Sunday, December 15, 2013

Oatmeal Spiral Hat

My Dad is still in the hospital, it's a crazy busy season, and I have not had a chance to even take a picture of the hat I referred to last week. I started a matching cowl on the same road trip but I haven't even been able to look the loom since we got back. 

So I'm sharing a hat I made for my cousin, using this lovely oatmeal yarn.  

I love this spiral pattern, and yes - I use it frequently. (You can see my pattern on THIS post. )

I used Jeannie Phillips cast off (you can do a YouTube Video search if you are interested in her technique) because it makes a nice flat top - especially when you are using a bulky yarn like this #6 weight.

I don't often do a ribbing stitch for a hat brim, but sometimes I like to. It gives an almost scalloped look to the bottom edge!  I used the green Knifty Knitter Loom.

Hopefully once I get Christmas behind me, I can get back to work on that cowl!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

No pictures yet

I'm sorry friends and followers, but I have nothing new to post. My hat turned out great, and in fact I wore it for most of our 3 day road trip last week.

However, my Dad fell on Monday and broke his hip - so our world has turned upside down. I just haven't had a chance or the energy to upload that picture or work on the matching infinity scarf I started.

If I don't get a chance to post again before the holidays, I wish all of you that celebrate it - a Merry Christmas. For those of you that honour a different celebration, and for everyone else - I wish you the best.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


I have another WIP started ... a hat for myself. It was cloudy and rainy today and the light was awful so I haven't taken a picture. I may have to wait until it's finished to share.  I'm using a CinDWood loom which is a smaller gauge than the Knifty Knitter. The yarn is about a 3 weight, so the hat is a little 'lacy' which it wouldn't be if I was using a 4 weight. That's OK though - it was an experiment and it's going to work up nicely.

I have a long road trip this week so I should be able to finish the hat AND get started on a matching infinity scarf or cowl. I have lots of the same yarn.

I'll post pictures soon.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Finished Chunky Cowl

Here is the finished cowl I made my friend, and some different ways to wear it. Of course, it fits differently on a BODY than on a flat hanger ... but this gives you the idea.

Even though I slipped the first peg on every row - which gives the selvedges a nice edge - I decided to do a single crochet all the way around the cowl. I like the way it firms up and really finished off the edges.

I added three buttons, so she can button all three  - or two - or even just one of them. There are no buttonholes as the buttons fit in the 'yarn-overs' anywhere she wants to put them through.

The photo below is the perfect example at how it will look much better on a real person.

It's soft and snuggly and it was made with love ... I hope she gets lots of wear out of it.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Chunky Cowl, Work In Progress.

YAY! My friend has received her cowl in the mail, so now I can share some pictures with you of the Work In Progress.

Her colouring is similar to mine, so I went with this pretty Autumn hued chunky yarn (Hometown USA) and the yellow Knifty Knitter loom. This is the largest loom in the set.

I worked in a series of e-wrap rows, purled rows and 'yarn-overs'.  Because the yarn is so chunky though, the 'yarn-overs' don't make that much of a 'hole' and instead give it a lovely texture.

I wound my skein into a ball, and used one of the holes in the dollar store bin to keep the yarn from bouncing around on the floor.  I'll post pictures of the finished project later this week.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Working on a surprise ...

I know it's been awhile since I've posted. I have been working on a project that I finished a few minutes ago. I am going to take it to the post office tomorrow, and when it is received I'll post pictures. This is a gift for a new friend, who has been very generous to me. I have no idea if she reads my loom knitting blog or not, so just to be on the safe side I'm waiting to post.

Back next week!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

White Spiral Hat with Removable Flower

Today I wanted to share the finished hat I made for my cousin. She requested a white hat with a white flower.  It was knit in the round, using the green Knifter Knitter loom which has 36 pegs.

For yarn I used two strands throughout ... Red Heart held together with Bernat Baby Coordinates.  The Bernat Baby Coordinates has a bit of shimmer, so the hat is not just a 'flat' white. That strand catches the light and is very pretty!

