Apr 13, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – April 2015

Garden Snails

Snails aren’t always a welcome sight in the garden, but these cheery little mollusks will steal your heart – but they won’t steal a single bite of your plants!

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Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Red Heart Soft was used for head/body; Red Heart Unforgettable was used for the shell.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing, needle and thread, 6 mm buttons for eyes.  Optional: flower or bow embellishment.

Finished Size:  Approximately 2” in length by 2” in height

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Adding a Gathering Thread:  Cut a 15” length of yarn and thread it on to the yarn needle.  Push the yarn needle up under the stitch on peg 1.  Pull the length of yarn up through the stitch, stopping when an inch or two remains at the bottom of the stitch. Move to the next peg and push the yarn needle up under the stitch.  Pull the length of yarn until all of the slack is gone between the two pegs.  Continue working in this manner until the gathering line has been pulled up under the last stitch in the round. Remove the yarn needle.  Leave the gathering line in place.  It will be used later to shape the snail’s neck.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Instructions

Head and Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 14 pegs, in the round.  Leaving an 8” yarn tail, cast on 14 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.  The loom will look like this:

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Work 10 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Add a gathering thread.  (See special techniques)

Work 15 more rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Note:  Because this portion of the project is worked over so few pegs – and the slider bar is set snugly against the end of the loom, eventually, the knitting will begin to bunch up in the center of the loom and it will become difficult to continue.  When things begin to get too bunched and tight, simply pull back the slider bar:

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Use the back end of your loom tool to push the knitted work down between the slider bar and the end of the loom:

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Then push the slider bar back in place, sandwiching the knitting between the slider bar and the end of the loom:

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Now you can resume knitting the remainder of the 15 rounds for the body section.

Remove the work from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Gather the neck area by pulling on the yarn tails to draw the neck area in.  Secure the neck shaping by tying a knot in the gathering thread.  Lightly stuff the head section with fiberfill.  Using the yarn tail from the cast on, whipstitch the top of the head closed, pulling the corners into a point as you work.  Weave in all yarn tails and set aside.

 

Shell:

Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Leaving a 12” yarn tail, cast on 16 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.  *Work 6 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Purl 2 rounds.  Decrease by 2 stitches.  (I work the decreases over the stitches nearest the slider bar.)

Repeat from * once.  Knit 2 more rounds.  Decrease by 2 stitches.  (You should only have 10 stitches left at this point – 5 on the pegs of the slider bar, and 5 on the pegs at the end of the loom.) Work 1 final round using the u-wrap knit stitch. Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.

Turn the shell inside out and firmly stuff it with fiberfill.  Using the yarn tail from the cast on, whipstitch the stuffed shell to the flat body section of the snail.  (If needed, pin the shell in place before stitching.)

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Bend the head section upward toward the shell and use the remaining length of yarn to tack stitch the head to the shell.

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Weave in all yarn tails.

 

Finishing:

Use the needle and thread to sew the button eyes onto the snail’s face.  Alternatively, the snail’s face can be stitched on with black yarn.

If your snail feels like being fancy, you can sew a small flower or bow near one side of her head.  Or, perhaps your snail is a boy, and would be quite offended if he were made to wear that girly stuff.  I’m sure they’ll let you know just how they’d like to be styled…

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 Happy Snails to you, until we knit again ;)

 

2 Comments

  • Super fun! :D I especially like the one with the straight head, reminds me of Groot, haha! What a creative little project, Jenny…terrific job!

  • Thank you Bethany! I had fun creating these little critters. It is looking like I will be making at least one more snail – with a green shell for my Tristan ;)

    I had to look Groot up, haha. I haven’t seen that movie. Looks like Groot has inspired a little crochet love out there.

    Hope you have a mah-velous day!

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Apr 10, 2015

Zoey’s Toesies

Zoey's Toesies- efg loomSpring seems to be the time the urge hits to whip up tiny projects for those wee babes we know. This little pair of baby booties is just the thing to keep those sweet little tootsies snug and warm, and our knitting urges satisfied, lol.  In my case, a new niece will be arriving soon, so these are named for her. The bit of picot edging and the contrast colored toes and heels add to the overall cuteness, while the elastic yarn works to keep them in place no matter how much baby Zoey loves to kick. ;)

Needed

Knitting loom: KB Sock Loom Extra Fine Gauge

Yarn:  approx. 1/2 skeins Cascade Yarns Fixation: Sock Weight, 100 yards, 98.3% Cotton/ 1.7% Elastic (sample in colors MC: #9907 & CC: Lemon).

Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors.  (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter, 4mm crochet hook (for cast on and help with possible missed stitches, etc))

Gauge: 8 stitches and 14 rows per inch on average.

Finished sock measures 3.75″ in length and 2.5″ in height.

Skills Needed: True Knit Stitch or U-stitch, Double Wrap Short Row Method (shown in video links below), Chain CO, and Basic BO, Knit 2 Together.

Pattern Notes:

All knit stitches are either worked as a true knit stitch, or as a U-stitch.

