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Jul 21, 2018

Heart Hat Band

The hat band is like a headband, only wider.  Not quite a hat, as the top is open for the hair to fly free, or to tuck it all in.  Fun to wear, and just enough to keep your ears warm.

LOOM:  ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, working in round

YARN: Sample uses Lamb’s Pride Bulky, 85% wool,15% Mohair, #5. 125 yds per skein, one skein of Peacock (main) and ½ skein Lt Blue (blue)

STITCHES:  Rib and Stockinette

NOTIONS:  Knit hook, Crochet hook, 5 stitch markers

SIZE:  5.5” wide and 24” circumference

GAUGE:  3 st X 4 rnds=1 inch


Rnd(s)=round(s),  St(s)=Stitch(s),

Place a stitch marker on peg 5, 16, 26, 35, 46, counting from beginning peg 1.  The pegs with stitch markers will always be at center of heart.

These pegs will be the bottom point of each heart design. Cast on 52 pegs in double knit to work in the round, using main color.  Lay anchor yarn.  It will be removed.

Rnds 1-8:  Work in Rib stitch


Rnd 9-16 will be the heart design rnds, as numbered 1-8 in the graph.

Rnd 9 (#1 of graph):  Tie on blue yarn at peg 5.  Wrap peg 5, front to back, no twist.  Carry yarn thru center of looms and wrap all 5 stitches, front to back, at stitch markers.  Lay blue yarn down without cutting it.

Pick up main color yarn and work in Rib st on all pegs that are not covered with blue yarn.

Work row on all stitches.

Rnd 10 (#2 of graph):  Work with blue yarn at all stitch markers covering 3 stitches with the stitch marker being the center peg.  This means to wrap sts 4,5,6 on this round and likewise of all the design pegs.  Complete the rnd with the main color in rib stitch.  Work rnd.

Rnd 11 (#3 of graph):  Work with blue yarn at all stitch markers covering 5 stitches (2 on each side of center peg).  Complete rnd with main yarn in rib stitch.  Work rnd.

Rnd 12 (#4 of graph):  Work with blue yarn at all stitch markers covering 7 stitches (3 on each side of center peg)

Complete rnd with main yarn in rib stitch, and work rnd.

Rnd 13 (#5 of graph):  Work with blue yarn at all stitch markers covering 9 stitches (4 on each side of center peg)

Complete rnd with main color, and work rnd.

Rnd 14 (#6 of graph):  Repeat rnd 13.

Rnd 15 (#7 of graph):  Repeat rnd 13 except skip center peg.  (4 on each side of center peg, skip center peg, and 4 on right of center peg.  Complete rnd with main color and be sure to work center peg with main color.  Hook over all pegs.

Rnd 16 (#8 of graph): Work with blue color on 2 sts, skip 3 center pegs, and work 2 pegs on right side of center.  Complete rnd with main color. Hook over all pegs.  Cut blue yarn and tie to main yarn.  Tuck yarn tail into knit.  End of design rnds.  You will have 5 blue heart designs with either 1 or 2 sts between.

Rnds 17-24:  Rib stitch all stitches.

Bind off loom with basic crochet bind off keeping the edge loose.  Once off the loom, bind off at anchor yarn with basic bind off.  Weave in all yarn tails.  Remove the anchor yarn.

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Jul 13, 2018

Plushy Zippy Blanket

4 Hour Project! Great pattern for beginners just learning to knit!! Super easy, one stitch, and 4 color changes.

LOOM:  (4) Zippy Looms and (4) Zippy Corners 20 pegs total, or Zippy Master Set.

YARN:  Approx 160 yds total. 5 balls of Mainstay Chunky Yarn #6 super bulky yarn was used in sample. 2 colors: (2) white and (3) teal. 100% polyester chenille.

STITCHES: E-wrap knit

NOTIONS:  Knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook (size S/19.0mm), one stitch marker

SIZE:  26” wide x 68” long

GAUGE:  3.5 stitches x 5 rows = 4” in e-wrap knit stitch

NOTES: A=White color yarn;  B=Teal color yarn. This blanket is knit in 5 color sections. One ball of yarn per section.


Assemble (4) Zippy Looms and (4) Zippy Corners in a square, total 20 pegs.

Mark the first peg with a stitch marker.

Using color B, cast on 20 stitches, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: E-wrap knit to the end of row.

Repeat Row 1 until end of yarn ball and you are back to first peg.

Tie on new color A at the beginning of the next row.  The first peg is wrapped with new color.

Repeat process of e-wrap.

Continue alternating colors, one ball of yarn per section.

After 5 sections of color, ending with B teal color, bind off with basic bind off method. Weave in ends.



  • Hello. Is this a blanket or a shawl? As in the picture it appears to be more likea shawl.
    Thank you.

