Eyes on glasses case
One nice thing about the ability to work with yarn is it gives you a chance to solve problems. On Tuesday morning this week I woke up and could not find my eyeglasses. I’m lost without them. I felt all over the cabinet that I thought I had laid them on. Then I carefully stepped over to my work table where I had been on Monday evening. They weren’t there.
I turned my attention to the floor around my bed and bedside cabinet. No luck. Now I was beginning to panic. I felt through the beside trash can. Was I going to have to call someone into my bedroom to help me look? I wake early and enjoy the quiet of the day before the rest of the household rises. But I could do very little without my second set of eyes. I got an empty plastic bag and dumped the trash into it. Ahah. My pretty blue glasses had sunk to the bottom of tissues and papers and wrappers. I wiped them off and stuck them on my face with a smile. It’s always a good morning to see the world around me in more than vague shapes with uncertain distances.
After I dressed and got ready for the work day I sat down in my chair with my workbasket beside me. I found an 24 peg loom, blue yarn, black yarn, green yarn, white yarn, a loom hook, and a crochet hook. On second thought, I pulled out my large eyed yarn needle as well.
I made a reversible eyeglasses case. One side is for fun, the other is formal. It hangs around my neck so I should never lose my glasses while I’m awake and moving around. (That’s been happening a lot to me lately. I put the specs down and then don’t remember where I put them.) The case will hang on my bedpost overnight. Problem solved, as long as I remember to put the glasses in the case when I take them off!
This project took me 30 minutes and was worth the time for me after spending over that same amount of time seeking my second pair of eyes. Here’s how to do it.
Double e-wrap all the pegs on the loom with blue yarn. Knit off the first 6 loops, then go back and u-wrap them from peg one. Knit off those stitches. You have done 2 rows on the first 6 loops – repeat from * around to finish your first 2 rows. This is your pattern – e-wrap, knit 1 round, u-wrap, flat knit 2nd round.
Continue around for 24 rounds – knitting 1 round – flat knitting 1 round at the same time.
Attach black yarn. Purl around 1 round. Cut a 3 in tail of blue.
U-wrap one round, flat knit that round. You will reverse now to e-wrap and knit one round, u-wrap and flat knit one round for 24 rounds.
Bring the stitches from round 1 of the blue panel up onto the pegs and knit off to the last stitch to make a double sided case. Knit the last stitch in black for 95 rows, and knit off, leaving a long tail.
To make the eyes, e-wrap the first 3 pegs in white, flat knit back, flat knit the 3 stitches again. E-wrap to peg 13, turn, knit last 3 stitches, turn, knit 3 stitches again. E-wrap to end. U-wrap and flat knit around in white. Attach green. Cut white, leaving at least a 1-inch tail. U-wrap and flat knit around for iris. Weave your white tail in as you work by bringing it behind your work. Attach black. Cut green tail at least 1-inch long. E-wrap and knit black all around, weaving in the green tail. Cut long tail and pull it through the stitches, pulling the work off the loom.
Carefully pull the eye closed by the tail. Smooth and sew to the blue side of your case. Use the black thread to make eyelashes or an eyebrow. My niece tells me that eyelashes define a girl and eyebrows define a boy. Works for me.
Use the bottom tail to sew the case closed at the bottom. Sew the handle side on the 12th stitch at the top. Weave in all threads to tidy the case. It’s done!
Into every yarn worker’s life some time periods occur where we just can’t or don’t get much done. This week was such a time for me. I started a beautiful hat for my blessing bags project but had to frog it. So I made a headband instead. I started a dog jacket on a hat loom but it’s not done yet.
This year I am testing different looms. The knifty knitter set is probably always going to be my favorite. But I am finding lots of good reasons to try others. They come in an variety shapes, sizes, and gauges. The opportunities are incredible.
As I said, this week was not a good loom knitting week for me. It was just too full of other things to get done. But I wanted to make something, so I made a headband on my Martha Steward loom. This is a wonderful set that can be put together in many ways. I used a basic rectangle in a hat configuration. I also used the small pegs for a tighter gauge. It turned out well.
To make a headband on this loom you need a loom hook and small amount of yarn. I used the e-wrap, which takes less yarn, but small gauge pegs. It still took less than half a skein. I plan to try the other half on a different loom next week.
I double e-wrapped all 62 pegs and knit around. Then I knit 13 rounds, purled 1 round, knit 14 more rounds, brought the first round of stitches onto the pegs and knit all stitches off.
I used the long tails from the beginning and end and wrapped them around the sides to create the bow. Finally, I trimmed the edges. It isn’t much but it’s pretty, and it warms my ears. That is the goal.
I plan to do much more with my Martha Stewart loom set this year. It is versatile and easy to work with. The oval shape threw me off stride for a while, but I am getting more comfortable with it now. It is a nice set to work with.
The soap sack off the loom
I find it very hard to pass up yarn, especially on sale. Scrubby, by Red Heart, was such a deal. It was $2.50 instead of $5 at JoAnns over Christmas and I got some. It looked perfect to make a spa basket.
