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Hello loom knitters,

To kick off the fall season, we have a free hat pattern available exclusively on the Knitting Board blog! 

This is a beautiful winter hat pattern that features a Fair Isle design. I carefully selected the yarn colors to give it a painterly effect, hemmed the hat brim for extra warmth and added braids for a touch of fun. I hope you enjoy this free pattern.





Provisional cast-ons/bind-offs keep your stitches "live" so that you can work them together seamlessly later. They are useful for flat loom knitting or "in the round". This method does not require knitting needles which will make a lot of loom knitters happy. The final result will look like a kitchener cast-on. Use the provisional cast-on for joining ends to live stitches or picked up stitches on the side of your knitting. 

This cast-on works the same in the round or flat. If your piece is worked in the round, you will just flatten your knitting and half your stitches. You can use stitch markers to mark the halfway points on each side of the knitting where the waste yarn meets the elastic or project yarn. For demonstration purposes, this tutorial assumes that you know how to cast-on and do the knit stitch.

Why do you do a provisional cast-on? This cast on is useful for joining pieces of your knitting seamlessly. This is useful in loom knitting since we do not always have enough stitches to do wide pieces such as a drapey cowl. If you don't have a large round loom you could loom knit your cowl flat (instead of in the round) and then join your pieces seamlessly. It's also great for starting socks, just cast-on using waste yarn/elastic cord and your stitches will remain "live" for seaming later. I also use this cast-on for ponchos and other garments.

Also included in this tutorial is how to join two pieces together without using knitting needles after doing this cast-on and notes on how to provisionally bind-off.


This cast-on will produce a seamless join similar to kitchener.
Elastic thread is useful but not absolutely necessary.

Top right:  Waste yarn is shown in white, then 1-row elastic cord was knit and the salmon-colored yarn represents the project yarn. On the left the yarn colors were reversed so that the viewer can better see the join.


Follow the steps in this section for all provisional cast-ons, flat or in the round...This tutorial is not designed to teach you how to loom knit so the actual knitting process is not shown on the loom. You should already know how to e-wrap cast-on and do the regular (true) knit stitch before attempting this cast-on. 
  1. Referring to the photo above:  e-wrap cast on with waste yarn. Waste yarn can be used over and over again and should be a contrasting color to your pattern yarn. This will make it easier to see which is which.
  2. Knit at least 10 rows or rounds using waste yarn. Use the regular knit stitch (also called true knit). E-wrap knit stitch is not recommended for this cast-on. You may knit as many rows/rnds as you like with the waste yarn just make sure you give yourself enough fabric to work with.
  3. Knit 1 row with elastic cord. If you do not have elastic cord then skip this step. Elastic cord is just easier to pull out because it is slippery but regular yarn can be encouraged out of the knitting also (it just takes a little longer).
  4. Cut your waste yarn/elastic, leaving a 4 to 5 inch tail.
  5. Work (loom knit) your pattern as stated. You won't seam until your pattern is completed. Above is just a sample.

THIS IS THE END OF THE PROVISIONAL CAST-ON TUTORIAL. BELOW IS HOW TO JOIN TWO SECTIONS AFTER USING THIS CAST-ON. 

Note:  You can also bind off using a provisional bind-off. Just do the steps in reverse. When you finish your pattern, do not bind off in the regular manner...1st loom knit 1 row with elastic cord, then loom knit 10 rows (at least) with waste yarn, then bind off or remove the fabric from the loom.


How to join (after pattern is complete)...


Fold the fabric in half where the waste yarn meets the actual project yarn.


The above picture is only an example as this tutorial is showing your two pieces, each with a provisional cast-on, being joined. You may be joining a side with a provisional cast-on to a side with a closed cast-on. Work them the same. If you have a closed cast on (on one side) then just pick up the edge stitches one by one.


Thread a needle with enough yarn to seam your pieces together.




Go through the end stitches on both pieces.

