Jul 9, 2012

Felted Slippers

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

Abbreviations:

k=E=wrap knit
CO=Cast On
BBO= Basic Bind Off
GBO=Gather Bind Off Method
sts=stitches

DIRECTIONS

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)

Strap
(make 2)

CO 8 sts.
Next: k until piece measures 4.5 (5, 5.5) inches from CO edge.
BBO.

FELTING INSTRUCTIONS

Items needed:

Top Load Washer
Zippered pillow case
1 tsp of Eucalan Wool Wash or baby shampoo
Pair of jeans
2 towels

How to:
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.

To mold the slippers, have the recipient wear them for a few minutes. Once they have the foot shape, allow them to dry completely, away from the sun.

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.
Enjoy :).

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  • do you by any chance have a similar crochet pattern? I do not know how to knit but may have to learn just to make these slippers

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Jul 6, 2012

Increases Mini-Series: Yarn Over (YO)

Yarn Over, abbreviated as YO. In needle knit patterns, it can also be referred as yarn around needle (YRN), yarn forward (YF), and wool around/over needle  (YON). This type of increase creates a small hole in the knitting, within the row where you create the increase.

To create the YO, simply e-wrap the peg counterclockwise.

Working with YOs: When a pattern calls for a YO within the knitted fabric, we are going to need to move the stitches outwards to create an empty peg where we want the YO located. In the video shown, I demonstrate how to increase within the fabric. There are two methods: First method: move the stitches out to create the empty space then knit the stitches and e-wrap the empty peg. Second method and my preferred method when only increasing one stitch is to knit the stitches and move them to their new peg after I have knitted them (as shown in the video). When the pattern calls for a YO at the beginning of a row, it is quite simple, just e-wrap the next adjacent empty peg to the first/last peg of the fabric.

 

3 Comments

  • Hello,
    I am going to try making making my first pair of socks on the sock loom. I would appreciate help with understanding “Join to form a round”. Do I connect the stitches on the pegs with a special stitch or how do I do so? Thank you for help from a new loom knitter.

  • Marilyn, you connect them in various forms, the easiest method is to simply interchange the loop from the last peg with the loop from the first peg.

  • To join in the round is a simple way to say that we will be knitting around the knitting loom and not a flat panel. One easy way to join in the round is to take the yarn coming from the last peg to the front of the first peg and continue wrapping the loom around and around. Another method is to interchange the last loop on the last peg with the loop from the first peg. Hope this helps.

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Jun 19, 2012

Mini-Series on Increases:

In the next couple of weeks, we are going to learn some new increases and how to create them on our knitting looms. We will be tackling the following: YO, M1, M1L, M1R, LLI, RLI, K1F&B, P1F&B, KRB.

Inc: Increase–what is it? It is a way to add stitches to your knitting either on a row or in the round. While adding stitches on a row in simple, adding stitches in the round is a little bit more tricky for us loom knitters are most of our looms have a set peg number and we cannot “add” pegs to our loom. However, with our AllnOne loom, we can add in the round! Yay for us!

Swing by later this week and we will go over a YO and how to create it on our loom.

 

4 Comments

  • Can’t wait to see it!

  • So looking forward to this–I try to ignore patterns that make be do anything other than the basics so will enjoy learning more about increasing.

  • It’s great you are sharing and increasing our knowledge base. Just a suggestion, it would be most helpful if the mini series were compiled in one place for easy and permanent reference.
    Thank you for making me a better loomer.

  • I will try to put a link on the side bar to this knowledge base. Thank you for the feedback.

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Jun 12, 2012

A Quick Father’s Day Knit

A hole-in-one type of gift for the special Papa in your life! Knit him one or two or twenty golf club headcovers in his favorite team colors and send him down the fairway in style.

Loom: AllnOne Loom.

Yarn: Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend in Winter Sky (MC), Lemon Chiffon (CC), and Buttermilk (SCC) (approx: 140 yds).

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, piece of contrasting color yarn, row counter (optional).

Gauge: 9sts x 13 rows= 2 inches in stockinette.

Tips:

  • When increasing, I recommend to remove the stitches off the knitting loom to a piece of scrap yarn, reposition the knitting loom to the new peg number and then place the stitches back on the loom, skipping the pegs where you need to increase.
  • When decreasing, I recommend to remove the stitches off the knitting loom to a piece of scrap yarn, reposition the knitting loom to the new peg number and then place the stitches back on the loom, putting 2 stitches (or more as needed) on each of the pegs).

Pattern notes:

MC: Main color, sample uses Winter Sky.
CC: Contrasting color, sample uses Lemon Chiffon.
SCC: Second contrasting color, sample uses Buttermilk.

DIRECTIONS

Using MC, CO 32 sts, join to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-10: *k1, p1; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 11-12: Join SCC (do not cut MC), *k1, p1; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 13: Join CC (do not cut MC nor SCC), *k1, p1; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 14-15: PU SCC (cut CC, leaving a 6 inch tail), *k1, p1; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 16-37: PU MC (cut SCC, leaving a 6 inch tail), *k1, p1; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnds 38-39: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 40: *k1, m1; rep from * to the end of rnd.  (64 sts).

Rnds 41-54: k to the end of rnd.

Rnds 55-57: Join CC (do not cut MC), k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 58: PU MC (do not cut CC), k to the end of rnd.

Rnds 59-61: PU CC (do not cut MC), k to the end of rnd.

Rnds 62-73: PU MC (cut CC, leaving a 6 inch tail), k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 74: *k2tog; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 75: k to the end of rnd.

BO with Gather Removal Method.

Pom Pom

Using MC and CC, make a small pom pom. Attach pom pom to top of cover.

