A simple beanie designed for him in mind. Worked in simple, no fuss stitch pattern, with a super soft and airy wool yarn.
Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom
Yarn: 140 yards of worsted weight merino wool. Malabrigo worsted in Paris Night was used in sample.
Notions: knitting tool and tapestry needle.
Gauge: 8 sts x 17 rows= 2 inches in stitch pattern.
Size: 9 inches x 9.5 inches when laid flat. Model’s head size is 23-1/4 inches.
K: knit stitch (not ewrap)
P: purl stitch
Set knitting loom to small gauge at 80 pegs.
Cast on 80 sts, prepare to work in the round.
Rnd 1-10: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 11: k to the end of rnd.
Rnd 12: *k3, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 11 and 12: 32 more times
Next rnd: Move stitch from all odd numbered pegs to the even number peg; example from peg 1 to peg 2, from peg 3 to peg 4; etc. K to the end of rnd, (treat both loops on the even number pegs as one loop). At the end of this round, knitting loom should have one empty peg and a peg with one loop, all the way around.
Weave ends in. Block lightly.
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Have some fun and hashtag you! Great project for beginners using 2 stitch variations. It is sized for youth with an option for an adult.
Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky, 25% Wool and 75% Acrylic, 148 yds per skein
Colors used: #78209 Soft Teal (1 skein) and #78042 Charcoal (1/2 skein)
Stitches: Stockinette and Rib
Notions Needed: Knit Hook, crochet hook, measure tape, scissors, darning needle
Finished Size: Youth=20” and Adult=23-24” head circumference, aprox 9” high from brim to pompom
Gauge: 5 stitches and 10 rows= (2) inches in stockinette
Special Note: Using the full width of this loom makes a youth/small size hat. To knit a larger hat as in our sample, we have added a small back panel to increase the width. Using a larger loom ie the 28” loom will result in larger gauge and larger stitches which will change the shape slightly of the ‘hashtag’.
Hat Front with ‘hashtag’:
Cast On all pegs or 48 stitches in Rib Stitch using Teal Yarn. Lay anchor yarn of contrast color yarn.
Work (2) rows in Rib stitch.
Tie on color 2 Charcoal at 2nd peg. Do not cut the Teal yarn.
Work (1) row in Rib stitch with Charcoal yarn. Cut and knot.
Work (1) additional row in Rib with Teal yarn.
Change to stockinette and work (2) rows.
Hints: Mark the center of the loom with a stitch marker or pin. Next row will be row 1 of the bottom of ‘hashtag’. Whenever you are working the Charcoal for just the 2 stitches of each upright, weave the 2 consecutive pegs front to back and move over to 2nd upright and weave the 2 consecutive pegs front to back. Then, weave the Teal yarn in Stockinette weave skipping the upright pegs. When, you are working the long rows of charcoal, weave the stitches in stockinette, and then weave the Teal yarn in Stockinette weave skipping the charcoal stitches. Notice in your graph that the uprights will shift over by (1) stitch to give the design an angled look.
Go to center of loom, count back (4) stitches and tie on the Charcoal yarn. Work the (4) upright stitches. Note that there will be 3 pegs skipped in center of them. Lay the charcoal yarn down where you end. It doesn’t matter which direction you do the front to back for the 2 uprights. Weave the row with the Teal yarn and hook over. The ‘hashtag’ design consists of a total of (15) rows. Once complete, you can cut and knot the Charcoal yarn. Hat will be completed in Teal Yarn.
Work (7) additional rows in Stockinette.
Change to Rib stitch. Work total of (14) Rib rows to top of hat.
Work Decrease row on row #6 and row #10.
Decrease Row explained: decreasing some stitches at top part of the hat will add some shape to the head and keep the top of the hat from being too ‘bunchy’ or bulky. So, we will do a decrease to 2 stitches on each side of the design. That will take out a total of 4 stitches on each decrease row and make the top of hat fit much better. Before doing the weaving and hook- over, go to stitch #8 from left side. Lift the stitch and place it on peg #9. Go to stitch #12 from left side. Lift the stitch and place it on peg #13. Now you have 2 empty pegs. Go to right side of loom and count over to peg #8 and place this stitch on adjacent peg to left. Count over to peg #12 and place this stitch on adjacent peg to left. Do this to both sides of the board directly across from each other. You now have (4) empty pegs on each board. Carefully, lift the stitches and move towards the center of loom. You want the empties to be at ends of loom. Now, weave and hook over the row carefully lifting all loops on each peg so that only the one loop remains on the pegs. Continue working in Rib stitch.
