Mar 24, 2007

New Rug Project

I’ve been working on a new rug    and I wanted to share. I experimented with doing the “box stitch” throughout adding 2 stripes with the “open rib” to add a change in texture. (Really, you can only see one in this picture because the other stripe was just knit).

It is really easy to do  and knits  great with the new heavy duty knitting board.    I will put pattern up for free when I’m finished.  I used Raliwool but any really heavy bulky yarn would work.




  • Pat,
    How can I get/purchase the pattern for this rug?
    Are you going to have other rug patterns? thanks, Martha

  • Hi, sorry for the delay in response. We are working to have many rug patterns or projects. We will put this one up on the site in couple days for you as a free pattern. Did you get the last rug free pattern? thanks, Pat

  • Hello!
    I love my Knitting Board and the website is awesome, I have question on the yarn, I am a Vegan who loves to Loomy and Board Knit….So no wool for me :O). Will you guys be getting in some nice cotton yarn or other fun animal free stuff? Love Love LOVE the site though! As we speak I am making a super thick Pima Cotton Blanket..expensive but YUMMY.

    Peace Love and Hippy Stuff!

  • I’m in the process of ordering a board. What’s the measurement between the pins?
    Thank you

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Mar 16, 2007

We need your help!

We need your help with ‘Sharing our Mission?

If you would like to participate with us, we will be making blankets and baby blankets to donate to an organization in need. We have identified several worthwhile organizations that shelter abused women and children. They are very much in need of warm clothing and blankets especially during the cold winter months. We are taking donations of knitted squares knit with any washable, new yarn. If everyone who reads this, would spare a little bit of time and knit a square, we can create many blankets to give, and that would be awesome!!

square ideas…thanks to Faith (pattern washcloths)

You may use whatever yarn that you would like to ‘use up’, and it can have several different yarns within the knitted square. We will start with squares that are aprox 12″ X 12″. If you would take an hour and clear out some old yarn scraps and knit up a square, we would really appreciate the effort. If anyone has the time to take 12 squares and sew them together, we will send a packet of the knitted pieces to you. We would then mail the finished blankets with recognition of the knitters to the recipients.

Send squares to:
Pat Novak:
# 7 Monish Rd
Palmyra, VA 22963

Check out our Mission to see our current long term projects.

Our mission involves assisting women’s relief groups with knitting boards and personal instruction. Our goal is to see these individuals grow in self belief that they, too, can create beautiful, useful, warm garments for themselves, their families, and as a means to supplement their family income.

Jail assistance project knitting for preemie newborns at UVA hospital

Our focus on this project has been abused women and their children and babies of low to zero income working as a community or within a shelter. This will be from an organized program.

It is our goal to assist these groups with donated knitting boards, instruction, and support from us at Authentic Knitting Board Co. Individual groups or organizations may apply for this program by contacting Pat Novak at

Authentic Knitting Board Co since 1998


  • Pat,
    What a GREAT idea. What if someone (like me) makes the squares, sews them together (like my scrap yarn afghan posted on the blog) and sends them to you all ready to give? Would this be acceptable? If not, I will be more than happy to just make squares and even sew them together. Since I am retired I have lots of time for this. Please let me know. Do you need hats and booties for babies as well? Look forward to your answer.

    Regards and keep up the good work.

    Sue Kreitzer, a loomer in Texas

  • Hi Sue,
    Oh, that would be so wonderful. I would like to also send some of the squares to you for sewing if you have the time. Once we receive 9-12 squares of similar weights, I’ll drop them in the mail for you. Meanwhile, I will get some name cards to attach to each square to show the names of the knitters. We’ll then post a photo of each completed blanket (or hats or mittens). Our first donations will go to ND home for children. Thanks, Pat

  • Pat,
    I have sent you my address under a separate message. Is there any certain size you would like? What a great way to get use of my scrap yarn (my husband will be happy). Let me know what else I can do.


    Sue Kreitzer, a loomer in Texas

  • I was thinking of 12″ X 12″ (aprox) as a basic square. This way, we know that all squares sent in will match up with each other. then we can do 9 squares for babies or 12-16 squares for a throw. I hope some others will join us and let us know that they will be making a square. thanks for your enthusiasm. I have your address ready to ship. Pat

  • Pat,
    If this might help others doing squares, I have worked up several using regular worsted weight yarn (in this case, Red Heart) and have decided that a cast on of 34 stitches and 44 rows work up an approx. square of 12″. I have not done chunky or bulky yet, that is the next step. Will let you know what I come up with. This may help some one not to do a lot of trail and error. Hope it helps.

  • Initially I assumed you to mean double knitting but, before I start making up squares on my board, I just want to make certain you don’t mean single sided. Or does it not matter either way?

    Thank you.

  • Hi Saaski,
    We prefer that the squares be made on the knitting board so that they will all be similar in that respect. We would like to share them with the recipients as double knit blankets.
    Thanks for your contribution. Pat

  • Pat,
    Just wanted to let you know I have one blanket ready to mail to you. Was going to do it today but the weather is really turning bad. I have started a baby blanket and soon as it is done, I will be sending it. Also, I’m am sending by FedEx it is cheaper. Hope this is what you are looking for.

    Sue Kreitzer, a loomer in Texas

  • Pat,
    Just to let you know I almost have a third blanket ready. This one is for a baby or very small youth and is made all in one piece. Once I have it ready to ship, I will notify you. I really hope and pray others will join in your efforts. You and Kim have done a lot to help others with your instructions and ideas for the knitting boards. This is just one small way people can help pay back.

