Meet Kalie Kreischer and Her FREE Patterns

Kalie Kreischer a New Loom Knitting Designer

Kalie Kreischer Free Loom Patterns

Joanna Brandt introduced me to a new loom knitting designer, Kalie Kreischer. I’m really glad she did because now I get to introduce her to you  and give you the opportunity to get some cool FREE patterns. They’re simple, well written and Kalie likes to add lots of pictures. I LOVE pictures!

I thank Kalie for her generosity and I wish her great success in the future. We’re a small community compared to needle knitters but I think we can manage to make some noise for Kalie. Please take a minute to leave a comment for this brand new designer . Woo Hoo  Kalie !

( Read More )…

Modified Basic Bind Off on Loom

Modified Basic Bind Off for Loom Knit Edges

Modified Basic Bind off

The basic bind-off just wasn’t working for me. I kept getting one end that was wider and the other tighter regardless of the type of loom or yarn. It looked odd and I needed to find a better solution to a technique that was pretty good and seemed to work for other people but not me. I had seen someone add a crochet single stitch and I tried that. It was alright but left a tiny hole. I was frustrated. I played around and changed just one thing. The modified basic bind off did the trick.

I just added an extra step every 2-3 stitches depending on the tension and done. Once I tighten my loose ends from my cast-on I ended up with clean edges, squared points and identical widths on both ends I was one happy Loomy.

Below are Text , Pictures and a Video tutorial.

( Read More )…

Baby Sweater Set Pattern by Tamsin Stratford

Free Pattern for Baby Sweater Set

Baby Sweater Set I recently saw the cutest Baby Sweater Set on Loomaholics Google+ page which unfortunately will be shutting down soon. So I wanted to give this really nice pattern another home.

It was designed by Tamsin Stratford and when I first saw it I had two quick thoughts, what a cool name and what and adorable baby outfit. Well under the picture were the instructions for making this cuteness and the generous Ms. Tamsin agreed to let me share it with my readers.

Below you will find the pattern just as it was written by Tamsin I did add spaces and put some of the words in bold just to make it easier on the eyes. The size is for a 6 month old but you can adjust the pattern and change the loom size for a bigger or smaller version.

Tamsin Strarford has her own Google+ page with more adorable stuff she has made for her beautiful little granddaughter. Stop by take a looksy, say hello and THANKS: Click HERE

 

A video for the diamond lace stitch is at the bottom of the page.

( Read More )…

Double Basket Stitch Pattern and Video

Double Basket Stitch Pattern for the Knitting Loom

Double Basket Stitch

This rich and interesting stitch is a mix between a rib and a basket weave stitch. Below is the FREE pattern for the Flat and Round versions and a step by step video tutorial.

I have to admit that translating it was no fun  but once it was done I was tickled pink with joy. I do want to give you a heads up although this design is made up of only knits and purls it can easily get confusing so it’s best to try it only if you are at a minimum an advanced beginner loom knitter or you’re really bold and focused. Pen and paper or stitch counter is highly recommended.

Another warning, it requires a lot of stitches and a lot of rows. You will need 18 stitches across and 20 rows to get the complete pattern and that doesn’t include the edges if you plan to knit the Flat version. A small 4×4 inch square will take you 20 stitches and 60 rows. Can you imagine a scarf. But it would surely be BEAUTIFUL !

( Read More )…

Three Step Stitch Slouchy Hat

Three Step Stitch Slouchy Hat

 

Three step stitch slouchy

I really like the Three Step Stitch pattern. Designing a netted slouch for the yellow 41-peg extra-large loom was something I had wanted to do since I learned the stitch. Now here it is in a cool summer blue cotton. Easy enough for an advanced beginner.

I will take you step by step on the video so even if you’re not familiar with the stitch. Don’t Worry – Be Happy ! I got you covered.

