Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Introducing the Rotating Double Knit Loom by KB - Review and Free Dyad Hat

The Rotating Double Knit Loom by KB



The Review


OH MY! And here I thought that KB had done the best they could with the new looms that they have released in August.  But then there is THIS.  Yes.  It is like no other knitting loom ever.  It is a ROUND loom that can be used for DOUBLE KNITTING.  WHAT??  Yes.  You read correctly.  Of course I know that most of you have already heard of it by now.  My review is being release a little later than the release of the loom.

And yes.  If you have seen it on social media, then you also know that I like to call it my new fidget spinner.  It's so much fun just to sit and watch it spin around and around and around...



Some may ask "what's so special about this loom?"  Well let me tell you.  This is the only loom that you can double knit in the round.  You can easily make double knit hats on this loom without having to seam a flat panel like before.  And don't let the height of the leg fool you into thinking that you can only work a hat 6" long.  No...  You can easily work a hat that is 9" long.  And longer than that.  You can fold up your work to make more room to knit.  More on that in a bit...

What else can you do?  Well you can single knit on the outer ring as well.  This loom is for both.  Double knit in round as well as flat panels and single knit on the stand that spins.  How sweet is that??  Very sweet indeed...


More Information On Double Knitting In The Round...


Since my review has been delayed a bit, I have seen concern over how the double knit in the round comes down and if there is room for the work.




Work at the bottom of the base.
















Work folded once.
















Room to fold up twice if needed.

Another thing that has been brought to my attention is that the instructions seem to be lacking information for some people for double knitting in the round.  With that having been noted, let me just say that the one thing that seems to be missing is the following word.

ALWAYS

Now that may not make sense unless it is added in the proper place.  While the instructions do say to repeat from the start which does include the words "Peg 1" or "Starting Peg", let me add a couple of rules to help clear this confusion up.

RULE 1:  ALWAYS START WRAPPING ON PEG 1.

Now this will apply to both stockinette and rib stitches.  Both of those stitches are included in the instruction booklet that comes with the loom.  You can also find those instructions on the KB Blog.  Now that I have clarified that for you.  Let me also add the second rule.

RULE 2:  THE WORKING YARN WILL NOT END BY PEG 1 AFTER THE ENTIRE LOOM IS WRAPPED.

But what to do??  Go back to the first.  Or as I like to say "Repeat Rule 1."

There may be questions concerning the starting on peg 1 as well.  But will it look odd or off?  Will the stitches show at the point like when using e-wrap in single knitting?  Let me just say that it didn't with my hat.  Not saying it won't.  But just saying it didn't for me.


Gauge and Construction

This loom is made so that the inner ring is not connected to the outer ring except at the base.  Which spins.  Like a lazy susan on your great grandma's dinner table.

Each ring snaps onto legs that attach to the base.  Therefore the inner ring could be left off entirely so you can single knit in the round or a flat panel while turning it as you work.  You can even take the outer ring off and use it like any other round loom.

Now for the specifics.

Both rings have 52 pegs.  

The outer ring has a center to center peg spacing of 1/2".

The inner ring has a center to center peg spacing of 7/16".

The space between the 2 rings is approximately 3/4".

The diameter of the base is approximately 9".

The height of the loom with base is approximately 8".

Great for yarns that are 4 and 5 weights for double knitting and 4 weight for single knitting.


Now for the thing you have all been waiting for....  THE FREE PATTERN!!

Free Pattern

The Dyad Hat

It's Reversible!


This double knit hat is an introduction to double knitting with 2 colors creating a reversible hat with the design on the outside being different than the inside.

This hat will fit an adult.  But it will fit children as well.  If you are making it for a child, simply make the hat shorter by leaving off the end section or simply knitting fewer rows in all the sections making the hat shorter.

Loom: Rotating Double Knit Loom
Yarn: 170 yds 5 bulky weight yarn in 2 colors.  Patons Shetland Chunky in Oxford Grey and Wine, 85 yds each used in the sample.
Tools:  Loom tool, tapestry needle, crochet hook
Gauge:  6 sts x 10 rows = 2"
Size:  Adult 

Abbreviations

CA - Color A - wine
CB - Color B - grey

Pattern Notes

Follow the instructions for casting on in stockinette, the rib stitch, and stockinette stitch in the booklet that came with the loom.

