Super rainbow broke rib stitch socks/tutorial


2016-04-10 10.48.14I got the Knitted Knockers loom from CinDwood (also known as Premium Knitting Looms) and never really used it until the Ravelry sock a long. It has 56 pegs and they’re 1/4″ inch apart. For this tutorial, you’ll need a 1/4″ gauge, or even smaller (the KB Extra Fine Gauge works) or even 3/8″ if your yarn is a bit thicker, loom. I used one ball of Bernat Sox, in rainbow, and some of my huge ball off Loops n’ Threads Woolite, which is super fine. Beside is a picture of the loom with the anklet being worked. This loom is super easy to use, and very durable, and I was afraid of breaking pegs, as I’m a tight knitter, but it gives a lot.

2016-04-10 14.46.52First, what you need to know.

Crochet cast on (CCO) (simple tutorial). You will need a small crochet hook. This is, for me, the easiest and fastest cast on. Don’t let the name scare you, I can’t crochet to save my life and this is super easy,

E-wrap knit.(K) You can use any knit stitch, but this is the fastest, gives a lot of stretch, and looks good. If you use another knit stitch it will be a smaller sock. These socks fit women’s size 7-10 feet. Wrap the peg, bring the bottom loop over the top.

Purl. (P) The simple purl. Here’s a tutorial (not me)

Wrap and Turn (W&T) This can seem intimidating. What you do is lift the loop on the peg off on the last stitch worked, loop the working yarn around it, back to front, and then place the loop back on the peg. You can use a stitch holder, but I usually hold it with my loom pick. Here’s a good tutorial. This is used in making the heel and toe.

Turn (Turn) You wrap the peg the same way as a wrap and turn, except you don’t lift the stitches off the peg. You just wrap it back to front, then work the stitch before it. For a Wrap and Turn and Wrap, you start working in the reverse direction.

2016-04-10 12.25.00Here’s the pattern, it uses broken rib stitch. On all odd numbered rows, except for heel and toe, you’ll be knitting all on odd numbered rows, and doing broken rib stitch (K2, P2) on all even numbered rows. This requires a loom that has peg numbers in multiples of 4, but if you only have an even numbered loom, you can K1, P1. It will look different, but not much.

So, crochet cast on and join in the round. You’re ready to rock.

Row 1: K all

Row 2: (K2, P2)* around the entire loom. If your loom isn’t in a multiple of 4 (I use 56 pegs), (K1, P1)* around.

Repeat rows 1&2 12 times total, so you have a total of 24 rows. Then knit around once more, before starting the heel.

2016-04-10 14.47.07This is where it gets tricky. The heel uses short rows, W&T and Turns. But it’s my favourite part. This can be done in a second colour, or if you want, just do it in a single colour.

Put a marker on your middle peg, so your number of pegs divided by 2. Mine is peg 28. It’s a stationary marker and can help a lot. Change colours if you’re using 2.

For the heel, knit to peg 27 and W&T peg 28.

P back to peg 2 and W&T peg 1.

K back to peg 26 and W&T peg 27.

Purl back to peg 3 and W&T peg 2.

Keep doing this until you have 4 unwrapped pegs in the middle of that side of your loom. For my 56 peg loom, I repeated this 12 times. Now, you do the reverse.

K to the first wrapped peg, knit the peg with 2 loops as one loop, and wrap the peg beside it, but you don’t need to lift the existing pegs off it. This stops holes from forming. Working in the opposite direction, purl until the first peg with 2 loops on it and purl as they were 1, and wrap the peg beside it.

Continue until there are no more wrapped pegs, and knit to peg 28, which will have 3 loops (knit all 3 as one) and W&T the peg beside it (peg 29). Purl back to peg 1, purl the 3 loops on it, and W&T the last peg on your loom (for me, that was peg 56). This prevents holes.

The hard part is done!

2016-04-15 17.38.25Now, change colours if you wish, and do the foot pattern.

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K up to an including your stationary marker (so peg 28 for me) and then start the K2, P2* repeat until your final peg. (If your pegs aren’t coloured, place a stationary marker on peg 1)

Repeat these until you have 24 rows, then K all, if you’re changing colours. If not, ignore that. Change colours if you wish, I did because I was running low, and needed to preserve the rainbow for the second sock!

