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Mar 20, 2018

Preemie Loom Knit Hat

 

Designed by Isela Phelps

Recently, we were contacted by a group who wanted to loom knit preemie hats for a hospital. We realized that we do not have any patterns on our website to fill this need, so we got to work right away and here it is, this size seems to fall right in the middle of the chart. We hope you enjoy the pattern. 

Important guideline when knitting items for babies: cotton is a good option for baby knits, wools may create allergic reactions and/or even asthma. Keep your stitches as tight and small as possible–small enough that little fingers cannot get caught in them. Avoid any sort of extra embellishments–they can fall off and baby can accidentally eat them. Wash all your items with dye-free, deodorant free detergent, do not use a dryer sheet when drying (typically, you will want to lay your items to dry flat to extend the life of the knitwear). After item is dry, check to make sure all the tail ends are still securely woven in. 

Preemies vary in size, some of them have small heads, as big as an apple, others are a little bigger. 

Knitting loom: His and Her Sock Looms, purple sock loom with 64 pegs was used in sample. To make a smaller preemie hat, use the orange sock loom (56 pegs).

Yarn: Approx 70 yds/21g of fingering weight cotton-merino blend. Sample was worked with Viking Bjork Cotton Merino (90% cotton, 10% merino) 50g/164yds in color 520 (pale pink).

Notions: knitting tool

Gauge: 13.5sts x 23= 2 inches in stockinette (with u-stitch).

Size: 9-inch in circumference, 5-inch length. It should fit up to an 11-inch circumference head.

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch. May substitute with u-stitch.

p=purl stitch

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 64 sts, join to work in the round. Sample used the ewrap cast on.

Round 1-10: *k2, p2: repeat from * to end of round.

Round 11: k to end of round.

Repeat Round 11: until item measures approximately 4.5 inches from cast on edge (it will grow to 5 inches once you block and set the stitches).

Next 3 rounds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of round.

Bind off: Cut a piece of yarn that is approximately 16 inches in length, remove all the purl stitches onto this piece of yarn. Cut a second piece of yarn about 16 inches in length, remove all the knit stitches from the loom. Locate the first piece of yarn and cinch the purl stitches close. Locate the second piece of scrap yarn and cinch it all the knit stitches. Tightly weave all tail ends. Block to set the stitches.

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

 

 

 

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  • Is there a video for the shawlette from several months ago?

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Mar 18, 2018

“Red Hot” Double Sole Slippers

If your favorite slippers wear holes on the bottom, it’s a sad day!  Now, double the sole– for double the wear!  Keep your feet warm on a cold floor– That’s a Good Thing!

By John Kreitzer

LOOM:  18” All-n-One Loom, set for double knit with 1cm spacers.

YARN:  Red Heart Super Saver #4, 100% Acrylic, One Skein in color Hot Red.  Machine wash and dry.

Boucle dark grey yarn #5 used in Pompom, 10ft

Filler yarn for double sole of any color, Acrylic and washable, #6 or #7 for the power soles, approximately 20ft per slipper

STITCHES:  Stockinette & basic increase

NOTIONS:  Knit hook, Crochet hook, Darning Needle, 4 stitch markers (optional) or scrap yarn to mark center stitches

SIZE:  Adult Medium (adjust for longer foot with additional rows; adjust for wider slipper with additional cast on stitches).  This medium slipper is 11” long X 8.5” wide before sewing.

GAUGE:  7 Sts X 9 rows = 2 inches

INSTRUCTIONS

Start the slipper with the cast on at slipper toe.

Cast On 20 stitches in Stockinette.  Lay anchor yarn of matching yarn in double strand.  This will stay in the slipper when complete.

Rows 1 and 2:  Work in Stockinette Stitch.

Row 3:  Increase (1) stitch at 2nd peg and at peg #18.  Work row in Stockinette.

Row 4 and 5:  Work in Stockinette Stitch.