Special Stitch

2 Color Stockinette - Work stockinette stitch as follows with 1 color on outside loom and the other color on the inside loom.



When first adding the new color, place the slip knot on the first peg on the side it will be worked.  Wrap the second color around the first peg on the side it will be worked.

Leave the tail of the new yarn in between the 2 looms so it will be hidden from both sides.

Then twist the 2 strands around each other.




Then wrap the pegs with both strands and twist the 2 strands around each other.




Make sure the twist of the yarn is in the center between the 2 loom rings when wrapping the pegs.

Keep the tension tight so that the wraps stay on the pegs with the twist in the yarn stays in the center between the rings.










Continue with this method of twisting the 2 yarns and wrapping the pegs around the loom.

Do not skip pegs when working 2 colors in this manner.

When all the pegs are wrapped, lift the bottom loops over the top.


Instructions

With CA, cast on in double knit stockinette.

Work 9 rounds of rib stitch.

Add CB

Work 3 rounds of 2 color stockinette with CB on outside loom and CA on inside loom.  See instructions in Special Stitch.

With CB, work 7 rounds of stockinette.

With CA, work 3 rounds of stockinette.

*Work 1 round of 2 color stockinette with CB on outside loom and CA on inside loom.

With CA, work 1 round of stockinette.

Repeat from * 2 more times.

With CA, work 2 rounds of stockinette.

With CB, work 7 rounds of stockinette.

Work 3 rounds of 2 color stockinette with CB on outside loom and CA on inside loom. 

With CA, work 9 rounds of stockinette.

Bind off following instructions in booklet that came with loom for the gathered bind off and secure.

Bind off at the anchor yarn with a crochet hook following instructions in booklet.

Weave in ends.








Sunday, August 20, 2017

Introducing the His & Her Sock Looms by KB - Review and Free Dog's Ear Potholder Pattern

The His & Her Sock Looms by KB

The Review

Just when you think that KB cannot top themselves, they surprise us all.  Here is a set of 2 oval sock looms that are fine gauge at 5/16" center to center peg spacing.  The larger purple loom is designed to fit a foot with a circumference of 9 - 10 inches.  The smaller orange loom is designed to fit a foot with a circumference of 7 - 8 inches.

While these are labeled sock looms, these looms are perfect for knitting ANYTHING YOU WANT.  Yes.  That is right.  Do not let the number of pegs keep you from creating anything in any size you want.  Just as long as you are willing to seam pieces together.  

Want to make a blanket?  Just make panels and seam them together.  Sweaters?  Just seam the pieces together.  The mattress stitch is a wonderful seaming technique that leave the right side seamless therefore making it the perfect choice for these types of projects.

These are also great looms to make fingerless gloves on with DK weight yarn.  Not to mention an endless supply of socks...


Gauge and Construction

I love these looms as much as the new circle looms by KB.  They are made with the same quality plastic on the base and the pegs.

The pegs are smaller in diameter due to the fine gauge but remain approximately the same height as the pegs on the other looms.

Since the pegs are narrower, this does leave the groove in the pegs narrower as well.  A sharp point pick is recommended by me to use on these looms.  Other picks will work, but it just makes it easier with a sharper loom pick.  The Ergonomic Loom Tool from KB has a nice sharp point that would be perfect.

Now for the specifics all in one place.

This is a set of 2 looms.

These looms are oval, not circle.

Gauge is 5/16" center to center peg spacing classifying them as fine gauge looms.  They are fine indeed!  These looms are perfect for DK/3 weight yarn.

The ORANGE loom has 56 pegs and has a major axis of 7 5/8" peg to peg diameter and a minor axis of 2 7/8" diameter.  Outside of base measurements are 8 1/8" x 3 1/4".

The PURPLE loom has 64 pegs and has a major axis of 8 3/4" peg to peg diameter and a minor axis of 3 1/4" diameter.  Outside of base measurements are 9 1/4" x 3 3/4".

The ORANGE loom is designed to fit feet with a circumference of 7 - 8" using DK weight yarn.

The PURPLE loom is designed to fit feet with a circumference of 9 - 10" using DK weight yarn.

Why Do I Need This Loom?

