loom-knit-along: join-as-you-go mitered square blanket — part 1

I’ve been looking for a good yarn scrap project because I love the patchwork look and my yarn collection is growing at an uncontrollable rate.

I came across a mitered square baby jacket one day so I followed the link to the free pattern, but it involves sewing all the squares together… doable maybe for a baby jacket but I wasn’t into sewing hundreds of squares together to make up a blanket. So I tried looking for visual tutorials for a join-as-you-go version but didn’t come across any. After making the Ten-Stitch Blanket I was pretty sure it’s possible to join as you go, so I tinkered around a bit and figured out a system!

Interested in knitting along? :D I figure if we start now, and knit one or two squares a day, we’ll have a blanket by Christmas to give away as gift! (or keep for yourself!) You can also use the idea of temperature blanket, mood blanket, or sky blanket. They’re really great ideas to be mindful of our surroundings or our feelings so we don’t take them for granted or be unaware of how things affect us. 

Each square doesn’t take very long to make, only 23 stitches at its widest part, and it keeps decreasing as you go so it feels like it’s knitting up even faster. There WILL be a million ends to weave in, but I weave them in as I complete each square so I don’t leave them all till the end.

So! In this post we’ll show you the materials I used, and how I made the first square. In the next few posts I will share:

How to make the subsequent squares in the first row

How to make the first square in every row

How to make every other square

How to make stripes!

First, we need:

24-peg loom (I got mine from this kit, it’s the smallest in the kit)

Loom pick

Bulky weight yarn or two strands of worsted held together

Stitch marker

Tea! (optional but highly recommended)

(For the demonstration I’m going to make a hand towel with some worsted weight cotton, and for clarity purpose, I’m just going to use a single strand. But for the blanket, if you’re using worsted weight, it’s best to use 2 strands held together for the gauge of this loom.)

Before knitting we need to mark the middle stitch. Counting from the first peg, which is the first peg to the right of the side knob, put the stitch marker on the 12th peg on the loom, like so…

Then we’re ready to cast on!

Cast on row: Make a slip knot with the yarn, adjust it to the first peg. E wrap (wrap the working yarn around the peg from right to left) the first peg and knit off. Cast on the next 22 pegs by e-wrapping each peg twice and knit the bottom loop over the top loop. Beware not to cast on too tightly.

Row 1: Purl (here’s a video of purling) to the marked peg, e-wrap knit the marked peg, purl to end. (Note in the picture that the last peg of the loom is empty — we only use 23 pegs of the loom.) Beware not to make the stitches too tight.

Row 2: Move the loop on the peg to the left of the marked peg onto the marked peg. Move the loop on the peg to the right of the marked peg onto the marked peg. Now the marked peg has 3 loops on it. 

(Always move the loop on the left first, then the one on the right, so it looks consistent.)

Move the loop on the peg to the left of the now empty peg onto the empty peg. Keep moving each loop to the empty peg to the right until you reach the beginning of the row.

E-wrap and knit off each peg until you reach the marked peg. E-wrap the marked peg, knit off all three bottom loops on the peg (I prefer knitting them off one at a time, it’s easier).

You will now have an empty peg to the right of the marked peg. Move the loop on the peg to the right of the empty peg onto the empty peg, e-wrap the peg and knit off. Then keep moving each loop to the empty peg to the left and e-wrap and knit off until you reach the end of row. I find it easier to do this with the loom sitting flat on a surface.

And that’s it! Just repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 3 pegs left with loops on them. (moving the stitches is kind of tedious, apparently there are looms with moving inserts to help with this…? But I don’t have one of those looms, so this is why we only make one or two squares a day! It’s not so bad.)

Purl the last 3 loops, then move the loops to the left and right of the marked peg to the marked peg. E-wrap and knit off the bottom 3 loops. Take the last loop off the peg, cut yarn, and tie off by bringing the yarn tail around the loop to the front, then through the loop from back to front, as pictured.

And here we have our first square! Now by always e-wrap knitting the marked/middle peg, you’ll get a raised line of knit stitches or braid running diagonally through the square. For my blanket I just purl all the pegs on the purl rows, because I can’t trust my attention to always knit that one stitch on purl row and not make mistakes. But it’s up to you!

Here’s a sneak peek of how we will join the next square, so you can see the finished square. (and see? I already make a mistake by purling the marked stitch on a purl row!)

Happy knitting! I’ll be back in a few days with the next episode of join-as-you-go mitered square blanket! :D

 

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds… and YARN HOP!

Adorable llamas to hold your yarn/embroidery scraps and it’s a free printable! :D From Picot Pals.

 

These would make cheerful buntings and adorable blanket squares. Llama granny squares from Maria’s Blue Crayon.

