Lip Balm Cozy

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This is such a fun idea for Summer!  I think I am going to add a key chain to mine so I can always have it handy!

chapstick holder

Completed chapstick holder with loom

Here’s the simple pattern to make this adorable chapstick… er, blistex holder :)

You can download a PDF of this pattern HERE on Ravelry.

Supplies Needed:

Getting StartedGetting Started

Getting Started and Casting on

 

Step 1.  Gather your supplies

  • Spool Loom with 8 pegs on one end
  • 15 yards of yarn ( I used worsted weight acrylic – cotton would work great too)
  • Button with a shank back on it
  • Lanyard or split key ring (optional)
  • Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Marker for loom

Step 2.  Pass yarn through the shank of the button

Step 3.  Scoot the button down the working yarn a couple of feet

Step 4.  DO NOT PLACE SLIP KNOT ON YARN, just drop the end down into the spool loom far enough that it comes out the end.

Step 5.  Place stitch marker on peg 1.  Weave your yarn in front of peg 1, behind, peg 2, in front of peg 3, behind peg 4, in front of peg 5, behind peg 6, in front of peg 7, and behind peg 8 (based on the modified adjustable cast on by Brenda Myers)

Step 6.  Place your working yarn in front peg 1 and knit bottom loop over the top, skip peg 2, knit peg 3, skip peg 4, knit peg 5, skip peg 6, knit peg 7, skip peg 8 – when you finish this round, all 8 pegs should have one loop on them.

Step 7.  Purl Row 1

Step 9.  Knit pegs 1 and 2, move your button all the way down the yarn until it is centered between pegs 2 and 3.  Knit pegs 3 – 8.

Step 10.  Knit Rows 10 – 17 making sure that the button is staying to the inside of your pegs (so that it will slide through the opening in the spool loom).

In process

 

Step 11:   Bind off pegs 1, 2, 3, and 4 using a basic bind off (be sure to keep it loose).  Knit pegs 5 -8

Step 12.  Knit 3, HS 1 for rows 19 – 24

Step 13.  Bind off 3 using a basic bind off (be sure to keep it loose). Knit remaining peg

Step 14.  Knit 1 for 6 rows

Step 15.  Remove project from loom

Step 16.  Sew closed as shown in last picture

Step 17.  Weave in all ends

Place you favorite Lip Balm inside!
OPTIONAL:  Add a lanyard hook or split ring and carry it on your keys, the outside of your beach bag, etc.

 

© Charity Windham and SimplyKnit.com, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Charity Windham and SimplyKnit.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

 

 

 

Designing the color pattern of your Ten Stitch Blanket

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The Ten Stitch Blanket is a free knitting pattern by Frankie Brown.  This blanket is such a versatile and genius design that it has been converted to the following formats:

Ten Stitch Blanket for Loom Knitters (converted by me, Charity Windham)

Ten Stitch Blanket Crochet Pattern (converted by Dedri Uys)

Tunisian Crochet Ten Stitch Blanket (converted by Dedri Uys)

It has also spurred several different variations of it from Frankie herself.

Frankie generously offers these patterns free of charge, and simply requests a donation be made to the  Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, a charity which funds research and supports the families of children with a liver disease. You can do this easily by going to her fundraising page www.justgiving.com/frankiesknittedstuff

I humbly request you to do the same in appreciation of her hard work and generosity.

The Ten Stitch Blanket looks amazing using long color change yarn, varigated, ombre, self striping, solid color… are you getting the picture here?  It always looks amazing.  LOL.  However, some of us really want to plan out a design rather than just letting it happen as we knit.  For those of you, I offer some help.

In order to understand how to achieve the color pattern you would like to achieve, you first need to understand how the Ten Stitch Blanket comes together. It is worked from the center of the blanket out. You pattern is made by working a series of corners and joins. These come together to form rectangles (joins) and squares (corners). Here is a visual of what I am speaking of.

10 stitch format

I have put together several graphic images which will demonstrate how you can plan out your color work to create many different intriguing designs in your blanket.  I have used generic colors that will easily demonstrate the “idea” of how that particular color change format would work for your blanket.

You are free to use these files/images to design your own individual blanket.  Please do NOT share or distribute these files in anyway (or claim them as your own).  If you would like someone to have their own copy, simply provide a link to this page.  Thank you so much for your understanding.