2016-04-15 11.50.02Now, if you changed colours, which I did, knit all, and start the above pattern again for the broken rib stitch. Do this 24 more times, measure your foot, and see if you want to go bigger. For the final row before the toe, knit all. I kept my toe in the same colour (black)

My shoe size is US 7 1/2 so I find 48 rows plus the toe fits.

Now, for the toe. Do the exact same thing you did with the heel. Go crazy with colours if you wish. You can use as many as you want. I chose to keep the toe in black.

2016-04-15 18.04.38Now you’re done. The hardest part is binding off and seaming, or doing a grafted cast off. I used the Kitchener Cast off. Here’s a good video by Cindy. You can cast all pegs off and sew a seam if you wish.

What I did was remove pegs 1-28 (1 to the centre peg) and put them, one at a time, on a piece of thicker scrap yarn. Then I folded it over, with the yarn on scrap yarn and put each loop onto the corresponding peg and worked the Kitchener Cast off. You can cast off any way you like.

Cast the sock off the loom, wear, and enjoy! My Kitchener didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but I don’t mind.

 

 

 

My first official fine gauge sock on a loom


I used the CinDwood 56 peg “Knitted Knockers” 56 peg 1/4″ fine gauge loom, with pink pegs! Done with the free Swizzle Socks pattern, on Ravelry. I had never really used this loom before. The pattern calls for multiples of 6, for 3×3 ribbing, but I made do with my 56 pegs. I’m using Mary Maxim sock yarn, in “Berries” and I love how it stripes. The wrap and turn method for the heel and toe are much nicer than the slipper socks I’ve made.

I did a Kitchener cast off. It’s not perfect, but it turned out pretty nice. Onto sock 2!

Growing Leaves Cowl Adapted For the Knitting Loom


IMG_0135I found this pattern in the free section of cowls, with charts, for needle knitting. Now I’ll show you how I did it for the loom. I’ll say its an intermediate pattern because the pegs get moved around a lot. It took me a day and a half to do, using 90 pegs in the round, and I love it.

This pattern may look confusing, so I included a chart. Once you’ve done a couple rows, it gets easier.

What You Need

  • A round loom (or loom that can be used in the round, like the All In One or similar) that has a multiple of 15 pegs. Each section is 15 pegs. So a 60 peg would work, I used a 90 peg loom, the 90 peg small afghan loom from CinDwood
  • Stitch markers aren’t necessary, but they sure help.
  • A crochet hook for cast on and bind off.
  • About 250-300 yards of yarn. I used worsted weight, size 4.
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Terms

  • K: Knit, e-wrap
  • P: Purl
  • YO: Yarn over. Take the yarn, place it in front of the peg, do not wrap, and continue on with your next stitch. You will be doing this on empty pegs
  • k2tog: Knit 2 together. After moving the yarn from peg to peg, some pegs will have 2 loops.Wrap the peg and lift both loops over as if it were one stitch.
  • When I have brackets like this [9>8, 8>7] it means move the stitch from peg 8 to peg 7, and then move the yarn from peg 9 to peg 8.

Beginning

Crochet cast on your multiple of 15 pegs (for me, 90 pegs) and join in the round. Place a stitch marker on every 15th peg. This is the last peg you’ll use in each of the 15 peg repeats.

Row 1-3: *(K2, P9, K2, P2) all the way around, repeating from *.

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Now to start the leaves pattern.

You’ll be back at peg 1.

The 16 row repeat

Row 1: *(K10, move yarn on peg 12> 11, peg 12 is empty. Knit the two stitches on peg 11 together, place the yarn in front of peg 12, don’t wrap, just yarn over (YO), K1, P2) Repeat around the loom.

Row 2: *(K9, [move yarn on pegs 11>10, 12>11, 13>12], K2tog on peg 10, k2, yo peg 13,P2)

Row 3: *(K8,[ 11>10, 10>9], k2tog on peg 9, k1, yo peg 11, k2, P2)

Row 4: *(K7, [12>11, 11>10, 10>9, 9>8], ktog on peg 8, k3, yo peg 12, k1, P2)

Row 5: *(K6, [9>8, 8>7], k2tog on peg 7, k2, yo peg 9, k4, P2)

Row 6: *(K5, [[11>10, 10>9, 9>8, 8>7, 7>6) k2tog peg 6, k4, yo peg 11, k2, P2)

Row 7: *(K4, [9>8, 8>7, 7>6, 6>5], k2tog on peg 5, k3, yo peg 9, k4, P2)

Row 8: *(K3, [10>9, 9>8, 8>7, 7>6, 6>5, 5>4) k2tog on peg 4, k5, yo peg 10, k3, P2)

chart

  • This is the second half of the repeat. You’ll be moving the pegs around opposite to before, so the yarn over will come before the knit 2 together.

