Monday, October 21, 2013


  1 SEAM, 4 TRIANGLES HAT CROWN

Loom Knit, 4 triangles, 1 seam & no moving stitches over with the decreases.
7/20/2013

I have tried many different types of crowns for the tops of hat. All have their uses. Many of my hand knit hat patterns use a series of decreases to form triangles for the crown. Over my years of loom knitting, I’ve tried different ideas to come up with the same thing on the looms. The ones I came up with worked, but left me with many seams to sew up after the hat was off the loom, until now. Here is what I now think will be my favorite hat crown.

SAMPLE

Loom - KK Adult Hat Loom

Yarn - Lightweight #5, at 8 WPI. (Unknown fiber, feels like a soft cotton.) 
The steps are as follows:
Choose a loom that can be divided into 4 equal sections +. (See Note below)
Choose a yarn appropriate for that loom.
Items needed - pick, small stitch marker or safety pin and either scrap yarn, 3 large stitch holders or a circular needle.

SEE FIGURE 1

1.   Divide the pegs of the loom into 4 sections.++
2.   Place markers on the first & last peg of one section
3.   Place a marker on the middle peg of this group.+++

Rt = Right; L = Left; st = stitch; sts = stitches; ew = ewrap; KO = Knit Over; Rep = Repeat; bet = between; R = Row; Rs = Rows; + = Means to check NOTES below

CAST ON – SEE FIGURE 2

GROUPS with Odd number of pegs - Leaving a 10” tail, make a slipknot & place it on the center peg of the group.
GROUPS with Even number of pegs - Leaving a 10” tail, put the slipknot on the L middle peg.

KNIT - Ew the slip knot as if moving to the Left & KO

1.   Wrap Rt peg (Take yarn behind it, around it’s side & across the front.) – SEE FIGURE 3
2.         Ew center st & KO (This was the slip knot peg)
 
3.   Wrap next L peg, ew rest of pegs with sts on them, including the wrapped peg & KO—SEE FIGURE 4
4.   *Wrap next Rt peg, ew rest & KO
5.   Wrap next L peg, ew rest & KO*
6.   Rep bet * till all pegs in the marked group, have sts on them
7.   Ew & KO 1 or 2Rs, till working yarn is at the Rt & all new wraps have been knitted. NOTE: If the first st of these Rs is one of the marked pegs, just skip it & ew the rest.
8.   Place a stitch marker or safety pin on the Rt edge of the triangle, near the point.
9.   Cut the yarn, tie it off & remove sts onto circular N, stitch holder or 4 or 5 Rs of scrap yarn.
           

NEXT TRIANGLE—SEE FIGURE 7

GROUPS with Odd number of pegs -Take the last triangle and having the front or smooth side of the fabric facing down, place the loops of the Rt edge (marked with st holder) onto the group’s pegs, from the L marked one to center marked peg.
GROUPS with Even number of pegs -Take the last triangle and having the front or smooth side of the fabric facing down, place the loops of the Rt edge (marked with st holder) onto the group’s pegs from the L marked one to the peg. L of center marker.
Remove the st holder that was place in Step 8 above.

CAST ON—SEE FIGURE 8

Make a slip knot & place it on the peg with the loop on it that is at or near the center of the group.  K over the loop of the other triangle.

Ew the slip knot as if moving to the Left & KO

1.   Wrap Rt peg.
2.   Ew center st & KO (This was the slip knot peg)
3.   *Wrap next L peg, ew rest of pegs with sts on them, including the wrapped Rt peg & KO Also K over the loop of this wrapped L peg.
4.   Wrap next Rt peg, ew rest of the sts, including the L st above & KO*
5.   Rep bet * till all pegs in the marked group, have sts on them
6.   Ew & KO 1 or 2Rs, till working yarn is at the Rt & all new wraps have been knitted. NOTE: If the first st of these Rs is one of the marked pegs, just skip it & ew the rest.—SEE FIGURE 5
7.   Place a stitch marker or safety pin on the Rt edge of the triangle, near the point.
8.   Cut the yarn, tie it off & remove sts onto circular N, stitch holder or 4 or 5 Rs of scrap yarn.
10.       Rep these Steps for the 3rd & 4th triangles. DO NOT CUT THE YARN NOR REMOVE THE STS OF THE 4TH TRIANGLE FROM THE LOOM! SEE FIGURE 12


