Spooky Spider Mitts!

After publishing the tutorial on how to make the Dangling Spider Stitch, I knew I just had to create a fingerless mitts pattern that featured one sproingy, skulking spider on the hands of each mitt. Well, I am pleased to announce that I succeeded! 😀

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These babies are so warm and cozy and the fit is really nice.  It can be adjusted lengthwise for differing sized hands, too. I probably could have used just a few additional rows between the hand and wrist joins, which is noted in the pattern so that you can adjust if you so choose. 😉 I have a little bit larger hands…not giant, lol…just not as small as other hands I’ve compared mine to.

Anyway…these are pretty easy to make and all the instructions are spelled out as clearly as I could make them…especially with the tutorial videos from the last post ready to view as needed. You should actually be able to whip up a pair before handing out candy to all those hungry goblins on Halloween night! 😀

Because I know this is a tad late to be releasing a Halloween themed design, I am happy to let you snatch this project at half off from now until the clock strikes midnight on Halloween!  If you don’t have time to whip up a pair this year, at least you’ll have the pattern ready to go for the spooky season 2018! 😉  To receive the discount, simply place the pattern in your Ravelry cart and it will show up auto-magically.

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Happy Haunting!

Bethany~

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Dangling Spiders for the Loom!

Some of you out there may remember that I have had a recurring battle fascination with spiders.  It all started when we lived in a house that was a veritable highway bypass for aggressive house spiders, a breed of spiders that make you want to don the strongest of armor and go into battle, scouring every inch for those suckers before you feel any sort of relief.  My own relief came when we actually moved from that house, lol.  Welllllll, not quite, as I’m sure we took some hitchhikers along with us and we still to this day find some of these guys roaming the garage, or occasionally, the house.

Spiders, singleI’m not so paranoid now, though.  I’ve learned how to deal with their inevitable autumn re-occurrence. Part of that process has been exploring how to make them seem cute by having their yarnie counterparts dangling around near Halloween, or by learning all I can about identifying them (there’s power in knowledge, right? lol).

Well, I haven’t stopped my therapy, haha! I had been planning on doing a post all about making bobbles for Stitchology at the KB Blog and I ended up having a dream one night about how to make those bobbles into spiders.  It’s a pretty good idea, too!  Sometimes my crazy brain does things like that in my sleep, lol. Anyway…the very next day I spotted this from Kitterly and my mind went zinging with the possibilities!  It wasn’t my dream bobble idea (which I still want to do!), but it was so so cute, and still involved bobbles, so of course I had to figure out a similar loomy version.  *Please note that I did not look at the pattern at all, just figured out my own method of making these types of spiders after having looked at the picture for inspiration. 😉  I do highly recommend trying the Kitterly pattern for those needle knitters out there who need a little spider therapy of their own. 🙂

So, without further preamble, here are the instructions to make the repeating stitch pattern, the 8″ x 8″ square (for those of you following along during Stitchology 😉 ), and a couple videos thrown in for good measure!  Happy Spooky Looming!

Dangling Spider Stitch for Knitting Looms

by Bethany Dailey, October 2017

Spiders, top with spooky light

Special Stitch Instructions

When the pattern uses the term “knit” or “k”, please use the true knit stitch or the u-stitch, not the e-wrap, unless otherwise stated.

Abbreviations

K,k: knit

P,p: purl

KO: knit off (lift bottom loop(s) over top loop and completely over the top of the peg)

WY: working yarn

HH: half hitch (create a loop with WY by twisting in opposite way than when making an EW and place on peg. The WY will be coming from underneath the twist rather than on top.)

rep: repeat.

EW: e-wrap stitch.

S1, s1: slip one stitch (don’t work the stitch, simply skip this peg, and carry the working yarn behind peg to the back of the work.)

(SWYF) x5 directly translates to: Slip With Working Yarn in Front 5 times. This simply means that the next 5 pegs will not be worked, but will have the working yarn (WY) carried to the front of the work.  To do this, simply remove the loop already on the peg, slip the WY in front of the work and behind the peg, then replace the held loop back onto the peg. Repeat for the next 4 pegs in line.