Repeat this decrease process on row #10. Complete the hat with Rib stitch.
Removing the hat from loom: Since we are at the top of the hat, we want to create another anchor yarn to gather the top of hat. Do not bind off. Instead, cut and knot the working yarn. Cut another piece of the working yarn about 24” long and thread onto the darning needle. Pick up the stitches working from one board to the other and allow the stitches to come off the loom onto the yarn.
Small – youth size finishing: Sew the back seam using invisible stitch with matching yarn, Teal. Bind off the brim edge stitches. Gather the top of hat by pulling the yarn securely and tying a secure knot. Hat is ready for a fun pompom.
Large adult. In order to add more width to back of hat, we knit a matching piece that will be seamed into the side edges of the hat front.
Cast On 10 stitches in Rib stitch. (More if you want a larger than large hat) Our 10 sts will add 4” to the size of the hat. Work this small piece just as you did the hat front only no design is needed and no decreases are needed. Do work the matching stripe on row 3 to match the front of hat.
Once complete and free of the loom, seam to the hat front using invisible stitch on both sides connecting the 2 pieces into one round hat. If you use the invisible stitch for the seaming, the seams will not show. Just be sure to match the Charcoal stripe exactly. Now, gather each section with the anchor yarns at top of hat. Tie the yarn securely.
Now you can bind off in one continuous yarn at brim. Either size, you are ready for the pompom. We have used both yarns for the pompom in the sample, but you can choose to make it all one color, if desired. Wrap the yarns around a box or anything that will give you approximately 5” long strands. Wrap 20-30 wraps; tie in center very securely. Cut the loops and shake the pompom loose. Use the yarn tie of the pompom to secure to top of hat. To finish the hat, use the crochet hook to tuck in any yarn tails that remain from the seaming and knotting. Shape the pompom as short or as shaggy as desired. In our sample, we trimmed it up a bit, but left it fairly long.
For a complete look, make a matching Hashtag Scarf. Very cute!
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Spring weather is finally here, we bring you spring freshness with these two lovely cowls. The Twists Cowl is worked in a super soft angora blend yarn and uses the 4-st left cross cable technique.
The Brylinn Cowl uses a delicate lace stitch pattern that is super simple yet provides a delicate stitch. Enjoy!
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Get started this fall with a beautiful Double Knit Ribbed Shawl. Super easy to make on the 10″ or 28″ Knitting Board. It can be whipped up in couple days….AND oh soooo soft!!
Beautiful Shawl that is so super easy and quick to knit that it is sure to be a favorite wrap. Great starter project in double knit, and looks equally beautiful as a scarf. You can use your 10” or 28” knitting board for this one, and have it ready to wear to dinner tomorrow evening.
Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun, Baroque in shades of purple, 8 skeins reserving 1 skein for the fringe. 98% Acrylic and 2% Polyester, 185 yd per skein (6 oz/169m)
Finished size: 26” X 72” including fringe– Width relaxes to 36” when draped.
Needed: Knitting Board (10″, or 28″. If using the 10″, you will make 2 pieces and sew together), knit hook, large darning needle, and crochet hook size 8.
Gauge: 2 sts=1” 4 rows=1”
Cast On 22 sts (10” KB) or 44 sts (28”KB) using a basic cast on (stockinette).
Work in Rib st until you piece is desired length (sample is aprox 54” before fringe). This will be aprox 216 rows knit in Rib stitch.
Bind Off in Rib stitch using the crochet hook by lifting 1 loop over 1 loop. This will maintain the nice stretchy edge to match the cast on edge.
If you are using the 10” Knitting Board, you will create a 2nd panel just like the first making sure to work the same amount of rows as the first panel. Lay the panels out on long table or clean floor, and match the long sides. Using a darning needle and single strand of yarn, sew the panels together with the invisible stitch. Do not pull too tight as you sew; you will want the knit to remain stretchy, so small stitches are best. Secure at both ends with a stitch leaving a long yarn tail that will blend with the fringe.
Did you save 1 skein of yarn for the fringe? You want to make this nice and thick so the shawl will drape nicely and give a full, luxurious effect.
