Rowan Handbag

Rowan Handbag (1)

Materials

Yarn: Approx 270 yards of bulky weight wool. Iceland Wool in Celadon color by Crystal Palace was used in sample.

Knitting Loom: Any Large Gauge Loom with a minimum of 46 Pegs.

Notions: Row Counter, Crochet Hook, Tapestry Needle.

Dimensions

  • Before felting:  base 10.5” wide x 5” deep ( 12” High)
  • After felting: 11”(bottom width) x 3.5”(bottom depth) x 8” (high) top tapers to 9” wide
  • The strap is knit flat with garter stitch. 20” in length.

Notes:
The bag is knitted flat (see schematic). A How To’s page is included for your convenience.

Basic knowledge of loom knitting is required.

Abbreviations
SS= Single Stitch (using the ewrap stitch)
P= Purl stitch
BO= Bind Off/Cast Off
St(s)= stitch(es)

**This pattern was originally released in 2005. It is available via Ravelry download our through this blog.

DIRECTIONS

Cast on 38 stitches.
Rows 1-9: Work in SS.
Row 10: Increase one stitch at each end, increasing by 2 pegs (e-wrap the empty peg)
Repeat Rows 1-10: until you have 46sts total on the loom.
Next: Work 10 rows in SS. (50 rows total).

Next: BO 8 stitches at beginning of next row, knit to end in SS. (38sts remain).
Next: BO 8 stitches at beginning of next row, knit to the end in SS. (30sts remain).

*Next row: SS.
Next row: P to end of row. *

Repeat from * to * 15 more times. (16 garter stitch ridges, 32 rows).

Next row: Cast on 8 stitches at beginning of next row, work in SS to end of row. (38sts on loom).

Next row: Cast On 8sts at beginning of next row, work in SS to end of row. (46sts on loom).

**Next: Work 9 rows in SS.
Next row: Decrease one stitch at each end and work the row in SS (bring the stitch from the outer peg and place it on the adjacent peg, treat both loops on the peg as 1).**

Repeat from ** to ** 4 times.

Next: Work 10 rows in SS. (38sts remain on loom).

schematic

ASSEMBLY

Arrange your bag so that both right sides are facing each other. Seam the sides closed. On the bottom, you will be forming the base by seaming the tips of the body of the bag down to meet in the short side of the base. Weave in all your yarn ends into the wrong side off the bag.
Turn your bag right side out. It should look like the picture below.

HANDLE

Cast on 8 pegs. Loom knit in garter stitch a 20” long handle. Remove with flat removal method.

FINISHING

Seam it to the sides of the bag. Make sure it is seamed straight.
Tips to make the handle stronger: sew a ribbon to the inside of the handle when it is felted. Make a tube and insert bias tape prior to felting.

FELTING

Time to Felt It!

Felting Instructions

Items needed to felt:

  • Zippered Pillow Case
  • Eucalan Woolwash* (recommended) or Shampoo
  • Top-loader washer

Caution! Turn the washer machine off before reaching into it.

Set the washer to the smallest setting, regular cycle, and hot water. Add one tablespoon of Eucalan woolwash or 1 TBLS of Shampoo. However, using the Eucalan will save you the rinsing of the item by hand and it makes the item smell better-wet wool does not smell too nice.

Place the items to be felted in the zippered pillowcase. Close it. Throw it in the washer. Put in the two pairs of jeans to aid in agitation. I do not recommend putting towels in, as these may leave fuzz in your felted items. Start the washer.
Check the felted items frequently. Stop the machine completely before placing your hand inside. If additional felting is required, reset the washer and continue felting the bag. Check the progress closely, and shape your bag as the felting process continues by pulling at the corners, and shaping the strap. Item is felted, when it feels firm and the stitches are indistinguishable. Keep felting the bag until you are completely satisfied. It may take a few cycles. Do not let the machine go into the rinse and spin cycle, as this will create creases in the bag that are very difficult to remove.

When the item reaches the desired look, remove it from the zippered pillow case, place it between towels and squeeze out as much water as you can. Shape the bag again and follow blocking instructions.

