Monday, February 9, 2009

Lacey Cast On & Bind Off

After experimenting with the lace trim, someone in the KKLoom group had asked how it might be attached to a hat. That got me thinking. Well, I figured out how to run almost the same pattern horizontally on the loom so you wouldn't need to attach it separately.

Cast on (bottom edge)

Bind off ( bottom edge)

I then realized this what was being referred to as "picot cast on" & "i-cord bind off" here. It looks very complicated and difficlut, but is really very simple to create.

After making the above sample, I tried someone else's instructions that are what I think is the original "picot" cast on.

"...ewrapped pegs 1 and 2 and knitted off ... did this 6 times.Then I moved over to pegs 2 and 3 and did the same. Then pegs 3 and 4 .....until I reached the end..."

It ends up a thicker, fluffier scallop edge. This is what I deciphered from it:

******** Beginning Cast on ***************

Put a slip knot on #1.
Wrap yarn in front of #2, around the back of #2, between the two pegs, in front of #1, around to the back of #1 and between the pegs and back in front of #2.
Knit off both.

******** Knit off i-cord **********

Continue to wrap behind #2, in front of #1, behind #1, between, and in front of #2.
Knit off both.
Repeat this figure eight wrapping/knitting 5-7 more times.

******** Cast on New Peg **********

Wrap yarn in front of #3, around the back of #3, between the two pegs, in front of #2, around to the back of #2 and between the pegs and back in front of #3.
Knit off both.

******** End of Pattern ************

Repeat steps from "Knit off i-cord" on through "Cast on New Peg". Then, move on to next peg on and on until you get back to the first.

NOTE: You'll notice that the first i-cord just hangs. Find the original slip knotted stitch you started with (it will be the last stitch loop at the end of the chain) hanging off the end. Place the stitch on the empty peg beside the #1 peg that hasn't been caston, yet. When you work your way around the loom and get all the pegs cast on with the chains, knit the slip knotted stitch into first stitch of the last chain. All pegs should be cast on now. Then, just start knitting as normal. She recommended putting rows of purls or garter stitch in to stop it from curling.

Knitted Lace Edging Tutorial

I was playing with the trim mentioned previously in my posts.

This is the trim:

Here is a quick how to:

First, cast on 4 pegs:

Knit off the 4th peg about 6 times

It should look something like this after the 6th knit stitch:

Here is the back for a better look:

Now, bring the yarn in front of 3rd peg and purl to the left pegs 3,2,1

Knit right pegs 2 & 3

Repeat the purls left 321 & the knits right 2 & 3 about 3 times

Return to 4th peg and repeat knit offs.

It should look like this after the knit offs:

Continue this pattern until desired length.

The original post is here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Knitted Lace Edging (with pattern)

I was reading through one of the Knifty Knitter Loom groups' messages where someone had asked about recreating a needle-knitted trim, labeled Garter Stitch Loops, on the Lion Brand's website.

It sounded interesting, so I gave the pattern a try on my KK loom. First off, I'm very new to loom knitting. In fact, I'm new to knitting in general. So, it was difficult to translate what was going on in the knitting. But, I managed to recreate it very similar, though not exact. You also have to keep in mind that this is a large gauge loom and I'm using one strand of worsted yarn. On my pick-up stick loom, this knit would be much tighter.

My first attempt using bind offs to make the loops:
The loops are a bit lop-sided. :)

My second attempt just knitting the same peg off several times to create the loops:
edging 2
Much more balanced. I think it would make a lovely edge to a scarf.

I'm glad I gave it a try. I'd never made a trim before. I think it will come in handy for future projects.

Here is the instructions:

cast on 4 pegs,

******start pattern**************************

while on peg #4, knit stitch only #4 peg 6-7 times,
* purl peg #3 back left to the #1,
knit to the right to peg #3,
repeat from * 1-2 times stopping on peg #3,

****** repeat the pattern after caston*****

bind off

That should give you what I have in the second pic.
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