Nov 22, 2014

Aislin Earwarmer

Aislin Earwarmer Side View

The Aislin Earwarmer is a luscious blend of a perfect braid cable with spongy ribbing. The use of merino wool lends this earwarmer a dreamy feel that provides just the perfect amount of warmth to keep the chill away. The earwarmer uses an elastic hairband to provide a comfortable fit.

SIDE NOTE: It is all about cables . I love cables, every knit should have cables. My favorite sweater that I saw my grandma knit was red and it had cables. She is the type of woman that could picture something and make it. She made that red sweater with no pattern at all, just from her head. People would travel from neighboring towns to buy her knits and her crochet items. To this day, I love cables, especially when they are knit with red yarn. I think it reminds me of her and the time I spent learning by her side. I owe everything I am today to my Grandma. My talents come from her, she saw something in me that I didn’t see and thank goodness she was patient enough to teach me.

I would like to express my gratitude to Dayna Scoles, who dreamed the idea of using an elastic hairband to make the headbands adjustable. Check out her neat patterns and the unique way she uses the hairbands on double knit headbands.

Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom, set at large gauge, 20 pegs.

Yarn: Approx 60 yards of superwash merino wool in Aran weight. Cascade 220 Aran weight in Ruby was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle.

Other: Elastic Hairband

Size: 3 x 19 inches, blocked.

Gauge: 4 sts x 10 rows= 2 inches

AbbreviationsAislin Earwarmer

K: knit stitch

P: purl stitch

St(s): stitch(es)

C4F: Cable over 4 stitches, cable leans to the left.

How to: Skip peg 1 and 2 with yarn towards the back of the pegs. Knit peg 3 and 4. Place stitches from pegs 3 and 4 on cable needle. Take yarn to the front of peg 1. Knit peg 1. Knit peg 2. Place stitch from peg 2 on peg 4. Place stitch from peg 1 on peg 3. Place stitches from cable needle on pegs 1 and 2.

C4B: Cable over 4 stitches, leans to the right.

How to: Place stitches from peg 1 and 2 on cable needle and hold to the back of the pegs.  Knit peg 3 and 4. Place stitch from peg 3 on peg 1; place stitch from peg  4 on peg 2. Place stitches from cable needle on pegs 3 and 4. Knit pegs 3 and 4.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Leave a 10-inch beginning yarn tail, cast on 20 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-4: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

*Row 5: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k2, c4f, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Row 6: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Row 7: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, c4b, k2, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Row 8: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.*

Repeat Rows from * to *: 27 more times.

Next 3 rows: [k1, p1]2x, k1, p2, k6, p2, [k1, p1]2x, k1.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Leave a 10-inch yarn tail.

Tighten the cables from the wrong side of the item.

Steam block lightly.

FINISHING

Add the hair band: pass the hair band through one of the ends of the headband. Fold the end of the headband as to cover the hairband, whip stitch the bound off edge to the wrong side of the headband to secure the hairband in place. Repeat with the other side of the headband. Use the pictures below to see how I sewed the elastic hairband in place.

Weave all ends in.

PS: You can also put your hair in a pony tail and pass the pony through the opening created by the elastic hairband! Bonus!!!

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Nov 17, 2014

Loom FAQS: Which Knit Stitch??

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Two questions I see often and seem to cause drama are What knit stitch do I use if the pattern doesn’t specify? and What is the difference between the different knit stitches?  But my favorite is Why are there so many knit stitches in loom knitting?  While it does seem like there are a lot of knit stitches, there are still only two.  Knit and e-wrap knit.  The confusion occurs because there are 3 ways to make a knit stitch.  And all 3 have different tensions.  So let’s discuss each one and then compare all 4 so we can put that drama to rest.

E-wrap Knit Stitch

I will start with the e-wrap knit since it is usually the first stitch a person learns when he or she picks up a loom for the first time.  E-wrap knit is the loosest knit stitch.  It is taller and uses more yarn than a true knit or purl stitch.  It is a twisted stitch so the stitch looks like a y instead of the classic v of the knit stitch.  When worked in a flat panel, the e-wrap knit gives a great texture to the project since the stitches slant in the opposite way on each row.

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When worked in the round, the stitches will slant in the direction that you work.

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You make an e-wrap knit by bringing the working yarn behind the peg, around to the front of the peg,

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and then on around to the back the peg like a cursive e.

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After the peg is wrapped, the working yarn is behind the peg again.

Then you knit over by bringing the bottom loop up and over the new loop you just made.

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Knit Stitch

The knit stitch can be produced 3 different ways, and the size of the stitch varies with one.

  • True Knit Stitch

Let’s look at the true knit stitch first.  It is also called the traditional knit stitch.  Some people call it a reverse purl even though it’s actually more accurate to call a purl a reverse knit.  It is the same height and width of a purl stitch and is best to use when working alongside purls in the rib, garter, seed, and moss stitches.

