How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms: New Techniques for Knitting 12 Stylish Designs

How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms: New Techniques for Knitting 12 Stylish Designs

by Denise Layman
     
 

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By using circle looms, knit-wear enthusiasts can simplify stitch work—improving the overall look of projects and creating tighter, neater designs. From eyelet lace to picking up stitches, the techniques and methods in this guide will help beginning-level stitchers create unique scarves. Projects are accompanied by instructional photographs and include

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By using circle looms, knit-wear enthusiasts can simplify stitch work—improving the overall look of projects and creating tighter, neater designs. From eyelet lace to picking up stitches, the techniques and methods in this guide will help beginning-level stitchers create unique scarves. Projects are accompanied by instructional photographs and include Westminster Eyelet Scarf, Trafalgar Self-Fringing Scarf, Notting Hill Tube Scarf, Soho Neck Warmer, and Chelsea Hooded Scarf.

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ISBN-13:
9781592173181
Publisher:
Annie's
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
820,446
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.20(d)

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How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms


By Denise Layman

Annie's

Copyright © 2013 Annie's
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-59217-318-1



CHAPTER 1

General Directions


The patterns in this book were all made and written as if the loom was being worked in a clockwise direction, so all patterns start at the starting peg on the loom 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

Knifty Knitter looms from Provo Craft

Loom tool

Crochet hook

Yarn or tapestry needle


Casting On

Purl Cast-On Method

1. E-wrap to one less than the desired number of stitches.

2. 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).

3. 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 (Photo 2).

4. Purl on the return row.


E-wrap Cast-On Method

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

2. Starting from the inside of the loom, bring the working yarn between 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 until the desired number of pegs have loops on them (Photo 3).


Basic Stitches

Knit Stitch

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 4).

2. Bring the yarn slightly behind the peg, forming a little hook around the peg, and pull the lower stitch over the working yarn and off the peg (Photos 5 and 6).

3. Move working yarn to next peg and repeat.


Purl Stitch

1. Wrap one loop on number of pegs as directed in the pattern.

2. Lay your working yarn across the front of the pegs, just below the first wrapped loop (Photo 7).

3. Using your 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 8).

4. 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 9).

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


Garter Stitch

Garter stitch is the knit pattern created by knitting one row, and then purling the next row.


Knit 2 Together (k2tog)

1. Move the loop from one peg onto the adjacent peg.

2. Knit both loops over the working yarn to knit the two together.


Yarn Over (yo)

Run the working yarn in front of the empty peg left by a k2tog or a space left by moving stitches away from each other to increase. On the next row, this strand will be knit or purled according to the pattern.


Bind Off

Gather Bind-Off Method

1. Once the piece reaches the desired length, wrap your working yarn around the loom one and a half times; cut the yarn.

2. Using a yarn needle, thread the working yarn through each loop on the loom. Start with the loop to the left of the holding peg and work in a clockwise direction all the way around the loom (Photo 10).

3. Thread the working yarn through the loop to the left of the holding peg a second time.

4. Remove the loops from the loom and gently tug on the yarn tail until the piece gathers tightly together. Using the needle, secure the working yarn on the inside of the piece (Photo 11).

5. Turn the piece inside out and weave in the ends.


Flat-Piece Bind-Off Method

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

2. Turn and slip the first stitch as if to start another row (Photo 12).

3. Knit or purl the next stitch in the row as per pattern.

4. Take the stitch loop just formed and place it on the peg with the previous stitch (Photo 13).

5. Knit the stitch over.

6. Place the stitch back on the peg from which it was moved (Photos 14 and 15).

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

8. Continue in this manner across the row.

CHAPTER 2

Oxford Mitered Scarf

Mitered squares are a great way to show off self-striping yarns. The technique is simple and yields beautiful results.


