This turned into a baby hat due to gauge. I used a 36 peg loom, just as I did on hat 1. But my stitches were tauter than the first hat. Thus it turned out to be about 6 ¼ inch high and 14 inches around. Perfect for a newborn, not a preemie. It might even work for a small toddler.
This had is simple, with a crochet cast on, u-wrap, color changes but nothing too complicated. If you're bored with basics but not ready for advanced, this is a good hat to try. You need 2 colors of yarn, the loom, loom hook, and yarn needle.
Wrap peg 1, then reached down into the loop for the working yarn, drawing it up onto peg 2. Reach down that loop and pull up the working yarn, placing it onto peg 3. This process goes as far as you want it – I finished the round to the end.
Round 1: Begin u-wrapping for the next level. This creates a crochet like bottom, with a base and two posts. It makes the bottom look lacy.
Rounds 2 -5 Knit 2, purl 1 around.
Rounds 6- 12 Flat stitch (using the u-wrap) around. Attach color B.
Rounds 13 -18: Flat stitch around. Attach color A.
Rounds 19 – 30: Fat stitch around. Attach color B.
Rounds 30 -31: Flat Stitch around. Cut long tail, pull through each stitch, then remove hat from pegs. Draw the stitches closed, turn inside out, sew over. Weave in all seams.
If you remember my last blog I started 3 hats and worked the bottoms. I used a 31 peg loom, loom hook and yarn needle along with 4 colors of yarn for hat number 1. It is based on a brim, has stripes and bobbles. But it is still simple. Most loom projects are. I used the flat knit stitch, with the u-wrap on this. My yarn was thick enough to use 1 strand. Be sure to use 2 strands or thick ply yarn for a warm hat.
This hat is about 9 inches high so the brim can be pull up for a woman.
Double e-wrap each peg, knit off.
Rounds 2-6 knit.
Round 7 purl
Rounds 8 -14 knit. Bring the 1st round of loops up onto the pegs and knit off for the brim.
Rounds 14-20 knit. Attach new color b.
Rounds 21-26 knit. Change back to color A.
Round 27 knit.
Round 28 knit 3, turn, knit back, turn, knit back, turn, knit back, 1 bobble made. *Knit 6, turn, knit 3, turn, knit 3, turn, knit 3, turn, knit 3. 2 bobbles made. Repeat from * to end. Six bobbles made.
Round 29 knit around. Change to color c.
Rounds 30 – 36 – knit around. Change color d.
Round 38 -39 – knit around. Change to color A.
Rounds 40 – 53 – knit around. Change to color d.
Round 54 – knit 3, turn, knit back, turn, knit back, 1 small bobble made. *Knit 6, turn, knit 3, turn, knit 3,. 2 small bobbles made. Repeat from * to end. Six bobbles made. This makes a flower petal effect at the top of the hat. Change to color A.
Rounds 55-56. Knit. Cut long tail, draw through each peg and pull piece off loom. Draw closed. Sew over hole and weave in all threads.
Next time I’ll share project number 2, a child’s or small adult’s hat.
A blog on technique: casting on.
This blog will lead to a few follow ups on hats, a subject I meant to cover in February. That intention was derailed by personal issues but I’m returning to it. Hats are top on many loom knitters to do lists. They’re quick, fun, easy, and useful. Who could ask for more?
But to begin, I want to discuss techniques. This blog, and the next four issues, will provide 3 patterns and techniques to make your own toppers. Let’s start with the bottom.
The bottom of your piece helps define it. What cast on do you use to start a loom knit project? I made 3 hats – starting with an e-wrap, a u-wrap, and a crochet cast on. Here’s how they shaped up, bottoms wise. All of these hats were made on a 36 peg Knifty Knitter loom. I used 4 skeins of yarn and had plenty left over. Also, I used a loom hook and a yarn needle. Each hat took me about an hour working leisurely.
