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.



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Oct 11, 2013

Bicolor Basketweave Afghan

Bicolor Basketweave Cover 1

Envelope yourself in luxurious merino wool softness with the bicolor basketweave afghan. This design takes a regular basketweave design and adds to it a touch of color by adding horizontal stripes.

Pattern Information

Knitting Loom
Afghan Loom, 198 pegs (Pattern uses 196 pegs).

Approx 1,300 yds of worsted weight merino wool yarn. Sample was worked using Knit Picks Swish,100% merino, 110 yds/50g per skein,  in Dusk and Dove Heather (6 skeins of each color).

Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Skills knowledge
knit stitch, purl stitch, knitting a flat panel.

35 x 35 inches

22 x 30= 4 inches

Advanced beginner

Pattern notes
The item is worked flat.


CO=Cast on

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch



CC=Dove Heather


Using MC, CO 196 sts using the crochet cast on method. Continue with MC.

Row 1-Row 4: *k4, p4: rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 5-Row 8: *p4, k4; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.
Row 9-Row 12: *k4, p4: rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 12-Row 16: p4, k4; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.

Cut MC leaving a 6 inch yarn tail. Join CC.

Rep Rows 1-16 using the CC. (32 rows total)

Rep last 32 rows 7 more times (or until blanket measures desired length), maintaining the color sequence as established.

Last 16 rows: Rep Rows 1-16.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Weave ends in.

Block lightly.

basketweave close up





  • Very pretty. How long does it take to make something like this?

  • I love the colors and the pattern of this, thank you.

  • Love this design.

  • About 3 weeks.

  • I just purchased the Afghan loom, however am having a hard time figuring out the tension. I started out loose and it ends up super tight with the flat stitch. what can I do to fix the tension?

  • I would suggest just practicing with it. After awhile, your tension will even out and then you can begin an actual blanket. It will take a few times on the loom to get used to it.

  • I have trouble with the tension as well. I have started a blanket I think four times now, both with the e-wrap cast on and the crochet cast on. I just cannot get the tension right on the inner curves with the flat stitch; it’s always too tight by the fifth or sixth row.

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Sep 17, 2013

Side Cable Hat

Horseshoe 1000

Gearing up for fall around my house means a new batch of hats gets underway. I like practical items that would look pleasing no matter the wardrobe of the day. Neutral tones lend themselves splendidly to the upcoming season. The horseshoe cable hat depicts one wide cable that is comprised of of two cables, one left leaning cable and one rightleaning cable. Placing both cables next to each other creates a wider cable. The design adds a special touch with a buttonband around the forehead.

A great introductory pattern to cables. One side cable introduces you to left and right leaning cables to create a gorgeous wide cable. The hat is mainly worked in stockinette with a  side cable that will allow you to practice the cabling technique.

Knitting Loom: Sample was worked on All-n-One knitting loom (86 pegs for adult female. ). 

Yarn: Approx 150 yds of worsted weight Extra Fine Merino Wool. Sample was knit using Berroco Pure Merino in color 8570 (1.5 skeins).

Other: ¾ inch decorative button

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle, 2 stitch/peg markers, regular sewing needle and thread (to match yarn).

Gauge: 22 sts x 32 rows=4 inch square

Size: Sample fits a head of up to 19.5 inches around. Hat depth is 7 ¾ inches.

Pattern notes:

If gauge is not the same, hat may come out too large or too small. Please check gauge before starting project. If row gauge is not accurate, simply work more rounds or less rounds to achieve the desired hat depth. If stitch gauge is not accurate, simply work less or more stitches at the beginning of each round (in the area where it says k64).


K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

C4F=Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at front of the work, k 2sts from the loom and move them to the empty pegs (opened up by placing the stitches on the cable needle), then k2 from cable needle and place these stitches on the empty pegs.

C4B =Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold at back of the work, k 2sts from the loom and move them to the empty pegs (opened up by placing the stitches on the cable needle), then k2 from cable needle and place these stitches on the empty pegs.



Cast on 86 pegs, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: p to the end.

Row 2: k to the end.

Row 3: p to the end.

Row 4: k to the end.

Row 5: p to the end.

Row 6: k to the end.

Row 7:  Bind off 6 sts at the beginning of the row. P to the end.  (80 sts remain)

Place a stitch  marker on pegs 65 and 80. The Double Cable will take place over 16 pegs (from peg 65-80).

The hat will be worked in the round from this point forward.

Round 1: k64, p4, k8, p4

Round 2: k64, p4, C4B, C4F, p4.

Round 3-8: k64, p4, k8, p4

Repeat Rounds 1-8: 6 more times. (On the 6th time, stop at Round 4).

Bind off with gather removal method.

With the aid of the tapestry needle, adjust the cable stitches so they look nice and tight. Pull any yarn slack to the wrong side of the hat and with needle and thread, sew the yarn slack in place.

Block lightly. Weave in all ends.

Sew the button band flap to the hat brim. Add a button to the button band flap as decoration.