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You make a true knit stitch by bringing the working yarn above the existing loop.

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You bring your pick up through the existing loop and catch the working yarn.

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Then pull it down through the loop to create a new loop.

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You then take the old loop off the peg.

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Then place the new loop back on the peg.

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Snug up the yarn by gently tugging the working yarn.

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Why does this look just like a purl stitch?  This stitch is not to be confused with the purl.  While the motions appear to be the same, the purl is worked in reverse.  The working yarn is at the bottom of the existing loop, and the new loop is pulled up from the bottom before taking the old loop off the peg and replacing the new loop on.

 

  • U-wrap Knit Stitch

Next is the u-wrap knit.  It is shorter and tighter than the true knit stitch.

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You make a u-wrap knit by bringing the working yarn above the existing loop in front of the peg and pulling it straight back behind the peg without completely wrapping it.

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Then pull the bottom loop up

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and over.

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  • Flat Knit Stitch

The last way to create a knit stitch is the tightest and smallest of the knit stitches.  It is the flat knit.  It can get very tight after just a couple of rows.  Flat knit stitch works best with fibers that stretch like wool.  It is extremely hard to use the flat knit on yarn that have no stretch like cotton.

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You work the flat knit by bringing the working yarn across the front of the peg above the existing loop without any wrap of the peg.

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Then bring the existing loop up

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and over.

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Comparison

I worked 4 swatches using each of the techniques mentioned.  I made all 4 with 16 pegs on the Sock Loom 2 and worked 25 rows using KnitPicks Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn.  I worked all 4 with the chain cast on and used the basic bind off.  I also slipped the first stitch on each row.

From left to right:  e-wrap knit, true knit, u-wrap knit, and flat knit.

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You can see the difference in size with the e-wrap being the largest and loosest and the flat knit being the smallest and tightest.  You can also see how the chain cast on (at the top) was not tight enough as the stitches got tighter and smaller.  You will need to take your cast on into consideration with whichever knit stitch technique you use.  I controlled my tension on all the swatches by not pulling on the yarn as I worked the stitches.  Each of them could have been made tighter by simply pulling and stretching the yarn.

Here is the gauge I achieved with each swatch.  What is gauge?  Gauge is simply the number of stitches in an inch by the number of rows in an inch.  The more stitches or rows in an inch means the gauge is smaller.  The fewer stitches or rows in an inch means the gauge is larger.  Some patterns will list gauge in a 2” or 4” square.  I will discuss gauge more in next month’s article.  For this demonstration, I will list gauge per inch.

  • E-wrap knit stitch: 3.5 stitches by 5 rows per inch

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  • True knit stitch:  3.75 stitches by 5.5 rows per inch

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  • U-wrap knit stitch:  4 stitches by 6 rows per inch

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  • Flat knit stitch:  5.5 stitches by 7.5 rows per inch

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So as you can see, it makes a big difference in size depending on how the knit stitch is made.  Why can I not use e-wrap on every pattern?  Everyone’s tension is different.  If you were to make the same exact swatch I have, you most likely will have a different gauge.  Designers write their pattern for a certain look or size.  While you can interchange the knit stitch and the e-wrap knit in some patterns, most times it will change the pattern too much in size.  If using the knit stitch, you can adjust your tension by using a different knit stitch technique.  You can also adjust your tension on the flat and u-wrap knit stitches by loosening them as you work the stitches.  I loosen my u-wrap knit by simply pushing the stitch back with my pick after pulling the loop over.  But these swatches were made without loosening the stitches.  They were made as described above.

I hope this helps clarify the knit stitch dilemma and puts the drama to rest.

 

3 Comments

  • I can not believe I’m reading this today of all days!!! Made myself a pair of e-wrap mittens over the weekend and keep catching the stitches. I was just thinking this am, I wonder how many more rows and pegs I’d have to use if I use a knit stitch instead. Then I think, math, yuk!!! This will be so helpful. Renita to the rescue, again! Thanks for this article.

  • I am looking at your shawl pattern and it says to use a rib stitch. What is that?

  • Need to share with my friend who just began knitting!

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Nov 14, 2014

Snowman Hat Pattern

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We are bringing you a new feature to our blog! Every second Friday of the month, we will feature a design by one of our customers. We will start off this tradition with a new pattern by Kathy McGuire. Kathy created a lovely Snowman Hat that every child will love. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. To contact Kathy, please email her at this link

 

Knitting loom: KB All-in-One loom set up with two sliders.

Yarn:  Approximately 50 yards each of worsted weight in red, green and white.  Approximately one yard each of black and orange.

