Monday, June 17, 2013

Pattern - Triple Flip Scarf

Announcing the Triple Flip Scarf.

The Triple flip is a simple stitch pattern repeated until it reaches long enough to wrap around your neck 3 times and still be loose.

Loom(s): sample tested on AllnOne Knitting Board at 1 cm setting. Can use any knitting board or long loom at 3/8" gauge to 3/4" may need to adjust yarn size or number of strands to eliminate gaps. New Sock Loom 2 would be the same gauge (3/8") and smaller, less bulky loom choice for this small width pattern. The new Basic loom from KB basics kit would be nice and lightweight as well but is a slightly larger gauge (7/16").

Gauge: not important; just use an appropriate weight yarn for your loom for an ewrap stitch.

Yarn:
Sport or Worsted Weight. Purple Worsted weight used in sample and was heavier for cooler weather. 2 balls of Vanna's choice used in sample. White sample is Red Heart Shimmer. It was nice and light weight.


FB - Front Board
BB - Back Board
CO - Cast on
EW - EW
Sl - slip stitch
St - stitch(es)

Cast on 20 pegs in ewrap cast on in the following pattern
FB: EW CO 4 pegs
BB: Skip pegs 1-2. Cast on 3 pegs
FB: CO 3 pegs
BB: CO 3 pegs
FB: CO 3 pegs
BB: CO 4 pegs.

See Illustration for set up. Tech drawing courtesy of Charity Windham.

Slip 1st st of each row. EW remaining stitches. Knit till length is approximately 90" long with the working strand on the last peg (#20). Leave at least 1 yard of working strand and cut. Sample used 2 balls and ended at 500 rows of triple knit stitch (looks like 3 columns of ribs; the reverse is identical if item flips).

Bind off method options: Kitchener, Russian graft or sew.

Setup for bind off:
Leave live stitches on loom. Slide knitting needle on beginning end of panel. Fasten beginning end and live ends together using Kitchener method. Can transfer loom to needles to use needle Kitchener method or choose loom method by doing the following: use scrap yarn or cable needle to move live loom stitches to front board in order of stitches. Now place beginning end of panel on back board making sure to come up through the middle of the loom and placing all 20 stitches back on the loom onto the back board.

Use loom knitting Kitchener stitch notes as below. See video link for additional help.
http://youtu.be/2IBM8CbvmNo

An easier method is to use the Russian grafting technique with a crochet hook; it navigates back and front working each stitch. Use knitting needles of a smaller size than your loops just to hold the stitches. See end of the following video of the hexagon blanket for this technique. Start at minute 24:40. http://youtu.be/SZZt6cOFu2Y


As always in grafting there will be a half stitch jog. You can also sew your ends together with a tapestry needle and matching yarn.

Weave in tails.

Have fun playing with ways to wear your scarf. You can also stack them to look like a taller and thicker cowl as well or infinity scarf.

Happy Looming!

Kristen Mangus

P.S. This pattern was designed in 2012 by Kristen.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

New stitches - Sisal and Seagrass


GoodKnit Kisses new Bento Box Scarf featuring new stitch patterns Sisal and Seagrass were developed April 2013. The stitches both have a cool reverse on them. The reverse doesn't match but is good looking. The stitch patterns are more universal in style and go great for masculine, feminine or neutral.

Both patterns I have been researching to see if they have ever been created before. Not finding them, I called a few yarn shops and spoke to owners who knit & teach. After describing, they said they'd never heard of that before but were excited to test. The patterns are simple to achieve and are a repeat over a multiple of 2 stiches & 2 rows. Quite simply, it is a method of bind-offs and yarn overs.

Below are the stitch patterns written out. Please feel free to use these new stitches in your own designs and projects. The photo of the Bento Box scarf shows the motif alternating between the two patterns. The intent is to have a full afghan with this design. The scarf created was using a scrap yarn from Yarn Bee. I'd suggest using a solid color in your own sample to really see how cool these look in person. Patterns will be free and coming this summer. Please watch my blog for the latest. (Sample made over 168 stitches on Knitting Board new 28" loom with peg extenders. Scarf is 55" long; knit along the width of the loom.)

