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Dec 23, 2017

Spruce Berry Mittens

When the snow falls you’ll be ready to play with super warm mittens. Stylish enough for any occasion!

LOOM: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, set up for flat panel in double knit. Other looms may be used with 34+ double stitches.

STITCHES: Rib, Stockinette and Figure 8 for FDL design

YARN: Premier Serenity Chunky Tweed, #5, Color Cypress (G), 1-1/2 skeins. Premier Serenity Chunky, color Red Ochre (R), 1 skein and Pristine, white (W), 1 Skein. 100% Acrylic, 109 yds per skein. Machine wash, warm.

NOTIONS: Knit hook, Crochet hook, Large Darning Needle

SIZE: Adult med/large (7-7.5” from wrist to tip of middle finger)

GAUGE: 5 sts X 9 rows=2 inches in stockinette

St (sts)=stitch (stitches), Inc=increase, dec=decrease,

Techniques: Increase (inc)-move loops over to create an empty peg. Lift loop from previous row on adjacent peg onto empty peg to create a new stitch.





Decrease (dec)-lift loop on one peg onto adjacent peg. This creates an empty peg and a peg with 2 loops. Shift all loops over to close in the empty peg. This removes the stitch. When hooking over, lift both loops as one.





Note: When instructed to work an inc or dec, always follow this with a weave and hook over to complete the row. It will say, “work row”.


Cast On in Rib stitch. (22) stitches with G yarn. Lay anchor yarn over stitches.

Rows 1-10: Work in Rib stitch. Rest of mitten will be worked in stockinette stitch.

Work 1 row in Stockinette with G yarn.

Add W yarn at 2nd stitch and knot. Cut G yarn.

Work 2 rows in stockinette with W yarn. Increase 1 stitch at each end at 3rd stitch after the 2nd row is complete. Work this row.
Work one additional row. Total W rows=4.

Add G yarn, and work 1 row.

Pick up W yarn, and work 1 row. Cut W yarn.

Add G yarn, and work 2 rows. After 2nd G row, inc 1 st each end. Work row. Cut G yarn.

Add W yarn, and work 3 rows. On rows 2 and 3, inc 1 stitch each end, and work rows.

There are now 30 stitches on the loom. Cut and knot the W yarn.

Add G yarn and work 2 rows.
Increase 4 stitches. Move 6 sts out from each end creating one empty at each end at peg 7 and peg 23. Then move the end 3 stitches out to create 2 more empty pegs. Be sure to add the new stitches from previous row onto empty pegs.
You now have 34 stitches on the loom.

Work 2 additional rows in G yarn.


The thumb is worked on center 10 stitches. They will remain on the loom as you continue to work in flat panel. Leave G yarn attached at beginning of loom. Add R yarn at peg 13 or 14 for thumb stitches.


Work 10 rows in center of loom with R yarn. After each row, simply push down in center of loom to move the thumb stitches down.

Once complete, bind off the 10 sts with a dec: Move loop 1 onto peg 2, loop 3 onto peg 4, loop 5 onto peg 6, 7 onto peg 8, 9 onto peg 10. You have 5 pegs with 2 loops each. Move them together to center.

Cut R yarn with 6” yarn tail. Place yarn on darning needle and remove the thumb stitches to yarn. This will hold them until you are ready to sew the mitten. Push the thumb down so that it is below the loom.

The mitten is worked on the remaining 24 sts, 12 on each side of thumb.
Slowly, move the stitches from each side to meet in center. Be sure to move the 12 inner sts to line up with the 12 outer sts. Do same thing to other side. Once all sts are moved to meet in center, do a reinforcement twist on st 12 and st 13 by crossing them.
This twist will reinforce the base of thumb.

Work 2 additional rows in G yarn on the 24 sts.
Do increase at st 3 and st 22 after 2nd row of G is complete. Cut G yarn. There are now 26 sts on the loom.

Add W yarn at 2nd peg. Work 2 rows in W yarn. Leave W yarn attached.

