Feb 1, 2014

Iva Headband

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The Iva Headband is a double knit design, that widens as the knitting progresses to keep wind away from the ears thus keeping the wearer warm. The pattern uses simple decreases and increases. Use a super soft merino yarn and complete the perfect winter headband!White-Iva-Headband-Powdered-1

Knitting loom: Basic Loom Knitting Kit Loom, (Oval small loom with 32 pegs.) Any of the other KB knitting looms set to a knitting board can be used for this pattern.

Yarn: Approx 50 yards of worsted weight

yarn. Malabrigo Worsted in Natural (white headband) and Gina by Plymouth Yarn Company (3 tone headband) were used in samples.  4, 12 inch pieces of contrasting color yarn (to hold stitches)

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Other: 1 button

Size: It is approx 17 inches in length, due to the elasticity of knitted fabric, the headband fits well in heads up to 21 inches in circumference. At widest point, it is 4 inches.

Pattern notes:  Please follow the links to see diagrams on the special techniques used in this pattern. The headband is worked in double knit, using the stockinette stitch. Increases are used at the beginning of the headband to widen it, then decreases are used to make it less wide.

Abbreviations  st(s)=stitches   Inc=Increase  Dec=Decrease

INSTRUCTIONSWhite-Iva-Headband-Powdered-2
Using the Figure 8 cast on 4 sts.
*Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch.
Inc 1 st at each end by moving last st out one peg*. (6 sts)
Rep from * to * until there are 14 sts on the loom
Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.

Divide the board in half, 7 sets of sts on each side. Side A and Side B.

You will work on half of the board at a time, Side A first then Side B.

On the side with the working yarn, work 14 rows in stockinette stitch.

Removal 1: Using the two pieces of scrap yarn and tapestry needle, carefully, remove the first seven 7 sts from one side and leave them on the piece of scrap yarn. Remove the  7 sts from the opposite side to a second piece of scrap yarn.

Cut working yarn and join to Side B.

Work 14 rows in stockinette stitch. (Headband will look like picture 1 below).

Removal 2: Using 2 pieces of scrap yarn, carefully, remove the first seven 7 sts from one side and leave them on the piece of scrap yarn. Remove the  7 sts from the opposite side to a second piece of scrap yarn. (see picture 2)

All the stitches are now off the knitting loom. It is time to cross all the stitches. (see picture 3)

Without twisting the stitches, simply slide all the stitches from Side A to Side B (see picture 4 below).

Place stitches from side B on the pegs emptied at Removal 1. Place the stitches from side A, onto pegs emptied by Side B at removal 2.

Headband set up

All 14 sts are back on the knitting loom.
Work 10 rows in stockinette stitch.
*Dec 1 st at each end.Iva-Colorful-headband-Powdered-3 Work 4 rows in stockinette stitch.*
Rep from * to * until 4 sts remain on the loom.
Bind off

Weave ends in.

Two option for closure:

Option 1: Simply overlap the cast on edge over bind off edge and sew in place. Add a button for decoration purposes.

Option 2: Crochet a 1 inch chain at the bind off edge.  Attach a button about an inch from the cast on edge. Use the crochet chain as a button loop.

14 Comments

  • This will work on aio?

  • As always I love all the patterns that you share. Thanks

  • So glad to see a double knit pattern for my original knittingboards. Thanks. Looks great.

  • Thank you for this! Perfect for the freezing temps we are having. Have to keep the ears warm, lol :) thx

  • Love this project! Thanks for sharing it with for free!

  • Yes. Put the small spacers in instead of the sliders and it should work.

  • I have now made the headband on the All’n'One and the Tadpole and both came out just great! So any board will do.

  • Would this work on a knifty knitter loom?

  • […] a copy of the pattern to use with your loom. The free pattern can be found by following this link IVA HEADBAND  PATTERN LINK .  Watch all three parts of this loom knitting tutorial and you should be able to knit the […]

  • How would you adjust this to fit a child? Wanting to make one for a four year old grand daughter. Thank you

  • Is their a way of doing on your straight knitting needles ? I don’t understand the loom knit. Thanks.

  • I cant figure out the loom. Do you have insructions for just straight needles?

  • We don’t. I only have the instructions for the knitting loom.

  • You can start with 8 stitches as opposed to 4 and this should make the headband shorter.

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Jan 24, 2014

Boot Cuffs

Boot Cuffs

Boot cuffs or boot toppers, however, you want to call them, they are super popular right now. You can make your very own with your knitting looms. We give you two examples here, same pattern, two different looks.  I will give 3 different sizes, follow the one that best fits the top of your calf.

Pattern information

Knitting Loom: All-n-One knitting loom

Yarn: Approx 100 yards of yarn needed for a pair. Cable sample used Knit Picks Chroma worsted, Ribbed example shown in City Tweed Aran.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry.