Sisal stitch pattern: bind off 1 stitch then yarn over, repeat to end of the row. Next row repeat. Written: Row 1 *BO1, YO*, rep *,*
Row 2 rep Row 1 (For needles use a Purl BO method or for loom BO as usual on row 2)
Repeat Rows 1-2

[Loom Knitters remember to knit your first stitch, then knit your second stitch. Move 2nd stitch to 1st and work the stitch by taking the bottom loop over the top. Ewrap the empty peg, where the 2nd stitch was and this completes your yarn over. Repeat this method to the end of the row.].

Seagrass stitch pattern: Bind off 1 stitch then yarn over, repeat bind off and yarn over to end of row. Written:
Row 1 *BO1, YO*, rep *,*
Row 2 *K to the end of the row (needles Purl to end of the row instead).
Repeat Rows 1-2

I hope you enjoy these new stitch patterns. Please post your comments below. I'd love to see your test swatches and designs! Please post your photos to our Education Facebook Page or Google+.

Happy Knitting!
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mitered Square - Picot Lovey free pattern


Have you wanted to make an easy mitered square on a loom? Together with Charity, we have designed a mitered square that will work well for you. You can actually do this on any loom and with more stitches. This particular pattern was created to go with my Picot Layette set and was inspired by the new sock loom 2 from Authentic Knitting Board. I was privileged to get an advance preview of the loom and got so excited that I created 3 new patterns. A Picot Lovey (mitered square with picot optional add-on edge), Picot Booties, and a Picot Bonnet.

If you are familiar with Charity Windham's Hexagon baby blanket you will be able to make the mitered square in no time. The video for the Hexagon will help you understand the principle

Here is the pattern below. Enjoy!
(Originally written June 11th, 2013)

Picot Lovey
By Kristen Mangus & Charity Windham
Designed on June 11, 2013

Loom: small gauge loom 3/8" at least 54 pegs. Knitting Board Sock Loom 2 was used on sample

Notions:
Removable stitch marker
Crochet hook

Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable color Petunia. Less than 1 skein used.

Size: approximately 14-15". Sample lightly water blocked and pinned.

Gauge: swatches in garter stitch 4 stitches per in. And 7 rows per inch. For a 24" square cast on 96 pegs on a 3/8" loom

Abbreviations:
HS - half stitch
K - ewrap (you can also u knit)
CO - cast on (cable method for border see video)
Sl - Slip stitch (skip/ignore this 1st st)
St - stitch
BO - Bind off

Cast On 54 pegs from 54 to 1 (I like to use the chain method to do this but a double ewrap or yarn over cast on will work well. See video to help on start)

Place marker on peg 2
* peg 54 is always HS*

HS peg 1, K 52, HS peg 54
Sl 1, p back to marker making sure to purl the marker stitch (note all purl rows will always slip the 1st st even if not stated)
HS where marker is
Move marker one peg

*K to peg 53, hS peg 54
Sl 1, Purl back to marker (purl at marker)
HS where marker is
Move marker one peg*

Continue until all pegs but peg 54 have been wrapped. Purl last peg.

*HS peg 54, k to marker (lift 2 loops over 1)
Purl back to peg 53*
Repeat until all 54 pegs have only 1 loop and complete 1 more purl row.

Loose bind off.

Optional: Picot border around entire piece.(see below)

Place all stitches of one side back on the loom (54 stitches or the same that were originally cast on)
CO 2, BO 4 until all stitches have been worked. http://youtu.be/qWkTu8T8KeM Begin Picot Bind Off*.
*This is an alternate to my standard picot bind off in the round just for flat panels.
**Cable CO 2, BO 4 (** rep between **,** til one st left on loom, EW 1 cut tail and pull through)
Details on adding the picot:
Place 1 side of your panel on the loom being careful to take one stitch from each side.  Start with your finished end and pick up 54 stitches evenly. (see below for NOTES ON ROWS).  For every 2 stitches it will make 1 picot between them.  Make sure you have two empty pegs to the right. Place a slip knot on the 3rd peg (the first one with a stitch from the existing panel). Now Cast on 2 then bind off 4 pegs. When you do that the first two stitches on the panel will be done and it leaves you with one picot. Repeat for remaining stitches on that side. Repeat for all sides. TIP: Use a removable stitch marker.  Place on 2nd stitch from end (with will be your 4th bind off stitch).  When you have bound off enough stitches it will be uncovered and you'll know to move the marker back two stitches and cast on your next 2 stitches.