Row 6:  Repeat row 3 with 2 additional increases, one at each end.  You have a total of 24 stitches on the loom.

Row 7:  Work row in Stockinette.

Lay the Filler Yarn across the stitches between the two rows of pegs.

Note:  This is just like laying an anchor yarn but will only be placed on center 12 stitches.  Lay the filler yarn at peg 3 between the rows of pegs. Place a stitch marker, or piece of contrast yarn between stitch 6 & 7 at each peg. This will mark the center stitches.

You will do your rows over the filler yarn, and the yarn will go from L to R, and then back R to L for each row on the center 12 stitches.  Place stitch markers (or scrap of yarn) on pegs 6 from back end of loom on both pegs.  The filler yarn will go back and forth across the stitches as you work and be locked in by the weaving and hooking of each row.  On the 2nd row, you can fold back the filler yarn so that it covers only the center 12 stitches and the 6 stitches at each end are not covered by filler.  After each row, pull the filler yarn snug. When hooking over each row, be sure to start on same side of loom for each row.  This will be considered the front side of the loom.  This will ensure that the outside of slipper is smooth with the filler yarn.

(white yarn used for clarity

 

 

 

Lay filler ahead to peg 3.                                                           Weave in full circular.  Hook over.

 

 

Row 2 with filler folded back.   Ready to weave                     Going back L to R for row 3.

 

Row 8-40:  Work in Stockinette with filler yarn on center 12 stitches.  Cut filler yarn and weave the filler yarn tail into sole of slipper.

Rows 41-44:  Work in Stockinette with red yarn only.  Bind off with basic crochet bind off.

 

Sewing the Slipper:  Once off the loom, fold the slipper lengthwise so that the anchor yarn is the toe.  The side facing you is the inside of slipper.  Using the red yarn and darning needle, sew up the back end or heel of slipper using invisible stitch.  Knot securely.  You can see the filler color yarn on inside and sole of slipper in photo.  Yarn is black.

Draw the anchor yarn carefully and securely to create the toe.   Knot the ends on inside of slipper.  Trim the yarn tails and weave into the knit.

 

Pompom:  Using one strand of red yarn and one strand of the Boucle yarn (4 ft each), wrap them together around a piece of cardboard to create a bow about 4” in diameter.  Tie the bow securely with double strand of yarn leaving 3-4” yarn tails.  Trim the pompom to desired size and sew to top of slipper with the yarn tails.  Knot on inside of slipper and trim.

Make a 2nd slipper following same instructions.

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

  • Will there be a video on this?
    I am new to this and the videos help so much
    Thanks

  • Hi Gin,
    That’s a good idea and we will add this topic to our video plans.
    Is there a specific question that we could answer for you?
    Pat

  • i have a 12/24 peg long loom. will it be possible to make the slipper with this as i do not want

    to purchase anymore looms at this time…. thanks for help…

  • Hi Gin,
    I think we could do a short little video for the double soles. Will post once it is done. thanks, Pat

  • Hi Beverly, the amount of pegs on your loom would be good as we did the slippers with that amount, but you would need to know what gauge you are working with. So you need to knit a small swatch with the #4 yarn on your loom to see if the slippers will come out close to same size. Also, depending on the loom, you may have a more open knit as the Rotating DK loom may have a tighter spacing.

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Mar 10, 2018

Luck of the Irish Shamrock

Design by Renita Harvey

The month of March makes everyone desire to be Irish.  St. Patrick’s Day always brings lots of green décor that includes shamrocks everywhere.

Shamrocks are simply 3 leaf clovers and should not to be confused with 4 leaf clovers.

This pattern uses increases, decreases, and short rows to shape each leaf.  While this pattern is worked on an extra fine gauge loom with DK weight yarn, Luck of the Irish Shamrocks may also be made larger by using any loom with the appropriate weight yarn for the gauge of the loom.

