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Homespun Thick and Quick Infinity Scarf Pattern for the Knifty Knitter Long Loom

Right after the Super Bowl, I came down with a nasty viral infection that’s kept me sidelined from all activities other than work for the past three weeks. Sounds like a real bummer, I know, but there has been a silver lining. I’ve immersed myself in one of my favorite low-energy hobbies: knitting.

My first project was an infinity scarf. I saw a knit one on a woman last month and thought that I could totally make my own. All I needed to do was knit a wide scarf and sew the ends together. That’s simple enough, right? I’m happy to report that it is as easy as I’d hoped. Keep reading to find out how I made mine.

Homespun Thick and Quick Infinity Scarf | LulaBelle Handicrafts

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Beyond the obvious reason that I’m obsessed with the colors, I chose Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick Yarn for this scarf because it is soft and bulky, both of which I think are important for warm accessories that are wrapped around your neck. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a good selection of this yarn, so I’ve also tried using the less bulky version of Homespun Yarn. I definitely recommend that you buy 2 balls if you go that route and knit them as one to achieve the appropriate thickness. As always, make sure that both balls are the same dye lot. Not checking for that is truly a rookie knitter’s mistake!

First, you’ll need to knit the scarf. If you need a refresher course on how to use the Knifty Knitter Long Loom, check out the instruction booklet that comes with it or refer to my Bernat Boa Scarf post. Cast onto 12 pegs, and make sure to leave a lengthy yarn tail. If that’s too wide for you, cast onto 10 pegs instead. I happen to have a long neck! Knit your scarf until you’ve used almost the entire skein of yarn. My scarf was about 66 in. before I sewed the ends together. Make sure that you have enough yarn leftover for the sewing. Cast off. Next, tie the yarn from each end of the scarf together in a square knot. Then thread both through a large-eyed needle, sew both ends of the scarf together, and snip the excess yarn. Voila! You’ll have your very own, handmade, infinity scarf. Mine loops around my neck twice, just like the other infinity scarves in my closet.

Homespun Thick and Quick Infinity Scarf | LulaBelle Handicrafts

This knitting experiment definitely goes in the win column. I’ve already been asked about the scarf several times, including in the craft store. One of my girlfriends was so complimentary that I’ve made her one, too. Proof that it’s good to be nice to the crafty friend! Happy loom knitting!

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Fun Fur Skinny Scarf Pattern for the Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom

For the longest time, I’ve been curious how Fun Fur would work on a knitting loom. I’ve been skeptical that a yarn that thin is really bulky enough to turn out good on a loom.

Over the summer, I found some Fun Fur on clearance at the craft store and decided that it was time to experiment. You should always err on the side of caution when buying yarn, meaning that you should buy more, not less, than you think you’ll need to finish a product, especially when the yarn is on clearance. Pay close attention to the dye lot. Not buying the same dye lot can sometimes have disastrous effects on your project, and it’s always hard to find the right one after the fact. I bought all 3 balls of Indigo with the same dye lot that were in the clearance bin just in case.

I am happy to report that this knitting experiment was a success. Here’s the pattern for the skinny scarf that I’m making using it. Yes, I meant to type “making.” Skip to the end of the post for an explanation!

Supplies:

Step One:

Assemble a rectangular loom with the following pieces: 2 36-hole straight pieces and 2 10-hole u-shaped pieces. I used 4 large, green pegs to hold the pieces together.

Step Two:

Place 16 large pegs on one of the 36-hole straight pieces, leaving one hole between each. I used the pink pegs for this to eliminate any confusion for me about which pegs I should be knitting on.

Step Three:

With the knitting tool that comes with the kit, cast on to all the working pegs using the single knitting technique. Refer to page 5 of the instruction book that comes with the kit if you need a refresher on how to do this.

Step Four:

Knit stitch back and forth across your working pegs until the scarf reaches your desired length. You can find the directions on page 6 of the instruction book. I’m using two balls for my scarf, but 3 would be great if you like a longer scarf for wrapping around your neck a couple of times.

