Nov 3, 2014

Stitchology III

 Chain Lace Stitch worked as a Flat Panel

CLS Square

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. ;)

This month we’re going to get your fingers flying with a stitch that lends itself perfectly for holiday gifts!  You may have already heard of the Chain Lace Stitch, which I developed way back in the spring of 2012 as an introductory cowl pattern for the KB All-n-One Loom.  Since that time, I’ve received several requests to demonstrate how to work the stitch as a flat panel, rather than in the round.  I thought this month would be the perfect time to do this, as the Chain Lace Stitch would make a simply gorgeous scarf for holiday gift giving!  The pattern below is for our customary 8” x 8” square, but you can easily modify the pattern for creating pieces of a larger size.  Let the holiday looming commence! :D

 

Chain Lace Stitch worked as a Flat Panel

CLS 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. 55 yards Worsted Weight (Sample uses Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Jade Heather)

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

Pattern Notes:

This stitch has also been worked in the round to great effect!  You can find two of these projects in the All-n-One Pattern Book: the Daytimer Bag and the Market Hat (as a way to weave the belt around the brim). To work this pattern in the round for a cowl, bag, or hat, see the video here.

For flat pieces of a longer size, begin with the Set Up Rows (working more as necessary for a wider border), then simply increase the number of Main Pattern Rows for the length desired. You will also want to match the final rows to the number of Set Up Rows.

This pattern is worked with CLS sections worked over 4 peg repeats, with border sections of 4 pegs on either side. For creating a flat piece of a wider size, increase the CLS section by increments of 4, and the border sections as desired.

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

You may notice that the number of vertical border rows are greater than the number of stitches required to make the chains.  This is intentional.  The bordering garter stitch has a smaller gauge than the e-wrapped chain. The differing number of rows and chain stitches make for an even height in both.

Pattern Abbreviations:

Abbreviation Key

Grab your easy chair and a cuppa’ your favorite brew and we’ll go over, step-by-step, how to create the Chain Lace Stitch as a Flat Panel in this brand new Tutorial Video: (*See below for pattern’s complete written instructions)

Repeating Pattern Rows

There are two separate pattern rows which will be repeated throughout the Main Pattern Rows of the stitch. They are as follows:

CLS close up lgCLS Row One (peg #’s are for CLS section, not for peg #’s in actual pattern row)

* Peg 1:  move loop to peg 2, EW around peg 5 times (DO NOT KO!)

Peg 2:  EW once, KO 2 loops over 1. Move the top EW from peg 1 to peg 2 and KO. Repeat process to KO all 5 EW’s from peg 1.  Peg 1 will now be empty.

Peg 3:  move loop to peg 4

Peg 4:  EW and KO 2 loops over 1.  EW and KO 5 more times to create a chain.

Repeat from * until the end of the CLS section, or until pattern states.

CLS Row Two (peg #’s are for CLS section, not for peg #’s in actual pattern row)

* Peg 1: move loop to peg 2

Peg 2: EW and KO 2 loops over 1.  EW and KO 5 more times to create a chain.

Peg 3: move loop to peg 4, EW around peg 5 times (DO NOT KO!)

Peg 4: EW once, KO 2 loops over 1. Move the top EW from peg 3 to peg 4 and KO. Repeat process to KO all 5 EW’s from peg 3.  Peg 3 will now be empty.

Repeat from * until the end of the CLS section, or until pattern states.

Step by Step Instructions:

Cast onto your loom from right to left, using a total of 28 pegs. (Sample uses Chain Cast On)

Set Up Rows

Repeat the following 2 row pattern 3 times, for a total of 6 rows:

Row a: k28

Row b: p28

Main Pattern Rows

CLS front angle

Repeat the following 16 row pattern 2 times, for a total of 38 rows for your square (Some of these rows will require several steps to complete one row.):

Row 1:

  • -Pegs 1-4: You will be creating a flat panel using only these 4 pegs for 9 rows. Repeat the following 2 row pattern, ending with Row a, and at peg 4:

Row a: k4

Row b: p4,

  • -Work CLS Row One of Repeating Pattern Rows to peg 24,
  • -Move peg 24’s loop to peg 23,
  • -EW peg 24 5 times,
  • -Knit pegs 25-28,
  • -* Purl pegs 28-25,
  • -Add top wrap from peg 24 to peg 25, and KO 2 loops over 1,
  • -Knit pegs 26-28,
  • -Repeat from * of Row 1 three times, for a total of 9 rows on pegs 25-28.

Row 2:

  • -Purl pegs 28-22,
  • -* Lift connecting line to the front of peg 21 and purl,
  • -Purl peg 20,
  • -HHCO peg 19,
  • -Purl peg 18,
  • -Repeat from * of Row 2 to peg 5,
  • -Purl pegs 4-1.

Row 3:  k28

Row 4:  p28

Row 5:

  • -Pegs 1-4: You will be creating a flat panel using only these 4 pegs for 9 rows. Repeat the following 2 row pattern, ending with Row a, and at peg 4:

Row a: k4

Row b: p4,

  • -Move loop from peg 4 to peg 3,
  • -EW peg 4 5 times.
  • -EW peg 5 and KO,
  • -Move the top EW from peg 4 to peg 5 and KO. Repeat process to KO all 5 EW’s from peg 4.  Peg 4 will now be empty,
  • -Move top loop from peg 3 back to peg 4,
  • -CLS Row Two of Repeating Pattern Rows to peg 23,
  • -Move the loop from peg 24 to peg 25
  • -EW  peg 24 5 times,
  • -KO 2 loops over 1 on peg 25,
  • -Knit pegs 26-28,
  • -*Purl pegs 28-25,
  • -Add top wrap from peg 24 to peg 25, and KO 2 loops over 1,
  • -Knit pegs 26-28,
  • -Repeat from * of Row 5 three times, for a total of 9 rows on pegs 25-28.

