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!
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