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!
- Fun Fur (2 balls)
- Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit (read more about it in my post Getting Started with Loom Knitting)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!