  • Hi Sue, this is so great of you. We will announce the group that your blankets are going to shortly. we will get them posted as soon as the photos are done. YOU are really jumping in with this and we appreciate it so much. I also, hope others will join us in this project. we do have a beautiful square crocheted by Nancy DeWitt. I would like to get some additional ones similar to this one for a crocheted blanket. Thanks for all you do, Pat

  • Hi, just received a great square from Linda Pagel for a building blanket. Linda’s square is teal green and knit in stockinette. Thank you, Linda.
    As soon as we get some more, we will send them off to Sue in Texas for sewing.

  • Oi,adorei esses trabalhos,as fotos,só que eu não sei nada de ingles,aí fica difícil de entender se puderem traduzir ficaria mais fácil,Valeu.

  • We will need all comments submitted in English, otherwise, we will need to delete.
    This is only fair to all so that everyone can read and the comments can be edited for content.
    Thanks for your understanding. Pat

  • Dear Pat,

    I have just revisited this site and I notice that nothing new has been posted since last May. I hope this doesn’t mean that I’ve missed the opportunity to help with your wonderful project.

    Helping you will give me lots of good practice on my new board AND hopefully allow me to make a difference in the world. I am retired and, like Sue Kreitzer, I will be happy to sew squares together for you if help is still needed in that area.

    I hope I haven’t missed the chance to help with such a worthy activity! Please let me know if there’s any way at all that I can help with this or any other charitable project you may be working on.

    Bravo to you and the knitters who have been working with you so far!! Hope to hear from you soon.

    Maureen Cuscuna

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Feb 16, 2007

Sewing Button Tips with thick knit

Since we are working with Double Knit, sewing on buttons may require  a little different techinique from sewing onto thin  knit or material.   The button hole with bulky knits can be very thick when placed onto the button.

When sewing the button onto a thick piece of knitting, you want to use the yarn whevever possible and leave some space between the knitting and the button.   That way, when you button up, the knitted buttonhole will lay nice and flat and not ‘bunched’.

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Lace the yarn thru the button, pull the ends of the yarn thru the knitting.   Leave enough space between the button and knitting for the thickness of the buttonhole piece.   Bring one strand back up to the button and wrap the yarn around the  sewing yarn  that secures the button, so that the button ‘stands up’ and retains the spacing.   Pull the yarn tail back into the knitting and knot the 2 ends of yarn to secure.

Now, no bunching-it lays nice and smooth.


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  • I find it difficult to get all the buttons the same gap so I use a piece of cardboard with a narrow ‘v’ cut in as a spacer to get all the buttons the same space behind the button.
    A row of half hitch knots holds better (long term!) than just straight wrap around the loops holding the button on.

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Feb 11, 2007

Great Idea for Scrap Yarn!

This is a really cool afghan sent in by Sue Kreitzer – a super idea to make squares with left over yarn skeins. Use all different colors, types of yarn and stitch designs and create a very personal afghan. She used stockinette, zizag, criss cross, ribbing and open braid to create so many looks.

The finished size is 72″X 56″   – makes a great bedcover.

Thank you Sue for the idea!





  • Sue–I love the blanket!!! What a great idea. I’m sure my husband would love if I started using up all the yarn I have laying around!! How wide and long did you make each square?

  • Faith,
    Hope you read this. I cast on 26 stitches and did 32 rows to make an 8 x 8 square. Depending on the yarn you use, you may have to adjust the number of stitches. It is a great way to use left over yarn.

  • Sue, thanks for the measurements. This is definitely an idea I’m going to try sometime. I have sooooo much yarn….

  • Sue~ This looks like a perfect next project for me. I’m really just a beginner and just wrapped up making a couple dozen scarfs for my annual sister’s retreat and I have a ton of left over yarn.. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

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Feb 9, 2007

Claudia’s Danbury Coat Photo

Claudia sent in a photo to share of her Danbury Coat. Great job! and what a beautiful location.



Claudia and her husband, Larry,  and their miniature chihuahua D.O.G. (pronounced Dee OH Gee)

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  • Thanks to some great feedback on this pattern from Claudia, we have made some minor adjustments to this pattern. The sizes are a bit smaller. Please test the yarn of your choice before starting and check your gauge. Thanks, Pat

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Feb 5, 2007

Rib Stitch–when increasing we shift our starting position?

When doing the Rib Stitch, we create  each rib with 2 stitches that form a pair.   To maintain the pairs or ribs, we need to start on same  needles with each row, and that is the first to the third needles.   But, what happens when we decrease a stitch at beginning of row; we alter the formation of the pairs, or, we leave only one stitch for the first rib.

So, we must start the knitting by skipping that lonely single stitch, and start with the next rib.   So, the first stitch stands alone, and we start the row on needles 2 and 4.   This will keep the pairs and the ribs continuing without shifting.   The first stitch will be picked up in the return of the circular.


Then, when we do another decrease, we will eliminate the lonely first stitch.   So the next pair of stitches becomes the needles 1 and 3.   So we will continue the knitting by going back to the original sequence.

What if we increase now.   Well, we just added the lonely first stitch back and we would shift back to the 2 and 4 starting for each row.

The important thing here is to compensate for the loss of a part of a rib and maintain all the others in their sequence.

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Feb 3, 2007

How to Increase and add new stitches….

When your knitting starts with a smaller amount of stitches, and then widens with many additional stitches, you will use this type of increase.   For instance, if you want to go from say 10 stitches to 30 stitches in the next row, how do you do this? Actually it is quite simple to do.   This addition of stitches can be all on one end of the existing knitting or added to both ends.

Example:   In the Men’s Cabin slippers, this type of increase is needed.   Another example is the Bold Stripe Sweater.

Let’s say that you have been knitting with 10 needles and you  have one loop on each needle and you want to go to 30 stitches in the next row.  You are increasing 10 stitches on each side to have a total of 30 stitches.   You will Cast On 10 new stitches at front of knitting and 10 new stitches at back of knitting.

