Nov 14, 2013

Call for Designers

We are looking for talented designers to participate in our upcoming book “50 Loom Knitted Hats“.

Design Submission Guidelines

Design submissions can be sent to hats@knittingboard.com as a PDF.

Submission
• Sketch of the design
• Picture of a swatch of the fabric
• Knitting loom you would like to use for the hat. Must be a KnittingBoard.com knitting loom.
• Yarn you would like to use for the hat
• Contact information, including phone and email

Compensation 
$100; 1 copy of the book.

Pattern Rights
• Samples will be returned after 12 months.
• Rights to publish and distribute the pattern will revert back to the designer after 24 months.
• The designer retains the copyright to the pattern at all times.

Deadline
• Submission of idea by December 20th, 2013. Allow 2 weeks to receive a response on your idea.
• Sample and pattern by February 1st, 2014.

Yarn support
We may be able to provide you with yarn support, please send us, along with your sketch, the type of yarn you would like to use and we can try to arrange yarn support.

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Nov 9, 2013

28″ Knitting Board… Weaving with VCR Tape!

 

wristlit_tapeWeave a wristlet with VCR tape. Do you have a few VCR cassettes lurking in the back of the junk closet? Dig them out and weave them into a fashionable wristlet to carry all your essentials for your next night out on the town.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Knitting Loom
28″ Knitting Loom with Peg Extenders

Yarn
VCR tape and Vanna’s Glamour by Lion Brand

 

 

Tools
Tunisian crochet hook, tapestry needle, scissors, large button, Philip’s head screwdriver.

Finished Length
4.5” by 9” excluding the strap.

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.     Disassemble to VCR tape. Use the screw driver to unscrew the 5 screws holding the cassette together.  Take the two halves apart and remove the reels containing the tape.  Cut off the clear leader tape.

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2.     Assemble the loom. Attach the loom extenders two sections apart.

3.     Warp up the loom.Tie the VCR tape to a corner peg. Work back and forth across the length of the loom, wrapping the tape around every peg. Tie the VCR tape  to the last peg you’ve warped and cut leaving a 5″ tail.

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4.     Begin weaving. From the opposite side weave the tunisian crochet hook under over the warp.  Unreel enough vcr tape  to reach across the width of the loom. Fold the vcr tape and hook it on the crochet hook.  Use one hand to keep tension on the folded tape against the crochet hook, and your other hand to gently pull the crochet  hook through.  Place the loop from the crochet hook onto the next peg.  Repeat the process, this time weaving over, then under yarns. Continue until all of the pegs have been filled. On the last row of weft, you may find it easier to weave through only a few warps thread at a time.  Leave a long tail, cut the vcr tape, and tie it to a corner peg.

5.     Taking it off of the loom.  With Holding two strands of yarn together, make a slip know and place it on your crochet hook.  Use the hook to lift the weft off the peg, and onto the crochet hook.  Yarn over the hook and pull through both the loop of vcr tape and the loop of yarn.  There should now be on loop of yarn on the crochet hook and one peg bound off.  Continue all the way around until the woven piece has been removed from the pegs.  Leave the yarn on the crochet hook.  Do not cut the yarn.

6.     Chain the wrist strap.   Yarn over the hook, and pull the yarn through the loop on the hook, one chain stitch has been created. Continue until you have crocheted a chain about 8 inches long.  Leave the yarn on the crochet hook.  Do not cut the yarn.

7.      Seam the edges of the purse.  Fold a third of the woven piece up to      create the body of the purse.  Insert the crochet hook into the bind stitch at the base of the wrist strap chain stitches, then into the coordinating bind off stitch on the back of the purse; yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook.  Insert the hook into the next bind off stitch on the front and back of the purse, yarn over and pull though all the loops on the hook.  Continue in this fashion until you have seamed up one side of the purse.  Cut and knot the yarn.  Weave in your ends.In a similar fashion seam up the other side of the purse.  Cut and knot the yarn. Weave in your ends.

8.     Add a button loop.  Make a slip stitch, place it on the hook.  Insert the crochet hook into the center edge of the purse flap, yarn over the hook and pull   through the woven fabric, two loops on the hook; yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook; one single crochet stitch created. Yarn over pull through, one chain stitch created, continue making chain stitches until it is about twice the width of your button. Insert the crochet hook into the next bind off stitch on the edge of the purse flap, yarn over the hook and pull  through the woven fabric, two loops on the hook; yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook; one single crochet stitch created.  Cut and knot the yarn.  Weave in your ends.

9.     Sew on the button. Use a single strand of yarn and the tapestry needle to sew on the button.  Knot the yarn on the back side to secure.

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

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  • I had so much fun making this project!

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Nov 2, 2013

Weave a Bracelet

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Have you tried weaving on your knitting board?  Weaving is an ancient technique dating back 27,000 years, but with very contemporary possibilities.  This tapestry woven bracelet is a quick afternoon project and a great way to use up those bits of yarn you have buried at the bottom of your yarn basket. I think of it as a grown-up version of the friendship bracelet, though if you have a teenager in the house, I’m sure they will want one too.