NOTES ON ROWS: For the side with rows, with the sets of garters and not the columns of stitches, you'll want to pick up the same number of stitches as you do on the beginning and finished sides of your knitting.  The two true "sides" will give you too many picots if you pick up too many stitches.


Repeat this process for all 4 sides.


Weave in tails.

Block.



Blocking instructions:
I suggest a wet block approach.  This is safe for all types of yarn.
If you have a machine washable fiber you can run it through the washer then follow pinning instructions below.  If a natural fiber wash by hand with a recommended mild detergent then follow pinning instructions below.










Washing Instructions:
I prefer washing by hand in my plastic basin with a product called Soak. This detergent is formulated to not need rinsing. Mix with one tsp of detergent to 1 gallon of water.  Use spring or filtered tap. Mix up with your hand in a clean sink or basin. Place knitting in and let soak in for 15 minutes. Gently squeeze the water out or place in a dry white towel and roll.  Knitting will be damp.







Pinning Instructions:
Need:
Blocking Board(s) or clean kids play-mats
T-pins that are rust-resistant

Lay knitting on blocking board and pin the corners evenly with 1 pin in each corner.  On one side start pinning behind each picot to have a nice straight line. Adjust corner pins as necessary.  Repeat for adjacent side and work your way to the corner opposite your first starting pin.  Try to match the sizing pinned from the first side. Now skip the adjacent side and go to the side opposite of the 2nd side you pinned.  After pinning behind each picot  Adjust the criers as needed and complete the last side.

Leave knitting until it is dry.  Be sure to place in a well ventilated area with good air circulation.


Pattern for personal use only.

Happy Knitting!









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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Picot Petals Challenge

Picot PetalsPicot Wall Hanging by CarriePicot flower submissions by SusanPicot flower submissions by SusanTasha's cute pink picot entry!Kristyn used the Picot Star on her mermaid's headband. Love it!
Sophie's picot flower entry. She plans to add it to a tank top!Jennifer's picot flower entryPicot flower entries for Lori. :)Picot flower entries for Lori. :)Picot flower entries for Lori. :)Picot flower entries for Lori. :)
Picot flower entries for Lori. :)Picot flower entries for Lori. :)Alisa added a picot flower to her cute bag!Carrie added a double picot flower to her stretchy wide headband, so cutePicot Star ornament entered by Lori. How inventive and fun! Hmmm give me ideas! Thanks Lori :)Mara made her picot petal in cotton. I think it could pass for a snowflake, very cool.
Picot flowers by Jennifer!Picot flowers by Jennifer!Kalie's cute Picot Star entryKrystal submits her entry: "Picot star with 3 strands cotton yarn. 1st attempt" Way to go!Kim's picot star entry; it looks so soft!Mesh bag with Double picot flower- Susan I love your entry...ok I may be biased since they are all my patterns, at least it's a drawing! LOL

Picot Petals Challenge, a set on Flickr.

Check out all the Entries for the Picot Challenge! Deadline has been extended to May 18th, hurry to enter. Winner will be drawn and not judged.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Virtual Loom Along and Challenge - loom knit picot flower

April Showers have certainly brought May flowers!



In a festive flower celebration, I'm hosting a virtual 

loom along from May 1 through 14th!  


Come join me on my Facebook or Google+ pages for fun posting and knitting together.  

Lets share photos of what we make and creations to use our flowers on.  Email me your photosgkkcontests@gmail.com by May 14th (see challenge rule details) and I'll be drawing for a winner.  Winner(s) will receive PDF patterns and I might get to throw some yarn in the mix!

We'll upload them to our Flickr site to feel the love of all the flower power!


Patterns and yarn to give away?! What?!


Check out my Website for details on how to enter the Picot Flower Challenge!

We’re challenging YOU to make a Picot Star or Picot Petal, submit your photo & be entered to win!

Please see the Contest Rules at the link below. If you do not know how to make them you can access the free flower patterns & video loom alongs by clicking here! 