I wrapped all the pegs of the loom and then e-wrapped all the pegs, knitting off the bottom loops. I kept working in knit, with e-wraps for 5 more rounds, purled 1 round, and knit 6 more rounds. Then I took a picture of my bottom. With the larger pegs of the Knifty Knitter loom the foundation is a chain of loose oval loops. I didn’t want such loose work on a hat. My nephew would immediately stick his fingers through the holes and easily rip it.
I placed the stitches from round 1 up on the pegs and knitted them off. This made a new bottom (as well as a short brim). Now I have loose arches for my bottom. Since I like the brim I left it.
I decided to add bobbles and a stripe to this hat. The pattern will be in the next blog.
We will set this hat aside and start on one with a crochet cast on. I cast onto peg 1, then reached down into the loop for the working yarn, drawing it up onto peg 2. I reached down that loop and pulled up the working yarn, placing it onto peg 3. This process goes as far as you want it – I finished the round to the end. Then I began u-wrapping for my next levels. This creates a crochet like bottom, with a base and two posts. It makes the bottom look lacy. I used it for a baby hat.
Finally, I went to my 3rd hat. I wrapped all the pegs, then lay the working yarn across the tops of the pegs to lift the bottom loops over it. This makes a tighter knit than the e-wrap. This makes a tight chain – two parallel lines all around.
I didn’t try the drawstring method because I wanted to make hats from the bottom up. It would work, I believe, from the top down. I will try to make a separate post for that. For now, I have three hats started. The bottoms are shaping up nicely…
In my next blog I’ll finish up hat number 1.
I made this bag to hold a few things on my bird watching, dog walking expeditions. It is about 3 1/2 inches long and 3 3/4 inches wide. Inside is a pocket. On the outside is a pocket. It has a loop to attach to your wrist or belt. My bag holds a cell phone, a small bag of bags, a small notebook and pen, identification and debit card If needed, a couple of small dog treats, and a lip balm. Not bad for such a small bag! If you have a birding application on your cell phone, and a good camera, you’re as set as your canine friend for a good stroll.
At a readers request I’m making this pattern in u-wrap instead of e-wrap. U-wrap means you lay your working yarn above the wrapped loop on the peg and pull the loop over the working yarn. This makes a neat, tight stitch more like the traditional knit stitch. It also uses a little more yarn. But this pattern will just take a bit, maybe a ball that will fit in your fist?
Use a 24 peg loom, wrap all pegs. Purl 1, knit 11, purl 1, knit 11.
Repeat round 1 for 24 rounds. Knit off 1st 13 stitches.
Knit flat for 2 rows. Turn.
Purl 1 row. Turn.
Knit 2 rows. Turn.
Purl 1 row. Turn.
Knit 7 rows. Turn.
Knit 3, knit 1 off, knit 2, knit 1 off, knit 3. Turn. This made the button holes.
Knit 2 rows. Knit off all stitches.
For inside pocket, e-wrap 10 pegs, turn. Knit 20 rows. Knit off.
Sew to inside of bag. Sew bottom of bag closed from the inside. (turn bag inside out and attach pocket, then sew bag closed.)
For handle, wrap all pegs, turn, knit 1 row, turn knit off. sew to upper edges, along the purl stitches of the last row.
Wrap all pegs. Knit 6 rounds. Knit off. attach circle to outside front of the bag. Sew on buttons.
My cheerful heart
I’ve been busy recently, and stressed. Loom knitting helps soothe a bruised heart. I made a cheerful one instead. Since I’ve just posted about e-wrap I thought I’d use the stitch to make my piece.
Use a 12 peg loom, small bit of yarn, and a yarn hook. I added eyes, just for my own amusement.
On the 12 peg loom, start with a long tail in place, e-wrap the first stitch, e-wrap it again and pull the first loop over the top loop. I’ve found this makes a solid start. E-wrap the remaining pegs.
