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.

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
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.

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.

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!
Kristen Mangus of GoodKnit Kisses
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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

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

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. 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.


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:
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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