Note:  Make sure you are going through the stitches, not the ladders between the stitches. It can be helpful to look at the front and follow the line of stitches to locate the actual stitches.




Above:  On the side you ended on go down through the next stitch (on the same side).







1.  Continue by going through the next stitch on the other side of the knitting.



Continue completely down the seam line in this manner. You will go through two stitches on each side before going to the other side and repeating. See below...
Go up one side...


Go down the other side. As you can see we are joining the white side to the salmon-colored side on the other piece.





Pull out the elastic cord and remove waste yarn. The final result will be a smooth join between the two pieces.






I love the lazy days of summer. It usually means that the hectic knitting season has come to an end and I'm able to take more days off. I don't completely stop looming in the summer, I'm just able to slow things down and appreciate each stitch when I am knitting. It's so nice to have time to throw a blanket on the lawn and enjoy the weather while working. My husband and I also like to take long drives, enjoy the sun and stop at the local produce stands. 

Today I picked up some beautiful grape tomatoes. The colors were so vibrant I couldn't resist them, lovely yellows, plums and reds. I'm adding the tomato picture to my color palette as I think their colors would make a beautiful vibrant scarf one day. If you read my color series then you know I get my color inspiration from nature and the pictures I take.

Today I have a couple of free patterns for you! This is a really cute and easy wear set. Best of all they are beginner friendly and an easy loom knit. I've loom knit them on the 3/8" peg spacing looms but both patterns would be easy to gauge for other looms. The touch of alpaca in this yarn gives a beautiful halo to these knits and I love the soft, muted colors which give this set a vintage feel. The look reminds me of my retro tube socks from the 80's. I loved those!

Enjoy the free loom knitting patterns below!

I love knitting magazines, picnics, produce stands and loom knitting outdoors!

Retro Beanie


Level:  Beginner
Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows = 4"/10.2 cm square in stockinette.
Size: 3 sizes, Child, Teen/sm Adult, Adult.
Loom:  3/8" peg spacing round looms. 60 pegs (child), 72 pegs (teen/sm adult), 80 (adult). Samples were knit on the KB Round Hat looms. If you have an adjustable loom you can adjust stitch counts to fit the wearer.

Yarn: Yarn Bee Brushworks, 80% Acrylic & 20% Alpaca, Yarn Weight: 3 - Light, 3.5 ounces,  262 Yards.
  • A = Mocha
  • B = Red
  • C = Ivory


Supplies
  • Knitting tool
  • measuring tape
  • crochet hook
Pattern Notes
  • The bottom edge of the hat is designed to roll slightly.
  • Adjust measurements to suit the wearer.
  • Loom friendly pattern! This pattern works on any even peg loom. You will need to adjust yarn weight, measurements to suit the loom you've chosen. This is the responsibility of the Loomer if changing the loom.
Pattern

Foundation round:  Chain Cast on all pegs with 1 strand color C; join to work in the round.
Rnds 1-4 (in C):  Knit
Rnd 5 (in A):  Knit
Rnds 6-9 (in A): *K2, p2, rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 10 (B):  Knit
Rnds 11 and 12 (in B):  *K2, p2, rep from * to end of round.

Rnd 13 (A):  Knit
Rnds 14 and 15 (in A):  *K2, p2, rep from * to end of round.
Rnds 16-18:  As rnds 11-13.
Rnd 19:  Knit in A.
Rnd 20 (in A):  *K2, p2, rep from * to end of round.
Repeat rnd 20 until total work measures 3 1/4"/8.3 cm (child), 4"/10.2 cm (teen/sm adult), 4"/10.2 cm (adult).  You may adjust this measurement to suit the wearer.

Begin top of hat
Rnd 1 (in A):  Knit
Repeat rnd 1 until total knitting measures 7 1/2"-8"/19.1-20.3cm (child), 8 1/2"/21.6 cm (teen, sm adult, regular adult). Add an 1"/2.5 cm to this measurement if you would like a little slouch. Measurements may be adjusted to suit the wearer.  

Bind off:  Use the gather method. Weave in ends.


