It’s that time! We’re going to be starting this fun Loom Along, right here at the blog, so what you may want to do right now is take the time to subscribe to this particular post’s comments.
How do I do that, you ask??
Just go to the comments section of this exact post, type your comment that says you’re going to be a participant in the LAL fun, then find the box below the comment box that says: “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” Put a check in that box before submitting your comment. You can also check the box that says: “Notify me of new posts via email.” so that you’ll know right when the next bit of the pattern has been released. 😉 In doing these steps, you’ll know when there’s a new question asked and also my response to that question…so we’ll all be learning together and from each other!
Okay…heeeeeeerrrrrrreeeeeee weeeee gooooooo!
Let’s talk about Options:
I’m always one for changing things up a bit, lol. If something says one thing, I’m right there ready to suggest an alternative…and this project is no exception! I’m going to leave the end result up to your own…well, yes…Whimsy! 😉
The original project is knit in double knit stockinette, which provides a nice thick and cozy layer of warmth and stability. This is twice the thickness of a regular panel of single knit. When the project is assembled, you will actually have 2 pieces of double knit back to back. This feels good to me, and I tend to wear my scarves doubled up like this all the time, but you may wish to have the thickness toned down a bit. Here are a few ideas on how you can accomplish this:
- Knit only one side double knit stockinette, and the other a regular single thickness panel knit, using the same number of pegs. (If you decide to do this, knit the single thickness panel first at 20″, then knit the double knit 2nd at 21″ and leave on the loom until the next portion of the pattern is published.)
- Knit 2 panels of regular single knit. I’m not sure I really recommend this option fully, as it won’t have very much stability when being used as a bag…but if you really prefer the lighter version, or if you are using really bulky yarn, then this is a viable option for you.
- Knit one panel of double knit stockinette (which would be at 21″ and left on the loom). This panel can then be stitched together with a layer of fleece fabric as the 20″ layer. I’m actually working on a version of this pattern that will most likely be finished in this manner.
**One more option: If you measure around your neck (or the neck of the recipient) and you find that 20″ is not a comfortable fit (it should be gently snug, but allow room for your hand to slip through easily), then by all means, adjust this number accordingly…just be sure to add one inch to the 2nd panel (or the 21″ panel described in pattern).
Okay, now that I’ve shared with you some ideas…let’s get to it!
- Using your yarn (1 strand if using bulky, 2 strands held as one if using WW) Cast On to all 12 sets of pegs of your pink KK long loom, using the stockinette CO. (see diagram)
- Once you have wrapped 2 x’s around the loom in this manner, knit the bottom loop over the top loop on each peg, then place a length of contrasting waste yarn across the knitted pegs as shown:
This contrast yarn should be long enough to tie end to end across the bottom of the loom and will serve to hold the loops that will be completely bound off later.
- Using the Stockinette Stitch (the same method of wrapping the loom as shown in the above CO) create a length of knitting that measures 20″.
- Bind Off and remove from loom:
- Beginning at the end opposite of your working yarn, move the 11th peg’s loop of the back row of pegs onto the last back row peg. KO.
- Move this loop to the 12th peg on the front side of the loom. KO.
- Move the 11th front side’s loop to the12th peg on the front side, KO.
- Move this loop to the 10th peg on the back side, KO.
- Move the 9th loop to the 10th back side peg, KO.
- Move this loop to the 10th front side peg, KO.
- Move the 9th front side peg onto the 10th front side peg, KO.
- repeat in this manner until you’ve reached the last loop, trim yarn and pull tail through loop to cinch and weave into your panel to secure.
- Bind Off original Cast On stitches:
- Using your crochet hook and working toward your beginning yarn tail, insert into the first 2 loops on the waste yarn, pull the 2nd loop through the first. Now you will have just one loop on your hook.
- Grab the next loop in line onto your hook, and then pull through the other loop on your hook.
- Continue in this way until all loops are bound off…pull yarn tail through last loop and weave in to secure.
- Remove waste yarn.
- Make another panel… this one will be 21 inches in length… BUT DO NOT REMOVE FROM LOOM! You may finish off the Cast On loops, but leave the panel ON the loom until the Winter Whimsy: Part II is revealed. 😉
Okay! Off you go…just remember: Any and all questions or comments should be posted right here in this exact post (that we have all now subscribed to), so that everyone is on the same page for learning and encouraging. This is going to be so much fun! 😀