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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

 

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Nov 20, 2017

Welcome Winter Mittens

Brrr, it is cold outside! Knit yourself a cozy pair of mittens to keep you warm this winter. 

 

LOOM: KB Sock Loom 2

YARN: Red Heart Classic in Paddy Green 380 yards.

NOTIONS: Tapestry needle.

GAUGE: 4 stitches and 6 rows =1″

SIZE: Child & Adult.

ABBREVIATIONS

K= knit stitch
Ewk= ewrap knit stitch
P= purl stitch
Sts= stitches

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Ewrap cast on 30 (40) pegs clockwise, prepare to work in the round. Adjust the number of rows for pattern to ensure proper fit.

Rows 1-14:
For Child: (k1,p1) repeat for row
For Adult: (k2,p2) repeat for row

Rows 15-19: ewrap knit row

Row 20: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 21-25: ewrap knit row

Row 26: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 27-31: ewrap knit row

Row 32: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Thumb:
For child use pegs 1-5 (ewk 25 rows).
For adult use pegs 1-8 (ewk 30 rows).
End back at peg 1.

Rows 33-37: ewrap knit row

Row 38: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 39-43: ewrap knit row

Row 44: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 45-49: ewrap knit row

Row 50: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 51-55: ewrap knit row

Row 56: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 57-61: ewrap knit row

Row 62: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 63-67: ewrap knit row
End for child, continue for adult.

Row 68: (skip 5 sts, bring up 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 69-73: ewrap knit row

Row 74: (bring up 5 sts, skip 5 sts) repeat
Ewrap knit row.

Rows 75-79: ewrap knit row

Bind off using the gather bind off method
and weave in yarn ends. Sew up each side of thumb. Set stitches by gently tugging on the mitten.

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Nov 10, 2017

Blue Reeds Cable Hat

If you love cables in double knit, try this snazzy ‘ready for winter’ hat.  Four cable sections of two cables each. Knit on the ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom

Loom: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, set for double knit.

Stitches:  Rib, Cable Twist

Yarn:  Patons Shetland Chunky, 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool.  Hand wash and lay flat to dry.  Chunky #5 weight.  Color used is 78742 True Peacock.  1 skein or a total of 125 yds.  To make a deeper hat, purchasse 2 skeins of Patons Shetland Chunky.

Medium Blue, 8 yds for PomPoms, or any accent color desired. Sample worked with 3 yarns of similar color and Medium blue.

Notions:  Knit hook, crochet hook, loom double hook (optional), tapestry needle, and stitch markers (4 colored rubber bands work well)

Size:  Hat fits average adult and is 8.5” deep.

Gauge:  4 rounds=1″

 

Abbreviations

St (sts)=stitch (stitches)   aprox=approximately  Rnd(s)=round(s)

Hat Design:

Hat is worked in Rib Stitch. Total of 32 rounds unless deeper hat is desired. Each rib is 2 sts.  Cables consist of 8 stitches or 4 sets of Ribs.  There is a total of 4 Cable sections in hat.

Break down…

  1. Work Twist #1 on all cables and work round.
  2. Rib stitch (3 rounds)
  3. Work Twist #2 on all cables and work round.
  4. Rib Stitch (3 rounds)

Place colored rubber band on each set of 8 sts cables before beginning.  There are 4 of these sections. Sequence:  4st, 8 st cable, 6st, 8 st cable, 4 st, 8 st cable, 6 st, 8 st cable.  Place one rubber band around pegs for each 8 st cable, for markers.

#1 Twist: Each cable design consists of 4 ribs or 8 sts.  Be sure to pick up the correct stitches to keep the ribs consistent.  Twist only the sts on the outer loom.  Place markers or rubber band on each set of 8 sts.

Working pegs 1-4. Lift first 2 sts, 1 and 2 (one rib) and hold on double hook. With another hook, move sts 3 and 4 onto pegs 1 and peg 2.   Now, place st 1 and 2 from double hook onto peg 3 and peg 4.

 

Working pegs 5-8. Do another twist (2 ribs).  Then repeat the process on all sets of 8 sts marked with rubber bands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Twist:  Start with 2nd rib.  You will be twisting the stitches in the opposite direction.

Working pegs 1-4. Lift the 2 sts on pegs 3 and peg 4 and hold on double hook. Move sts 1 and 2 onto pegs 3 and peg 4.  Now, place sts from double hook onto pegs 1 and 2.

 

 

 

 

 

Working pegs 5-8.  Lift sts 7 and 8 with double hook.  Move sts 5 and 6 to peg 7 and peg 8.  Now place sts from double hook onto pegs 5 and peg 6.

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat this process on all sets of 8 sts marked with rubber bands.