Retro Wristers


Loom:  3/8" peg spacing Adjustable round loom. Use 36 pegs (teen/sm adult), 38 pegs (adult), 40 pegs (x-lg adult). Peg numbers may be adjusted to suit, maintain even peg numbers.

*See above hat pattern for yarn information, level, gauge, and supplies.

Pattern Notes
  • Wristers have no thumb opening.
  • Wristers are sized for teens to adult.
  • Mitts are knit from the top down.
Pattern

Foundation round:  Chain Cast on all pegs with 1 strand color C; join to work in the round.
Rnds 1-4 (in C):  *K2, p2, rep from * to end of round.
Rnd 5-7 (in A):  Knit
Rnds 8-10 (in B):  Knit
Rnd 11-13 (in A):  Knit
Rnds 14-16 (in B):  Knit.
Rnd 17 (in A):  Knit
Repeat rnd 17 until total work measures 4 1/4"/10.8 cm.

Begin Ribbing
Rnd 1:  *K2, p2, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rep round 1 until total work measures 7 1/2"/19.1 cm. You may adjust this measurement to suit the wearer.
Bind off using the chain one bind off method. Weave in ends.

Willow is enjoying her playpen and has even gained a wild bunny friend!

A close-up of the halo this yarn produces, lovely and reasonably priced.


Farm Fresh Blueberries!

It's a rainy week here in New Jersey. Last night we experienced high winds and torrential downpours. Our patio umbrella was picked up and flung across the yard but luckily nothing else was damaged. Despite the weather, my husband and I were able to get out for a long walk around the neighborhood. 

The walk got me thinking about blueberries and baking as our street neighbors a very large farm. We are lucky to have farm fresh blueberries five minutes away all summer. Within seconds of mentioning blueberry muffins to my husband, he was out the door and came back with 2 pints of fresh blueberries. He even sat down and wrote a little about our blueberry fields below!


Hello readers, I'm Ray, Nicole's other half! Living here in historic Mays Landing NJ we are a stone's throw away from the Atlantic Blueberry Company farm. This is the largest highbush blueberry farm in the world, stretching over 1320 acres. The blueberries are grown, harvested and packaged on site. Lucky for us, they sell the berries roadside by the pint. You can not get them any fresher!

Two brothers started the company in 1938 planting just 5 acres and made only $3.02 on their first sale. By 1946 they purchased more land and began to take on partnerships. In 1979, they purchased the farmlands on US 322 to add an additional 600 acres to their operation. To this day it is still owned and operated by the same five original owners descendants. 

Okay, back to the muffins. We found a wonderful recipe for blueberry muffins on Zagleft (link below) with the crumb topping, gathered our ingredients and got to mixing and baking.

Dry mix, including sugar.

I just threw all of the dry ingredients in one bowl and all of the wet ingredients in another (this was not in keeping with the recipe, I'm the worst at actually following directions lol). My husband busied himself making the crumb topping mixture.


There were small lumps in my batter (probably because I didn't dissolve the sugar in the wet mixture, oops). I also didn't have milk in the house so we had to improvise with some no fat powdered milk that I keep in the house for casserole recipes (at this point I'm getting worried, do we need FAT in the milk for these to rise??). No worries, as you'll see later, it didn't make a bit of difference.


My husband filled the pans 3/4 full with the batter. As you can see, he took the job seriously.

My husband filling the tins!

Let me take a second to point out my beloved Pyrex mixing bowl in the pic above.

Fill the tins 3/4's.

The tins are filled and ready for the crumb topping.

Before baking!

After the crumb topping is added. Now we put them in the oven and waited exactly 30 minutes as the recipe stated.


Here are the results! Beautiful tasty muffins, loaded with blueberries. I wouldn't change a thing about this recipe, it's simply delicious and my husband and I can't stop eating them.


Look at the amount of blueberries inside these muffins, yum!


You can get the recipe here at Zagleft.com. I'd like to thank them for a great recipe!


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