Chunky Funky Asia Yarn Loom Hat

Blogged under Finished Projects, Loom Knitting by Tammy on Friday 6 January 2012 at 12:17 pm

After getting some amazing yarn at a local yarn shop recently, I then had to figure out what to make with it. My new rule for myself now that I’m discover “the good stuff” as far as yarn goes is that I am not allowed to buy more fancy yarn until after I make something with the fancy yarns I just bought. At first I was thinking of making a scarf with the swirly yarn pictured (la lana Asia from Italy), but then I realized that it kind of looks good next to the purple wool I had bought. Plus, as a beginning knitter, I would not be able to knit very well with this stuff. So instead, I brought out the old knitting loom and made a hat.

I purchased two skeins of this yarn, so I’m making two hats, one for me and one for a friend. I love how knobby and bumpy this yarn is and the wonderful swirl of colors. Now I just need to finish the purple scarf to go with it, and I will be allowed to go back to the yarn shop again.

Market Bag 1.0

Blogged under Design Ideas, Loom Knitting, Projects in Progress, crochet and knitting by Tammy on Friday 25 November 2011 at 10:04 am

I am determined to make as many gifts as I can this year, and one idea I had was to make market bags. Who can’t use one of these, right? I have been collecting and reviewing all kinds of patterns, and then I thought, “Hey, why not try to use one of my looms?” As it happens, I also had some Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in the color Sand in my stash, so I decided to try to design my own using the largest round loom that I have (11.5 inches), and then crochet the top and strap. I had mixed results.

Above is a photo of the “good” side of the bag, the side that I had no loom boo-boos on. (I stuck a few skeins of yarn in the bag to fill it out for the picture). The bag, not including the strap, is about 12 inches long. So it isn’t huge. You could use it for some fruit or your lunch, that kind of thing. Not too bad, right? Unless you see the other side of the bag….

This is the “bad” side of the bag, where obviously, I lost a stitch or two or three! It is still usable, but obviously, I would not want to give this as a gift to anyone!

I ended up using just one skein of Cotton-Ease for this bag, and I believe I know what when amiss, so I am thinking of trying to make Market Bag 2.0 now because other than the lost stitches, the top of the bag and strap turned out fine. It’s just, well, ugly (on one side)!

School Color Loom Knit Hats

Blogged under Finished Projects, Loom Knitting, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 12 October 2011 at 5:07 am

Our school colors are royal blue and bright yellow, so I got the idea to make school color hats. One issue with these Knifty Knitter looms is that you have to either use very thick yarn or double lighter-weight yarn. I bought some Red Heart yarn in royal and bright yellow, and doubled up to make one, of what I hope with be a few more knit loom hats in our school colors.

While club members have taken to the loom pretty well, it still takes a few hours to get one adult hat made, so we haven’t gotten really far in making as many hats as I had hoped in time for our November holiday show. I took a few skeins of yarn home this weekend, and voila, got at least one hat made. I started it Saturday afternoon, made some major project that night while watching a movie with my hubby, and then finished it up the next day. It turned out great. I’m glad to see that my tension is now a lot more even, so there are no weird burgery spots. Now I just have to figure out how much to sell the hats for.

Loom Knitting for Christmas

Blogged under Loom Knitting by Tammy on Thursday 22 September 2011 at 11:18 am

The past few years my extended family and I have drawn names for Christmas. The idea was that we would all save money, especially a few members of my family who (bless their hearts) can be a little overly generous. I still think it is a good idea to save money for everyone, but I have to admit it is not that fun to buy just one gift for one person. Giving is what the holiday is all about!

This year, however, we are trying something a little different. Instead of drawing names, we are putting a $5-15 limit per gift with the option of people going in on gifts together. For example, two people can go in on one gift and spend as much as $30 for that one gift to give to one person. The idea is that everyone will get a little something from everyone else with emphasis on it’s the thought that counts.