 

Look at these party llamas made of party plates! From Handmade Charlotte.

 

For the more adventurous, this no-drama-llama is very cuddly. Free pattern from Red Heart <3

Why so many llamas, you ask?

Well, this year I’m going to be team captain again for The Great Toronto Yarn Hop on Saturday July 14, and I’m with Team Alpaca! (formerly TTC Knit-Along — but we want to expand the name to include all forms of yarn-crafting and we actually have no official affiliation with the Toronto Transit Commission, hence the name change)

Alpacas are kind of cousins of llamas (I think), hence all the llama crafts :)

What’s so great about The Great Toronto Yarn Hop? It is an event where yarn-crafters get into teams and visit various local yarn shops in Toronto, shop for high quality yarn and enjoy special discounts, knit/crochet/yarn-craft in public on buses/streetcars/trains, meet other yarn enthusiasts and share projects/tips/jokes, support independent LYS’s, AND raise funds for Sistering, a local, 24/7 drop-in and support centre for women that offers services like counselling, housing help, meal program, primary healthcare, and a safe place to be. At the end of the day we all gather at a pub for food and drinks and raffle draws! I’ve only been involved for the past couple of years but this event is in its 12th year! What can be more great? 

If you’re in Toronto or close to it, we would love for you to join us! Tickets can be bought here for just $20. Each team follows a different route that visits different stores, and you can check out all the different available teams/routes and how the whole thing works here. And be quick because quite a few teams have sold out already! 

Need ideas for what projects to shop for or what to make during the Yarn Hop?

This cardigan is made with two hexagons sewn together! Very clever. Make it with a breeze cotton/linen for summer or wool for cozy fall/winter layering! Imagine using yarn with long transition colour changes! From Make & Do Crew.

 

What about a portable project perfect for knitting on the public transit, like these fluffy clouds? From Bernat Yarn.

 

Making granny squares is another excellent portable idea. This comfy summer sweater pattern is free this week only on Love Crochet!

 

Happy making, everyone! :D

 

adventures in paper marbling

I volunteered to make some bookmarks for my sister’s church fundraiser. And as I was looking for ideas to create cool effects on paper, a friend asked me to sign a birthday card she’s made for another friend, using a piece of paper that she marbled with shaving cream. I’ve seen this before but never thought of trying it. Until now! 

So I dashed to the dollar store for the shaving cream and the grocery store for food colouring, and pulled out the largest baking pan I had. I used a 140 lb. watercolour paper that I had on hand (cold press/smooth, as I read that toothy/textured paper doesn’t work well), and cut them into bookmark-size. I wanted to stamps some words on it, so I used masking tape as a resist, to tape off a section in the centre. I had no idea whether the dye will bleed through. We’ll see.

The first dip was MAGICAL!

When I saw this on other tutorials I used to think, how does the marbling not smear when you peel it off the shaving cream? But it doesn’t! I used a spatula to scrape off the excess cream.

Here’s a bunch of them I made! :D

 

This was so much fun, and clean up was a breeze. Also, it smells refreshing. Perfect for kids. Or adults who don’t like cleaning up. Who likes cleaning up anyway? So perfect for everyone, most likely :D I foresee making many more of these for other projects!

Happy weekend!

   

sneak peeks!

It’s been quiet on the blog for a while, and that’s because I’ve been busy working on a multi-pattern project!

I’m going to put out an e-book!

Yes!

I thought I’ve been writing up patterns for a while, perhaps it’s time to put together something more “official”, with different sizing options, etc.

One of the projects does involve the above black cat, and to join in the fun you can download the peeking cat picture above as a desktop wallpaper! Get the full size picture here and then right-click it to set it as a background, so you too can have those glowing eyes peering at you every time you turn on your computer ;)

Here are a few sneak peeks of some of the patterns in the book! I’m still working on one other, hoping to put this out sometimes in July :) 

Yes, this top can be worn with either side in front — it’s like two tops in one! :D

And this one definitely needs a better photo shoot than stripes-on-stripes — but I was feeling happy that the drape worked out as the way I imagined.

So, stay tuned! :D And hope everyone’s enjoying some sun this week!

 

loftslag: adventures in Iceland!

 

Loftslag means “climate” in Icelandic. But according to this web page on an art exhibit (which I stumbled upon while looking up the word), the literal translation of loftslag is “air song” :) which is a lovely way to think about weather.

If weather were a song, then it was definitely on the rather expressive side while we were in Iceland earlier this month. Was it worth the nervous driving through narrow mountain passages and one-lane bridges and white-out conditions in snowstorms?