Then I got some soap for Christmas. Very pretty lavender soap. I love lavender. So I made myself my very first spa basket. I started with a soap sack. I made face pads.
“You will need, for this project, scrubby yarn, 18 peg loom, yarn needle, and a loom hook. Start by double e-wrapping all the pegs on the loom.” Complete wrapping.
“Knit off all the lower loops for round 1. As you knit off, u-wrap and lift the now bottom loops over the upper loops. You have completed 2 rounds in 1!”
“E=wrap around. Repeat our recent step of lifting the lower loop over the top loop, then unwrapping and lift the lower loop over the top loop.”
Repeat these 2 rows 14 more times. knit off. cut a long tail and use it to close the bottom flap with the yarn needle.
The sack is simple, and works well. The yarn is soft despite it’s “scrubbiness”. It doesn’t dry quickly as I would expect. I am pleased with my final product, though. That’s what matters.
The Fox Scarf on the loom is my 4th child's project. This scarf was made for my oldest great niece. I hope she will love it. I want to make several more. This was my first.
You will need a 24 peg loom, loom hook, yarn needle, 1 skein of orange yarn, small amount of fox face color. I used a light brown.
This is done with 2 strands of yarn so make 2 balls of each color.
Carry whatever color not being used behind your work during first 10 rounds and last 15 rounds.
Make a slip knot of orange, attach to anchor peg. Double e-wrap around. Lift the bottom loops off.
Round 2. E-wrap, knit around. All rounds will be done in e-wrap.
Rounds 3-4: knit around.
Round 5: Attach face color to anchor peg, carry it behind orange. Knit 5 stitches in orange, switch colors, knit 2 stitches in face color, switch to orange, knit around.
Round 6: Knit first 4 stitches in orange, switch colors, knit 4 stitches in face color, switch to orange, knit around.
Round 7: Knit first 3 stiches in orange, switch colors, knit 6 stitches in face color, switch to orange, knit around.
Round 8: Knit first 2 stitches in orange, switch colors, knit 8 stitches in face color, switch to orange, knit around.
Round 9: repeat round 8.
Round 10: Knit around in orange, carrying face color behind. Cut long (about 3 inch) tail for face color to weave in later.
Rounds 11- 90: Knit around. Attach face color.
Round 91: Knit 1 round, carrying orange behind.
Rounds 92 – 95: Knit around in orange, carrying face color behind.
Round 96: Knit around in face color, carrying orange behind.
Rounds 97-100: Knit around in orange, carrying face color behind.
Round 101: Knit around in face color, carrying orange behind.
Rounds 102-105: knit around in orange, carrying face color behind.
Round 106: knit around in face color, carrying orange behind. Cut long (3 inches) of face color.
Rounds 107 – 108: Knit around in orange.
Round 109: knit 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch off all around. Cut 8 inch tail.
Round 110: pull tail through stitches on loom and pull them off, drawing them closed but do not sew.
Before you sew the ends weave in all threads. Attach eyes – buttons or safety eyes, or use fabric paint.
To make ears (Make 2) with face color, double e-wrap 1 peg, knit off bottom loop. Double e-wrap peg to the left, knit off bottom loop, turn, knit 1st stitch, double e-wrap next peg, turn.
Lift bottom loop off peg and knit next 2 stitches, turn.
Knit across. 3 stitches. Turn.
Purl across. Attach orange on the anchor peg and knit across in orange. Turn. Cut 2-inch tail.
Knit across. 3 stitches. Turn.
Knit across. 3 stitches. Turn.
Knit off first stitch, knit 2. Turn.
Knit off first stitch, knit 1. Turn. Cut 2-inch tail. Pull through final stitch.
Use threads to sew 2 sides closed into a triangle. Sew the ears to the scarf above the face. Weave in threads.
These bags are very simple. They aren’t large – about 3 inches wide and 5 inches high. I plan to put boxes of crayons/ pencils, erasers, and maybe a small note book in each of mine.
You will need a 24 peg loom, loom hook, small amount of yarn. Optionally, you could use a crochet hook and yarn needle.
E-wrap all around.
Rounds 1-24 – u-wrap, knit. This is also call the flat stitch.
Knit off all stitches.
With crochet hook, slip stitch around the top.
Turn inside out. With yarn needle, sew bottom closed.
I embroidered the piano keys onto one of my bags. My embroidery needs work! This will be a sample for a new, improved version soon.
On my face bag, I changed colors on rounds 12 and 20. Then I embroidered the face.
For my 2nd child’s project I looked again at baby projects. For this you will need a 12 peg loom, loom hook, yarn needle, small amount of yarn.
REMEMBER: this is a baby's toy. Be sure to caution the recipient not to leave baby unattended with it.
Apply anchor stitch with 2-inch tail. Wrap all the pegs on the loom.
Rounds 1-3: U-wrap all pegs. (Flat stitch around.)
Round 4: purl around.
Rounds 5 – 7: U-wrap all pegs. (Flat stitch around.) On round 7, cut a long (2 inch) tail.
Pull tail through each stitch, pull stitches off pegs. Neatly close circle, weave in tail.
Place 3 small bells or a dog’s squeaker replacement into the circles.
