Nov 10, 2014

Whimsical Loom Knits – November 2014

Miniature Knitted Poufs

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These charming miniature knitted poufs just might become an obsession, especially since there are two styles to choose from!  This scrap happy project will help you use up all of those lonely little remnants that are lurking about in your yarn collection.  So much fun to make – and even more fun deciding how to use all of the wonderful, colorful little poufs!

 

 

Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom 2

Yarn:  Approximately 5 yards of a basic worsted weight yarn per pouf.  Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand was used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle

Finished Size:  Each knitted pouf is approximately 1.56” in diameter

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.

Instructions:

Basic Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows using the u-wrap knit stitch.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.  Your knitted piece will look like this:

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Textured Pouf:  Prepare the loom to work over 16 pegs, in the round.  Choose a yarn color for the pouf.  Using the drawstring cast on method, cast on 16 stitches.  Work 12 rows in ribbing stitch:  *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of round.  Remove from the loom using the gathered bind off method.

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Gently stretch the tube to help set the stitches in place.  Pull the yarn tail from the gathered bind off to close up one end of the tube.  Pull the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on to close up the other end of the tube.  Your pouf will look like this:

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Place your pointer finger on the gathered center from the drawstring cast on and your thumb on the gathered center from the gathered bind off.  Pinch to flatten the pouf.  Thread the yarn tail from the drawstring cast on through the tapestry needle.  Pull the yarn tail down through the gathered center and out through the bottom of the pouf.  Both yarn tails will now be at the bottom of the pouf.  Tie the yarn tails together, then weave in both ends.  Your finished pouf will look like this:

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Now for the best part – deciding what to do with all of those darling little poufs!

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Have fun creating!

4 Comments

  • These are Supper Cute ! Put a button in the middle and sew one to a hat.
    Love it !
    denise

  • Those are just way too cute! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reminds me of crocheted “puffs” that you use to do and sew or crochet together to make afghans or vests,etc. how adorable! Imagination can go wild on this cute “poufs”! Thanks for the pattern.

  • Thank you for your comments, Denise, Barb, and Sue.

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Nov 7, 2014

Baby Ballet Slippers

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Holidays are around the corner, knit little baby ballet slippers for the precious little ones. The pattern is simple and small that you can knit a pair in one afternoon.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: All-n-One loom, 20 pegs used. Pattern can be done on All-n-One loom, Adjustable Hat Loom, 32 Peg Loom.

Yarn: 40-50 yards of worsted weight wool. Sample was knit with Knit Picks Swish Worsted, shown in Cornmeal.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook size I.

Size: 3-6 months

Gauge: 9sts x 10 rows= 2 inches in garter stitch

Abbreviations

K=knit

P=purl

CO=cast on

Cont=continue

BO=Bind off

St(s)=stitches

M1=make 1. A type of increase. Move the loops on the pegs to create an empty peg where you need the increase. Reach for the ladder going from one peg to the other, twist it and place this loop on the emptied peg.

k2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.

SSK=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the last peg over to the peg before last. Treat both loops as one and knit them together.

Pattern notes

The pattern is worked as a flat panel then assembled into a little shoe shape.

When the pattern calls to cast on stitches at the beginning of the row, use the ewrap method to cast on the additional stitches.

Decreasing rows: simply move the loop from the outer peg to the peg next to it, example: from peg 1 to peg 2, from very last peg to the peg before last. Work both loops as one when working the stitch.

Entire pattern is worked in garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row).

The little bow string was crochet. You can substitute with a piece of ribbon.

When seaming, use the mattress stitch to seam the little slipper.

INSTRUCTIONSLittleShoes6002
(Make 2)

Cast on 12 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (14 sts).

Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: p to the end.

Row 3: As row 1 (16 sts).

Row 5: As row 1 (18 sts).

Row 7: As row 1 (20 sts).

Row 9: k2tog, k to the last 2 sts, ssk (18 sts).

Row 11: as Row 9. (16 sts).

Row 13: as Row 9 (14 sts).

Row 15: as Row 9 (12 sts).

Row 16: Using the ewrap, cast on 5 stitches, p to the end of row. (17 sts).

Row 17: k1, m1, k to the end (18 sts).

Row 18: p to the end.

Row 19: k1, m1, k to the end (19 sts).

Row 20: p to the end.

Row 21: k1, m1, k to the end (20 sts).

Row 22: p to the end.

Row 23: k1, m1, k to the end (21 sts).

Row 24: Basic bind off 12 sts, p to the end of row.LittleShoes6003

Rows 25-37: cont in garter stitch.

Row 38: Cast on 12sts, p21.

Row 39: k2tog, k to the end of row (32 sts).

Row 40: p to the end of row.

Row 41: k2tog, k to the end of row (31 sts).

Row 41: p to the end of row.

Row 42: k2tog, k to the end of row (30 sts).

Row 43: p to the end of row.

Row 44: k2tog, k to the end of row (29 sts).

Basic bind off, leaving a 20 inch long tail for seaming.

Decorative Crochet Ribbon

Using crochet hook and contrasting color yarn, chain 65. Bind off.

ASSEMBLY

Using the mattress stitch, seam the side of the upper to the sole area. Mattress stitch the heel area last. Weave ends in.

Steam block gently.

Pass crocheted chain through the edge stitches on each slipper, arrange the ends of the chain so that they are to the side of each slipper. Make a little bow. Secure the little bow in place with matching thread and needle.

 

 

 

4 Comments

  • These are so absolutely precious! :D

  • Super sweet baby slippers!

  • Hi thank you very much for making this tutorial. I was wondering if you could make this or others on the EFG sock loom? I can’t find many patterns for that loom and it makes me very sad and disappointed.

  • The EFG loom will work, however, the slipper will be small, probably the size for a newborn.

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