Gauge: 10 sts x 20 rows= 2 inches in rib stitch (tested with the Chroma Worsted)

Pattern notes: Three sizes provided, S, M, L to fit the following top calf measurements 14 (16, 18). The knit stitch was used in the samples, using the e-wrap stitch will provide a much larger item. The ribbing allows for the boot cuff to stretch nicely over the boot.  Special note should be taken with cotton yarns as this type of yarn doesn’t have any inherent elasticity. It is imperative to bind off loosely.

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

TW=Twist for the mock cable. Over 2 pegs–skip peg 1 with yarn behind the peg. Knit peg 2. Remove stitch from peg 2 and hold it. Knit stitch from peg 1. Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2. Place stitch that you are holding on peg 1.

DIRECTIONSmock cable boot cuffs close up

Using the ewrap method cast on 48 (52, 56).

Rnds 1-24 (1-26, 1-28): *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Next rnd: p to the end of row

**Next rnd: *p2, k2; rep from * to end of rnd

Next rnd: *P2, TW; rep from * to the end of rnd. **

Rep from ** to **: 11 (12, 13) more times (for a total of 24 (26, 28 rounds ).

Bind off loosely.

Weave ends in.

You can wear the boot cuffs with the ribbing on the outside or the cables towards the outside.

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  • I’m new to this. Would it be possible to post YouTube videos to your channel for posted projects also. It would be helpful.

    Amber

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Dec 28, 2013

Jordyn’s Slouchy Hat

Jordyns Slouchy Hat

Loving the latest nonchalant style in hats, a soft slouchy look that provides you with a sense of softness and youthfulness. Jordyn’s Slouchy Hat is named after my beautiful model who provides the hat with the perfect attributes.

Pattern InformationJordyns Slouchy Hat 2
Knitting Loom: All-n-One Knitting loom, using 102 pegs.

Yarn: 160 yards of main color in worsted weight yarn. About 20 yards of 6 different color worsted weight yarn (20 yards of each). Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Wonderland Heather was used for main color. Knit Picks City Tweed Aran in Lemon Curd, Tahitian Pearl, Jacquard, Cobalt, Orca and Obsidian were used for contrasting colors.

Notions: knitting tool, measuring tape

Gauge: 20 sts x 24 rows=4 inches. Row gauge is not important as you can knit more rows. Stitches per inch is of importance.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch
P=purl stitch
Cont=Continue
CF2=Cable involving 2 stitches; cable leans to the left.
How to: Skip peg 1 with yarn towards the back of the peg. Knit peg 2. Place stitch from peg 2 on cable needle (or simply hold it with your fingers. Take yarn to the front of peg 1. Knit peg 1. Place stitch from peg 1 on peg 2. Place stitch that you are holding on the empty peg 1.

A=Swish Worsted in Wonderland
B=City Tweed Aran in Cobalt
C= City Tweed Aran in Orca
D= City Tweed Aran in Jacquard
E= City Tweed Aran in Tahitian Pearl
F= City Tweed Aran in Lemon Curd
G= City Tweed Aran in Obsidian

Pattern notes: Hat is worked in the flat for the brim and then in the round for the body of the hat. Tassels are worked separately and added after hat is complete. When you have to pick up A to continue working with it, simply carry the yarn up, behind the work. (See photo)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on should go from Right to Left direction.
Using A, cast on 102 sts with the yarn over cast on, prepare to work a flat panel.
Row 1: *k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2: As row 1.

Row 3: *CF2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, CF2

Row 4: As row 1

Rep Rows 3 and 4: 7 more times.

Next 5 rows: k to the end of row.

Join B, do not cut A.

From this point on, work in the round.

Next round: with B, knit to the end of the round.
Next 4 rounds: with B, purl to the end of round.

Cut B, cont with A.

Next 5 rounds: with A, k to the end of roundJordyns Slouchy Hat 3
Join C, do not cut A.
Next round: with C, knit to the end of the round.
Next 4 rounds: with C, purl to the end of round.

Cut C, cont with A.

Next 5 rounds: with A, k to the end of round
Join D, do not cut A.
Next round: with D, knit to the end of the round.
Next 4 rounds: with D, purl to the end of round.

Cut D, cont with A.

Next 5 rounds: with A, k to the end of round
Join E, do not cut A.
Next round: with E, knit to the end of the round.
Next 4 rounds: with E, purl to the end of round.

Cut E, cont with A.

Next 5 rounds: with A, k to the end of round
Join F, do not cut A.
Next round: with F, knit to the end of the round.
Next 4 rounds: with F, purl to the end of round.

Cut F, cont with A.

Next 5 rounds: with A, k to the end of round
Join F, do not cut A.
Next round: with G, knit to the end of the round.
Next 4 rounds: with G, purl to the end of round.

