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There were a few people on the Yahoo groups who wanted to know how many rows I had to knit when I made the mittens (below) with the flat stitch. Here’s my conversion from the One Loom Mitten. Please follow her pattern and just use these numbers in exchange if you want to try the flat stitch. This makes a medium-sized mitten:

Cuff: Cast on. Knit 16 Rows, bring bottom row up and put original stitches on pegs. Knit off. (This is just like making a brim on a hat.)

Bottom section of the body: Knit 12 Rows.

Thumb: Using 6 pegs, knit back and forth for a total of 29 Rows.

Top section of the body: Knit 18 Rows.

Decrease (Note: I leave the loops on the pegs when I decrease this way):

  • Using the first peg of your thumb (let’s say it’s Peg 1), knit to Peg 12.
  • Knit from Peg 11 to Peg 1.
  • Knit from Peg 2 to Peg 11.
  • Knit from Peg 10 to Peg 3.
  • Knit from Peg 4 to Peg 10.
  • Knit from Peg 9 to Peg 5.
  • Knit from Peg 6 to Peg 8.

Now, you need to knit Peg 8 to Peg 12 and start the decreases on the opposite side of the mitten. Do the same decreases as above by change the numbers to 13-24.

NOTE: My decreases were a little choppy. If you find a smoother way to do decreases, please let me know. You can always follow the gathering method from the original pattern.

Bind off: I used a flat panel removal method to take off the mitten. Turn it inside out and stitch it. Also, stitch the sides of the thumb.

Now, knit the second mitten!

Mittens!

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Mittens

I’ve always wanted to try to knit mittens, so I bought yet another skein of Lion’s Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick and gave it a shot. I tried this pattern which uses the blue loom and knits the mitten in one piece, thumb included. The only sewing is the top and the sides of the thumb. I chose the flat stitch so the mitten wouldn’t be loose, and I think they ended up okay. Not great, because I changed the top of the mitten. The pattern called for a gathered top, like a hat, but I decided to do decreases and stitch the top like a flat panel.

Did it work? Yes and no. For one thing, using the flat stitch made me have to guess the number of rows–I needed more than the pattern called for because the flat stitch is so tight. Also, I have a lot to learn about decreasing because the mittens look a little off on the top, plus my stitching is bumpy. They work, though, and I was able to toss snowballs for my dog to chase while my hands stayed warm. These would be even better if I could line them with flannel, but until then, they’re just fine.

My other cat, the one who doesn’t bother me when I knit unlike this one, just had to take a look. I think she was impressed. I can always tell when she likes something because she lies down on it, and that’s just what she did.

 

A Knifty Knitter Dishcloth

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Denise Layman designed the April Showers dishcloth, and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. I used the blue loom and less than one skein of Peaches and Cream cotton yarn (two strands), and followed the directions on the Knitting without Needles website. This was fun and fairly easy (all you need to know is knit and purl), and if you can see the picture clearly, it should look like a flower. I now have the bug to make other dishcloths, and although it worked fine on the blue KK, I’d like to try them on a fine gauge, loom, too. All you really need is a dollar’s worth of yarn, a pattern, and an hour or two.

I bought this hank of Henry’s Attic 100% organic cotton a few weeks ago, and as always, whenever I get “nice” yarn, I have trouble deciding what to make with it. I’m considering a pullover vest, but I have yet to find a KK pattern for one I like. (Matter of fact, I can’t find any loom patterns!) I’d like to use the mock crochet stitch, which is very delicate and pretty. Here’s Isela’s movie on how to knit it on a loom, plus here’s Brenda’s lacey scarflet, a pretty example of the stitch.

I came across this website with links to a ton of loom-knitting blogs and patterns. Maybe I’ll find a pattern for my cool yarn!