Row 9: *(k1 , [2>3] yo peg 2, k2tog on peg 3, k10, P2)

Row 10: *([3>4, 2>3, 1>2], yo peg 1, k2, k2tog on peg 4, K9, P2)

Row 11: *(K2, [4>5, 3>4], yo peg 3, k1, k2tog peg 5, k8, P2)

Row 12: *(K1, [5>6, 4>5, 3>4, 2>2, yo peg 2, K3, ktog on peg 6, k7, P2)

Row 13: *(K3, [6>5, 5>6, 5>6, 4>5] yo peg 4, k2tog on peg 7, k6, P2)

Row 14: *(K2, [7>8, 6>7, 5>6, 4>5, 3>4], yo peg 3, k4, k2tog on peg 8, k5, P2)

Row 15: *(K4, [8>9, 7>8, 6>7, 5>6], yo peg 5, k3, k2tog on peg 9, K4, P2)

Row 16: *(K3, [9>10, 8>9, 7>8, 6>7, 5>6, 4>5) yo peg 4, K5, k2tog on peg 10, K3, P2)

Repeat the Beginning *(K2, P9, K2, P2) for 3 rows and crochet cast off, chaining one in between every stitch. You can use other bind offs, but this is my favourite.

 

Photo dump


Some stuff I’ve made the past little while. I’m posting a tutorial on some of it eventually. Just been busy! First pic, starting a circle sweater which I have to rip out. Second pic. Swirl Hat by The Invisible Loom done using purls instead of ribbing with eyelets. Triple-Z rainbow pastel hat. Another variation of the swirl hat in green and brown, with eyelets swirling. And finally, the Growing Leaves cowl, which I gave my mom, a pattern converted to the loom. I’m posting a tutorial on it ASAP.

TORNADO Swirl Hat (needle knit converted to loom) tutorial/pattern, Free


tornadodone1I found this pattern, called Swirl Hat (Ravelry link) on Rav and decided I wanted to make it on the loom. It’s super cute. I didn’t do the decreases for the top because I was being a bit lazy, but I converted the main pattern for the swirl, and knit that. I used my 72 peg Bufanda 3/8″ loom, and the pattern called for 72 stitches to be cast on. Any loom with a peg number that is a multiple of 8 will work, and I have a small head, so I recommend more pegs (or bigger gauge, peg spacing). Here’s how I did it.

What you need

  • A loom with a peg count that is a multiple of 8. This pattern is worked in the round. I used 72 pegs.
  • Stitch markers for every 8th peg. I used 9.
  • About 100yds of yarn of your choice. I used worsted.
  • A tapestry needle and crochet hook.

I’d say this pattern is advanced beginner or intermediate due to moving pegs around.

Cast on a multiple of 8 pegs using the cast on of your choice and join in the round.

Place a stitch marker on every 8th peg (1, 8, 16, etc, and include the last peg before peg 1) This isn’t necessary, but it makes life easier.

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Row 1-8: Knit 1, Purl 1, all the way around

Body:

This uses 2 rows you repeat. I repeated them 25 times for a total of 50. My head is very small. A hat made on the 36 peg Knifty Knitter loom fits me perfectly. So I have a kid sized head.

jan14frontRow 1: K2, YO, K4, K2Tog (8 pegs) repeating all the way around. The stitch marker will be on the K2Tog (knit two together)

Row 2: Purl all

It takes a bit for the pattern to start showing.