Skill Level
Beginner

Knitting Loom
28″ Knitting Loom with Peg Extenders

Yarn
3yds of 9 different colors in a light worsted weight or DK yarn

Tools
knitting tool, tapestry needle, scissors, ruler, fork (Yes, you read that correctly.)

Other Supplies
9″ leather bracelet cuff
Aleene’s Leather and Suede Glue
Hemp Cord
2″ wide and 4″ long piece of cardstock

Finished Length
1″ x 7″ of weaving and a 1″ x 9″ finished bracelet / cuff

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.

 

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1.  Add the loom extenders.  Place one extender at one end of the loom and add the second in the middle hole of the board.

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2. Warp up the loom  Tie the hemp cord to a peg toward the middle of one of the extenders.  Run the cord to the peg exactly opposite on the other extender.  Continue until you have 4 lines of warp.  Tie the hemp cord to the last peg you’ve warped and cut leaving a 5″ tail.

3. Begin weaving.  Weave in your piece of cardstock.  Weave over the first warp thread and under the next.  Continue in this same pattern until you reach the last thread.  The cardstock acts as a header and will provide you the space you need later to be able to weave in the warp threads as you finish off the project.  Now, Thread your tapestry needle with your first color of yarn.  Weave under the first warp thread and over the next.  Continue weaving until you reach the last warp thread.  Pull until you have a 3″ tail.  Weave the tail into the middle of the warp.  Leave it dangling off of the back.  You will weave it in later when you finish off the project. Continue weaving. Rows will alternate between starting with an over or an under. Use the fork to push the weft down and up against the card as you proceed. The fabric will become dense and only the weft will show. The warp of hemp cord will become completely covered.

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4.  Switch colors.  Weave in the last bit of the first color leaving  a 3″ or so tail.  If you finished on the right side, begin your next color on the left and vice versa.  Why?  The tail builds up the edges a bit faster. By ending one color on one side and starting the new color on the other side, you will even out these “bumps” and your weaving will look smoother.  Repeat this process every time you switch colors.  You will end with a one inch wide piece of weaving that is 7″ long.

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5. Taking it off of the loom. With your knitting tool, lift the warp off of the pegs.  Untie the knots you may have made at the beginning. Gently remove the cardstock.  Cut the warp threads even leaving approximately a length of 2″-4″.  Thread the tapestry needle with one warp thread and run it into the groove / space of the warp thread next to it. Push it through this space for about an inch. Pull it out to the back and clip the remaining tail. Proceed in this manner moving left to right.  With the last warp thread, run it into the groove of the warp to the left.  This will be a bit trickier only because there are already two warp threads in that space.  Once you have finished off all the warp threads, proceed with to do the same with the weft tails.

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6. Glue the weaving to the leather cuff.  Add a thin layer of the leather glue to the cuff that is the length of your fabric.  Press the back side of the weaving into the glue.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

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Oct 25, 2013

Twisting Vines Socks

Twisting Vines Socks

I love to create socks during the Fall. When I found this beautiful yellow color, it reminded me of my tree outside that is changing color right now. During the spring and summer, my tree is a beautiful green, then in the fall, it turns to a gorgeous yellow.

Pattern Information

Knitting Loom
Sock Loom 2, pattern uses 44 pegs.
Yarn
Approx 250 yds of worsted weight yarn. Sample was worked using Lion Brand Baby Wool in Sunflower (2.5 skeins)
Other
Knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle, two double pointed needles, size 5, two peg markers.
Skills knowledge
knit stitch, purl stitch, knitting a flat panel.

Size
Shown in a size 7.5 women’s (9 inches in circumference around the ball of the foot)

Gauge
22 x 30= 4 inches

Level
Intermediate

Abbreviations

CO=Cast on
K=knit stitch
P=purl stitch
Sts=stitches
Rep=repeat
Rnd=round
Sl1=skip one with yarn behind peg
C3L=Cable takes place over 3 pegs, numbered 1 through 3 from right to left as follows: 3-2-1. Skip peg 1 with yarn behind peg, knit peg 2 and 3. Remove stitches from peg 3 and 2 and place on cable needle. Knit peg 1. Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 3. Place stitches on cable needle onto pegs 2 and 1 (stitch that was on peg 3 goes on peg 2, stitch that was on peg 2 goes on peg 1).
C3R=Cable takes place over 3 pegs, numbered 1 through 3 from right to left as follows: 3-2-1. Place stitches from pegs 1 and 2 onto a cable needle and drop it to the inside of the loom. Knit peg 3.  Place stitch from peg 3 on peg 1. Place stitches from cable needle back on the loom on pegs 2 and 3 (stitch from peg 1 goes on peg 2, stitch from peg 2 goes on peg 3). Knit peg 2 and 3.