The sample sock was knit using an elastic yarn, which makes the sockies nice and smooshy.  The thing you’ll need to be careful of is keeping just a little bit of tension on that yarn throughout the project. This give your socks that perfect amount of stretch…not too little and not too much.  BUT!  You’ll need to keep your tension consistent throughout the project, and on both socks! ;)

**To contact Bethany Dailey, simply submit a comment at the bottom of this post.

Abbreviations: 

CO: cast on

CC: Contrast Color

MC: Main Color

K: knit stitch or U-stitch, as desired

KO: knit off

St(s): stitches

WY: working yarn

k2tog: knit 2 stitches together

W&T: wrap and turn- the method of creating short rows with a wrap, and then a turning of direction mid-row.

BO: Bind off

Video Tutorials and Web Tools:

Turning of heels and toes:  Double Wrapped Short Row Method  (For those who need it, the Step by Step written instructions are at the bottom of this post)

 

Pattern Instructions:

Set your EFG Loom to use 40 pegs in the round.

Using your CC yarn, Chain CO to all 40 pegs.

Rounds 1-5:  K

Zoey's Toesies- Picot EdgeRound 6:  k2tog every even peg:
(Move loop from peg 1 to peg 2, move loop from peg 3 to peg 4…etc, to the end of the row. To work round, carry WY behind each empty peg and knit all double loops as if they are one.)

Round 7: Carry WY in front of each empty peg, and K each even peg.  All pegs will now be filled.

Rounds 8-12: K

Bring inside leg of all CO row loops back up onto the loom, as you would for the brim of a hat. KO all sts.

Cut CC yarn to approx. 4″.

Rounds 13-22:  Join your MC yarn and K.  Do not cut yarn.

Join CC yarn and using the Double Wrap Short Row Method, decrease on pegs 1-20, keeping pegs 8-13 unwrapped, and the 7 pegs on each side will be wrapped.  (For those who need it, the Step by Step written instructions are at the bottom of this post)

Increase back to a full 20 pegs.  Extend your W&T’s one extra peg on each end to help close any hole created by starting the short rows.  Pegs 40 & 21 will still have wrapped loops- just knit these loops together as one during the next knitted row.

Zoey's Toesies- 3 Cut CC yarn to approx. 4″.

Rounds 23-38: Pick up MC, K all pegs.

Cut MC yarn to approx. 4″.

Join CC and repeat the short row instructions to create the toe.  This time you will not have to extend the W&T’s one extra peg on each side.  Just end the short rows when you have increased back to all 20 pegs.

Trim yarn to ?”.

It is now time to seam the two toe edges together.  The best and most seamless way to do this is to create a Kitchener Stitch.  The instructions on how to work this is found here:  http://knittingboardchat.com/blog/archives/1481

If you feel a little overwhelmed by this grafting method, you can either carefully whipstitch or mattress stitch the toe closed.  Here’s a great tutorial for that: http://www.knittingboard.com/so-sewing-the-toe-video/

Weave in all ends, stretching the fabric as you go, so that the tails will stay hidden.  Trim close to work.

Now make a second sock! :)  **Note: keep in mind that because this sock has used a yarn that has a little bit of elastic, you’ll want to make sure that you keep the same tension for the second sock as you did for the first one… or you might end up making the mistake I did and end up with two socks knit using exactly the same pattern, but were two completely different sizes.  Ooopsie! :P

 

**Step by Step Double Wrap Short Row Instructions:

To wrap and turn (W&T): Remove the loop from the peg and hold it. With working yarn, simply wrap around the peg, then place the loop back on the peg.

  • K19, W&T peg 20.
  • K18, W&T peg 1.
  • K17, W&T peg 19.
  • K16, W&T peg 2.
  • K15, W&T peg 18.
  • K14, W&T peg 3
  • K13, W&T peg 17.
  • K12, W&T peg 4
  • K11, W&T peg 16
  • K10, W&T peg 5
  • K9, W&T peg 15.
  • K8, W&T peg 6.
  • K7, W&T peg 14.
  • K6, W&T peg 7.
  • K7 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 15.
  • K8 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 6.
  • K9 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 16.
  • K10 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 5.
  • K11 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 17.
  • K12 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 4.
  • K13 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 18.
  • K14 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 3.
  • K15 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 19.
  • K16 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 2.
  • K17 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 20.
  • K18 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 1.
  • K19 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 21.
  • K20 (Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). Lift both loops and W&T peg 40.

***Extending one extra peg on each end will help close any hole created by starting the short rows.  Pegs 40 and 21 will end up with 2 wraps. Leave them on the pegs as you continue with the rest of the instructions. On the very next round, treat the stitches and wraps on these pegs as one stitch.***

*To contact Bethany Dailey, simply submit a comment at the bottom of this post. :)

3 Comments

  • Great little socks! Getting ready to be a “great Aunt” again in May, they will be a perfect gift to go with the blanket I made. Where do you get the yarn? Is it on-line? Thanks again for the really great pattern. Sue

  • Hi Sue :)

    Thank you so much! I hope the babies will like them as much as we do, haha! ;) The yarn, I’m sure, can be purchased online at the many yarn suppliers out there, but I actually got mine at a local yarn shop (not the big box store kind). I’ve actually seen them in most of those little shops that I have visited.

    Hope that helps!
    Bethany~

  • Adorable! :)

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