Rounds 1-5: We’ll be working in the round, so keep e-wrapping. Lift the bottom loops over the top loops. Remember this is the twisted knit stitch, make with e-wrap.
Round 6: E-wrap first 6 pegs, turn, knit back.
Round 7: Skip 1st peg, knit 4, turn,
Round 8: Skip 1st peg, knit 2, bring 2nd stitch over to 1st stitch and bind off. Leave a long tail.
Attach a slip stitch to 1st remaining stitch, leaving a long tail. Repeat rounds 6-8.
Stuff the heart lightly. If adding safety eyes, attach them. Sew the heart closed, Weave the tails in except 2 tails to bead and tie closed. You can attach to a key ring, if wanted
I saw a squirrel climbing down a tree while I was bird watching. Then I thought I’d like to make a cute copy to remember the fun. Here he is.
You will need a 12 peg loom, a small amount of yarn, a loom hook and a yarn needle. E wrap all the pegs, then e-wrap again. Knit 3 rounds. Purl one round. You have made the base.
For the tail, knit 8 stitches on the first peg. Lift the first stitch off, place the 8th loop onto the peg, replace the first stitch. Knit around.
Knit 9 rounds.
Round 10: bring your working yarn 3 pegs back. Knit 6 stitches. Turn.
Skip peg you ended on, knit 5 stitches, turn. Knit 5 stitches, turn.
Skip peg you ended on, knit 3 stitches. Turn.
Round 11: knit around.
Round 12: knit 2, on second peg knit 4, lift last loop off peg, replace 1st stitch on peg, re-place 4th stitch, knit around to peg 10, repeat second peg workup, knit to end.
Rounds 13-16, knit around.
Pull long tail through all the stitches, lift off, pull tail through hole onto inside of work.
Sew on eyes, just below ears. Pull muzzle closed, oversew with tail using yarn needle. Stuff head lightly. Then stuff body. Sew base closed.
Make arms by knitting on 1 peg for 8 rows, bind off. sew the chain row across the body leaving one stitch loose on each end. Weave in all threads.
I will be posting more technical items on my page this week. Hope you find it useful!
Well, I’ve missed a couple of blogs for Looming Lady. Literally and personally. I had planned to complete a blog on favorite hats from the loom. But life intervened. My home is full of family, who had an emergency and needed a quick, temporary stop while their own house is being repaired. My yarn baskets are scattered and so is my yarn. The other night, I looked on my printer and thought I saw my Gracie cat. She likes electronics. But the printer wasn’t active and she was so still that I became worried. When I checked, it turned out that “Gracie” was just a skein of black yarn. Why was my black yarn on the printer? I’d rather not know.
Beside my home being full, my life has been overwhelming. Work, guests, extra animals, extra work, has all been crowding my time. But life is like loom knitting (or any yarn craft for that matter). The best thing to do is to keep plugging along. You might have to frog a piece (that means unravel it.) Change a project (colors or styles). But keep on keeping on. So that is what I’m doing. I’m going to delay my hat piece and explain some of my web site changes.
I am adding a loom knitting technical manual page to my website. I want to cover how to loom, stitches, pattern stitches and patterns. So far I started with the beginning, a very good place I think. The loom. Casting on with a slip stitch. E-wrapping. This week I hope to show a video completing a project – a squirrel patterned off my cat design. So check out my new page and my newest pattern!
Three Competed Projects Every Loom Knitter Should Have On Hand
Loom knitters are like any other yarn crafters in one sense – they build up stashes. Piles of yarns. Lots of looms. Extra hooks everywhere. What about completed projects? I found two large plastic bags of completed designs in my basement stash this past week. Upon going through them I realized it was smart to save them. Some, of course, were test projects. Like the kitty with the big green eyes. Other crafts will be very useful. I think there are three items every loom knitter should have done and ready for use, gifts, or charity.
