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The next installment for the His & Hers Sock looms is here! Sorry for the delay, my computer didn't want to upload all the videos and then it took like what seem 20-hours to edit and process. 

So, what exactly is happening in this video? You will be creating the heel of the sock. In this video, you will see demonstrated a short-row heel.  Wait, wait, what is a short-row. A short-row is a shaping technique used in knitting. A short-row is exactly that, a row that is not worked all the way to the end. You will partially work the row and leave the other part unworked. As you do this, you are giving the knitted fabric new shape, creating extra room. Our heels need extra room to accommodate it comfortably without feeling squished. 

Typically, a short-row heel is done over 1/2 the pegs used for the sock. The orange sock loom has 56 thus the heel will be done over 28 pegs. Now that you have the number of pegs to use for the heel, the next part is to find out how many pegs you will short-row to create the extra room for the heel. Typically, you will divide the number of heel stitches by 3. In this case, you will have 28/3=9.33. Since we cannot, do exactly 9.33 pegs, we are going to round down to 9. So we will wrap 9 pegs on the right, leave 9 pegs empty, then wrap 9 pegs. 

As you work the short-row heels, you will first knit from the beginning of the row to one stitch less before each end, then to two stitches less, then to three, then to four...and so on until you reach the number of wrapped stitches that you need  to create your short-row heel(you calculated this above). 

56 peg heel instructions can be found by clicking on this link.

Last part of the series will be posted next weekend! 

 

 

Loom knitting socks: Video 2 of 3. - YouTube

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I have received a few nudges to create a video demonstrating how to use the His & Hers Sock Looms by KB Looms. First, let's start by saying that socks are my favorite things to knit. If I only had to knit one item for the rest of my life, it would most likely be socks with cables. The set by KB Looms is labeled as His and Hers, but it doesn't mean that one has to use one or the other. Work with the one that fits you the best. I have a small foot, so for me, the Orange one works best. 

Before you get started a word of caution--if you are coming to sock looms from big gauge looms, socks are going to take you f-o-r-e-v-e-r! They are made up of teeny, itty, bitty little stitches and it is going to take a looooooong time to create a pair. How much is a long time? This is relative to how fast you are as a loom knitter. I consider myself pretty fast and I can probably do a pair of adult women socks in 2-1/2 days of knitting constantly, as in 8+ hours a day. Keep this in mind when you embark on the sock looming journey. Are they worth it? Definitely! I love to wear a pair of handknit socks during winter time. 

A bit of information about yarn for this loom--the thinner the yarn, the better. If you get yarn that is too thick, you will end up with stitches that are too dense and hard to knit. I say play around and find the yarn that works best for you and your knitting tension. I recommend using yarn with some wool content in it to aid in the elasticity of the sock--you want it to get back its shape after being worn. Note: cotton is going to be very, very hard to knit as it has no inherent elasticity. 

These looms were designed with the Knit Stitch or U-Stitch in mind. If you use the e-wrap stitch, your sock is going to be considerably bigger than what you probably need.

Lastly, although these are named  "sock looms" know that you can create more than just socks on them. You can create delicate scarves, dishcloths, mitts, little squares for blankets, and even preemie size hats. 

The video series is  3 (maybe 4) sections long. Today, you get Section 1, think of it as a Sock Loom-a-long. The sock you will be creating (if you follow the video) is a shorty sock with a ribbed cuff, short-row heel, stockinette sole, and short-row toe. Section 2 will be posted Sunday, stay tuned for section 2 and 3.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment (note: I do have a day job from 8-5pm MST so expect an answer sometime late at night). 

 

 

His and Hers sock loom video 1 of 4 - YouTube

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Loom Knit by Isela - 3M ago

Somedays all you want is to simply sit and watch tv without having to think about what you are knitting. Yes, it is true, knitters can't really sit without a project on their lap. This Basic Loom Knit Hat is worked with some lovely Noro Silk Garden.

Knitting loom: Premium Round Loom Set by KBLooms, used the white round loom (72 pegs). 

Yarn: Approx 110 yards of worsted weight silk mohair wool blend. Sample used Noro Silk Garden in Train to Tokyo.

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle. 

Other: Faux pom-pom (optional). 

Size: Hat fits up to a 20" circumference head. If you need a smaller hat, use the purple loom, if you need a larger hat, use the orange loom. 

STITCHES

k=knit stitch. You may use the u-stitch. Note: the ewrap stitch will produce looser stitches and a bigger hat and will look different. 

p=purl stitch.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 72 stitches, join to work in the round. (I used the ewrap cast on and then I tightened the cast on after project was done). 

Round 1-12: *k2, p2; rep from  to end of round. 

Round 13: k to end of round. 

Repeat Round 13: until hat reaches desired length (sample was 7 inches from cast on edge). 

Next 3 rounds: Repeat Row 1. 

Bind off as follows: For bind off, I highly recommend to use a different yarn, perhaps an acrylic that is the same color. This yarn tends to rip apart if you pull it--which you need to do to cinch it close. Cut a piece of yarn that is approximately 16 inches in length, remove all the purl stitches onto this piece of scrap yarn. Now, cut another piece of yarn about 16 inches in length, remove all the knit stitches from the loom. Locate the first piece of scrap yarn and cinch the purl stitches close. Locate the second piece of scrap yarn and cinch it all the knit stitches. 

