Jul 14, 2013

Calla Lilies

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To tell you that I meant to do this project would be a complete lie. I embarked to do a completely different project and I started off really well, confident of what I was doing, but I forgot one important characteristic of knitting and as a result what I wanted to be a square ended up not being a square. As I dropped my swatch on my side bed and went off to do something else and to think about my project that I needed to get done, I was kicking myself for forgetting that a project completed with all knit rows is “taller” than a project completed with garter stitch. But, as I got back to keep on swatching, I saw my project sitting on the side of the bed, and it looked quite a bit like one of my favorite flowers, a Calla Lilly. I couldn’t believe my luck, my “ooops” had become a beautiful project, all it needed was a stem and a pistil. I went off to work, digging for appropriate colors and by the end of the day, I had a beautiful flower. The next step was to find a way for the flower to stay up. It was simple, it needed some sort of wire, so I made another and felted it and then tried to put the wire through it. Nope. It didn’t work. As hard I tried, I couldn’t get the wire through the stem or pistil. Again, I forgot the characteristics of my knitting–felted items are very hard and there was no way I was going to get a wire through the length of the i-cord. Another test knitting was needed, this time with the wire integrated while the knitting was unfelted. Two whole days later, and I had success!!!

I hope you enjoy knitting these as much as I enjoyed making them. You can knit one Calla lily in an episode of Dr. Who :). calla lilies 600 2

Calla Lilies

These felted calla lilies came from a “ooops” project. I was trying to create something else and when I finished the  project didn’t turn out, so I just dropped the swatch and left it there while I went downstairs. When I came back, the swatch had rolled up and it looked exactly like a calla lily, all it needed was a stem and the pistil.
I haven’t been this excited about a project in a very long time, I hope you enjoy making them too.

Materials
Loom: Sock Loom 2, used 50 pegs.
Yarn: 65 yards of worsted weight wool. Knit Picks Chroma in Natural (approx 50 yds), Lamb’s Pride in Lime Sorbet (approx 10 yds), Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Golden Heather(approx 5 yds).
Notions: Knitting tool, needles, 20 Gauge Jewelry Wire (About 24 inches per flower).

Abbreviations
K=knit
P=purl
CO=cast on
BO=Bind off
St(s)=stitches
MC=Main color (Natural)
CC=Contrasting color (Lime Sorbet)
SCC=Second contrasting color (Golden Heather)

Pattern notes: The body of the Calla Lilly is worked as a miter square. Set up your knitting loom to its largest configuration (sliders all the way to the end). To make it easier to decrease for the miter square, set up the knitting loom as to have the middle 25th peg at one of the corners where the slider and one of the long rails meet.
Color changes: The first 38 rows are worked in Main Color (MC), at row 37 (There will be 14 sts on the loom), we will cut MC and join the CC.

DIRECTIONS
Using MC, cast on 50 sts, prepare to knit a flat panel.
Row 1: (Going clockwise or from right to left). K23, k2tog, k2tog, k23. Slide the slider inwards.
Row 2: K to the end of the row
Row 3: k22, k2tog, k2tog, k22. Slide the slider inwards.
Row 4: k to the end of the row.
Continue repeating these last two rows, decreasing two stitches on every ODD row, until you have 4 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).

STEM
At this point, we will work the stem on the remaining 4 sts. We will work a 4 stitch I-cord.
While you work the i-cord you will place the Wire inside the cord as follows:
Move the 4 sts remaining to the center of one of the long rails. Working yarn should be at the LEFT side (on the last peg of the 4 sts).
Place the wire behind the pegs, against the work, take working yarn behind the pegs (the wire should be between/sandwiched between the work and the yarn), take yarn to first peg and knit it. Knit to the end of row. *Take the working yarn behind the pegs (the wire again should be between the work and the working yarn), take yarn in front of the first peg. K4. Repeat from * until stem measures about 14 inches. BO with gather removal method. Make sure the wire stays inside the i-cord. Weave ends in.

