Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Granny-on-the-loom

Last June, I started exploring translating concentric crochet techniques on the knitting looms which resulted in several different coaster designs. The first attempt was Patriotic Coasters, followed by Watermelon Coasters, Sunflower Coasters, August Sun Coaster and finally Hexagonal Granny. All of these designs just mimicked crochet stitches, but each one took me a little closer to what I was trying to achieve - to translate actual crochet stitches on the knitting looms. At the time I had so many things going on that I didn't have time to just sit down and physically experiment with the looms, so I did a lot of mental knitting. It's a wonder that I didn't have a wreck, because I knitted in my mind while driving, in doctor's waiting rooms, in lines, at government buildings, on long weekend drives and laying in the bed at night. All this resulted in the Granny's Rose square and a new technique I fondly call "loomchet" was born.

When I first completed the Granny's Rose, which produced actual crochet stitches on the knitting looms, I had hoped the tutorial would be ready by last September. However, I'm a champion procrastinator and extremely absent-minded which is a recipe for disaster. It would probably be lost and forgotten had it not been for Kelly Jones from Kelly Knits, who stayed after me to complete the tutorial for the loomed granny squares. She also test knitted and proofread the tutorial for me. This is Kelly's granny square scarf she made for her husband's grandmother. (BTW - The loomed granny square scarf was Kelly's first experience with crochet of any kind.)

The Granny-on-the-Loom Tutorial is listed under Loom Knitting Techniques in the right sidebar. As stated in the tutorial:

This tutorial will show you how to make a simple granny square by incorporating two pegs on the Knifty Knitter Looms to produce crochet stitches. This technique is presented to you as an alternative way of crocheting for those who either never learned how to crochet or for those who experience pain when crocheting using conventional methods. It is also a handy technique for quick embellishments when loom knitting. Word of warning, like any new technique, the two peg stitch technique is a bit fiddly, but the results are well worth the effort.

For best results, gather your supplies and find a quiet spot, then work through it as you read the tutorial. It is not a difficult technique, but it does require a hands on approach. Hopefully, there will be a video demo before too long. In the meantime, be good to your granny!

9 comments:

guppygirl said...

Awesome, Brenda! It does look very like crochet. I can't wait to look through the tutorial. You are amazing :)

Perry said...

Very cool!

joshua tree said...

I have always wanted to see a video on this and the drawstring cast on. please consider this.

Brenda GA, Dome-Dweller said...

Thanks, Jenny & Perry!

Joshua, you are in luck. I'm planning on doing several demo videos - I've just been waiting to get my courage up. In the meantime, a friend of mine has a video of the drawstring cast on and I have the link listed under Loom Knitting Techniques in the right sidebar.

jpirkle said...

Oh Brenda, you sound more and more like me all the time. I have a pattern that just needs a few more quiet moments to get me to write the final part but what are a few more moments?
I love all the squares you have. I also love granny squares and will try this technique as soon as I'm home in my house full time again. I'm taking care of three youngsters whose daddy is still fighting for his life. Two houses to clean, laundry at both and dinner and dishes at both. Whew! I forgot what it is about to have little ones. Exhausting.
Now I know how hard you have it going through everything with the girls. Bless you.

Kelly Jones said...

Brenda, thank you for posting my site and even more - THANK YOU for this wonderful technique. You just amaze me. I can't wait to use it for something else!

Molly said...

Brenda, thanks for joining my blog and I am so glad to have found yours. I am also a loom person and I can't wait to try the Granny Square method. It looks unbelievable, I can't wait to try it. Take care

Vanessa said...

Hello,

I want to thank you again and also let you know that I made a triangle granny with a few modifications of your pattern! I am completely obsessed with Granny Squares and am actually thinking of learning how to crochet just so I can expand my knowledge. I emailed the Dalooms yahoo group and added a picture of the triangle granny there. If you want me to send you a picture personally you can email me at vbchalice@aol.com.
Vanessa

Gregory "Artman Greg" Huff said...

Sweet! I can't wait to try it out!!