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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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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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