Finished Twist #2

 

Hints:  Work in loose tension especially the row before each twist row.

Work hook over on inner loom first as this loosens tension.  Then, work the hook over on the outer loom.

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast On all 52 pegs to work in the round in Rib stitch.  Lay anchor yarn and allow ends to dangle below the looms.

Rnds 1-6:  Work in Rib stitch for the brim of hat.

Rnd 7:  Work Twist #1 cable on all 4 cable sections (8 sts each).  Weave the round in rib stitch over all pegs including the cable twists and hook over.

Rnd 8-9-10:  Rib stitch

Rnd 11:  Twist #2 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work the rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 12-13-14:  Rib stitch

Rnd 15:  Twist #1 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 16-17-18:  Rib stitch

Rnd 19:  Twist #2 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 20-21-22:  Rib stitch

Rnd 23:  Twist #1 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 24-25-26:  Rib Stitch

Rnd 27:  Twist #2 cable on all 4 cable sections.  Work rnd in rib stitch.

Rnd 28-29-30-31-32:  Rib stitch

Bind Off using Rib Bind Off method: Maintain a yarn tail of aprox 12-14”.  Keep the 2 rib sts together.  Place st 1 on st 2 as if to do decrease.  This needs to be the 2 sts of one rib.  Do this all around the loom on both looms.  You will have every other peg with 2 loops.  Lift bottom over top so that there is just one loop on every other peg. Now, bring the loops from inner loom to outer loom so that there are again 2 loops on every other peg on outer loom.  Use tapestry needle and yarn tail to work around the loom and pick up the loops on the pegs, so that hat is free of the loom, and all loops are secure on the yarn.  Lift hat off loom.  Draw up the top of hat.  Go around the top of hat a 2nd time to secure a snug closure.  Knot the yarn, and weave in ends.

Bind off at Anchor yarn:  With the crochet hook, pick up both loops of one rib at yarn tail.  Pull one thru the other.  Pick up next loop of next rib, and pull one closest to hook thru the other.  Do this loosely around entire brim of hat.  Once complete, knot last loop with yarn tail and weave in ends.  Gently pull out the anchor yarn.

Finish hat with a happy big pompom.  Use some different yarns of shades of blue or peacock blue and maybe some different weights.  Wrap about 40 times around cardboard.  Tie the pompom, cut and trim.  Tie to top of your hat for a fun look.

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  • Great supportive photos! Thank you!!!!!

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Nov 6, 2017

Ripples & Ribs Stitch, Stitchology 38

Front Side Ripples & Ribs

 

This is a stitch that is full of loft, texture, and lines, both straight and wavy.  The best  part of this new stitch is that it is completely reversible, with its vertical lines trailing between sections of texture along the front side, and lovely undulating ripples showing horizontally across the back side.  Feel free to use this stitch on anything for which both sides will be featured, such as scarves, blankets, and even reversible hats!

Back Side Ripples & Ribs

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.

Abbreviations

K,k: knit

P,p: purl

WY: working yarn

S1, s1: slip one stitch (simply skip this peg while carrying the working yarn behind the peg)

rep: repeat.

 

Chart Key for Repeating Pattern Rows

 Ripples & Ribs Repeating Pattern 

To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

Repeating Pattern for working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 6.  Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Row 1: *s1, k1, p1, s1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 2: *p2, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 3: *s1, p2, rep from * to end.

Row 4: *p1, k3, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Row 5: *s1, k2, rep from * to end.

Row 6:  *k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, rep from * to end.

Row 7: Repeat Row 3.

Row 8: Repeat Row 2.

Row 9: *s1, p1, k1, s1, k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Row 10: k all sts.

Rep rows 1-10 for desired length.

 

Repeating Pattern for working in the round (Begin from right to left/clockwise, cast on a number divisible by 6):

Round 1: *s1, k1, p1, s1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 2: *k1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 3: *s1, p2, rep from * to end.

Round 4: *k1, p1, k3, p1, rep from * to end.

Round 5: *s1, k2, rep from * to end.

Round 6:  *k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to end.

Round 7: Repeat Row 3.

Round 8: Repeat Row 2.

Round 9: *s1, p1, k1, s1, k1, p1, rep from * to end.

Round 10: k all sts.

Rep rounds 1-10 for desired length.

 

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

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  • Hi Bethany, I just watched the video on the new Ripples & Ribs stitch and I absolutely love it. Can you tell me what cast on and bind off you used please and thank you.

    Corry

  • I’m so glad you like the stitch, Corry! :) I pretty much always use the Chain Cast On and the Basic Bind Off for all my projects. They look very similar to each other, so provide nicely matched edges.

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