On my end, I’m being thrifty and a little ambitious at the same time. I plan on making gifts for everyone, starting with loom knit hats for the guys. Pictured is one I have made already using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in a color called Denim Twist. I am on my third hat and have a total of six that I hope to make. I love how these turned out, and because the yarn is bulky-weight, they are very fast to make. I can get one finished in a day if it is a weekend, and I have time to work on it off and on.

For the gals on my list (most of whom have already gotten hats, scarves, and/or fingerless gloves from me in the past), I am not 100% sure what I plan to make. I am leaning towards market bags, but I am not sure if I will have the time to do them. Granted, I have started really, really early, but when I look at the calendar and also see how much I have going on this semester, it is hard to see if I can do it all. I’m very busy with the school craft club, and I am making a lot of stuff with it in mind since we have a show in mid-November and have two charity groups we hope to give items to. My gift-making may end up having to wait until school is over and I have a week or so before Christmas, eek!

Make a Tube for Your Cat Using a Knit Loom

Blogged under Free Craft Projects, Loom Knitting by Tammy on Thursday 15 September 2011 at 8:21 am

One of the four round looms in the Knifty Knitter includes a fairly large one, 11.5 inches (29cm). While I think it would be a good size for a bag, I think it’s a little large for a hat, and it also occurred to me that it would be a good size to make a long tube for my cats to play in. Pictured above is Lola checking it out after I put a mouse toy in it. While my experiment didn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped, my cats are enjoying hanging out with the tube, so I decided to go ahead and post photos showing how I constructed the cat tube.

First I doubled the yarn by holding two strands together: Red Heart Super Save yarn in Soft Navy and Cherry Red. I just used the straightforward loom wrap, which I believe ends up creating stockinette stitch (alternating knit and purl stitches). I made this about 4 feet or so long.

Then I folded the entire tube in half and inserted a sheet of interfacing between the two layers of stockinette.

Then I pulled the second loop of yarn over each peg so that I just had one loop over each peg on the loom.

Finally, I pulled off each loop on each peg and used a crochet hook to slip stitch the tube closed.

This is the tube standing up, and as you can see, it does have some body to it. However, here it is on its side.

It kind of collapses a little. Originally, I was thinking of opening it back and sticking something more stiff inside of it, but the more I have seen my cats play with it, the more I think it is just not wide enough, even if the sides were stiffer.

I was putting toys in there, and it has some interest for the cats as far as playing with when I do that. However. I have noticed that they tend to almost use it more like a pillow. They lean on it for sit on top of it. So now I’m thinking of stuffing the whole thing with fiber fill and stitching the ends closed. I’m not sure yet.

Loom-tastic! Knitting Loom Meeting

Blogged under Loom Knitting, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Friday 9 September 2011 at 6:07 pm

The knitting looms were a huge success at the craft club meeting. Each set of looms has 4 looms ranging from super small for infants to super large for probably making more like bags or cowls rather than hats. We ended up with 7 students showing up to our meeting (only the second one this semester). Two were at our first meeting, so they were geared up to continue with crochet and tackle double crochet stitch. One had learned crochet as a child and needed help remembering how to do it (though it is pretty much like riding a bike), and that left four students with looms. And they loved the looms, loved, loved, loved them!

Unfortunately, I could not get my loom DVD to work on the classroom computer, but I managed to get them all going, and I walked around and checked on their progress. We had to undo just about all of them at least once, but then they were getting it and were looming away! Our meetings last for about an hour and a half, and we do almost nothing but craft (just about zero club business stuff or anything like that). The time, however, zips by, and members are just getting the hang of it and have to leave, but they will hopefully continue to come back every week. In fact, one student actually made a trip to Walmart and bought herself her own crochet hook and a little skein of Jiffy yarn. I was so impressed with that!

An added goody to the meeting was a wonderful woman who is clearing out her yarn stash of acrylic yarn because she has now learned that she likes “the good stuff.” She came by with huge bags full of yarn to give to us! It was a yarn bonanza! The yarns pictured with the looms above are some of what she gave us, so it was perfect timing.

I went ahead and purchased another set of looms and a few extra hooks. So far, we have had at least a half dozen members (plus) come to meetings, so I don’t think we can really have too many looms!

