Loom Knit Pumpkins

 

Hey there!

Isn’t this weather just delightful?! I’m super excited nowadays since Daylight Savings Time kicked in here in the US, though once darkness falls, it’s hard to tell what time it is–is it 6pm or 11pm?

I’m glad you’re here! It must mean you want to learn about loom knitting your very own pumpkins! The crochet ones have rightly been all the rage this season, but I wanted to throw some loom knitting love into the mix! If you’re looking for some delightful crochet pumpkin patterns, I tossed together a great lineup over here for inspiration! This is my second loom knitting pattern that I’m sharing up here on the blog, the first being my Black Cat Hat. If loom knitting is a new venture for you, welcome to the party! There’s a variety of experience levels for loom knitting, but these are a really nice and easy pattern to work with on the knitting loom, and should take less than an hour to make!

Whaaaaaaaat.

I love quick projects.

They’re nice and dainty looking and a whole basket of them would look very nice for all of your fall holidays! These pumpkins will fit right in with your witches and baskets of candy, but will also be a perfect touch of crafty goodness for your Thanksgiving cornucopias and little pilgrims, so they’re really versatile in terms of your fall crafting and an excellent décor staple. They can be made in a variety of colors, so you don’t have to stick with the traditional orange pumpkins if you don’t want to. If you feel so inclined, you can also make your pumpkins in cream! Or brown! They look very nice, and can work with a variety of home décor. My suggestions would be cream pumpkin + brown stem and brown pumpkin + cream stem, which might sound odd, but are quite cute!

 

The whole mix of pumpkins together can be really eye-catching and very homey, but those are just my suggestions! I’ll provide the pattern, do what inspires you! Thanksgiving is coming upon us quickly, and time’s running out, but you can whip these up in no time at all.

 

My dad completed this deck for my mom recently, so I thought I would take advantage of the new photo spot! But let’s get this pattern cracking, we’ve got no more time to waste, the holidays are here. (I’m sitting in a Starbucks right now making candy cane covers I saw from Sewrella and listening to Christmas music over their radio system)

Materials:

*1 Ball of Orange yarn
Cream or Brown if you wish
*Small 24-peg round loom
*Loom knitting tool
*Small amount of worsted weight (4) brown yarn for stem
Or cream
*Crochet hook (anything K or smaller)
*Poly-fil fiber
*Tapestry needle
*Scissors

 

With your Main Color (MC) of yarn, slip knot onto your first peg.
Foundation round: Leaving a long yarn tail, e-wrap all pegs. Loosely wrap once around your first peg, then a second time. Using your loom knitting tool, pull the bottom/first loop over your second loop. Continue across to complete the round.
Round 1: Knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 1, knit 5, purl 1
Round 2-20: Repeat previous row
To remove from loom, cut a long tail from your working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Working the needle underneath each peg’s stitch, thread through each stitch, pulling the stitch off from the loom as you work your way around. Once all of the stitches have been removed from the loom, DO NOT cinch the piece closed yet!
Flip it over and thread the beginning tail through a tapestry needle, stitch it through each loop from your foundation round and cinch it closed. Work the yarn around the cinched closure, ensuring it will not open, and pull it in through to the inside of the pumpkin. Knot it closed!

Now, stuff your pumpkin! Make sure to stuff it really well if you want a sturdy pumpkin, but if you want a plushier kind of pumpkin, stuff it to your heart’s content. Once it has been stuffed to your liking, cinch it closed! But wait, what about the stem? No worries, my friend.

Now for the stem! Because these are dainty sized pumpkins, I didn’t want to go over the top with a huge stem, so you can do it your own way, but here’s what I worked with for mine:

Using a K hook (whaaaat, a crochet hook? Yesss), take your worsted weight brown yarn and chain a small number, like 8 or 10. You can vary the length because it is going to be doubled over. Then, take each yarn end and thread it through the top of your pumpkin, bringing each all the way through to the bottom. Have both yarn ends close together, and knot them tightly. Because you have the stem at the top of the pumpkin, this is going to give it a little bit of that flatness through the center that pumpkins tend to have. With the ribbing created from your knits and purls, your pumpkin will be perfect! Once you’ve created your knot, tuck the yarn ends into the pumpkin and you’re ready.

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Black Cat Hat: Loom Knit!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hopefully everyone has had a good day, despite the paranoia of bad luck! I’ve tended to have good Friday the 13ths, but *knocks on wood* you can never be too sure! So, as usual, don’t walk under ladders or gaze into broken mirrors, but by all means, feel free to pet the heck out of a black cat! We have a tuxedo cat, and he’s adorable. His name is Babadook and he’s the best cat, it’s kind of a requisite to tell him that he’s handsome all the time. Just so he doesn’t forget. I found him hiding in the backyard today:

I’ve been working on this hat on and off while working on other projects and feeling kind of overwhelmed at all of the wedding options (it really is insane, you know) and trying to find a full-time job on top of all of it, so I’m recentering and focusing on some of my projects and I’m glad that I completed this one in time for the 13th! When I started out as a yarn crafter, I did everything in loom knitting. It was the skill set I had the easiest amount of access to, and there were some really terrific resources out there. After a few years, I decided to expand my skill set and now work a lot in crochet, but loom knitting was my first foray into yarn! So when I created this blog, I knew I wanted to have a platform for both of my loves, but hadn’t written up patterns for some of my loom knitting work, partially from record-keeping, but also from a weird self-perception that other people may not be interested in loom knit patterns. I know that that sounds a little ridiculous, since all crafts are wonderful, but I’ve gotten beyond that and really want to start sharing the loom knitting love a little bit more! So this is my first project toward that end and I hope that you enjoy it!

