Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Try It Tuesday - Leg Warmers (Loom Knitting) Tutorial
Making a pair of knit leg warmers is easy on the Knifty Knitter 210314 Assorted Loom Series with Slim Jim or another circle loom (several companies are making their own set of looms). If you are using the Knifty Knitter loom set, you will want to use the small blue loom to make a pair of leg warmers.
The yarn I was using was the Loops & Thread "Charisma" in Chocolate Cupcake, which is a gauge 5 yarn and the skein is 109 yds. I would guess that I probably used about 90 yds to make each leg warmer, so 2 skeins was necessary.
The stitch I used was the basic e-wrap knit stitch that they tell you about in the loom instructions.
Knit 10 rows, then after your pull over the 10th row, place the loops from the first row back on the pegs and pull over. This will create a thick cuff at the top.
Then continue to knit until your leg warmer is your desired length (since I was making these for myself, I could easily measure it against my leg, but the standard length to knit for an adult would be 14" after the cuff.)
To finish the bottom, use a crochet hook to pull the 2nd loop through the first loop leaving one loop on the hook and continue pulling the next loop through until you have gone through all the loops on the loom.
Then make a second leg warmer. If using a patterened yarn, make sure you start at the same spot in the patterns so that they match up when worn.
So, what's up next for a Knifty Knitter project for me? I think I would like to try making some socks/slippers or maybe an owl stuffie for the kids with a card that says "Guess Whoooo Loves You".
I did create a couple headwraps/ear warmers and some wash clothes that I will share with you later this month in a Introduction to Loom Knitting post on Northern Cheapskate.