Kitchener Cast On for loom knitters

What do these projects have in common:

  • Smartphone case, June 2012 (top left);
  • Easter ducks, March 2013 (top right);
  • An iPad Mini bag, June 2014 (bottom left); and
  • Yellow Ducks, March 2015 (bottom right)

The answer is that they were all made from the bottom up seamlessly using a drawstring Kitchener Cast On that I developed in the fall of 2011 when I was attempting to find a seamless closure for the bottom of a slipper sock for my granddaughter. (Sorry, but there are no pictures of the frogged attempt on the slipper sock.)

Below are pictures of the bottom of each of the above projects showing what the grafted cast on looks like once it is closed.

This is really an easy technique. The most difficult part is adjusting the stitch tension when closing the cast on edge and that’s not difficult once you become a “Stitch Whisper”, which is explained on the last page of the Drawstring Kitchener Cast On for the Knitting Looms. Download the photo tutorial by clicking on the link in the previous sentence or in the Techniques section on the right sidebar of this blog. Enjoy!

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New Knits for a New Guy

I recently knit up this sweet little set as a gift for my cousin’s soon to be born baby boy.
This is the Hello Kimono and Wee Hat pattern from Kate Oates new booklet, “New Guy” and I loved every second these were on my needles!
It has been maybe years since I did stranded colorwork in my knitting.  Now after this project, I feel obsessed. Now I am spending my evenings pouring over colorwork patterns on Ravelry.
I. Want. More. 
It’s nice to change it up once in awhile.
For this project I used Quince and Co. Tern in Kelp, Aventurine and Popham. 
My favorite part of this little set are these sweet rocket-ship buttons. I purchased them months ago from Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove and was happy to finally have a chance to use them. 
I’m a firm believer in buying up cute buttons at every opportunity. They can be hard to find! :)

I just gave my cousin this set at her baby shower this last weekend with a few pairs of hand-sewn baby pants. 
I can’t wait to see her tiny new baby in them! :)

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Introducing Zigzagged!

It’s almost the end of July already!  Schnapps and I are impatiently awaiting colder weather and while we are doing that, we are busy knitting, working on Christmas presents and organizing Operation Bottle Beanies!  We have hundreds of hats ready to ship out in early September and have been keeping area hospitals supplied with cotton blend and other lightweight hats this summer.
Even though it is very hot, we know that soon enough there will be a huge need for lots of warm caps, so Schnapps designed this one yesterday. It’s simple, quick and toasty warm.  Just what we’ll need to be sending out soon.  The pattern is below.  If you want an easy to print PDF of the pattern, it is available at my Craftsy store for just $1.50.  ALL pattern sales are used to cover shipping and supply costs.  
Schnapps is always looking at all angles!
Operation Bottle Beanies is already underway! 
Don’t forget about Operation Bottle Beanies!  We are collecting tiny hats that will be placed on jars and bottles at Fifer’s Farm Store in the Fall. From olive oil bottles up to quart size mason jars and all sizes in between! These hats will be sold for $1 each and 100% of that money will be donated to keep people in Delaware warm this winter.  Yes, it is just for Delaware right now, but Schnapps and I are dreaming big…….we hope that someday it reaches well beyond our tiny state.  

We need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things. 

Hats can be sent directly to:
202 Acorn Forest Drive
Felton, DE 19943

Our latest e-book is available also!
Patterns in Inspired Hope!

Our new e-book Inspired Hope is now for sale too.  The patterns and the e-book can be found in our Craftsy and Ravelry stores – the links are also on the right hand side of this page.  There is also a “buy now” button for Inspired Hope on the right hand side as well.  100% of the price goes right back into DEHH and KKforK.

 If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at too!

Use 6-weight yarn and size 13 needles.

k2tog:  knit 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim: 
Row 1:  knit all stitches
Row 2:  purl all stitches
Repeat Row 1 for about 2 inches

Work Pattern:
Rows 1 & 2: *k4, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1*; repeat around
Rows 3, 4, 15 & 16:  *k3, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, k1*  ; repeat around
Rows 5, 6, 13 & 14:  *k2, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, k2* ; repeat around
Rows 7, 8, 11 & 12:   *k1, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, k3*; repeat around
Rows 9 & 10:  *p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, k4*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 – 16 until piece measures 6.5 to 7.5 inches in length.