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

~Gift to Papa

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Jun 1, 2012

Lily’s Pixie Hat

Hello my loomy knitters,

I bring you a new pattern for your AllnOne knitting loom, the whimsical pixie hat! I loved knitting this precious little hat and I was so excited when I finished it to find a little someone to wear it for me so I could take pictures. I looked and looked for about two weeks and I couldn’t find a little girl model, then came to the rescue little Lily, she is precious and so sweet and she has the perfect little face for this little hat. Thank you to the Pace family for letting me model my little hat on their beautiful daughter and to Wendell Pace from PacePhoto.com for taking the pictures for me. I hope you all enjoy knitting the little pixie hat!

Loom: AllnOne Loom
Yarn: 120 yards of DK weight bamboo/nylon yarn. Lion Brand Casey was used in sample in colorway Pink Spots.
Notions: Knitting tool, safety pins, tapestry needle

Gauge: 10.5 sts x 15.5 rows

Size: 3-6 (6-9, 9-12, 12-18, 18-24) months. Sample shows 12-18 months.

Abbreviations:

  • CO=Cast on
  • BO=Bind off
  • k=knit stitch (may use the flat stitch)
  • p=purl stitch
  • sts=stitches

 

DIRECTIONS

CO 65 (71, 75, 81, 85) sts.
Row 1: k.
Rep Row 1 until piece measures 5 (5.5, 5.5, 6, 7) inches from CO edge.
Next row: *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Next row: *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Rep last 2 rows, 2x.
BO

Cord
CO 4 sts.
Work a 4-stitch i-cord, 18 (20, 22, 24, 26) inches long.

Weave ends in and block lightly.

Assembly
Fold the rectangle in half, mattress stitch seam along the back side (see picture).

Use pins to set the i-cord in place along the bottom section of the piece, making sure to leave long tails of i-cord to use to tie a small bow at the front. Mattress stitch seam the i-cord in place, remove safety pins.

 

5 Comments

  • i made 1 almost the same.long ago. every1 of my kiddies wore the hat. its still in perfect condition
    Sue
    p.s. keep knittin’!

  • do i have to use all in one to make this? if not what loom and the cast on?

  • just wondered if i had to use a all in one loom can u let me know soon. i would love to make one for my niece.

  • You don’t, however, we haven’t tested the pattern on any other knitting loom. If you get gauge on another loom, and you have the number of pegs needed, you should be able to do it.

  • You don’t, however, we haven’t tested the pattern on any other knitting loom. If you get gauge on another loom, and you have the number of pegs needed, you should be able to do it. Cast ons, whatever cast on you feel most comfortable using. I rarely call for a specific cast on, unless is absolutely necessary for the pattern.

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May 29, 2012

Box Stitch Washcloth Pattern

Loom: AllnOne Loom

Yarn: 60 yards of worsted weight cotton

Notions: Knitting tool

Size: 8 inches x 8.5 inches

ABBREVIATIONS

  • k=knit stitch
  • p=purl stitch
  • CO= Cast on
  • BBO=Basic Bind Off
  • sts= stitches
  • Rep= repeat

DIRECTIONS

Cast on 38 sts.

Border

Row 1: k.

Row 2: p.

Row 3: k.

Row 4: k.

BODY

Row 1: k2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, k2.

Row 2: p2, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, p2.

Row 3: k2, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2.

Row 4: p2, *p2, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, p2, p2.

Rep BODY rows 1-4 until piece measures 8 inches.

Rep BORDER rows.

BBO.Weave ends in.

 

 

16 Comments

  • Thank you! Very pretty, can’t wait to try it!

  • Have fun Margo :)

  • Thanks, Isela, I love learning a new stitch on a small project like this.

  • Has anyone laundered one of these to see if it remained square after washing and drying? The reason I ask this is because any washcloths that I have made on a knitting loom have had to be longer than they are wide in order to remain square after washing.

  • Thanks for another wonderful pattern.

  • I notice that my dishcloths always change shape whether needle knit or loom knit. You would probably be smart to do a gauge swatch and wash it to recalculate your rows and stitches if you wanted it to remain square. I once knit a cotton sleeveless top and was so proud of how it turned out. After it was washed, it was wider and shorter and that’s when I learned you can’t trust cotton yarn.

    Karen C.

  • Isela, do you think sometime you could explain how to set up a pattern with yo’s and k2′s and sskp on a loom so one could read the pattern and know what they are doing? I understand what to do when needle knitting but when loom knitting it all turns greek to me. I’m thinking primarily of the tulip face cloth you did recently.

    Karen

  • Karen,
    I use them to wash my body or dishes and to tell you the truth, I have never looked to see if they end up squarish after washing them. Since it is just for either my body or the dishes, I don’t mind if they don’t end up being square. Typically, my washclothes end up being my test swatches for bigger projects.

  • Karen, I will definitely tackle this for you and see if I can shed some light on the subject.

  • That would be great Isela. Thank you so much. I found the video you did on the fern lace stitch and the light bulb is slowly becoming brighter.

  • Greeting from across the sea. excellent blog I must return for more.

  • This is a great pattern. Thanks for posting it! So far it’s working up very nicely, and the All n One is a pleasure to use for making it.

  • i have tried four times to make the box stitch washcloth on the all-n-one and just cannot get it right somehow. i am using Village yarn, craft cotton #4 and the size comes out 12 ” and the pattern is just a jumbled mess. i am following the pattern exactly but don-t know what is wrong. could i be using the wrong yarn type? any input would be greatly appreciate.

  • The yarn should be about worsted weight. A few people have already knitted the cloth so the pattern seems to be okay, can you perhaps tell me what you are doing, step by step and then I probably will be able to help you.

  • I’m using sugar and cream cotton yarn. For this pattern, is it best to use one strand or two strands as one?

  • With our knitting looms, one strand is enough.

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