Skill Level

* BEGINNER


Finished Size

Approx 4 x 70 inches


Materials

4 MEDIUM

• Patons Classic Wool (worsted weight; 100% wool; 210 yds/100g per skein): 2 skeins harvest #77236

• Red Knifty Knitter circle loom (31 pegs)

• Stitch marker

• Large-eye yarn needle

• Loom tool


Gauge

4 inches = 13 sts, 18 rows in garter st pat.

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


Special Abbreviation

Knit 3 together (k3tog): As shown in Photos 1–5, move the loops on the pegs on either side of the center peg onto the center peg, so that there are 3 loops on this peg.

Note: For uniformity, be sure to move the sts in the same order each time. Move the other sts in toward the center st as needed, so that there are no longer any empty pegs.


Special Technique

Making mitered squares: To make a basic mitered square, start with an odd amount of sts. Mark the center st with a st marker.

Cast on, turn and purl 1 row.

On the next row, which will be a knit row, make a double dec using k3tog.

On the next row, purl.

Be sure to always move the loops in the same order so that the double dec has a consistent look throughout.


Instructions

E-wrap cast on (see page 5) 31 pegs, turn and purl the first row.

Beg mitered square pat:

Row 1: K14, k3tog, k14.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K13, k3tog, k13.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K12, k3tog, k12.

Rows 6–22: Rep Rows 1–5 consecutively, knitting 1 less st on each end of odd-numbered rows, ending with a purl row. (11 sts — 5 on each end and 1 in center)

Row 23: Knit all sts, wrapping 10 pegs at end of row.

Row 24: Purl all sts, wrapping 10 pegs at end of row.

Rows 25–48: Rep Rows 1–24 of mitered square pat.

Rep Rows 1–24 of mitered square pat for a total of 15 squares or until scarf is 1 square from desired length.


Final Square

Rep Rows 1–22 until only 1 st rem on the loom.

Fasten off and pull end of yarn through rem st to secure and remove scarf from the loom.


Finishing

Block scarf as desired and weave in ends.

CHAPTER 3

Hampstead Beaded Scarf


The drops of beads add sparkle and help create the shaping of this great beginner scarf.

Skill Level

* BEGINNER


Finished Size

Approx 4 x 60 inches


Materials

3 LIGHT

• NaturallyCaron.com Spa (light weight; 75% micro-denier acrylic/25% rayon from bamboo; 251 yds/85g per skein): 2 skeins green sheen #0004

• Green Knifty Knitter circle loom (36 pegs)

• Large-eye yarn needle

• Loom tool

• G-6 (4mm) crochet hook

• #6 seed beads: approx 640 green

• Bead threader


Gauge

4 inches = 22 sts, 18 rows in garter st pat.

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


Pattern Notes

Scarf is made in 2 halves, starting with the beaded cast on. Scarf is joined at the center of the back of the neck.

The letter "B" followed by a number in the pattern refers to the number of beads to be slid snugly against a peg before knitting the next stitches.


Instructions

Make 2

String approx 320 beads onto yarn using a bead threader. As you work, unwind a small quantity of yarn, each time sliding the beads toward the ball until needed. Pass the yarn through the loop of the threader and pick up beads with the working end of the needle (see Knitting With Beads, page 44).

Slide the beads over the loop and onto the yarn. Referring to illustrations below, make a slip knot in your yarn, place on a crochet hook and ch 2.

Place slip knot and 2 chained stitches onto the first 3 pegs of the loom.

Slide up 6 beads snug against peg 3.

*Create a slip knot snug up against the beads and ch 3 with crochet hook.

Place slip knot and 3 chained stitches on next 4 pegs of the loom.

Slide up 6 beads.

Rep from * 2 times.

Create a slip knot snug up against the beads and ch 2 with crochet hook.

Place slip knot and 2 chained stitches on next 3 empty pegs on the loom.


Pattern

Row 1: K3, B6, k4, B6, k4, B6, k4, B6, k4, B6, k3.

Row 2: K3, B5, k4, B5, k4, B5, k4, B5, k4, B5, k3.