It would be a definite yes :) 

It’s a place with so much diversity, not only of weather but also landscapes and geological features. One moment there’re icebergs and the next moment there are bubbling hot springs emerging from the earth. Seemingly barren lava rocks with lush green moss thriving on them. It’s quite surreal.

Apparently, however, there’s not usually blizzard/hail/50+ km/hr wind combo in May. So if you’re thinking about going in spring, don’t be discouraged! Some folks we commiserated with at a hostel (after everyone’s driven through a white-out snowstorm) said they went in February last year and the roads were beautiful. But certainly, if you go in July, there would be no chance of snow. But then it would be more costly, which was why we went in early May.

But anyway, here are some pictures I took on film with Diana, and some faux film photos with the mobile app Huji (which imitates 90s disposable camera, and apparently all the rage, because the 90s is cool again…? Anyway, I’m quite impressed with the faux light leaks and dust effects!), and some regular phone photos too when the lighting wasn’t good for neither the real or faux film cameras. I figure if people are interested in going to Iceland, they would be seeing photos of all the must-see locations on tourism sites anyway, so I don’t need to show you my versions of all the same sights. But I can share some of my favourite pictures and moments :)

We started in Reykjavik, the capital city, as most travellers do. It was a snowy, windy day, as you can see by the the water in this picture, but with some sunny periods every half hour or so, as shown in the following picture. The city has the cutest, most colourful houses lining every street.

Completely jet-lagged, disoriented and starving, we ate at a cafe that boasts traditional Icelandic food. It turned out to be a great choice, with our herring/egg and mashed fish on toasts, rye bread ice cream (it wasn’t doughy at all), and skyr with pancakes. There was also a “Brave Heart” menu option with most of the things pictured as well as “fermented shark”. I was tempted to get it but that was quite a lot of food which I didn’t think I could finish. I later read in a museum brochure that fermented shark smelled like ammonia. So I’m happy with our menu choice. The mashed fish and rye ice cream were particularly delicious. 

This would be one of the three times that we ate out in total out of the 9 days we were there. Things are quite a bit more expensive than back home, and us thrifty travellers relied a lot on grocery stores, gas stations and snacks we packed from home. Not the most nutritious, but I figure it’s 9 days out of my life, I can eat as much kale as I can bear when I get home.

Then we drove north towards Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri. But before that we stopped to see the Grabrok Crater, which was where the very first picture of the post was taken. The weather was deteriorating as the day progressed :S 

After some challenging/terrifying driving we finally made it to Akureyri. Fellow (Canadian!) travellers at the hostel highly recommended visiting the Christmas House, so we went! And it was fantastic!

So Icelandic folklore about Christmas doesn’t involve Santa. Instead, there are the troll mother Grýla (there is a father as well but I forget his name) and her 13 troll children called the yule lads, all with their own great names. They come into town before Christmas and leave small gifts in children’s shoes if the children have behaved well throughout the year, but if they hadn’t they’d get an old potato instead of a gift, and the giant feline pet of Grýla, the yule cat, might also eat the children :S 

Empathizing (but not endorsing the actions of) the hungry yule cat, we went to the Netto (grocery store) in town. And look! It has yarn!!! Not one but multiple isles of yarn!!!

It is utterly delightful and at the same time a bit bizarre to see yarn (like serious, made in Iceland, 100% natural fibre) being sold alongside sauces, tins and bread. And without fail every Netto we shopped at along the way carried yarn (this picture was taken a bit later in another town). I wish yarn-crafting is as much interwoven into the fabric of our Canadian society as it is in Iceland. (puns intended)

We then made it to Mývatn, a popular place with much to see due to it being in an area with active volcanic activities. Like these bubbling pools of blue (really, robin’s egg blue) mud!

Just as fascinating is Dimmuborgir or “dark castle”, a lava field with large rock formations and caves. The picture really doesn’t do the place justice as to how vast the lava field is and how large the rock formations are. We took the “small circle / family” trail because we didn’t want to get lost. When I look at this picture I always think of Mike the brave hobbit (or elf? he’s kind of too tall for a hobbit) walking into Mordor. And legend has it that it is where the yule lads live! :D

Much of what we drove through in north Iceland was fields upon fields covered in this red vegetation in contrast with the green moss, which is quite interesting for someone who is used to seeing grass all the time.

Now driving south along the east fjords, we came upon a few older villages, including the very picturesque Seyðisfjörður. We were hoping to visit the museum, which has a printing press, and some outdoor art installations, but the museum was closed and we couldn’t find the installation :S The view was beautiful nonetheless!

We continued south to Fáskrúðsfjörður, which once served as the base for French fishermen, so Mike was finally able to read some of the words in the local museum :D (the museum actually wasn’t open for the season yet, but we went in to ask about where we could find a washroom nearby, and the kind people at the museum let us walk through the exhibit to reach the washrooms).