Blocking—the Finishing Touches

Stretch your damp bag over a suitable sized form. If nothing that resembles the shape is available, use a plastic bag and place plastic bags inside to give it its form. The felted item should fit over the fitted form snuggly. Shape all the corners, and strap, you may have to tug on the strap so it lines up. Make sure that everything looks the way you want it to look. Feel free to pull at it. Do not let it dry until you are completely satisfied with the way it looks. Once it looks the way you desire. Let it air dry completely, it may take up to 2 full days to dry. Keep shaping it during the drying process if you so desire.


Basic Loom Knitting How to’s

Garter Stitch: Created by knitting one row of e-wrap, one row of purl stitch. These 2 rows =1 stitch of garter stitch.

Flat Knitting: Wrap each peg until you get to the last peg you need to wrap. Wrap the last peg twice wrap back to the first peg. Knit over. In this bag, you will knit on 30 pegs. You can also view a mini-movie of knitting a flat piece at http://www.decoraccentsinc.com

Flat or Basic Removal Method: (the one used in the Rowan Bag flat-knit version): You will need a crochet hook. Remove loop from the first peg with a crochet hook, crochet 1 chain, and pass it through the back stitch. Remove loop from the next peg, and pass it through the back stitch on the crochet hook. Continue until all loops are removed from the pegs.

Decrease Stitches: To decrease stitches on a flat piece, you need to move the loop from the very last outside peg, and place it on the peg adjacent to it. Wrap your loom as usual.

Increase Stitches (an alternate method to the e-wrap method in the pattern): To increase stitches on a flat piece, you need to move the loop on the very last peg, to the empty peg right next to it. You have now one empty peg. Lift a stitch from the bottom V stitch. Place it on the empty peg. Wrap your loom making sure that all the pegs have 2 strands on them.

 

 

Zippy Lapghan

ZIPPY LAPGHAN

Wrap yourself in a cloud of softness during those cold fall evenings with this luxurious lapghan.

Knitting loom: Zippy Master Set (used 4 sides, and 4 corners with pegs)

Yarn: 605 yds of Super Bulky (#7) yarn. Lion Brand Color Clouds – Alchemists Aqua was used in sample (11 skeins).

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle, scissors, size Q crochet hook.

Gauge: 5 stitches x 8 rows=4 inches in stockinette

Size: 48″ L (not counting the fringe) x 36″ W

Approx time to knit and assembly: 15 hrs

Zippy Configured

INSTRUCTIONS

Assemble Zippy Master into a 20-peg configuration (4 sides, and 4 corners with pegs, as shown below).

Make 3 panels as follows:

Cast on 20 stitches, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-93: knit to the end of row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Each panel requires approximately 3 skeins. 

ASSEMBLY

Using the mattress stitch, invisibly seam all three panels together.

Block lightly.

FINISHING

Using crochet hook, crochet a single crochet border all around the blanket.

Cut approximately 120 pieces of yarn that are 10” in length to create the tassels.

Add fringe to the cast on edge and the bind off edge of the blanket.

  • Fold the strand of yarn for one fringe in half, forming a small loop at one edge (make sure the ends on the other end of the strand match in length).
  • Use crochet hook and draw the loop through the single crochet stitch where you are attaching the fringe to.
  • Now catch the loose ends of the yarn strand through the loop (thus creating the loop)
  • Tighten the knot by pulling gently on the fringe ends with your hand and holding the knot with the other hand.
  • Trim the ends if necessary to make all the tassels/fringes the same length.

Loom Knit I-Cords

The following instructions came from one of my early tutorial files that were located in my original blog. You can find the file at this link.

I-cords on a loom Pin Me

I-cords are a great way to embellish your knitted items. I-cords can be used around necklines, hems, and around any flat item to add a little touch. My favorite use of I-cords are for bag handles as they are very sturdy and once felted make a very strong handle.

In this instruction pamphlet, you will learn how to make a 3-stitch I-cord on a knitting loom.

I would like to express my gratitude to Lori Lemieux for showing us how to make the I-cord on a knitting loom.