CLS angleRow 6:

  • -Purl pegs 28-23,
  • -* HHCO to peg 22,
  • -Purl peg 21,
  • -* Lift connecting line to the front of peg 20 and purl,
  • -Purl peg 19,
  • -Repeat from * of Row 2 to peg 5,
  • -Purl pegs 4-1.

Rows 7-10:  Repeat Rows 3 & 4, then 1 & 2 of Main Pattern Rows.

Rows 11-16: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Row a: k28

Row b: p28

Repeat the previous 16 row pattern once more to complete the square.

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:

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″

3 Comments

  • Beautiful work, Bethany!

  • In the Loom Knitting Book I saw your stunning purse using this stitch. This stitch really popped with the use of the contrasting color liner. I am wanting to make my square with a seperate thin panel in the back . I was planning on making the panel out of sports weight yarn (so it won’t be so bulky) using the stockinette stitch and sewing the panel and the square together when I connect the afghan squares together. The question I have is : do I have to be concerned with the stockinette curling or do you think that sewing the panel to the square will mitigate the curl. Thank you

  • Hi Cindy :) Sorry for the delay in answering…this last week has been busy! :P

    I am so glad you said that about the layer of knitting underneath in a contrasting color…just what I was thinking could be done too! I don’t think you have to worry about the stockinette rolling, because the piece should stabilize once the two are stitched together. Also, I would recommend using a wool yarn so it can be blocked completely. This will also help with that rolling issue. ;)

    Thanks so much for your nice compliment about the Chain Lace Daytimer! It’s definitely a pretty bag and one of my favorites. Happy Looming!

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Nov 1, 2014

Men’s Beanie

mens beanie

 

A simple beanie designed for him in mind. Worked in simple, no fuss stitch pattern, with a super soft and airy wool yarn.

Knitting loom: Adjustable Hat Loom

Yarn: 140 yards of worsted weight merino wool. Malabrigo worsted in Paris Night was used in sample.

Notions: knitting tool and tapestry needle.

Gauge: 8 sts x 17 rows= 2 inches in stitch pattern.

Size: 9 inches x 9.5 inches when laid flat.  Model’s head size is 23-1/4 inches.

AbbreviationsTop of hat small

K: knit stitch (not ewrap)

P: purl stitch

Rep: repeat

Sts: stitches

Rnd(s): round(s)

INSTRUCTIONS

Set knitting loom to small gauge at 80 pegs.

Cast on 80 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Rnd 1-10: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 11: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 12: *k3, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnds 11 and 12: 32 more times

Next rnd: Move stitch from all odd numbered pegs to the even number peg; example from peg 1 to peg 2, from peg 3 to peg 4; etc. K to the end of rnd, (treat both loops on the even number pegs as one loop). At the end of this round, knitting loom should have one empty peg and a peg with one loop, all the way around.

Remove with gather removal method.Mens Beanie Side

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

13 Comments

  • May I use another loom for this pattern , as I do not have the hat loom?

  • Hi Renita!
    Love this hat :) Would love to make one for my son and my boyfriend! I know that your instructions are for the Adjustable Hat Loom, but is it possible to make this on the All-In-One Loom? I’m relatively new at all of this so I’m just not sure.

    Thanks!
    Karen

  • Hi Karen,
    This is Isela, I designed the hat pattern. Yes, you can do it on the All-n-One loom. You can follow the instructions exactly. Set your knitting loom to 80 pegs and start working with the same pattern.

  • You can use the All-n-One loom.

  • Thank you Isela!

  • Hello I am making this. When you say to do rounds 11 nd 12 ,32 more times do you mean like as a pair or just 32 more rows. I numbered a sheet 1-32 and alternated rows. And my hat isn’t very big.

  • As a pair

  • Hi I am not familiar with the term pair can you please explain I am not sure how to read patterns either when it say k1 does it mean knit 1 and when it says purl 6 do I purl 6 times on that peg I am confused please help

  • I have just purchased the KB Adjustable Hat Loom. How do you get 80 stitches on this loom….The most I can get is 50 stitches….do I have to buy additional pieces?

    Thanks.

  • The loom’s booklet has 80 pegs is for a 20″ head, but this pattern is saying 84 pegs and fits a 23″ head?

  • Kim, the pattern shown used 80 pegs. Knitted fabric stretches, thus the reason why this hat was able to fit the 23″ head of the model. Also, the type of yarn and stitch will affect how much the knitting stretches. If you use cables, the knitted fabric won’t stretch. If you use cotton, the knitted fabric won’t stretch at all. However, this pattern was worked in knit stitches and purl stitches, and with a wool yarn, all of these characteristics combined provided with a hat that can stretch.

  • Helen, you have to put the pegs in the open holes. Your loom should have come with additional pegs and you just set it up and put the pegs in the open holes.

  • Hi Isela, I have an all-n-one loom & want to make this for my grandson who is 7. I think it was you who made a scale or a way to adjust the patterns to fit the individual. If I am correct & it was you can you tell me where I saw that so maybe I can figure out how to adjust. He likes this type cap. I have made my daughter 2 of your slouchy hats & she just loves them. Sorry I am so long winded, I can’t say what I need to without using a lot of words. I have to tell you I have learned so much from you and am very appreciative of the time you spend teaching us all. I love your patterns and videos. You are very talented. Thanks for your time.

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