  • i was wondering after i e wrap and i have too do a purl stich next do i cast on again too make 2 on the peg ?

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Jul 3, 2017

Stitchology 34: Double Andalusian Stitch

This month we feature a stitch with a rhythmic and almost calming repeating pattern of simple knits and purls. The Double Andalusian Stitch, sometimes called the Ridge Rib Stitch, is wonderfully versatile and can provide that perfect amount of interest to any project at hand.

We have changed the format just a little bit for our Stitchology Column.  Each of the featured stitches will be explained row by row via both written and video instructions.  We will be focusing on highlighting the repeating stitch pattern itself, so that you can enjoy the freedom of putting these new stitch patterns to use in your own projects as creativity strikes.  We hope you will enjoy this new way of learning new stitches with us! :)

Find all the previous Stitchology Columns at this link here.

Special Stitch Instructions

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.

 

Chart for Repeating Pattern Rows

 

*Note: The stitches in the chart that are bordered with darker lines are the Repeating Pattern Rows/Stitches.

When working a Flat Panel, the stitches outside the border square are worked only once: at the end of the odd rows, after all the repeats of the Repeating Pattern Rows are completed and at the beginning of the even rows, before the Repeating Pattern Rows are worked and repeated.

When working in the Round, only repeat the 3 stitches of the Repeat Pattern Rows within the border…the stitches outside the border squares are not worked at all.  Make sure to simply read each row from right to left and work in a clockwise direction.

 

Repeating Pattern Rows for working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 3, plus 1 extra stitch at the end. Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Rows 1 & 2: k all sts.

Row 3:  *k1, p2, rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 4:  k all sts.

Repeat Rows 1-4 until desired length.

 

Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 3):

Rounds 1 & 2: k all sts.

Round 3: *k1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 4:  k all sts.

Repeat Rounds 1-4 until desired length.

 

Have questions or comments?  Please feel free to leave a message for Bethany in the comments below.

11 Comments

  • I am asking about the sea coral cap. Crown I am confused

    I move stitch 1 to peg2 Do I knit off?

    Next part I do not understand If I am correct I have empty odd begs? I do not understand B/o the even pegs

    Thank you for your help

  • Hi Betty :) The best thing to do to get the original designer’s attention, and to help those that come along behind you reading the comments for questions they may have, is to place your comment at the bottom of the post that you are referring to. This just helps everyone in the long run and is more effective to reach your particular designer for answers. ;)

    Although I did not write the Sea Coral Cap pattern, I think I can answer your question…

    In the crown, it looks like Denice is having you do a less bulky gathered BO. The gathered BO is what is normally used to cinch in the top of a hat. She is just saying to first thread through all the odd pegs, tighten that a bit, then to thread back through all the even pegs. You will then remove the hat from the loom and cinch in the first pegs gathered all the way, then proceed with the 2nd group of pegs. You can close any resulting hole at the top by neatly stitching closed.

    I hope this helps!
    Bethany~

  • Sorry Betty I just now saw your comment. Thank you Bethany for answering. She is right. Its just to decrease half the peg count so when you run the yarn to gather it will be less bulky.

  • Bethany,
    I have been following your “Stitchology” square offereings since the beginning. I am a bit confused and hope for assistance. I know you have gone to a new format but I still wish to use the stitches to create a square (want to use all I have completed so far for a blanket). Have just started on the Stitchology 34 double andalusian stitch and am confused with the pattern. No mention is made of “Set Up Rows” as in the past. Usually they always were a few rows of knit, purl, knit to create a border around the square. If I want my squares to be pieced together into a blanket, should I start all squares as in the past and do the first few rows of knit, purl, knit to create a matching border (I would think they would be easier to join if all are alike). But, want to be sure as I have not looked at all the patterns yet and should no mention be made in the future patterns about these “Set Up Rows”, I would like to know how to continue with the pattern, or if added with they change the pattern? Thank you, Marilyn

  • Which gage works best for the double Andalusian stitch? Mine seems way to tight.

  • Hi Marilyn :) I’m so happy to hear you’ve been following along with us on the squares!

    Due to this new format and the extra time involved with creating the video, an entire pattern for the square will not be posted here. But currently, you can find all the charts for the 8″ x 8″ squares since the new format began (Feb 2017: Lacy Hearts) and yarn information at the Ravelry page for each stitch. You should be able to follow along with the chart to make the entire squares. http://www.ravelry.com/designers/bethany-a-dailey

    As for the Set Up Rows, even though the pattern will be written for the stitches specifically, rather than the entire square, there still may be some listed with certain stitches. It all depends on the stitch pattern itself. If there are rows that are required to “set up” the stitch, but are not included in the repeating pattern rows/stitches, there will be set up rows listed. If there are no rows needed to set up the stitch itself, as in this month’s feature, you won’t see the Set Up Row section. ;)

    I hope this will helps explain things a bit better. I’m so glad to know you’re knitting gorgeous stitches along with us and hope you’ll share the progress of your blanket with us at either our KB Facebook page, or through the stitch listings at Ravelry! :)
    Bethany~

  • Hi Char :) I don’t think the ply really matters…using the proper weight of yarn for your desired loom to achieve the proper gauge is what counts. You can create this stitch using any weight of yarn really, even the the super heavy weight that is popular now-a-days, as long as it works with your loom. For the loom featured in the video (KB Hat Loom) I am using worsted weight #4.

    The other thing that will impact the way the stitch is turning out is how much your are pulling on your working yarn as you knit. When I use the U-stitch as you can see in the video, I am making sure that the “u” shape that I’ve built into each stitch will not be disturbed when knitting the next peg in line. Sometimes I’ve seen knitters placing too much tension on their working yarn, so that the little bit of looseness that was created in the stitch before is accidentally pulled out when creating the next stitch, resulting in stitches that are too tight for the desired stitch pattern. Try to concentrate on not disturbing the stitches done before; only gently laying the working yarn across and behind the peg, then lifting that loop over with a simple little flip. Does that makes sense? If you still can’t get the tension you desire with the U-stitch, you might try using the traditional true knit stitch, or “reverse purl”, which tends to result in a stitch that is just a little bit looser.

    I hope this helps!
    Bethany~

  • can i use my afgan loom for it stitchology

  • Hi Opal :) I don’t see why you couldn’t use your afghan loom!

  • Thank you for your help. I am a newbie to loom knitting or any kind knitting.
    I am learning to make prayer shawls for church on a loom. Have mostly done double
    Knitting but trying to learn single knitting. I think you are right I pull to tight. Hope to try
    This stitch on the KB hat loom for a shawl . Not sure if it will be big enough for a shawl
    Though. Trial and error that’s me. The stitch looks pretty and I need easy. Knitting is
    Suppose to be fun and relaxing not stressful!
    Guess I will see what happens! Thanks. Char

  • Hi Char…I’m glad I could help! I think the hat loom when adjusted to its fullest settings would be fine for a rectangular shawl. I think this stitch would be very nice featured in a shawl…have fun with it! :D

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