I-cords are very easy to do. All you need is a loom with 3 pegs for a 3 stitch I-cord, or 4 pegs for a 4-stitch I-cord.

3 stitch I-cord

Materials:

  • Knitting loom with at least 3 pegs
  • Knitting Tool
  • Yarn

Notes:

  • I-cord is knitted with the Flat Stitch
  • Knit refers to the flat stitch
  • Work the loom in a clockwise direction (right to left)

Set up row: Cast on 3 pegs.

Cast on for i-cord

Step 1: With working yarn coming from the third peg (figure 2), run the yarn behind the pegs to the 1st peg (figure 3).

I-cord from behind I-cord from behind 2

Step 2: Bring yarn to the front of the loom (figure 4), and knit the 3 pegs. Knit the 2nd peg first, then the 1st, last the 3rd. Tip: Pull on the cord every couple of rows to set the stitches.

I-cord front

Repeat steps 1 & 2 until the cord measures the desired length.

Bind off:
Cut yarn leaving a 4 inch tail

Step 1: Move the loop from peg 2 to peg 1. Knit over.

Step 2: Move the loop on peg 1 to peg 2.

Step 3: Move the loop on peg 3 to peg 2. Knit over.

Step 4: With working yarn, e-wrap peg 2. Knit over.

Step 5: Pull the last loop off the peg and pull on the yarn tail end.

Final Step: Hide the yarn tail end by using a tapestry needle.

Ode to Spring Shawl Pattern

OdetoSpringShawlI don’t knit very many shawls, perhaps it is due to the time that they take to knit, but they are one of the most favorite items to wear. I only have a couple of them and each one is dear to me.

OdetoSpringBoomerang

Recently, I created the Ode to Spring Shawl pattern for distribution at KBLooms.com. It uses a knitting loom with 80 pegs. The sample used the Premium Round Loom Set, however, you can use any other knitting loom that it is similar in gauge.

OdetoSpringBack

You can find the pattern on their blog, as well as the video. In case you are not familiar with that blog, I decided to include it here too for your enjoyment.

Non-Loopy Ewrap Cast On

Non-Loopy ewrap

In my constant search for a nice and clean edge for my loom knit items, I have found a few ways to create the cast on. The one I demonstrate in this video is one of my favorites and it has become my go-to for all my items. It is done quite a bit like the regular ewrap cast on, except you skip every other peg. Once you have gone around the loom, ewrapping every other peg, you will get to the next round and you will

Step 1: knit the first peg

Step 2: pick up the ladder coming behind the next peg, twist it and place it on the empty peg

Step 3: knit the peg from #2 (above)

Repeat all the way around Steps 1-3.

Here is a video demonstrating the steps. Please let me know in the comments (below) your thoughts after you have tried it out.

You can try this new cast on out with the newly released Borealis Hat.

Pattern details:

LOOM:  56 peg Baby Knit Loom (Mint color hat loom) by KB Looms (80 peg Premium Hat loom (orange color hat loom).

YARN:  Approx 65 (105) yds of worsted weight wool yarn. Red Heart Chic Sheep in Vineyard was used in sample (100% wool, 3.5oz/100g; 186yds/170m).

NOTE: 2 sizes provided, baby and adult.

Brimmed Beanie Redo!


Brimmed beanie
I love when I can find a use for my old patterns. Here is another one of my favorites that you can do on the new KB Chunky Premium looms. The Brimmed Beanie uses some of my ultimate favorite yarn, Malabrigo Rasta. Malabrigo Rasta is chunky and luscious! You want to grab it by the handfuls and just sleep on it!

New re-worked pattern to work on the new Premium Chunky Round Looms.  Grab your copy or save it to your Ravelry.

If you have the old KK, looms, you may want to grab the old patterns–this is a link to my Box account where I keep a bunch of my old patterns. Link to the original Brimmed Beanie–uses the 41 peg KK loom. 