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: knit all stitches
Row 2: *k4, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *k3, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 4: *k2, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 5: *k1, k2tog*; repeat around
Row 6: *k2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special who may find themselves on a rough path right now!

 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 60.

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 72.

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 108 stitches.

The pattern is worked over 12 stitches.


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Flower Headband

Flower Head Band
15 peg or 12 peg loom
looming hook
crafters needle
worsted yarn
CO: Cast On
EW: E-Wrap
K: Knit
P: Purl
EWCH: E-Wrap Chain
COF: Cast Off
EW CO 8 pegs
Row 1-8: K1, P1, K5, P1, K1
Row 9: K1, P1, K1, EWCH7 BOLB toss bottom loop over, repeat the EWCH in the next 2, Bring the first and third EWCH loop to the second peg. EW the 3 loops together. Increase on both sides of the peg you just EW by pulling up the connecting yarn. Then K2,P1, K1.
Row 10: K1, P1, K2, EWCH7 BOLB toss bottom loop over, K2, P1, K1
Repeat rows 1-9 however many times to make the length you want for the head band. Then do the first 8 rows 1 more time. 
Sew ends together. 
For horizontal use of the flowers follor the 3 peg section above to add anywhere on a pattern. 

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Loom Knit Costume Hats


This book introduces some much awaited favorites!!! The Dragon, Yoda(Green Alien), Owl, Viking, Pirate, and Crown Hat!! They all come with private video tutorials, and sizing options for child and adults. As well as loom options. The patterns were written for Knifty Knitter and CinDwood looms but has a section of other brands that will substitute for these brands, like Boye, Darice, and Martha Stewart looms. There is a wide range of difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert. This book offers a very versitile format for every skill level, learning style, and sizing and loom options. Plus some revamps and options on some of the older patterns that were originally seen for free.

The book includes some free patterns, but you might be asking why purchase? Well what if I told you that those free patterns in the past only had 1 sizing option and 1 loom option you can use. Well the book has child and adult sizing options as well as 4 loom size options, and notes for other brands you can use to match up with the Knifty Knitter and CinDwood looms. The Buy Now button above allows you to purchase and download the book immediately!!!

There will soon be the option to order a paperback book for your book shelf at home of these patterns, allowing you the ability to use the patterns without needing a digital devise!!! Also this book will be available on Kindle as well!!! Be looking for the Links to come!!!

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How to Loom Knit an Animal Pillow

Animal Pillow

41 or 59 peg loom
36 or 44 peg loom
looming hook
stitch holder
crafters needle
Bernat Blanket or Baby Blanket Yarn 2 skeins
2 buttons for eyes
twin size pillow
large button
14″ of velcro
hot glue gun

CO: Cast On
EW: E-Wrap
ID: Internal Decrease
BOLB: Bring Original Loops Back
DSCOF: Draw String Cast Off

For the pillow take your 41 or 59 peg loom and loom flat for 27inches, make 2 panels. When you cast off on the second panel make sure for the very middle peg you EW Chain 5 or 6 times for give you a button loop. Sew all sides together and leave 1 end open. Hotglue in velcro on the open end. Sew your large button on the other end at the middle.

Head: 44 or 36 pegs: Flat:
EW CO 44 or 36 pegs
Row 1-11: EW
Row 12: for 44 peg: EW10 (Ear: EW8 3rows, EW7, EW6 2rows, EW5, EW4 2rows, EW5, EW6 2rows, EW7, EW8 3rows, BOLB) EW8 ( Repeat ear) EW10
for 36 peg:
EW8 (Ear: EW7 2rows, EW5 2rows, EW3 3rows, EW5 2rows, EW7 2 rows) EW6, (Repeat ear) EW8
Row 13-20: EW
Row 21: ID 44to22 or ID 36to18
Row 22-29: EW
DSCOF or if you don’t want too much bulk you can take everyother loop and move it to the next peg and toss the bottom loop over and DSCOF.
Sew up bottom of head, stuff, and sew on the middle length side of the pillow mostly on the top area. Hot glue on eyes at the base of the snout lined up with the ears. After that your done. 
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Back on track

Calling it an identity crisis would be an exaggeration of scandalous proportions, but someone who doesn’t feel like knitting doesn’t really feel like myself. I’ve reminded myself that’s me too, except not very often. Anyway, it seems to be time for my usual self again! Perhaps simply writing about it helped, like trolls that burst in daylight? Not to mention spotting this particular shade of blue:

I’m going to knit mittens. Above in the photo is my first cuff attempt, based on an Estonian pattern. I like it, but I do think the pattern works better in the enlarged version below. In both cases the cast-on method is the “double-start” method (decorative and elastic) described by Nancy Bush in her book Folk Knitting in Estonia, which I highly recommended.