Click on the image below  to follow the link.  The image will open and underneath the image, you will find the directions for creating this pattern on your Ten Stitch Blanket.  These are not stand alone files and will not work without the original pattern.

Square Stripes Hombre

Square Stripes Hombre

Square Stripes Rainbow

Square Stripes Rainbow

Halfsies

Halfsies

quadrant stair step

Quadrant Stair Step

Colored Corners

Colored Corners

spiral stripes ii

Spiral Stripes

Brain Game

Brain Game

 

FREE PATTERN MANIA

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My my popular boards on Pinterest are:

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Crochet Pitbull Graph

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This is the very first crochet chart I have ever made. I found the image on the internet and was not able to find the ORIGINAL source for it. It’s out there a lot. If anyone knows the creator of this image, I would love to know.

This chart is 100 stitches wide x 108 stitches long. This chart can be used for a single crochet design, tunisian crochet (afghan stitch), or for filet crochet.

If you use this chart, please comment and share your design with me. I LOVE comments! Click on the image to enlarge. You can also download the PDF version of the file HERE.  You will need Adobe Reader (which is a free program) in  order to view this file.

Crochet Pitbull Graph

 

Please feel free to use the finished item for charity or commercial purposes. Please do not distribute the pattern or claim it as your own. Instead, please link to this blog page if you would like to share the pattern. Thank you!

Ribbed Earflap Hat

Ribbed Earflap Hat
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Ribbed Earflap Hat

Hat in photograph was knitted using 1 skein Bernat Softee Chunky yarn in the color Grey Heather. I included scraps of Lion Brand Thick and Quick in colors Claret and Navy Blue.

Materials:

108 yards Super Bulky yarn

Materials:
48 peg Loom with 5/8″ spacing

  • Knifty Knitter: Purple Adult Hat Loom
  • CinDWood Crafts:  Adult Hat Loom

108 = yards Super Bulky Yarn (more if you wish to add multi color stripes)
Loom Tool
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
K: Knit Stitch (traditional)
P: Purl Stitch
CO: Double E Wrap Cast On
k2tog: take stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 3. Peg 1 should now have 1 loop, peg 2 will be empty and peg 3 will have 2 loops.
Move the stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 to create the decrease and create a peg 1. Take your working yarn and knit the peg with 2 loops on it treating the 2 loops as 1.

ssk: take stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 1. Peg 3 should have have 1 loop, peg 2 is empty and peg 1 has 2 loops.
Movde the stitch from peg 3 to peg to create the decrease. Take your working yarn and knit the peg with 2 loops on it treating the 2 loops as 1.

p2tog: take stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 3. Peg 1 should now have 1 loop, peg 2 will be empty and peg 3 will have 2 loops.
Move the stitch from peg 1 to peg 2 to create the decrease and create a peg 1. Take your working yarn and purl the peg with 2 loops on it treating the 2 loops as 1.

ssp: take stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 1. Peg 3 should have have 1 loop, peg 2 is empty and peg 1 has 2 loops.
Movde the stitch from peg 3 to peg to create the decrease. Take your working yarn and purl the peg with 2 loops on it treating the 2 loops as 1.

p3tog: take stitch from peg 4 and place it on peg 3, take the stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 3. Move stitch on peg 5 to peg 4. Move stitch on peg 1 to peg 2.
Using your working yarn, purl the peg with 3 stitches on it treating the 3 stitches as 1. You have decreased 2 pegs.

stitch details

Sizing:
Adult

Directions:

Earflap: (Make 2)

Cast on 11 Stitches
Row 1: k1, p9, k1
Row 2: sk1, k10
Row 3: sk1, p9, k1
Row 4-5: repeat rows 2 & 3
Row 6 (decrease row): sk1, k2tog, k5, ssk, k1 (you should have a total of 9 stitches)
Row 7: sk1, p7, k1
Row 8: sk1, k8
Row 9 (decrease row): sk1, p2tog, p3, ssp, k1 (you should have a total of 7 stitches)
Row 10: sk1, k6
Row 11: sk1 p5, k1
Row 15 (decrease row): sk1, p3tog, k1 (you should have a total of 3 stitches)
Row 16 – 40: sk1, k2
Row 41: sk1, k2tog
Row 42: k2tog
Bind off

Tassels:
Cut 6 strands of yarn approximately 6 inches long.
Take 3 strands and attach to end of icord as a decoration. Repeat for other side.