Add R yarn at peg 2 by tying it in center between the rows of pegs.
Work 3 rows with W and R yarn to complete the Fleur de Lis pattern.

Fleur de Lis There are five R designs, worked in 3 rows.
Each has: Row 1 with a center stitch,
Row 2 with 3 stitches,
Row 3 has 1 center stitch.
There are 2 stitches between the designs at center sts. Work all R sts in Figure 8 stitch, and then add the W yarn in stockinette.

It goes like this:
Row 1 & 3: Wrap st 4, 9, 14, 19, 24 with R yarn in Figure 8. Lay R yarn down but do not cut. Work remaining pegs with W yarn in stockinette. Hook over.
Row 2: Wrap sts 3,4,5, -8,9,10,-13,14,15,-18,19, 20, -23, 24, 25 with R yarn in Figure 8. Work remaining pegs with W yarn in stockinette.

You will note that the Figure 8 wrap is only moving R to L, or L to R. The yarn tail will end at R end of loom after the 3 rows. Cut R yarn.

Work 2 rows with W yarn. You can tie the R yarn tail onto the W yarn at R side at next row. Cut W yarn and tie on G yarn.






Work 4 rows of G yarn.

Decrease row (dec):  Dec by 4 sts at each of the dec rows. Work the dec on peg 3 from each end, and center 2 pegs. This leaves 4 empty pegs, 1 at each end and 2 in center. Shift the loops to close in the empty pegs. Work row.

Work one regular row with G yarn. (no dec)
Next 2 rows, do dec rows and work each row.
Work one regular row.
Work 1 dec row. Work row.
Now 10 sts on loom. Cut G yarn with 10” yarn tail.

Removing the mitten from loom: Move the loops from inner loom to outer loom so that the inner loom is empty. Hook over to have only one loop on each of the 10 pegs. Shift loop from peg 1 onto peg 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 10. Move stitches towards center. Place yarn tail on darning needle and pick up all loops so that they are on the yarn and free of the loom. Remove the mitten.

Sewing and Finishing
Once the mitten is off the loom stretch it out so that the inc and dec are even and well shaped. Fold in half. The sewing will look best if you use the same color yarn as the stripes dictate. Start with the thumb and sew the R sts together with the yarn tail. Once you get to the G open area at base of thumb, change to G yarn. Sew this securely.

Move to top of mitten and draw the bind off sts up with yarn tail, Knot. Continue with G yarn until you get to the W fleur de lis section. Change to W yarn and do all the W sections. Knot each one. Use G yarn to complete the sewing down to the cuff. Be sure to match the color sections for a professional looking mitten. If you have any yarn tails to cut and weave into knitting, do these before sewing the cuff. Once the cuff is closed up, it will be more difficult to get into the inside to trim yarn tails. Once complete, you will repeat all instructions for the 2nd mitten.

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Dec 22, 2017

Baby Stroller Blanket

Loom knit a gorgeous baby blanket in the perfect size for a stroller or car seat. A simple stitch pattern gives it texture through out.

LOOM:  28″ Loom + peg extenders
YARN:  Approx 500 yards of Aran weight merino wool, alpaca, donegal tweed mix yarn. Sample was worked with City Tweed HW in Obsidian, 3 skeins (164yds/150, 100g/3.53oz).
NOTIONS:  tapestry needle, row counter (optional)
GAUGE:  10 sts x 18 rows=2 inches in stockinette
SIZE:  25” long  x 26” wide

k=uwrap knit
4 st repeat +3
Row 1: k3, p1; rep from * to last 3 sts; k3.
Row 2: k to end.
Cast on 131 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1, 3, 5, 7: k to end of row.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8:p to end of row.
Row 9: k4, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 7 sts, k to end.
Row 10: p4, k to last 4sts, p4.
Rep Row 9 and Row 10: (108 times) until item measures 25 inches from cast on edge (216 rows).
Rep Rows 1-8
Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in. Block if necessary.

