Designed by Bethany Dailey
Now that the holidays have passed and all the rush and hurry is behind us, it’s time to work up a stitch on our looms that doesn’t take too much thinking or tricky finger-work to accomplish. This stitch pattern is just the ticket! It is a simple 8 row repeat and once you get the hang of them, they can be worked entirely from memory. The long alternating dashes resemble a nice rustic weave, and results in a fairly thick and sturdy panel. It would be a perfect stitch for a cowl or scarf, or even an entire blanket!
In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure. My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square. As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you? You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. ;) To find all the previous stitches in this column, simply click here.
Triple Slip Rib Square
Loom: Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom: 2 rounded pieces + 3 peg connectors, with pegs in all holes for a 3/8” gauge. The Sock Loom 2 or the All-n-One Loom could also be used.
Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage in mochi)
Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors. (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, and blocking pins)
To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 6—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.
For flat pieces of a greater size, simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch edges for the length and width required, then complete with the Finishing Rows. The border edges may need to also be increased to coordinate with the number of increased Repeating Pattern Rows.
When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.
A SWYF in the pattern denotes that this peg will not be worked, but will have the working yarn (WY) carried to the front of the work. To do this, simply remove the loop already on the peg, slip the WY in front of the work and behind the peg, then replace the held loop back onto the peg. This stitch pattern will do this in groups of three stitches at a time.
*Note: another easy way to work a SWYF is to begin to work a purl stitch, but instead of lifting the original loop off the peg and placing the new loop on the peg as you do when purling, simply KO the new loop, leaving the original one in place. Pull gently to free the WY, which will now be between the peg and the front of the work.
Repeating Pattern Rows
Here are the Repeating Pattern Rows for the stitch itself, based on the chart above:
Rows 1 & 2: p1, k1, p2, k1, p1.
Row 3: SWYF-3, p1, k1, p1.
Row 4: p1, k1, p1, WYIF-3.
Rows 5 & 6: repeat Row 1.
Row 7: repeat Row 4.
Row 8: repeat Row 3.
Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:
Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart. Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing! For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!
But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. ;)
Step by Step Instructions:
Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 39 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)
Set Up Rows
Row 1: p39.
Row 2: k39.
Row 3: p39.
Row 4: k39.
Row 5: p2, *p2, k1, repeat form * to last 4 sts, p4.
Row 6: k2, *p2, k1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 7: p3, *SWYF-3, p1, k1, p1, repeat from * to last 6 sts, SWYF-3, p3.
Row 8: k2, p1, *SWYF-3, p1, k1, p1, repeat from * to last 6 sts, SWYF-3, p1, k2.
Row 9 & 10: repeat Rows 5 & 6.
Row 11: p4, k1, p1, *SWYF-3, p1, k1, p1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p3.
Row 12: k2, p2, k1, p1, *SWYF-3, p1, k1, p1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2.
Rows 13-60: repeat Rows 5-12 6 more times.
Row 61 & 62: repeat Rows 5 & 6.
Row 63: p39.
Row 64: k39.
Row 65: p39.
Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off) Weave in ends and trim close to work.
Block well to an 8” x 8” measurement.
If you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares. We will be sharing at least 24 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket. Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as
• Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
• Children: 42″ x 48″
• Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
• Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
• Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a note for Bethany Dailey below in the comments! :)
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Loom Knitting Advent, day 25 brings you one last loom knitting surprise: Mister Quinzee, a fun little ‘snowman’ with a hollow core, perfect for storing a little bit of holly-jolly!
Designed by Jenny Stark
A quinzee is a simple shelter made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow. It is simpler than an igloo, yet it is an effective way to stay warm if you are out in the winter elements for very long. The instructions for this project won’t help you create a winter shelter, but they will help you create an adorable snowman with a hollow ‘shelter’ for your favorite goodies or trinkets.
Knitting Loom: Hat Loom
Yarn: Hat: Red Heart Stellar in Celestial.
