The table provided has 3 different numbers, one for DK weight yarn and the other two with worsted weight yarn. I have gotten two different gauges with the worsted weight yarn. I have gotten 4.5 and 4 stitches to the inch. I provided a table with both gauges. All the hat numbers have a 15% negative ease already built in. For example, the adult male hat, with 84 pegs at a gauge of 4.5 stitches will yield a tube that is about 18.6 inches. We want a hat to fit snugly, approximately about 10-15%, with a 15% negative ease, this hat will fit a circumference up to 21.4 inches. All the peg numbers provided have also been rounded to a multiple of 4, if you do not need a multiple of 4, deduct or add 2 pegs.
Hat shown in the picture on the right is a DK weight hat using 84 pegs.
This table was updated on 7/8/13 to include DK weight numbers.
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Ready to try some color in your knits? I love stripes! I love horizontal stripes, vertical stripes and lately, I have been in love with diagonal stripes. Stripes are a great way to use up all the odd bits of yarn left over from bigger projects. One look at my stash and I should probably dedicate a year of my life to knitting with stripes, oy! One of these days, I’ll take a picture of my stash room for you all to see–must organize it first, it is a mess! I seem to organize it every Spring and Fall but then in between, tornadoes hit that area of my house and everything explodes onto the guest bed. But, I digress, stripes, let’s tackle some stripes today–diagonal stripes to be me precise.
Diagonal stripes fall into the category of colorwork, fair isle to be more exact. It is one of the first and easiest ways to get you started with fair isle, only two colors, easy to handle and yet provides a beautiful design. When carrying the two yarns around, it is important to remember the order in which you pick up (PU) the yarns to knit them–this is called yarn Dominance.
A little bit about yarn dominance–no, this does not mean that your yarn will take over your entire house! When knitting with two color yarns, you will have one background color and one dominant color. The way in which you pick up the yarn to knit/work it will determine which color will be the dominant color and which will be your background color (I like to think of this as the filler). When picking these two yarns to work on them, choose the one that you want to be your dominant color and always pick up from UNDER the other color. Then for the background color, reach ABOVE the other color. For example, in our little project today, I have chosen the orangy/brown color to be my less dominant color, so whenever I reach for that color yarn, I grab it and make sure that my other yarn, the white color, remains below, so I reach above the white strand of yarn and grab the orange/brown and knit the two pegs. Once I am done with the orange color, I grab my dominant color, the white one, and make sure that I grab it from below my orange/brown strand. Keeping the same order throughout the project will provide you with a crisp and neat knitted fabric. So, if you were to remember anything from today’s little lesson, it is the following: Imperative to be consistent in the order in which you pick up the yarn you are using. Write it down on your pattern so you remember…just in case you happen to see a SQUIRREL!
Let’s try it out. You can either do a sample swatch or if you have enough time, join me in knitting this little hat–small enough but big enough to make it useful ;).
Get some yarn, two different colors, same weight and your loom. I am going to use my AllnOne knitting loom for my sample. Go ahead, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches (4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, etc), I am going to cast on for a child hat. I am casting on 64 pegs, enough for a baby size. Go ahead and work up a brim of your choice. No idea what to do for the brim, it’s okay, I’ve got you covered, scroll below for a simple pattern.
For your convenience, I have put a small chart on how we are going to do the colorwork.
How to read the chart: Start at the bottom-right corner and read towards the left. Then, move up to row 2 and again, read from Right to Left. Continue up to row 3 and then Row 4.
Some definitions before we get started:
Stripes on the Go
With MC cast on 64 (or any multiple of 4)
Round 1- Round 8:*k2, p2; rep from * to the end of the round.
Round 9: *pu MC k1, pu CC k2, pu MC k1: rep from * to the end of rnd
Round 10: *pu MC k2, pu CC k2; rep from * to the end of rnd
Round 11: *pu CC k1, pu MC k2, pu CC k1; rep from * to the end of rnd
Round 12: *pu CC k2, pu MC, k2; *rep from * to the end of rnd
Repeat Rnds 9-11 until hat measures 7 inches from cast on edge or desired length.
Next rnd: Using MC, k to the end of round.
Next: BO with gather removal method.
