Afghans & Bed Runners for Knitting Looms: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating 12 Stunning Projects on a Knitting Loom

Afghans & Bed Runners for Knitting Looms: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating 12 Stunning Projects on a Knitting Loom

by Denise Layman
     
 

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Perfect for beginners who have never so much as used a knitting board or those who have only made small accessories and want to move on to larger items, this guide offers a dozen projects, from afghans and bed runners to a pillow and even a wearable afghan. Step-by-step instructions and photographs show readers how to use a variety of yarns, from fingering weight

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Perfect for beginners who have never so much as used a knitting board or those who have only made small accessories and want to move on to larger items, this guide offers a dozen projects, from afghans and bed runners to a pillow and even a wearable afghan. Step-by-step instructions and photographs show readers how to use a variety of yarns, from fingering weight to worsted weight. The designs that can be created using the inspirational ideas in this book are perfect for personal use or for gift giving.

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ISBN-13:
9781596358720
Publisher:
Annie's
Publication date:
01/15/2014
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
556,833
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.30(d)

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Afghans & Bed Runners for Knitting Looms


By Denise Layman

Annie's

Copyright © 2013 Annie's
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59635-873-7



CHAPTER 1

General Directions


The patterns in this book were all made and written as if the knitting is being worked in a clockwise direction around the loom, so all patterns start at the first peg at the right and are worked to the left as the loom is held facing you. However, any pattern in this book can be worked in the counterclockwise direction by simply following the patterns as written.


Materials

All-n-One Loom from Authentic Knitting Board

Loom tool

Yarn or tapestry needle


E-Wrap Cast-On Method

Note: This is a 1-row cast-on.

1. Make a slip knot about 6 inches from the end of the yarn. Place it on right-most peg (peg 1).

2. Starting from the inside of the loom, bring the working yarn between next 2 pegs to the left (pegs 2 and 3) to the outside of the loom. Continue wrapping peg 2, bringing the working yarn between pegs 2 and 1 to the inside of the loom.

3. The yarn will cross over itself on the inside of peg 2 as it travels to peg 3.

4. Continue wrapping the pegs counterclockwise until the desired number of pegs have loops on them.


Purl Cast-On Method

Note: This is a 2-row cast-on

1. Make a slip knot about 6 inches from the end of the yarn. Place it on right-most peg.

2. E-wrap working yarn around pegs to one less than the desired number of stitches.

3. Bring the working yarn between the last wrapped peg and the next empty peg to the front of the loom, and then around the far edge of the next peg into the center of the loom (Photo 1).

4. Bring the working yarn back between the two pegs to the front of the loom so that the working yarn is in position to be purled on the first e-wrapped peg on the return row.

5. Purl on the return row (Photo 2).


Knit Stitch (K)

1. To make a knit stitch without a twist, bring the working yarn to the front of the loom above the previous stitch on the peg (Photo 1).

2. Bring the yarn slightly behind the peg, forming a little hook around the peg (Photo 2).

3. Pull the lower stitch over the working yarn and off the peg (Photo 3).


E-Wrap Knit (EK)

1. With your working yarn held in your left hand on the inside of the loom, wrap each peg in a counterclockwise direction (Photo 1).

2. Pull the lower stitch over the working yarn and off the peg (Photo 2).

This results in a looser, but twisted stitch. It is often used in garter stitch.


Purl Stitch (P)

1. Lay working yarn across the front of the peg, just below the loop on the peg (Photo 1).

2. Using knitting tool, reach down through the wrapped loop on the first peg and pull the working yarn up through the loop, forming another loop (Photo 2).

3. Pull the original wrapped loop off the peg, and place the newly formed loop on the peg. Tug gently on the working yarn to secure the loop on the peg (Photo 3).