If you already own the original adjustable Sock Loom by KB that has the metal pegs, you may be wondering why you would "need" these looms.  Well just let me say this...  You cannot own too many looms...

Also these are easier to work with for some people since they are ovals instead of the rectangle shape.

But no matter why you want them, the reason is yours alone, I can only tell you that I like these looms and would recommend them to anyone looking for a fine gauge loom.

Free Pattern

The Dog's Ear Potholder 



While there are tons of potholder patterns for crochet, there are not quite so many in knitting.  Loom knitting has hardly any at all.  I have been thinking on my favorite crochet potholder that goes by a lot of various names for quite some time.  More specifically, how I can knit it on the loom.  And here it is!  This is the simplest version.  While there are several different ways to seam these potholders in my head, this is the easiest way to get it done.

I call this pattern the Dog's Ear Potholder due to the folds in it that create the finished design.  This potholder is made on the largest purple sock loom using 4/medium weight cotton yarn.  While this weight yarn is thicker than recommended, it will make a nice, tight stitch so that the potholder is extra thick when folded over.

I realize the finished potholder is on the small size.  Or at least for me it is.  Right now though this is the largest we can make on this gauge with a KB loom.  If using a different gauge loom, the swatch gauge will change leaving you to do the math in order to make the size right.  Also the stitches will not be quite as tight depending on what weight yarn you use.

PLEASE NOTE!!  Acrylic yarn is NOT recommended for use with this pattern.  Acrylic will not hold up the heat and will melt.  100% cotton yarn is the best for this project.


Loom:  His & Her Sock Looms - 64 peg loom
Yarn:  50 yds of medium 4 weight 100 % cotton yarn.  Lily Sugar 'n Cream in color Sunkissed used in the sample.
Tools:  Loom pick, tapestry needle, stitch marker to mark beginning peg
Gauge:  10 sts x 16 rows = 2"
Size:  4 1/2" sqaure

Abbreviations


K - knit
P - purl
Ch - chain (see special stitch)
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
Rnd(s) - round(s)

Special Stitch

Chain (Ch) - E-wrap knit the same peg the number of times indicated creating a chain.

Pattern Notes

Keep tension loose.  Using the true knit stitch will help keep the stitches looser than the other knit stitches will.

The chain cast on was used in the sample so that it matched the basic bind off .  Any cast on may be used.

The ends were seamed with a zig zag stitch catching the outside loop of the chain edges in the sample.  Any method of seaming may be used.

Instructions

Leaving an 10" tail for seaming, CO 64 pegs and prepare to work in the round.

K16  Place stitch marker on next peg to mark the beginning of each round.  This will leave the CO tail in the proper place to use for seaming the CO edge.

*K all for 5 rounds
P all for 1 round
Repeat from * twice (3 times total)
K all for 10 rounds
BO using the basic BO method leaving the last stitch on a peg
Ch20
Cut the working yarn leaving a 10" tail for seaming.
Secure by drawing the tail through the last loop.




Finished chain before seaming.







Using a tapestry needle, first secure the end of the chain loop to the first bind off stitch as shown below.






Join chain in first bind off stitch.

















Secure chain loop by sewing back through the base of the chain.













Then back through the first bind off stitch again and pull tight.













Seam the top bind off edges together in whatever manner preferred.




After seaming bind off edge.








Fold the potholder so that the top seam is now flat and on the diagonal of the square as shown below.





















Turn the potholder over and seam the other side





Ready to seam cast on edges together.




















Cast on tail is in proper position to seam from corner to corner.














Ready to use!



*Pattern designed and written by Renita Harvey.  The written pattern may not be reproduced or reprinted in any manner or media without the express permission by the designer.

*Items made from the pattern may be sold by individuals.

*Review of KB looms by Renita Harvey is an unbiased and honest review.  Review may not be reproduced or reprinted in any manner with the express permission of the author.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing The Premium Round Loom Set by KB - Review and Free "I Need A Hat Now" Hat Pattern

The Premium Round Loom Set by KB

The Review


Finally!  KB has finally came out with high quality plastic round looms!  Woo hoo!!!  While I absolutely love and adore the All-n-One loom, many people only like working on round looms.  I am proud to say that we finally have a great set made by a company that strives for perfection in quality and service.

Gauge and Construction

Most round looms are large gauge.  Some are cheap plastic and break easily.  These Premium Round Looms by KB are neither of these.