Horseshoe other views



  • Beautiful hat, I can’t wait to make it. Thank you for sharing this pattern.

  • I guess I’m confused on how you work a flat panel and then work in the round. Don’t you have to work around the loom to get the 86 pegs to start with?

    I just bought my All-n-One Loom, and I’m trying to figure out how these things work!

    Thank you!

  • Ashleigh, I’m no expert by any means. But I believe you would work from peg 1 to peg 86, then in the next row you start by working back the way you just came. Starting with peg 85 and working back toward peg 1. Row 1: 1-86. Row 2: 85, 84, 83…, 82-1. Row 3: 2, 3, 4… 5-86. I hope this helps! And i hope its correct! :/ :) If not please feel free to correct me. Happy looming!

  • Yep! Exactly as described :).

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Sep 2, 2013

Vines Wristers

Vines Wristers 1000
Receive this fall with a beautiful pair of wristers. Simple lace and self-striping yarn are combined to create a striking pair of wristers.

Knitting Loom:  Regular gauge loom with at least 31 pegs. Sample was worked on Sock 2.

Yarn: Approx 120 yards of worsted weight wool blend. Noro Taiyo in color 24 was used in sample.

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, 6 small buttons.

Gauge: 18 x 21 rows= 4 inches

Size: 6.5 length  x 10 inches width (to go around the hand)

k=knit stitch
p=purl stitch
CO=Cast on
k2tog=knit two stitches together, right slanting
ssk=knit two stitches together, left slanting
YO=Yarn over—place yarn in front of empty peg
BO=Bind off

Breaking down section of the instructions from *.

*yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1. It is over 9 sts.

9 sts are numbered from Right to Left as follows:


Step 1: Move loop from peg 4 and hold it.Step 2: Move loop from peg 3 to 4.
Step 3: Place loop from Step 1 back onto peg 4.
Step 4: Move loop from peg 2 to peg 3; from peg 1 to peg 2.
Step 5: Move loop from peg 5 to peg 6.
Step 6: Move both loops from peg 6 to peg 5.
Step 7: Move loop from peg 7 to peg 6; from peg 8 to peg 7.

Pegs 1 and 8 are empty. Pegs 4 and 5 have two loops on them.
Work the stitches as follows: YO on peg 1, k to peg 7, YO on peg 8, k peg 9. Pegs that have two loops, treat both loops as one loop.

INSTRUCTIONS Vines Wristers3
Left Hand Wrister

**Cast on 31 sts. (Cast on from Right to Left on your cast on the loom).
Row 1: p to the end (From Left to Right on the loom)
Row 2: k3, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end on k1
Row 3: k to the end
Row 4: k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end on k2
Repeat Row 1-4: until you reach row 36. **
Next row: p to the end
Next row: k5, BO4, k3, *yo, k2, skk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end on k1
Next row: k22, CO4, k to the end.
Next row: k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end on k2
Repeat Rows 1-4.
BO. Weave ends in. Block.

Right Hand Wrister

Repeat instructions from Left Hand Wrister from ** to **
Next row: p to the end
Next row: k3, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k3, BO4, k5.
Next row: k5, CO4, k to the end.
Next row: k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *, end on k2
Repeat Rows 1-4.

BO. Weave ends in. Block.

Before assembly, be sure to block both panels.

The buttons will be placed on the 10th ridge of the panel, counting from the scalloped edge. Or, on the 2nd ridge from the straight edge. Place one button on each scalloped crest. I found sewing the button with regular thread easier than with yarn. The buttons are located one one ridge right before the thumbhole.

Collage of Vine Wristers


  • As always, very impressive and beautiful, Isela!

  • Which loom is suggested?


  • Sock Loom 2.

  • Lovely.

  • Ooops! I meant for that previous comment to be attached to this wristers…they’re so pretty! :D

  • I have just purchased my first knitting board,,the sock 2. I made my first sock was a bit funky. Any tips you can give me?

  • Will you be making a video for the Vines Wristers? They are so pretty.

  • No, I was not planning a video for this project.

  • Lovely!
    Glad you have posted the instructions. The ‘free download’ pdf of this has some funky ending instruction, talking about using the kitcheners stitch to finish the toe…and to be careful when putting beads on socks since they might not be comfortable to wear with shoes!

    After the Peaks wristers pattern in one of the books (my current project), this one should be easy enough to figure out. :-) (hoping!)

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Aug 5, 2013

Patchwork Baby Sweater

Baby Sweater Edited 2
Mitered squares at work once again, this time, they are arranged to make a little baby sweater. The project squares are small, 2.5 square, making them a perfect take-a-long project.

Mitered Square Newborn Baby Sweater

Knitting Loom:  Sock Loom 2, 24 pegs on an adjustable knitting loom layout

Yarn: Approx 460 yards of worsted weight wool blend. Noro Taiyo in color 24was used in sample (2 full skeins and about 20 yards of third skein).