4. Move to the next peg and repeat the stitch as called for in the pattern.


Cross 2 Front (CR2)

1. Take the next 2 stitches off their pegs (Photo 1).

2. Place the first stitch on the next peg to the left, keeping it in front of the second stitch (Photo 2).

3. Place the second stitch on the peg left empty by the first stitch (Photo 3), then knit both stitches.


Flat-Piece Bind-Off Method

1. Work piece until desired length is reached as directed in pattern.

2. Turn and slip the first stitch as if to start another row (Photo 1).

3. Knit or purl the next stitch in the row as per pattern (Photo 2).

4. Take the stitch just formed and place it on the peg with the previous stitch (Photo 3).

5. Knit the stitch over.

6. Place the stitch back on the peg from which it was moved (Photo 4).

7. Move to the next stitch in the row and repeat from step 3.

8. Continue in this manner across the row.

CHAPTER 2

Sampler Bed Runner

Now that you know some basic stitches, let's work on some sampler squares that can be put together in a variety of ways. Make just a few for a bed runner or keep going until you have enough for a throw.


Skill Level

** EASY


Sizes

Twin (Queen, King)

Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.


Finished Measurements

24 x 72 (90, 102) inches


Materials

• Red Heart With Love (worsted weight; 100% acrylic; 370 yds 7 oz per skein): 1 (2, 2) skein(s) each mango #1252 (A), lilac #1538 (B), mallard #1623 (C) and lettuce #1601 (D)

• All-n-One Loom from Authentic Knitting Board

• Loom tool

• Yarn or tapestry needle


Gauge

Exact gauge is not critical for this project.


Special Abbreviations

E-wrap Knit (EK): See General Directions, page 6.

Cross 2 Front (CR2): See General Directions, page 8.


Special Technique

3-St Applied I-Cord: Using the 5-peg end- piece of the loom and the Purl Cast-On Method and starting from right to left, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1: Bring the working yarn from the peg on the right behind the pegs holding the sts and over the top of the last peg on the left. Bring the working yarn around to the front of the left-most peg, and then knit the 3 sts (Photo 1).

*Row 2: Bring the working yarn behind the pegs, from the peg on the right to the last peg on the left (Photo 2). Using the left-most peg, pick up 1 st from the edge of your knitted fabric. There will be 2 loops on that peg. Knit the 2 sts on the left peg tog, then knit the other 2 sts (Photo 3).

Rep from *, working all the way around the 4 edges of the runner.

Note: On corners, it may be necessary to work 1 extra row of unattached I-cord between the picked-up stitches to allow for some looseness at the corners.


Pattern Stitches

Block 1: Stockinette Stitch

Pat row: Sl 1, knit to end of row

Rep Pat row until block is desired length.


Block 2: Garter Stitch

Row 1: Sl 1, e-wrap knit to end of row.

Row 2: Sl 1, purl to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2, ending with a knit row, until block is desired length.


Block 3: Moss Stitch

Set-up row: Knit.

Pat row: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

Rep Pat row until block is desired length.

Note: Moss St shows up better on the WS of the work. When working this block at the beg of a strip, remove the block from the loom when the Moss St is complete, turn it around so that the WS is facing you, and place it back on the loom. When working the Moss St block in the middle of a strip, remove the strip from the loom before working the block, turn it so the WS is facing you, then place it back on the loom. When you are done working the Moss St block, take the strip off the loom again and turn it so that the RS is facing you for the rest of the strip.


Block 4: Welts

Rows 1–4: Sl 1, knit to end of row.

Rows 5–10: Sl 1, purl to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1–10 until block is desired length.

Knit 1 row.

Block 5: Squares and Twists (multiple of 10 sts + 8)

Set-up row: Knit.

Row 1: Sl 1, p1, k4, *p2, EK2, p2, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Row 2: Sl 1, p1, k4, *p2, CR2, p2, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

Rows 3 and 4: Rep Rows 1 and 2.

Row 5: Sl 1, p2, EK2, *p2, k4, p2, EK2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1.

Row 6: Sl 1, p2, CR2, *p2, k4, p2, CR2; rep from * to last 3 sts, p2, k1.

Rows 7 and 8: Rep Rows 5 and 6.

Rep Rows 1-8 until block is desired length

Last row: Knit.

Block 6: Basket Weave (multiple of 9 sts + 12)

Set-up row: Knit.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: P5, k3, *p6, k3; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 3: P4, k3, *p6, k3; rep from * to last 5 sts, p5.