Turn, use beginning tail to close 1st round. Weave in tail.
Attach the edge loops of round 4 (the purl round) to the pegs. 12 stitches.
Attach anchor stitch – knit first 2 loops flat for 6 rows. Knit off. repeat 5 times. Weave in all threads.
To make a ring, attach 2 loops between any 2 legs, with the piece on the inside of the loom. Knit 30 rows flat, knit off. Attach end of strap to loops opposite the beginning loops with the tail and yarn needle. Weave in threads.
My first post wasn’t very clear. Are the children’s projects for children? Or for them to make? Either can apply to most of the patterns I intend to present in this blog serial. I want to make 10 patterns for children of varying ages that will work as gifts. There’s a reason for this. I’ll explain it at the end of my last blog on this subject. However, I want them to be simple enough a 10 year old can use them to make gifts as well.
For my first project I went with a baby gift. A snuggly octopus can entertain, soothe, and delight a young toddler or baby. This project is a little advanced in my opinion only because it is made in more than one piece. The legs are added on. Here is the pattern.
Use a 12 peg loom, loom hook, and small amount of yarn. A yarn needle can be useful as well.
E-wrap all pegs. Knit 12 rounds. Knit off first 11 stitches. Knit last stitch 15 times. knit off. Cut long tail.
Add the 2nd stitch on the bottom edge back onto the peg. Knit 15 times, knit off. Cut long tail on each leg as you go.
Repeat with the 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th stitches. You have 6 legs.
Use the yarn needle, or a crochet hook, to pull the tail up to round 13. Tie the tails for each leg together and weave in all loose tails, or trim as needed.
Stuff the octopus body. Sew the top of the octopus closed. Use a thread to weave all around, through round 10, to draw closed. Tie final tail, weave in and trim all loose threads.
Apply eyes – I used fabric paint. Enjoy!
But, but. Little octopus has so many hands, and no one to hold one. So I made a big brother on a 24 peg loom.
E-wrap all pegs. Knit 24 rounds. Knit off first 23 stitches. Knit last 2 stitches 12 times. Knit off. Cut long tail.
Skip 1st and 2nd stitches. Add the 3rd and 4th stitches on the bottom edge back onto the peg. Knit 12 times, knit off. Cut long tail on each.
Skip 2 stitches, add next 2 stitches on. Knit 12 rows. Repeat 3 times. You have 6 legs. Use the yarn needle, or a crochet hook, to pull a thread through round 20. Draw the top together into a ball. Tie the tails for each leg together and weave in all loose tails, or trim as needed. Stuff the octopus body. Sew the top of the octopus closed.
Use a long tail to weave all around, through round 10, to draw closed. Tie final tail, weave in and trim all loose threads. Apply eyes.
Why make hats in August?
I just completed 3 blogs on hats. In August, the hottest month of the year. Why would I blog about hats? Here’s 3 reasons.
Hats are popular crafts. They’re quick and easy, and not big projects like blankets and afghans. They don’t fill your lap up and you can carry them around easily. The looms are larger than I like, but in a canvas bag they work. Hats are great for gifts, for charity, and for your own use.
Fall is coming – and so is the holiday season. Hat’s will be useful then. Actually, I’ve been seeing them already as I go around town. I want to make some simple hat and scarf sets to leave around for people who find they need them. Also, I want to make a few sets for me. Last year was a big hat gift season for me so I might not make too many for holiday presents. But they are nice to have on hand.
I wanted to give some basic information on how to cast on. Hats were a great way to do that. I showed how to do 3 cast on stitches which will hopefully be useful.
Now I’ve done with hats. Next, I want to do a series on small projects for children. Stay tuned.
I wanted to make a hat with a flat top and an interesting pattern so I made hat number 3 with squares. It has a traditional e-wrap bottom but I did the pattern with u-wrap. You will need 2 colors of yarn, a 31 peg loom, loom hook and yarn needle.
Double e-wrap all the pegs in color 1.
Rounds 1-5: flat stitch (u-wrap) knit all around.
Rounds 6 – 10: You will use two colors, carrying one behind the other as you complete this pattern. Knit 6, pick up color 2 by attaching with a slip stitch to peg 7, knit 6, pick up color 1, knit 6, pick up color 2, knit 6 around, * pick up color 1, knit 6, pick up color 2, knit 6, repeat from * around.
Rounds 7 – 14 flat stitch knit in color 1.
Rounds 14 -19 repeat rounds 6 – 10.
Rounds 20 – 27 repeat rounds 14 – 19 in color 1.
Rounds 28 – 30 repeat rounds 6 – 8.
Rounds 31-32: repeat rounds 7 – 9 in color 1.
Round 33: purl around in color 1.
Rounds 34 – 38 : repeat rounds 14-19 in color 1.
Rounds 39 – 41 – repeat rounds 16 – 10. Change to color 1.
Round 42: knit 1 round. Cut long tail (at least 6 inches) pull thread through each stitch, lift all the stitches off, draw carefully closed. Use tail to sew hold closed. Weave in all threads.
My next blog will explain: why publish hat patterns in August?
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.
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