  • Love seeing all of the posted patterns

  • I want to make the visor beanie can not find a place to comment What peg is used for cast on, then do the visor then do row 6-11 starting with peg 1

    Am I attaching the firs row of visor to row 5? When visor is done where do I find row 5 to knit 6-11

    I can not quite get it clear in my head

    Thanks for all your help

  • It is a blanket but it is wide enough to be a shawl. It is more like a lap-blanket

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Jul 10, 2018

‘On the Go’ Tote (double knit)

Fun little tote for all ages.  Bag has a flat, round bottom and leather attached handles for closure. Easy for beginners, wanting to do a 2-color intarsia.  May be lined if desired.

Loom:  Rotating Double Knit Loom, 52 pegs, worked in the round.

Yarn:  Big Twist Chunky, 100% Acrylic, 195 yds per skein.  Colors used in sample are Cloud White(W) and Chunky Slate(S), (1) skein of Slate and (½-1) skein of White.  Machine wash and dry.

Stitches:  Stockinette

Notions Needed:  Knit hook, Crochet hook, Darning needle, Handle or leather straps for closure, purchased at any craft store.

Optional notions:  stitch markers or rubber bands (6)

Size:  8” tall X 9” wide (flat) with 6.5” circumference bottom

Gauge:  3 sts X 5 rnds=1 inch

Techniques Used:  Decrease for bottom, Vertical stripes for 2-color design


rnd(s)=round(s), dec=decrease, L=left, R=right

Begin at top of bag and create the double folded border for attaching the straps.

Cast On 52 sts with Slate yarn.  Work 12 rnds in Stockinette.  Cut S yarn.

Add White yarn, work 4 rnds.

Do not cut the W yarn, but tie on the S yarn.

Leave both yarns attached.

Begin the design area for a total of 11 rnds based on chart below.

Work 1 rnd with S yarn.

Rnds 2-4:  Start with W yarn.  Work 2 sts, skip 2 sts, work 2 sts and maintain this sequence in stockinette.  Lay W yarn down and work S yarn on all open pegs.  Hook over.

Rnds 5-7:  Start with W yarn.  Work 2 sts but shift over to L side by one stitch.  Now continue by skipping 2 stitches and weaving 2 stitches.  Lay W yarn down and work S yarn on all open pegs.  Hook over.

Rnds 8-10:  Repeat rnds 5-7 by shifting over to L side by one stitch.

Rnd 11:  Complete with 1 rnd of S yarn.  Cut and tie S yarn; continue with W yarn (rnd 12).

Work 3 rnds of W yarn with extra weave.  This gives the center of bag more structure to hold its shape.

To do this, weave full circular of stockinette, and then one more time around the loom.  Some pegs will have 3 loops.  Lift 2 over 1 on pegs with 3 loops, for hook over;  1 over 1 for all others.

Add S yarn and work 1 rnd in Stockinette.

Cut S yarn and knot.

Work 8 rnds with W yarn.  Do not cut.

Tie on S yarn and work 1 rnd in stockinette with extra weave.

Tie on W yarn and work 5 rnds.  Cut and knot W yarn.

Bag bottom will be worked with S yarn for a total of 16 rnds.

Work 2 rnds in S yarn.


The first dec is done in center of the 3 sections between the legs of the loom.  You can mark these pegs, if desired.  You do not need to be concerned about exact centers, just approximate.

For each dec, move one loop to adjacent peg, so that the dec peg is empty.  Be sure to do the dec on both looms.  Work rnd.

Work 1 rnd in stockinette skipping the empty pegs.

Next rnd, do dec on peg adjacent to first dec so that you have 2 empty pegs together on both looms.  (see pics) Work rnd skipping the empty pegs.

Work 2 rnds in stockinette.

Repeat the dec rnd with a new dec between each set of the empty pegs.

Work 2 rnds after each dec rnd as before.

Work next dec rnd and follow with 2 rnds.

You will end up with a total of 18 dec stitches (empty pegs), and 34 sts remaining on loom.

Work 2 rnds on remaining pegs in stockinette.

Bind off by moving the inner loops onto pegs on outer loom.  Cut a piece of S yarn (about 2 times around loom) for bind off.  You can use the working yarn for this.  Thread the yarn onto darning needle.  Pick up each set of loops from the pegs until the remaining 34 stitches are on the yarn and off the loom.  Gently draw the stitches together, sew a few stitches to close the bottom and knot.  Pull yarn tail into bag.

Finishing the top and adding leather straps:

Turn bag inside out.  Fold top down to meet the bottom of S section.  Using the darning needle and S yarn, sew the top edge secure.  You may want to keep it in place as you sew with a few double pointed needles or pins.

Turn bag to outside and attach the straps.  Our sample uses 2 straps, each 21” long in black leather, and long enough to wear on shoulder.  You may also like a drawstring leather string laced thru the header.  Tuck in any remaining yarn tails.

Optional:  leave bottom soft, or line it with rigid circular fabric.

Either way, your little bag is “off to market” and sure to please.



  • Will there be a video?

  • Hi Gin,
    I don’t plan for a video of this pattern. If you have difficulty with any part of it, I will gladly help you with it and make a small video of that section that seems hard to understand. It is a fun project and should not give you too much trouble, but just ask if needed.

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