Row 3: K3, B5, k4, B5, k4, B5, k4, B5, k4, B5, k3.

Row 4: K3, B4, k4, B4, k4, B4, k4, B4, k4, B4, k3.

Row 5: K3, B4, k4, B4, k4, B4, k4, B4, k4, B4, k3.

Row 6: K3, B3, k4, B3, k4, B3, k4, B3, k4, B3, k3.

Row 7: K3, B3, k4, B3, k4, B3, k4, B3, k4, B3, k3.

Row 8: K3, B2, k4, B2, k4, B3, k4, B2, k4, B2, k3.

Row 9: K3, B2, k4, B2, k4, B2, k4, B2, k4, B2, k3.

Row 10: K3, B1, k4, B1, k4, B2, k4, B1, k4, B1, k3.

Row 11: K3, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k3.

Rows 12–18: [Rep Row 11] 7 times.

Row 19: K7, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k7.

Row 20: K3, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k3.

Rows 21–26: [Rep Rows 19 and 20] 3 times.

Row 27: K7, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k7.

Row 28: Knit.

Row 29: K3, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k3.

Row 30: K7, B1, k4, B1, k4, B1, k7.

Rows 31–38: [Rep Rows 24–27] twice.

Row 39: Knit.

Row 40: K11, B1, k11.

Next rows: [Rep Rows 39 and 40] until all beads are used.

Continue to knit each row until scarf is half of the desired length.

Bind off using flat-piece bind-off method (see page 8).


Finishing

Join 2 halves tog at unbeaded ends. Block scarf as desired.

CHAPTER 4

Notting Hill Tube Scarf


If you have an affinity for funky, chunky designs, this scarf captures that big, bold look of the 1980s.

Skill Level

* BEGINNER


Finished Size

Approx 5 x 70 inches


Materials

4 MEDIUM

• Stitch Nation Full o' Sheep (worsted weight; 100% wool; 155 yds/100g per skein): 4 skeins plummy #2550

• Red Knifty Knitter circle loom (31 pegs)

• Stitch marker

• Large-eye yarn needle

• Loom tool

• 9 ½-inch square cardboard


Gauge

4 inches = 13 sts, 18 rows in garter st pat.

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


Instructions

Leaving a 12-inch tail, e-wrap cast on (see page 5) entire loom.

Row 1: Knit.

Rep Row 1, working in the rnd, until scarf is desired length.

Bind off using the gather bind-off method (see page 7).


Finishing

Make 2 large tassels

Wrap yarn around cardboard 100 times. Tie length of yarn tightly around the middle of the strands at top of cardboard. Remove yarn from cardboard and cut through loops at bottom of tassel. Wrap another length of yarn several times around yarn about 2 inches down from top of tassel. Tie off yarn and tuck in ends. Trim any uneven pieces of yarn.

CHAPTER 5

Bloomsbury Chain-Link Scarf


This simple scarf is easier than you think — each link is finished and joined to the scarf as it comes off the loom. No seaming required!

Skill Level

* BEGINNER


Finished Size

3 x 70 inches


Materials

4 MEDIUM

• Cascade 220 (worsted weight yarn; 100% wool; 220 yds/100g per hank): 2 hanks marine #8339 (A)

• Lion Brand Wool-Ease (worsted weight yarn; 80% acrylic/20% wool; 197 yds/85g per skein): 2 skeins denim #114 (B)

• Blue Knifty Knitter circle loom (24 pegs)

• Stitch marker

• Large-eye yarn needle

• Loom tool


Gauge

4 inches = 16 sts, 18 rows in garter st pat.

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


Instructions

First Link

With A, e-wrap cast on (see page 5) 12 pegs.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Rows 4–125: Rep Rows 2 and 3 alternately, ending with a knit row.

Bring the loops from the cast-on edge up and place onto the corresponding pegs of the loom.

Bind off by purling the 2 loops tog and then casting off each st in the row.

Turn link loop inside out so that the cast-off joint ridge is on the inside of the link loop.


