How To’s Day: K2tog, YO & SSK, YO at Loomy Daze!

Howtosday icon Stephanie has put together a clever short and sweet little video on how to do some fancy loom work!

She has it up at her site Loomy Daze. You can see it here:

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Go ahead and watch it.. I’ll wait, I want to expand on her video just a bit as to when you would want to use those methods from a design point of view, a little added value if you will..

First off what are these abbreviations?

k2tog=knit two together

YO= yarn over

SSK= slip slip knit

When you would want to use a k2tog, YO.

This method is used mainly in lace when you want to make a ‘hole’ in your knitting on purpose. The k2tog, decreases normally but when you add the YO  after it, you come out with the same number of stitches that you started with. So the width of your piece is kept even. So you could do eyelets like this:

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The other point of a k2tog, is that it makes a right leaning decrease. As you see in Stephanie’s video the stitch you are moving to do this decrease will move from the left to the right, so it will lean to the right. This is not as important when doing lace, but comes into play when you are shaping garments.

Say you are making a sleeve cap, you will want the decreasing stitched on the sides of the sleeve cap to lean in toward the middle. this generally gives a neater cleaner look to the garment. so you will use a k2tog on the left edge of the sleeve when decreasing so it will lean in to the right which is toward the center!

The SSK, is the k2tog mirror image. As you see in the video you move the stitch on the right one peg to the left to accomplish this decrease. If you were working on that sleeve cap again, you would put this style of decrease on the right edge of the sleeve, so that the stitches on that edge are leaning to the left, again toward the center of your piece!

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These methods are universal, you can apply this to the knitting board, and the needles! I hope this gives you a little food for thought as you work on your next looming project!

Again! Stephanie put together an excellent video, it is a great resource! There are some days I feel like I am in a DAZE.. ok let’s face it that is every day! I sure wish I had the time to do these types of video tutorials.. someday! But for now I will be content to refer you to the talent that is out there!

How To’s Day.. on Thursday: Knit Yo-Yo’s

Well I was asked by Kathy Z. how to make yo-yo’s on the knitting loom so here goes.. it’s easy!

For my example I used a blue Knifty Knitter loom and I used a worsted weight wool yarn.

Cast on all stitches and started working in the round. You can do the twisted knit stitch (aka, e-wrap) or the flat stitch if you like. In my example I did 12 rows.

Take the tail at the cast on end and string it through the stitches on the cast on edge and pull it to gather.

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It should look something like this:

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The next row, purl the entire row. This will be the outer edge of the Yo-Yo

Knit an equal amount of rows as you did before the purl row, in the example, 12 rows.

Bind off using the gather bind off method.

Secure the ends and then poke your yarn end through the center to the other side.

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It might look something like this. Go grab your pins!!

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Give it a little wash.. pin it out and let it dry! Check it out.. you can turn it into a square…

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If your #of stitches is divisible by 4..or an octagon if they are divisible by 8!

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Just make a bunch, seam them together along those edges and make a blanket, placemat.. or whatever you can dream up!

Use them alone, they make a great coaster!!! Just be sure to use natural fibers like wool, or cotton because if you put it under a hot cuppa cuppa you don’t want your creation to melt!

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Gotta have my eggnog!

Here are some more ideas of how to join those little yo-yos and what to make with them!

Some tips and recommendations:

  • I do recommend use of wool or cotton etc.. as you can block these and mold them to the shape you want more easily than an acrylic yarn.
  • you will want to play around with the number of rows used to make the yo yo, especially if you are using a different size loom, or different weight yarn. The rule of thumb seems to be that you knit about half of the amount of rows as there are pegs on the loom. That gives a good place to start.
  • HAVE FUN! It’s only yarn! You can unravel it, and try again till you get the results you are looking for.

Don’t forget to send me some pictures of your creations!!

How To’s Day: Corkscrew Fringe on the Knitting Loom

How to’s day iconKathy Z. and I got to talking about the scarf I finished last week and the subject of those curlie Q’s came up. I knew I had put how to make them in the blog somewhere a loong time ago so I thought I would put it in an easy to find spot on my tutorial page.

So you can pop over there.. the link is up there at the top and see it any time you want!! And there is a pdf you can download and print out for personal use! Enjoy!!

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Betcha thought I forgot How To’s Day!!

Keep those 3 sentence summaries coming!!! I had too much coffee, and I have been dealing with a brain draining situation.. so I really need help!!