Fun Fur Skinny Scarf Loom Pattern | LulaBelle Handicrafts

If this is your first time knitting a project with more than 1 ball of yarn, make sure that you read the instructions for creating a color change for a flat piece on page 7 of the book. Although you’re not changing colors, the technique is the same.

Definitely leave a longer tail than you think you’ll need. Fun Fur has a tendency to shrivel up. I tie the two ends of yarn together in a double, square knot before weaving the ends into my knitting. Sometimes I even put a dab of clear glue on the knot. The last thing you want happening to a knitting project is it coming unraveled. I speak from experience. I almost cried.

Step Five:

When your scarf is the perfect length, bind off the loom. The directions for binding off a flat piece are on page 8 of the book. In case you’re wondering how skinny it is, my scarf measures about 3 in. wide. I estimate that it will end up about 85 in. long.

Fun Fur Skinny Scarf Loom Pattern | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Have you ever gotten stuck in a knitting project? I’ve been working on this scarf for so long that I don’t even remember when I started it! I actually began writing this post a month ago in the hopes that it would motivate me to finish the scarf. Don’t be scared. This scarf is not at all hard to make, especially if you’re familiar with the Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom. I’ve just been a busy bee the last few months. I usually knit while I watch tv, and I’m way behind on most of my shows. This probably explains why scarf is still on the loom.

Happy loom knitting!

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Homespun Thick and Quick Garter Stitch Hat Pattern for the Knifty Knitter Round Loom

My frequent readers already know that I adore the color palettes and variations in Homespun yarn. When Lion Brand Yarns released a bulkier version of this line, I just had to try it! The latest version of this yarn, Homespun Thick and Quick, is great for using with Knifty Knitter looms.

Once I got my hands on a ball of Mixed Berries, I instantly knew what I wanted to make – a garter stitch hat. This is a great advanced project for loom knitters. You’ll learn a new technique for casting on to the loom as well as the garter stitch, which I adore. The resulting hat is as warm as it is darling. I can guarantee you’ll get compliments on it!

Another wonderful thing about this hat is that you’ll have enough yarn leftover to make a matching scarf or cowl. I recommend always knitting your hat first because it will require a specific amount of yarn. A scarf, on the other hand, can be as short or as long as you like. Enough about scarves. Let’s get back to this hat.

Supplies:

  • Homespun Thick and Quick (1 ball)
  • Knifty Knitter Green or Yellow Round Loom
  • Knitting Tool
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

Garter Stitch Hat Supplies

To get this hat started, choose the right-sized Knifty Knitter loom for your recipient’s head. The green loom is a perfect size for my own hats, but I know some ladies with a lot of hair. For them, I generally use the yellow loom.

I didn’t want this hat to have a brim (our first departure from the standard Knifty Knitter instructions!), so I chose a cable casting on technique that would provide a structured edge. Isela Phelps provides a step-by-step, picture tutorial on her website for cable casting on. It starts on pg. 6 of the casting on pamphlet.

Once you’ve cast onto all the pegs, you should have two loops on each. Knit over each peg by picking up the bottom loop with your knitting tool and placing it up and over the peg.

Now you’re ready to master the garter stitch. It sounds much more complicated than it actually is. The garter stitch is made simply by alternating rounds of purl and knit stitches. Unlike the traditional, e-wrap stitches in the Knifty Knitter instructions, the purl and knit stitches are made individually instead of wrapping an entire round of pegs and then knitting them. Again I send you to Isela for step-by-step instructions on how to make both. The knit and purl stitch techniques begin on pg. 13.

Purl stitch 1 round on the loom. Knit stitch 1 round on the loom. Continue this pattern, creating the garter stitch, until your hat reaches between 8 and 9 in. in length.

To bind off the stitches, use the gather removal method, which is also the technique explained in the Knifty Knitter instructions.

Homespun Thick and Quick Garter Stitch Hat

Once you get the hang of the garter stitch, I think you’ll find it addictive. Plus your loom knitting projects will start to look less like everyone else’s and more like those of traditional knitters with needles. Happy loom knitting!

 

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