At this point all the triangles should be connected together with only the first edge of the first triangle & the last edge of the last triangle not connected. All of the open stitches of 3 of the triangles should be either on scrap yarn; stitch holders or 1 or 2 circular needles & the sts of the 4th triangle should still be on the loom.
Replace the open sts onto the rest of the loom pegs. If you need to, double up the last st with the next one of the 4th triangle.—SEE FIGURE 13

HAT

Knit the hat of your choice from the crown down. Once the hat is removed from the loom, just use the starting 10” tail to sew up the one seam. I pulled the edge loops of the third triangle up through the edge loops of 4th triangle and ran the tail through them as I did so. Then tied off. Work in all tails.
+Note: If one more peg would make dividing the total pegs by 4 come out evenly, figure the total pegs of the loom as having one more peg and then divide by 4. Once the triangles are on the loom the first and last st will be doubled up.
++NOTE If the groups are a even number, tie a piece of yarn between the middle pegs.
.+++NOTE: these markers should be ones that will not fall off if the loom is turned upside down. I used yarn ones tied on or tiny rubber band twisted on double.

        Figure 1                                    Figure 2
Figure 3                                          Figure 4

Figure 1 shows 2 different looms—the KK 36 peg green loom and the KK 48 peg purple loom. When the 36 pegs of the green loom are divided by 4, the group number is 9, so the middle peg has the marker on it.
When the 48 pegs of the purple loom are divided by 4, the group number is 12, so the marker is tied between the pegs at the center.
Figure 2 shows the slipknot’s placement on each loom.


After the slipknot has been ewrapped and knit over, the Figure 3 shows the right peg wrapped and the center one ewrapped again.
In Figure 4, the center stitch has been knit and the left peg has now been wrapped and both the center and right pegs are now ewrapped.
           Figure 5                               Figure 6








  





FIGURE 7                                FIGURE 8
Figure 5 is showing the last row of the first triangle, half ewrapped. Even though all of the pegs in the group have stitches on them, the working yarn was at the left and the far right peg has only been wrapped, but was not yet knit. This last row will correct both of these—knitting the last right peg and having the working yarn ending on the right.
The finished triangle is shown in Figure 6. Here the open stitches are held on a stitch holder. If I had placed a stitch holder up near the point as instructed in the directions, it would be in the last left side loop near the point, since the smooth side of the fabric is showing.
In Figure 7, the Rt side loops of that triangle are being put onto the group pegs. I put the stitch holder on where is it should be. Once all the side loops are on the pegs up to the center, the slipknot will go on the last or center peg.  SEE FIGURE 8
I’ve skipped ahead in the pictures for Figure 8. This one shows 2 triangles already knit and the side loops of the 2nd one are on the group pegs. The slipknot for the 3rd triangle is on the first or center peg.


FIGURE 9                               FIGURE 10














FIGURE 11                         FIGURE 12
Figure 9 show the 3rd triangles knit up to the last row. SEE FIGURE 5 In Figure 10, that row has been knit.
The 3 triangles are all knit in Figure 11. And Figure 12 shows the 4th one knit as well and still on the loom with the yarn left uncut.
                                                  FIGURE 13                     FIGURE 14
                                   
                                                FIGURE 15                          FIGURE 16

Now all triangles are back on the loom in Figure 13. Don’t be concerned about how stretched out it looks. It will relax once the hat is knit as the rest of the pictures show.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

FINGERLESS MITTS



                                                                                           
NAME - FINGERLESS MITTS


DATE - 1/1/2011

SIZE - Lady’s - Small (Medium) Large
                        8" ( 8 1/2") 9" - palm
FOR – Blog
LOOM - AKB Sock Loom
SPACING - 5/16"
SETTING - Move adjustable slider down so there are 44 pegs available.
PEGS - 44 (48) 52
YARN - Garnstudio Baby Ull Blues/Purple/Green
            # - 1 or 2
            WPI - 14
AMOUNT - 1 ball
PATTERN STITCH - Flat ST ST
TOOLS - pick, markers
SKILL LEVEL - Easy
GAUGE - 8sts x 10Rs
CAST ON -  ew 1 rnd

KNIT
            1.  K 2, P2 for 2" or 20 rnds
            2.  K 26 (30) 36 rnds using Flat St