Optional: Add a faux pom pom to the top of the hat.  Note, if you are giving this to a small child, be sure to secure the pom pom very tightly to the hat. 

 

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Loom Knit by Isela - 3M ago


A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to attend Creativation in Phoenix. There, I was able to see of the new yarns hitting the shelves and although I had had the opportunity to try Red Heart Chic Sheep before the event, I had not seen all the beautiful colors in the line. Wow! If you haven't seen this yarn, run and get some, it is truly dreamy! So soft and squishy!

Here is the second baby bib that I made for my little Eowyn. This one is ever easier than the Bandana Bib, no decreases at all, simply knit in the round, then knit flat until you reach the desired length. I put in some garter at the end to stop the item from curling. 

A little bit of yarn, a little bit of time, and you get a tiny little present for a loved baby.

Knitting loom: 64 peg small gauge knitting loom. Sample was knit using purple hat loom from KBLooms Premium set.

Yarn: Approx 50 yds of worsted weight merino wool. Sample used Red Heart Chic Sheep in Green Tea (3.5 oz/100g | 186 yds/170 m)

Gauge: 9.5 sts x 16 rows=2 inches in stockinette

Size: 7.25 inches in length x 7.75 inches wide.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch (not the ewrap)
P=purl stitch
Rnd(s)=round(s)
Approx=approximate

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 64 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Round 1-10: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of round.

Next round: Bind off 30 sts. K34 (to the end of round).  

Next row: p34.

*Next row: sl1, k33. 

Next row: sl1, p2, k to last 3 sts, p2, k1.*

Rep from * to *: until piece measures 6.5 inches from cast on edge.

Next row: p to end of row.

Next row: k to end of row.

Repeat last two rows 2x.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Weave all ends in.

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Loom Knit by Isela - 3M ago

I have come to the realization that I rarely knit very much for self pleasure anymore. I am usually so packed full with life and work that I forget about knitting something for myself. Last weekend, I picked up some yarn and knitted something for my little baby girl. The joy that she has brought into my life is something I cannot describe. I know that happiness is something you have to choose for yourself and you have to practice it every single day. Having her in my life has made me realize how blessed I am to be her momma. 

With this design, I wanted to create something simple and that didn't take much brain to create. I knew I wanted to decrease at each end and I didn't want to have to worry about the way the decreases looked, so I chose the garter stitch to hide the way the decreases looked. I hope you can find this pattern easy to follow, if you have questions, please feel free to comment. I don't promise a video because frankly, I don't have the time to create one. 

 


A quick little present for a loved baby!

Knitting loom: 64 peg small gauge knitting loom. Sample was knit using purple hat loom from KBLooms Premium set.

Yarn: Approx 50 yds of worsted weight merino wool. Sample used Red Heart Chic Sheep in Poolside (3.5 oz/100g | 186 yds/170 m)

Gauge: 9.5 sts x 16 rows=2 inches in stockinette

Size: 6.5 inches in length x 7 inches wide (the flat front at the widest point). 

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch (not the ewrap)
P=purl stitch
Rnd(s)=round(s)

Approx=approximate

Decrease Row Instructions

Decrease on every right side row (clockwise row—it should be on the Knit Rows), at each end as follows:

Move the loop from the second peg over to the third peg. Third peg has 2 loops on it.
Move the loop from the first peg over to the second peg.

Move the loop from the second to last peg to the third to last peg. The third to last peg has 2 loops on it. Move the loop from the last peg over to the second to last peg.

The row has been prepped to decrease by 2 stitches.

INSTRUCTIONS

Cast on 64 sts, prepare to work in the round.

Round 1-10: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of round.

Next round: Bind off 30 sts. K34 (to the end of round).  

Next row: p34.

*Next row: k34.

Next row: p34.*

Rep from * to *: 10x (or until panel measures 4.5 inches from cast on edge)

**Decrease Row: Prep the knitting loom as instructed above on the “Decrease Row Instructions”.
K to end of row (when you reach the peg that contains two loops, treat the two loops as one loop).

Next row: P to end of row. **

Repeat from ** to ** until you have 8 sts remaining.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Weave all ends in.

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Here are three videos demonstrating different bind offs for the loom knitted Messy Bun Hats 

Elastic Bind Off

Messy Bun: Showing a Bind off with Elastic - YouTube

Basic Bind Off

Messy Bun: Basic Bind off - YouTube

Crochet Bind Off

Messy Bun: Crochet Bind Off - YouTube

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Loom Knit by Isela - 3M ago

I have been knitting Messy Bun Hats since last Friday. I have knitted 8 with the previous pattern and now I am about to embark in knitting 9 with this new design. 

The pattern is very similar to the original one, except this one has stockinette instead of single ribbing sections. Also, rather than decreasing slowly, I did the last round as k2tog all the way around. Click here to download the pattern from Ravelry. NOTE: PATTERN IS NEEDLE KNIT. Currently, I do not have a loom knitted version of it. 

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