( Read More )…

Yarn to Front Technique (YTF) by Joanna Brandt

Yarn to Front Technique for Lacy Fabric

Yarn to Front Collage

 

Many of us know the Yarn in Front but have you heard of the Yarn to Front, No? Well it’s a new technique by Joanna Brandt. Together with the SSK1 and the basic e-Wrap it creates a really nice lacy fabric. Great for summer and spring designs. Best of all there is a video tutorial if you’re like me, a visual learner.

Below are the basic steps with text and pictures. Under that you will find Joanna’s quick 5 minute video which includes the SSK1 and the e-Wrap instructions. Enjoy it and tell me what you think.

( Read More )…

Moondance Capelet by Renee Van Hoy Free for the Month of July

Moondance Capelet by Renee Van Hoy

moondance capelet

 

The Moondance Capelet is such a very pretty lacy cape. Perfect for these hot days. Well for the Month of July pick it up for Free at CinDwood Crafts. Don’t miss this ! It’s a $4.99 value. Heads-up, the pattern calls for an afghan loom.  But even if you don’t have an afghan – get it because you might buy one later on, you can also change the pattern a bit and make a slouchy hat with it. Most importantly you just don’t want to miss this opportunity. Also if you don’t know Renee here is your chance at zero cost to become familiar with her pattern designs and template. I promise you that with Renee you always get something special. And no, she is not related to me.I’m just partial to this loom knitting designer because of her God-given talent. Below is the link:

( Read More )…

Loom Knit Yoda Hat and Cowl

Yoda Hat and Cowl with a Round Loom

Yoda Hat and Cowl

Last year one of my readers asked me if I had  a pattern for a Yoda Hat. Well Debbie Ward, I know you think I forgot. I didn’t. Here is the FREE pattern for you and all my readers with a step by step video tutorial for the hat and a free easy pattern for the matching v-neck cowl.   ( Read More )…

Life Like Dolls – aka Reborn Babies – Meet My New Models

Life Like Dolls, the Beautiful, the Ugly and Mine

Life Like Dolls

I entered the words “Life Like Dolls” in a Google image search because I needed a model for my knitted baby items and couldn’t find a friend or family member with one young enough to fit my hats and cocoons. The results were so amazing they were scary. These dolls, also known as Reborn Dolls looked nothing like what I thought. Forget Barbie, American Girl and the Bratz these should be on someones Christmas list this year.Like Like Doll

Take a close look at the hair, the skin tone and wrinkles on the hands and feet, it’s just unbelievable. These babies are not your daughter’s old toys. These are Real life baby dolls for big girls.

I have to warn you that some were just adorable but others were shockingly disturbing. There is a market for Crawling (the can’t walk yet) Dead Babies. Go figure.

Non-the-less, I bought the one in the picture above , Hush Little Baby and another that sits up like a toddler, Sweet Princess . She is the picture to the right.

For the Pixie Hat Pattern on the Right: Click HERE then scroll to the bottom of that page.

Let me detail my experience for you …

( Read More )…

Slub Yarn Slouchy Hat & Cowl FREE Pattern for the Loom

Slub Yarn Slouchy Hat and Cowl

Slub Yarn Slouchy

So I’ve learned about a novelty art yarn called Slub. If I was only allowed 2 words for it I would say that it is Beautifully Crude. It is a technique that come about by mistake. New spinners couldn’t get their tension right and created an uneven, lopsided fiber. Now it’s made on purpose. This unrefined product gives a really unusual and interesting texture to your knitting. I loved it.  I instantly thought I needed to design a Slub Yarn Slouchy and why not go one step further and make the matching cowl. The problem was loom knitting this crazy yarn with both extreme of thickness, way to thin sometimes and way to thick other times.

I case you didn’t read my last post, well I did find a solution and below is the pattern for the hat and the cowl. Plus if you keep scrolling you will find a step by step video for the slouch hat.