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, 2 small buttons (optional, you can sew the lapel down in place without the buttons).

Size: 3-6 months


k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

k2tog=knit two stitches together

BO=Bind off

INSTRUCTIONSBaby Sweater Edited

Miter Square Instructions

(Make 48). Each square is approx 2.5” square.

Get two stitch markers that are different color. Name one marker A and the other B.

Set your knitting loom to its largest setting. You want your slider all the way down to the edge. Count 12 pegs from the edge of the rail, place stitch Marker A on the peg. Then count 5 pegs from the slider and 7 pegs from the other rail; place stitch Marker B on the last peg on this rail.

Using the Yarn Over cast on, cast on 24 pegs. Start casting on at the peg with Marker B.  (You can use any other cast on that provides a firm foundation. I do not recommend the ewrap cast on).

Working yarn will be located by Marker A.

Row 1: k10, k2tog, k2tog, k10
Row 2 and all even rows (to row 22): p
Row 3: k9, k2tog, k2tog, k9
Row 5: k8, k2tog, k2tog, k8
Row 7: k7, k2tog, k2tog, k7
Row 9: k6, k2tog, k2tog, k6
Row 11: k5, k2tog, k2tog, k5
Row 13: k4, k2tog, k2tog, k4
Row 15: k3, k2tog, k2tog, k3
Row 17: k2, k2tog, k2tog, k2
Row 19: k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1
Row 21: k2tog, k2tog
Row 23: k2tog
BO: Cut working yarn, leaving a 12 inch yarn tail. Ewrap peg with yarn tail, lift the bottom loop off. Then pull the tail through to create the BO.


Block all squares prior to seaming.

Using the garter stitch ridges, seam with the mattress stitch all the squares as shown in the diagram. The red lines show the midline of each of the mitered squares, the black line shows the front of the sweater-do not seam this area, leave it open.

The neckline squares: leave two squares unattached at the back neckline and also unattached to each other at the front of the neck. The squares at this area will be folded down and secured with an accent button so the square folds down at the front neckline.

After seaming the squares to each other. Seam the sides of the sweater closed. Seam the arm sleeve closed. Sew the buttons in place by folding down the front two middle squares, forming a small lapel. Secure the buttons down.

Weave all ends in. Block lightly if necessary.

Need extra help with the squares? We have a video demonstrating a mitered square over 24 pegs.




  • This is something, easy to do…:)

  • You truly expressed that terrifically..
    Truly a lot of superb advice!

  • These are so lovely, Isela! :)

  • I loved making this. I did one in a pink and white and about to start another one in blue. Thanks for sharing. I would love to share picture but not sure how to add it on here.

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Jul 31, 2013

Simple Mitered Square Blanket

Blanket Square Edited

Summer is all about portable projects! This blanket is worked in portable squares that you can take with you anywhere. You can knit a square in about 1-1/2 hours!

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2, 50 pegs.
Yarn: Approx 1200 yards of worted weight yarn.  Knit Picks Swish in Peapod (5 skeins) and Amythest Heather (6) was used in sample.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size 5.5

Gauge: 9 sts x 18 rows= 2 inches in garter stitch.
Each square is approximately 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches.

Pattern notes
Start with A color, then switch colors every four rows. Do not cut yarns, simply carry them along the side when not in use.

K=knit stitch
P=purl stitch
CO=Cast on
BO=Bind off

Mitered blanket


Mitered Square Instructions
(Make 36)

With MC, Cast on 50 sts, prepare to knit a flat panel.
Row 1: (Going clockwise/from right to left). K23, k2tog, k2tog, k23. Slide the slider inwards.
Row 2: p to the end of the row
Row 3: k22, k2tog, k2tog, k22. Slide the slider inwards.
Row 4: p to the end of the row.
Join CC, and continue with the pattern.
Continue repeating these last two rows, decreasing two stitches on every ODD row, until you have 2 sts left on the knitting loom.  (On every ODD row, the numbers will go down from k22, k21, k20, k19, k18, k17, k16, k15, k14, k13, k12, k11, k10, k9, k8, k7, k6, k5, k4, k3, k2, k1).
Last row: k2tog.
Bind off leaving a 10 inch yarn tail (used for seaming the squares together).

Block all the squares prior to seaming.
Use the layout below to arrange your squares prior to seaming. Use the mattress stitch to seam the squares to each other.
Weave all ends in.

Stabilize the blanket by crochet a single crochet border around the blanket.

Mitered Square Blanket


  • Great work. This is a striking afghan. ???? lmk

  • Very striking indeed …
    For charity knitted squares…25cmx25cm can this be done on on a round loom ? Trying to find a pattern for looming … As all are knitted with straight needles .

  • Wow this looks amazing. I’m definitely going to try this.

  • I really wish there was a short video for this. I really want to try it!

  • I really like the look of this blanket, but I have only just purchased an all in one loom, I really don’t understand the instructions. I have not used a loom before and cannot find out how to set up the loom to make these mitred squares

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