 

 

Row 1 Explanation

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A diagram of the 8 peg repeat in row 1

tornado-jan15This involves moving pegs around. So here’s what you do:

  1. Move peg 7 to peg 9
  2. Move peg 6 to peg 7
  3. Move peg 5 to peg 6
  4. Move peg 4 to peg 5
  5. Move peg 3 to peg 4

Now, peg 8 will have 2 loops on it, and peg 3 will be empty. Knit the first two pegs, yarn over (bring the yarn in front of, but don’t wrap around) peg 3, knit the next 4 pegs, and knit peg 8’s two loops as it were one. Start again on the next 8 pegs.

tornado2.jpgRepeat rows 1&2 until the hat fits. I often just try it on, loom and all. Cast off using the gather/drawstring method. To do this, wrap the working yarn around the loom twice, and cut it from the skein, and attach it to a tapestry needle. Take the needle, and bring it up and through the loop on peg 1, and remove peg one from the peg. Repeat this on the rest of the pegs, until there are none left on the loom, and then tighten. Weave in your ends. There may be a small hole at the top of the hat, so take the tapestry needle and sew it together, and tie it off on the inside of the hat. Admire, you’re done!

 

Adding to the site, more knit stuff, and welding a Christmas tree (tutorial)


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My welded, decorated Christmas tree (about 18 inches high)

I’ve been adding to this site at the top menu with different settings. I’ve updated a few, like Tutorials, a dictionary, and a page for a special woman named Peggy, whom we’re raising money for for a Jaco Robotic arm, which will give her a fully functional arm, as she only has one working arm. She loom knits. Here is her GoFundMe and PayPal. There are few people more deserving of donations than her. She writes patterns, and has adapted her knitting looms so she can make absolutely fabulous items, and writes her own patterns. Check out her link at the top for more info, including patterns, loom knit work, her story, and videos of this amazing technology.

I made a fun little Christmas tree with a ruffled skirt from Ruffled All Around (Ravelry link) from The Invisible Loom (don’t need to login to see it, but I recommend buying her patterns on Ravelry because you can keep them in a library if anything happens to your computer or something, or if you’re on the go) it’s from The Shapely Loom and is super simple, and can be made with 10 pegs, or 1000 pegs, and can also be made into a shawl, a tablecloth, even a skirt. Some people make blankets, too.

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Triple Z, 45 pegs on the KB 4 in 1 hat loom, finished and seamed with a slightly modified Kitchener seamless bind off. Can you see the seam? I can’t!

You need to knit, purl, and do short rows, which are easy. Knit 10 pegs, turn, knit back to peg 1, and so on. I’ll put up a tutorial sometime. I made 5 wedges using 22 pegs on a 3/8″ loom (the KB 4 in 1 hat loom).x

 

I also made another Triple-Z (Emergency Hat) out of spare yarn I think is pretty. It turned out well, it’s super cute. I used some leftover Red Heart Boutique Treasure yarn I found and used a 3/8″ loom, and then used some thick turquoise yarn to make into an i-cord.

IMG_0647I love it! It’s more of a spring hat or cowl, but it is very soft, though not as warm. I’m Canadian, we need the warmest hats. But oh, how nice is that yarn! The pictures don’t capture its vibrancy. I want to make a matching Leafy Sea Dragon, but ran out of that yarn. I’ll have to go get more, I supposed. My secret Santa from another site sent me a Michael’s gift card, and all of their yarn is on sale! Guess where I’m going tomorrow!!

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Swirled Lace Cowl out of Red Heart Boutique Treasure

I made a quick cowl that I don’t like much. I’m making a lot of stuff for craft shows next fall. So is my mom. So I’m going hat, mitt, scarf, sock crazy! I have about 10 pairs of yoga socks in varieties, a million gloves (except I keep giving them away, but they only take a few hours). I’m going to try and sell some shawls that I’ve made, blocked, folded and put away. I have about 10. Those will be the “big money” objects. But a craft show is so cool, when I was a little kid my mom and aunts went to one every weekend and sold their crafts. I used to make little items and get 50 cents for them, and for a 6 year old, well, that’s a lot of money!

Now, Christmas! I told my mom there wasn’t a yarn I didn’t like. So she got me a box full, and we went to a Michael’s safe before Christmas. I got the box on Christmas day, mostly nicer yarns (like the one for the cowl and the hat above) that I don’t often buy for myself. It was a complete surprise, and I got loooots of yarn. And now Michael’s is having a huge sale.

The other lot isn’t all I bought, I have balls of it lying around. I paid $35 for it at Michael’s and the most I spent was $4.99 on Country Loom, with an additional 20% off. I love coupons! Michael’s now sends me coupons geared to what I most often buy… so when I saw “All yarn on sale” I was excited. Going tomorrow or Sunday, with my gift card.