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Dec 21, 2017

Slanting Cowl

We bring you another 2-hour or less knit! There is still time to Zippy through a few more holiday gifts! 

Loom: Zippy Master Set and 2 Zippy Looms  
Yarn: 160 yds of super bulky acrylic yarn. Sample used 2 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA (2 strands as 1) in Tampa Spice color (81yd/74m, 142g/5oz)
Notions: knitting tool
Gauge: 2sts x 2 rows=2 inches in stockinette


k=knit (sample used the knit stitch)
co=cast on (sample used the chain cast on at the beginning)
bo=bind off
bbo=basic bind off method

Set up Zippy Loom as shown









Using two strands of yarn as one, cast on 28 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Rnd 1, 3, 5: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 2, 4, 6: p to end of rnd.

Rnd 7: *k3, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: k2, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 9: k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Rnd 10: *p1, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 7-10: until item measures 10″ inches from cast on edge.

Repeat Rnds 1-6.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Weave all ends in.


  • What are dimensions of this Scarf or what is it called Isela ? I don’t have a zippy by would like to work it on knitting board,

  • Can it be done in A IO?

  • You could adapt it to the AIO. You will need to cast on a multiple of 4 (like 104 pegs). Use 1 strand of worsted weight yarn. Follow pattern as is…you may want the garter edges wider too.

  • It is about 11 inches in height and about 11 inches in width when laid flat.

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Dec 18, 2017

Double Knit Bear Beanie

Designed by Bethany A Dailey

Stay cozy this winter with a double knit hat that evokes a little woodland charm! Knit this hat’s bear in white and it looks like a polar bear, in brown and it takes on the feel of an evergreen forest creature.

LOOM: Rotating Double Knit Loom

YARN: approx. 275 yards super bulky yarn. Sample used approx. 200 yrds MC and 75 yrds CC of Knit Picks Brava Bulky (blue/white sample), 136 yrds, 100% acrylic, in white and denim, and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky (cream/brown sample) 137 yrds, 100% wool, in white and chocolate.

NOTIONS: loom tool, yarn needle, removable stitch marker, crochet hook, scissors, yarn bobbins (optional)

GAUGE: 6 sts x 11 rows = 2 inches in double knit stockinette

SIZE: junior/sm adult. (18″ circumference (but stretches to wider width) x 8.5” height



MC=main color

CC=contrast color

k=knit stitch

dks=double knit stockinette

dkr=double knit ribbing

CO=cast on

BO=bind off

KO=knit off

WY=working yarn




One strand held throughout.

It might be helpful to use masking tape around the outside of the loom to temporarily number the pegs so that the colorwork chart can be more easily followed.

In the colorwork chart, there are color sections that are separated by more than one stitch during the course of a row. In these instances, it is recommended to use a separate yarn ball to switch colors. This helps the colorwork stand out with the most clarity.  Small little balls can be wound from the main skeins, or by using some sort of yarn bobbin for ease of use. There will be need for 2 extra little balls of each color during the working of the chart, plus both skeins of MC and 1 of CC.

The samples were cast on in a counterclockwise direction, but the colorwork chart’s stitches were still followed from right to left.  This resulted in a mirror image of the bear pattern.  If an exact replica of the chart is desired, simply cast on going in a clockwise direction and follow the chart from right to left.

For Instructions on how to create the Double Knit Ribbing and Stockinette Stitches on the Rotating Double Knit Loom, see the following tutorial:

(Click on the chart to view it larger)


Using MC, CO to all 52 pegs to work in the round using the Double Knit Ribbing method (dkr). Use an anchor yarn after all pegs have been wrapped once.

Rounds 1-6:  MC, dkr all pegs.

Round 7:  MC, wrap using Double Knit Stockinette (dks) method across every other peg, beginning with the 1st front peg, during the first wrapping round. CO CC and dks on all remaining pegs during the second wrapping round. KO all pegs.

