Ltns WIP happy socks

My blog started as looming blog, then I went over to needle knitting and I stopped posting. I feel like I need a place to post my WIPs and instead of creating a new blog I have decided to use this one. If you feel like there is too much needle talk please unfollow. If you want to chat about converting any of my WIPs on loom let me know.
Over to my first WIP in 2015. Named properly Happy socks are my own perfect pair of socks! Knitted in Austermann step, a yarn infused with aloe and jojoba oil I expect wonder from these (especially since I got 16 big skeins on sale, I guess this is the year of socks!).

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Cheating!

I have been needle knitting since age of 8. This I thought was lost for me since a car accident changed my situation 8 years ago. I was found left with 1 hand and didn’t want to entirely give up my crafting hobbies so I started to loom knit about 3 years ago.
I have a theory that it took my brain this long to change from right handed thinking to left handed. I was making a bookmark for valentines day and got a bit frustrated on the limitations of loom with little project. Said and done being the personality I have I went and bought needles again since I had given mine away after the accident. I started casting on, spent time looking up aids, thinking about how unpractical they seemed. I tried knitting with long straight needles that I used some rubber band to attach to what I had left of my right overarm. It felt stiff. Day after I went and bough circular needles and they work much better. I just hold them against my stump and knit on as usual. My left hand is doing most work and it is slow but here is the result of Hitchhiker scarf I started on 4 days ago.

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Simple long yoga socks on a sock loom

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Supplies:

Sock loom
Sock yarn (i used drops delight 191 yds per skein and i used 2 skeins )
Sewing needle to weave in ends
Measure tape to measure your foot

I made my socks on Kiss fixed 1 fine gauge loom. If you want to use same stitches as I do you need to be able to cast on amount of pegs dividable by 4 (I use k2, p2 as cuff).  My gauge swatch gave me 8 pegs and 16 rows for an inch. You need to make your own swatch, cast on 29 pegs and knit for 30 rows, bind off take off the loom (don’t cut the yarn), then pin it down with pins and measure how many stitches and rows your gauge is. You can then rip it out after you take note. After this you will take your tape measure and measure around the fattest part of your foot, in my case this is just above my toes. As I have big feet for me this measured 8”. Simple math will tell you that 8 pegs per inch x 8 inches needed will yield 64 pegs cast on. If your calculation give you an amount not dividable by 4 I would suggest you size down as yarn is usually pretty stretchy. I will be wearing mine with socks under as we seem to be having some kind of arctic winter going on so I will start mine with 64 pegs.

Socks length is: 4,75 inches till heel opening, and 3,75 inches from heel to toe. Again my foot size is 7,5. You take a measure of your foot from end of the heel up to the toes, then multiply this with how many rows you gor per inch from your swatch to decide the length over the foot itself, you can do same for length above the ankle if you want shorter yoga socks. Now that you have your amount of pegs to cast on and amout of rows to knit noted down lets get started.

Ewrap cast on 64 pegs (or amount you calculated from your swatch).

Row 1- 10: knit 2, purl 2* repeat till end.
Row 10 – 66 (or the rows you calculated you want the length above the ankle to be): knit all

Row 67 – 77: knit first half of your pegs (for me its peg 1 – 32), k2, p2 other half of the pegs.

Row 78: Knit first half of your pegs (peg 1 – 32), cast of other half of your pegs. (this creates the opening over the heel).
Row 79: Knit first half of your pegs again (peg 1 – 32 in my case), ewap cast on other half (pegs 33 – 64 in my case).
Row 80 – 90: Repeat rows 67 – 77.
Row 91 – 136: Knit all  pegs.
Row 137: I want my socks to be a bit tighter around the toe so on this row i decreased 4 pegs, 1 on each side of the slider then i moved the sliders one peg in. This has left me with 60 pegs.

Row 138 – 141: knit all pegs.
Rows 142 – 152: k2, p2* repeat till end of row.

Cast off, weave in ends and enjoy.

If you do a swatch and adapt the pattern after your own foot these socks can be made both on All-in-one loom and MS loom. If i calculate from a swatch with worsted weight yarn and all in one loom i get 44 pegs cast on and 50 rows till heel and 25 rows over the foot.

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Fast and easy leg warmers on all-in one loom

These make for a quick and easy last minute gift or just a cool accessory for yourself.
Gauge I made mine in is 22 pegs and 42 rows for 4″ x4″ (10×10) cm
Size: adult length: 35cm (14,5″), to suit an m to l size.
What you need is:

  • all in one loom or ms loom
  • Two skeins of yarn (or more depending on yarn you use) in example I used 246 yards of drops Nepal, a worsted weight yarn 75% wool and 25% alpaca + scrap yarn for stripes.
  • looming pick
  • a needle to weave in ends

How to get started: if you are using ms loom kit it needs to be set up with small pegs in every hole. Pegs need to be evenly divided by 4 if you are doin k2, p2 cuff which I find prettiest. If you prefer k1, p1 then an amount dividable by 2 is recommended.

Cast on 52 pegs (if you are using ms loom you can either cast on 48 or 56 pegs dependable on leg size.
Cuff: Row 1 – 15: *k2, p2* rep till end of row
Body:
Knit using knit stitch till your work measures 33cm (13,5″) from cast on edge.
Cuff end: repeat Cuff.
Bind off using regular bind off.

Tip: be creative. Use different colored yarns to achieve more playful effect or use different stitches to alternate this pattern. Example bellow uses one row of contrasting yarn every 8th row.

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Easy cowl

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Set up you loom as follows (yes again it’s Ms loom kit) 2 28-hole semi circle, 4 12-hole pieces and 2 6-hole pieces. Put big pegs in every other hole.
Materials: 2 skeins 50gr each of worsted weight yarn, loom pick, needle to weave in threads.
E-wrap cast on the loom. I got 58 pegs with this configuration.
Row1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Row 5 – 46: knit
Row 47: purl
Row 48: knit
Row 49: purl
Row 50: knit
Bind off using super stretchy bind off. Weave in ends. For me the length was so if I want I can pull it over my nose so I folded down the start and en parts. Wear or give away and enjoy.