PISTIL
The Wire should be protruding from the opposite side, near the base of the square. Using SCC, cast on 4 sts. Work a 4 st i-cord, sandwiching the Wire inside the i-cord. If the Wire is too long, trim it so it ends inside the i-cord. BO with gather removal method. Make sure the wire stays inside the i-cord. Weave ends in.

Your flower should resemble the picture below (except with wire coming from the green stem to the yellow pistil)

calla lilies open

The last thing we need to do is close the flower, this is where the miter becomes a flower. Over lap the two sides over the pistil. Using MC, seam the flower close, leaving the corners of the sides open so they become part of the outer lip of the Lily. Weave all ends in.

calla lilies closing

FELTING
Due to the wire inside the flower, I recommend to use a zippered pillow case to felt your item. It will keep the flower inside the pillow case and if the wire sticks out of the stem and pistil it won’t damage the inside of your washer. (Flower below shows flower unfelted). calla lilies unfelted

  • Place 1 tsp of Eucalan woolwash in your washer.
  • Set washer to Hot and Small load.
  • Throw a pair of jeans for extra agitation.
  • Place your zippered pillow case in the wash (with your flower inside the pillow case).
  • Let it go through the wash cycle.

Remove and inspect the felting process. If the flower is felted to your liking, remove from the washer. Squeeze as much water as you can out by placing the flower between two towels and with your hands pressing down. Do not wring the water out, this will create wrinkles.

Form the flower by shaping the petals down, it will naturally want to do that, but still shape it to your liking, straighten the pistil and stem so the flower stands up straight. Allow to air dry. If any of the wire sticks out, cut it down to size so that it stays hidden inside the pistil and stem.

calla lilies two

2 Comments

  • I love them, I can’t wait to try it. They turned out beautiful!

  • Very beautiful flowers. Thank you for the tutorial.

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Jul 8, 2013

Loom a Hat on the AIO (Updated)

AllnOneHat smallerAll-n-One Knitting Loom Hat Numbers

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 and Fingering (Sock weight yarn) numbers. I test knitted on the loom using Fingering Weight yarn and was able to get a nice fabric at a gauge of 7 sts to the inch.

Suggested Numbers for AIO Hats

12 Comments

  • Awesome!

  • I have a problem with this chart are you making a panel or knitting in the round ?? if so in the round you would make a baby premie hat to fit an adult i uses the all-in-one loom with 34 pegs and made a nice size premie hat. has anyone made a premie hat using 72 pegs and had it fit??????? I also make baby hats using the blue plastic ring of 24 pegs.

    Help!!!!!! has anyone made a baby sweater on the all-in-one loom. and can anyone tell me the convergen using the plastic loom patterns on the all-in-one loom?

  • Jewel,
    The peg number provided go with the gauge that I received when I was test knitting. The 72 pegs is if you are using really, really thin yarn, fingering weight–such as lace yarn or sock yarn. The table provides the gauge that we are “assuming” for each of the sizes. Hope this helps.

  • not really as i used yarn fingering weight yarn and if i wrapped 72 pegs the hat would fit me (adult) how do you find the gauge and so you make a single row hat or do you go in a circle???

  • it sounds like you are making a panel and not a circle as i did with both the all-in-one loom and the little blue round plastic loom. I am trying to learn to make baby out fits and such with the loom as i am not very good with knitting needles. hope you can help me with this.

  • With these, I was making a circle. I did a test swatch with fingering weight yarn and my swatch gave the the gauge of 7 sts per inch. Of course, my little hat will be a tube that is about 10 inches in circumference, so it will fit a head that would be anywhere from 10-13 inches in circumference.

    To find the gauge: knit a panel that is at least 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall. Then flatten it out on a flat surface, place a ruler on top of it, then count the number of stitches you get in a inch, then count how many rows you get in an inch.

  • thanks that helps but you have 128 pegs for adult male but the all-in-one loom has only 107 pegs how would you make a hat like that with less pegs???? or do you use only worsted weight for adult and children’s hats ???

  • Thanks for this. Do you maybe have this for the sock loom( KB SOCK LOOM Adjustable)?