THUMB
            1.  Place markers, under sts on the pegs to:
            Small - the Rt & L of the slider.
            Medium & Large - 2 pegs to the Rt & L of the slider
            2.  K to center st of slider & K it.
            3.  Wrap next peg.
            4.  Reverse direction & K around to center st of slider.
            5.  K wrapped st & center st, wrap next peg.
            6.  *Reverse direction & K around past center & wrapped sts.
            7.  Wrap next peg.*
            8.  Rep bet *s until all sts on slider & marked pegs have been wrapped & K.
            9.  K around to first marker.
            10. BO marker to marker sts, including the marked sts, by:
                        a.)  K2 sts
                        b.)  Move 2nd st to first, KO
                        c.)  Move that st back (this is now the first st of the K2 of "a" above)
                        d.)  Rep.
            11. K around to first empty peg.
            12. Find the first BO st & hang it on the empty peg & K it.
            Place it on a crochet hook & used it for the loop to do the next step.
            13. Ch st CO over empty pegs w/1ch bet them.
            14. End with a ch1, placing loop on next peg with a st on it, KO.


MITT con't
            1.  K 18 (20) 22 rnds in St St
            2.  K1 rnd, P1 rnd for 4 rnds. (Garter St) OR K2, P2 rib for 3 rnds or more.

BIND OFF by:
            1.  *K2
            2.  Move 2nd to first peg, KO
            3.  Move that st back to empty peg.*
            4.  Rep bet *s using the moved st as the first st of the K2 above..
            5.  K last st again.
            6.  Rep all above rnd.

FINISHING - Work in tails.

WIDTH - 3 1/8" (3 5/8") 4 1/8"across, appox

LENGTH - 6 1/2" (7") 7 1/2"

NOTES: For Abbreviations, see "Abbreviations" this blog.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

LACY PATTERN STITCH - Loom Knit

LACY PATTERN STITCH
Loom Knit

This is an easy lacy pattern stitch with no 'knit 2 tog, nor YOs". I have visions of a lacy shawl done in this pattern stitch, with maybe a clear small bead here and there to add some sparkle. Not too many or too big as they would sag this delicate stitch.

There are four things that make this work. See below:

1.  2 completely different size yarns. (Sample uses a light weight #4 [11 wpi] yarn & a fine crochet thread--size unknown).
2.  2 different knit stitches. (Sample used ewrap for the #4 yarn & "U"st for the crochet thread.)
3.  A loom gauge large for the yarns used (Sample -1/2" loom gauge. I usually use #5 for a1/2" loom gauge.)
4.  Keeping the "U" wrap loose so extra thread can flow into the stitch.

PATTERN ST - . (I used Cindy Woods 19peg Afghan Square Loom in 1/2" gauge & CO all 19pegs & used the Chain St CO)
    1. CO _____x # sts
    2. R1 -  Ewrap using the heavier yarn, KO
    3. R2 -  Using the Light weight thread, "U" st each peg & KO
    4.  R3 - Repeat these 2 rows for desired length.
    5.  End with an ew row & BO.

Friday, February 22, 2013

FINGERLESS GLOVES WITH A TWIST

NAME - FINGERLESS GLOVES WITH A TWIST
DATE - 1/10/13
CHOICE of YARNS, LOOMS & GAUGES
1st CHOICE --------- 2nd CHOICE (2nd Choice follows the --------)
If there is no noted 2nd choice, the instructions are then for both.

SIZE - Small (Medium) Large (in both choices)
FOR - blog
LOOM - Markman ADR -----------any 1/2" peg spaced loom
SPACING - 5/8" (10/16") ------- 1/2" (8/16")
SETTING - none
PEGS - 16 (18) 20 -------20 (24) 28
MULTIPLES OF 2
WASHERS - none
YARN - Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick --------- Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky
    # - 6 -------- #5
    WPI - 4 ---------7 to 8
AMOUNT - 2 1/2 oz.or 1 ball
PATTERN STITCH - 1x1 rib, St St & 2st twist
KNIT ST - "U"st
TOOLS - pick, yarn needle
SKILL LEVEL - easy
GAUGE - 2 1/2sts x 5 rounds in St St --------4sts x 6 1/4 rounds

CAST ON
    1.  Place a marked on peg #1
    2.  eWrap 1 round over 16 (18) 20 pegs ----------20 (24) 28 pegs
   