These are small gauge looms with 3/8" center to center peg spacing.  This is the same gauge as the All-n-One loom, the Sock Loom 2, and the Adjustable Hat Loom set up for small gauge, all by KB.  Yarn weights that work best on these looms are medium/worsted/4 weight and sport/dk/3 weight.

These looms are made with high quality plastic.  The base is solid, and the pegs are secure.  The entire loom is sturdy.  Has just enough weight to them to not feel too light in the hands.  Nor are they too heavy.  I really like the way they feel when I knit on them.  They just feel comfortable in my hands.  They are dream to work on.

The pegs are just the right height.  They are also very smooth with no rough spots for the yarn to snag on.

Let's get to the specifics now.

This set is a set of 3 looms.  

Small gauge:  3/8"
                                            
The PURPLE loom is  7,5" (peg to peg) diameter / 8" (outside of base) diameter with 64 pegs.
The WHITE loom is  8.5" diameter / 9" diameter with 72 pegs.
The ORANGE loom is  9.5" diameter / 10" diameter with 80 pegs.


Why Should I Buy if I Already Have the Other Looms Mentioned

I realize that some people will wonder why they would need these looms if they already have the All-n-One Loom and/or the Adjustable Hat Loom.  While I do understand why some would even question the "need" for these, I must say that one can never have enough looms especially when they are such great products.  And they are round.  Not oval.  Not rectangular or square.

Now for the free pattern made specifically for these looms but can be made on any small gauge loom with these peg counts.

Free Pattern

The "I Need A Hat Now" Hat




This is a great hat pattern to use when wanting a more basic and easy hat but also wanting to use more than 1 color.  It is quick and very easy to knit for those last minute gifts.

Loom:  Premium Circle Looms by KB  (see Sizes for which loom to use)
Yarn: 130 yds worsted weight yarn in 2 colors for pattern as written on the 74 peg loom, less for 64 peg loom, more for the 80 peg loom.  
Color A - 32 yds Mighty Stitch by KnitPicks in Black used in sample
Color B - 98 yds Millefiori by Berroco in color #7859 used in sample
Tools:  loom pick, tapestry needle
Gauge:  8 sts x 14 rows = 2"
Sizes:  Baby/Child - 64 peg purple loom, Snug Medium Adult/Teen - 72 peg white loom, Slouchy Large Adult - 80 peg orange loom

Abbreviations

K - knit
P - purl
K2tog - knit 2 together
CA - color A (black)
CB - color B (multi)
CO - cast on
BO - bind off

Pattern Notes

This pattern can be made on any of the 3 size looms in the Premium Round Loom set.  Pattern sample was made on the 72 peg loom for a snug fit.  Sizing for the other 2 looms are as follows:

64 Peg loom will make a baby/child size hat so the number of rows will need to be decreased as indicated in the instructions unless a slouchy effect is desired.  

80 Peg loom will make a larger adult hat.  If a slouchy hat is desired, add more repeats as indicated in the instructions.

Knit stitch used in the sample is the true knit stitch.  E-wrap may be used but will make a larger hat.

Pattern can also be made in 1 color by continuing with Color A and ignoring the color change instructions.

When changing colors, do not cut.  Move the yarn out of the way when not using and then carry it up to start again.

Instructions

CO on all pegs and prepare to work in the round.

Brim

With CA, *K2, P2, rep from around for 10 rounds 

Body

*With CB, K all for 15 rounds (10 rounds only if using the 64 peg loom)
With CA, K all for 1 round 
Continuing with CA, P all for 1 round 

Repeat from * 2 more times (add 1 or 2 more repeats if making a slouchy hat on the 80 peg loom depending on amount of slouch desired)

With CB, K all for 5 rounds

Next round - K2tog around

BO with gathered method.

Weave in ends.




*Pattern designed and written by Renita Harvey.  The written pattern may not be reproduced or reprinted in any manner or media without the express permission by the designer.

*Items made from the pattern may be sold by individuals.

*Review of KB looms by Renita Harvey is an unbiased and honest review.  Review may not be reproduced or reprinted in any manner with the express permission of the author.




Monday, February 20, 2017

Loom FAQs: Is It Garter, Rib, or Seed Stitch?




