Decreasing Stitches

Decreasing stitches couldn't be simpler!
Left decrease: pick up the left loop and place it over the peg to its right, knit both over.
Right decrease: pick up the right loop and place it over the peg to its left, knit both over.

Tip: Keep the decreased stitches loose.

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Dailey Mittens

I found this pattern on the Internet, designed by Bethany Dailey. They are extremely easy to knit, and look great! What I appreciate especially that they are knit in one piece, and in the end there are only a few seams to sew. Ms Dailey has created two versions of this pattern, child size and adult size, below are the instructions for adults.

I won't be posting the instructions on this blog, since it is not my pattern to distribute, but I am sure Ms Dailey won't mind a link to hers. (I tried to contact her, but never heard back...)

Here is the link to the original pattern in PDF format... and below the accompanying video.

The Seed Stitch

The seed stitch consists of single knits and purls that alternate horizontally and vertically. Seed stitch gets its name from the texture of the knitted fabric - the little purl bumps look like scattered seeds. The seed stitch creates an interesting texture and is included in many patterns.

Like the garter stitch, the seed stitch lies flat, making it a good edging for a sweater border and cuffs. The knitted fabric also looks the same from both sides, making it a nice choice for scarves and other pieces of which both sides are visible.

To create the seed stitch, alternate between the knit and purl stitch within a row. For the second and subsequent rows, continue this pattern, making sure that pegs with a 'knit' stitch always go on top of a 'purl' stitch, and 'purl' always goes on on top of a 'knit' stitch. Repeat this for the length of your piece.

There are many variations of the seed stitch, which can create intricate textures with minimal effort.

Note: the seed stitch is also known as: British or Irish moss stitch. 

The Rib Stitch (Ribbing)

The rib stitch creates ribs, or textured vertical stripes. The rib stitch consists of columns of knit stitches alternating with columns of purl stitches. It is a stretchy knit used for borders on sweaters, scarves etc.
To make a ribbed pattern, you change from knit stitches to purl stitches within a row.

The most common ribbing combinations are:

1 x 1 ribbing: Single knit stitches alternate with single purl stitches, creating very narrow columns. To create 1 x 1 ribbing, knit one, then purl one. For the second and subsequent rows, continue this pattern, making sure that pegs with a 'knit' stitch always contain a 'knit' stitch, and 'purl' always goes on on top of a 'purl' stitch. Repeat this row for the length of your piece.

2 x 2 ribbing: Alternates 2 knit stitches with 2 purl stitches. It pulls in slightly less than 1 x 1 ribbing. To create 2 x 2 ribbing, cast on a multiple of 2 stitches. Next, work every row: knit 2, then purl 2. Again, keep knits with knits and purls with purls. Repeat this row for the length of your piece.

Hint: If you want your piece to begin and end with the garter stitch, wrap one extra peg on each side and alternate those pegs between the knit and purl stitch with each row.

Summer Sun Hat

It's almost summer, time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine! The sun where we are is very bright, so I kept borrowing my husband's duck hat to keep the sun out of my eyes. When I saw a pattern on the Lion Brand website for a knitted hat with a hoop sewn in, I decided to adapt it for the loom. We Loomatics are so lucky that brims are the easiest thing in the world to create, even an absolute beginner can knit this hat within a few hours!


Materials:
  • Any light to medium cotton yarn
  • Knifty Knitter yellow round loom
  • Duct tape
  • 32-34" (82-86cm) heavy gauge wire (a wire coat hanger works well) or craft wire


Hoop instructions:
  1. Using pliers, form the wire into a circle, overlapping ends by about 1" (2.5 cm)
  2. Wrap the wire ends with duct tape to secure

Knitting Instructions:
  1. Cast on and e-wrap round
  2. Optional: from the second row, knit using two strands for the duration of the brim to hide the wire.
  3. When the brim is long enough to extend underneath the loom even when folded double, create the brim, folding in the wire and hiding it inside the brim.
  4. Continue knitting in the round until your hat has the desired height.
  5. Bind off using the gathered method.
  6. Shape the hat by weaving a ribbon or band around the "head" part.

The Stockinette Stitch

The online definition of the stockinette stitch is 'a basic knitting pattern where the first row is knit and the second row is purled. These two rows are repeated to make the pattern. The "front" side of the fabric will look like a series of Vs, while the "back" looks like a bunch of bumpy ridges. An alternative is reverse stockinette stitch, where the first row is purled and the second is knitted. When working in this way, the purl side is meant to be the front.'

On the loom, the stockinette stitch is created by knitting each row. The reverse stockinette stitch is created by purling each row.

The e-wrap method is called the twisted stockinette stitch in needle knitting (not 'inverted' as I said in the movie below, sorry).

The stockinette stitch has a tendency to curl at the edges, which makes a nice finished edge for some projects like a sweater or hat, but can be annoying in other uses. It is the most seen stitch in clothing, from bulky material sweaters to machine knit t-shirts and underwear.

The Garter Stitch

According to web dictionaries, the definition of the garter stitch is 'a basic knitting pattern in which every row is knit. The fabric looks like a series of ridges with flatter rows between, and looks the same on both sides. It is the most basic pattern in knitting'.

However, since on the loom we don't turn our work around, the garter stitch is performed by alternating the knit stitch and purl stitch on each row. The garter stitch is a perfect stitch for borders, scarfs or any flat panel, because it does not curl on the edges.

Grandma's Dish Cloth

Grandmother's dishcloth! Who doesn't have happy memories of that? They are the best dish rags you have ever used, you can even scrub glass with them!

Materials:
  • 4-ply, 100% cotton yarn
  • Knifty Knitter blue round loom
  • Knitting tool/pick
  • Crochet hook
  • Scrissors

Instructions:

Cast on 24 stitches using the chain method. Do not join in the round.

Row 1, 3, 5 (odd rows): Purl across
Row 2, 4, 6 (even rows): Knit across

Rows 7-42
Every odd row: Purl 3, Knit 18, Purl 3
Every even row: Knit across

Row 43, 45, 47: Purl across
Row 44, 46: Knit across

You can now either chain bind off using the crochet method, or the e-wrap method.

Tip: you can do a round of single crochet and make a little loop of chain stitches in one corner so you can hang the cloth to dry when you are finished using it.

Chain Bind Off (Knit Method)

This chain bind off method is the same as binding off using a crochet hook, which is covered in another tutorial. Use the one you're more comfortable with... they are just two different ways to get the same result.

Step 1: Wrap and knit off pegs 1 and 2.
Step 2: Move the loop on peg 2 to peg 1.
Step 3: Knit off peg 1 (bring the bottom loop over the top loop).
Step 4: Move the remaining loop back to the empty peg. This peg is now peg 1.
Step 5: Wrap and knit off (the new) peg 2. (Note: this is where you control the stretchiness of the bound off edge -- the tighter the loop, the less stretch you will have.)
Step 6: Repeat steps 2 - 5 until there is one loop left on the loom.
Step 7: Wrap the peg with the loop on it and knit off. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6" tail. Take the loop off the peg and pull on it until the cut end of the yarn comes through. Continue pulling until the loop is closed snug against the knit fabric.

Tip: to put the braid of the bind off on the wrong side of the knitting, purl the pegs in steps 1 and 5 instead of knitting them.

Note: I learned this method from Isela Phelps' blog, all credit goes to her. I just provided the video.


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