Earflap and Tassels

Earflap and Tassels

Pom Pom (optional):
Make 1 Pom Pom any size you want. I made a used this method and the Large size template.

http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/how-to-make-pom-poms.html

Awesome HUGE Pom Pom

Awesome HUGE Pom Pom

Hat

Cast On all pegs
Rows 1 – 12: *k2, p2* repeat around entire loom
Row 13: Step 1 – Place earflap 1 back on the loom on pegs 9 – 19 (11 stitches placed 1 per peg)
Step 2 – Place earflap 2 back on the loom on pegs 40 – 30 (11 stitches placed 1 per peg)

Adding Earflaps

Adding Earflaps

Step 3: *k2, p2* repeat around entire loom. When you come to a peg that has the earflap placed on it, you will have 3 loops on each peg. Knit or purl those pegs using the 2 loops already on the peg as 1 peg.
Rows 14 to end: *k2, p2* around all pegs on loom until you have completed a row and have about 48″ of yarn (or more) remaining.

**If you would like to add stripes, I added my stripes beginning 18 rows AFTER I attached the earflaps (Row 31 of hat)**

Flat Drawstring Bind Off method.

Weave in Ends.

Enjoy

 

Please feel free to use the finished item for charity or commercial purposes.  Please do not distribute the pattern or claim it as your own.  Instead, please link to this blog page if you would like to share the pattern.  Thank you!

Links:

CinDWood Adult Hat Loom:

http://www.cindwoodcrafts.com/products-page/looms/shape/round-looms/adult-hat-loom/

Double E-Wrap Cast On:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB2sfQAswfk&feature=share&list=PLspNyS4jO47xyfnZXpVz5-OGzHR_X4nIk

Flat Drawstring Bind Off by Jeannie Thompson Phillips:

http://youtu.be/WoizvzKpBBA

Boomerang Shawl

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I have been working on a boomerang shawl for many, many months.  It seemed that I never could get it just right. Sigh.  I set it aside for a few months.  I was so close, but just could  not get the item that I had pictured in my head to come off the loom.

TaDa!!!!!  Inspiration struck!  It finally occurred to me – turn it upside down!  And the Boomerang Shawl for the loom was born.  And it’s beautiful.  Exactly what I had envisioned in my head.  The edges are nice, the stitches are beautiful.  So much there to love.

Boomerang Shawl completed.

Boomerang Shawl

Even better… it’s a very simple pattern to memorize and work on.  I DO HIGHLY SUGGEST a row counter though!  You will get busy knitting along and suddenly realize you have way passed your row count.

Materials:

*** Shawl in photograph was knitted using 1 skein of Red Heart Unforgettable in the color Petunia (280 yards).  I used all 106 pegs of the All In One loom and knitted using a u-stitch.  The finished item is approximately 66″ long and 14″ at the widest point.  ***

275 – 300 yards of a worsted weight yarn suitable for blocking

Loom Tool

Tapestry Needle for weaving in the ends

Crochet hook for cast on

Knitting Loom Suggestions:

  • All In One Loom
  • Martha Stewart Weave and Loom Kit
  • 28″ Knitting Board with Extenders
  • other loom suitable for worsted weight yarn and a minimum of 90 – 100 pegs

Abbreviations:

  • CO = Chain Cast On
  • K =  Knit Stitch (your choice, I used U-Knit)
  • P = Purl
  • Sk1 = Skip 1:  Do not work this peg at all on this row.
  • K2tog twice = Knit 2 together two times:  Move stitch from peg 2 to peg 3.  This will leave peg 2 empty and 2 stitches on peg 3.  Knit stitches on peg 3 by lifting bottom 2 stitches over the top.  Move stitch from peg 4 to peg 5.  This will leave peg 4 empty and 2 stitches on peg 5.  Knit stitches on peg 5 by lifting bottom 2 stitches over the top.Now you have  one stitch on pegs 1, 3, and 5 with pegs 2 and 4 being empty.   You will need to walk the stitches down to close the gap created by the decrease.  You will do this by moving the stitch on peg 1 to peg 2, move the stitch on peg 3 to peg 4, and finally the stitch that was originally on peg 1 to peg 3′s location.  Peg 3 is now your new peg 1.
  • M1 = Make 1:  Knit stitch that is currently on the peg.  Move the new stitch over one peg to the left.  Find the bar that runs between the stitches and grab that with your knitting tool (grab it from the inside of the loom).   Twist this bar counterclockwise to form a new stitch.  Place this new stitch on the empty peg and knit.  Move the new knit stitch to the right one peg and place the original stitch (that is sitting on top of the peg to the left) back on the now empty peg.
  • HS = Half Stitch:  Wrap yarn around the end peg going from the back of the peg around to the front.  Knit off.  This will leave your yarn facing your new row.
boomerang shawl on the loom

On the Loom

Directions:

NOTE:  End peg of every row is always done in a HS

CO 106 pegs beginning on peg 1 (you can alter this number to make your shawl bigger or smaller).

P entire row

Pattern Repeat:

*Row 1 and all odd rows:  Sk1, K2tog twice, K to one peg before end of row, M1, Hs end peg

NOTE:  See video for demonstration of this row

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8:  P to one peg before end, HS end peg

Rows 10, 12, 14, 16:  K to one peg before end, HS end peg

Rows 18, 20:  P to one peg before end, HS end peg

Rows 22, 24, 26, 28:  K to one peg before end, HS end peg*

Repeat Rows 1 – 28 until you are left with 2 pegs on the loom.

Bind Off.

Weave in ends,

Block (Since I used an acrylic yarn, I steam blocked my shawl using a fabric steamer.)

Enjoy!

PDF of this pattern can be downloaded on Craftsy:

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Boomerang Shawl

Boomerang Shawl

 Please feel free to use the finished item for charity or commercial purposes.  Please do not distribute the pattern or claim it as your own.  Instead, please link to this blog page if you would like to share the pattern.  Thank you!

Ten Stitch Blanket for Loom Knitters (revisited)

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Well, it’s been a little while since I originally converted the Ten Stitch Blanket by Frankie Brown to a loom knitting pattern.  In that time, I have gotten better at loom knitting and learned to needle knit.

This has resulted in my being able to improve on the conversion to make it more like the original.  Without any further ado… here is the updated version.

Ten Stitch Blanket for Loom Knitters

This pattern is worked in continuous rounds. There is no sewing together needed. All joining together is done as you go.

Ten Stitch Blanket for Loom Knitters

Ten Stitch Blanket

This pattern can be made on any gauge loom (with a minimum of 11 pegs) which is appropriate for your yarn. The pattern is written for 10 stitches at a time. This pattern can become a dishcloth, or a King Size Afghan. You can carefully plan out every color of every row, or you can let it all come together as you work it. This is your project and it can be anything you want it to be.

I contacted Frankie Brown and requested permission to convert her amazing pattern to a loom knit version. She agreed! Thank you Frankie Brown! As stated on the original needle knit pattern – patterns are for personal use only and should not be used to knit items for sale. The original pattern can be found HERE.

Pattern Notes:

K = u-wrap stitches

P= Purl

SK= skip (do not work this peg)

HS= half stitch: The yarn is brought around the back of the peg to the front of the peg above the existing loop.  The wrap stops in front, half-way around the peg, so it is now ready to start the next row.

W&T = Wrap and Turn: lift existing loop(s) off of peg, wrap the working yarn around the back of the peg to the front. Place existing loop(s) back on peg on top of the loop you just created. When you come to a peg that has been wrapped and it is time to knit it over, you will knit all 3 stitches over 1.

SL= Slip Stitch (in this pattern we will simply skip this stitch by running yarn behind the peg.

Pick Up and Knit 1 = Place both loops of edge stitch on peg 11 and knit over.  This is always done between a SL and PSSO in this pattern.

PSSO = Place loop from picked up stitch on peg 10.  Knit existing loop (skipped stitch) over new loop.

Directions:

Chain Cast on 10 pegs (from peg 10 to peg 1 so that your working yarn is between peg 1 and 2)

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Row 1:  SK peg 1, K pegs 2 – 9, HS peg 10

Row 2:  P pegs 9 – 2, HS peg 1

Rows 2 – 18, repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have completed 9 garter ridges

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Now work a double corner (meaning you will work the entire corner section two times) see Row By Row Corner Instructions below.