Second Link

With B, rep Rows 1–125 of first link.

Pull the cast-on end of the working link up through the center of the first link and place onto the corresponding pegs of the loom.

Bind off by purling the 2 loops tog and then casting off each st in the row.


Remaining Links

Continue in this manner, making link loops and attaching them to the previous link just prior to casting off each link loop.

Work each link loop, alternating colors A and B or in color pat desired.

Work until scarf has reached desired length.


Finishing

Make sure to turn each link inside out so that the cast-off ridge is on the inside of the link.

To help hide these ridge bumps, using the 6-inch tail left at the end of each link and holding the cast-off ridge edges of 2 links tog, join where the cast-off ridges meet.

Continue to join the cast-off end of the links tog until all are joined in this manner.

Weave in any loose ends.

CHAPTER 6

Trafalgar Self-Fringing Scarf


This whimsical scarf adds fringe as you go, creating style and flair with no fussy finishing!


Skill Level

* BEGINNER


Finished Size

Approx 4 x 70 inches


Materials

4 MEDIUM

• Premier Mega Brushed (worsted weight; 100% acrylic; 191 yds/3½ oz per skein): 3 skeins Arizona #51-219

• Green Knifty Knitter circle loom (36 pegs)

• Stitch marker

• Large-eye yarn needle

• Loom tool


Gauge

4 inches = 10 sts, 18 rows in garter stitch pat.

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


Instructions

Purl cast on (see page 4) 12 pegs.

Trail the working yarn along the front of the next 10 pegs and around peg 22 to the inside of the loom. Bring working yarn back to the front of the loom between pegs 13 and 12.


Pattern Stitch

Row 1: K12 sts, bring working yarn to the front of the loom and wrap around the next 10 pegs, bringing the working yarn around peg 22 to the inside of the loom. Bring working yarn back to front of the loom between pegs 13 and 12.

Row 2: Purl all sts. Drop the large fringe loop off the loom into the center of the loom, tug on the loop to set in sts.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 alternately until scarf measures 66 inches or to desired length.

Note: As the scarf is worked, it is best to secure the fringe loops with an overhand knot at the edge of each row.

CHAPTER 7

Piccadilly Scarf


This retro-inspired shag-rug scarf is fun to knit and fun to wear!

Skill Level


* BEGINNER


Finished Size

Approx 6 x 50 inches


Materials

4 MEDIUM

• Cascade 220 Wool (worsted weight; 100% Peruvian Highland wool; 220 yds/100g per hank): 3 hanks dark rose #7802

• Green Knifty Knitter circle loom (36 pegs)

• Stitch marker

• Large-eye yarn needle

• Loom tool


Gauge

Exact gauge is not critical to this project.


Special Technique

Loop stitch (loop st): As shown in photos 1–3, work the st as if to purl, pulling the working yarn up through the loop on the peg and place it on your free thumb in front of the peg to form a larger loop.

Do not remove the st from the peg. Bring the working yarn back around the peg in an e-wrap.

Knit the lower st over the e-wrap and flip the loop over the peg to the inside of the loom.


Pattern Notes

Scarf is made with 2 strands of yarn held together as 1 throughout.

It is best to hand wash this scarf as machine washing can pull the loops, making them uneven.


Instructions

Purl cast on (see page 4) 14 pegs.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rows 3–6: [Rep Rows 1 and 2 alternately] twice.

Row 7: Knit.

Row 8: Sl 1, loop st to last st, p1.

Row 9: Sl 1, knit to last st in row, p1.

[Rep Rows 8 and 9 alternately] until scarf measures 48 inches or to desired length.

[Rep Rows 1 and 2] 4 times.

Bind off using flat-piece bind-off method (see page 8).


Finishing

Fold over garter st ends and secure them to the back of scarf. Weave in loose ends and block scarf as desired.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author


Denise Layman is the author of Learn to Knit on Circle Looms. She lives in Uniontown, Ohio.

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