  • First,  cut the yarn of your 10 stitches of the current knitting.
  • Make a loop knot in yarn supply, and place loop on the needle 10  to the  left of your knitting, on board farthest from knitter. (This is like starting from the beginning)


  • Weave the yarn around the bare needles in pattern.    When you get to the cut end of yarn at beginning of current knitting, tie the new yarn to the cut tail of yarn.    Weave across the existing knitting and  continue for 10 additional more needles.



  • Weave back, to finish your circular over all 30 stitches.
  • Hook over the 10 stitches in the middle (they have 2 loops on each needle.)  Place   an anchor yarn  over the 2 areas where you just started new stitches.   These are new Cast On stitches.   They have only 1 loop at this time.


  • Weave another circular over all 30 stitches and hook over all.    You now have 30 stitches on your board.   You will want to Bind Off the new stitches for a finished edge once piece is completed.
  • This process is used on sweaters where the sleeves are knit into the front and back of the sweater.   The entire piece is one continous piece of knitting.   If you’re doing stripes, you can always do the increase in  different color for next stripe.

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Feb 1, 2007

CrissCross Stitch vs Box Stitch?

There seems to be some confusion on these two stitches-Are they really pretty much the same?   Well, the simple answer is yes.   However, there was enough of a difference that made us decide to give the new weaving process a new name.   We didn’t want to go into any pattern done in Crisscross and change it suddenly, so we called the new procedure by a different name.

CrissCross Stitch   -2 weave patterns.   The first is starting on needle #4 and down to #3.


Then the next row was starting on needle #3 and down to #2.


What this does is shift the yarn over to the next needles with the same angles.   We received a lot of questions about how to keep track of which weave you completed and which weave was to be done next.

So, we played with it and asked some other knitters how they accomplished the same type of stitch.   The Box Stitch was the answer:

Box Stitch – First row starts with needle #1 to #4 and weave every other needle.

The next row starts with needle #1 to #3, then weave consecutive  #2 down to  #5 and then every other.

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This is easier to keep track of because both rows start out on needle #1.

Both shift only 1 needle on both rows, but the Box stitch is a larger stretch from #1 to #4 compared to the crisscross which stretches from #4 to #3.   The difference is a more bold box effect from the box stitch than in the crisscross.

So, not a lot of difference other than more definition in the depth of the look of the stitch and its a little easier to keep track of where you are.   They are both great stitches and may not look too different.   so, we figure everyone will pick the one that they enjoy doing the most and stick with it.   They are certainly interchangeable in any pattern.




  • Thanks–I had heard of this stitch, but wasn’t quite sure how to do it.

  • I like them both.
    Thank you for the extra explanation.

  • Trying the boxstich,I thought what will happen when I do the first row (the 1-4 row)three times and after that the second row (the 1-3 row) three times and go on like that.
    There appears a complete new stich,I think it is usable for a scarf when you use not so heavy yarn.

  • I’m confused about what to do at end when I have to turn and go back. Where do you start – the yarn is at the last bottom needle and top needle is the second from the end and then you turn the board. Where do I start to wrap the needles? This is my first time with a knitting board and I’m trying a sample afghan with all the different stitches. Having fun. Thanks for your help, Julie

  • According to the DVD I got with my boards – it instructs to do the criss-cross starting at needle 1 down to 3, then next time needle 4 – it comes out nice – but not looking like the criss-cross – now I know it is the box stitch. I made a tote bag with it – turned out really nice – did not need to be lined. This stitch will be perfect for making placemats – nice and thick.

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Jan 17, 2007

Putting a design in your knitwear

I am going to   explain how to graph your design and put in your knitwear. A great benefit of double knit is  the ability to create a design and have no backside. The design is actually on both sides.

I am going to explain how to incorporate a “CIRCLE DESIGN” in your knit. it is best if you use a   bulkier yarn so that you don’t see your in-between row.

circle_on_board1.JPGFirst of all you want to get graph paper like the paper below. Draw your design and then put “X” in the spots that are contained in the shape you are creating. I put in the X’s to make my circle.

  • 1st row – knit  with 4 stitches of the circle
  • 2nd row- knit with 8 stitches of the circle
  • 3rd row – 8 stitches
  • 4th row – 10 stitches………

Then you continue each row until you finish with 4 stitches on the 12th row.


This is the 9th row – 8 stitches of circle, looping every pin back and forth.


 The you take the opposite color yarn (brown) and weave every other in the same pattern skipping the needles already wrapped.

1st weave…


 Return weave…


Now every needle is covered and you just loop over. And then you start your 10th row ( another 8 stitches).

I hope this helps with graphing your design.


  • Oh, thank you, I’ve been wondering exactly how to do this!!! One question, when you want to add the new color for the design, do you just tie it in a stitch or 2 before you want it? And, do you tie it off once you get to the end of the pattern and then tie it on again when you come to the design again, or just carry it along until you come to the design again. If you do carry it along, where do you carry it, along the edge, or buried inside? Okay, I guess that was way more than one question!!! Thanks!!

  • That’s actually a great question. I forgot to talk about that. Yes you can just tie on a new color right before you need it. You can tie it off when you are done with the weave if you are not going to use it again for a few rows.

    But if you plan on using it in the next row you can just lay it aside and use your other color and then come back to it. You can see in these photos that you just bring the brown yarn right across the orange design and then
    continue your weaving.

    One thing to remember, the area between your pins is the inside layer that no one will see so you can lay yarn across and tie on other colors and it stays hidden. Also this works best with thicker yarn.