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That was the hardest part!  From now on, you only work the corner section one time at each turn.

Now, work back along the side of the original 9 garter ridges attaching your strip as you go, by following this simple two row pattern:

Row 1:  SK peg 1, K pegs 2 – 9 , SL peg  10, Pick up and Knit 1 stitch (on peg 11)from the side of the knitting (there should be a side stitch there already), PSSO

Pick Up Stitch

Pick Up Stitch

Place Picked Up Stitch on Peg 11

Place Picked Up Stitch on Peg 11, Place working yarn behind peg peg and in front of peg 11.

Knit off Picked Up Stitch

Knit off Picked Up Stitch

Place new loop on Peg 10 and knit bottom loop over the top loop (PSSO)

Place new loop on Peg 10 and knit bottom loop over the top loop (PSSO)

Row 2:   P pegs 9 – 2, HS peg 1

When you reach the next corner, work a single corner (corner part 1 and corner part 2 worked one time each) and carry on along the next side.

That’s it!  Now just keep going until you are bored or run out of yarn.  When you are ready to end, just do a basic bind off.  Depending  on where you decide to stop, the finished blanket will be a square,  a rectangle, or neither of the above with a sticky-out bit on one side.  This is nice and easy knitting with an occasional corner to keep you interested so have fun with it.

Row by Row Instructions for the Corner

Corner Part 1:

Row 1:  Skip peg 1, knit pegs 2 – 9, wrap & turn peg 10

Row 2:  P pegs 9 – 2, hs peg 1

Row 3:  Knit pegs 2 – 8, wrap & turn peg 9

Row 4:  Purl pegs 8 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 5:  Knit pegs 2 – 7, wrap & turn peg 8

Row 6:  Purl pegs 7 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 7:  Knit pegs 2 – 6, wrap & turn peg 7

Row 8:  Purl pegs 6 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 9:  Knit pegs 2 – 5, wrap & turn peg 6

Row 10: Purl pegs 5 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 11: Knit pegs 2 – 4, wrap & turn peg 5

Row 12: Purl pegs 4 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 13: Knit pegs 2 – 3, wrap & turn peg 4

Row 14: Purl pegs 3 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 15: Knit peg 2, wrap & turn peg 3

Row 16: Purl peg 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 17: wrap & turn peg 2, half stitch peg 1

Complete Corner Part 1

Complete Corner Part 1

Corner Part 2:

Row 18: wrap & turn peg 2 (peg 2 will now have 3 loops on it), half stitch peg 1

Wrap Peg 2

Wrap Peg 2

Row 19: knit peg 2 (lift all 3 loops over as one), wrap & turn peg 3

Knit over all loops on peg 2

Knit over all loops on peg 2

Row 20: purl peg 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 21: knit pegs 2 – 3, wrap & turn peg 4

Row 22: purl pegs 3 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 23: knit pegs 2 – 4, wrap & turn peg 5

Row 24: purl pegs 4 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 25: knit pegs 2 – 5, wrap & turn peg 6

Row 26: purl pegs 5 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 27: knit pegs 2 – 6, wrap & turn peg 7

Row 28: purl pegs 6 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 29: knit pegs 2 – 7, wrap and turn peg 8

Row 30: purl pegs 7 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 31: knit pegs 2 – 8, wrap and turn peg 9

Row 32: purl pegs 8 – 2, half stitch peg 1

Row 33: knit pegs 2 – 10 (Yes,  knit peg 9 with 3 loops and peg 10 with 2 loops)

Row 34:  purl pegs 9 – 2

 

Now for the BIG surprise.  I hope this helps … http://youtu.be/LxaVYGf-jxU

For help with color patterns and planning out the appearance of you Ten Stitch Blanket – see this post.

Amanda Pratt also made a video on the 10 Stitch Blanket done on the loom.  She made a slightly different variation that many have enjoyed.  You can find her version here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg_Pp278EKQ

Bad Hair Day Hat

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This is a perfect hat for when you just don’t have time to do your do.  It would also make a lovely hat for someone who has lost their hair as it is very soft next to the skin.