Row 4: P5, k3, *p6, k3; rep from * to last 4 sts, p4.

Row 5: Knit.

Rows 6–8: K3, *p6, k3; rep from * to end of row.

Rep Rows 1–8 until block is desired length, ending with Row 1 or 5.


Pattern Notes

The bed runner is made in two strips (each consisting of 6 consecutive blocks), with an applied I-cord edging added on after the strips are joined.

Cut yarn when changing color for a new block.

To make this bed runner into an afghan, make 4 strips at the desired length and sew them together.

If not using the suggested yarn, it is best to use one kind of yarn for the entire project so that the fabric will be consistent throughout.


Runner

Note: Work each block until it measures 12 (15, 17) inches.


Strip 1

With B, cast on 48 sts; work Block 3.

With D, work Block 1.

With C, work Block 2.

With A, work Block 5.

With B, work Block 4.

With D, work Block 6.

Bind off all sts.


Strip 2

With C, cast on 48 sts; work Block 1.

With A, work Block 2.

With B, work Block 3.

With D, work Block 4.

With C, work Block 5.

With A, work Block 6.

Bind off all sts.


Finishing

Turn the strips in opposite directions and lay side by side. The cast-on end of Strip 1 should be lined up next to the bound-off end of Strip 2.

Sew the 2 strips tog, being careful to line up the blocks.


Edging

With C, cast on 3 sts.

Work 3-St Applied I-Cord all around the piece.

Weave in all ends. Block as desired.

CHAPTER 3

Chevron Stripes

Some very simple increases and decreases are used to create this ever-popular stripe sequence.


Skill Level

** EASY


Sizes

Small (large)

Instructions are given for smaller size, with larger size in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to both sizes.


Finished Measurements

Approx 36 x 46 (50 x 60) inches


Materials

• Caron Simply Soft (worsted weight; 100% acrylic; 315 yds/6 oz per skein): 3 (5) skeins each pagoda #0014 (A) and bone #9703 (B)

• All-n-One Loom from Authentic Knitting Board

• Loom tool

• Tapestry needle


Gauge

18 sts and 36 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter st.

Exact gauge is not critical for this project.


Special Abbreviations

Move Right (MR): Move loop just made 1 peg to the right.

Move Left (ML): Move loop just made 1 peg to the left.

Make 1 (M1): Lift the yarn bar between the 2 sts on either side of empty peg from behind the peg and place front of the peg; knit or purl as directed in pattern.


Pattern Stitches

Bias Pattern 1

Row 1: Sl 1, purl to end of row, MR.

Row 2: Sl 1, M1, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, MR.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 as directed in pattern.


Bias Pattern 2

Row 1: Sl 1, ML, purl to end of row.

Row 2: Sl 1, k2tog, M2L, knit to last 2 sts, M1, k1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 as directed in pattern.


Pattern Notes

Afghan is comprised of 6 (8) bias strips that are sewn together.

Row 1 of both Bias Patterns is written to be worked from left to right. If you are working the piece in the opposite direction, reverse the MR and ML in the pattern to compensate.


Afghan


Strip 1

Make 3 (4)

Using Purl Cast-On Method (see General Directions) and A, starting at right, cast on 40 sts.

Knit 1 row.

*With A, work 61 rows in Bias Pat 1, ending with Row 1. Cut A.

With B, work 62 rows in established pat, ending with Row 1. Cut B.

Rep from * 2 (3) times, but work 62 row with A. With A, work 61 rows in established pat.

Knit 1 row.

Bind off.


Strip 2

Make 3 (4)

Using Purl Cast-On Method (see General Directions) and A, starting at right, cast on 40 sts.

Knit 1 row.

*With A, work 61 rows in Bias Pat 2, ending with Row 1. Cut A.

With B, work 62 rows in established pat, ending with Row 2. Cut B.

Rep from * 2 (3) times, but work 62 rows with A.

With A, work 61 rows in established pat.

Knit 1 row.

Bind off.


Finishing

Block strips as desired.

With RS facing and matching stripes, sew strips tog, alternating Strips 1 and 2 to form chevrons.

Weave in ends.

