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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