From the authors workbench
A Holiday train on the loom
I’ve been working on holiday projects, as I’m sure most of you are. I thought I’d produce something a little different for the season. Well, actually I decided on something that’s popular, on a loom. So I made a train set.
Here’s what I made so far.
The locomotive is made on a twelve peg loom. I used a small gauge 12 peg loom but the flower loom can work as well – the locomotive will be larger on the flower loom.
Beside your loom, you’ll need a loom hook, a large eyed needle, a piece of flat foam, and stuffing.
E-wrap all the pegs and flat knit in the round for 4 rounds. Purl 1 round. This makes the back of the locomotive body.
Flat knit for 15 rounds. Purl 1 round.
Flat knit for 5 rounds. With a large eyed needle pick the stitches off and pull closed. Use the tail to sew around round 25 to create the nose of the locomotive. Or is it the lamp?
For the top – e-wrap all the pegs and flat knit 4 rounds, purl 1 round and flat knit 1 round. Use the large eyed needle to pick off an close the last round. This makes a flat top. Use the beginning tail and large eyed needle to pull the 1st round closed and seam to the top of the locomotive body on round 16.
For the grail e-wrap 6 pegs, flat knit 4 rows, knit off all stitches. Seam to front of locomotive body. It will hang over the front of the train bed.
For the smokestack behind – cast on all pegs, knit 4 rounds, purl 1 round, knit 15 rounds, knit off all stitches. Insert stuffing.
Use a contrasting color for top. Cast on all pegs, knit 5 rounds. Pick off the stitches of round 5 and pull closed. Sew the top to the body of the smoke stack. Be sure to leave an overhang around the top.
Make the bed – e-wrap all pegs and knit for 25 rounds. Knit off all stitches. Stuff with foam, sew edges closed.
Make 4 wheels – with black, e-wrap all pegs and knit 1 round, purl 1 round, knit 1 round. Use large eyed needle to pick off all the stitches and pull closed. Sew 1st round closed. Sew wheels to bed. Sew wheels to bed. Sew locomotive on front end of bed, sew the smokestack behind. Weave in all loose threads.
Notice the loose thread on the grail? I didn't before the picture! Oh, well, I have it weaved in now.
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