Friday, December 07, 2018

Honeycomb Lace Ornament

Our Ravelry Loom-a-long Group has a Holiday Swap at the end of November every year. I always try to design and make a special ornament to tuck in my recipient's swap package This year it was the Honeycomb Lace Ornament, which is a little lace cozy that slips onto a 3 inch ball ornament. 

This little project is super quick and easy. It is an unusual yet simple stitch consisting of all knit stitches with no yarn overs which creates a honeycomb lace pattern when worked in the round. The lace is formed based on the frequency of the knit stitches made per peg, but looks totally different when knit as a flat panel.

For my ornaments, I prefer the clear ball ornament and white yarn for the cozy. However, you can mix it up and use different colors of yarn and ornaments to suit your taste or color scheme. For example, the ornament on the top left in the photo above was made using the same Red Heart Shimmer yarn as the other two, but with a gold ball ornament. 

Two different looms were used for this project. The gold ornament was slightly bigger than the other two pictured, so I used the CinDWood 12 peg 5/8" gauge. Round Loom. The two smaller ornaments cozies were made on the CinDWood 12 peg 1/2" gauge Round Loom. The size can be adjusted up or down by increasing/decreasing number of pegs or gauge.

The PDF file can be found on Ravelry at this location:

Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fishy Sachet-Soap Sack

Do you ever wonder what to do with those tiny hotel/motel soaps, other than toss them in the trash? With this little Fishy Sachet-Soap Sack you can stuff those tiny bars or bits of soap inside and actually hold on to them long enough to take a shower.

If you don’t need a soap sack and things are smelling fishy, tie your favorite potpourri in an organza circlet and stuff it in the fishy for a cute little sachet sack. Keep your undies, socks and other clothing items smelling fresh. Also, these make great little gifts, too.

NOTE: As of this current publication, there is NO video tutorial. If a video becomes available, I will update and link it from the pattern and this blog post.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy intermediate

SIZE: 4½ inches (11 cm) in length – size varies depending on which loom/yarn you use.

GAUGE: 3.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
Exact gauge is not essential to this project as long as you match the yarn to the loom.

  • Yarn: Sugar’n Cream in Poppy (approximately 3 yards); Red Heart Super Saver in Black (18” strand of yarn for knotted eyes)
  • Looms: 12-peg CinDWood 1/2” gauge round loom. Any 12 peg round loom will work. Also, you can increase the number of rows and make this on a larger round loom.
  • Other supplies: loom tool, scissors, yarn needle; crochet hook

Skills included in this pattern:
  • Drawstring cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • k2tog
  • k3tog
  • Yarn over
  • Changing from knitting in the round to two separate panels
  • Picking up stitches to add fin
  • Slipping yarn to the back of the peg
  • I-cord
  • Knotted eye (an alternative to an embroidered French Knot)

Availability: The detailed three-page pattern is available on Ravelry for $1.00:

🐠  Fishy Sachet-Soap Sack. 🐠

Charging a small amount for this pattern will allow you to receive updates if and when they become available. It also helps offset expenses incurred in the pattern development. Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


The human skull, one symbol, so many meanings: 
  • Death, life, life after death
  • Rebirth or change
  • Vanity
  • Good luck, bad luck or no luck
  • Poison
  • Fear or caution in the presence of danger
  • Bravery or courage in the face of death
  • Nonconformity or rebelliousness
  • Decoration or fashion statement
  • Monster High Skullette
Skully is a little loom-knitted embellishment that you may decorate in any way you choose. Hauntingly adorable!! You can make them in any color and decorate them with buttons, embroidery, sequins or ribbon. These make great embellishments for hats, scarves, book bags or headbands. Sew pins on the backs and give them as Halloween or Day of the Dead gifts to friends and family.
The Skully pattern is available on Ravelry for a mere $1.25. Although this is a small applique (2-3”), the pattern is six pages long. Small items require specific techniques, especially on knitting looms, in order to create a clean finished look. This pattern includes the following:
12-peg Skully (right) & 20-peg Skully (left)
  • Two versions of the pattern: one for the CinDWood 12-peg 1/2” round loom and one for the CinDWood 20-peg 3/8” round loom, which also works with the 3/8” KB SockLoom2 set at 20-pegs. The photo on the right shows both versions of the pattern using the same yarn with the accompanying looms on which they were made.
  • Technical specs (skill level, size, gauge based on WPI, materials & notes
  • Photos of finished items using various types of yarn & finishing techniques
  • Techniques for the following: Single Drawstring Cast On; Closing the gap on the CO at end/beginning of rows; transitioning bind off edge from flat to round; Double Flat Knit BO; Single BO; Double Drawstring CO;and using WPI (wraps per inch).
  • General embroidery information is given which includes a simple diagram.

