May 8, 2015

Baby Leg Warmers

Baby Leg Warmers Set. Small Logojpg

Knit up a pair of adorable baby leg warmers to keep the baby nice and warm during the springtime evenings.

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2. All-n-One knitting loom can also be used. 

Yarn: Baby Cables Leg Warmers: Approx 100 yds of worsted weight baby alpaca blend yarn. Sample was knit using Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush. Color 2671 (light pink). Slouchy Leg Warmers: Approx 100 yds of sports weight merino wool yarn. Sample was knit using Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash. Color 101 (pink blends).

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, cable needle (or a stitch holder).

Gauge: 20 sts x 24 rows= 4 inches in stockinette.Baby Cables Leg Warmers 2

Size:  6-9 months

Abbreviations

K=Knit stitch (May substitute with the flat stitch or the u-stitch). Sample was worked with the U-stitch.

P=purl stitch

LC=Left Cross (LC)—done over 2 stitches

Step 1: Take working yarn behind peg 1 (skipping peg 1).

Step 2: Knit peg 2; remove loop and place stitch on cable needle and hold it to the center of the loom.

Step 3: Move stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 (leaving peg 1 empty).

Step 4: Place stitch from cable needle on peg 1.

Step 5: Knit peg 2.

Rep=Repeat

Rnd(s)=Round(s)

Pattern notes: It is imperative to use a loose cast on method such as the ewrap cast on. Also, recommend to bind off loosely.

INSTRUCTIONS

 Baby Cables Leg Warmers

~Using the Baby Alpaca Blend Yarn

Cast on 32 sts, prepare to work in the round.

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

Rnd 7: *LT, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 8: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 5-8: 8 more times (or until desired length).

Next 5 rnds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Bind off loosely with open removal method. Weave ends in. Block lightly.

 

Slouchy Leg WarmersSlouchy Leg Warmers 2 Small and Logo
~ Used the merino wool blend yarn

Cast on 32 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-10: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Next 6 rnds: k to the end of rnd.

Next 4 rnds: p to the end of rnd.

Rep last 10 rnds: 4 more times (or until desired length).

Next 10 rnds: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

Bind off loosely with open removal method. Weave ends in. Block lightly.

 

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May 4, 2015

Stitchology IX

Popcorn Stitch

Popcorn Stitch Square

I have always loved this stitch!  This is actually one of the first of the ”special” stitches I learned on the looms about 10 years ago.  It provides a wonderful, lofty texture with such a delicate design, yet is accomplished using only those basic techniques that are learned when first looming a hat!  It’s a terrific way to add some wow factor Popcorn Stitch back sideto any project, without also adding complicated stitches that might slow you down. ;)

The other terrific thing about the Popcorn Stitch is that the back is lovely too!  This makes the stitch perfect for scarves, blankets, and any type of project that could be seen from both sides.

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. ;)  To find all the previous stitches in this column, simply click here.

Popcorn Stitch Square

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 sakura)

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

Pattern Notes:

To work this pattern in the round such as for a hat, use the Main Pattern Rows directions, but simply work all stitches in EW, as there will be no need for extra border stitches.  Make sure to also use an even number of pegs.

Popcorn Stitch close upFor flat pieces of a greater size, simply increase the number of EW’s inside the Main Pattern Rows.  You might also want to increase the number of rows/pegs used for the garter stitch top/sides/bottom to better match the new dimensions of the piece.

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

This is what the stitch looks like in a small gauge.  You could make the popcorn shapes more pronounced by increasing the number of pegs skipped in the Popcorn Rows A & B below.

 

Abbreviation Key 2

 

Step by Step Instructions for the 8” x 8” square:

Popcorn Stitch front angle

Cast onto your loom using a total of 32 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)

Set Up Rows

Row 1: p32

Row 2: k32

Row 3: p32

Main Pattern Rows

Rows 4-8: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Popcorn Stitch...count down 4

a)  k2, EW28, k2

b) p2, EW28, p2

*Work Popcorn Row A:

Working with every other peg starting at peg 4,  look to the inside of the loom and count down 4 loops, starting with the loop directly at the back of the peg.  Lift the 4th loop up and over the peg. (This is very similar to the technique used in making the brim of a classic hat.) Continue with these same steps every other peg, to peg 30.  Every even #’d peg between pegs 4 and 30 should now have 2 loops.  KO all the pegs with extra loops.

Row 9-13:  Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

a)  k2, EW28, k2

b) p2, EW28, p2

*Work Popcorn Row B:

Working with every other peg starting at peg 3,  look to the inside of the loom and count down 4 loops, starting with the loop directly at the back of the peg.  Lift the 4th loop up and over the peg. (This is very similar to the technique used in making the brim of a classic hat.) Continue with these same steps every other peg, to peg 29.  Every odd #’d peg between pegs 3 and 29 should now have 2 loops.  KO all the pegs with extra loops.

Rows 14-83:  Repeat Rows 4-13, including Popcorn Rows A & B.

Finishing Rows

Rows 84-86:  repeat set up Rows 1-3.

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:

Stitchology Squares If 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″

4 Comments

  • The “Set up rows” were confusing me. I assume rows 1 and 3 are p32 not p3.

  • You are so right, Mike! Oopsie…I have no idea how those little 2′s got missed, lol. It’s all fixed now, though. Thanks!!! :D

  • Is it possible to expand on the description of the main pattern? I just cannot visualize it for some reason.

  • Hi Bev :)

    I just re-read the Main Pattern Rows and am not really sure how I could expand them…is there something in particular I can help you with?

    Thanks!
    Bethany~

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