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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Basket Weave Loom Knitting

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I take a class online through Yahoo groups for loom knitting. Every week or two weeks we get a new lesson. This was the last one, a basket weave pattern made up of alternating knits and purls. Then it called for embroidering a flower in some of the squares.

I guess this isn't the best picture. It is so weird to me how things look OK and then when I take the picture it looks framed by a 3 year old. But you get the idea. (I say that a lot, don't I?) I made some booboos along the way. For some reason it is hard for me to remember if I just knitted or purled. Towards the end I could tell the difference and I checked every row to make sure, but in some of the early rows there are knits in the middle of purls and so on. Oh well- learning piece!

This was knitted on the red Knifty Knitter round loom. You just don't join the end, so instead of a tube, when you take it off of the loom you end up with a flat panel. And instead of going around in always the same direction, you turn and go back the other way when you hit the end of the row (kind of like in crochet).

This panel measures about 12 x 12. The class often does these kinds of panels and they are usually the same size, so eventually I should have enough panels to stitch together and make an afghan. I'm really taking the classes to learn technique, but it's pretty neat to be able to put all these class assignments together and end up with a finished afghan at the end. This week's class is how to make cables on a loom. The pattern looks great, but I'm not sure if I'm going to have time to get into it.

I have the second baby blanket to finish (almost there) and I am making a cute hat for a friend. It was her birthday on Tuesday and I remembered on Sunday, so I decided to just ask what she wanted. A hat it is! I have about two hours of work to do on it, but of course I ran out or yarn right in the middle of the brim, so I need to make a JoAnn run to get it finished.

If anyone is interested, you can join the loom knitters' group here: Loom Class I really like it because you can go at your own pace, and you can take the classes that interest you and skip the ones that don't and the instructors are so helpful and only an email away, and best of all it's free! I got the pattern for the loomed jewelry from a class there, and everyone just loves that bracelet. I must make another one. When I'll get to it, well, that's another question.

1 comment:

Kathy Calhoun said...

Tiffany, I need your e-mail and mailing address. I'm right on schedule and should be ready to mail mid-Oct.