Head: Bernat Baby Blanket in White.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle with large eye, scissors, 4” x 4” round paper mache box with lid, LaMode button set #2010, glue gun and hot glue, pencil, blush (optional).
Size: Approximately 7″ tall (excluding pom-pom)
Gauge: Not essential for this project.
K = knit stitch
P = purl stitch
Double E-wrap Cast-On: Wrap the first peg twice. With the knitting tool, pull the lower wrap past the upper wrap and over the top of the peg. Repeat this process for each of the remaining pegs. 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.
Basic Bind Off: Knit the first two pegs. Move the stitch from the second peg over to the first peg. Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch. One stitch has now been bound off. Move the stitch from peg 1 to the empty peg. This is now peg 1. Knit the next stitch. Move the stitch that was just knit over to the first peg. Knit the lower stitch over the upper stitch. Continue working in this manner until there is one stitch left. Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail that is at least 4” long. Wrap the yarn tail around the last peg. Knit the last stitch over the yarn tail and pull the yarn tail out through the stitch. Bind off is now complete.
Gathered Bind Off: Loosely wrap the working yarn in a circle around all of the pegs that have stitches – two times. This will ensure that the yarn tail is long enough to complete the bind off. Cut the working yarn, then unwrap the long yarn tail from around the pegs. Lay the yarn tail below the stitch on peg 1. Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch. *Lay the yarn tail below the next stitch. Using the knitting tool, pull the yarn tail up through the stitch. Repeat from * for all stitches on the loom. Once all stitches have been bound, remove the knitting from the loom. Pull on the yarn tail to cinch the opening closed (unless otherwise directed by the pattern being worked). Bind off is now complete.
Pom-pom: Lay the yarn across the palm of your hand. Wrap the yarn around the hand about 20-25 times. Slide the wraps off of the hand, keeping them pinched together at the center. Take a separate length of yarn and tie it very tightly around the center of the pom-pom. Knot it securely. With scissors, cut the loops at each end of the pom-pom. Be careful not to cut the center strand that holds the pom-pom together. Fluff the pom-pom and trim any longer strands, if needed. Use the yarn ends from the center tie to attach the pom-pom to the project.
Loom Set up:
For this project, you will need
- Two 25 peg rounded loom pieces
- Two 3 peg connectors
- 28 pegs
Combine the rounded loom pieces with the connectors to create an oval loom. Place the pegs in the loom, skipping every other hole. The loom is now set up to knit in large gauge, in the round. It should look like this:
This set up is used throughout the project. You are now ready to begin knitting.
With the Red Heart Stellar, cast on 28 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.
Rounds 1-8: K2, P2 to the end of the round.
Rounds 9-35: K to the end of the round.
Remove the hat from the loom using the gathered bind off method. If desired, create a pom-pom and attach it to the top of the hat. Weave in all yarn ends. Set hat aside for now.
With the Bernat Baby Blanket, cast on 28 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.
Rounds 1-20: K to the end of the round.
Remove the head from the loom using the basic bind off method. Weave in all yarn ends. Set head aside for now.
Plug in the hot glue gun and let it warm up. Pick up the round paper mache box. With the lid on the box, use the pencil to trace a line around the perimeter of the container, just below the lip of the lid.
Remove the lid from the box and set it aside for a moment. Slip the knitted head piece onto the box, like a sleeve, lining the bind off edge up with the pencil line on the container.
Using the hot glue gun, carefully glue the bind off edge of the knitted head sleeve to the paper mache box.
Next, wrap the cast on edge of the knitted head sleeve down around the bottom of the container, gluing it in place with the glue gun.
Remove the button set from its packaging and glue the buttons to the front of the container. (I started with the carrot/nose, then added the button eyes above it.)
Add blush to Mister Quinzee’s face, if desired.
Fill the paper mache box up with some sort of wonderful, then place the lid back on the container. Slip the knitted hat on over the lid and pull it down until it rests just above Mister Quinzee’s eyes. So cute!
Wishing much warmth and happiness to each of you this Winter!
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