(I’m going to add here that if you’re looking for a cute black cat hat in crochet, I’d suggest looking over at the Black Cat Slouch Hat from Persia Lou)

Materials:

36-peg round loom
1 Ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick (though I have also used Charisma by Loops and Threads)
A length of contrasting yarn
1 Loom Knitting tool
J or K hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Terms Used:
EW = E Wrap
P = Purl
SC = single crochet

 

Instructions:

Round 1: Starting with a slip knot, place it on the first peg of the loom. E-wrap your second peg once, and then a second time. Take your knitting tool and lift the bottom loop up over the top one. Continue around the loom.

Round 2-15: E-wrap your first peg and lift the bottom loop over the top. Purl your second peg. (If you’re unclear about how to purl, here’s a helpful video from Tuteate!) Alternate EW and P around the loom, finishing with a purl.

Round 16: Take your first row up from the inside of your loom and place the loop on top of your working row, making sure they line up. Pull the bottom loop over your new top loops.

Round 17- 37: E-Wrap all pegs around.

Now here’s where the contrasting yarn comes in. Have a length of yarn that’s about twice the circumference of your loom (just wrap it around twice). Take your tapestry needle and thread it with the contrasting yarn and thread it under each loop on the loom, but don’t remove it yet.

Carefully remove the loops from your loom and don’t lose the end of your contrasting yarn or you might lose your stitches and you’ll be sad.

 

I’ve done it and I’ve been sad. Don’t be like me hahaha

 

Turn your open hat inside out, taking the ball of yarn up through it.

Use your J or K hook (because they’re of a similar gauge size to the loom) and hook 2 loops.
Slip stitch them.
Now hook 2 loops (because we’re going for symmetry to create a flat seamed top to the hat) and treat them as one, creating a single crochet. Continue this to the end, hooking 2 loops opposite each other and working them 2 together as a single crochet and bind off with a slip stitch. You can now weave your yarn tail into the single crocheted seam or you can create a knot with the yarn in your corner. Flip the hat right side out and you’re ready!

It’s hard taking pictures of yourself when you want to get the ears in the shot!

I hope you liked this pattern, my first loom knit one!

 

If you’re interested in some other Halloween/Fall spooky goodness and crafting, here are some other posts of mine:

Frankie Coffee Sleeve

Crochet Animal Headbands

Pumpkin Time!

Apple of My Eye Hat

 

 

 

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The Joy of Loom Knitting

Looking for a new craft? It is always great learning new things, it’s something I really enjoy! I taught myself French using DuoLingo because in high school I said I wanted to become trilingual (I already speak English and Spanish), and finally decided to try and make it happen. It is not easy to do, and I am still practicing, but when you start learning a new skill, something amazing happens. You get a different outlook and see things differently. You find different things that you enjoy doing and encounter new challenges. You change. And so does your brain.

As you learn new things, pick up new skills, challenge yourself to do different things than you’re used to, your neurons love it! They create new pathways and do so many amazing things to help your health. Did you know that crafting is a stress reliever  and keeping mentally stimulated can help you cognitively?  So, there is a lot of benefits to doing different types of crafts! When I started my Etsy shop, I was creating things with loom knitting, and there are lots of great things about it!

Loom knitting is a craft that uses a multi-peg board and a stylus that looks like an angled hook, or a dental hook, like so:

And looms come in lots of different shapes, materials, and sizes to allow for a wide variety of projects to be made! There are looms that are round, others that are rectangular, sock looms, and afghan looms! You can make everything from preemie baby hats to large afghans and everywhere in between!

I personally really like the deceiving simplicity of it. I call it “deceiving” simply because it looks like a really simple tool set, but you can also create all kinds of designs with them! With looming, you can have wide open stitching with e-wraps, you can create knit and purl stitches, and the combinations therein! So you like the stockinette stitch? You can create that with a loom! Want to add cables to a project? You can still do those as well! You have lots of options with loom knitting, and one of the cool perks that I enjoy is that the sizes are a bit more standardized depending on the size loom you’re using!

Have you ever had the problem where you were planning out a hat and thought that it would fit, only to have the heartbreak of discovering that it was too big or too small?

How you feel when your hat is too small

I’ve had that happen with some requests for friends where I underestimated the size and there’s no way around it, you have to either undo the piece or redo it! If you have a loom, the varying number of pegs help to take some of the guesswork out of how many stitches or chains you need to cast on! Need a grown-up sized beanie? BAM! Grab a 36- or a 41-peg loom! A teenager? 36 pegs! Loom knitting really does help open you up to new and different crafting and pattern opportunities, which is why I think it is so cool! Loom knitting, for lack of a better phrase, was my gateway drug to crochet.

 

I was introduced to crochet through loom knitting because a lot of the patterns necessitated the use of a crochet hook for crochet cast-ons and creating clean lines for casting off, and they can also add some nice touches to the loom knit pieces. Also, while loom knitting can achieve a lot of effects, it was incredibly helpful to learn basic work in crochet, like chains! So it was a natural transition that I made into getting into crochet work. Crochet was an augmentation to the loom knitting projects, which gives you lots of types of projects to work on.

 

And you do NOT have to feel limited to making only hats! I have made boot cuffs, beanies, scarves, fingerless gloves, and iPad covers, along with other things. I hope to share those ideas with you as I create patterns, and give you other wonderful resources that have really been helpful to me on my creative adventure!

 

So, welcome to a new craft adventure if you are new to loom knitting or are a seasoned loom knitter looking for other sources of inspiration! I’m here to learn new things and look forward to embarking on this with you all!

~Gilliane

 

 

 

 

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