The brim was done alternating rows of E-wrap and purl, then I started on the 'spiral' portion of the hat. There might be an official way to do this, but I did not have a pattern I just did my own thing. I'll describe the steps at the bottom of the post.

If you click HERE, you will get to the page of crochet flower patterns, and I made THIS one. (Click on the words to be taken to the site).  I used an 'F' crochet hook and only the Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn for the flower, and a pearl button from my stash. I attached the flower to the hat with a small safety pin, so she can move it around or wear it without.

Karen's Spiral Hat 

Notes - all Knit stitches are 'e-wrap'.
Do not knit off the e-wrapped pegs as you go - wait until the end of the row.
For the body of the hat you will not be paying attention to the starting peg, as your starting peg will move over one peg to the right with each row.  I tend to knit in the round COUNTER CLOCKWISE. If you knit clockwise, you will have to adjust accordingly.

Once you have your brim the width you want it you can start on the spiral pattern:

1.  E-wrap FOUR pegs (remember not to knit off) and purl the next peg.  *E-wrap 3 pegs and purl 1* across the loom until you have only 3 pegs remaining. You will know you only have 3 pegs left because you didn't knit off the loops on the first 4 pegs!

2.  Now go ahead and knit off all the pegs with 2 loops on them.

3.  E-wrap those final 3 pegs and purl the next one.  Knit off the e-wrapped pegs.  You are finished your first row! Notice how now the starting peg for the next row has moved over one peg?

Repeat steps 1 - 3 until your hat is the length you want it then bind off using a gathered bind off.

I usually decrease the last couple of rows by moving the loop on every 6th peg (if the yarn is really bulky) to the peg next to it. Either side, it doesn't matter but I am consistent and do them all in the same direction. If the yarn isn't too bulky, I'll do every 3rd peg or every 4th peg. I just play this by ear. I'll continue with the e-wrap stitch (ignoring the pegs with no loop on it) for another couple of rows then do a gathered bind off. I don't have a set number of rows as it changes with what yarn I use.

It's an easy pattern ... I used it for my cousin's 2nd hat as well (which I'll post next week).


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

White Hat WIP

Oh, it's been awhile since I've posted - things have been hectic with Thanksgiving etc. Tonight I did manage to get the oatmeal hat opened up, frogged back and put back on the loom.

Edited Oct 19th ... Sorry, I should be doing posts late at night when I'm tired.  The pictures in this post are of the WHITE HAT I'm making for my cousin as a special order. I'll post pictures of the OATMEAL hat next week. Sheesh.

I will give more information on the stitch sequence I'm using on the hat with my next post.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Finished Fluffy Cowl

I  just finished a soft, fluffy cowl so wanted to share.  Because we had out of town guests, I wanted something that I could work on during road trips and still be albe to participate in conversation (no, I wasn't driving).  The first pictures show the cowl fresh off the loom ...

I love a single row pattern, and this one made it easy to keep track of where I was on each row. 

Karen's Single Row Cowl:

Crochet Cast on 15 pegs

For each row, slip the first stitch, E-wrap 2 pegs (do not knit off), and purl 2 pegs. Repeat across the row - you will end each row by E-wrapping the final two pegs. (When you don't knit off the loops on the E-wrapped pegs, if you get distracted by beautiful scenery or a fun conversation you can always see where you are on the row!)  When your row is finished simply knit off the pegs with two loops on them. Continue until your cowl is as long as you wish ... mine was 31" long.

Cast off and join the cast-off edge to the cast-on edge to form your cowl.

This stitch pattern makes a fabric that is similar on both sides, which is nice - and it doesn't curl!  Here are the pictures of the cowl finished. 

I have started on an oatmeal hat for my cousin (a special order) but I am not happy with how it bound off. I have to frog it and get it back on the loom for some decreases or whatever fix I can come up with. It looked SO good until I did the gathered bind off and I really want to make it work.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Finished Dressy Infinity Scarf

There is almost an hour left to post something for 'Finished Friday', so here is my finished Dressy Infinity Scarf. I have worn it twice since I finished it and am happy with how well it turned out!