Cut G, cont with A.

Next 8 rounds: with A, k to the end of round
Bind off with gather removal method.
Steam block.

Tassels
(Make 2)
Cut 12 lengths of yarn (choose the colors you like the most), about 40 inches long each piece. Hold them all together at mid length (about 20 inches)
Using a crochet hook, pass the crochet hook through one of the stitches at the sides of the hat. Make a slip knot with the tassel so the knot ends up as close to the brim of the hat as possible. You should have 24 strands of yarn.
Divide the yarn strands into three groups of 8. Make a braid with the three groups of 8. Once the braid reaches desired length finish the braid with a slip knot. Clip the remainder of the yarn strands to an even length, leaving about 1 inch of length at the end of the knot.
Repeat for the tassel.

 

 

3 Comments

  • Love the pattern. Thank you for sharing!

  • Love this hat!! What knit stitch is used? Is it the traditional knit stitch, U stitch or flat?

    My preference is the U stitch but I want to be sure I am doing the right thing. :)

    Thank you!

  • Can you tell me where I can get a pattern for a women’s pullover sweater for the 28″ Knitting Board? I’m just looking for a plain sweater for my first try. I haven’t been able to find a pattern and I don’t know enough about knitting with needles to try to convert a conventional pattern. What would you say is the equivalent size knitting needle and the average gauge for the 28″ loom using a plain knit stitch or garter stitch? That might help me in picking a pattern to convert for the loom.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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Dec 22, 2013

Christmas Tree Square in Double Knit!

 

Color changes are very easy in double knitting on the knitting board. Create intarsia designs and all your color changes are tucked inside between the 2 layers and none of it shows. Both sides look exactly the same. Your scarves, shawls and afghans can look the same on both sides, no matter how the piece is placed.

Christmas Tree Holiday design using color changes and horizontal stripes. 

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By simply following the graph below, line by line, all your designs can be created in your knit.  This Holiday Tree is an example of horizontal stripes and a tree design.  On the opposite side of the knit piece, it looks exactly the same. So, you could have a holiday dish cloth, or the center of a larger afghan.  No knots or yarn tails.

 

What about the blocking of the finished knit so that the edges do not curl and the piece lays flat and retains the shape?  In double knit, there is no rolling edges so therefore, no need to block the knitted piece.

Hope you enjoy! And Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Would love to learn how to create the graph, either by hand or online.

  • Looking for a board loom patter for a heart!! Please help.

  • Hi, You can find several software apps for creating the graph. They are fun and easy to use. You just create a graph for the number of rows and lines. Then just tap the colors into the boxes. I would just search ‘graph for knitting’. Pat

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Dec 18, 2013

Weave a Sleeve for Your Coffee Cup

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Weave a custom coffee sleeve!   Help the environment by saving on the paper ones AND show off your weaving know-how by learning to use small darts or short rows to curve the fabric as you weave it. Complicated looking, but simple to execute.

Knitting Loom
28” Knitting Loom with Peg Extenders

Yarn
Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Yarn about 25 yds in main color, and 9 yds in contrasting color.

Tools
knitting tool, tapestry needle, scissors, ruler, a fork.

Other Supplies
Postcard or similar size piece of cardstock, a 3″ x 4″ piece of cardboard,  permanent marker.

Finished Length
2.5″ x about 9.5″

Weaving Technique
Tapestry (weft faced, no warp shows)

Terminology
Warp – the vertical lines of yarn you weave in an out of on the loom.
Weft  – the horizontal line of yarn that you weave in and out of the warp.
1. Add the loom extenders
Place one extender at one end of the loom and add the second extender in the third hole of the board.

2. Warp up the loom
With the contrasting color tie the yarn securely to a peg toward the middle of one of the extenders. Run the yarn to the peg exactly opposite on the other extender. Continue until you have 12 lines of warp. Tie the yarn securely to the last peg you’ve warped and cut.

3. Prepare the yarn
Working with the main color yarn, wind two layers of yarn around the shorter side of cardboard, then turn the cardboard and wind two layers of yarn around the longer side. Continue in this manner until all the yarn is on the cardboard.

4. Prepare to weave
Weave in your postcard or cardstock into the warp by weaving over the first warp yarn and under the next. Continue in this same pattern until you reach the last yarn. The cardstock acts as a header and will provide you the space you need later to be able to weave in the warp yarns as you finish off the project. Weave the second piece of cardstock into the warp in the same way, weaving over the first warp yarn and under the next. Use the permanent marker to mark the width of the warp yarns on the footer cardstock.

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5. Begin weaving
Use the end of the fork to weave under the first warp yarn and over the next, continue in this pattern until you have woven the end of the fork through all the warp yarns, use your left hand to lift up all the warp yarns on top of the fork. With your right hand pass the yarn wound piece of cardboard through, leave a 4″ tail. Weave the tail into the middle of the warp, letting it dangling off of the back. You will weave it in later when you finish off the project.