Cut the yarn so that you have pieces aprox 19-20” long. You want to have a fringe piece for each edge stitch. So if your shawl is 44 sts wide, you should have at least 88 pieces cut for both ends. Fold each piece in center and place in one edge stitch starting from one side edge. Using crochet hook, pull the 2 ends of yarn thru the loop and pull snuggly. Always pull the loop into the stitch from same side of shawl. Work a few pieces and then, do some fringe at opposite edge working towards center. Continue adding the fringe until all 44 sts are complete. It is not necessary that they are all even in length. The variation adds to the charm of the shawl. Add fringe to opposite end of shawl and you are ready to emerge with your beautiful new wrap, or save it to place under the Christmas tree for your favorite relative or friend.
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Loom: AllnOne Loom
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky in Sable. (2 skeins).
Notions: Tapestry needle, knitting tool, safety pin to mark row.
Other: 2 buttons, size 1 3/8″ (34mm). Puff paint or fabric glue to make the bottom of the slippers less slippery
Gauge: 8 sts x 11 rows= 2 inches in e-wrap knit.
Stitches used: E-wrap knit
Size: 6-7 (8-9, 9-10). Sample shown 6-7 US Women
BBO= Basic Bind Off
GBO=Gather Bind Off Method
CO 36 (38, 40) sts, leaving a 10 inch tail.
Next: k until piece measures: 8 (8.5, 9) inches from CO edge. (Place marker on row)
Next two rows: CO 3 sts at beg of row and k to end of row (42, 44, 46 sts total).
Next : knit 3 (3.5, 4) inches from increase point.
Next row: *k2tog; rep from * to the end of row. (21, 22, 23 sts total)
Next row: k
Next row: Size 6-7: *k2tog; rep from * to the last st, k1. Size 8-9: *k2tog, rep from * to the end. Size 9-10: *k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1.
GBO leaving a 15 inch yarn tail. Use tail to mattress stitch seam up the center in the toe area (Red to Blue). Weave tails in.
At the CO edge, mattress stitch the Heel area (Red to Blue)
CO 8 sts.
Next: k until piece measures 4.5 (5, 5.5) inches from CO edge.
Top Load Washer
Zippered pillow case
1 tsp of Eucalan Wool Wash or baby shampoo
Pair of jeans
Insert felted pieces inside zippered pillow case. Set Washer to: Hot and Small cycle. Place 1 tsp of Eucalan Wool Wash or Baby Shampoo in the wash. Place the pair of jeans in the wash. Place the zippered pillow case in the wash. Allow the wash to start its cycle. Pause the wash before it goes into the Rinse cycle. Take out the zippered pillow case and check the felting process of the slippers. The slippers need to shrink to the desired size. If the slippers are not the desired size, repeat the wash cycle from the start. Make sure to remove the felted fabric before the Spin cycle. Leaving it in the spin cycle will create wrinkles. When item has reached desired size, remove items from the zippered pillow case, place them in between both towels and squeeze out as much water as you can.
When slippers are completely dry, sew the buttons to both straps, one button on each strap. Sew the strap to the toe area of the slippers.
Puff Paint or glue: place small dots on the bottom of the sole to make the slippers less slippery.
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Bits of leftover yarn are always rolling around in my house, some of it sits for months, years all lonely in the “leftover” corner of the stash room. I loved this yarn and I wanted it to be used rather than it sitting all lonely with the rest of the stash. I had just enough leftover yarn to knit a small cowl/scarf.
Loom: AllnOne Loom, one rail
Yarn: 40 yards of worsted weight yarn. Knit Picks City Tweed HW, Morning Glory color was used in sample.
Notions: tapestry needle, 2 small buttons
Gauge: 8sts x 12 rows= 2inches in stockinette
Stitches: k, p, k2tog, yo
Size: 2-1/2 inches x 34 inches
Cast on 14 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.
*Row 1: p
Row 3: p
Row 4: k
Row 5: p2, k to last 2sts, p2
Row 6: k
Repeat last two rows: 14 more times. *
Repeat from * to *: 5 times
Next row 1: p
Next row: k
Next row: p2tog to end of row. 6sts remain
Next row: k2tog, yo, k2, yo, k2tog
Next row: p
Bind off with basic bind off method. Weave ends in. Steam block lightly.
Sew buttons to cast on edge side, be sure to align them to the buttonholes created on the bind off side.
Voila!!! Wear it as a long thin scarf or wrap it around your neckline twice.
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