DIRECTIONS
Using a flexible cast on, cast on 44 sts, join to work in the round.
Rnd 1-10: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of the rnd.
Rnd 11: *k1, p3, sl1, k2, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 12: As rnd 11
Rnd 13: *k1, p3, C3L, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 14: *k1, p3, k3, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 15: *k1, p3, k2, sl1, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 16: *As rnd 15.
Rnd 17: *k1, p3, C3R, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnd 18: As rnd 14.
Rep Rnds 11-18 until leg measures 8 inches from cast on edge (or until desired length).
Heel
Work a short-row heel over 22 sts.
Foot
**Next rnd: k22, *k1, p3, sl1, k2, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.Droplets 053
Next rnd: k22, *k1, p3, sl1, k2, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: k22, *k1, p3, C3L, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: k22*k1, p3, k3, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: k22, *k1, p3, k2, sl1, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: k22, *k1, p3, k2, sl1, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: k22, *k1, p3, C3R, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.
Next rnd: k22*k1, p3, k3, p3, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.**
Rep from ** to ** until foot measures 7.5 inches.
Next rnd: k to end of rnd.

Toe
Work a short-row toe over 22 sts.

Finishing
Kitchener the toe close. Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Heel & Toe Instructions
To wrap and turn (W&T): Remove the loop from the peg and hold it, with working yarn simply e-wrap the working yarn around the peg, place the loop back on the peg.
The heel is worked in short row method. Please follow the instructions below, step by step.

Place a stitch marker on peg 1 and peg 22.
K21, W&T peg 22.
K20, W&T peg 1.
K19, W&T peg 21.
K18, W&T peg 2.
K17, W&T peg 20.
K16, W&T peg 3
K15, W&T peg 19.
K14, W&T peg 4
K13, W&T peg 18
K12, W&T peg 5
K11, W&T peg 17
K10, W&T peg 6
K11.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 18.
K12 .(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 5.
K13.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 19.
K14 .(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 4.
K15.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 20.
K16.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 3.
K17.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 21.
K18.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 2.
K19.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 22.
K20.(Treating the wrap(s) and the loop as one stitch). W&T peg 1.
***Pegs 1 and 22 have 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. ***

TOE
Follow same instructions as above, exclude the information between *** to ***
Transfer the stitches to two double pointed needles, stitches from pegs 1-22 on one double pointed needle, stitches 23 to 44 on a second double pointed needle.
Kitchener the toe close. Weave ends in. Block.

KITCHENER INSTRUCTIONS
Prepare: You will need 2 knitting needles (a size 8 when knitting with thick yarns, or a size 2 when knitting with thin yarns). Hold the needles parallel with the tips pointing in the same direction, wrong sides (purl side) facing each other.

Kitchener 1


Caution: Be sure that the stitches are set up on the needles correctly. See above graphic. The stitches should sit exactly as in the graphic above.

Set up for kitchener stitch: Insert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the needle closest to you as if to purl (from right to left), pull it through, leave the stitch on the needle.

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Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit (from left to right), leave the stitch on the needle. Pull the yarn through.

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Needles are set up for the kitchener stitch, now follow the next 4 steps.

Step 1
Insert the needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit. Slip stitch off the needle.

Step 2
Insert the needle into the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl. Leave stitch on the needle. Gently pull on the working yarn to snug up the stitch. Do not pull too much.

Step 3
Insert the needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl, and slip it off the needle.

Step 4
Insert the needle into the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit. Leave this stitch on the needle. Snug up the yarn by pulling gently on the working yarn.

Repeat steps 1-4. At the end, the needles will have 2 stitches remaining. Proceed to step 1 and then to step 3.
Weave in the ends to the wrong side of the item.

 

 

 

 

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  • You guys are awesome. You keep sharing such wonderful patterns with clear instructions and even video tutorials when needed at no cost to your appreciative audience. It’s what sets Authentic Knittingboard apart from the rest. Thank you for your generosity and great products.

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Oct 24, 2013

Mitered Square How-to

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Oct 24, 2013

Holiday Donation 2013

Donation Request for Vets and Special Groups

Hi Knitters,

Once again we would like to do something special for our recovering veterans, and 2 other special groups.  We want to ship out in early December so we have about 6 weeks to gather some warm knitted items.

We donate to:

1. American Veterans recovering in hospitals and homes.  We will be working with American Veterans, Washington, DC.  From here, your donations will be distributed to other veteran hospitals in cold climates across the USA.

2. Women to Women International helping moms with small children.  We also donate looms and yarn to these women in hopes that they can learn to work on the looms and acquire an income stream with their knitting.  View this organization at www.womenforwomen.org for more information.

3. Native American children’s home and school in South Dakota.  There are so many of these type of facilities to work with and we may add another this year.  Right now our focus is St Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD.  Visit them at www.stjo.org

If everyone would knit up just one warm hat, scarf, or mittens, or socks, it would be great and so much appreciated by the recipients.  If you would like to participate, you can send your item along with your personal note, if desired, to us:

Authentic Knitting Board Co

Attn:  Pat Novak

60 Carysbrook Rd

Fork Union, VA 23055

Thank you to all of you for a great year in knitting, and for being a part of this annual drive to keep everyone warm.  Please send your knitting item by December 10, 2013.

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  • IF there is someone who can pickup yarn in Columbus GA for making items for donation to any of the listed charities (and will furnish a receipt of donation) I have at least 5 huge bins of yarn to donate but can NOT afford the shipping.

    Thanks,

    Pattianne

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