Please visit out my main YouTube channel and if you are not subscribed, I’d be honored if you’d subscribe and check it out.  I am a YouTube Crafting Guru.  I teach how to loom & needle knit with a little crochet, general crafting & design as well. 

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Here is the Yarny Link:

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If we have an overwhelming response 2nd & 3rd drawings will take place for additional winners.  All winners will receive a GoodKnit Kisses pdf pattern of their choice (by email) and a signed postcard from Kristen just for fun! :-)  See this link for the card.  Feel free to download to make your own card to keep or hand out for other loom knitters. 


Good Luck & Happy Knitting!!


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Loom Knitting Pretty Picot Flowers - Picot Star & Picot Petals


Picot Star & Picot Petals


Loom Knitting a flower never looked so sweet.



Pretty Picots edge this 6 pointed star made on a 12 peg Knifty Knitter Flower loom. This is a true knit flower but it also looks like a 6 pointed or sided star.  We call it the Picot Star.  The main flower is very easy with a picot bind off. Watch for a bonus vlog on a true cable cast on as well by Charity Windham.










The Picot Star looks great by itself as an embellishment to a hat scarf, handbag, clip or headband. Well hey use it for a variety of projects! But for a multilayered effect pair it with the Picot Petals Pattern. This flower is larger and is make on the 24 peg Knifty Knitter. (Looms can be swapped out of course!)

Below are the Written Patterns and the video tutorials.  Have fun and Happy looming!

The Picot Star can be made to place on top of GoodKnitKisses larger flower, the Picot Petals pattern. Watch video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RaESjWsWEU 


Picot Star Pattern-


Cast on: Modified Drawstring

Rows 1-3: Flat Knit

Bind Off: Picot






The Picot Petals Pattern is about the same diameter as the Knifty knitter 24 peg loom.  Watch video at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhmDNssauW8



Picot Petals Pattern-

Cast On: Reduced modified drawstring. Ignore even numbered pegs & cast on 12 pegs in modified drawstring.

Rows 1-4: K (using flat knit).
Row 5: *K1, yo*. Rep from *,* (place yarn around all 24 pegs and flat knit odd rows).
Rows 6-7: Flat knit

Bind Off: Picot bind off. CO 2 in Cable CO, K1, BO 4 to bind off 2 stitches.  You will get 1 picot per 2 stitches.  Repeat 12 times.  You will have 12 picots.  Tie off and weave in ends.




Happy Crafting!!
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dew Drop Shawl Pattern


Dew Drop Shawl
by Kristen Mangus of GoodKnitKisses

(VIDEO now embedded.  Click to watch!)


A sleek and glamorous shawl reminiscent of hairpin lace. Change the look with a change in yarn and go from a dressy date shawl in a shimmery yarn to a casual sock weight yarn or art yarn and wear as a keyhole scarf!

LOOM(s):
Authentic Knitting Board All-n-One loom. Loom configured at maximum with the 5 peg sliders on ends between the 48 peg front board & 48 peg back board. Could use alternate loom if can configure as above in 3/8" gauge. (Martha Stewart loom with 4 corner pieces and small pegs in all holes works well).


YARN:
300 yards of medium weight yarn for shawl or 200 yards if stopping for smaller scarf. Yarn used in test is Sensations Enchantment Silver Metallic. Other test yarns were sock weight and bulky art yarn which give a totally different look.

FINISHED SIZE(s):
21"x60" shawl or knit 10-12" for a scarf only

Abbreviations:
EW - Ewrap
BB - Back Board of loom
FB - Front Board of loom
St - stitches



PATTERN NOTES:
We're using the back board (BB) as a place for a holding peg to work the drop stitch and all knit stitches are worked on the front board (FB). Do not skip pegs on FB. The sliders provide the space and no extra wraps are needed for the drops. Plus the width of the shawl actually is the width of the board. It's a  multiple of *3 + hold* +3

The basic pattern is ewrap 3 & Hold on BB 1 peg behind 3rd ewrapped peg, EW 3 & hold on BB, repeat pattern till last 3 stitches and EW.

Row 1: *EW 3 on FB, wrap BB1*, repeat between *,* till last 3 st. EW 3.

