Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Scrubadubby



If you're looking for a quick on-the-go project that is both fun to make and very useful, the little 4 inch diameter Scrubadubby is the project for you. It is made using one strand of Red Heart Scrubby yarn and one strand of 100% cotton yarn of your choice on a 5/8 inch gauge 20 peg CinDWood Loom. The pattern includes a chart for adapting the scrubby for anything from 12 to 24 pegs. 

When used alone the RH Scrubby is not absorbent, but adding a strand of cotton yarn results in a scrubbing pad that is both absorbent and has scrubbing power. Also, using variegated cotton with a matching color of Scrubby always results in a surprising and colorful outcome. One of the Ravelry Loom Knitter's group members described the Scrubadubby as looking like an exotic cactus.

The Scrubadubby has become my go to project to make, stash and give as little gifts to friends and family. Quick, mindless and addictive!! I’ll bet you can’t make just one.

The pattern is offered as a free download on Ravelry: Scrubadubby.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Italian Tubular Cast On for the Round Loom

I'm always playing with new techniques and one of my recent ones is a loom knit translation of a needle knit cast on called, Italian Tubular Cast On. This cast on is excellent for single ribbing (k1/p1) on hats, mittens, socks or sweaters. It produces a stretchy edge that has a "rolled" appearance with an indiscernible beginning. Below are photos of the finished cast on. Also, a complete tutorial may be found here: Italian Tubular Cast On for the Round Loom.




Friday, August 07, 2015

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!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tea Time Coaster


Here's a project that is not only quick and useful, but it's also a great last minute little gift. Once you learn the wedge repeat, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes from start to finish. It's also a great way to use up scraps of yarn since it only takes about 25-30 yards per coaster. It's also a great little project to stuff in you bag for knitting on the go.


The Tea Time Coaster pattern, which is designed for the CinDWood 1/2 inch gauge 10 peg thumb loom (pictured above), is available as a free Ravelry download. It could easily be made using 10 pegs on just about any loom but may require modifying the number of wedge repeats and/or the type of yarn used.



Enjoy & Happy Looming!!