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Half of my Michael’s haul

Well, Christmas went well. I got my mom some fuzzy pajama pants, a Christmas sweater with an adorable pug and a gift certificate for Winner’s, since it’s hard to buy her clothes.  She’s picky, and thinks she has “huge legs”…. she’s a size 4! At 5’4!

I got my dad a funky utility knife and a beer mug you can frost that looks like a prescription bottle, but bigger and glass. He got a kick out of it. I also got him a gift card for Canadian tire.

 

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Christmas yarn

There’s even some Isaac Mizrahi! From my awesome momChristmas was a good time. I spent Christmas eve at my parents, opened all my presents the next morning. I didn’t get any new looms, I had suggested one, but retracted it because I have so many looms to organize. I’m going to get some shelves from Ikea or Walmart. Hell, I’ll get a loft bed and put my knittin stuff under that. My closet is going to explode! (Seriously, you open it and get rained on by yarn, and that’s after I cleared 4 garbage bags out of one HALF)

I got some hoodies, lots of yarn, some colouring books, lots of little Breyer Horses (I’m a collector), socks, undies (its great getting those as an adult, as a kid it’s like “OH NO” but as an adult it’s like “YES, I don’t have to go without because I’m too lazy to do laundry!), a beautiful tea set and tea’s from David’s Tea. (Loose left, infuser, cup with a saucer). I’m going to drag out a small circular loom and make some cup cozies. I got all sorts of goodies!

IMG_0631Now, for my tree. I did this in class, and did it with a Mig welder (GMAW) with 75% Argon/25% CO2 at a low voltage. We had a lot of pipes, so I sat down, drew a Christmas tree on a piece of paper and calculated out my sizes, which requires trig due to the angles. I made it 9 inches wide and 18 inches tall.

First I did my paperwork, verified it with my instructor, and he said the  math looked good. (a squared plus b square = c squared, the hypotenuse) I cut, with the plasma cutter, (my favourite tool!) a 9 inch piece of metal, 2 2 inch pieces, 2 1.5 inch pieces, and 2 1 inch pieces, which are vertical. Then for the angles, I cut 2x 6.3″, 2x 6.2″ and 2x 6.1″. I assembled it on my desk.

I took the bottom 9 inch and welded it in the flat position with the angles matching up. Then I tacked on the rest, when it looked like a tree, I went around and cleaned up my welds. It’s hard working with little pieces, because its easy for them to roll away, or weld to the table (which happened once, but it was hot enough to use my chipping hammer to smash it off)

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My Canadian Welders Association card came!

The two bottom pieces are from our practice test “coupons”. You weld something, cut the plate into 3, and bend it. If it doesn’t crack or break, you’ve passed the CWB test. Easier said than done. I welded the two bent pieces together, vertically (which is the hardest position, in my opinion) and then welded the tree to them, as a stand, and its done!

So, what’s on my looms. I’ve got a Triple-Z on my 51 peg cinDwood loom, using 26 pegs. I call it double Z because instead of a 3 knit, 3 purl combo, I’m doing 2 knit, 2 purl. I started a ribbed hat called Swirl, but have only done the ribbing at the brim, on my 72 peg (36 pegs you can double up, for a 3/8″ loom) Bufanda loom. I love that set. I translated a needle knit pattern called Old Salt to a loom knit pattern (I’ll post it when its done) and have that on my adjustable Cottage loom. Oh, how I hate those corners.

IMG_0641I have a sideways hat being made for my roommates one working student, finished the same hat, bigger, different yarn, for her other student. I’m also making them Kitty Mitts.

I have my never-gonna-get-finished afghan on my 90 peg 1/2″ CinDwood small afghan loom. That’s all I can think of for now. I have a tonne of beautiful yarn and nothing to do with it!

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CinDwood 56 peg 1/4″ fine gauge loom

New Years Resolutions

  • Finish my fucking afghan
  • Pass my CWB GF 1 GMAW test
  • Knit more hats, especially Triple Z’s
  • Moar mitts!
  • Use my 56 peg fine gauge CinDwood loom, I have a damn ebook.
  • Cowls, cowls, cowls
  • Wind the yarn I dyed, after I untangle it all… oh god. Then knit with them.