  • Hi, one other thought about doing the yarn carried across the design– Be aware that this limits the stretch in the design area. If you are doing a design in a blanket or shawl etc., you may want the entire knitted piece to be very stretchy. If so, you would want to tie on and knot all your sections. You would tie on at beginning of each color change, and knot and cut. then tie on the main color again. Just do the knots in between the rows of needles and they won’t show. When we do the fleur de lis, for example, we drag the main color. so this would be limited in stretch.

  • Thanks so much for the help.

  • Parabens…..seu blog esta lindo…..os trabalhos estao maravilhosos

  • Hi,
    I loved yr workies.
    I’ll try make hat and baby booties.
    bjs (kisses)

  • Dear Madam,
    I found your site utterly superlative. I have already one of your small knitting boards and have made some amazing things with it- and I’m a straight man!

    Having “man-hands” better suited to gripping hammers and chisels- I always found those normal needles too hard- and being clumsy with stubby fingers.
    For those who travel- knitting needles are now prohibited on most airplanes.
    Explaining knitting needles to Customs and Police is not exactly the most embarrassment-free task for a man.

    Something slightly different- since “real” men are now permitted to knit- I’ve knitted chisel pouches, some tool pouches, a hunting knife belt (all out of leather-strips), a handy-man belt (much stronger than the usual store-bought rubbish), welding and cast forging mitts (using both wool and a ceramic fibre) and high-strength sawchip bag for my industrial wood saw- made out of stainless-steel wire.
    And the wife gets me out of her sights too!

    I hope more men may take up the fun- it offers such huge possibilities for us traditional handy-type “blokes”.

    Thank you for such a wonderful product.

  • Thanks for the great instruction. Very handy.

  • I purchased the Knitting Board Basics book…I am on the chapter Creating Patterns with Color..On page 53 they are showing 2 designs on the bottom of the page..and there is no charted design for these..

    can someone help me on locating these 2 designs..

  • I just got loom and I purchased to make socks but would also like to make big Christmas stockings for my grand kids how do u suggest making the larger stockings. Thanks

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Jan 11, 2007

Raliwool Rug is finished

FINALLY I have finished the rug. Actually it has been finished for a while but I was having trouble taking a good picture of it. I must have taken over 50 photos but I just can’t get the camera to cature the lustrious color and texture. I just absolutely adore this yarn, raliwool. It is great to work with and really shows the benefit of the double knit.


Ok here’s another shot….


This is the rug we showed on QVC. It was really a quick shot as we tried to get a lot of samples in.

It feels  really good to be back home.  On-air presentations  are  very trying and exhausting!! I get so nervous and worked up and I am not even the one that goes on air. That’s Pat. She always does a good job, a true expert with the knitting board. But that place is so crazy and you never know who is going to be watching. It takes me about a week to recover. Now I am back and will be writing in our blog more often.


  • Your rug looks GREAT!
    You also sold out on QVC how cool!
    Glad your back home safe and I am looking forward to seeing more on your blog.

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • Our blog is kind of a creation in progress. I am going to try to post more often. I think we will be doing features on certain stitches and also in depth look at some patterns with more pictures to easily explain the process. Let me know if you have any questions or patterns that you would like detailed here on the blog –

  • Hi, yes, QVC aired on Jan 3. It’s an exciting place to be. It’s hard to realize that all the talented folks that get the job done are there 24 hours of every day of every year. It’s fascinating to see: it’s like being on a movie set. Every one is extremely friendly and so helpful that they put one at ease. It was really fun. I think the only hard part of doing something like that, is all the preparation that goes into it and then it’s over in a fast 8 min. Kinda like, ” You’re On, you’re Done”. I love it and hope many of our friends and fellow KB knitters were able to catch some of it. Maybe next time, we’ll earn a daytime spot. But, like I said, it really doesn’t matter once you’re there-it all just continues around the clock.
    I’m working on the Crisscross stitch vs the Box Stitch right now. i want to let everyone who has asked about them, to know what the difference really it- not much, but some. More later. Pat

  • Hi Pat could you tell me were i can buy the yarn to make this rug .I have just brought a Authentic Knitting board and i dont seem to be able to get this yarn .I live in the uk and find getting the yarn difficult ,please help xxx

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Dec 19, 2006

Loom Knit Handbag


Anna McConkey sent in this photo of her little tote knit with  Lion Brand Homespun yarn,  all one  color.  She used the   Fleur  Tote Pattern    but without  the  fleur de lis design.   With a different yarn and adjusting the pattern a little you can achieve a very different look.

Great job Anna!


  • Nice job!!! I’ve been working on mittens and slippers, but maybe I’ll be able to slip a bag in there soon. But when you have seven kids who all want new slippers and mittens….:-)

  • Nice!!
    I am just wondering if the tote can be bigger….hmmmm and maybe a pretty felting to carry xtra stuff. I got the 28 Inch board so looks like I have a new project to try…..So many design possibilities! I am still finishing that large sweater I started, and I get alot of curious looks @work. ….. More lunch times of pure bliss!


  • its fantastic and very butifule bag.thank you.

  • Hi, everybody!

    I think, that this is a great forum. Very intresting and useful.
    But I can’t find the search function, cause I want faster find the topics that could be intresting for me to express my opinion…
    Please help me with search function on this forum!

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Nov 29, 2006

First Rug with Rali Wool

knitrug2.JPGI have been working on my first rug with the Rali Wool and I wanted to show some photos of the progress. There are so many options of design that I could incorporate into the rug.  But, I decided to start rather simple and see how it goes.  Actually part of the fun is designing as you go along. I am using the Rali wool -Spring  for the frame and the Blue Midnight  for the base color. The stripe is knit in Sunset. I am pondering the idea of adding another narrow stripe of color, but there are so many awesome colors it’s hard to decide.  I’m using the 28″ knitting board and the rug will be approximately 32″ wide using 82pins of the board.

