Feb 9, 2015

Whimsical Loom Knits – February 2015

Little Bits of Love

With just a pinch of fingering weight yarn and a smidge of time, you can ‘have a heart’, ‘put your heart into it’, ‘wear your heart on your sleeve’… or just knit these sweet little hearts to ‘your heart’s content’ and then sprinkle a little bit of love on the darlings in your life.

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Materials:

Knitting Loom:  KB Sock Loom EFG

Yarn:  Each heart requires approximately 3 yards of a light fingering weight yarn.  Various sock yarns were used in the samples.

Notions:  Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle

Finished Size:  Each knitted heart is approximately 1” by 1.25”

Gauge:  Not essential for this project.

Special Techniques:

     M1: Make 1.  (For this pattern, the increases are made simply by casting a new stitch onto the nearest peg.)

     Sl 1: Slip 1.  (Skip the peg.)

Instructions:

Cast on 1 stitch.

Row 1:  K1

Row 2:  P1

Row 3:  M1, K1

Row 4:  M1, P2

Row 5:  M1, K3

Row 6:  M1, P4

Row 7:  M1, K5

Row 8:  M1, P6

Row 9:  M1, K7

Row 10: M1, P8

Row 11: M1, K9

Row 12: M1, P10

Row 13: M1, K11

There should now be 12 stitches on the loom.  Create the left swell of the heart by working rows 14 – 18, back and forth over just the first 6 stitches on the loom:

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Row 14: Sl 1, P5

Row 15: Sl 1, K5

Row 16: Sl 1, P2tog, P1, P2tog

Row 17: Sl 1, K2tog, K1

Row 18: Sl 1, P2tog.

Bind off the last 2 stitches of the left swell using the basic bind off method.  Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn end measuring about 3 inches in length.

Create the right swell of the heart by working rows 14 – 18, back and forth over the remaining 6 stitches on the loom.

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Bind off the last 2 stitches of the right swell using the basic bind off method.  Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn end measuring about 3 inches in length.

The project will look like this:

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Thread the yarn end from the left swell into the yarn needle.  Take the needle down through the center of the heart, between the two swells:

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Pull the yarn end through firmly to shape the left swell.  Weave the end in securely on the back of the heart.

Thread the yarn end from the right swell into the yarn needle.  Take the needle down through the center of the heart, between the two swells.

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Pull the yarn end firmly to shape the right swell.  Weave the end in securely on the back of the heart.

Weave in the remaining two yarn ends.  The finished heart will look like this:

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From my heart to yours, Happy Knitting!

11 Comments

  • I have a fine gauge adjustable sock loom and I’m able to do the knit and pearl stitches well.
    But I’m having a lot of trouble doing the flat stitch to turn the heel. I’ve tried doing it also with the CD that came with the loom and I get holes, runs and/or the stitches just don’t look right. Can anyone give me some advise?

    Thanks,
    Cindy

  • Hello Cindy! KB has a 2 part tutorial on knitting the heel section of a sock. I know you’ve watched one from a CD, but sometimes it can be helpful to see things explained in another way. Hopefully these clips will help you out. You can find them here:

    Part 1:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e3J0fuYz-U

    Part 2:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDCtTqjDDPE

    After you’ve watched these clips and given it another try, I hope you will get in touch again if you are still having trouble with heels. I’d be glad to trouble shoot with you further, if you need more help :)

  • Thanks Jenny, I’ll give it a try. Do I have to rip out the entire sock to start again, or is there away that I can just rip out the heel? Also, when I do the flat stitch it seems to turnout really tight.

    Thanks again,
    Cindy

  • Without having a look at the sock you are working on, it’s hard for me to say one way or another. That being said, I do like to avoid a complete undo if at all possible. I found a video tutorial for you on fixing mistakes in circular knitting that might be useful for you. It is for needle knitting, but the process is pretty similar for loom knitting:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDCtTqjDDPE

    Hope that helps. Have a great night!

  • Thanks, I’ll give it a try. I’ll let you know how it works out. Have a great day!

  • Greetings all you Knitting Board Pioneers! I’m new to the community and the Knitting Board world and need a little advice. One of the baby Bootie patterns on the site that I want to make calls for the Tadpole Loom, and another calls for the 10″ Knitting Board. I already have Sock Loom 2, and the 28″ expandable Knitting Board, not to mention the entire collection of Knifty Knitter Looms. I have found that I prefer Knitting Board to Knifty Knitter, so I want to have the looms I need from the Knitting Board line. So here’s my question…

    The Tadpole has 16 pegs per side and is not adjustable. The 10″ board has 24 pegs per side and IS adjustable, not to mention begins in the same 5/16″ measurement as the Tadpole. It seems to me that instead of buying both, I should be able to do the baby booties I want (which calls for the Tadpole) and even more on the 10″ Knitting Board. So, rather than buying both the Tadpole and the 10″ Knitting Board, am I correct in assuming I could buy ONLY The 10″ board and be able to do the booties I want plus the versatility to do even more??

    Oh – one other question…is anyone familiar with the Knitting Board Basics book available for sale on The Knitting Board site? Is this a good book for beginners? I purchased the Loom Knitting for Toddlers and Infants and find that I haven’t truly loved any of the patterns and also am in a strange new world of knitting pattern abbreviations, even though the book has a great introduction as well as me being a previous needle knitter who was able to read patterns. What is anyone (or better, everyone)’s take on the Knitting Board Basics book? Am I just as well to get my tuteledge from the KB site tutorials and you fine folks, or do you think this book will truly help me?

    Please give me some feedback on these 3 items – Tadpole vs 10″ board and Knitting Board Basics book.

    Thanks so much. it is qbsolutely invaluable to have you all out there!!!