Of course winter warmers top my list, and not only for winter. Hats may be for style instead of warmth. But they can be very comforting in winter! Or in a freezing cold office. You should have at least one of every size – large adult, small adult/teen, child, and baby. Also make up scarfs, socks, and gloves. They’re all great gifts and fun to donate. You never know when you can use them yourself, either.
Speaking of gifts – small gifts that you can give on a whim or sudden celebration are important. Make up mug cozies and matching mats. Or keychain projects – like my hand signs or little kitties. Or gift card pouches. They’ll come in handy when someone gets a promotion or a new job, when a senior you know is graduating, or just as an I love you gift.
Finally, have at least one blanket on hand. For that baby shower that comes up quickly. Or a wedding gift. Or any other housewarming present.
Something to warm. Something to share. Something to comfort. That’s what loom knitting is for. Next week I’ll share my favorite hat styles on the loom.
Yarn Barn number 2 for 2018.
I promised a new version of a yarn barn and here I deliver it. This time I used an 80 peg small gauge loom and a small amount of yarn from 2 skeins. However, the differences to a 36 peg Knifty knitter loom is minimum. I added changes for the Knifty knitter in brackets .
E-wrap all the pegs and knit in the round for 8 rounds.
Round 9: Purl 1 round.
Knit 20 rounds. Attach 2nd color.
Round 30: Purl a round with color B.
Round 31: Knit 4, purl 1, around, until the last 6 stitches. Knit 5, purl 1.
Repeat round 31 for 5 rounds.
Round 36 knit 4, knit 5th stitch off, repeat around to end. [Knit 5, knit off last stitch.]
Round 37, knit around, e-wrapping all the empty pegs.
Rounds 38-39, knit around.
Round 40– knit all the stitches off. Cut long tail. Weave in all tails.
Place 5 stitches from round 30 (the purl round at the top) onto the loom. Knit 5 stitches for 75 rows. Knit off. Sew to 5 stitches across from where you started. (e.g. if you started with stitches 1-5 sew end to stitches 38-42) [17-21]
For bow tie, knit 1 peg 75 rows. Bind off, cut tail. Weave through spaces on round 28. Tie loosely with a bow tie.
I changed my yarn barn to a cleaning wipes bottle. They work well, though smaller than soda bottles. Also, the working yarn strings through the lid without having to cut the plastic. But make sure your container is completely dry before you use it. Wipe it out with a dry cloth and let it air dry as well. Otherwise your yarn will get moldy. Ick.
I like the tighter weave for this project. I didn’t have to double my bottom. There’s plenty of room for small balls of yarn and supplies I need to loom knit on the go. This really should help my 2018 knitting goals!
My first project in 2018 didn’t turn out well. But I have hope for it yet. The project is a loom knit yarn barn carrier. I like the concept. But the prototype needs improvement.
I used a 41 peg Knifty knitter loom. I knitted 20 rounds, purled a round, then knitted 10 rounds before knitting off. ‘
Next, I made an interior sack. I knitted 15 rounds, purled a round, then knitted 10 rounds and knitted off all the stitches. I sewed the two sacks together at the base.
I added a handle by attaching 5 stitches in round 1 on the inside of the loom. I knitted 50 rows and knitted off. Then I attached the handle to the opposite side of the holder. I weaved in all the stitches.
This will hold a sawed off 2-liter soda bottle, which will hold a ball of yarn and small loom, loom hooks, needles, and more. It works well for a few reasons.
· It’s easy to corral a day’s work without overloading with unnecessary stuff. I like carrying the small loom for little projects – think cats and hand signs.
· I like having the hard container within the soft bag. Hooks don’t fall through it for one thing.
· It’s nice to be able to carry my WIP and walk – I’m trying to exercise a little more this year.
But I’m going to work on a new carrier this week. I want a taller bag and plan to nix the pocket. But I want a double bottom for strength. I also want to make a tidier sawed off bottle. Maybe I'll use a smaller gauge yarn? I’ll show you the finished project next week.
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