KNIT - Right Hand
VERY IMPORTANT - always count & knit clockwise, (peg #2 is to the left of peg #1, etc.) unless told otherwise.
    1.  K1, P1 rib for 9 (10) 11 rounds. ( Use "U", not eWraps) ---------12 (13) 14 rounds
    2.  St St for 3 rounds
    3.  Place markers on pegs 12 & 13(13 & 1) 14 & 15 ----------13 & 14 (15 & 16) 17 & 18
    4.  *K to the first of these 2 markers.
    5.  ew each of the 2 marked pegs, one at a time & K over.
    6.  K around to the first of these 2 marker again.
    7.  Remove the marked sts from pegs.
    8.  Untwist them
    9.  Place st from peg 13 onto 12 (14 onto 13) 15 onto 14 --------14 to 13 (16 to 15) 18 to 17
    10.Then place st from peg 12 onto13 (13 onto 14) 14 onto 15 -------13 to 14 (15 to 16) 17 to 18
    11.K them using "U" st.*
    12.Repeat between * 2 (3) 4 more times. (Total of 6 (8) 10 rounds) -------4 (5) 6 more times (Total         of 10 (12) 14 rounds.)
    13.End on last peg.

THUMB - Knit back & forth now.
    1.  Reverse directions.
    2.  Keeping in pattern (the twist), K4 (6) 6 Rows. ---------6 (8) 10 Rows

TO FINGERS - Back to knitting in the round.
    1.  Keeping in pattern, K 4 (6) 8 rounds ---------- 8 (10) 12 rounds
    2.  K1, P1 rib for 2 rounds.
    3.  Bind off loosely.
    4. Stretch Lengthwise


SECOND GLOVE - Left Hand
Remember to count & knit clockwise from peg #1.
    1.  Place a marked on peg #1
    2.  eWrap 1 round over 16 (18) 20 pegs ----------20 (24) 28 pegs

KNIT - VERY IMPORTANT - always count & knit clockwise, (peg #2 is to the left of peg #1, etc.) unless
told otherwise.
    1.  K1, P1 rib for 9 (10) 11 rounds. ( Use "U", not eWraps) ---------12 (13) 14 rounds
    2.  St St for 3 rounds
.    3.  PLACE MARKERS on pegs 4 & 5 (5 & 6) 6 & 7 --------7 & 8 (9 & 10) 11 & 12

    KNIT
    4.  *K to the first of these 2 markers.
    5.  Doing one at a time, ew & K over, each of the 2 marked sts.
    6.  K around to first of these 2 marker again.
    7.  Remove the marked sts from pegs.
    8.  Untwist them
    9.  Place st from peg 4 onto 5 (5 onto 6) 6 onto 7 --------7 onto 8 (9 onto 10) 11 onto 12
    10.Then place st from peg 5 onto 4 (6 onto 5) 7 onto 6 --------8 onto 7 (10 onto 9) 12 onto 11
    11.K them using "U" st.*
    12.Repeat between * 2 (3) 4 more times. (Total of 6 (8) 10 rounds) -------4 (5) 6 more times (Total     of 10 (12) 14 rounds.)
    13.End on last peg, 16 (18) 20---------20 (24) 28 peg.

THUMB - Knit back & forth now.
    1.  Reverse directions.
    2.  Keeping in pattern (the twist), K4 (6) 6 Rows. ---------6 (8) 10 Rows

TO FINGERS - Back to knitting in the round.
    1.  Keeping in pattern, K 4 (6) 8 rounds ---------- 8 (10) 12 rounds
    2.  K1, P1 rib for 2 rounds.
    3.  Bind off loosely.
    4. Stretch Lengthwise

FOR ABBREVIATIONS see -
http://fibercraftblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/abbreviations.html

Monday, November 26, 2012

SLIPPERS - OLD TIME PATTERN

NAME - SLIPPERS, OLD TIME PATTERN
DATE - 11/23/12

SIZE - 8(9)10" long foot (shoe sizes 6(7)8
LOOM - Any with 1/2" spacing
PEGS - 20(22)24
SETTING - Mark 7(7)8th & 14(16)17th pegs
YARN - LB Wool Ease Thick & Quick or any # - 6 (WPI - 4)
AMOUNT - 1 ball
PATTERN STITCH - Garter & 1x1 Rib
TOOLS - pick, yarn needle
SKILL LEVEL - easy
GAUGE - Garter St; 3sts x 6Rs
    Rib; 3sts x 5Rs.

CAST ON - Leaving an 18" tail, eWrap 20(22)24 pegs

KNIT - Heel half (Garter St)
    1.  R1 - Skip first st & K the row with "U" st
    2.  R2 - Skip first st & Purl the row, but always knitting the marked pegs.
    3.  Repeat Rs 1 & 2 to row 20(26)30..
Toe half (1x1 Rib) - Remove markers
    Switch to K 1, P 1 rib for 16(26)30Rs.

