Jan 12, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – January 2015

Capricorn

According to Chinese Astrology, 2015 is the year of the goat.  Knit a whimsical little goat to keep you company throughout the year.

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Materials

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Patons Divine was used for the goat’s body.  Red Heart Super Saver was used for the horns, hooves, and nose.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, fiberfill for stuffing, needle and thread, 6 mm buttons for eyes.

Finished Size:  Approximately 3” in length.

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

Drawstring Cast-On:  Step 1: Pass the working yarn in front of peg 1.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 2.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 3.  Pass the working yarn behind peg 4.  Continue weaving the working yarn in front of and behind the pegs until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.

Step 2:  Lay the working yarn against peg 1, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 2.  Lay the working yarn against peg 3, above the wrap from step 1.  Knit the lower wrap over the top wrap.  Pass the working yarn in front of peg 4.  Continue working in this manner until the working yarn reaches peg 1 again.  Cast on is now complete.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

Adding a Gathering Thread:  Cut a 12” 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 out through the stitch, stopping when an inch or two remains at the bottom of the stitch. Move to the next peg and pull 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 goat’s neck.  Continue on as directed in the pattern.

3 Stitch I-Cord:  Using the double E-wrap cast-on method, cast on 3 stitches.  *Working yarn will be at peg 3.  Take the working yarn behind peg 2 and peg 1.  Bring the working yarn around the front of peg 1 and lay it across pegs 1, 2, and 3.  Knit peg 2, then peg 1, then peg 3.  Repeat from * as directed in pattern, or until I-cord reaches the desired length.  Gently pull on the cord every few inches to help set the stitches.

Bind the I-cord off by moving the stitch on the second peg over to the first peg, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stich over the top stitch.  Move the stitch from peg 3 over to peg 1, placing it above the stitch on the peg.  Knit the bottom stitch over the top stitch. With the working yarn, wrap peg 1 and knit it.  Cut the working yarn, leaving a yarn tail measuring about 4”.  Draw the working yarn out through the last stitch remaining on peg 1, then remove the cord from the loom.  Gently pull on the yarn tail to secure the bind off.  Weave in all yarn ends.

Instructions

Head and Body:

Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Work the head and body in Patons Divine.  (If Patons Divine is not available, use a fluffy, bulky yarn with the same wpi = approximately 7 wpi)  Using the drawstring cast-on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 10 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.

Add a gathering thread.  (See special techniques)

Work 15 more rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method, but do not gather yet.  Set aside.

Legs (Make 4):

Using the Red Heart Super Saver, cast on 3 pegs.  Work a 3 stitch I-cord for 2 rows.  Switch to the Patons Divine.  Work the 3 stitch I-cord for 8 more rows.  Bind off and set aside.  Repeat this process for the remaining legs.

Ears/Tail (Make 3):

Using the Patons Divine, cast on 3 pegs.

Rows 1-6:  Sl 1, K2.

Row 7:  Sl 1, K2tog.

Row 8:  K2tog.

Fasten off and set aside.

Horns (Make 2):

Using the Red Heart Super Saver, cast on 3 pegs.  Work a 3 stitch I-cord for 4 rows.  Bind off and set aside.

Finishing:

Work with the head and body piece first.  Turn the knitted tube inside out so that the purl bumps are on the outside.  Gather the top of the head closed by pulling on the yarn tail from the drawstring cast-on.  Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in.

Stuff the head section with fiberfill.  Reach inside the tube to find the yarn tails of the gathering thread.  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.  The yarn tails from the gathering thread should be inside the knitted tube and don’t need to be woven in.  They can be left as is.

Stuff the body section with fiberfill.  Gather the body closed by pulling on the yarn tail from the gathered bind off.  Use the yarn needle to weave the tail in.  (Note:  the Patons Divine is a bulky textured yarn and is a bit trickier to gather than other yarns.  It is possible, it just takes a bit more work and patience.)

Use the yarn needle to sew the tail to the back of the body, near the gathered bind off.  Attach two legs to each side of the body, near what will become the underside of the goat.

