Aug 14, 2015

Willow Lace Shawl

Wrap yourself in softness with this delicate shawl. Worked in a silk blend yarn for a luxurious, silky feel. The pattern is provided in a chart form as well as written with a breakdown of the lace stitch section.

Drop_shawlKnitting loom: All-n-One Loom, 103 pegs used.

Yarn: Approx 900 yards of silk blend yarn in DK weight. Knit Picks Diadem in Argent Solid (5 skeins)

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, blocking wires and blocking pins

Size: 60 x 17 inches

Gauge: 20 x 24=4 inches in stockinette, blocked

Abbreviations
k=knit stitch
p=purl stitch
CO=Cast on
BO=Bind off
Rep=Repeat
st(s)=Stitch(es)
k2tog=knit two stitches together
ssk=slip, slip knit
YO=yarn over

Notes: Recommend to place a stitch marker on peg 7 and peg 97. Chart is worked on the peg starting with the first stitch marker (peg 7) to last stitch marker (peg 97).

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 103 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-10: k to end.

Row 11: k6, work row 1 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 12: k6, work row 2 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 13: k6, work row 3 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 14: k6, work row 4 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 15: k6, work row 5 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 16: k6, work row 6 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 17: k6, work row 7 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Row 18: k6: work row 8 of chart to last 6 sts, k6.

Rep Rows 11-18: 47 more times.

Next 10 rows. Repeat Rows 1-10.

Bind off with open basic method. Weave ends in. Wet block to measurements.

 

Stitch Breakdownwillowlace_graph

Row 1 (RS <): *p1, k5; rep from * to last st, p1

  • Purl peg 1, Knit peg 2 to 6; repeat from the * until the last peg, purl last peg.

Row 2 (RS >): *p1, k5; rep from * to last st, p1

  • Purl peg 1, Knit peg 2 to 6; repeat from the * until the last peg, purl last peg.

Row 3: *k1, yo, ssk, p1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last peg, k1

  • Move loop from peg 3 and hold it.
  • Move loop from peg 2 and place it on peg 3.
  • Place loop that you are holding back on peg 3.
  • Peg 2 is empty.
  • Move loop from peg 6 to peg 5.
  • Peg 6 is empty.
  • Knit peg 1, ewrap peg 2, knit peg 3 (treat both loops as one loop), purl peg 4, knit peg 5 (treat both loops as one loop), ewrap peg 6; rep from * to last peg, knit the last peg.

Row 4: *k3, p1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

  • Knit pegs 1 and 2. Undo the ewrap and place this yarn in front of the peg, knit the peg, purl peg 4, knit peg 5. Undo ewrap on peg 6 and place this yarn in front of the peg, knit the peg; rep from * to last peg, knit last peg.

Row 5: *k3, p1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

  • Knit pegs 1 and 2. Undo the ewrap and place this yarn in front of the peg, knit the peg, purl peg 4, knit peg 5. Undo ewrap on peg 6 and place this yarn in front of the peg, knit the peg; rep from * to last peg, knit last peg.

Row 6: *k3, p1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1

  • Knit pegs 1 and 2. Undo the ewrap and place this yarn in front of the peg, knit the peg, purl peg 4, knit peg 5. Undo ewrap on peg 6 and place this yarn in front of the peg, knit the peg; rep from * to last peg, knit last peg.

Row 7: *p1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk; rep from * to last st, p1

  • Move loop from peg 3 to peg 2.
  • Peg 3 is empty.
  • Move loop from peg 6 and hold it.
  • Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6.
  • Place loop that you are holding on peg 6.
  • Peg 5 is empty.
  • *Purl peg 1, knit peg 2 (treat both loops on the peg as one loop), ewrap peg 3, knit peg 4, ewrap peg 5, knit peg 6 (treat both loops on the peg as one loop); rep from * to the end of row; purl the last peg.

Row 8: *p1, k5; rep from * to last st, p1

Purl peg 1, Knit peg 2 (undo the ewrap on pegs 2 and 5, and place this strand of yarn in front of the peg then knit the peg as instructed) to 6; repeat from the * until the last peg, purl last peg.