 

 

Borealis Hat

I love creating little items for babies. I was so happy when KB decided to go forth and design a baby set of knitting looms and I eagerly awaited their release. This pattern uses a simple 2×2 rib stitch for the brim and then the andalusian stitch for the body of the hat. The instructions also include instructions for an adult size hat. However, the sample shown is for the baby size. Also, I cannot express how much I love the Chic Sheep yarn by Red Heart, it is the perfect yarn to use on these looms.

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You can find the link on Ravelry, free of charge. Enjoy!

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment on this blogpost.

Pattern details:

LOOM:  56 peg Baby Knit Loom (Mint color hat loom) by KB Looms (80 peg Premium Hat loom (orange color hat loom).

YARN:  Approx 65 (105) yds of worsted weight wool yarn. Red Heart Chic Sheep in Vineyard was used in sample (100% wool, 3.5oz/100g; 186yds/170m).

NOTE: 2 sizes provided, baby and adult.

 

New looms alert!!! Baby Knit Loom Set and Pattern

Boxed up

I am so excited to show the latest set of knitting looms by KB Looms, they are my new favorite! The Baby Knit Loom set is truly so cute! They are the perfect size knitting looms to make newborn baby hats and baby booties.

Set

Details about what is in the package: The set comes with two knitting looms, a 56-peg Hat Loom in a nice soft mint color and a 24-peg Bootie loom in pretty lilac, as well as a knitting tool. They feel so great on the hands and the yarn slides smoothly on those pegs! I absolutely love them! Someone asked me today why I would buy this loom since I can already use the All-n-One to create the same size hat and my response is simple: nothing beats working a hat on a round loom. The process is a lot easier without all those corners to maneuver!

To introduce the set, I created this cute little hat for your enjoyment. You will need some worsted weight yarn, approximately 60 yards. I love working with merino wool yarns for baby items as this yarn is soft to the touch and keeps the baby warm.

Hey buddy

I have uploaded the pattern onto Ravelry, grab your copy today!

Drop me a comment if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

56 Peg Sock Loom Heel

56 Peg Sock Loom
Short-row Heel over 28 stitches

Knit from peg 1-27. W&T peg 28.
Knit from peg 27-2. W&T peg 1.
Knit from peg 2-26. W&T peg 27.
Knit from peg 26-3. W&T peg 2.
Knit from peg 3-25. W&T peg 26.
Knit from peg 25-4. W&T peg 3.
Knit from peg 4-24. W&T peg 25.
Knit from peg 24-5. W&T peg 4.
Knit from peg 5-23. W&T peg 24.
Knit from peg 23-6. W&T peg 5.
Knit from peg 6-22. W&T peg 23.
Knit from peg 22-7. W&T peg 6.
Knit from peg 7 to peg 21. W&T peg 22.
Knit from peg 21 to peg 8. W&T peg 7.
Knit from peg 8 to peg 20. W&T peg 21.
Knit from peg 20 to peg 9. W&T peg 8.
Knit from peg 9 to peg 19. W&T peg 20.
Knit from peg 19 to peg 10. W&T peg 9.  End of part 1 of the heel.

(Note: The following increase rows will require working(knitting) previous wraps and stitches together as one. This may be up to 2 wraps and a stitch worked as one.)

Knit from peg 10 to peg 20. W&T peg 21.
Knit from peg 20-9. W&T peg 8.
Knit from peg 9-21. W&T peg 22.
Knit from peg 21- 8. W&T peg 7.
Knit from peg 8-22. W&T peg 23.
Knit from peg 22-7. W&T peg 6.
Knit from peg 7-23. W&T peg 24.
Knit from peg 23-6. W&T peg 5.
Knit from peg 6-24. W&T peg 25.
Knit from peg 24-5. W&T peg 4.
Knit from peg 5-25. W&T peg 26.
Knit from peg 25-4. W&T peg 3.
Knit from peg 4-26. W&T peg 27.
Knit from peg 26-3. W&T peg 2.
Knit from peg 3-27. W&T peg 28.
Knit from peg 27-2. W&T peg 1. End of part 2 of heel. 

On your next round, you will have extra wraps on pegs 1 and 2, work the wraps and the stitch as one as you work that first round.