CHAPTER 4

Mitered Squares

Looking for some quick on-the-go projects? These easy mitered squares knit up quickly. You'll have a pile to seam together in no time.


Skill Level

** EASY


Finished Measurements

Approx 48 x 56 inches

Each mitered square measures approx 9 inches from corner to corner.


Materials

• Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable (worsted weight; 100% acrylic; 279 yds/100g per ball): 10 balls winery #3955

• All-n-One Loom from Authentic Knitting Board

• Loom tool

• Tapestry needle


Gauge

16 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter st.

Exact gauge is not critical for this project.


Special Abbreviation

Center Double Decrease (CDD): Transfer the sts on the pegs on either side of the center peg to the center peg, so that there are 3 loops on center peg Photo 1). (For consistency, be sure to move the sts in the same order each time.) Pull all 3 loops over the working yarn to knit the 3 sts tog (Photo 2).


Pattern Note

Afghan is comprised of separate squares that are sewn together.


Afghan

Mitered Square

Make 49

Using the center of the adjustable end piece of the loom as your center st and using the Purl Cast-On Method (see General Directions), cast on 59 sts, with 29 sts on either side of the center st; mark the center st with a st marker.

Row 1: Knit to 1 st before the marked center st, CDD, knit to end — 2 sts decreased.

Move the adjacent loops in toward the center and slide the adjustable slider back 1 row.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 3 sts rem.

Cut yarn, and thread the tail through the rem 3 sts to secure.


Finishing

Block squares as desired.

With RS facing, sew squares tog on the diagonal, alternating rows of 4 and 5 squares (see Assembly Diagram).

The last 2 rows may be sewn with the blocks upside down so that both ends match and have a nice finished edge.

Weave in ends.

CHAPTER 5

God's Eye Throw

Every kid has made a "God's Eye" with some sticks and string. Carry that same motif over into this equally simple throw.


Skill Level

*** INTERMEDIATE


Finished Measurements

Approx 40 x 40 inches


Materials

• Premier Yarns Ever Soft (worsted weight; 100% acrylic; 158 yds/3 oz per ball): 6 balls forest #25 (A) and 4 balls Celtic #24 (B)

• All-n-One Loom from Authentic Knitting Board

• Loom tool

• Yarn or tapestry needle


Pattern Stitches

Garter Stitch

Row 1: Sl 1, e-wrap knit to last st, k1.

Row 2: Sl 1, purl to last st, k1.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pat, shaping as indicated.


Stockinette Stitch

Pat row: Sl 1, knit to end.

Rep pat row, shaping as indicated.


Pattern Notes

Blanket consists of 8 triangles (4 left triangles and 4 right triangles) that are worked separately, and then sewn together.

To decrease at beginning of row, work sl 1, k2tog; to decrease at end of row, work to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Move the stitches in toward the main body of the work after decreasing to close the gap left by the decreases.


Left Triangles

Make 4

With A, cast on 100 sts from right to left.

*With A, work 40 rows in garter st and dec 1 st at beg of each knit row (left edge); cut A — 80 sts.

With B, work 20 rows in St st and dec 1 st at left edge on every row; cut B — 60 sts.

Rep from * once — 20 sts.

With A, work in garter st, dec 1 at beg of each knit row until 3 sts rem.

Bind off.


Right Triangles

Make 4

With A, cast on 100 sts from right to left.

*With A, work 40 rows in garter st and dec 1 st at end of each knit row (right edge); cut A — 80 sts.

With B, work 20 rows in St st and dec 1 st at right edge on every row; cut B — 60 sts.

Rep from * once — 20 sts.

With A, work in garter st, dec 1 st at end of each knit row until 3 sts rem.

Bind off.


Finishing

Weave in ends.

Block triangles as desired.

Matching up stripes, sew short vertical edges of 1 left and 1 right triangle tog to form a larger triangle. Rep 3 times.

Matching up stripes, sew the 4 larger triangles tog to form a square.


(Continues...)

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Denise Layman is the author of Learn to Knit on Circle Looms and the creator of the blog Knitting Without Needles. Her work has been featured in Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time and Loom Knitting Pattern Book. She lives in Uniontown, Ohio.

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