  • Is it not recommended that you use a bulky yarn? Or did you just not figure out the peg counts for it? I’m wanting to use a bulkier yarn on the AIO and I’m not having any luck figuring out how many pegs for a newborn hat

  • I am so-o pleased to have found your chart to give me something to work from. I am still waiting for Amazon to deliver my AIO loom so have been searching the web to find as many patterns as possible but needed the confidence that experience would give me. Your patterns, chart and `goodknitkisses` have given me a good grounding, now with your chart I feel I will have that confidence to start looming.
    Thank you.

  • Is this chart using a flat knit stitch? I would imagine if using an ewrap or twisted stockinette not as many pegs would be needed?

  • Yes, you are correct. It is using a knit stitch. You would need less pegs if you are using the ewrap stitch.

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Jul 8, 2013

Basic Hats

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The new knitting looms are also a great size to create baby hats! My son created these hats, he came up with the design himself too! The itty bitty one on the right was created on the new knitting loom in the kit, the 32 peg one. This little hat is a good preemie size hat. The hat on the left was created on the Sock Loom 2 and it is big enough to fit a 1-2 year old toddler. Both of these were created using the ewrap stitch.

The patterns are below, enjoy!

Preemie Striped Hat
(The circumference of this hat is approx 9 inches)

Loom: 32 peg loom from the Loom Knitting Basics Kit

Yarn: Approx 100 yards of worsted weight yarn. Lion Brand Cotton-Ease Terracota and Seaspray was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool and tapestry needle.

Level: Beginner

Pattern Note: Brim uses the Knit stitch and purl stitch, body uses the ewrap stitch/twisted knit stitch.

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

SS=Single stitch (Each peg has 2 loops around, lift the bottom loop off the peg.)

MC=Seaspray

CC=Terracota

Rnd(s)=Rounds

sts=stitches

INSTRUCTIONS

Using MC, cast on 32 sts, join to work in the round.

Rnd 1-6: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 7-10: SS. Cut MC, join CC.

Rnd 11-14: SS. Cut CC, join MC.

Rnd 15-18: SS. Cut MC, join CC.

Repeat last 8 Rnds 2 more times. On last Rnd, cut MC leaving a 12 inch yarn tail. (Do not join CC).

Bind off: Use the yarn tail to do a gather bind off method.

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

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  • How many pegs would be recommended for a 3-5 year old?

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Jul 5, 2013

Paving Rainbow Stones Hat

 

Paving Stones Hat by Renita HarveyWhen I saw this cute hat, I knew that a lot of you would be interested in making it. I contacted Renita Harvey, the designer of this darling hat and she was happy for us to showcase her latest design. She has videos demonstrating how to accomplish the stitch pattern. Scroll to the bottom of the pattern to view the videos.  Enjoy! And a big thank you to Renita for letting us showcase her design. 

Design by Renita Harvey

The Paving Rainbow Stones Hat pattern

Loom: All-n-One loom set for 72 pegs. Sample made on the All-n-One.

Yarn: 1 skein Bernat Mosaic in Calypso – Color A (or any medium weight yarn color of your choice). 1 skein Red Heart Super Saver in Black – Color B (or any medium weight yarn color of your choice)

Notions: Loom tool, Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

 Pattern Notes

· Use only one strand of yarn.
· Carry yarn to the inside of loom when not using. Do not cut.

 Abbreviations

· K – flat or u-wrap knit

· P – purl

· S – slip (skip)

· Rnd(s) – Round(s)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

E-wrap cast on all pegs.

Rnds 1 – 18 – With color A, K all

Place cast on loops back on pegs, knit over

Rnd 19 – K all

Drop Color A to inside of loom. Add Color B.

Rnd 20 – With color B, K all

Rnds 21-23 – P all

Drop Color B to inside of loom. Pick up Color A.

Rnds 24-29 – With color A, K3, *S2, K6*, repeat from * to * until last 5 pegs, S2, K3

Drop Color A to inside of loom. Pick up Color B.