Here is a close up of the yarn/fibres and drop stitch pattern ...

It is more of an accessory than an item for warmth, but it can be wrapped three times if I need to on a windy or chilly day.

Because the yarn is so 'slinky', it can also be tied into a knot and worn long...

I've have an out-of-town guest, so it will be a week or two before I can start on my next project but that will give me time to figure out what I want to tackle next.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Dressy Infinity Scarf (Work In Progress)

Like most knitters, I have a stash of yarn. The problem is, I can't decide what to make with any of it so I make nothing.  This weekend I decided enough was enough, and I pulled out a beautiful artisan yarn from 'Knit & Caboodle' in Canmore. And I started on an infinity scarf...

It's a simple drop stitch pattern, but all the different textures in the yarn (including a silver thread) give it lots of interest while keeping a lovely drape.   The yarn is by 'Aslan Trends' - Fantasy Luxury Yarns and the colour is 'Litoral Sparkle'.

I've seen lots of infinity scarves in the stores this season - the trouble is they are all quite wide. While they are beautiful - they do NOT look good on me with my short neck.  This one is made using only 13 pegs. It looks narrow, but when you double it up as an infinity I think it is going to be just perfect.

It's also working up quickly, so I hope to have photos to share of it all finished later in the week.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Finished Mobius Shawl

This afternoon I got the ends woven in, and the pictures taken of my finished Mobius Shawl. It looks different on the hanger than it does on me, but this will give you the idea and is probably how I will wear it most often...

The stitch pattern is so nice - and of course it is virtually the same on both sides which is important because of the mobius twist.

Below is a picture of the stitch markers I used on the loom ... I got the idea from other loomers. They are pencil grips, cut apart and they work like a charm! Sure made counting the stitches a breeze.

You can pull it up higher around your shoulders and roll the neck back to form a collar ...

Or pull it up even higher, which would be the warmest way to wear it.

Finally, here is a picture of the back.

I used a pattern called Mobius Shawl by Ann Bipes in her book "Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms".   Because I'm a plus size, I wanted to be sure I made it big enough. I ended up knitting the rectangle almost 59" long and used almost 3 skeins of the yarn. It fits perfectly!

I think I would like to make another one of these for our Granddaughter Olivia, who is two. I will have to just 'wing it' though, to get it the right size.  I was also going to make one for my Mother-In-Law for her December birthday but I think she will find the twist a little fiddly. It's the twist that keeps it on your shoulders though, so I will have to find something else to make for her.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Mobius Shawl Update

Yay - my Mobius Shawl is off the loom as of a few minutes ago. I have several yarn ends to weave in, then I can take pictures and share the details. Hopefully by the end of the week.  YAY!

I love finishing a project. Usually when I'm working on a piece, I'm already thinking of the next things I'd like to make. Now I can choose another item, although I really should be thinking of holiday gifts next...

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

WIP - Mobius Shawl

Hello friends and followers!

I know, I know - it's been a l-o-n-g time since I posted. I've been busy with summer stuff I guess, and not all that interested in loom knitting. Like most things, I have to feel inspired or it just doesn't work out.

I'm inspired now though, and have a Work In Progress to share today ...

Look how pretty the pattern is!  I'm making the Mobius Shawl by Anne Bipes, in the book "Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms".  This is a book I have had for a very long time, and I have wanted to try this pattern out since I got the book!  Finding this pretty yarn on clearance was the kick in the pants my mojo needed to get going ...

I have my yarn in the dollar store basket, threaded through one of the holes. That keeps the yarn from jumping and bouncing around and picking up dog hair. I'm also keeping my looming tool in the basket ON the kitchen table so Jasper can't get it.   :-)

The project is knitting up quite quickly - but I'm not entirely sure I have enough yarn. Fingers crossed!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mom's Short Poncho

I finished my Mom's poncho, and quickly took these pictures with my iPhone so I could give it to her right away. 