Weave ends in.
How should your stripes look? Here is a little peak at mine.
Need to see it in action, here is a video that I created years ago in working with color. Move it to about 2:57 and it shows the bit about yarn dominance. You only need to watch about 1 minute of it, starting at 2:57. It will show you how to pick up the yarns. Now, go and try it out and then come and show me pictures of your hat or swatch.
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Have you had a chance to look at Loom Knitters Circle Magazine? The Winter issue had a few patterns that can be done on the new AllnOne knitting loom. Check out the Friendship Shawl, modeled by my dearest and closest friend Amelia. She inspired me to create this shawl, as she was preparing to leave for an indefinite period of time to Mexico to await her visa. The shawl can be made on the new AllnOne, simply set it as a regular loom in the round, to be able to use 67 pegs. I recommend positioning the Sliders all the way at each end, then get to work ;).
Do you have the Sock Loom? Here is a pattern created on the Knitting Board Sock Loom. My ultimate favorite elegant, lush fingerless mitts. These were knit in a luxury yarn that doesn’t require any special stitches, simple stockinette to allow the beauty of the yarn to come through.
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Welcome my dear loom knitters! Have you ever fallen in love with yarn? You don’t have to raise your hand all the way up, just raise one finger or nod. I am guilty, so guilty to the point where all the yarn in my spare bedroom downstairs has touched my heart to the point that it has jumped inside my little shopping basket and wrapped itself around me that I just had to bring it home with me. The yarn in the Double Woven Socks called my heart, it beckoned me with its rich purples, as I put it next to my cheek, it whispered in my ear “take me home, please”. I fell for it right away and off through the checkout it went and made its way to my home. As I drove home, I wanted to knit something that will allow the beauty of its “paints” to show, I wanted to have little strands showing so that its beauty could be seen by the world. It needed a simple yet elegant stitch pattern and about a block away from my home, it hit me. I knew what I wanted the stitch to look like and I had an idea on how to achieve it. In the 15 minutes that it took me to get home, I had formulated a design in my head and off to work I went! May I present you, the Double Woven Socks. Warm enough to be worn during cold winter mornings or sturdy enough to be worn during hikes or to wear as “slipper socks” around the home. They have a delicate picot cuff and then the Double Woven Stitch pattern around the leg, the sole is worked solely in stockinette stitch to provide the knitter with a quick project and the wearer with a non-obtrusive stitch pattern around the foot.
Knitting Loom: All-n-one-Loom
Stitches: K, P
Yarn: 150-180 yards of worsted weight yarn. Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Paints in Grape colorway (100g/220yds).
Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.
Gauge: 9.5sts x 12 rows= 2 inches in stockinette
Size: Fits a foot circumference of up to 10 inches.
Wrap and Turn: Lift the loop that is currently on the peg, take working yarn and e-wrap the peg. Place the loop back on the peg. Peg now has a wrap and the loop on top.
- k=knit stitch
- p=purl stitch
- SKYF2=Skip two pegs with yarn towards the front of the pegs
Cast on 40 sts, join to work in the round.
Rnds 1-4:k to the end of rnd.
Rnd 5: *yo, k2tog; rep from * to the end of rnd.
Rnds 6-9: k to the end of rnd.
Rnd 10: Pick up cast on edge and place the loops back on the peg as if creating a brim. K to the end of rnd.
Rnd 11: *SKYF2, k2; rep from * to the end of rnd.
Rnd 12: k to the end of rnd.
Rnd 13: *k2, SKYF2; rep from * to the end of rnd.
Rnd 14: k to the end of rnd.
Repeat Rnds 11-14 until sock leg measures 6 inches or desired length.
The heel is worked in short rows to create the extra fabric to accommodate the heel.
*Tip: Place stitch marker on peg 1 and peg 20.
Knit from peg 1 to peg 19. Wrap & Turn on peg 20.
Knit from peg 18 to peg 2. Wrap & Turn on peg 1.
Knit from peg 2 to peg 18. Wrap & Turn on peg 19.
Knit from peg 18 to peg 3. Wrap & Turn on peg 2.
Knit from peg 3 to peg 17. Wrap & Turn on peg 18.
Knit from peg 17 to peg 4. Wrap & Turn on peg 3.