Notions: knitting tool, row counter, crochet hook, tapestry needle and  (optional) pompom maker

Gauge: 4 stitches and  6 rows per inch in stitch pattern.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

EW: E wrap

P: purl stitch

St(s): stitches

Rnd(s): round

Rep: repeat

BO: Bind off

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is worked in the round.

In this pattern, after round 46, you will begin decreasing stitches to form the taper of the hat.  With each decrease, you will move the stitches on the four corners in one peg.  After moving the stitches, you will then move both sliders in one peg, in line with the pegs that have two stitches.

This pattern can will fit a toddler/young child. It can be made larger by increasing the number of pegs per side. However, if more pegs are used, be sure to use an odd number on each side and begin casting on using the middle peg. For example, the pattern as written calls for using 23 pegs per side with cast-on beginning at peg 12. If you increase to say, 25 pegs, then you would cast on starting at peg 13. Also, for every two pegs you increase, you will have one more taper to do at the top.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to work 46 pegs in the round, with sliders at both ends.  Place a stitch marker on peg 12 – you will begin the CO on this peg.  This is important for the tapering to work out.

Beginning at peg 12, EW CO all 46 pegs

Rnd 1-4 : *EW using red yarn

Rnd 5-8:  Without cutting red yarn, EW using green yarn*

Rnds 9-16: Rep from * to*

Rnd 17-20: EW using red yarn.  Cut red yarn leaving about a 6″ tail

Forming the brim: bring the CO loops up through the center of loom. Lining up the loops, place one loop on each peg.  You will now have two loops on each peg.  Lift bottom loop on each peg over the top loop.

Rnd 21-34:  EW using white yarn.  Cut white yarn leaving about a 6″ tail

For the remaining Rounds, you will be knitting alternate rows of red and green.   Carry yarn to the inside of loom when not using.  Do not cut.

Rnd 35-42: Using red yarn, make four sets of garter stitch (alternating rows of EW and P).

Rnd 43-46:  EW using green yarn.  Do not cut yarn.

Rnd 47:  *Move the St(s) from each corner peg in one peg.  (For example, in this round you will move peg 1 to peg 2; peg 23 to peg 22; peg 29 to peg 30 and peg 41 to peg 40).   Move the sliders in one peg to line up with pegs that have two St(s).  EW using red yarn, turning pegs with two loops as one.

Rnd 48-50: EW using red yarn.

Rnd 51:  Move the St(s) from each corner peg in one peg and line up sliders.  EW using green yarn,  turning  pegs with two loops as one.

Rnd 52-54: EW using green yarn.*

Rnd 55-86: Rep from * to *.

Rnd 87-90: Rep Rnd(s) 47-50

Cut both yarns leaving a 12″ tail

Using both yarns held together as one, BO using drawstring bind off.  Remove hat from loom  and drop the yarn tails inside the opening at top of hat.  Turn hat inside out and close top by pulling on the yarn tails.  Cut yarn tails to about 5″.  Weave in all ends. Turn hat right side out.

Make a pom pom and attach to top of hat.

(Optional) Using a length of white yarn, make three (or more) “snowflakes” on front of snowmans “hat” (the garter ridges).

Eyes:  Make a chain of 25 stitches using black yarn and crochet hook, leaving 6″ tail at beginning and end of chain.  Coil up the chain and stitch together using the yarn tails then stitch eyes onto hat.

Nose:  Using either bulky weight or two strands held together as one of orange worsted weight, form a short i-cord using three pegs of the loom.  Bind off.  Slightly stretch the i-cord so that the bind off edge is wider than the other end and attach to hat.

 

 

4 Comments

  • This is sooo cute! I may even make this as a toliet tissue holder. Will look adorable in our bathroom for Christmas. Thank You.

  • Oh soo cute! Any child would love this hat. Thanks for sharing your pattern.

  • I want to make this for myself!! I have Bern wanting to make myself a snowman hat and scarf set but haven’t taken the time to do so. Now I see this one and I love it. How do I make it to fit an adult???

  • Kathy, has added a little blurb about making the hat bigger, it is in the pattern notes.

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Nov 10, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – November 2014

Miniature Knitted Poufs

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These charming miniature knitted poufs just might become an obsession, especially since there are two styles to choose from!  This scrap happy project will help you use up all of those lonely little remnants that are lurking about in your yarn collection.  So much fun to make – and even more fun deciding how to use all of the wonderful, colorful little poufs!

 

 

Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Approximately 5 yards of a basic worsted weight yarn per pouf.  Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle

Finished Size:  Each knitted pouf is approximately 1.56” in diameter

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast-on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Instructions:

Basic Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Your knitted piece will look like this:

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Textured Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows in ribbing stitch:  *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Now for the best part – deciding what to do with all of those darling little poufs!

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Have fun creating!

