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Nov 30, 2018

Spiral Splendor Beanie

 

Designed by Ace Beorchia

LOOM: ‘Premium’ Chunky Round Knitting Looms (Orange), 48 pegs

YARN:  Approx. 75 yds (120g) of size 6 Super Bulky weight yarn evenly divided between two colors. Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in colors Grey Marble (color A) and Metropolis (color B) used in sample.

NOTIONS:  knitting tool, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 2×2 ribbing unstretched; 2” = 4 sts x 8 rows

ABBREVIATIONS Approx=approximate  k=knit stitch. May substitute with u-stitch.p=purl stitch st(s)=stitch(es)   rnd(s)=round(s)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 48 sts (orange loom), prepare to work in the round.

Rnds 1-7: *p2, k2 in color A; rep from * to end.

Rnds 8-9: *k2 in color A, p2 in color B; rep from * to end

Rnds 10-11: k1 in color A; *p2 in color B, k2 in color A; rep from * 10 times; p2 in color B, k1 in color A.

Rnds 12-13: *p2 in color B, k2 in color A; rep from * to end.

Rnds 14-15: p1 in color B; *k2 in color A, p2 in color B; rep from * 10 times; k2 in color A, p1 in color B.

Rnds 16-23: Rep rnds 8-15.

Rnds 24-25: Rep rnds 8-9.

Rnds 26-31: k in color B to end.

Bind off with gather bind off method.

Weave all ends in.

Attach a pom-pom. (Author recommends a color that contrasts well with color B.)

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  • I’m having a lot of fun looming the spiral spender hat but I’m confused on rounds 16-23 . it says to repeat rounds 8 through 13 but that would stop on row 22 I’m confused on what I knit on rounds 22 and 23 .? Thank you for sharing this fun pattern with all of us .

  • Hi Ronda,
    Thank you for pointing this out. It should say, Repeat from 8-15.

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Nov 30, 2018

Spiral Messy Bun Beanie

Designed by Isela Phelps

LOOM: ‘Premium’ Chunky Knit Round Looms (Orange), 48 pegs

YARN:  Approx 70 yds of Super Bulky weight acrylic yarn. Red Heart Evermore in Marsh was used in sample. 89yds (81m); 100g (3.5 oz).

NOTIONS:  knitting tool, tapestry needle

GAUGE: 5.5 sts x 8 rows=2”

SIZE:  Hat fits up to 20” circumference head

 

 

 

ABBREVIATIONS

Approx=approximate  k=knit stitch, may substitute with u-stitch.  p=purl stitch st(s)=stitch(es) rnd(s)=round(s)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 48 sts (orange loom), prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-8: *k2, p2; rep from * to end.

Rnd 9: *k3, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 10: k2, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Rnd 11: k1, p1, *k3, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Rnd 12: *p1, k3; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 9-12: until item measures approx 6.5 inches from cast on edge.

Remove all stitches to a piece of scrap yarn.

Place all stitches on the 24 peg knitting loom (the smallest one)—2 stitches per peg.

Knit to end of rnd.

Bind off with basic removal method.

Weave all ends in.

 

 

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Nov 23, 2018

Farrow Hat with versatile brim (Double Knit)

Multi-color hat can be worn with rolled brim, full open brim like a derby, or front brim.  The top fits snugly around the top of the head.  Very warm for cold winter outdoor fun!

 

 

LOOM: ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom with 60 Peg Looms Toppers.

YARN:  Sample knit with Malabrigo Mecha Chunky, 100% superwash wool.  Approximately 50 yds of each color needed- 3 colors: Lluvias Blue (B), Volcan gold/brown (V), Plomo Gray (G), with 10 yds of white chunky roving for accent.

NOTIONS:  Knit hook, crochet hook, scissors, darning needle

STITCHES:  Stockinette, Ribbing, b/b weave

SIZE:  Large adult (23-25” head circumference)

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast On with G yarn in stockinette stitch.  Lay anchor yarn of any #5 yarn.

Round 1-2: Stockinette.

Tie on V yarn to first back peg at peg 1 to begin vertical stripes.

Next 10 rounds: Weave the G yarn on every other peg until you get to beginning arrow.  Lay the G yarn down and continue wrapping the empty pegs with the V yarn.

This will create the 2 colors on every other peg, so you will have the stripes running vertically.  Be sure that the yarn colors always fall on the same color for each peg. Cut both yarns with 2-3″ tails.

Add a loop knot of white yarn.  Tie to the yarn tails. Work one rnd of the white yarn in stockinette. Hook over.  Cut and tie. Add B yarn.

Next 8 rounds: Rib stitch with B yarn. Begin on peg 1. Cut and tie B yarn.

Next round: Change to white yarn, work stockinette stitch. Cut and tie.

Next 12 rounds:  Add V yarn at peg 1, work stockinette stitch. Cut and tie.

Next round: Add white yarn, work stockinette stitch.  Cut and tie.

Add the G yarn for top of hat.

Next 5 rounds: With G yarn, stockinette stitch.

