The luxurious luster from the silk-blend yarn provides this cloche a stunning high quality finish. The yarn blend also gives this cloche a wonderful, soft, drape. The stitch pattern although looks complicated is very simple to memorize.
Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom, set up at small gauge with 80 pegs.
Yarn: Approx 140 yds of DK weight silk blend yarn. Sample used Diadem by Knit Picks in jacquard: 50% alpaca, 50% mulberry silk, 219 yards/100 grams. Color: Azurite solid.
Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle.
Gauge: 20 sts x 24 rows= 4 inches in stockinette (unblocked)
Size: Fits up to a 21” circumference.
YO=Yarn over (ewrap empty peg; on the following row, undo the ewrap and lay the yarn bar in front of the peg).
K2tog=knit two stitches together. Move loop from the peg on the right over to the peg on the left, knit both loops together as one.
PSSO=Pass slipped stitch over.
Set up the Adjustable Hat Loom to 80 pegs, at large gauge: 2 rounded parts, 4 connectors (3 peg), 2 peg rails (9 peg).
Cast on 80 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.
Rnd 1-6: K to the end of rnd.
Rnd 7: P to the end of rnd.
Rnd 8-13: K to the end of rnd.
Rnd 14: Pick up CO edge sts and place them back on the pegs. Each peg has 2 loops on it. k to the end of rnd, treating both loops as one.
Rnd 15: K to the end of rnd.
Rnd 16: *K1, yo, k3; rep from * to end.
Knit peg 1, Ewrap peg 1. Knit next 3 pegs.
Rnd 17: *Drop yo from Rnd 16, yo, sl 1, k3, psso; rep from * to end.
- 1. Undo the ewrap from peg 1. Remove the loop off peg 1. Gently pull on the stitch to elongate it. Place the elongated stitch over the next 3 pegs (pegs 2, 3, 4)
- 2. Ewrap empty peg (YO).
- 3. Knit the next 3 pegs (push down the elongated stitch, and reach for the loop on the peg to knit it, rep with the other 2 pegs).
- 4. **Remove the loop from peg 2 and hold it, grab the elongated stitch (the bar) and place it behind the peg, but in front of the knitted fabric. Place loop back on peg 2. Repeat the process from ** with pegs 3 and peg 4.
Rnd 18: K to the end of rnd.
Rep Rnds 15-18: 11 more times (or until desired length)
Next rnd: *k2tog; rep from * to end.
- Move the loops from the odd numbered pegs to the even numbered pegs (From peg 1 to peg 2, from peg 3 to peg 4, etc).
- Knit the rnd.
Bind off with gather removal method. Weave ends in. Steam block or wet block the lace portion section only (not the brim).
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Snails aren’t always a welcome sight in the garden, but these cheery little mollusks will steal your heart – but they won’t steal a single bite of your plants!
Knitting Loom: KB Sock Loom 2
Yarn: Red Heart Soft was used for head/body; Red Heart Unforgettable was used for the shell.
Notions: Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing, needle and thread, 6 mm buttons for eyes. Optional: flower or bow embellishment.
Finished Size: Approximately 2” in length by 2” in height
Gauge: Not essential for this project.
Adding a Gathering Thread: Cut a 15” length of yarn and thread it on to the yarn needle. Push the yarn needle up under the stitch on peg 1. Pull the length of yarn up through the stitch, stopping when an inch or two remains at the bottom of the stitch. Move to the next peg and push the yarn needle up under the stitch. Pull the length of yarn until all of the slack is gone between the two pegs. Continue working in this manner until the gathering line has been pulled up under the last stitch in the round. Remove the yarn needle. Leave the gathering line in place. It will be used later to shape the snail’s neck. Continue on as directed in the pattern.
Head and Body:
Prepare the loom to work over 14 pegs, in the round. Leaving an 8” yarn tail, cast on 14 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. The loom will look like this:
Work 10 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.
Add a gathering thread. (See special techniques)
Work 15 more rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch.
Note: Because this portion of the project is worked over so few pegs – and the slider bar is set snugly against the end of the loom, eventually, the knitting will begin to bunch up in the center of the loom and it will become difficult to continue. When things begin to get too bunched and tight, simply pull back the slider bar:
Use the back end of your loom tool to push the knitted work down between the slider bar and the end of the loom:
Then push the slider bar back in place, sandwiching the knitting between the slider bar and the end of the loom:
Now you can resume knitting the remainder of the 15 rounds for the body section.
Remove the work from the loom using the gathered bind off method. Gather the neck area by pulling on the yarn tails to draw the neck area in. Secure the neck shaping by tying a knot in the gathering thread. Lightly stuff the head section with fiberfill. Using the yarn tail from the cast on, whipstitch the top of the head closed, pulling the corners into a point as you work. Weave in all yarn tails and set aside.
Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round. Leaving a 12” yarn tail, cast on 16 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. *Work 6 rounds using the u-wrap knit stitch. Purl 2 rounds. Decrease by 2 stitches. (I work the decreases over the stitches nearest the slider bar.)
Repeat from * once. Knit 2 more rounds. Decrease by 2 stitches. (You should only have 10 stitches left at this point – 5 on the pegs of the slider bar, and 5 on the pegs at the end of the loom.) Work 1 final round using the u-wrap knit stitch. Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.
Turn the shell inside out and firmly stuff it with fiberfill. Using the yarn tail from the cast on, whipstitch the stuffed shell to the flat body section of the snail. (If needed, pin the shell in place before stitching.)
Bend the head section upward toward the shell and use the remaining length of yarn to tack stitch the head to the shell.
Weave in all yarn tails.
Use the needle and thread to sew the button eyes onto the snail’s face. Alternatively, the snail’s face can be stitched on with black yarn.
If your snail feels like being fancy, you can sew a small flower or bow near one side of her head. Or, perhaps your snail is a boy, and would be quite offended if he were made to wear that girly stuff. I’m sure they’ll let you know just how they’d like to be styled…
Happy Snails to you, until we knit again ;)
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