 

19 Comments

  • So pretty! Excellent job! :)

  • Thank you :)

  • I love it! It’s so, pretty! I can’t wait to make this. What is the “open removal method?” I’ve never heard of it before.

  • This is simply beautiful. What a gorgeous piece – thank you for sharing your pattern!

  • Just beautiful! As someone who doesn’t like charts your row to row breakdown is greatly appreciated.

  • Lovely shawl!

  • I really like this shawl pattern very pretty. Thank you. Do you have a video for this pattern I am more of a visual knitter or learner?????

  • Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • That is beautiful. Would you consider this a project for intermediate or advanced loomers? I’m a beginner and it looks difficult.

  • Thank you so much for the stitch breakdown for this beautiful pattern. I’m still enough of a novice that ssk and k2tog confuse me, but your stitch break downs are always perfectly clear and allow me to knit beyond my vocabulary :)

  • Very pretty! Thank you for breaking down the stitch pattern. I will try to make this this winter.

  • Thank you!

  • Thank you!

  • Hi Angie, there are no videos, but we did provide a breakdown of the stitch pattern.

  • Thank you!

  • Thank you Lorri. I am glad it is useful.

  • Thank you!

  • Hi Raelyn, it is the Basic removal method.

  • Thank you, Isela.

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Aug 10, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – August 2015

Mini Monkey

One mini monkey, just as cute as can be
Lounging on a banana bunch saying “You can knit me!  You can knit me!”
so out comes some yarn, some fluff, and the Sock Loom EFG
and you’ve knit a darling monkey, just as quick as can be!

minimonkey

Materials

Knitting Loom:  Sock Loom EFG

Yarn:  Small amount of fingering weight yarn in two different colors.

MC = Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn

CC = Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing, needle and black embroidery thread to embroider eyes, mouth and nose.

Finished Size:  Approximately 4” in height.

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Abbreviations:

MC = main color

CC = contrast color

Sl = Slip

K = Knit

K2tog = Knit 2 together

M1 = Make 1

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

U-wrap Knit Stitch:  Bring the working yarn in front of the peg to be worked, above the existing stitch on the peg.  Bend the working yarn around the peg, creating a u shaped wrap. Knit the lower stitch over the u wrap.

Adding a Gathering Thread:  Cut a 12” length of yarn and thread it on to the yarn needle.  Push the yarn needle up under the stitch on peg 1.  Pull the length of yarn out through the stitch, stopping when an inch or two remains at the bottom of the stitch. Move to the next peg and pull the yarn needle up under the stitch.  Pull the length of yarn until all of the slack is gone between the two pegs.  Continue working in this manner until the gathering line has been pulled up under the last stitch in the round. Remove the yarn needle.  Leave the gathering line in place.  It will be used later to shape the monkey’s neck.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

K2tog:  Decrease- worked over two pegs.  Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg.  Knit both stitches on the second peg together as one.

3 Stitch I-Cord:  Using the double e-wrap cast-on method, cast on 3 stitches.  *Working yarn will be at peg 3.  Take the working yarn behind peg 2 and peg 1.  Bring the working yarn around the front of peg 1 and lay it across pegs 1, 2, and 3.  Knit peg 2, then peg 1, then peg 3.  Repeat from * as directed in pattern, or until I-cord reaches the desired length.  Gently pull on the cord every few inches to help set the stitches.

Bind the I-cord off by moving the stitch on the second peg over to the first peg, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stich over the top stitch.  Move the stitch from peg 3 over to peg 1, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stitch over the top stitch. With the working yarn, wrap peg 1 and knit it.  Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 5”.  Draw the working yarn out through the last stitch remaining on peg 1, then remove the cord from the loom.  Gently pull on the yarn tail to secure the bind off.

4 Stitch I-Cord:  Using the double e-wrap cast-on method, cast on 4 stitches.  *Working yarn will be at peg 4.  Take the working yarn behind peg 3, peg 2, and peg 1.  Bring the working yarn around the front of peg 1 and lay it across pegs 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Knit peg 3, then peg 2, then peg 1, then peg 4.  Repeat from * as directed in pattern, or until I-cord reaches the desired length.  Gently pull on the cord every few inches to help set the stitches.