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Use the needle and thread to sew the button eyes onto the face, near the gathered cast on.  With the Red Heart Super Saver, embroider a little nose near the bottom of the face.  Sew the ears to the side of the goat’s head and attach the horns to the top of the head.  Weave in any remaining yarn tails.

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Wishing each of you happiness, health, and prosperity in 2015!

5 Comments

  • So, so ,SO maaaaaahvelous! (pronounced like a goat would, lol) I laughed out loud with glee when I saw this little guy this morning…you’ve made my day with his cuteness! :D The year of the goat is also combined with the sheep…will you be bringing to life another adorable creature from your looms soon?? Love it!

  • that is SO cute, and the perfect colored yarn for a goat

  • Thank you, Bethany! I actually DO have an idea for a cute little sheepie. Maybe it will pop up in one of the whimsies this year :)

  • Thank you, Pat! I thought the color was perfect as well. And the texture of the yarn adds a fun element to the project too.

  • Love him, love him now I want to hug him … tooooo cute :)

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Jan 5, 2015

Stitchology V

Snowy/Starry Skies Stitch

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Snowy/Starry Skies Square-angleThe weather outside is frightful, but we here at KB Chat can enjoy it all from the comfort of our armchairs and our looms!  This month’s stitch represents a flurry of snowflakes, falling from the skies…or whip it up in a pretty blue to escape the cold days of winter with a glimpse of the endless stars of the Milky Way.  This stitch is a super easy one technically, as it consists of only knits and purls—it just takes a bit of attention to keep track of each row’s stitch pattern. ;)

In this monthly column we’re going to be working on some exciting new stitch patterns, as well as a few new techniques thrown in for good measure.  My intention for our yarn play is to provide all the know-how for you to be able to work the new stitch; any charts, photos, or videos you may need; as well as a pattern to create an 8” x 8” square.  As we go along in our looming journey, we should be able to create lovely pieced afghans with our squares, as I like to know that we’re going somewhere while swatching, don’t you?  You can think of it as our Stitch Sample Afghan—a stitch dictionary right at your fingertips, keeping your legs warm, lol. ;)

Snowy/Starry Skies Square

Snowy/Starry Skies-close up

Items Needed

Loom: Authentic Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom: 2 rounded pieces + 3 peg connectors, with pegs in all holes for a 3/8” gauge.  The Sock Loom 2 or the All-n-One Loom could also be used.

Yarn: approx. 75 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Berroco Vintage in Mochi)

Notions: Loom tool, yarn needle, scissors.  (Also helpful: peg markers, row counter)

Pattern Notes:

This versatile stitch pattern would apply itself very nicely to pretty much any type of project.  To work this pattern in the round for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time.  Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 16—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

For flat pieces of a greater size, begin with the Set Up Rows (increasing as necessary), then simply increase the number of Repeating Pattern Rows inside the garter stitch border for the length and width required, then complete with the Finishing Rows.

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap.

The abbreviation “rep” stands for “repeat”.

 

Knitting Chart Key with grey copy

 

Repeating Pattern Rows

Snowy-Starry Skies Stitch

Here is the entire pattern chart for the 8” x 8” square:

Snowy-Starry Skies Square

Everything you need to know about knitting your square is included in the above chart.  Believe it or not, you can actually create your square without looking at another thing!  For help with reading charts, please see the Stitchology I post for a detailed explanation, and you’ll be ready to go!

But, don’t worry…I am also providing you with the step by step instructions below. ;)

 

Step by Step Instructions:

Cast onto your loom from left to right, using a total of 37 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)

Snowy/Starry Skies SquareSet Up Rows

Row 1:  p37

Row 2:  k37

Row 3:  p37

Main Pattern Rows

Row 4:  k6, p1, *k7, p1, rep from * twice, k6.

Row 5:  p2, k1, *p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * once, p2.

Row 6:  k4, *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * 3 times, k1.