Some tips in creating the frame around the base color:

  • Use 2 seperate skeins. Don’t tie in color.
  • When you are ready to change colors just twist yarn around the other color just to attach the yarns together. Otherwise you will be creating 2 stripes that aren’t attached. (photo below)



  • The rug looks beautiful!!! Now that I’ve finally finished my last Christmas gift I can make something that I want to make!!!!

  • This is a beautiful rug. I was wondering do you have a pattern for this
    rug, and how many skeins of yarn would i need to use.

  • I am still working on the rug. We have been so busy with the Christmas rush that knitting has been rather slow. As soon as I finish I will get it photographed and give all the details. But it is looking really cool!!

  • Hi Pat,
    I saw your spot on QVC and you did an awesome job of explaining the advantages of KWON! I loved the rug and I know that I will be trying a rug of my own very soon.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring us, Connie

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Nov 17, 2006

It’s Finally Here!!


Such great names and so much fun just seeing what everyone came up with. We really had a tough time selecting a name.







Thank you so much, everyone  who participated. We may consider some of the names for future use with some other yarns.  

This particular yarn has been tested  using several different fibers for durability, softness and endurance.

We decided on a  wool and mohair combination because of it’s great sturdiness and hand, and the results  of hand-dying are so beautiful. We worked with the tightness of the twist so that it would be soft, yet firm, and  would hold up well as rug yarn.

We thouhgt the name should be something short and catchy.

So here are the runners up:

“Stonewall” by Dora Renee Wilkerson

“Woolybully” by Michelle Barbour

“Barefoot” by Kristin

“Shannandoah” by Faith

“Woodlands” by Faith

“Praire” by Kim Cypers

All runners up will recieve 10% off first yarn purchase. Please email for your discount number for ordering.

We actually were inspired by 2 names that helped us come up with our new name. These were “Rugbee” by Evelyn Ayre and “MoWool” by Rita Miller. They will recieve 2 skeins of the new yarn.

Congratulations to all our winners!

So we kind of combined these to form a new word that means: A great rug yarn that is soft, durable, warm and very cozy –




  • It looks so pretty! I can’t wait to get some. Love the name you picked also.

    I’ll be checking your site to see when I can buy it.

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson.

  • Yarn looks beautiful!!!!!

  • On the rug, you say don’t tie the yarn together to change colors. Do you need to leave a tail so you can weave it together later on? Thanks.

  • Sue,

    When you are doing a frame around the rug like the the sample above, you don’t need to cut yarn when you change colors. Instead, you actually work from 2 skeins and just twist the yarn strands to interlock colors together. But if you are doing stripes, this is different and you cut yarn and tie on other color. Note: If your stripes are only 2 rows each, I would not cut yarn. I would just pick up new color then when I am ready to go back to other color it’s all ready to go.

    I hope this makes sense.


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Oct 25, 2006

New Stitch Instructions!

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SO much has been going on lately here at the Knitting Board Company.   Ok, where to start……

First of all our new yarn has had another small delay, but I assure  you it is going to be awesome. I just had to see another sample adding  a little new fiber which took several days. So I guess it is my fault but I want it to the perfect combination.

We are still looking at all the names so if you still have more name ideas please leave them in the “COMMENTS“. We will keep it secret until yarn  is  presented.

We now have NEW STITCH instructions. Hopefully these will be helpful. The instructions have a lot of photos to make learning the stitches very easy. We have included the LOOPY RIB which is a brand new stitch from Brazil. It is a  cool one for ponchos or shawls where you want a nice “loose look”.


  • Wow, the new instructions and stitches look GREAT!! Thanks for all the hard work!!!

  • My daughter suggested this name for the rug yarn:

    Home Sweet Home

  • I am going to have to try these new stitches out!

    Thanks for sharing them,

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • Another idea for the rug yarn name:

    Simply Home

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Oct 13, 2006

Zig-Zag stitch simplified.

This is one of my favorite stitches.   We have been working on some new rugs and I decided to use this stitch for the edges.   It works so well, and  gets the thickness off to a great start.   So I wondered how many others were finding this stitch to be a great one for a nice tight edge.   Sometimes the edges seem to be what ‘befuddles’  many new knitters. So, I thought I should talk about it since it sounds complicated to describe, but really isn’t–and it is a lot of fun.

It is one stitch that does not do a full circular, only one pass of the board. It weaves across the two rows of needles at an angle of needle  1 to needle  3.  Every needle gets covered.   The tricky part of it is, at the beginning of a row and at the end.   Because we are weaving needles 1 to needle 3, we have some bare needles and need to cover them.   So we do this by first weaving the first 3 needles and then starting the diagonal weave.   Same at the  end of the row, we cover the bare needles by weaving the last 3 front to back.   So, some overlap occurs and that is where we get the thick and thin issues.   So, what thoughts or questions are there for this stitch.   It’s not hard, just confusing when you first start it, but I think its worth the effort.


sweatervest.jpgThe Zig Zag Stitch is on the bottom of the vest, the last three stitches. It really is a great finishing stitch.



  • I have a quick question. I understand how to wrap the stitch, but the thick/thin part when hooking over confuses me. I’m not sure which is the thick part, and which is the thin. Would you explain that a little more? Thanks.