Bind the I-cord off by moving the stitch on the second peg over to the first peg, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stich over the top stitch.  Move the stitch from peg 3 over to peg 1, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stitch over the top stitch. Move the stitch from peg 4 over to peg 1.  Knit the bottom stitch over the top stitch.  With the working yarn, wrap peg 1 and knit it.  Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 5”.  Draw the working yarn out through the last stitch remaining on peg 1, then remove the cord from the loom.  Gently pull on the yarn tail to secure the bind off.

Make 1:  Increase.  For the purposes of this project, simply cast on a new stitch with the double e-wrap method when M1 is indicated in the pattern.

Instructions

Head and Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 24 pegs, in the round.  With MC, cast on 24 stitches using the drawstring cast-on method.  Work 15 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Add a gathering thread.  (See special techniques)

Work 25 more rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method, but do not gather yet.

Pull the ends of the gathering thread to cinch in and shape the neck area.  Tightly tie the ends together to secure the shaping.  Weave these yarn tails in.

Firmly stuff the head section.  Pull the yarn tail from the cast on to gather the top of the head closed.  Weave this yarn tail in.

Lightly stuff the body section.  Gently pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off, gathering just until the bottom of the monkey starts to drawn in and become a bit rounded.  The shape will be a bit like a bowling pin.  There will still be a small opening on the bottom of the monkey.  Whip stitch this opening closed, then weave in the yarn tail. Set aside.

Ears (Make 2):

Leave a 5” yarn tail.  With MC, cast on 4 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.

Rows 1-3: Sl 1, K3.

Row 4: Sl 1, K1, K2tog.

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Set aside.

Limbs (Make 4):

With CC, cast on 4 stitches.  Work a 4 stitch I-cord for four rows.  Switch to MC.  Work the 4 stitch I-cord for 12 more rows.  Bind off , leaving a 5″ yarn tail.  Set aside.  Repeat this process for the remaining limbs.

Tail:

With CC, cast on 3 stitches.  Work a 3 stitch I-cord for four rows.  Switch to MC.  Work the 3 stitch I-cord for 16 more rows.  Bind off, leaving a 5″ yarn tail.  Set aside.

Face:

Leave a 10″ yarn tail.  With CC, cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1: Sl 1, K3, M1.

Row 2: Sl 1, K4, M1.

Row 3: Sl 1, K5, M1.

Rows 4-6: Sl 1, K6.

Row 7: Sl 1, K3, K2tog, K1.

Row 8: Sl 1, K2, K2tog, K1.

Row 9: Sl 1, K1, K2tog, K1.

Bind off with basic bind off method.  Using the 10″ yarn tail, sew the face piece on to the front of the monkey’s head, with the purl side facing out.  Weave in both yarn tails.

Finishing:

Using the long yarn tails from the cast on, sew an ear to each side of the monkey’s head.  Weave in both yarn tails for each ear.

Using the long yarn tails from the bind off, sew a limb (arms) to each side of the monkey’s body, near the neckline.  Weave in all yarn tails for these limbs.

Using the long yarn tails from the bind off, sew two limbs (legs) on at the bottom of the monkey’s body.  Weave in all yarn tails for these limbs.

Using the long yarn tail from the bind off, sew the tail to the back of the monkey’s body  Weave in all yarn tails.

Using the needle and black embroidery thread, add eyes, nostrils, and a mouth to the little monkey’s face section.

 

Feel free to ‘go bananas’ and knit a whole ‘barrel full of monkeys’!

4 Comments

  • Jenny, he is so adorable!!! I love him and I want to knit him :)

  • Thank you, Isela! I’m glad you like him :)

  • He is ridiculously cute, Jenny! :D I love how he’s posed on those bananas, too! So fun! :)

  • Thank you, Bethany! He does look pretty happy lounging there on the banana bunch, doesn’t he? ;)

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