Here are some examples of Skully make on the 12-peg 1/2" gauge CinDWood Round Loom:

These are made on the 20-peg 3/8" looms. The one with the pink bow (top left) was made on the KB SockLoom2 set at 20-pegs and the others were made on the CinDWood Round Loom:. 

Hope you and Skully have a Happy Day of the Dead!

NOTE: Currently, there is NO video tutorial.    However, that could change at any moment.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Loom Stitches: Ridge Eyelet Lace

Ridge Eyelet Lace Stitch for the Knitting Loom
Translating stitch patterns from needle knitting to loom knitting is one of my hobbies, so I thought I would occasionally share one here in an effort to breathe a little life into this sleeping blog. Today's stitch pattern is the Ridge Eyelet Lace Stitch. This is a very easy stitch, even for beginning loom knitters, and it a great stitch to use for any project where you want a "touch of lace". An overview of the stitch is shown in the thumbnail below and detailed afterward. A larger version of the thumbnail photo is available in PDF format here: Ridge Eyelet Lace Stitch for the Loom.

The instructions above are self-explanatory, but I know some of us need more than just basic information so hopefully, the following explanation will help.

Ridge Eyelet Lace Stitch for the Loom

For this explanation, we will be using a 5/8" gauge 12-peg round loom and one strand of Red Heart Super Saver 

  • Cast On: Cast On all 12 pegs using one strand of yarn and your favorite cast on method.
    For a quick neat cast on edge, I use my version of the Twisted-Loop Cast On, where the working yarn is placed in front of the peg and e-wrapped from front-back-front; then finish by knitting the bottom e-wrap strand over the top. This is what the Twisted-Loop CO needle version looks like.
  • Row 1 (for working in rounds): Continue on from peg-12 to peg-1 and knit all pegs using the regular or u-wrap knit stitch.
    Row 1: (for working a flat panel): Turn in the opposite direction and knit from peg-12 back to peg-1 using the regular or u-wrap knit stitch.
  • Row 2 (for working in rounds): Continue on from peg-12 to peg-1 and purl all pegs.
    Row 2: (for working a flat panel): Turn in the opposite direction and purl from peg-12 back to peg-1.

  • Row 3: Repeat Row 1.
  • Row 4 (for working in rounds): You will omit the instructions represented on the chart above in yellow and work only the repeating pattern, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the row. To begin this row you will move the stitch from peg-1 and all odd numbered pegs to peg-2 or all even numbered pegs, This will leave peg-1 and all odd numbered pegs empty and all even numbered pegs with two stitches. Bring the working yarn over the empty odd numbered pegs for the yarn over and knit the two stitches together on the even numbered pegs. (Note: When working the yarn over, you may use either an e-wrap for a more open lace stitch, or just bring the strand of yarn over the peg without wrapping for a tighter stitch.)
    Row 4 (for working a flat panel): You will need to include the instructions represented on the chart above in yellow, which forms the edge stitches for the flat panel as follows: K1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * up to the last peg; k1 (the last peg). Pegs 2-11 will be worked using the yo, k2tog repeats. Notice that with the addition of the edge stitches for a panel, the yarn overs are worked on the even numbered pegs and the k2tog's are worked on the odd numbered pegs. Otherwise, the stitches are worked the same for both the rounds and flat panels.
  • Repeat the above 4 rows to your desired length.

Hope you have fun making projects with this easy lace pattern!