To keep the edge from curling outwards I added a purl row in the first cuff. It worked, but didn’t look quite right, and as I was going to modify the pattern I might as well try something else. In the second version I used the same cast-on but added a “vikkel” braid instead a purl row, which worked just as well but looks a lot better. The braid is described in the same book. Next step will be to decide what pattern for use for the main part, not to mention what kind of gusset to make. Exciting!

For those of you who spek/understand Swedish, there’s an article about me in today’s DN if you’re interested.
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How to Loom Knit a Summer Lace Bolero

Lace Bolero
24 or 28 peg loom
looming hook
2 skeins Peaches and Cream Cotton Yarn
crafters needle
measuring tape
CO: Cast On
EW: E-Wrap
P: Purl
D: Decrease (placing that loop onto the next working peg)
I: Increase (pull up the connecting yarn that goes from one loop to another and add it to the peg.)
YO: Yarn Over (lay working yarn over the empty peg)
WT: Wrap and Turn
EWCH: E-Wrap Chain (EW the same peg however many times)
COF: Cast Off
Start off by making measurements on the person or your body to find out how many inches you will need to make this bolero. First place end of tape on the  middle back of your neck then lay the tape over a shoulder bring around the back up under the other arm and over the should to meet back at the middle back of neck. This is your trim number, add 2 inches to this number.
Next you need to know the length of your center back. Place the measuring tape on the center back of your neck and mark where the tape is at the middle of your back. This is your back panel measurement. Add 2 inches to that number.
Lace Trim: 8 pegs: Flat:
EW CO 8 pegs
Row 1-2: EW
Row 3: EW2, D1, YO, EW5
Row 4: EW3, WT, EW3
Row 5: EWCH4, EW2, WT, EW3
Row 6: EW5, P1, EW2
Row 7: EW4, D1, YO, EW3
Row 8: EW3, P1, EW4
Repeat rows 3-8 until you get the needed length of lace trim.
COF Sew ends together.
Back Center: 24 or 28 pegs: Flat:
EW CO 24 or 28 pegs
Row 1-3: EW
Row 4: EW3, D1, I1 P the I, EW3, D1, I1 P the I, continue around to finish row.
Row 5-7: EW
Row 8: EW1, D1, I1 P the I, EW3, D1, I1 P the I, continue from the EW3 and so on to finish row.
Repeat rows 1-8 however many inches you need. Make sure the last rows are your 3 rows of EW. COF  

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July meeting tomorrow

It’s been a busy month for me, so little time for actual knitting, although I’ve lots of ideas for things I would like to do!

It’s our club meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday 7th July).  It caught me by surprise so the reminder is late.  I had intended to post at the end of last week, but events overtook and it didn’t happen.

This month is the evening we have our annual knitting challenge.  This year you were asked to knit something using ladder yarn.  You could use as much or as little as you liked and it could be machine knitted, hand knitted, crocheted or a combination of any of the crafts.  I hope we get lots of entries.

I’m sure we will also find plenty to chat about, and don’t forget to bring your recently finished knits for show and tell.

Visitors and new members are welcome even if you haven’t got anything for the challenge!

8 pm as usual.
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June meeting update

We got a knitting machine out – a Brother KX350 Mid Gauge machine and did some hand tooling.  (No photos of it in action as the demonstrator is also the photograpaher!)  There were a number of different cables and twists shown, plus a few other techniques.

Stephanie has seen this youtube video

  and wanted to see a live demonstration.  No problem!  Try it – we liked it and it was simple.

We also had the usual show and tell.  Christine was wearing a very intersting shrug.  Luckily there was a whiteboard and pen available so a few sketches and notes helped with the explanation of how it was knitted.

 Stephanie bought along this supper top that she had recently finished.

Janet has been stash busting again and bought along these two crochet blankets.  She says she still has yarn to use!

 Nina has knitted a summer top using thread lace.

 And Liz has completed another pair of socks (by hand) plus a summer top.  She knitted it to wear at the Guild of Machine Knitters National Guild Day and AGM.  They had challenged members to knit something to wear on the day.

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