*Note: another easy way to work a SWYF is to begin to work a purl stitch, but instead of lifting the original loop off the peg and placing the new loop on the peg as you do when purling, simply KO the new loop, leaving the original one in place.  Pull gently to free the WY, which will now be between the peg and the front of the work.

 

Steps to Create a Bobble (Bobbles can be worked going in either direction on the loom…Simply number the bobble pegs 1-3 in the order they are worked in the first bobble step.):

Step 1: k3

Step 2: move the loop from peg 1 to peg 2. Move the loop from peg 3 also to peg 2. KO 2 loops over 1 on peg 2.

Step 3: HH onto peg 3, k peg 2, HH onto peg 1.

Step 4: (k3) repeat 3 times, will end on peg 3.

Step 5: move the loop from peg 1 to peg 2. Move the loop from peg 3 also to peg 2. KO 2 loops over 1 on peg 2.

Step 6: reach down at the back side of the work and pull up the 3 loops from the base of the bobble that were knit in Step 1 and place them back onto pegs 1-3.

Step 7: WY will be coming from peg 2. K peg 3.  Continue with remainder of row.

Step 8: Knit next row of pattern, KO 2 loops over 1 on peg 2 of bobble.

Video for making a Bobble for your easy reference:

 

Chart Key for Repeating Pattern Rows

 Chart Key, Dangling Spiders

Dangling Spider Repeating Pattern Rows

Dangling Spiders Stitch

To work this pattern in the round, such as for a hat, use the Repeating Pattern Rows chart, and make sure to read it from right to left for each row, rather than alternating sides each time. Also, cast onto your loom in a clockwise direction, using a number of pegs that is divisible by 7—the number of stitches required for each pattern repeat.

Working as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a number divisible by 7. Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Rows 1-7: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Row A:*p1, (SWYF) x 5, p1, rep from * to end.

Row B: purl all sts.

Row 8:

Peg by peg breakdown:

Pegs 1-3: purl.

Peg 4:

  • Temporarily remove the loop from peg 4 and hold.
  • Carefully pull up all 4 strands of yarn travelling across the front of the work up onto peg 4 in order.
  • Replace the held loop. There will now be 5 loops on peg 4, but ignore the 4 pulled up strands for now.
  • EW peg 4 and KO the 2nd loop only (while ignoring the other 4). Repeat 2 more times to create a tiny bobble.
  • Reach down at the back side of the work and pull up the loop from the stitch just below the first EW stitch and place it back onto peg 4. KO.
  • KO the 4 pulled up loops.

Pegs 5-7:  purl.

Row 9: p2, create bobble, p2.

Row 10: p3, KO 2 over 1 on peg 4, p3.

Rows 11-16:  Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Row C: p3, s1, p3.

Row D: p3, EW1, p3.

Rows 11-16+: Repeat Rows as desired for length of spider web.

Video for the above Repeating Pattern Rows:

 

Dangling Spiders Square

Dangling Spiders Square

Work as a flat panel (Cast on from left to right/counter clockwise a total of 39 pegs. Begin 1st Row from right to left/clockwise):

Rows 1-4: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Row A: knit all sts.

Row B: purl all sts

Row 5: k3, p33, k3.

Row 6: purl all sts.

Row 7: k3, p2, (SWYF) x 5, p26, k3.

Row 8: purl all sts.

Row 9: Repeat Row 7.

Row 10: p15, (SWYF) x 5, p19.

Row 11: Repeat Row 7.

Row 12: Repeat Row 10.

Row 13: Repeat Row 7.

Row 14: p15, (SWYF) x 5, p11…

Peg 8 Breakdown:

  • Temporarily remove the loop from peg 8 and hold.
  • Carefully pull up all 4 strands of yarn travelling across the front of the work up onto peg 8 in order.
  • Replace the held loop. There will now be 5 loops on peg 8, but ignore the 4 pulled up strands for now.
  • EW peg 8 and KO the 2nd loop only (while ignoring the other 4). Repeat 2 more times to create a tiny bobble.
  • Reach down at the back side of the work and pull up the loop from the stitch just below the first EW stitch and place it back onto peg 8. KO.
  • KO the 4 pulled up loops.

…finish Row 14 with: p7.

Row 15: k3, p3, create bobble, p27, k3.

Row 16: Repeat Row 10, KO 2 over 1 on peg 8.