February 2017 edition of Loom FAQs is up and ready for reading!

This month I explain the differences between the Garter, Rib, and Seed stitches.  All 3 involve knit and purl stitches.  But all 3 are different.

I also explain the difference between the true knit and purl stitches on the knitting loom.

All with pictures.

You can find the article here on the KB blog.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Loom FAQs Articles on Authentic Knitting Board Blog


First of all, I would like to apologize for neglecting my blog.  Starting now I will be sharing more on what I am doing with my loom knitting and crochet projects along with anything new I may venture into as well in regards to fiber arts.

Over 2 years now, I have been writing a monthly article for Authentic Knitting Board called Loom FAQs.  Each article answers frequently asked questions that I see in the loom knitting groups in social media.

Some of the topics that have already been covered are converting, felting, blocking, types of knit stitch, gauge, selvages, socks, decreasing, copyright and trademark, along with calculating amount of yarn, peg counts, and more.

Just when I think I am running out of topics for my Loom FAQs article on the KB blog, several new topics pop up out of nowhere.

Loom FAQs is published on the 3rd Monday of each month. The 3rd Monday will be here before we know it along with a new article chock full of useful loom knitting information.

Until then click here to find all of the Loom FAQs articles that have already been published.

Until next time!



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Zippy Master Set by KB and Shades of Grey Pillow Pattern



Great news for fans of super fast, chunky knits!  Authentic Knitting Board has released a new Zippy Loom Master Set!  This set includes everything you need to make anything you want with super bulky and jumbo yarn in the round, flat panels, and even double knit!



Includes:

  • 4 Zippy Looms
  • 4 corners with pegs - creates a 20 peg round loom
  • 4 L-shaped corner connectors - creates a 16 peg round loom
  • 2 straight connectors for double knit - creates a 16 peg long loom/rake
  • 4 connectors - connects the 4 looms for a 16 peg straight loom


If you already have some Zippy looms, you can just make a larger round loom or a longer double knit rake.

4 projects are included as well.  But don't worry...  You are not limited to just 4 patterns.  Lots of free patterns are on the KB Blog as well a freebie right here!

Shades of Grey Pillow



Shades of Grey Pillow is made with the pieces included in the Master Set.  One side is purls with 4 columns of knit.  The other side is seed stitch.  Works up quickly and makes a nice decor piece.



Loom:  Zippy Loom Master Set

Yarn:  126 yrds of jumbo yarn - 6 skeins of Loops & Threads Biggie in Dark Gray used in sample

Notions:  Loom tool, 20" pillow form

Size:  approx. 20" square

Gauge:  3.5 stitches x 6 rows = 4"

Abbreviations:

K:  Knit
P:  Purl
S:  Slip
Rep:  Repeat

Pattern Notes:

Slip - bring working yarn behind the peg to the next peg leaving that peg unworked.  Work next peg as instructed.

When working the knit stitch on the even rows of the Front Panel, be sure to keep that stitch loose so the stitch will be tall enough for 2 rows.

Instructions

Set up loom for the 20 peg square configuration using 4 looms and 4 corners.

Front Panel

Cast on 19 pegs using e-wrap cast on.

Row 1:  *P3, S1, rep from * 3 times, P3
Row 2:  *P3, S1, rep from * 3 times, P3

Rep rows 1 - 2 until piece is approximately 21" long

Bind off  using the basic bind off method.  Weave in ends.

*see below for alternate instructions for Front Panel for those who don't like so many purls...

Back Panel

Cast on 19 pegs using e-wrap cast on.

Row 1:  *K1, P1, rep from * until last stitch, K1
Row 2:  *P1, K1, rep from * until last stitch, P1

Rep rows 1 - 2 until piece is same length as front panel

Bind off using the basic bind off method.  Weave in ends.

Finishing

Place both panels together with right sides facing each other.

Seam the 2 together leaving approximately 10" gap on one edge.

Turn inside out so right sides are now on the outside.

Place pillow form inside.

Seam the opening.

*Don't like so many purls?

Alternate instructions for Front Panel

These instructions are for working the wrong side facing forward and the right side facing away from the knitter.

S1 WYF:  slip 1 working yarn in front is done by lifting the loop off the peg, bring the working yarn between the stitch and peg, and placing the loop back on the peg so that the working yarn is in front of the stitch but still behind the peg.  Work next stitch as directed.