  • On the first 3 stitches and last 3 stitches (after weaving) you will have 3 loops on each. You want to look at the weaving and see if the extra loop is from the over lapping. If it is, then it is your thick side and you lift one and leave 2 loops on the needle. If not, it’s the thin side, lift the 2 bottom loops over the top loop to leave it thin. When you do the next row of weaving, you will again do an overlapp on some of the first and last needles creating the 3 loops. So that you will always end up with the 3 loops, it’s important to leave 2 on some and 1 on the others.
    Remember, when you weave this stitch, you overlapp several of the needles. When you weave the next row, you overlap other needles. So you always want to leave 2 loops after the overlapp because the next row those needles will not be the ones that get the overlapp. I hope this is not just more confusing. Let us know. pat

  • Okay–I’ll play with it a little more and let you know how it goes.

  • Well, the light bulb has finally come on!!!! Thanks for the help.

  • Ok I don’t understand this stitch at all.I don’t understand that thick and thin parts, and sometimes I wind up with 4 wraps on one, instead of 3, and I don’t know if the angle is suppose to be different with each row. I just can’t seem to get the hang of it I guess.

  • I had a problem with this stitch at first, ripped it out 5 times before I got it right!Then while watching the video, when Pat turned the board around and said to watch which direction the yarn was coming from, then I got it to zig zag. At first it was just straight, couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t get the yarn to wrap in the other direction.Now its one of my favorite stitches,so nice and thick!

  • It took me a while to figure out which was thick and which was thin – finally realized it has to do with how many wraps are at the top of the needle – if the 2 wraps are at the top – it is thick and if 2 wraps at the bottom , then it is thin – and then you pull over accordingly.

  • One more comment about this stitch – i used it to make a bag – it turned out nice – but it has a border all around it in stockinette – was this supposed to happen – it looks okay – does not dtract from it – i just thought it was weird that it did that.

  • i just bought an 18″ knitting board and it is so difficult to use. it is so hard to lift the loop over the top and to start where you zig zap, skip one peg, turn and then zig zag back. The needles are so small and there is no groove for easy removal of the first loop. I tried doing the figure 8 wrap like I do on my knifty knitter and it was hard too. I watched many videos and it looks so easy but it really is not. Is there any tips on how to make it easier. I even marked every other peg to help me skip a peg too. too complicated to use.

  • wondering why the following stitches are unavailable on your website listed under “stitches” :rib, stockinette, open rib?

  • Me parecen extraordinarios los trabajos que se pueden realizar en los telares y los presentados aquì en esta pàgina, felicitaciones, desearìa que me enviaran una pequeña explicaciòn con esquema o diagrama a mi correo, muchas gracias, Nohemi

  • I noticed someone mentioned a viseo for the zig zag stitch. Could you post a link to this please as I am having great trouble getting this stitch to work

    Many thanks


  • I have recently purchased a sockloom and I just cannot seem to get the hang of it. I have tried different yarns and have watched several videos. It seems very tight and difficult to pull the yarn over the pegs, I have popped my yarn several times. I don’t want to give up. I know I must be doing something wrong, but what. please help.

  • Hi, The link for the zigzag stitch is

    This should take you through each step.

  • I am also having trouble with the Zig Zag Stitch. On the CD I can’t see how you are weaving the pattern on the knitting board. I wish the camera man/woman would have zoomed in closer when you were weaving the 3 stitches on the board in the begining and at the end.

  • Up, never mind I just saw the link above. Thanks…………

  • Hi Pat,

    Just got the knitting board and sock loom a week ago. Love the board. I am unable to get the zigzag stitch right, I seem to get 4 wraps around soMe needles….tried several times but have failed. Please help ,I would be very grateful.

    Thank you,

  • Hi! I just starting knitting on the long loom and I just can’t figure out this zig zag stitch. I am fine with the first 2 rows but then everything goes wrong. (I should mention that I have never knitted before) I end up with 4 loops every time! Do I knit every row the same as the first row? Should I double back on the last 3 pegs every time? Will only the top 3 pegs keep 2 loops or will there always be 2 loops on the top and bottom? I looked at the link but that just shows me photo’s of the first 2 rows. Is there not a youtube video that goes into more details – more rows? PLEASE HELP!!!

  • Hi, you just keep repeating the first 2 rows. Do row 1 and then row 2. then do row 1, and then row 2. Just keep repeating the 2 rows. Pat

  • Thank you! I finally got it right!

  • Hi!
    I downloaded the pattern for the Ribbed Vest but I’m stuck at the neckline shaping. I don’t have a clue!
    Can you please explain it in “dummy” terms?

    Thank you!

  • Hi.
    I read the pattern a million times last night and I think I got the arm shaping wrong as well.
    There are 4 steps for shaping the arm, requiring me to decrease 1 stich each end. Here’s what I did…I am knitting on double, so I moved my loop of my 1st peg on back board to the 2nd 1 on the back and the 1st loop of the front board to the 2nd 1 on the front, and I did the same on the end of my loom. I did this the 4 times. I now think it was the wrong way. If you say decrease I stitch, do you mean only move 1 loop of 1 peg? On the front board or the back?
    What I don’t understand about the neckline shaping…Pattern reads:
    1. ” Starting at back end, bind off centre (12) stiches.” Do I bind of 12 stiches or is the centre stitch peg 12? How many stitches (back & front board) do I bind off?
    2. “Pick up 2 loops of first centre stitch and 1 loop of next stitch.” I have only 1 loop on each peg so I have no clue.
    As you can probably tell I am totally lost! I’ve combed the internet for information on how to shape a neckline but couldn’t find anything. You are my last hope before I totally give up.
    Thanking you in advance.

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Oct 6, 2006

Patterns to keep you warm

I can’t believe Summer is gone and Winter is fast approaching. I live in Boston but I should live somewhere much warmer like North Carolina. I can’t seem to deal with really cold weather. It chills me to the bone and it gets soooooo cold up here in the winter.