Rnd 30 – With Color B, K3, *S2, K6*, repeat from * to * until last 5 pegs, S2, K3

Rnds 31-33 – P all

Drop Color B to inside of loom. Pick up Color A.

Rows 34-39 – With color A, S1, *K6, S2*, repeat from * to * to last 7 pegs, K6, S1

Drop Color A to inside of loom. Pick up Color B.

Rnd 40 – With color B, S1, *K6, S2*, repeat from * to * to last 7 pegs, K6, S1

Rnds 41 – 60 – Repeat rnds 21 – 40 once

Rnds 61 – 63 – Repeat rounds 21 – 23 once more

Cut Color B leaving a 6” tail to weave in. Pick up Color A.

Rnds 64 – 65 – With color A, K all

Rnds 66 – 70 – With color A, K2, P2 around

Bind off with flat drawstring bind off developed by Jeannie Phillips.

· Video for bind off – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoizvzKpBBA&list=FLhxzf6NF02iXWS1pPGwBH6w&index=16

Weave in ends.

Video for stitch pattern

Part 1 – http://youtu.be/hPDS5bmEqfI

Part 2 – http://youtu.be/T3rDS5JsbX4

©2013, Renita Harvey. Published on the KnittingBoard.com blog with her permission.

A little bit about Renita~

Renita Harvey is a single mother of 2 young children from Naylor, Arkansas. She graduated from Harding University with a degree in Mathematics in 1994. Due to her health, Renita has been unable to work and has been on disability for several years. She has found therapy in the form of yarn. Making and designing loom knit items gives Renita a sense of purpose and helps her feel productive at the end of the day.

Although Renita has always enjoyed all types of crafts including sewing, crochet, beadwork, and cross stitch, loom knitting is her passion. She is self taught expanding her loom knitting knowlege as more information has become available. Her first looms were a spool loom and a very small round loom that were part of a kid’s craft set given to her by her parents when she was about 8 years old. Her first full size round loom was the Knit-A-Round which was also given to her by her parents when she was 13 years old. Her first projects were hats and scarves that she gave as gifts. After putting loom knitting aside for several years, she returned to the craft when her sister bought a Knifty Knitter set.

Over the years, Renita has expanded her knowlege of techniques with loom knit books and the internet. She has only started designing patterns this year. Although she has various looms in different gauges, she loves using her Knifty Knitter long looms and has now added the smaller gauge All-n-One among her most used looms. Renita enjoys knitting a variety of items from afghans to coasters. She gets her inspiration from all places but mostly from the questions “how would you make this?” and “can this item be loom knitted?”

You can find more about Renita’s projects at her blog String Theory Fiber Works

Pattern copyright belongs to Renita Harvey.

 

4 Comments

  • Great job, Renita. Love, love, love it.

  • Great pattern! I hope to see more by Renita. Thank you.

  • Followed the instructions for this hat with two modifications – I substituted a 2×2 rib brim because I don’t like the fold & stitch type, and I added an extra row of paving stones. Since I don’t have an All-in-One loom yet, I did this on a loom that is suggested on Renita’s site as an alternative. The hat is quite pretty but it is VERY small. We are talking toddler-sized! Is it supposed to be a child’s hat?

  • I’ve done the ht to the pattern it’s very small is this a child’s hat and how many stitches and rows would I need to do for an adult hat
    It’s still lovely x :)

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Jul 3, 2013

Miter Squares Videos

Hi guys,

Here is the videos demonstrating how to complete the miter square. Again, there are two ways on how to do them, in this video I am showing how to complete a miter square from the outside in.

Enjoy!

 

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Jul 3, 2013

How Many Pegs for a Sock?

One of the most regular questions we receive is how many pegs do I cast on for my foot? Here is a handy little table that has some numbers that may help you.

You must first find the following:

1. The circumference around the ball of the foot.

2. Find your gauge by working a swatch in the round with the yarn you will be using, the loom you will be using and the stitch you will be using.

Once you have the above, find the closest match to the table below.

KB Sock Loom 2 Peg Numbers

 

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