When we talked about colours, she said she wanted something pink, and bright ... something with COLOUR.  I think this yarn, Charisma in the colour Chocolate Cupcake fit the bill perfectly. 

 LOVING the stitch sequence too ... as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I did 2 rows of Brenda Myer's 'Double Flat Knit' stitch, 1 row of 'Yarn Overs' and a row of Purls.  I found the piece needed the purl rows to prevent curling.  In fact I loved the pattern so much, I have another one started! I left it out at our cabin though, and will work on it when we are out there. I'm using a #1 weight for that one, so it's going to take awhile to finish.  This Charisma yarn is a #5 weight, so there is quite a difference.  I'll take pictures the next time we are there, when you can actually see the fabric below the bottom of the loom.

She can wear it as an asymmetrical poncho, or turn the seam to the front and wear it when watching TV to keep her arms cozy warm.  I think these would be a wonderful gift to make for someone in the hospital, too.  You can turn the neck edges over to form a bit of a collar when you wear it this way. 

Now I know I'm going to get questions as to how I made this, so here is a quick explanation.

Short Poncho, by Karen Aicken

You basically knit a long rectangle - similar to a shawl. How long you make it, and how wide you make it is up to you, your size, how wide your shoulders and or bust are, what yarn you use, and what loom you use.  Each one I've made has different measurements and uses different stitch pattern and sequences.  Cast off when you are happy with the length. It's helpful to drape it from one shoulder to the other to get a feel for how long you want it, and keep adding length until it feels right.

Lay your rectangle right side facing up, with the long edges at the top and bottom. The cast on edge is on one side and the cast off edge on the opposite.  Now, fold the rectangle in half by bringing the cast on edge over to the cast off edge.  Seam the two pieces together, from the TOP CORNER to about half way across. NOTE ... You are leaving the cast on and cast off edges free, only catching that top corner of both then working your way across what is now the top of your rectangle.

Again, I use the half-way point as a guideline - it depends on how wide you want your head opening and how much drape is in your yarn.

I love these short ponchos. I enjoy the asymmetrical look to them, I love how easy they are to pull on, they are fairly easy and fast to make, and they are warm & cozy.  I've made six of them now and have a 7th on a loom. 

Mom seemed to really like hers, and I know she will get a lot of use out of it.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Baby Blanket and Short Poncho

I've been making progress on my baby blanket!  This is a class being taught by Brenda Myers for the Loom Class (a Yahoo group).  You can find details on her blog Loom Lore, which I have listed on the right of my blog.

Brenda's 'Double Knit Flat Stitch' is SO cool, and gives the fabric a wonderful texture.

However, I'm 3 skeins into this blanket and I've decided to frog it.  Yup - it is just SO thick and has no drape.  My own fault, Brenda suggested a #5 weight yarn for the class, but I wanted to use this pretty green and it is a #6.

I didn't want to give up on making something with that new-to-me stitch though.  I decided to start a  short poncho for my Mom. It is looking really good - I'm happy with the way it's turning out.

We had my parents out at our cabin last month, and even though it was chilly we were determined to have our lunch outside on the deck. I popped one of my short poncho's onto my Mom and she loved it! The hallway in their condo building is often chilly and we thought this would be a great thing to toss on if she is moving from place to place in the building.

I am combining 2 rows of Brenda's 'Double Knit Flat Stitch' with a row of yarn overs, and a row of purl stitches.  The yarn is super soft, and ... a #5 weight.

I haven't had the nerve to actually unravel the baby blanket yet ... but I'm not too upset about it. I learned a LOT in the class and I'm loving Brenda's stitch!  Learning how to overcome the peg count on a loom is information that will come in handy for sure. I'll save the yarn for a different project, so if I learned something and enjoyed myself then I don't count the time as wasted.

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