Round 8: CC, dks across every other peg, beginning with the 1st front peg, during the first wrapping round. Pick up MC and dks on all remaining pegs during the second wrapping round. KO all pegs.

Round 9: MC, dks on all pegs.

Rounds 10-24: Follow colorwork chart to create bear design. At each place where a new yarn color will be added (*see Pattern Notes), twist yarns so that the new color to be used is coming up through the “hole” of the last wrap of the current color.  Turn and wrap current color back to the beginning of that color’s smaller section.  Pick up the next color in line and repeat this wrapping process.  Continue in this method until the round is complete and all colors designated by the chart have been wrapped and KO.

Round 25: MC, dks on all pegs.

Rounds 26 & 27: repeat Rounds 7 & 8.

Rounds 28-38: repeat Rounds 1-6.


Wrap WY around loom 2 times and cut at this point.  Work a modified Drawstring BO, or Flat Drawstring CO following the steps below:

-Place yarn needle on yarn tail and sew through all inner loom’s stitches in the same direction as knitting.

-Place a removable stitch marker at this point of the yarn tail (can be as simple as a piece of tied on scrap yarn).

-Sew through all the front loom’s stitches.

-Remove hat from loom.

-Cinch in securely all the inner loom’s stitches by pulling the yarn tail at the place before the stitch marker.

-While holding all the inner loom’s stitches secure, cinch in all the outer loom’s stitches. Remove the stitch marker at the last moment and tighten all stitches at once.

-Pull yarn needle to the inside of the hat, give one more careful pull to tighten all stitches, and knot securely in place.

If desired, an eye for the bear can be placed at the stitch indicated on the chart either by using a duplicate stitch, or by pulling a length of yarn from the inside of the hat to the outside, making a knot, and then pulling back through to the inside.

If desired, create pompom using both colors of yarn, and attach at the top of the hat.

Weave in all ends and trim close to work.

Below is a Playlist to view this design being worked in its entirety. Come and loom along with me! 🙂

Have questions or comments for Bethany?  Feel free to leave a comment below! 🙂 


  • love the hat Bethany for the optional pom pom what is the size of it? Don’t want one too big or one to small thanks

  • Hi Kathy! 🙂

    It is really up to your own preference what size pom pom you create. I just spotted a Bear Beanie knit by someone who used a pom pom that was a little bit smaller than the one I used and it also looked really cute! I will tell you that I used the box of a specialty chocolate bar (Ghirardelli, I think) to make my pom pom wraps, so anything goes, I think, haha! 😉

  • Is it possible to do this beanie using the 28 ” loom?

  • Hi Heather 🙂

    Yes, you could do this beanie on the 28″ loom, but because the Rotating DK Loom is the only loom that is capable of working in double knit in the round, you would need to adjust the pattern to work every row as a flat panel and then seam up the side after the hat was removed from the loom. Also, slight adjustments may need to be made to account for differences in gauge between the two looms.

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Dec 10, 2017

Chunky Tube Scarf

By Ace Beorchia

LOOM: Zippy Loom (2) and straight connectors (2)

YARN: 2 skeins super-bulky yarn-32 yards (72g) each skein. Sample used Knit Picks Tuff Puff in Sky (Color A) and Silver (Color B), 1 skein of each color.

SIZE: 2.25″ W x  desired length. (Sample is 60″ long.)

Crank out those last minute Christmas gifts with this super quick knit! This pattern is perfect for the kids AND adults in your life.


k= knit  sts=stitches




Cast on 8 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Row 1-5: k to end of row in color A.

Row 6-10: k to end of row in color B.

(Note: To simplify switching colors, after completing the last stitch on row 5, pull the scarf taut through the center of the loom and begin row 6 with color B (without cutting color A). Make sure the working strand from color A remains inside the tube as rows 6-10 are worked in color B. When starting row 11 [or the first row of any color switch], tighten both working strands and work the stitches using the opposite color. Continue this process at each change in colors to prevent loose ends.)

Rep Rows 1-10 ten times, or until item measures desired length from cast on row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Attach 5” tassels to the end of both sides of the scarf.