LOOM:  Sock Loom EFG

YARN:  18 yds of DK/3 weight 100% cotton yarn, Kid Cotton in Emerald used in sample

NOTIONS:  Loom tool, tapestry needle

GAUGE:  n/a

SIZE:  approx.. 4” wide x 5” tall

ABBREVIATIONS

 K – Knit

P – Purl

R – Row

K2tog – Knit 2 together

W&T – Wrap & turn – lift stitch off peg, wrap the working yarn around peg from back to front, and place loop back on the peg leaving 2 loops on the peg

M1 – Make 1 – increase by wrapping the peg with e-wrap

CO – Cast on

BO – Bind off

Rep – Repeat

St(s) – Stitch(es)

 PATTERN NOTES

When working the knit on the same peg after the M1, gently tug the stitch to tighten the e-wrap increase.

Each leaf is worked as one piece and seamed up the middle.  Then all 3 leaves and stem are sewn together.

 Thin floral wire may be inserted in the i-cord stem to hold the shape, if desired.

 INSTRUCTIONS

 Leaf – Make 3

CO 1 stitch by placing the slip stitch on the peg leaving a tail 6” long for assembly.

Increases

R1:  K1 – 1 st

R2:  P1, m1 – 2 sts

R3:  K2

R4:  P2, m1 – 3 sts

R5:  K3

R6:  P3, m1 – 4 sts

R7:  K4

R8:  P4, m1 – 5 sts

R9:  K5

R10:  P5, m1 – 6 sts

R11:  K6

R12:  P6

Short rows

Wedge 1

*R13:  K5, w&t

R14:  P5

R15:  K3, w&t

R16:  P3

R17:  K1, w&t

R18:  P1

R19:  K6

R20:  P6*

Wedge 2

R21 – 28:  Rep from * to * once

Wedge 3

R29:  K5, w&t

R30:  P5

R31:  K2tog, K1, w&t

R32:  P2

R33: K2tog, k3

R34:  P4, m1

Wedge 4

R35:  K4, w&t

R36:  P4, m1

R37:  K3, w&t

R38:  P3

R39:  K1, w&t

R40:  P1

R41:  K6

R42:  P6

Wedge 5

R43 – 50:  Rep from * to *

Wedge 6

R51 – 58:  Rep from * to *

Decreases

R59:  K2tog, k4 – 5 sts

R60:  P5

R61:  K2tog, k3 – 4 sts

R62:  P4

R63:  K2tog, k2 – 3 sts

R64:  P3

R65:  K2tog, k1 – 2 sts

R66:  P2

R67:  K2tog – 1 st

R68:  P1

BO leaving a 6” tail for seaming

Seam with mattress stitch using one of the tails.

Refer to picture at the end of the pattern for more details.

Stem

Work a 2 peg i-cord for a length of 3”.

BO leaving a tail 6” long for sewing.

Using a tapestry needle, thread CO tail though the middle of the i-cord.  Gently pull the tail to give the cord a gentle curve.  Secure yarn tail.

Assembly

 

 

Using the tails on the leaves, seam each leaf to the next starting at the bottom point.

 

 

 

 

 

Seam edges together 2” from the point.

 

 

 

 

 

Sew the end of the i-cord to the bottom middle where the points of the leaves meet.

 

 

Weave in ends.

 

 

 

How the leaf looks when first removed from loom.

 

 

 

 

 

How leaf looks after gently tugging to set the stitches.

 

 

 

 

How the leaf looks after seaming the middle closed with the mattress stitch.

 

 

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Mar 4, 2018

Visor Beanie

The perfect springtime accessory!

LOOM: Premium Round Loom Set, 72 pegs needed.

YARN: Approx 150 yards of worsted weight yarn. Sample used Stitch Studio Earthtone in Silver Fox approx 150 yards.

NOTIONS: tapestry needle, (2) 1″ accent buttons.

GAUGE: 4 stitches and 6 rows to 1″ of ewrap knit stitch.