Row 17: k3, p4, s1, p13, repeat peg 8’s breakdown in Row 14 on peg 22, p14, k3.

Row 18: p16, create bobble, p12, EW1, p7.

Row 19: k3, p4, s1, p13, KO 2 over 1 on peg 22, p14, k3.

Row 20: p17, s1, p13, EW1, p7.

Row 21: k3, p4, s1, p13, EW1, p14, k3.

Row 22: Repeat Row 20.

Spiders, angleRow 23: k3, p4, s1, p4, (SWYF) x 5, p4, EW1, p14, k3.

Row 24: Repeat Row 20.

Row 25: Repeat Row 23.

Row 26: p8, (SWYF) x 5, p4, s1, p13, EW1, p7.

Row 27: Repeat Row 23.

Row 28: Repeat Row 26.

Row 29: Repeat Row 23.

Row 30: p8, (SWYF) x 5, p4, s1, p6, repeat peg 8’s breakdown in Row 14 on peg 15, p6, EW1, p7.

Row 31: k3, p4, s1, p5, create bobble, p5, EW1, p14, k3.

Row 32: Repeat Row 26, KO 2 over 1 on peg 15.

Row 33: k3, p4, s1, p6, s1, p6, EW1, p6, repeat peg 8’s breakdown in Row 14 on peg 29, p7, k3.

Row 34: p9, create bobble, p5, s1, p6, EW1, p6, EW1, p7.

Row 35: k3, p4, s1, p6, s1, p6, EW1, p6, KO 2 over 1 on peg 29, p7, k3.

Rows 36-57: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Row C: p10, s1, p6, s1, p6, EW1, p6, EW1, p7.

Row D: k3, p4, s1, p6, s1, p6, EW1, p6, EW1, p7, k3.

Rows 58-62: Repeat the following 2 row pattern:

Row E: purl all sts.

Row F: knit all sts

BO all stitches.  Weave in ends close to work and block to an 8”x 8” measurement.

Have questions or comments?  Please feel free to leave a message for Bethany in the comments below.

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Everyone’s A Winner!

doubleknitloomI bet you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles to hear the winner of the Giveaway Drawing for the brand spanking new loom by Authentic Knitting Board, the ‘Rotating’ Double Knit Loom, am I right? 😉  Well, I am here to tell you who that lucky person is!

But first, let me tell you that you are actually ALL winners today, because I have a special treat for each and every one of you for stopping by and visiting with me this week. ❤

Loom Knit Garden ToteYou may each have a copy of my new pattern to go along with the Rotating Double Knit Loom, the Loom Knit Garden Tote. It features both double and single knit methods to let you fully enjoy the two different knitting options available with this new loom. The other cool thing about this pattern is that it is fairly versatile…I made a fully lined bag from it, but you could also make a pillow, or a bag sans liner, or even a bag perfect for an easy-peasy, drop-in liner of a basic canvas tote! You could even just use the colorwork chart to add a bit of garden flair to another project of your choice, like a blanket, hat, or sweater. 🙂

Loom Knit Garden Tote. front pocket, sm

Feel free to download the pattern for the Loom Knit Garden Tote right here.  This pattern is also listed at Ravelry, so make sure to give it some loomy love over there and link it with your own projects, so that we can all enjoy the variations that you come up with!

Now, without further goings-on, I’d love to announce the winner of the drawing for the new Double Knit Loom!

Drumroll, please? …………………………………………………………………………….

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The winning comment is:

“Looks very interesting! I love working on my lap, but always need a pillow to raise up my WIP. I don’t understand why the pegs on the inner loom face backward?
What happens if you want to use it by itself? Is that not possible? TIA 🙂”

My answer, for those that are curious, lol:  

gettinitpegged says:

“Bob: The inner loom’s pegs face backwards so that when you wrap them during the double knitting process, the groove will be where you will be knitting the stitches over on that inner loom. You can definitely use it by itself if you don’t mind working the pegs on the inside of the loom and having the project hang towards the outside of the loom. 😉”

Congratulations, Bob!!! I’m so thrilled for you to receive your new loom! Make sure to message me with your shipping address so that we can get this baby to you as soon as possible. 😀

Thank you all, and happy looming to you, with all those new KB looms at the ready for your creative fingers!

Bethany~

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