Simple loom knit shrug with a video and written tutorial


I’ll post the video at the bottom of this, after my pics. There is a link if you’d rather just go to Youtube.

This shrug took me about two days of off and on knitting. I didn’t follow the video exactly. Here are some pics, then I’ll do a written tutorial.

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The shrug on the loom, and showing the open part.

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Wearing the shrug. Some crappy bathroom pics, sorry!

TUTORIAL

This is how I did it, but I used the video below for inspiration. I didn’t have enough yarn to make it long sleeved (note to self: get some yarn that weight and make a long sleeved one, stat)

I used a 36 peg Knifty Knitter round loom, the green one. (One of my only remaining Knifty Knitter looms! I gave a bunch to a friend to learn on) All knits are e-wrap knits.

Cast on the entire loom in e-wrap, or whichever cast on you prefer. It actually doesn’t matter.

PART 1 – In the round

Rows 1-10: Rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2, repeat in the round)

Rows 11-30: Garter stitch (knit one row, purl the next row, repeat in the round until you have the size you desire, or 20 rows. I’m small, so this is made in my size)

PART 2 – Flat panel

What you made in Part 1 is the first sleeve. Part two is the open part of the shrug, so you’re knitting it in a flat panel. Knit from peg 1 to peg 36, then back around from peg 36 to peg 1. This is the pattern I used, from the tutorial. Place a marker on peg 5 and peg 31.

Row 1: Knit 5 pegs, purl 26, knit 5 pegs.

Row 2: Purl

Repeat this until the shrug measures the size you want it to be. I knit about 60 rows (30 repeats)

PART 3- Back in the round

Now, this is the second sleeve. Knit in the round, so you’re connecting again. It’ll look like this:

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Rows 1-20: Garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row, in the round)

Rows 21-31: Rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2, all the way around)

Cast off. I used a simple bind off, but a crochet cast off would look good if you used a crochet cast on. Try on, and look fabulous.

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Here’s the video tutorial: It’s very useful, especially if you’ve never purled before, they give a good tutorial. It’s a great video. (Not mine, but I love it)

 

Loom Knit Picot Edged Baktus and finished lace shawl!


I made this awesome picot edged baktus on a long rake loom (blue) using 32 pegs and it came out great. I had never heard of a picot before, but my mom had. For the loom, you just wrap the peg, knit over, tighten, wrap the peg, knit over, tighten, and so on, until you have the size you want. I followed the pattern from The Invisible Loom in the Little Baktus and Karius e-book that they have for $12. Definitely a good investment! Renee Van Hoy is the loom knitting master and has all sorts of great patterns, so I recommend you check them out NOW for all sorts of uh-maze-ing loom patterns. Some are free, you can find them all on Ravelry (you can find me there as sandorfalot) and they’re all amazing, and have really improved my own loom knitting.

I also finished the karius I mentioned in the post below, and here are some pics of it after blocking. It still curls in a bit, so I’m going to iron it out rather than block it again. I made pom-pom’s too, I love pom-pom’s and it looks sooo cute. It’s soft, and warm, even for a lace knit piece. Here are the pics.

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I loooove it. I’m going to make another in my tiny lace weight on the Martha Stewart loom, so I’ll have a really small gauge and close together loom. I have some amazing lac weight yarn I bought a while ago and have never done anything with. I looove lace. It’s so pretty. What you see above is a karius which is a triangle scarf done only in stockinette stitch.

And here’s the baktus. I made it in rainbow, worsted weight yarn that I got at Wal-mart. I thought I was going to run out, but didn’t! Yay! It’s might warmer than the lace one, as I used finer yarn for the lace karius, but I used the same loom for most. I had never done a picot before, and found it easy once I caught on. It was a quick pattern, which I did all of today, on 32 pegs. It’s shorter than the karius and I didn’t add pom-pom’s. But, pics!

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Wearing the bakts, a few different angles. I chose to do a circular edge in the centre, rather than a pointed one, and I really like it. I’m wearing it like a cowl, with the “big part” in front, but it can be worn like a shawl, too.

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This is the finished picot edged baktus in my cheap rainbow yarn laid out. You can see that I used a rounded edge for the centre, rather than just a triangle. It’s amazing what you can do on a loom. I LOVE it.

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This is the edging, the little picot’s. I think it looks super cute. I better hide it before my roommate steals it because I made her socks out of this yarn as well!

I got the pink yarn at Len’s Mills in Hamilton and the rainbow yarn at Wal-mart. The pink yarn from Len’s Mills is much softer, but harder to block (that and I had never blocked before). I didn’t need to block the baktus (which is the small triangle scarf done in garter stitch) because, well, it was done in garter stitch. I might add a pom pom to the centre. So go check out The Invisible Loom and my Ravelry page!

To make these fantastic scarves, all you need to know is a basic cast on (the pattern calls for a crochet cast on, but I find my e-wrap ones work better), a basic cast off (I used a crochet cast off on both, I like the way it looks), stockingette stitch (basically your e-wrap knit, nothing fancy), purling and for the lace one, knit two together (k2tog). Have fun and knit on!

Lacey karius on the knitting loom (little triangle scarf)


This is my first time blocking! It’s exciting, I wish it were quicker because I really want to add the pom-pom’s (which I have yet to make) and wear it! I got this pattern from this book at the Invisible Loom, one of the best damn loom knitting sites out there.

What is a karius? It’s a triangular scarf that is done only in knit stitch. Mine has lace areas. Here are some pics. I’m so excited! It took 2 day to knit.

