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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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Bernat Boa Scarf Pattern for the Knifty Knitter Long Loom

Let’s say you’ve mastered the basics of knitting a scarf on the Knifty Knitter long loom and want to branch out to more advanced projects. I recommend trying out some specialty yarns. A little sparkle or texture can add pizzazz to your knitting projects.

Specialty yarns, like Bernat Boa, can be tricky to use with Knifty Knitter looms. Although they are technically considered bulky, these types of yarn don’t have enough weight to them to use alone on these looms. I found this out the hard way when I made a beautiful, feathery, pink scarf for my boyfriend’s niece. The stitches loosened almost immediately after she started trying to wear it.

I don’t like to make the same mistake twice, so I decided to bulk up some Bernat Boa with the addition of two medium weight yarns – Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Soft – for my next scarf. You might wonder why I chose two different brands of medium weight yarn. To be completely honest, the decision was color-related. I couldn’t find two coordinating yarns of the same brand for my Bernat Boa in Bright Glitter the day I went shopping. Although you could certainly use two colors of either Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Soft, you get an added textural element when you mix and match like I did.

Knifty Knitter Long Loom

Supplies:

  • Bernat Boa in Bright Glitter (1 ball)
  • Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint (1 ball)
  • Red Heart Soft in Grape (1 ball)
  • Knifty Knitter Long Loom
  • Knifty Knitter Knitting Tool
  • Scissors

For this scarf, you can follow right along with the instructions provided with your Knifty Knitter long loom. Think of your yarns not as three different ones but instead one three-stranded yarn. You’re going to wrap and knit the pegs with all three yarns at the same time.

To get started, tie a slip knot at the end your yarn and place it on the peg at the end of the loom. Cast onto 7 pegs on each side of the loom. Once you reach the last peg, you’ll begin wrapping in the opposite direction. Be sure to reference your instruction pamphlet if you need a refresher. I have a little tip for remembering which way you should be wrapping your pegs. When you’re working towards the right end of your loom, you should be wrapping your yarn around the right side of the pegs. Not surprisingly, you should be wrapping your yarn around the left side of the pegs when you’re working towards the left end of the loom.

Now that you have two loops on each peg, you can begin knitting. Grab the bottom loop with your knitting tool, making sure to get all three yarns. Lift it up and over the peg. Do this with all the pegs, zig zagging from front to back pegs sequentially. Again get out your instructions if you need additional help.

Once you reach the last peg, start wrapping the pegs again in the opposite direction. Then knit this row by once again lifting the bottom loop up and over the pegs. You’ll continue doing this until your scarf reaches your desired length. I personally like mine to be between 5 and 6 ft. long.

With only one loop left on each peg, you can cast off of the loom to finish your scarf. I don’t always find it necessary to use a crochet hook to do this like the Knifty Knitter instructions recommend, but this is a time when the crochet hook can be handy since you’re dealing with essentially 6 different yarns on one hook. Make sure you start this process with a good deal of patience. You don’t want to get to the end of all your hard work and ruin the whole project because you got frustrated or rushed. Maybe it’s just me that’s prone to do either of those!

Starting at the end of your loom farthest from your working yarn, lift the loop off the peg and onto your crochet hook or knitting tool. Do the same with yarn from the peg directly across from it. With two loops on your hook, pull the second one through the first and off the hook or knitting tool. Here’s where the patience comes into play because you’re working with 3 different yarns. Just take your time, and you’ll eventually make it the whole way down the loom. When you get to the last loop, snip your yarn and pass the tail through the loop. I like to cut off the excess. You can also weave the ends into your scarf like the instructions suggest. Don’t forget to do the same with the beginning of your scarf.

After I’m done knitting with Bernat Boa, I like to take the knitting tool and fluff out the yarn a little bit. Some one of the feathery, glitteriness gets lost in the stitches while you work. I hope this scarf inspires you to experiment with other specialty yarns on your looms. Happy loom knitting!

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Getting Started with Loom Knitting

Two years ago I decided it was time to learn to knit. Knitting needles intimidated me, especially since I was teaching myself, so I opted to buy a knitting loom instead. At the time, the Provo Craft Knifty Knitter was all the rage with some of the local schools because teachers were assigning math projects that required it. I figured that if kids could knit with a loom so could I.

My initial desire was to make my own scarves, and I bought the Knifty Knitter long loom set. The instructions that come with the Knifty Knitter sets are not that great. I searched around on You Tube and found some instructional videos to get me started. I strongly encourage you to use bulky yarns at first. Otherwise your stitches will be very loose, and your projects might come undone. I learned that the hard way. Once I got the hang of it, I was making scarves left and right. Most people on my list got them for Christmas that year!

Knifty Knitter Long Loom

I got hooked (pun intended!), but I was fairly limited with what I could make on a rectangular loom given the skill set I had. The following Christmas I found a great deal on the Knifty Knitter 4 piece round loom set and just had to buy it. Instead of turning to You Tube for instructions, I thumbed through the knitting books at a craft store and found Isela Phelp’s Loom Knitting Primer. It is so good! If you are new to loom knitting, this is the book to buy. Not only are her instructions wonderful, but Isela also provides great projects with much more diversity than you’ll find contained in any of those Knifty Knitter instruction booklets. After reading the book, I explored her website, and I will tell you that it does not disappoint. Isela offers instructions, videos, and more patterns on it. I liked loom knitting before, but I loved it after discovering Isela. Thanks to her and the Knifty Knitter round looms, I learned new stitches and broadened my project range from scarves to hats and potholders.

Knifty Knitter Round Loom

Frequent readers of the blog know that I am a proud Martha Stewart devotee. When she joined with Lion Brand Yarn to create her own line and loom set, I was thrilled. Her Knit and Weave Loom Kit was at the top of my Christmas wish list that year. With it, you can customize your loom for any project. Your resulting loom might be oval, rectangular, or square depending your needs. I was sad not to find the set under my Christmas tree, but I was lucky enough to receive a gift card that covered the cost of me buying it. The instruction book (not booklet!) that comes with it is wonderful. The instructions are clear and have accompanying photos. It also provides a couple of projects to get you started knitting. The Lion Brand website also has a plethora of free patterns that utilize both Martha Stewart’s yarn and the loom set. If you’re really serious about getting into loom knitting, this set is a wonderful investment.

Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit

I really do hope to take a class one day and learn to properly knit with needles. Until then, I’ll keep myself busy coming up with new ideas to try on my looms. Happy loom knitting!

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