Row 1:  *K3, S1 WYF, rep from * 3 times, K3
Row 2:  *K3, P1, rep from * 3 times, K3

Continue instructions for Front Panel.

Pattern written by Renita Harvey.  Pattern may not be reproduced in any manner without express permission of the designer.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Zippy Loom Corners & Christmas Tree Centerpiece Pattern

Exciting news!!  Knitting Board now has CORNERS for the Zippy looms!


Not only can a project be worked in the round now, the loom can made larger without it being straight. 


I love the new corners!  They open up a whole new Zippy world.  Even if working a flat panel, the loom will no longer be sticking out the window while working on a large project.

The new corners can be bought from Knitting Board or they can be found in stores soon.


To celebrate Zippy corners and celebrate the most wonderful time of year, I present a new pattern.

This Christmas Tree Centerpiece is worked in the round to start then worked in wedges that are seamed.

Embellish with beads or other other colors to fit any decor.  I have included instructions for the garland and the star.


Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Original design 
by Renita Harvey



Christmas Tree

Loom:  Zippy Loom, 6 straight looms and 4 corners for 28 pegs
Yarn:  Jumbo 7 weight yarn, Bernat Mega Bulky used in sample
  • ·         Color A:  Brown - 1 ball
  • ·         Color B:  Green - 2 balls

Notions:  Stuffing, 9“ diameter cardboard circle, loom pick, tapestry needle, fabric glue

Finished size:  approximately 17" x 9"

Abbreviations:
K:  Knit
P:  Purl
R:  Round
Rep:  Repeat
CO:  Cast On
BO:  Bind Off
CA:  Color A
CB:  Color B

Pattern notes:
Tree is worked in the round then worked in flat panel wedges that are seamed together.

Instructions:

With CA and using 2 strands together as 1, e-wrap CO all 28 pegs and prepare to work in the round

R1 – 5:  *K1, P1, rep from * around

End CA.  Join 1 strand of CB.

R6 – 10:  K all

Bring the first stitch of CB round onto the pegs like a hat brim and knit the bottom loop over the top.
Find first loop of new color
  
Pull loop up to peg.

Place loop onto peg.

Once there are 2 loops on each peg, bring the bottom loop over the top loop to knit off.

R11 – 13:  K all

Divide the loom knit 4 sets of 7 pegs.   Prepare to work wedges in flat panels.

Wedge 1
R1 – 2:  K7 – 7 stitches
R3:  K5, K2tog – 6 stitches
R4 – 5:  K all
R6:  K4, SSK – 5 stitches
R7 – 10:  K all
R11:  K3, K2tog – 4 stitches
R12 – 13:  K all
R14:  K2, SSK – 3 stitches
R15 – 18:  K all
R19:  K1, K2tog – 2 stitches
R20 – 21:  K all
R22: SSK - 1 stitch
R23:  K1

Cut working yarn, leaving a 12” tail for seaming.  BO by pulling yarn tail through last loop,

Join CB and repeat Wedge 1 three more times for a total of 4 wedges.

Using the long tails, seam the wedges together.

Weave in all ends except for cast on end.

Stuff the tree with stuffing.

Place the cardboard circle under the stuffing at the bottom of the tree.

Tighten the e-wrap cast on so that the cast on is “gathered” under the cardboard.

Secure ends.

Garland

Loom:  1 Zippy loom

Yarn:  metallic eyelash yarn, 1 ball Yarn Bee Gilt Eyelash in Star Ruby used in sample

Instructions:

Using only 2 pegs, make an i-cord approximately 84” long.

Attach 1 end at the bottom of the green. 

Wrap around the tree until the other end is at the top.

Secure the ends.

Star

Yarn:  metallic eyelash yarn, 1 ball Yarn Bee Gilt Eyelash in Sunspark used in sample

Using whatever method preferred, make a pom pom.

Attach on top with glue.


Looking for more Zippy patterns?

Loom Knit with Isela Phelps

Gettin' It Pegged!  with Bethany Daily

Knit Chat with Denise Layman

Knitting Board Blog





While items made from this pattern may be sold, this pattern is protected by copyright and may not copied, republished, or distributed without express permission of the designer.