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On the loom (I used 32 pegs)

 

 

 

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On the loom, a look at a lace row. See how the stockingette stitch is curling in? That’s why it needs to be blocked.

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Off the loom, before blocking.

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Another look at the stitches up close

 

 

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Being blocked. Yes, I used a pizza box to block with! I hope it turns out okay!

 

Zen doodles and a mandala (my first)


I have a lot of spare time lately, it seems. I’ve got myself a proper sketch book and I’ve been doodling. I have a lot of fine tip markers, gel pens, Sharpies and watercolour markers (that I got for my birthday, TODAY, I am 30!) and more. Here are a few doodles.

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My first doodle in the sketchbook, made when I couldn’t fall asleep. (Fuckin’ insomnia)

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My first mandala, called “Because of you”, because my friends and family have helped me come to a point where I’m more positive, looking forward to each day, and finally, in the stages of recovery from schizoaffective disorder. Yes, I’ll have to be on meds for the rest of my life, but I can live with that.

 

 

 

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I made this tattoo flash saying “I <3 my mother” because my mom is my greatest influence in life and I love her. The swallows aren’t perfect, but I’ve never claimed to be an artist!

 

Loom knit Keyhole scarf


I’ve been looking at pics of keyhole scarves and decided I wanted to make one. I used one ball of JC Bretts Marble (in pink) and it’s about 5ft long. I want to make another, but fix a few mistakes (put the keyhole closer to the end, not make it so wide, because the yarn really opens it). I double knit it on a Knifty Knitter knitting board, and single knit the keyhole. It was pretty easy, only took a couple of hours!

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A pic showing some of the colours.

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Wearing the keyhole scarf with the one half looped through the keyhole.

 

 

 

 

 

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Doubling up

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The scarf, finished. You can see the keyhole section.

 

Loom knit socks tutorial (free! with pics!)


I love looming socks. I’m using the Bufanda 22 peg (smallest size) blue round loom. I prefer the round loom to doing it in the rake style on a long loom, or the sock loom, which I swear, is cursed.

What you need

Yarn, knitting tool, small knitting loom (I used a 22 pegs) in the round, tapestry needle.

Stitches and stuff

All knits are e-wrap knits. Purl stitch. Gather bind off.

Let’s do it

First you want to make a brim

E-wrap cast on

Knit 10 rows in e-wrap knit and then fold it up to make a brim, so the sock doesn’t roll.

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The loom is set up and cast on. I put markers (spare pieces of yarn) every 4 pegs, for the ankle portion.

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The first 10 rows are knit, to make a brim, reach down with your knitting tool and pull up the stitches from cast on and place on each peg.

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Knit over all the pegs, securing the brim.

The ankle

I put markers on this for a reason. For 40 rows, purl 3, knit 1. Repeat until back at your starting point.

This is what the stitch looks like. I am using a heavier yarn. The thinner the yarn, the more of a pattern you’ll make.

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The heel

This is where things can get tricky. It’s done in short rows. E-wrap knit from peg 1-12 3 times. Then, at each end, take the yarn on it on the peg beside it (for the yarn on peg 1, it goes to peg 2, for the yarn on peg 12, it goes to peg 11) and knit over.

Then you e-wrap knit back and forth 3 times. Decrease again, peg 2 goes to peg 3, knit over, and peg 11 goes to peg 10, knit over. E-wrap knit 3 rows.

Next, put peg 3 on peg for, knit over, peg 10 on peg 9, knit over. Knit 3 rows, and then the heal is done.

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Peg 11 with the loop from peg 12 on it.

The hard part of the heal

Like the brim, reach down with the knitting tool and pull up the loops from the end of the ankle section.

You will have 3 empty pegs on each side, put a loop on each peg, and then pegs 4, 5, 7 and 8. Knit over.

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Now the heal is done.

The foot

Knit one row

Purl one row.

This is called the garter stitch and it looks like the image below

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Continue with the garter stitch until the foot is the size you want it to be, then cast off using the bind of cast off.

For me, 40 rows in garter stitch made socks that fit womens size 8-10 really well.

Enjoy!

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The finished product

Newsboy hat on the loom tutorial


Since my last attempt at a newsboy hat made a hat way too small for me, I created my own pattern and made a new one, in dark blue. Enjoy the tutorial!

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The finished product

What you need

41 peg round knitting loom

Knitting tool

Tapestry needle

About 150g of yarn/wool.

Stitches

All knit stitches are e-wrap stitches

Purl

Gather bind off

Tutorial

First you have to set up the loom for the brim, which is pretty easy. Put a marker on peg 6, 11 , 31 and 36. I use pieces of yarn.

E-wrap cast on starting at peg 36 and cast on to peg 6, going counterclockwise.

Knit one row, and purl the next with an increase on that side.

Knit the next row, and increase on that side.

Keep doing the garter stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until you’ve reached pegs 11 and 31.

Keep going with the garter stitch, back and forth from 11 and 31 for 6 rows. This will be the brim of your hat.

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This is what your loom should now look like.

Cast on the entire loom from peg 36. Peg 36 is the start/end of each row. I used an e-wrap cast on.

The “visor” part is knit one row, purl one row for 6 rows, all the way around the loom

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It should now look like this.

After doing the visor and brim, e-wrap 25 rows.

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Use a gather bind off, and flip the new hat inside out and sew the top closed.

Ta-da! You’re done!