Dec 8, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – December 2014

Doll Pin Angel Ornaments

Create a little Christmas spirit with these beautiful angel ornaments. Traditionally, angels are placed on Christmas trees as a reminder of divine messengers bringing tidings of great joy and peace on earth, good will toward men.  May these blessings find you and your loved ones this season.

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Materials:

Knitting Loom:  Sock Loom EFG

Yarn:  Approximately 6 yards of a size 5 thread weight cotton yarn.  Bernat Handicrafter Thread was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, needle, Darice Craftwood 2” Doll Pin, hot glue gun and glue

Additional Embellishments:

  • Wings:  10” length of 5/8” wide sheer ribbon.
  • Halo:  1.5” of 4mm fused string pearl bead trim.  (8 pearls)
  • Hair:  A tiny bit of crafter’s doll hair, if desired.

Finished Size:  Each angel is approximately 2” tall.

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.

Yo, K2tog:  Worked over two pegs.  Peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left.  Move the stitch from peg 1 over to peg 2.  E-wrap peg 1.  Knit peg 2, treating both stitches as if they are one.  Yo, K2tog is now complete.

Instructions

Bodice:

Prepare the loom to work over 22 pegs, in the round.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 22 stitches.  Work 8 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Do not bind off.  Continue on to skirt.

Skirt:

Round 1:  *Yo, K2tog, rep from * to the end of the round.

Round 2:  E-wrap knit all pegs.

Work rounds 1 and 2 four times.  (Tip:  For variety, try changing colors before working the last two rows of the skirt.  Or work the bodice section in one color and the skirt in another.)

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Once the dress is off of the loom, gently stretch it to help set the stitches.  Weave in the yarn tail from bind off.  Note:  There will be a tiny gap between the first and the last stitches bound off.  This is due to the basic bind off being used in the round.  For a more polished look, these stitches can easily be drawn together when weaving in the yarn tail.  Simply thread the yarn tail through the needle and draw the needle down through the first stitch bound off, then weave it in on the inside of the dress.

Finishing:

Place the dress on the doll pin, with the bodice section near the doll’s neck.  Pull on the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to cinch the dress around the doll’s neck.  Weave in the yarn tail.

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Glue a tiny bit of crafter’s doll hair to the top of the doll pin’s head, if desired.

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Or, skip the hair and just add a halo to the top of the doll pin.

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Create the halo using the 4mm fused string pearl bead trim.  To do this, place a small dab of glue near the front of the doll pin’s head.  Coil the 1.5″ length of bead trim into a circle and stick the center front of the circle into the glue.  Place a small dab of glue near the back of the doll pin’s head and carefully stick the two ends of the bead trim into the glue, maintaining the halo shape while the glue sets.

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Create wings using the sheer ribbon.  Tie the ribbon into a small bow.  Glue the bow to the back of the angel’s dress, near the neckline.  Once the wings are in place and the glue has set, trim the ribbon ends close to the center knot.

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For a hanging ornament:  Cut a 5” length of the crochet thread.  Use the needle to draw one end of the thread through the dress, near the back of the doll pin’s neck.  Tie the ends of the thread together in an overhand knot.  The angel is now ready to grace the Christmas tree.

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Merry Christmas!

 

1 Comment

  • Another darling project, Jenny! They are so cute…and filled with so many possibilities. My daughter loved play acting with homemade characters when she was little and these would have fit right in! :)

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Dec 5, 2014

Wrister Wallet

Wrister Wallet

A friend of mine recently asked for a pattern similar to this, I remembered that I had created one years ago, so I went digging for it. I hope you can find it useful.

There are those days when one wishes one can just go out without a wallet or a purse. Actually, I am not a purse person at all. I hate them, they are bothersome to have around and then if you go to a restaurant you have to watch where you put it or find a place to put it. The wrister wallet comes very handy in those occassions. I also see it being useful as my children grow up, a great way for them to carry a little cash with them. 

Knitting loom: All-n-One loom suggested or 22 pegs small gauge loom.

Yarn: Bits of worsted weight yarn.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread in color of choice.

Other: 3 small buttons for closure

Size: The sample fits a wrist that is approximately 5.5 inches in circumference. The little pocket is about 1.5 inches in width.

Gauge: 9sts x 16 rows= 2 inches in stockinette

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch, not ewrap. Ewrap will make the item too big

p=purl stitch

k2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the loop from the peg on the right to the peg on the left, this leaves an empty peg and one peg with 2 loops, treat the 2 loops as one loop when knitting the row.

yo=yarn over. ewrap the empty peg.

BO=Bind off. This pattern uses the basic bind off.

Pattern notes: worked as a flat panel. The picture differs slightly from the pattern below. After I finished knitting it, I realized that I should have purled the row where the little pocket ended so that it would sit more flat, my picture doesn’t have that purl row (it is row 17 of the pattern).

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 22.
Row 1: k
Row 2: p
Row 3: k
Row 4: p
Row 5: k2, yo, k2tog, k to end
Row 6: p3, k to last 3sts, p3
Row 7: k
Row 8: as 6
Row 9: k
Row 10: as 6
Row 11:as 7
Row 12: as 6
Row 13: k
Row 14: as 6
Row 15: K
Row 16: as 6
Row 17: BO7, p to end (15sts)
Row 18, p3, k to last 3sts, p3
Row 19: k
Rep 18 and Row 19:  18x
Next row: p
Next row: k
Rep last 2 rows: 3x
Next row: p
Next row: k3, yo, k2tog, k to last 5sts, k2tog, yo, k3,
Next row: p
Next row: k
Next row: p
BO.

Assembly: using yarn and tapestry needle close the pocket by folding it along the purl row, sew it on the wrong side of the small panel. Also close the bottom edge. With thread and needle place the little buttons in place, follow the picture for layout.

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2 Comments

  • This is awesome, will make a wonderful Christmas gift, would be great for the gym. I see myself knitting some for x-mas. Thank you so much for sharing, I love it.

  • very good idear and safety as well

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