Knit from peg 4 to peg 16. Wrap & Turn on peg 17.
Knit from peg 16 to peg 5. Wrap & Turn on peg 4.
Knit from peg 5 to peg 15. Wrap & Turn on peg 16.
Knit from peg 15 to peg 6. Wrap & Turn on peg 5.
Knit from peg 6 to peg 14. Wrap & Turn on peg 15.
Knit from peg 14 to peg 7. Wrap & Turn on peg 6.
(There will be 6 pegs at each side with wraps and 8 pegs in the center without wraps).
Knit from peg 7 to peg 15. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 16.
Knit from peg 15 to peg 6. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 5.
Knit from peg 6 to peg 16. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 17.
Knit from peg 16 to peg 5. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 4.
Knit from peg 5 to peg 17. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 18.
Knit from peg 17 to peg 4. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 3.
Knit from peg 4 to peg 18. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 19.
Knit from peg 18 to peg 3. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 2.
Knit from peg 3 to peg 19. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 20.
Knit from peg 19 to peg 2. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop). Wrap & Turn peg 1.*
Heel completed, continue with the rest of the instructions, working in the round from this point forward (Pegs 1 and 20 have wraps on them, treat the wraps and the loop on the peg as one loop).
Next rnd: k to the end of round.
Repeat last round until sole measures 2 inches less than desired length.
Follow HEEL instructions from * to *
Knit from peg 2 to peg 20. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop).
Knit from peg 20 to peg 1. (When knitting the peg with wrap(s) on it, pick up the wrap(s) and the loop, treating them all as one loop).
Cut the yarn leaving an 18 inch tail.
CLOSING THE TOE
Place the first 20 stitches on one double pointed needle.
Place the remaining 20 stitches on another double pointed needle.
Use the kitchener stitch to graft the toe close.
Thread a tapestry needle through the tail hanging from the sock.
Insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit and slip it off the knitting needle.
Insert the tapestry needle through the second stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave the stitch on the knitting needle. Pull gently on the yarn remove any yarn slack.
Insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back needle, as if to purl, and slip the stitch off the knitting needle.
Insert the needle into the second stitch on the back knitting needle as if to knit. Leave the stitch on the knitting needle. Pull gently on the yarn to remove any slack.
Repeat steps 1-4.
Need extra help with the Kitchener? Visit the following link at Knitty.com for step by step instructions on how to Kitchener
I also have a video that demonstrates the Kitchener Stitch at the following link. It is not to close sock but it uses the same grafting technique of the kitchener stitch.
Weave ends in and block lightly.
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Great News! We would like to introduce and welcome Isela Phelps to Knitting Board Chat. Isela is a loom knitting pro, been an avid loom knitter for over 10 years, and has written 6 loom knitting books, several have been best sellers long standing. She has written for various publications for both loom knitting and needle knitting and has appeared on national television, in the ever popular Knitty Gritty show with Vickie Howell.
We are so excited that she will be joining us here at Knitting Board Chat, sharing her vast loom knitting knowledge, patterns and ideas. Watch for exciting Knit-Alongs, fun techniques and real life solutions to everyone’s inquiries. You will learn so much from her vast knowledge of techniques, videos, stitches and more. We are really looking forward to seeing it all. We feel confident that you will, also. So stay tuned, and join the fun with Isela.
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In part one, we cover set up of the loom and we work through the first 8 rounds of the hat. At the end of Part I, you will have the brim done–the part with the ribbing of the hat.
Gather your materials and let’s get started!
Round 9: *yo, k2tog; rep from * to the end of round.
(How to: *Move the loop from the first peg over to the second peg, first peg is empty, second peg has 2 loops on it. E-wrap the first peg thus creating the YO. Then ewrap the second peg, lift the bottommost two loops off the peg. Repeat from * to the end of round)
Round 10: Knit with the e-wrap method.
Round 11: Move stitch marker one peg to the left (peg 2). This peg (peg 2) becomes Peg 1. *yo, k2tog; rep from * to the end of round. (How to: see Row 9 on the break down).
Round 12: Knit with the e-wrap method.
Part 3 will be posted next week–it will cover the Gather Bind off.
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