4 Comments

  • These are Supper Cute ! Put a button in the middle and sew one to a hat.
    Love it !
    denise

  • Those are just way too cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reminds me of crocheted “puffs” that you use to do and sew or crochet together to make afghans or vests,etc. how adorable! Imagination can go wild on this cute “poufs”! Thanks for the pattern.

  • Thank you for your comments, Denise, Barb, and Sue.

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Nov 7, 2014

Baby Ballet Slippers

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Holidays are around the corner, knit little baby ballet slippers for the precious little ones. The pattern is simple and small that you can knit a pair in one afternoon.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: All-n-One loom, 20 pegs used. Pattern can be done on All-n-One loom, Adjustable Hat Loom, 32 Peg Loom.

Yarn: 40-50 yards of worsted weight wool. Sample was knit with Knit Picks Swish Worsted, shown in Cornmeal.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size I.

Size: 3-6 months

Gauge: 9sts x 10 rows= 2 inches in garter stitch

Abbreviations

K=knit

P=purl

CO=cast on

Cont=continue

BO=Bind off

St(s)=stitches

M1=make 1. A type of increase. Move the loops on the pegs to create an empty peg where you need the increase. Reach for the ladder going from one peg to the other, twist it and place this loop on the emptied peg.

k2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.

SSK=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the last peg over to the peg before last. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.

Pattern notes

The pattern is worked as a flat panel then assembled into a little shoe shape.

When the pattern calls to cast on stitches at the beginning of the row, use the ewrap method to cast on the additional stitches.

Decreasing rows: simply move the loop from the outer peg to the peg next to it, example: from peg 1 to peg 2, from very last peg to the peg before last. Work both loops as one when working the stitch.

Entire pattern is worked in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row).

The little bow string was crochet. You can substitute with a piece of ribbon.

When seaming, use the mattress stitch to seam the little slipper.

INSTRUCTIONSLittleShoes6002
(Make 2)

Cast on 12 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (14 sts).

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: p to the end.

Row 3: As row 1 (16 sts).

Row 5: As row 1 (18 sts).

Row 7: As row 1 (20 sts).

Row 9: k2tog, k to the last 2 sts, ssk (18 sts).

Row 11: as Row 9. (16 sts).

Row 13: as Row 9 (14 sts).

Row 15: as Row 9 (12 sts).

Row 16: Using the ewrap, cast on 5 stitches, p to the end of row. (17 sts).

Row 17: k1, m1, k to the end (18 sts).

Row 18: p to the end.

Row 19: k1, m1, k to the end (19 sts).

Row 20: p to the end.

Row 21: k1, m1, k to the end (20 sts).

Row 22: p to the end.

Row 23: k1, m1, k to the end (21 sts).

Row 24: Basic bind off 12 sts, p to the end of row.LittleShoes6003

Rows 25-37: cont in garter stitch.

Row 38: Cast on 12sts, p21.

Row 39: k2tog, k to the end of row (32 sts).

Row 40: p to the end of row.

Row 41: k2tog, k to the end of row (31 sts).

Row 41: p to the end of row.

Row 42: k2tog, k to the end of row (30 sts).

Row 43: p to the end of row.

Row 44: k2tog, k to the end of row (29 sts).

Basic bind off, leaving a 20 inch long tail for seaming.

Decorative Crochet Ribbon

Using crochet hook and contrasting color yarn, chain 65. Bind off.

ASSEMBLY

Using the mattress stitch, seam the side of the upper to the sole area. Mattress stitch the heel area last. Weave ends in.

Steam block gently.

Pass crocheted chain through the edge stitches on each slipper, arrange the ends of the chain so that they are to the side of each slipper. Make a little bow. Secure the little bow in place with matching thread and needle.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  • These are so absolutely precious! :D

  • Super sweet baby slippers!

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Nov 6, 2014

Donation Time is Approaching!

Our annual drive for warm hand knit clothing has begun.  We donate every December to our American Veterans homes and hospitals.  They need hats, scarves, blankets, and mittens. We also like to share some baby items for the Abused Mothers with small children. This could be infant size hats and wraps in all sizes.

In the past, we also sent warm items to St Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota.   The children love to get something that is hand made like a hat or scarf to keep them warm.

If you can knit up just one or two items, we will make sure they get to some very needy folks.  It’s a great way to use up some yarn remnants and clean out the closet.  They are especially great if a note from the knitter is attached with joyous, holiday sentiments.

Won’t you take an afternoon to brighten someone’s spirit and warm their cold heads and necks?  We thank you for your time and energy, and sharing spirits.  Send donations to address below by the end of December, 2014.

Authentic Knitting Board Team
Ref:  Donations of Knit Wear
60 Carysbrook Rd
Fork Union, VA 23055

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