HAT TOP AND DECREASE

Decrease row:  Starting at peg 1, both looms, lift loop over to next peg, peg 2, on right, leaving a peg empty. Count 4 pegs to right, starting with peg with double loops.  Lift next loop and move it to right creating another empty peg.  Then count over to right, 4 pegs starting with peg with double loops, and pick up next loop.  Place it on next peg to right; and continue this shift around the loom.  If it seems easier, you can do this on inner loom and then the outer loom as long as the empty pegs are same stitch, and the same amount of pegs are between the double loops.

Now, you should have 12 less pegs with yarn on them, on each loom.

Work all pegs with yarn in b/b weave.  This means to wrap each stitch front to back, going straight across.  Work all pegs in this manner, skipping the empty pegs.  Hook over all stitches; pick up both loops on the pegs with the extra loop.

Work this process for one additional rnd.  All pegs will have just 2 loops.  Hook over.  Cut yarn leaving approximately 18” of yarn tail attached.

Move the back loops from inner loom to outer loom, being sure to match the pegs of each stitch.

Work the pegs so that you have only one loop on each of the 48 pegs being used.  They should be in groups of 4 pegs.

In each set of 4 loops, move loop 1 onto peg 2.  Move loop 4 onto peg 3.  You now have 2 pegs with 2 loops in each set.

Work the pegs so that you have only one loop on the 2 pegs.  Add the darning needle to your yarn tail.

Carefully, go around the loom picking up all the loops on the pegs.  Lift the hat from the loom.  Go around the loops again with the sewing yarn so that you have a very strong base to use to draw the hat closed.  You are now ready to finish the top of hat.

Slowly draw the yarn snug to close in the top of hat.  Take darning needle into inside of hat to do reinforcement stitches to complete the closure.  Trim any yarn tails and weave into the knit.

FINISHING BRIM WITH CROCHET EDGE

Using crochet hook, insert into first stitch on anchor yarn at any starting point.  Add the V yarn onto hook.  Pull thru loop on hook, and pick up next loop on anchor yarn.  You are creating a crochet chain on all the stitches being careful to pick up each strand separately.  Continue around the brim until you meet the beginning of the crochet.  Connect the first loop to the last so that you have a nice continuous edge.  Pull both ends of V yarn to inside of hat, tie and weave into knit.  Carefully cut the anchor at several points and remove all.  Weave in any yarn tails from the color joints.

You may want to block the hat lightly to desired shape for the brim.

You may want to wear it with front brim turned up with a pretty decorative stick pin, or add a button to keep the brim in place.  However you choose to wear the brim of your hat, it is classy and warm, and fun to wear!

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Nov 16, 2018

Lexi Bag

LOOM:  ‘Premium’ Chunky Round Loom, mint-colored 24-peg loom by KB Looms.

YARN:  Approx 150 grams of chunky weight wool. Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky was used in sample.

NOTIONS:  knitting tool, tapestry needle, D shape handles (7 width x 4.5 inches height). 2 yards of 1/2 inch wide Gross Grain Black Ribbon.

GAUGE: Approx 6 sts x 10 rows=2 inches.

SIZE: Approx 7 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches (not including handles).

ABBREVIATIONS

approx=approximate

yo=yarn over (ewrap empty peg)

k2tog=knit two stitches together- left slanting.

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

St(s)=stitch(es)

INSTRUCTIONS

Front & Back Panels (make 2 as follows)

Cast on 21 stitches (recommend e-wrap cast on).

Rows 1-21: Sl1, k to the end of the row.

Row 22: Sl1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to the end of row.

Row 23: Sl1, *k1, p1; rep from * to last 2sts, k2.

Row 24: Sl1, *p1, k1; rep from * to the end of the row.

Rows 25-42: Rep Rows 23 and 24.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Side panel

Cast on 10 stitches.

Row 1-Row 74: Sl1, k to the end.

Bind off with basic bind off method. 

Assembly 

Panels

Mattress Stitch seam the side panel to the front and back panels. 

Handles

Position one of the handles on the wrong side of the back panel (close to the top). Pass the knitted fabric through the opening of the handle; fold the fabric over the handle so that it covers the bottom portion of the handle. Seam the handle in place. Repeat with the other handle. 

Ribbon

Pass the ribbon through the eyelets of the bag and position it as desired. Make a bow with the two ends of the ribbon. Trim and position the bow as desired on the bag.

Note: this is a derivative work of previous Lexi Bag, created in 2009 by Isela Phelps using the Knifty Knitter loom.

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Nov 2, 2018

New Earth Afghan (double knit)

As the earth begins its beautiful change of colors, we can enjoy the green shades with this cozy afghan.  Fun to knit in 3 shades of green and lots of stitch patterns.  Add fringe for a unique cozy look or, knit up some sofa pillows in each color.

Loom: 38″ Loom set at 1cm spacing for double knit using 82 stitches

Yarn:  Lion Brand New Basic, worsted weight, 75% wool & 25% acrylic.  Machine wash, gentle; lay flat to dry.  Colors used in sample are Lt Green 173 Thyme (T), Dark Green 174 Olive (O), Bright Green 172 Grass (G), (3) skeins of each.