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Dec 6, 2017

Silver Bells Clutch

Design by Renita Harvey

Enjoy the holiday parties with bells on!  This small clutch is just big enough for money, cards, and lipstick.  It is always handy hanging on your wrist.

Using both single and double knitting, this small purse can be created very quickly and makes a great gift as well.

LOOM:  Rotating Double Knit Loom

YARN:   64 yds 4/worsted weight yarn and 30 yds 2/fine weight yarn, Lion Brand Landscapes Yarn in Lake Clark and Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour Yarn in Platinum used in sample

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, tapestry needle. snaps (optional)

GAUGE:  n/a

SIZE:  7.5″ long x 3″ tall


KKnit – e-wrap knit stitch is not recommended


COCast on

BO:  Bind off

CA:  Color A – Blue

CB:  Color B – Silver

R:  Row

W&T:  Wrap and turn by lifting the stitch and wrapping the peg from back to front

Rep:  Repeat

Pattern Notes

Use 1 strand of the 4/worsted weight yarn.

Use 2 strands held together as 1 of the 2/fine weight yarn.

Do not cut the yarn when changing between colors.  Drop the yarn not being used and pick it up when needed again.

When changing colors in the middle of the row, twist the 2 yarns around each other once to prevent holes in the work.

Closure Flap is worked sideways.



Using CA, CO 26 peg sets with stockinette stitch weave in double knit

Work 30 rows of criss cross stitch pattern found HERE


Closure Flap

Using CA, CO 12 pegs in single knit.

R1-4:  K12

R5:  K6, add CB, continuing with CB, K6

R6: (short row) P5, W&T

R7: (short row) K5

R8: (short row) P5, W&T

R9: (short row) K5

R10:  P6, K6

R11:  P6, K6

R12: (short row) P5, W&T

R13: (short row) K5

R14: (short row) P5, W&T

R15: (short row) K5

R16:  P6, drop CB, pick up CA, K6

R17-20: Continuing with CA, K12

R21:  K6, add CB, continuing with CB, K6

Rep R6-21, 3 times

Rep R6-20, one more time



Wrist Strap

Work a 2 peg i-cord for approximately 10”.



Fold the Purse part in half bring the CO and BO edges together.

Seam the sides.

Seam the top of the Closure Flap to the back of the Purse.

Fold the Wrist Strap in half and sew the ends on the inside of the top corner of the Purse.

Add snaps to the inside of the Closure Flap if desired.

Weave in ends.

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Dec 3, 2017

Nubes Scarflette

LOOM: Zippy Loom (3) and connectors (2)

YARN: 50 yards of super bulky yarn. Sample used Loops and Threads Chunky in GL322 (5.2oz/150g | 27 yds/25m)

NOTIONS: Tapestry needle, row counter (optional). Decorative button

GAUGE: 4sts x 4 rows=2 inches

SIZE: 30″ L x 8″ wide (at smallest point) 11″ (at widest point). 

A less than 2-hour knit! Grab your Zippy loom and knit this quick knit! Stay warm and cozy in the Nubes Scarflette.





CO=Cast on (Sample used the ewrap cast on and then the tightening CO technique to clean up the edge)

Note: to cast on at the beginning of the row, you can ewrap the empty peg.


Assemble the three Zippy looms together. You will cast on the furthest peg to the left; the first 4 pegs will be empty.

CO 8sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k to end.

Row 2: p to end.

Rep Row 1 and Row 2: 2x

*Next row: CO 1 st at the beg of row, k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Rep from * 3x more (12 pegs have stitches now).

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Rep last 2 rows: 7 more times (total of 14 more rows).

**Next row: Move stitch from first peg to the second peg, k to end (1 st decreased).

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Rep from ** 3x more (8 pegs have stitches on them).

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Next row: k to end.

Next row: p to end.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave all ends in.

Add a button (maybe two) to secure the two ends of the scarflette close at the front.


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