  • Dear Cindy, trying to do a flat stitch on the Sock loom:

    Hi! I am brand new too! The tutorials show the working yarn being laid straight across the front (working side) of the loom and just kinda being held straight across the loom loosely while you flip your stitches. I found that impossible so Each time I pull the stitch up and over the working yarn, I hold the working yard a wee bit taught BETWEEN the current stitch being worked and the next stitch. I do this every time I knoit a flat stitch. It does tend to create a very tight stitch so all of your following rounds will be very tight to get the stitch up and over the peg. But it’s a sock so you wqnt it tight, right? Just be careful and take your time lifting thise stitches up over the working yarn and off the peg so you don’t break a peg. The other good thing I found about holding my working yarn between the working stitch and the next stitch is that if I take my time pulling the stitch up over the working yarn and the peg, and the working yarn accidentally begins to come up over the peg instead of the stitch, I have the control I need to keep that stitch on the peg, put it back down over the peg, reposition the working yarn, and try again. I was not able to do that when just resting the working yarn across the entire front of the working side of the board.

    I hope that makes sense! Good luck!

    New Kid on the Block, Shannon White

  • These are so cute. Not only can they be incorporated in a knitting project but I could definitely see them in other colors stung on a long piece of yarn for a garland in a newborn nursery. Thanks for the cute pattern!

  • Thanks Shannon, I’ll give it a try.

    Cindy

  • Hi Jenny & Shannon,

    I tried your suggestions, and I wound up having to redo the whole leg and the heel still didn’t turn out quite right. Is there anywhere in the Brighton/Howell MI area that I could go to and have them show me how to rip this heel out and turn it right?

    Thanks for your help,
    Cindy

  • Shannon
    I own both of the sock looms and the 18 & 28 inch long looms, a fine gauge loom, and the new hat loom. My go to loom for most projects is the 18 inch loom. It fits in my lap nice, yet I can take it with me on trips, works well with worsted weight yarn, can knit in the round, double knit because it is ADJUSTABLE , and flat panel , and has enough pegs to do most of the projects ie. hats, scarfs, even socks, and afghan blocks. It is an excellent loom to start your looming journey.
    As far as books go, sometimes even if you find you are not fond of some of the patterns in a book, you may find the techniques / info most useful. When you have done a few projects and gained experience you may return to those patterns and make them your way by adding your own creative touch. Isela has an excellent loom primer book that has a ton of useful info and techniques. There are patterns in the book as well but I find myself turning to the technique pages often. Many of the loom books you see have illustrations showing another manufacturers round plastic looms but these techniques will work on all of the KB looms too. Hobby Lobby carries some of her books so you could look at them and see if it is what you are looking for.
    These are just my opinions. Hope that is useful to you.

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Feb 7, 2015

Warm and Toasty Hearts Mug Cozy

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Start off your day with a special touch on your coffee cup. The warm and toasty mug cozy is worked in simple lace to create small hearts throughout the cozy. It is a great time to try out simple lace eyelets. Pattern is provided as well as chart instructions.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2.

Yarn: Approximately 30 yards of worsted weight wool. Samples shown in Knit Picks Swish in worsted weight, colors Rouge and White.HeartsCozies2

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

Other: 3 small buttons.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

SSK=slip, slip knit

Created over 2 pegs. Peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 is on the left.  Move loop from peg 1 over to peg 2. Knit peg 2. Knit peg 2 treating both loops on the peg as one loop. SSK complete.

YO=Yarn over

Yarn over: ewrap the empty peg. On the following row, undo the ewrap and place the yarn in front of the peg.

Sl1-k2tog-psso: slip 1, k2tog, pass over slipped stitch.

Over three pegs, working on the knitting loom from a right to left direction–peg 1 is on the right, peg 2 in the middle, peg 3 on the left. Skip peg 1 with yarn behind the peg. Move stitch from peg 3 over to peg 2. Knit peg 2 (treating both loops as one loop). Move loop from peg 2 over to peg 1, lift bottommost loop off peg 1. Sl1-k2tog-psso complete.

Chart Directions

Read chart from bottom to top, right to left direction on odd rows, left to right direction on even rows.

INSTRUCTIONSWarmandToastyCozy

Cast on 19 stitches, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: p to the end of row.

Row 2 (and every even row): k to the end of row.

Row 3: p to the end of row.

Row 5: p4, k4, ssk, yo, k5, p4.

Row 7: p4, k4, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k4, p4.

Row 9: p4, k3, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, p4.

Row 11: p4, k2, yo, k2tog, k3, ssk, yo, k2, p4.

Row 13: p4, k1, yo, k2tog, k5, ssk, yo, k1, p4.

Row 15: p4, k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, p4.

Row 17: p4, k2, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k1, yo, sl1 k2tog psso, yo, k2, p4.

Row 18: k to the end of row.

Row 19: p4, k11, p4.

Row 20: k to the end of row.

Row 21: p4, k11, p4.

Row 22: k to the end of row.

Repeat Rows 1-Row 22: 2 more times.

Repeat Rows 1-4.

Bind off with basic bind off method. Leave a 20” yarn tail.

Using yarn tail, and crochet hook, chain 6, connect it down to first stitch of the bound off edge, single crochet 6, chain 6, connect it down to the middle of the bound off edge, single crochet 6, chain 6 and connect it down to the bound off edge, single crochet 1. Bind off.

Weave ends in. Steam block or wet block to open up the lace eyelets.

With thread (same color as yarn), sew buttons to the cast on edge, be sure to align them with the eyelet chains.

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2 Comments

  • This is such a perfect heart mug cozy. Love it for this time of year!

  • Pretty! I need to make sure of these-thanks!

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