Stitches:  Open Braid, Soft Braid, Zigzag, CrissCross, Stockinette.  Follow links to detailed instructions for each stitch.  Soft Braid is new and will be explained below*

Notions Needed:  Knit hook, crochet hook, measure tape

Size:  30” wide X 50” long. (for larger blanket, use 2cm spacing between rails)

Gauge:  Stockinette stitch is 3 sts X 4 rows = 1 inch.

*Soft Braid Stitch:  Weave 2 row patterns.  This is similar to the Open Braid.

Row 1 starts on back rail on peg one down to peg four on front rail.  Weave at this angle around every other peg to end of rail.  Return the weave by covering all empty pegs.  Hook over.

Row 2 starts on back rail on peg one and down to peg 3 on front rail.  Weave at this angle around every other peg to end of rail.  Return the weave by covering all empty pegs.  Hook over.

Repeat these 2 rows for the Soft Braid stitch.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 82 stitches in Stockinette with T yarn.

Work 10 rows in Soft Braid stitch.

Work 5 rows in Stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on O yarn at 2nd peg to tail of T yarn.  Lay both yarn tails between pegs.

Work 18 rows in Zigzag stitch.

Work 6 rows in stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on G yarn at 2nd peg to tail of O yarn.  Lay both yarn tails between pegs.

Work 16 rows in CrissCross stitch.

Work 5 rows in stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on O yarn at 2nd peg to tail of G yarn.  Lay both yarn tails between pegs.

Work Open Braid stitch for 14 rows.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on T yarn at 2nd peg to tail of O yarn.  Lay both yarn tails between pegs.

Continue with Open Braid stitch for 14 rows.

Work 5 rows in stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on G yarn at 2nd peg to tail of T yarn.  Lay both yarn tails between pegs.

Work 14 rows in CrissCross stitch.

Work 6 rows in stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on O yarn at 2nd peg.  Lay both yarn tails between pegs.

Work 12 rows in Open Braid stitch.

Work 6 rows in stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn with 3” tail.

Tie on T yarn.

Work 10 rows in Open Braid stitch.

Work 6 rows in stockinette stitch.  Cut yarn.

Tie on G yarn.

Work 12 rows in CrissCross stitch.

Work 6 rows in stockinette.  Cut yarn.

Tie on O yarn.

Work 18 rows in Zigzag stitch.

Work 6 rows in stockinette.  Cut yarn.

Tie on T yarn.

Work 14 rows in Soft Braid stitch.  Cut the yarn with 3” tail.  Ready to bind off of loom.

Bind off of loom with basic bind off using crochet hook.  Start at end opposite the yarn tail.  Pick up first stitch, both loops, from both rails.  Pull one thru the other.  One loop remains on the crochet hook.  Pick up one loop from next stitch, front rail and work the stitch.  Next, pick up back loom from same stitch, and work the stitch.  Continue across the loom working each loop alternating from back rail to front rail until only one loop remains on crochet hook.  Pick up the yarn tail and pull it thru the last loop to knot.  Then gently pull the yarn tail into the knit.  Your blanket is off the loom.

Bind off at anchor yarn in same way starting at end opposite the yarn tail.  Pick up 2 loops with crochet hook and work.  Pick up next single loop and work.  Continue across the knit until last loop remains on crochet hook.  Pull yarn tail thru loop for knot, and weave into knitting.

Check blanket to see if any yarn tails extend out, and weave them into knitting.

Lightly block blanket by laying on flat surface like a mattress and insert straight pins to secure.  Lightly mist and allow to dry.  Remove all pins.  Your new afghan is ready to grace your home or give as a Christmas gift.

 

 

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  • Hello HELP, I have been working on a blanket for awhile now and have noticed the middle of my wooden knitting loom is appears to be warped in the middle. Is this normal is it due to tension and should I start over??

  • Will there be a video?
    I looked at the instructions for the stitches but I can not seem to visualize it
    Thanks

  • Question: I’ve made about 60 scarves since this past spring using various yarns. My stiches seem uniform, not tight, but after finishing the scarves, maybe within hours though usually days, the scarves shrink in length often to half the length. What do I need to do differently or is this normal?

  • just want a pdf of the instruction

  • Hi Donna,
    What is most important is how does your knitting look? Is it tighter in the center from the end edges? If all looks well, I would keep going and complete and try to weave a bit looser in the center area.
    This is not how the loom should look, and one of your rails could be slightly warped and bow inward. Please email me at pat@knittingboard.com after you have completed the blanket. We may be able to remedy the problem.
    Thanks, pat

  • Hi Jesse,
    Please leave email at pat@knittingboard.com and I can send the file to you.

  • Hi Karen, You may want to try a thicker yarn or a tighter stitch that doesn’t stretch out so much. It sounds like your stitches are just open and bouncy. You can always knit the scarf longer than desired in the end as it may look longer while on the loom.

  • The Soft Braid Stitch seems identical to the CrissCross stitch, unless I am missing their difference in their instructions.

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