BIND OFF - 1.  Cut yarn leaving an 18" tail.
    2.  Fold the slipper on the Purl lines formed in the Garter St heel section.
    3.  Garth-er up the Toe sts.
    4.  Using the rest of the BO tail, sew the rib edges together to form the Toe area. .
    5.  Using the CO tail, sew the back of the heel together, stopping at the purl lines.
    6.  Continue to use the CO tail & run it through the CO edge of the middle Garter St section.
    7.  Gather up this section & fasten off.
    8.  Weaving in tails.

MAKE 2 Slipper

NOTE: For abbreviations, see that article on this blog.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

CATALOGING YARNS TO KNITTING

CATALOGING YARNS TO KNITTING                    8/7/2011
(What I've tried so far.)

Abrevations
(YT) - Yarn type
WPI - Wraps Per Inch (As of Spin Off Magazine.)
(HK) - Handknit Needles Sizes
(SG) - Standard Gauge
(KL) - Knit Looms
(PS) - Peg Spacing
Gauge - ___sts x___Rs
(YTW) - Yarns that work.


(YT) - #0 - Lace,
WPI - 24+
(HK) - #000 to 1Ns,
(SG) - ___stsx___Rs 
(KL) - none so far
(PS) -
Gauge - ___sts x___Rs
(YTW) -

(YT) - #1 - Fingering,
WPI - 19 to 22 
(HK) - #0, 1 to 3Ns,
(SG) - 10stsx13Rs
(KL) - DALoom Sock, AKB Sock (closest so far),
(PS) - 3/16"
Gauge - 6 3/4 to 8sts x 10Rs
(YTW) -

(YT) - #2 - Fine Sport,
WPI - 15 to 18
(HK) - #3 to 6Ns,
(SG) - 5 3/4stsx9Rs
(KL) - AKB Sock,
(PS) - 3/16" to 1/4"
Gauge - 8sts x 10Rs
(YTW) - Brunswick Sport @ 13 wpi

(YT) - #3 - DK,
WPI - 12 to 14
(HK) - #4 or 5Ns,
(SG) - 6stsx8Rs
(KL) - MarkMan Fine gauge,
(PS) - 1/4"
 Gauge - ___sts x___Rs
(YTW) - Sugar & Cream @ 12 wpi
    Hobby Lobby 'I Love This Cotton
    Caron Simply Soft (WPI - 11, but probably 12)

(YT) - #4 - Worsted Weight,
WPI - 9 to 11
(HK) - #6Ns,
(SG) - 5stsx7Rs
(KL) - MMan Small gauge,
(PS) - 3/8"
Gauge - 5sts x 7Rs
(YTW) - Lion Brand Venna's Choice @ 9 wpi
    LB Wool Ease @ 10 wpi

(YT) - #5 - Bulky,
WPI - 7 to 8
(HK) - #9 or 10Ns,
(SG) - 3sts x 5Rs
(KL) -
(PS) - 1/2"
Gauge - ___sts x___Rs
(YTW) - Handspun Cable Bulky @ 7 wpi
    Sensation Angel Hair @ 7

(YT) - #6 - Super Bulky
WPI - up to 6
(HK) - #10 1/2 or upNs,
(SG) - 1 1/2sts x 3Rs
(KL) -
(PS) - 5/8"
Gauge - ___sts x___Rs
(YTW) -

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CHAIN ST CO for DOUBLE BOARD KNIT LOOMS

CHAIN STITCH CAST ON FOR DOUBLE BOARDS

I'm sure someone has come up with this cast on for double boards, but so far I haven't found or seen it. This makes a very neat, yet stretch edges.

LOOM - any double board loom

YARN - any yarn suited to your project.

NEED - loom, yarn, crochet hook

CO - Make a slip knot & place it on the crochet hook. Have the hook & slip knot between the boards & the working yarn in front of the first peg on the front board. Then take the working yarn across that peg & back between that peg & the next, into the space between the boards. Keep the hook in-between the boards throughout the cast on.

Step 1 - Grab the working yarn with the hook & pull a loop of the yarn through the loop on the hook creating one chain.

Step 2 - Move the working yarn to the first peg on the back board, take it across that peg & back into the center space. Repeat Step 1.

Step 3 - Take the working yarn to the front board & again take it across the next peg & back into the center space.

Step 4 - Repeat Step 1 through 3, chaining around first one peg on one board and then one on the other board.

To end, hang the last loop that is on the hook, onto the last peg.

Try a sample, I'm sure you'll be pleased.