SIZE: adult 20″-22″ head circumference

ABBREVIATIONS

Ew= ewrap knit stitch
P= purl stitch

INSTRUCTIONS

Ewrap cast on 72 pegs, prepare to work in the round.

Rows 1-5: ewrap knit row

Work visor using short row shaping on 32 pegs until you have 16 unwrapped pegs. (Pegs 1-8 and 25-32 will be wrapped, Pegs 9-24 will be unwrapped)–SEE NOTES for row-by-row instructions for this short-row section.

Rows 6-11: ewrap knit row

Bring up cast on row and place it back on the pegs. Knit to the end of the row making sure you treat the two loops on the peg as one loop.

Rows 12-15: (p2, ew4) repeat for row.

Rows 16-19: ew2 (p2, ew4) repeat for row, end on ew2.

Rows 20-23: (ew4, p2) repeat for row.

Repeat rows 12-23 three times.

Decrease half the stitches for a tighter bind off. (Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 and knit over, move stitch from peg 3 to peg 4 and knit over, move stitch from peg 5 to peg 6 and knit over) repeat for remainder of row until half the stitches remain.

Bind off remaining stitches by using the gather bind off method.

Weave in yarn tails and set aside.

In a contrast yarn create a 9″ strap.

Ewrap cast on 5 pegs, prepare to work as a flat panel. Skip the first stitch in every row to create a nice even edge.

Row 1: purl row

Row 2: ewrap knit row

Repeat rows 1-2 for a total of 9″ in length, bind off.

Weave in ends.

Attach the strap just above the visor using the accent buttons.

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12 Comments

  • I just love the look of this visor beanie and am certainly going to give it a go as soon as I can get the right looms which I hope are not too far away. 🙂

  • I can’t wait to make this hat! The design is very trendy and modern. Much cuter than anything store bought! Hats are my favorite things to loom!

  • Thank you so much for this pattern! I love visor beanies and this is adorable! As soon as i saw your pattern I started making it for my daughter, her birthday is in April. Thank you also for the notes on short rowing, i have never done them before and they are the greatest help to me. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern! I will post a pic when i have finished it. 🙂

  • Thank-you for pattern. I will give it a try . Love my rotating loom.

  • Sorry, but instructions are extremely confusing. Wish there was a video for this one. You have “Rows 1-5 (see notes for row by row instruction).” That section is 30 rows. Then you go back to Row 6. Do you make the 30 Rows, then go back to Row 6? There are many other instructions that are difficult to understand as well. “Pick up the wraps and the stitch together.” What are you doing exactly? Are you knitting 2 bottom stitches over a top stitch? There is no instruction to knit, it just says “pick up.” That doesn’t give me any further instruction. After I pick them up, what am I doing with them?

  • You first work the ewrap cast on and then the 5 ewrap knit rows. You then work the visor. This does not count toward the row count since it is short row shaping. Once the short row shaping is done you then work in the round. Once that is complete you bring up the cast on edge as you would to make any other brim. There is now 2 loops on each peg. You ewrap the row and knit both loops over the top loop treating them as one.

  • I want to thank you so, so much for the step by step instructions on the short rowing. I am new to them. I just finished all of the short rowing and it was so easy with your instructions and the visual aid of watching what was happening with my stitches, it has given me great confidence to tackle short rowing in the future. I really appreciate designers such as yourself giving freely to everyone. I would have gladly paid for the pattern. It is awesome! Can’t wait for it to be finished, but i am taking my time, so as not to make any mistakes. I just wanted to say again, Thank you very much! <3

  • I guess I am one of those that also need the video…I did the cast on, did the 5 rows, started the visor…the visor is curling…I do not understand what I have done wrong, used worsted yarn…maybe too thin…I just don’t know.

  • Your work will curl but once you bring up the cast on row and place on the pegs it will not.

  • Thank you…I think and hope I have it!!!

  • Denise Johnson. What does W&T mean?

  • W&T is wrap and turn. The same technique you use for socks.

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