Rows 7:  p2 *k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, rep from * once, k1, p2.

Row 8:  k6, p1, *k7, p1, rep from * twice, k6.

Row 9:  p2, k3, p1, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1, k11, p2.

Row 10:  k12, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4.

Row 11:  p2, k1, *p1, k5, p1, k4, p1, k4, rep from * once, p2.

Row 12:  k3, *p1, k5, p1, k4, p1, k4, rep from * once, k2.

Row 13:  p2, k10, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2.

Row 14:  k5, *p1, k1, p1, k13, rep from * once.

Row 15:  p2, k4, *p1, k7, rep from * twice, p1, k4 p2.

Snowy/Starry Skies- top angleRow 16:  k2, *k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1, rep from * once, k3

Row 17:  p2, k2, *p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * twice, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2.

Row 18:  k3, *p1, k5, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, rep from * once, k2.

Row 19:  p2, k4, *p1, k7, rep from * twice, p1, k4, p2.

Row 20:  *k13, p1, k1, p1, rep from * once, k5.

Row 21:  p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k10, p2.

Row 22:  k2, *k4, p1, k4, p1, k5, p1, rep from * once, k3.

Row 23:  p2, *k4, p1 k4 p1 k5 p1 rep from * once, k1 p2.

Row 24:  k4 p1 k1 p1, k1, p1, k11, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k12.

Row 25:  p2, k11, p1, k1, p1, k13, p1, k1, p1, k3, p2.

Rows 26-47:  Repeat Main Pattern Rows 4-25.

Rows 48-58:  Repeat Main Pattern Rows 4-14.

Finishing Rows

Row 59:  p37

Row 60:  k37

Row 61:  p37

Bind off all stitches loosely. (Sample uses the Basic Bind Off)  Weave in ends and trim close to work.

Block to an 8” x 8” measurement.

Afghan Notes:

blocks on red smIf you are intending this square to be part of an afghan, you may wish to make up to 3 or 4 additional squares.  We will be sharing at least 12 of these patterns for you to use in your blanket.  Use the following general measurements to decide how many of each of the 8″ x 8″ squares you will need, rounding up as necessary:

  • Baby Blanket: 30″ x 36″
  • Children: 42″ x 48″
  • Lapghan: 36″ x 48″
  • Twin Bed Afghan: 60″ x 85″
  • Queen Bed Afghan: 90″ x 95″

13 Comments

  • I love this. Could this pattern be knitted as a hat?

  • Oh, I’m so glad you like it, Mary! :)

    You can definitely use this for a hat! If you look up in the pattern notes section, you will find tips for working the stitch in the round.

  • I am working this in the round and following the repeating pattern rows. My question is this:
    Do I repeat rows 1=11?

    Thanks!
    Mary

  • Yes, the repeating rows are 1-11 (of the stitch pattern, not the first garter rows) for working in the round. You would need to follow all 22 rows of the stitch pattern if you were working the stitch as a flat panel. ;)

    Great question! :D

  • Thank you! I had a ‘feeling” that is what I do. On row 4 now. Looooong way to go !

  • Ahhh, you’ll have it done in no time! ;)

  • LOVE this pattern!! Thank you so much for sharing it! Started my first square this afternoon, should have it done tomorrow. You are awesome!

  • I think I am doing this wrong. For knitting this in the round, would the first row be k4, p, k7, p, k3, and the second row p, k5, p, k3, p, k, p, k3? If this is correct, then I need to get froggin’! Yikes!

  • Hi Mary :)

    Your row 1 is correct, but I’m not sure where you are getting your instructions for row 2.

    I have: (Row 2) k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k5, p1

    This is of the stitch chart itself, working from right to left, because in the round you will be working all your stitches in the same direction as the first row.

    Does this help?

  • Yes! I am doing it the right way. Phew!

  • You have put so much work into these beautiful squares. Each one is truly marvelous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Bethany!

  • Can I assume that I can work this on the 28″ Board since it is just a flat piece?

  • Yes, you assume correctly. :)

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