Para español: Haz clic AQUÍ 

 

( Read More )…

Loom Knitting with Slub Yarn

Loom Knitting with Slub YarnSlub Yarn

I would have never imagined that Slub would bring me joy. The word looks to much like slob. Which has me thinking gray and not yellows and greens.  But slub yarn is really beautiful and finding a technique that allowed me to use this pretty yarn in the only way I know how to turn knots into hats did make me very happy. So let me tell you in 300 words or less what I learned so that you to can find joy in a ball of slub.

By the Way, Slub Yarn is also known as: Novelty and Art Yarn.

Image of Yarn Credit: AllPrettyFibers.Wordpress.Com

( Read More )…

Figure 8 Stitch on a Round Loom

Figure 8 Stitch on a Circular Knitting Loom

Figure 8 Stitch

Warning, this stitch is addictive. It looks good, knits up very fast and it’s like an all-weather fabric. I promise that it is such an easy technique that at first seems a bit confusing. But I have broken down each step with  words, pictures and video. There is NO reason you can’t learn how to do the Figure 8 stitch. You can whip up any project quickly. Although it’s a lacy stitch to warm it up, use a small gauge loom and add some chunky yarn. See the picture above. That’s a warm slouchy And so is the matching cowl. I made them both in  just a few hours!

Try it, I promise you’ll like it.

 

Para español: Haz clic AQUÍ

( Read More )…

Rib Stitch Hat for Men and Women

Rib Stitch Hat on an Extra Large Round Loom

Rib Stitch Hat

Dust-off that extra-large round loom you thought was too big for a hat and lets put it to good use. Make a really cool brimless rib stitch hat for your man and a sweet matching one for you.

This one is easy enough for a beginner, just three knits and a purl. And in case you’ve never heard that you could knit a purl there is a step by step video tutorial to help you with this FREE pattern.

I made a beanie version but I give you the information you need to make it as slouchy as you like. One extra nice thing about this hat is that no matter what it will keep its shape. How’s that for a hat made with a large loom?

 

Para español: Haz clic aquí 

( Read More )…

Review of Knock-off Knifty Knitter on eBay

Knifty Knitter on eBay

Knifty Knitter on eBayIs it a good idea to buy a knock-off Knifty Knitter on eBay? Last year I bought a brand new 5 piece loom set for $5.00 and FREE shipping. Yes, it really was the original Knifty Knitter. I was so excited about this that I wrote a post and begged my readers so aggressively to take advantage of this deal that some folks thought I was the one selling the looms. But no, I just wanted to share some AWESOME news about an opportunity we may never see again. Just a few months later you probably can’t find anyone selling an original set for less the $25.00, In fact right now as I write this post, the purple 48-peg hat along with a yellow and green loom is selling for $90.00.

But never-the-less there are still some incredible deals that can be found. The price game is constantly changing which is why I want to give you a choice that is not a fluke but instead a constant. A “type” or “alternative” that I have seen for the last few years and have now tested that I think is well worth considering.

Like always, when I bring you a great eBay deal I want to remind you that I am NOT the seller. If you have a question about the product you must contact the seller directly.

Now let me tell you and show you a great deal on an alternative to the Knifty Knitter on eBay.

( Read More )…

Celtic Knot Baby Hat by Yunus

Celtic Knot Baby Hat by Yunus Shariff

Celtic Knot Baby Hat by Yunus I found an awesome comment in my inbox this morning that made me extremely happy. It was a pattern for a VERY cute  Celtic Knot Baby Hat by Yunus, one of my webpage readers. I am sooooooooooooo grateful that he shared this with me and has given me permission to share it with you.

He used my Celtic Knot stitch with some smart adjustments. I must admit that the stitch detail shows up really well on his version. I am thrilled to see how my design can be tweaked for the better. I put the video of the stitch below the hat pattern. But don’t deviate from Yunus pattern if you want your hat to look like his.

Please take some time and say Thanks to Yunus Shariff for his generosity. I hope he will give us more detail about himself at some point and that some day I can link to his own webpage with LOTS of new loom knitting designs. I got both my eyes on you dude !

En español: Haz clic aquí 

( Read More )…