Loom Day Tomorrow

Blogged under Loom Knitting, My College Craft Club by Tammy on Wednesday 7 September 2011 at 5:48 pm

Last week, we taught crochet. This week we are tackling crochet (again) and adding loom knitting at our craft club meeting. I have never taught loom knitting to anyone. Heck, it is still kind of new to me, so this should be interesting. My hope is that they all find is super easy, fall in love with it, but still want to pick up a crochet hook too. At least at this point, I feel that I have figured out the basics of round looms. For example, one big issue is thickness of yarn. While you can try looping the yarn multiple times around, I’ve discovered doubling worsted or going up to chunky is really the way to go to get the best results. I’ve also learned to pay attention more so than you’d think because it is so easy to miss a peg, and then whatever you are making is basically toast! Fingers crossed - we have another great meeting this week!

Loom Knitting DVD

Blogged under Loom Knitting by Tammy on Wednesday 10 August 2011 at 3:49 pm


When I first started working with round knitting looms, for the most part I found it fairly easy, but I kept getting holes in my stitches. This means I was probably dropping stitches, but boy, it is really, really hard to fix a boo boo on a loom. It is just better to frog the whole thing and start over, or you have to live with your boo boos.

The looms do come with instructions and I found loads on the Internet as well, but they still didn’t really make things crystal clear to me. In fact, the instructions that came with the Knifty Knitter looms were some of the worst I’ve ever seen in my life! So I decided to purchase the DVD called Round Loom Knitting. It is available at the American Knitter web site as well as Amazon.

The DVD includes 4 projects, a hat, scarf, slippers, and socks. The hat is obviously the easiest, and after watching that portion of the DVD, I finally got rid of my holes. I’m not exactly sure why, but whatever they told me to do seemed to do the trick.

The scarf project I thought was kind of weird because they have you make basically a super long tube, and then you stitch the ends closed…weird…

The slippers look very promising, except those stupid pom poms will have to go. I’m just not a pom pom gal, I guess. But these look like a doable project and something that would make good gifts as well as donations to places like nursing homes and shelters.

Finally the last project they call a “sock,” but to me it looked more like a stocking, something you’d use for Christmas. It was just so thick looking I can’t imagine trying to wear these inside a pair of shoes. This project is also the most advanced of the three.

For someone who already has the basics down, this loom video probably isn’t worth the money, but for me, I was pretty lost and this really helped. Plus, I could see using this for my craft club, so that’s an additional bonus for me.

Making a Loom Cat Tube

Blogged under Loom Knitting by Tammy on Saturday 6 August 2011 at 5:39 pm

Coco loves to burrow in things. She’s always in my purse digging around for something to steal, and lately she’s decided the bags I use for grocery shopping are extra fun to hide in and then strewn all over the kitchen floor. This has inspired my next loom knitting project - a cat tube.

Originally when I started this, I was thinking of using the largest round loom to make a cat tubbie, similar to a few I made for my last crew of old kitties. After making a few of these in the past, I learned that I needed to have thicker yarn or the sides eventually slumped.

So this time I used double strands of Red Heart Super Saver and started looming away.

After I started getting further into this, I realized that probably Coco would prefer a real tube versus a tubbie, so I’m continuing to make it longer and longer. This is much thicker than my previous tubbies, but I’m still not totally thrilled with the thickness.

So now my thoughts are that I’m going to make this super long, and then fold it in half and stitch it up so that it is quadruple thickness. Hopefully, Coco will appreciate the effort.

Thick and Quick Yarn on the Loom

Blogged under Loom Knitting by Tammy on Friday 5 August 2011 at 4:50 pm

One of the issues with the Knifty Knitter looms is that you have to use chunk yarn, #5. Or you can also double your yarn, which works well too. However, I really like Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. As the name suggests, it works up quickly, and when you add in the loom, you are cranking out the stitches.

Here is some pumpkin colored yarn on the adult-size loom, and it took just a few hours to finish the hat.

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