Yarn Giveaway March 2014
This giveaway is all soft and filled with yarn in Your favorite colors. So how do I know what your favorite color is if I don’t know you or the winner? Because these 3 Skeins of Caron Simply Soft yarn will be made up of 1 color chosen by me, 1 color chosen by the winner and 1 color will be the Caron Simply Soft shade most mentioned in your comments.
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Yes I said 3 skeins of yarn. That is enough yarn for a lot of cool stuff from a little fancy slouchy hat to a few pillows for your favorite sofa or a couple of chairs.
The Winning ( We Pick ) Color so far is:
A very pretty coral color. High on the orange tint and so perfect for this upcoming Spring. I see a sweet little girl’s dress with a matching beanie and decorated with little white bows and flowers. I can hear the birds chirping.
Chain Cast On – The Favorite Method for my Round Loom
My favorite method to get my yarn on the loom and ready for knitting is with the chain cast on. This is a clean, less loopy, less of a loom knit look to your edges. Some people get it confused with the crochet cast on. That is understandable because it is done with a crochet hook but the technique is done differently and the result is different. Here is a link to a YouTube video by Isela Phelps, one of my favorite loom knitting authors and teacher showing you how to do the crochet cast on: Click Here.
In this article I will go step by step on how to do this really cool and easy cast-on method using pictures, text and for those awesome people like me, I have a video tutorial. If you have never done this technique I suggest you start with the video at the bottom of this page.
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Darice Knitting Loom
The Darice knitting loom is a Great low-cost alternative to the more widely known Knifty Knitter and more widely available Boye Brand. In all honesty right now I’m not a fan of the Boye Loom. I have issues with its design. If you want to know the specifics read my product review by Clicking Here. The funny thing is that I told a person why I don’t like the Boye Loom and she told me that was the reason she liked them. So always read reviews because one girls bummer is another girls blossom.
As for myself I am a true believer of the Darice knitting loom. It is very similar to the others with just a few slight differences that make this choice the right one especially for first time loom knitters.
I am really impressed and want to tell you why even if you already have a set of Knifty Knitters or Boye these are worth spending the money. I’m still baffled by the lack of suppliers for this great tool.
Let me convince you that it is worth going on-line for them ….
Knit with Two Strands on a Loom
If you use a large gauge loom such as the Knifty Knitter or the Boye you will need to know how to knit with two strands of yarn as one. Many of the patterns written for loom knitting have this instruction within the notes. There is a good reason for it. The most commonly used medium weight of yarn is not thick enough when loom knitting unless you use a high-end, small gauge loom and for many folks those looms are not an option. So in this tutorial I will be showing you a few methods I use to knit with two strands.
Yarn Giveaway February 2014 is Beauty-Full
Yarn Giveaway February 2014 starts on 02/01/2014, 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time.
This one is special, two skeins of luscious Red Heart Soft Yarn in a sexy Red color and Get this ladies my February Glossy Box full of luxurious high-end beauty products just perfect for you. Oh Yeah.
So here are the details….
Rainbow Loom Dragon Scale Bracelet without the Rainbow Loom
The Rainbow Loom Dragon Scale Bracelet is beautiful and best of all easy to make on any loom you already own. All you need is 4 – 10 pegs depending on how wide you want the bracelet. Once you get the hang of it you can turn that skill into lots of awesome projects like a headband or a small purse. The possibilities are enormous.
This is one of my favorite Rainbow Loom bracelets so I’ve written the pattern and made a video. I want to make sure my fellow visual learners are not left behind.
Like the cherry on top, I have to say this again it’s easy to do. Seems a bit confusing at first then you get on a roll and can’t stop.
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The Belt Loop Hat Video
Belt Loop Hat pattern was my favorite for 2012. The folks that visited this webpage and all my social sites seemed to feel the same way. I am very proud of my humble creation. The pattern did also bring on some confusion about how to finish this little beauty so I decided to made a video. Seemed like the right thing to do after promising several VERY special readers.
So Below is the Video. Hope it answers all your questions. Enjoy the extra lesson on how to make a Slouchy version of this hat. I thought it made for a really cool men’s hat.