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Materials:

100 yards Yarn Bee Cameo yarn in color Burnt Amber (this would also be adorable knit in fun fur)

25 yards Caron Simply Soft in Bright Pink

3/8″ spaced loom with a minimum of 68 pegs

  • All In One Loom
  • Martha Stewart Loom with small blue/grey pegs in every hole

Loom Tool

Tapestry Needle

 

Directions:

Using fuzzy yarn:

E=wrap Cast on 68 pegs

Knit using the e-wrap method for 10 rows to create the roll up brim

Using Caron Simply Soft yarn:

*Knit 1 row (using u-wrap… it is important not to e-wrap knit this section or the band will be too large to hold the hat on snugly)

Purl 1 row*

repeat from * to * 9 additional times

Changing back to furry yarn:

Ewrap knit remainder of hat until this section has reached approximately 6″.

Use Flat drawstring bind off method.

Weave in ends.

Enjoy!

 Please feel free to use the finished item for charity or commercial purposes.  Please do not distribute the pattern or claim it as your own.  Instead, please link to this blog page if you would like to share the pattern.  Thank you!

Video Tutorials:

E-wrap Cast On:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sTf2tUvAxo

E=wrap Knit:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgNMT727w5M&list=PLspNyS4jO47zxkKIUv-bEJeaj0lqqB2J4

U-Wrap Knit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvAYX9wZ13s

Flat Drawstring Bind Off by Jeannine Thompson Phillips:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoizvzKpBBA

 

 

 

Bulky Striped Slouchy Hat

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Materials:
36, 40, or 41 peg XL gauge hat loom (sample made on 41 peg loom)

  • Knifty Knitter: Green or Yellow Loom
  • Loops & Threads:  Orange or Pink
  • Classic Knit:  Green or Lavender
  • Boye: Orange or Pink
  • Martha Stewart:  36 or 40 Pink pegs in every other hole

100 – 125 yards Super Bulky Yarn (60 -75 yards color A, 50 yards color B)
 Color A – Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in color Granite
 Color B – Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in color Petal Pink
Loom Tool
Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
K: Knit Stitch (traditional)
E: E wrap Stitch
P: Purl Stitch
CO: Double E Wrap Cast On

Sizing:
Adult Small = 36 peg loom
Adult Large = 40 or (41) peg loom

Directions:
CO all pegs
Row 1 – 6: Using Color A: K1, P1 all the way around the loom (K1 additional for 41 peg loom)
Row 7: Using Color B: E all
Row 8: P all
Rows 9 – 11: K all
Row 12: Using Color A: E all
Row 13: P all
Row 14 – 16: K all
Rows 17 – 36: Repeat Rows 7 – 16 twice more
Row 37: Using Color B: E all
Row 38: P all
Row 39 – 42: K2, P2 all the way around the loom (K1 additional for 41 peg loom)
Flat Drawstring Bind Off
Weave in Ends
Enjoy!

Please feel free to use the finished item for charity or commercial purposes.  Please do not distribute the pattern or claim it as your own.  Instead, please link to this blog page if you would like to share the pattern.  Thank you!

** This pattern was totally inspired by the looks of the All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat on Moogly.com (it is a crochet pattern – and I wanted to see if I could achieve that look on a loom.  You could also knit this up in worsted weight for a whole other look to it.**

Tutorial Links:

Double E-Wrap Cast On:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB2sfQAswfk&feature=share&list=PLspNyS4jO47xyfnZXpVz5-OGzHR_X4nIk

Flat Drawstring Bind Off by Jeannie Thompson Phillips:

http://youtu.be/WoizvzKpBBA

 

Pattern can also be found on Ravelry:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bulky-striped-slouchy-hat

Happy Hamster Hat

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hamster3I had a request from a friend to make a hat for her teen age daughter who just got a hamster. I couldn’t find any patterns online for what I was looking for – so I made this one.

I am so happy with how it turned out. And the recipient loved the hat!

I have written this in an adult size. However, you can make it child sized just by going down one hook size. You could also make it a large adult size by going up one hook size.

