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It’s about time I dragged my little old self over here, isn’t it?  😉  Well, here I am and I’ve got a fun little crochet pattern to share with you:

Little Sweet Hearts

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These darling applique hearts only take a few minutes to make so you’ve still got time to stitch up a whole handful of them for your special sweeties. Just click on the link above to grab your copy of the pattern

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Jenny

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The Spring 2012 issue of Loom Knitter’s Circle was published this past weekend!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, be sure and check it out.  It’s packed full of wonderful articles and patterns.  And this time, I even managed to sneak a design in the current issue 😉  Meet my little Chickie-Dee!

My kids have a couple of soft, baby chicks (stuffed toys) that they love to play with.  And every once in awhile, when the chicks were out of the toy box, I’d find myself thinking that I could probably make a chickie that looked very close to their chicks.  Last month, I finally gave it a try.  This sweet softie toy is what I came up with.

In the picture above, Chickie has 1/4″ button eyes.  The second Chickie I made was going to be a gift for a baby shower, so I embroidered the eyes on with a tapestry needle and black yarn (still very cute, and safer for households with little ones, or pets that might chew the button eyes off):

While we’re talking about this fun little creation, I’d like to give a shout out to my wonderfully talented friend, Bethany Dailey.  Some of Chickie’s design elements are inspired by her creativity.  Chickie’s tail is done in short rows just like in Bethany’s darling Mr. Wobbles.  And the fun little tuft of fluff on the top of Chickie’s head was inspired by the Pacifier Pals in Bethany’s fabulous book, Loom Knitting for Little People.  (If you don’t already have a copy of this book, I highly recommend it ).

In my experience, each new project that we undertake has something to teach us.  We build on our skills as we try new things.  And the Spring 2012 issue of LKC is chock full of loomy learnin’ so hop on over there and have some fun!

Happy loom knitting!

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If you are a loom knitter, you’ve probably already heard that the Loom Knitter’s Circle web based magazine has re-launched.  The latest issue, Winter 2012, has 9 new patterns, an article about cast on methods, some product reviews, and a fun new addition called Side Stitch.  Hop over there and check it out, if you haven’t already had the chance.

Since LKC has re-launched, the Winter 2010 Issue migrated into the Past Issues category.  And that means that this pattern has moved into the LKC archives as well:

This weekend, I took a bit of time to create a pdf for the 25th Street pattern.  I’ve also added a few little details to the pattern – no major changes, just a few little enhancements.  You can click the link above to find the pdf, and I’ve also added a link on my Free Patterns page.

We’ll be working on this pattern in the Loom Knitter’s Circle Magazine group on Ravelry, if you’d like to come join in on the fun.  Hope to see you there.

Happy Loom Knitting!

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At some point, this little pattern slipped onto the Free Patterns page quietly, with not even a blog post to mark its arrival.  So sneaky, right?  We’ll let’s chat about it now, shall we?

I designed this simple envelope style clutch in February 2010 for a loom class I was teaching featuring the garter stitch pattern.  The project and pattern were created as an exercise in creating the garter stitch pattern on a knitting loom.  After the class was finished, I added the file to this blog and went to work on something else.

I’ve had a few questions on this little bag, so I thought I’d take a look at the pattern and add some helpful pictures of the finishing process.  So, here it is, all spiffed up:

Have fun!

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A few days ago, I finished up my Lacey Scarflet for the Loom Knitter’s Circle loom along at Ravelry.  I worked mine up in a single strand of Berroco Pleasure and decided to use purchased buttons for closing the scarflet, rather than knitting them.

When I was finished, I had almost a full ball of yarn left so I decided to make a hat to match the Lacey Scarflet.  I thought I’d post my notes on the hat here for anyone that might want to make one like it to match their Lacey Scarflet.

Lacey Mock Crochet Hat

Created to match the Lacey Scarflet by Brenda Myers.

Materials used

Large gauge round loom with 48 pegs.  The purple round Knifty Knitter was used for the sample project.

Knitting tool

Tapestry Needle

Yarn:  130 yards of an Aran weight yarn.  Berroco Pleasure was used in the sample project.

Instructions

Cast on 48 pegs.  Prepare to work in the round.

Brim:  Rounds 1-12 – k2, p2 to the end of the round.  (The brim in the sample project measures 1.25″)

Prepare for the next round by knitting the first peg once more.

Next Round – Work the Mock Crochet Stitch, in the round, as follows:

The working yarn should be resting at peg 1.  Bring the working yarn back around peg 48 and lay it across peg 48, peg 1, and peg 2.  Knit peg 2, then peg 1, then peg 48.

The working yarn will now be resting at peg 2.  Peg 2 is now the middle peg for the next wrap.  Bring the working yarn back around peg 1 and lay it across pegs 1-3.  Knit peg 3, then peg 2, then peg 1.

The working yarn will now be resting at peg 3.  Peg 3 is now the middle peg for the next wrap.  Bring the working yarn back around peg 2 and lay it across pegs 2-4.  Knit peg 4, then peg 3, then peg 2.

Continue wrapping and knitting 3 pegs at a time, treating the peg where the working yarn is located as the middle peg, until you reach the end of the round and the last 3-peg group has been worked (this will be peg 47, peg 48, and peg 1).

Repeat this round until the hat reaches the desired length.  18 Mock Crochet rounds were worked for the sample project.  This gives the hat a bit of extra room at the top so the hat is more relaxed and the lace work doesn’t get pulled open too far.

Finishing: Remove the hat from the loom using the gather removal method.  Cinch the top of the hat closed and weave in all ends.  Embellish with buttons, if desired.

The mock crochet stitch creates a pretty, open, lace fabric and works up pretty quickly.  I’d like to point out a couple of good tutorials that I came across on the mock crochet stitch while working on this project.  First up is a seven page picture-based tutorial found at loomknittinghelp.com:

http://loomknittinghelp.com/looms/rlr/stitches/stitches/spatterns_files/mockcrochetstitch.pdf

The second tutorial is a video clip of the mock crochet stitch being worked on a Kiss Loom by Graciela Worth.

(The Kiss Loom is a bit different than many manufactured looms because it has pegs and pins.  If you have a Kiss Loom, follow the video – if you are working with a loom that doesn’t have the pins, just skip that part of the process).

Good luck learning this fun lace stitch.

Have a great day!

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Flower Loom Frosties

The little Snowies have been begging to have some friends over to play.  Right in the middle of this holiday hustle and bustle!  But, how could I say no to such sweet little snow babies.  Meet their friends, the Flower Loom Frosties:

These snowy friends are just a bit bigger than the little Spool Knitter Snowies.  They measure about 6.5″ in height.  These Frosties are made on the Knifty Knitter Flower Loom and are just sweet as can be.  No wonder the snow babies love them 😉  Wouldn’t you like to invite a few Flower Loom Frosties over to your house to play?  Grab your copy of the pattern and get ready for some fluffy fun.

Happy Knitting!

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Spool Knitter Snowies

This has been such a busy year for us.  Time is short and the to-do list is long.  But I stole a big chunk of time away this week to make a little gift for all of you.  As I write this, Christmas is just 9 days, 14 hours, and 56 minutes away.  Hopefully, most of your Christmas crafting is all done 😉  Even with the big day so close, there is plenty of time to whip up a whole tree full of these little cuties:

Spool Knitter Snowies

Alright, snatch up your copy of the pattern, gather up all of your supplies, and knit up a little holiday fun!

Merry Christmas!

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