But one good thing about it, I do get to wear my cozy sweaters. My favorite  is the  goncho sweater. It is so cozy and oversized. I wear it in the house and it is the only  thing that keeps me really shawl.jpg

For all the new knitting board knitters, here are  a couple very SIMPLE FREE PATTERNS and they will help keep you warm this winter. This luxurious blue shawl  with tassels  is knit with a ribbing stitch throughout.

With the 28″ knitting board, you start your casting on using all the pins, 84 needles on each side and then just keep knitting until length desired.

Simple BASIC SLIPPERS are made in a few hours!  Great starter pattern too.


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  • Love the Basic Vest and the Goncho Sweater is uber cool… I am an avid crocheter… I recently purchased a 10″ knitting loom and currently working on a scarf… I am hoping to incorporate knitting pieces into my crochet designs… Once I get the hang of the 10″ loom, I am looking forward to purchasing a 28″ loom and purchasing your pattern for the Basic Vest.

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Sep 28, 2006

WOW! I can’t believe all the ideas!


juphat.JPGThank you so much!!!!!!! I wasn’t sure if anyone would post. But I was overwelmed with the help. That’s what ‘s so great about the internet, it really is a great medium where we knitters can all come together and  share ideas and grow in knowledge. Cool.

It is a difficult task coming up with a name. There is so much to a name and I want it to be significant with  some underlining meaning. You guys are sure making it hard for me to choose – SUCH GREAT IDEAS!  I will be making a decision in the next week. So if you have any new inspirations,  let me know.

OK Yarn Progress: I have to say a little slow. I have hit some snags. I was planning to have it ready by the 1st of October now it looks more like the middle of the month. It just takes time analyzing all the samples. I want it to be perfect.

I will be out of town this week working on the yarn but I will try to get to my computer every so often to answer emails and questions.

Talk again soon.


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  • I had to ask Pat about the Dane!!! What a Mush he is!!! Ok..Some details please? How old is he? Currently I have a Great Dane who is my Service Dog, and tomorrow we are going to look at another one!!! Yeaaa for Danes!!!!


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Sep 24, 2006

Contest to name our RUG YARN!

rugyarnsample.JPGWe are looking for a name for our new bulky rug yarn. And we thought it would be kind of fun to make a contest out of it.The yarn is mohair/wool and will be offered in beautiful fall colors.

If we choose your name idea, you will recieve 2 SKEINS OF THE NEW YARN, your choice of color.

Please put your name ideas in  “Comments”

It will be so interesting to see what you come up with. Good luck!

Thank you, Kim


  • I have a couple of ideas- “comfy”, “soft steps”, or “lush”.

  • “Touch of Autumn”

  • how about walking on airor simply soft for the new yarn

  • Here are a few names that come to mind:
    Cloud Walker
    Pillow Plush
    Magic Carpet
    Nature’s Paintbrush

  • These are my ideas:
    Wooly Bully
    Autumn’s Blessings
    Autumn Kisses

  • MoWool Rug Yarn

  • How ’bout “Rugalicious”?

  • Here’s a few ideas:

    Whisper Step(s)
    Toasty Toes
    Harvest Time

    If anymore come to mind, I’ll post them later.

  • Okay, here’s a couple more:

    Autumn Leaves
    Leaves of Autumn
    Carpet of Leaves

  • This came to me over lunch:

    Autumn (or Fall) Splendor–This was my kid’s favorite
    Comfy Steps

  • here are a few;

    autumn soft

  • Only a few more:

    Whisper Soft
    Autumn(or Fall) Delight
    Simple Things
    Home and Hearth

  • Or maybe “Hearth and Home” would flow better.

    Or maybe “HearthSong”(could be 1 or 2 words.)

  • Okay–the ideas keep coming:

    Favorite Things
    Simple Pleasures

  • My feet are tired, so how about:


    You know, make your rugs from hugs.

  • I need a rug at my kitchen sink and since I hate doing the dishes, at least the rug, with this yarn, would make it much nicer.

    How about:

    Happy Feet?!

    Now, if I can only get someone to do my dishes for me!

  • Off the top of my head – how about…
    Seasons (since you mentioned that they are fall colors will there be winter, spring, etc.?)
    If so you could expand on the Seasons thought:
    Or you could just name it – Kb

  • Boy, I like all those names that everyone has been suggesting. Your going to have a hard time picking out of those for sure.

    Here are some more to add to the group too. Heart Land Yarns ( I hope I am right and you guys are in the heart land if not then I’ll have to try again..) You know tho, Heart land yarns might sound alittle too much like that other yarn that’s out… So, maybe I’ll have to go back and rethink that one.

    I also like Cabin yarns (I think warm and in front of a fireplace.)
    I can’t believe it’s not butter!
    Chesapeake Bay
    Old Dominion
    Blue Ridge
    colony yarns
    “Sic Semper Tyrannis” or Thus always to tyrants
    Confederate State yarn
    Stonewall (but that kind of sounds harsh.) I still like it.
    Devon or Patricia (tribes of Indian’s that lived in Virgina. I had to look back and see where you guys lived at.)
    Jillyanne (also used to be Virginia House of Burgesses.)

    but I have to be honest I think the one that Faith said ” Simple Pleasures ” might be my farvorite (if there isn’t a yarn called that I really do like that one.)

    Oh, I also like “American Revolution Yarn” because it’s a NEW American made yarn for rugs that we can use for looms.

    Whatever you pick I sure can’t wait to use it.


    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • I can’t believe I forgot one that should be jumping right out in front of me…

    “Authenic Knitting board Yarn!”

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • I bought a saddle seat cover made of Mohair once and I think of it as a “Guilty Pleasures” or maybe “Not so guilty” depending on how you look at it..