Repeat Row 1 for 100 rows to knit the maximum intended size or till 21" measures on ends.

NOTES on Sizing:
Work in a flat panel with a turning peg (the first stitch of each row is always slipped, meaning skip and move to peg 2) until SIDE length measures 21" or length from nape of neck to waistline. The middle will measure longer because of the dropped stitches weight.
For petite shawl measuring 12"x54", as on my test in the sock weight seen below, Use a multiple of 4.  Cast on 3, wrap holding peg, *EW 4 on FB, wrap BB1*, repeat between *,* till last 3 st. EW 3.
This will take out a few drops and changes the sizing.

*The pattern is railroaded by knitting the length on the width of the board but one can knit fewer multiples on any loom and skip 2-5 pegs before wrapping EW to get the same results and it will effectively "turn" it to the side.  You would just knit till you got the desired length. For example using a Knifty Knitter: work as a flat panel and skip enough pegs to make about a 4" drop, then wrap the next peg.  Leave 3 pegs at the end to finish the row in 3 EW. Knit till desired length.

BIND OFF:
Make sure you have at least 9-10 yards left on ball or skein to bind off (or 3.5 times the length of the loom following around the pegs on front & back).
Loose Slip knot bind off, making sure to yarn over around the holding pegs following the pattern it makes along the loom so bind off matches cast on drop stitches.
*If your yarn isn very nubby you can use my stretchy bind off but you will need to add extra wraps or chains between to span the distance between the drops; this changes the look of the edge to look crocheted which was not intended.*

OPTIONAL FRINGE:
Add fringe to both shorter ends as desired OR one of the longer sides to hang from back of shawl.

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Copyright GoodKnit Kisses; do not copy, in whole or in part, the above written pattern or video. Please link to this video or GoodKnitKisses blog or website. Pattern itself may not be re-sold or distributed but you may sell an item made by using this pattern.

Thank you!






Yarns used in above designs:
Sensations Enchantment Silver Metallic (388 yards in ball - 300 yards used) 21"x60" full size
Weight: 4 - Medium. 5 ozs. 142 gms. 388 yards. 355 meters. 92% Acrylic, 8% Polyester.


Lucci Melange Sunset Romance (216 yards in ball - all yardage used) 12-14"x60" smaller
Weight: Bulky. Merino Wool, Pima Cotton, Angora, Rayon, Sequins, Metallic, Acrylic, Nylon



TEST in sock weight!
Sensations Enchantment Bamboo & Ewe color ciscontinued (262 yards in ball - 200 yards used) Petite size
Sock Weight: 40% Wool, 30% Nylon, 15% Rayon. 2.12 oz, 60 grams, 262 yards, 260 meters.





Monday, January 28, 2013

Chocolate Filled Cupcakes Recipe just in time for Valentine's Day!


As a special treat for you; Kristen and her mom show you her favorite cupcakes from childhood! These are special & don't need icing. The recipe is by a sweet family friend named Deedra Van Dyke of whom has given her permission to reprint and film for YouTube.  Thank you Deedra! Deedra says, "We love to take them camping with us! Just throw them in the cooler and its such a treat!"

The chocolate filled cupcakes have a sweet cream & chocolate chip filling inside. Your friends and families will beg for more!


Also included in the video are two icing recipes for fun. One is a cream cheese made with Oreos blended, perfect for a sock monkey theme! The other is a Butter cream icing with maraschino cherry flavor as well and would be great for Valentine's Day with candied hearts, a cherry or red crystal sprinkles!











See the recipe below & follow along in the YouTube video:



Filled Chocolate Cupcakes 
by Deedra Van Dyke
(Makes 36 servings)

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tsp vanilla

FILLING
8 ounces Cream cheese
1 whole egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Make filling mixture by beating cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt together and stir in chocolate chips.  Set aside. Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Beat up all other ingredients and fill muffin cups to 1/2 full.  Put a teaspoon of filling on top of each muffin cup and bake for 20 minutes.

Per serving: 173 calories; 8g Fat (40% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 25g Carbohydrate; 12mg Cholesterol; 110mg Sodium
(Nutritional information pulled from an automated system in a recipe software program called MasterChef - info is old)


Happy Baking!

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