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For the second pass, use your right hand to turn the footer cardstock slightly, lifting the warp yarns, insert the fork to hold the bottom warp yarns down. With your left hand, pass the yarn wound piece of cardboard through. Rows will alternate between these two positions. Use the fork tines to push the weft down against the card as you proceed. The fabric will become dense and only the weft will show. The warp will become completely covered. Use the markings on the footer cardstock to make sure you aren’t pulling the weft threads too tight, and that the woven fabric is about the same width. Weave a total of 60 weft rows in the main color, ending with the yarn on your right. Do not cut the yarn.

6. Weave the contrast color wedge
Thread the contrast color yarn onto the tapestry needle.  Weave under, then over, the  6 left most warp yarns. Pull the contrast color yarn until you have a 3” tail. Leave the tail to dangle off the back. Keeping in pattern of weaving over your unders and under your overs, weave 4 rows over the 4 left most warp yarns. Then weave one more row over the 6 left most yarns.  (See the photo for reference.)  Cut the contrast color yarn leaving a 2” tail.

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Repeat steps 5 and 6 three more times. Next, weave two more rows in the main color yarn. Cut the yarn, leaving a 5” tail.  Use the tapestry needle to weave the end in half way, and let the rest of the tail dangle off the back.

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7. Weave in your ends
Flip your loom over, use the tapestry needle to weave the ends dangling off the back along side the warp yarns. Your woven fabric should be well packed down, and should have a slight curve to it. The outside curve should measure about 9.75”, and the inside curve about 8.75”.

8. Taking it off of the loom
With your knitting tool, lift the warp off of the pegs. Untie the knots you made at the beginning. Gently remove the cardstock. Cut the warp yarns even leaving approximately a length of 4”. Fold the cut warp yarns over to the front of the piece.  Bring the two ends together, and knot top two warp yarns securely together, then drop them to the back side (inside the sleeve.)  Continue until all of the warp yarns have been tied together.  Turn the sleeve inside out.  Use the tapestry needle to weave the ends in under the weft yarn, alongside the warp yarns, as you did before.  Turn the sleeve inside out again, and you are done.

Mary K. Lawrie is a vegan artist and crafter. She gets really excited about eco-crafts and recycled materials. 

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Dec 17, 2013

Storybrook Cloche Stitch breakdown

We have had a few inquiries about the Storybrook Cloche. I decided to provide you with a breakdown of the rows. I hope it helps the process a little bit.

I am tackling the highlighted rows

 

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Row 2

  • Move loops from pegs as follows:

- from 5 to 6
- from 4 to 5
- from 3 to 4
- from 2 to 3
- from 1 to 2

  • Ewrap peg 1
  • Knit pegs 1, 2, 3
  • Skip peg 4 with yarn behind peg
  • Knit peg 6 (treat both loops as one)
  • Move loop from 6 to 5
  • Lift bottom loop off from peg 5
  • Move loops as follows:

-From peg 7 to 6
-From peg 8 to 7
-From peg 9 to 8

  • Peg 9 is empty. YO on peg 9 (ewrap)
  • Knit peg 10

Row 4

  • Knit peg 1
  • Ewrap peg 1
  • Knit pegs 2 and 3
  • Skip peg 4 with yarn behind peg.
  • Move loop from peg 5 to 6.
  • Knit peg 6 (treat both loops as one)
  • Move loop from 4 to 5
  • Move loop from 6 to 5
  • Lift bottom most loop off peg 5
  • Move loop from peg 3 to 4
  • Move loop from peg 2 to 3
  • YO on peg 2 (ewrap)
  • Knit peg 7 and then move it to peg 6.
  • YO on peg 7 (ewrap)
  • Knit peg 8 and 9
  • Purl peg 10

Row 6

  • Knit peg 1, 2, 3
  • Move loop from peg 5 to 6
  • Move loop from peg 4 to 5
  • YO on peg 4 (ewrap)
  • Skip peg 5 with yarn behind peg
  • Knit peg 6 (treat both loops as one)
  • Move loop from peg 6 to 5
  • Lift bottom most loop off peg 5
  • YO  on peg 6 (ewrap)
  • Knit pegs 7, 8, 9, purl peg 10

 

2 Comments

  • Thank you for posting this. This pattern has raised a lot of questions. Would you be so kind to post a break down for the Brilynn Cowl too? Would love to make it! Thank you.

  • Yay! I’m trying to make the Peaks Fingerless Mitts from the Sock Loom Projects book and I couldn’t find other instructions for the Peaks pattern. Sounds like this pattern is similar, at least to help me with some of the stitches.

    :-)

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