I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

 

Happy Hamster Hat

Supplies:

Color 1:  Red Heart Super Saver in Buff

Color 2:  Red Heart Super Saver in White

Color 3:  Red Heart Super Saver in Pink

Color 4:  Red Heart Super Saver in Black

Crochet Hook Size I-9 (5.5mm)

Crochet Hook Size H-8 (5.0mm)

Tapestry Needle

 

Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc Dec – Double Crochet Decrease

 

Gauge:

4” across =

4” height =

 

Adult Size Hat:

Using Color 1:

Using Magic Ring, Ch 2, 10 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 2

Round 2: 2 DC in each around, join to first DC, ch 2 (20 DC)

Round 3: DC in first stitch, 2 DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (30 DC)

Round 4: DC in first 2 stitches, 2 DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (40 DC)

Round 5: DC in first 4 stitches, 2 DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (48 DC)

Round 6: DC in first 7 stitches, 2 DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (54 DC)

Round 7: DC around (54 DC)

Round 8:  DC in first 8, 2 DC in next repeat 1 time. DC in next 2 stitches. Change to color 2, DC in next 3 stitches, change back to color 1. DC in next 3 stitches, 2 DC in next , Dc in next 8 stitches, 2 DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (60 DC – 3 in color 2)

Round 9: DC in first 9 stitches, 2 DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2 (66 DC)

Round 10-15: DC around (66 DC)

do not fasten off, begin on first earflap

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Earflap 1:

Using Color 2

Ch 3, DC 12, turn (13 DC)

Row 2: Ch 2, DC DEC, DC 9, DC DEC, turn (11 DC)

Row 3: Ch 2, DC DEC, DC 7, DC DEC, turn (9 DC)

Row 4: Ch 2, DC DEC, DC 5, DC DEC, turn (7 DC)

Row 5: Ch 2, DC DEC, DC 3, DC DEC, turn (5 DC)

Row 6: Ch 2, DC DEC, DC 1, DC DEC, turn (3 DC)

Row 7: Ch 1, SC, HDC, SC

Fasten off leaving a short tail.

 

Earflap 2:

Using Color 2

With the front of the hat facing you, count 26 over from the edge of earflap 1.  This is where you will start the second earflap.  Repeat instructions for Earflap 1.

 

Border:

Using Color 2

SC in each ch around entire hat, join to first sc, cut yarn and weave in ends.

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Eyes

 (make 2):

Using Color 4 and size H hook

Using Magic Ring, Ch 2, 10 DC in magic ring, join to first DC, ch 1(10 DC)

Round 2: 2 HDC in first DC, change to color 3, 2 DC in next 2, change back to color 2, 2 HDC in next DC, 2 SC in each DC

around, join to first HDC, ch 2 (4 DC, 4 HDC, 12 SC)

Round 3: SC in first stitch, 2 SC in next, repeat around, join, tie off and cut yarn leaving long tail to sew eye to face. (30 SC)

Ears

(make 2):

Make 2 pom poms approximately 2 ½” in diameter, I used the medium template and this method:

http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/how-to-make-pom-poms.html

The only change I made was I wrapped one side of the template totally in color 1 and the other side of the template half in

color 1 and half in color 4 to get a 2 colored pom pom that resembled the coloring of “ears”

Nose:

Using Color 4 and size H hook

Using Magic Ring, Ch 2, 4 DC in magic ring (do not join), ch 1(4 DC)

Round 2: 1 SC in each DC (4 SC), tie off, cut leaving a tail to sew nose on face.

Assembly and Finishing:

Sew the eyes, ears, and nose into place using photo for placement guidance.

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Braids:

Using Colors 1, 2, and 3

Cut 10 pieces of yarn 36” long each

Separate into 2 piles with 5 strips of each color per pile

Using crochet hook, pull the strips through the bottom stitch of each earflap and pull into the sides are even.

Divide strips by color (you should have 10 strips of each color per side) and braid to the end.  Tie a knot and pull tightly to secure the knot.  Repeat for other side (making sure to tie the knots at the same length so your braids are even).

Hold braids together and cut the ends even leaving about 2” fringe at the bottom.

 

Please feel free to use the finished item for charity or commercial purposes.  Please do not distribute the pattern or claim it as your own.  Instead, please link to this blog page if you would like to share the pattern.  Thank you!

 

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You can find this pattern on Ravelry as well:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/happy-hamster-hat