    Some other nice names might be
    “Replenishing steps”

  • Kim and Pat,

    Y’all are going to have your work cut out for you! These names are fantastic!

  • good name I think for the yarn would be RUGBEE

  • i left a post the other day and it has disappeared!!!!!! lol
    yarn=warm and soft
    rug reminds me of welcome
    how about ” warm welcome”

  • how about simply wonerful and soft

  • Wow–these are great names–I can’t wait to see what you choose. Here’s some more:

    Welcome Home(though, I like Cindy’s “Warm Welcome”, better.)

  • Tranquility–you know, that peacefulness at the end of a long day.

  • Okay–I’ll quit after this:)

    Woodland Carpet

  • “Inspirations”

    isn’t bad either!

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson.

  • I just read all the wonderful suggested names that have been submitted and as I was reading them the vision of a pioneer woman sitting in a corner of a cabin at a loom popped into my mind.
    “Hearthside Corner” just followed. Images just develop from one idea to the next…..
    “Hearthside Warmth”,
    “Spun Comfort”,
    “Warm Comfort”

  • shimmer
    laine (french for yarn)
    rugged elegance

  • Okay–so I can’t quit–

    Homecoming–that wonderful feeling when you walk into a home filled with family and friends, and a loom knit rug, of course:)

    A note about the name, “Simple Pleasures”, that I posted above. I was telling my Dh that the name reminded me of the simple yet wonderful things in life, like sitting in front of the wood burning stove with a cup of hot chocolate and a beautifully wonderful soft rug at your feet. You know, those small things that bring joy to your life.

    I can’t wait to see what you pick. There are so many great ideas here, and it has been a lot of fun to think up names.

  • Really, I am running out of ideas, but this one came to me as I was reading a book about the Civil War.

    Shenandoah–this brings to mind the beauty and luxuriousness(did I spell that right? Is that even a word?),yet ruggedness, of the Shenandoah Valley right there in your home state of Virginia.

  • All gave such wonderful names. I could only think of one – “Anticipation” since that’s what we’re all eagerly doing.

  • Rastifarian came to mind – Looks just like dread locks.

  • Thought of another one today:

    Harvest Home

  • Don’t know if you’ve choosen yet but this one popped in my head today:

    Warmth–makes you think of yarn that is toasty, warm, and soft–the perfect yarn to walk over with bare feet.

  • I am so looking forward to the ability to make rugs that are durable and functional. I have been meaning to knit them for our home, but the thought of all that work and creating something that will not stand the test of time delayed my efforts. I will be on of the first to snatch a board and the rug yarn, no matter what you call it! Here are my thoughts for a possible name:
    Under Foot
    Lying Around
    Rug Be Mine
    Magic Carpet
    Aladdin’s Magic Carpet
    Sweep Me Off My Feet
    Sweep Me On My Feet

    OK, back to my own knitting until the yarn is named, available and I can load up!

  • A couple more possibilities that I think has not been said for a rug yarn name:
    Barefoot in the Park
    Barefoot in the Home

    I just have to keep trying!

  • Hug Your Feet…mmmmm….

  • Lots of good names. I would like to add mine to the bunch
    Warm and Soft

  • I posted these above, in the post about the new stitches, but then thought that maybe I should have put them here.

    Home Sweet Home–my daughter’s idea
    Simply Home

  • It looks edible! I would call it: KNOODLE!

  • Hi to contest winners.
    We still have 3 contest winners that have not claimed their discount code. Please email to with request and it will be sent by reply email. Thanks, Pat

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Sep 18, 2006

Working on rugs

Many of you have been asking about our  plan for rugs. Yes, it is definately coming!  It takes a long time to develope a new yarn as we are finding out. We have finally recieved our sample from the manufacturer and it needs a little tweaking. But here’s a glimpse of the raw yarn. rugyarnsample.JPG

It is mohair and wool, bulky with a little shimmer, and  very sturdy for rugs. I  love the new colors – beautiful fall tones. We will be starting out with about 12 colors, initially showing the first 4 colors on the site HOPEFULLY by the end of the month. I can’t wait to see the final yarn.  As soon as we have it, we will immediately have it on the website.  Since we buy direct from manufacturer we will be able to offer great prices.

Here is a rug srugphotosm1.jpgtarted on the knitting board.

IT IS NOT THE RUG YARN, but   it gives you an idea of the look and thickness you can achieve.


  • I love the rugs!! The are just wonderful. I can’t wait to try the new yarn too.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Dora Renee’ Wilkerson

  • Beautiful!!! You’ve inspired me!!! I am going to start a rug for in front of the fireplace in Autumn colors. Then make one for each season. Woo Hoo!!!
    Gotta go, gotta start right now!!!

  • Beautiful rug! I hope to try one! OH! and i love your blog please keep informing us!

  • Beautiful rug. I’m planning on making one as well. I had one question. If I used a worsted weight yarn, how many yards would it take to make the rug you’re making? What are the dimensions of the rug? Thanks!!

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Aug 29, 2006

Just in case you missed this!

C. Wurtenburger Dolly (and adorable daughter)

Cheryl Wurtenburger knit this little doll  for her daughter.   I think it’s really a great idea.  You can make  many different dolls and stuffed animals with just some imagination and little time.  Also, its such a great way to use up left over yarns.


  • I just adore that doll (both the little girl and the little doll she is holding!) Great work.

  • Any chance of getting the patterns for the doll and the rugs? Oh, and the sweaters and the…oh, just start spitting out patterns in your sleep, please!


  • i just saw this doll and like it. the little girl looks very happy about her new toy. just curious do you have the pattern for this doll project and willig to share it? i am getting my first knitting board. teresa atwood

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