Spanish Knitting Books
Spanish knitting books for loom knitting are really hard to find. If you do a Google search you’re lucky if you find 1 and many times the vendor is in another country and won’t ship to you. My Amazon search did not yield me a find until I had the exact name or ISBN. Well if you’ve been interested in finding Spanish knitting books for patterns and instructions for loom knitters I will tell you that here in the USA I have been able to find only 3 books through Amazon. They are good ones and my have been happy with my purchase but would love to find many more.
Loom Knit Minnie Mouse Hat Pattern
Loom knit Minnie Mouse hat pattern with out the need to loom knit animal ears. For me personally , it has been the number reason I had not done a bear or mouse hat. I found a way around that dilemma which for most people does matter. I tried some Pom Poms and it come out so cute that my 13-year old wants this hat. She happens to be my muse, so that’s a good sign. By the way, I don’t believe in muses but I like the whole concept anyway. The loom knit pattern is free on this website so give it a try then send me pictures.
This is a pattern for a baby hat but is you want to make it bigger just scroll to the very bottom of the post for a size chart that will help you adjust the pattern for a bigger person.
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Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a Video Tutorial.
Loom Knit Baby Blanket with Free Pattern and Video Tutorial
Loom knit baby blanket with beautiful picot edging and measuring 34 inches can made on a 36-peg loom with out the need to sew seams together. That was what I read on Brenda Myers’ Loom Lore website. Needless to say I was more than intrigued. The Loom Lady had my full attention.
Yarn Giveaway 2014 !
Yarn giveaway starts Tuesday 01/07/2014 at 12:00 am and will happen every month this year. The giveaway will always have yarn but some months there will be extra’s like books, loom knitting tools, accessories , a gift card,one month will even have a mystery gift.The winner will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter.com’s automated system. Is that cool or what.
You can enter everyday until the end of the giveaway. If you don’t win you can comeback the following month and the month after that for the yarn giveaway until you win. But once you have won you can not enter for another 6 months. Fairness is always in style.
Slouchy Hat Pattern for Men: Chain Links
This slightly slouchy hat pattern is perfect for men or women. It has a classy hip look. The cables are easy to do with a two stitch technique. But if the cable stitch is worrisome to you an alternative pattern is pictured below. Looks just as good with less flash.
I’ve made it with Paton’s Classic 100 % wool yarn in the Light Grey Marle but it will work well with any yarn type or color, bright, earthy or pastel. I do prefer wool for cable patterns for its ability to stretch better than say acrylic or a blend.
The loom knit pattern is free on the website for now. To adjust it for children just change the loom to the next step down and knit fewer rows. For a “Slouchy-er ” look add a few more rows at the end of the patter.
Stay tuned for the EASY step by step Video Tutorial that should be ready by January if not sooner. I promise that you even if you have never loom knitted in your whole life you should be able to make this baby with no problems.
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Top Ten Books for Loom Knitting
Here is my list of Top Ten Books. Great for all loom knitters from beginners to advanced, kids and adults. Note that These Books are not in order of preference. I like them for different reasons and have put them in alphabetical order by Author. All have 4 – 5 out of 5 star Amazon Ratings at the time of this article.
Top Ten Kids Gifts for Loom Knitting
Here is my top ten kids gifts list for loom knitting fun. I love how easy this craft is for all ages but especially for kids. You can almost say that it’s fail-proof which is great for boosting confidence plus this is something they CAN do with little to no supervision. They get a tangible item that they can give as a family or charitable gift. Talk about a win / win situation.
A healthy alternative to television or video games. According to Gary Scholar, Health & Wellness Consultant to the employees of the American Hospital Association, ”I have incorporated knitting classes in my Health & Wellness programs for employees because of the health benefits. I would like to see implemented at Children’s hospitals a program to teach sick children how to knit so they have something to keep their minds occupied and be proud of what they have made if they are in the hospital for an extended time,”
Slouchy Hat with Stripes
This slouchy hat with lots of colored stripes adds a tropical flavor to the average beanie. It has plenty of eyelets throughout the knitting for a nice breezy cover that works well in winter or spring.
The loom knit pattern is free on the website. Because you change colors several times it’s a great opportunity to use up some left over yarn. Give it a try then send me some pictures.
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