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Free Pattern – Fun Furry Cowl

Published April 30, 2016 by estherknit

Fun Furry Cowl 6

Measurements

20 cm (8 inches) wide by

72 cm (28½ inches) long around

Materials

Wendy Yeti

Shade: Griffin, 50g

Robin Picasso Chunky

Shade: Autumn 50g

A pair of 10 mm (US 15) knitting needles

Tension / Gauge

9 sts and 12 rows to 10 cm (4 inches)

measured over st.st. using 10 mm needles

To knit cowl

Using 10 mm (US 15) knitting needles, and using both yarns held together throughout, cast on 18 stitches.  Continue in pattern as follows:

1st row: Knit

2nd row: Purl

3rd row: Knit

4th row: Purl

5th row: Knit

6th row: Knit

Continue in pattern as set until scarf measures approx. 72 cm (28½ inches) or until Yeti yarn runs out.  Loosely cast off all stitches.

To make up / Finishing

Join cast on and cast off edges together.  Weave in ends.

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The Knifty Knitter Loom

Published April 27, 2016 by estherknit

The Knifty Knitter 1

The Knifty-Knitter loom is made by Provo Craft.  The Round Knifty-Knitter Loom comes in various sizes and colours and can be purchased from any good knitting supplier.  You can buy the looms individually or in a set of four.  The looms are of sturdy plastic construction with anchor pegs and the set comes in a clear plastic carrying case.  The set comes with a yarn needle and a soft grip loom pick tool.

The round loom is like a large Knitting Nancy and it works in much the same way.  You can work in rounds or knit flat panels with your loom.  Knitting looms are a simple and stylish way to create bags, fingerless gloves, leg warmers, socks, hat, scarves and much more.

  • the small loom has 24 pegs and measures 5.5 inches across
  • the medium loom has 31 pegs and measures 7.5 inches across
  • the large loom has 36 pegs and measures 9.5 inches across
  • the extra large loom has 41 pegs and measures 11.5 inches across

You can create different tensions by using different yarns and stitch patterns.

  • Super Chunky Yarn

10 sts and 16 rows measured over flat stitch

  • Chunky Yarn

17 sts and 20 rows measured over one-over-one stitch / e-wrap

  • Double Knitting Yarn with 2 strands used throughout

15 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm (4 inches) measured over flat stitch

  • Fun Fur Yarn

5.7 sts and 16 rows measured over one-over-one stitch / e-wrap

There are three basic steps to any loom knitting project

Step 1

Cast On (CO)

This is also called wrapping the loom.  To cast on is to place the first row of yarn on the loom so that you may begin knitting.  This step consists of looping the yarn around the pegs.  This can be done with your fingers, a Knifty Knitter tool, or a crochet hook.  Usually you wrap the loom twice and usually you use the e-wrap stitch.  You can use one chunky yarn or two or more strands of thinner yarns.

Step 2

Knit Off (KO)

Knitting off is the act of using the Knifty Knitter hook to lift the first row of yarn on the loom over the second row of yarn. As this is done, round after round, the knit grows downward and out the center of the loom.  Get your Knifty Knitter hook and slide the tip under the bottom loop on one of the pegs.  Once you have the hook in place so that you might lift the yarn, pull it gently toward you and up and over the other loop above it on the peg.  Continue around the loom until all the bottom loops have been knitted off.  When you are finished each peg should have only one loop remaining.  Continue wrapping and knitting off until your knitting reaches the desired length.

Step 3

Bind off (BO)

When you have completed your project, it is time to bind off or remove the knit from the loom.  This is a process of taking the remaining row of loops off each peg in a way that will not allow the knitting to unravel when it is removed.  There are many methods to bind off.  The simplest method is to cut the working yarn from the ball, leaving a tail long enough to sew completely around the loom.  Use a yarn needle to sew up through each loop on the loom before removing it from the peg.  You now have all of your stitches safely on your yarn and off the loom.

Loom Knitting Terms

 Anchor Peg

The anchor peg is a peg on the side of the knitting loom.  When casting on the anchor yarn is wrapped around the anchor peg so that the yarn does not unravel off the pegs as you cast on.  Some looms do not have an anchor peg.  The anchor yarn is removed from the anchor peg after a couple of rows are completed.

Bind Off (BO)

Bind off is also known as cast off.  It translates into removing the item from the knitting loom. The bind off secures the last row or round of the knitting, without the bind off the loops would unravel and the entire project would become undone.

 Cast On (CO)

Cast on means to set up the first loops on the knitting loom to begin work.  Each loop on each peg counts as one stitch. There are various cast on methods and all them achieve a certain look, if the pattern does not specify the cast on method to use, a good general one is the Long Tail Cast On.

E-wrap

a method of wrapping the knitting loom, when done properly, it forms a cursive lower case “e” around the peg. Used to cast on the knitting loom or as a stitch. As a stitch is known also as the Twisted Knit Stitch and Knit through the Back.

Flat Knit

Refers to knitting a flat panel on a circular loom such as a scarf or blanket. Instead or knitting around the loom, you knit back and forth from right to left or left to right.

Knit Off

also known as knit over, it refers to the process of removing a wrap from the peg. With the knitting tool, hook the wrap on the peg and lifted up and off the peg.

Peg

The yarn is wrapped around the peg to create the stitches.  Each peg has a small cap at the top to prevent the yarn from accidentally falling off the peg.

 Peg Groove

Most looms have pegs with a groove.   The groovemakes the knitting off easier.

Slip Knot

An adjustable loop. To begin your cast on, you will need to begin with a slip knot.

 Stockinette Stitch

A fabric created by working each row in Knit Stitch or E-wrap Twisted Knit Stitch

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Free Pattern – Knifty Doll

Published April 24, 2016 by estherknit

Knifty Doll 6

Measurements

Doll Height: 22 cm (8½ inches)

Materials

Robin Double Knit in various colours

used double throughout

Knifty-Knitter small round loom with 24 pegs

Loom pick tool

Polyester fibrefill to stuff doll

Tension / Gauge

15 sts and 24 rows to 10 cm (4 inches)

Pattern Notes

The doll is knitted using flat stitch.  The flat stitch on a loom is the same as the stockinette stitch on knitting needles.

To make doll

Using the Knifty-Knitter loom with 24 pegs, cast-on all pegs using the e-wrap cast on method.

Using colour A for shoes

Rounds 1 – 5: Knit all pegs using a flat stitch. (do not e-wrap).

Using colour B for trousers

Rounds 6 – 19: Knit all pegs using a flat stitch. (do not e-wrap).

Using colour C and D for sweater

Rounds 20 – 31: Knit all pegs using a flat stitch. (do not e-wrap).

Using colour E for face

Rounds 32 – 41: Knit all pegs using a flat stitch. (do not e-wrap).

Using colour C and D for hat

Rounds 42 – 52: Knit all pegs using a flat stitch. (do not e-wrap).

Thread yarn through stitches and remove from loom.

 To make up / Finishing

Join bottom seam.  Stuff body.  With matching yarn, form arms with small backstitches through all layers from waist to two rows beneath the neck.  Define the legs and feet in the same way from the bottom to a little below the waistline.  Weave a strand of matching yarn across the neck rows.  Draw up to form neck and secure ends.  Draw up top of doll to form top of hat.  Add a small pom pom for the hat.  Embroider facial featured.  Weave in ends.

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