Many of the houses are from the 1800s and have beautifully carved name plates.

The gem of the east fjords for me was Petra’s Stone Collection! This is just one small fraction of the collection, it just goes on and on all around the gardens. And they’re all rocks that Petra collected over her life time in the mountains of east Iceland. She also collected other things, like ball point pens, key chains, sea shells… one could lose an entire afternoon in the small house museum.

Here Porg is at Jökulsárlón, which is a glacial lagoon in south Iceland. I’ve never seen an iceberg before and it’s absolutely fascinating how blue the ice is. This is the only picture we took of Porg actually, even though we took him on the trip thinking he would look right at home… but it’s been too windy to take a regular photo, let alone him sitting him on a rock or something to take one… but I think this one’s a good one :D

While driving across south Iceland we drove through Eldhraun, a lava field covered in moss. 

It looks so lush and squishy (not so in my photo, which was kind of far away from the side of the road, but you’d find tons of pics on the web), I totally understand the urge to roll in it, but please don’t! It takes decades for moss to grow and once trampled upon it may not even grow back. So hug with our eyes only. 

Equally hug-able (if one could hug houses) are these turf houses, which make me think of hobbit houses, at the Skogar museum, where we learned that Icelanders are an immensely resourceful people, building dwellings and homes not only with very limited resources (the earth and rocks under their feet and the driftwood that washed up by chance), but also to withstand very harsh weather. There was an entire house that was built from driftwood!

On our second last day we visited part of what is called the “golden circle”, which I think is the busiest tourist area in Iceland judging by the traffic. We saw the Geysir in the active hot spring area, and Kerið crater, where Bjork had a concert! It has different colours of earth and vegetation at different sides, with a way to talk to the bottom, and the lake a the bottom is very blue. 

We took a bit of a detour to Hveragerði, a town in an active volcanic area with many hot springs, originally to visit the geothermal park, but it was closed due to public holiday, so we had lunch in the geothermal restaurant instead, and had the best mushroom soup and breads at the soup buffet (it seems many restaurants that serve soup and bread serve them in buffet style, which is awesome!).

We stayed in a small cabin with a resident cat :)

And we even found risotto in a cup! Not bad for camping food huh :) 

On the last day we had an evening flight, so we stopped by Fjölskyldu- og Húsdýragarðurinn (animal park) in Reykjavik before heading to the airport. 

We have seen many Icelandic horses (and sheep, goats and even reindeer) through the car window while driving by but never this close. So here they are :D According to the park brochure the sheep and the horses are sent on holiday to pastures during the summer :)

And that was our trip! Never long enough. But at the same time by the end of it I do feel I’ve had enough of the nervous driving. Kind of miss the public transit here in the city if you can believe it. We definitely would like to visit this beautiful land again one day, not soon, maybe when we retire, and probably on a bus tour :)

Thank you always for reading my stories! Wishing you great adventures and new inspirations in your own faraway or local travels too!

 

 

keep calm and smell the lavender

I was making some sleep and relaxation balms and salves as gifts. Partly also because I wanted to start making my own lip balm because the EOS stuff I’m using seems to make my lips peel…? Very annoying. 

Anyway, after doing much research and comparing recipes, because I also don’t want to invest in a lot of material to start (and essential oils tend to be a bit costly), I bought some basic material and made some solid perfume kind of balm, and a salve for heels as well. 

For the solid perfume, I used one part beeswax and one part extra virgin olive oil. The olive oil we just always have for cooking, and the beeswax I got it from the Bee Shop, from local bee keepers. 

For the first batch I used:

  • 2 tbsp of beeswax
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Melted the beeswax and oil in a double boiler (which is a mason jar in a pot of simmering water over medium heat)
  • After it all melted I mixed in 15 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of cedarwood oil
  • Distributed in clean small containers (tiny jam sample jars and David’s Tea tins!) — I filled 2.5 containers, and then made a bit more following the same beeswax to olive oil ratio to make 4 containers.

This sleep balm proves to really work for sleep, applied to the temples and soles of feet before bed. My friend and I both tried it and it worked! So If you have trouble sleeping I’d suggest giving it a try! I tried it as a lip balm but it didn’t go on very well.

I then made some salves for heels, because I was giving it to someone who doesn’t like strong scents. It has less lavender, and has coconut oil. I used:

  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp beeswax
  • Melted the oils and beeswax together in double boiler
  • Once all melted, added 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of cedarwood oil
  • Distributed in 4 small containers

So I did some experimentation on myself with this salve. It works well on the heels, but not so great on the lips or face, as it is quite greasy-feeling. I think it’s also great for dry hands and it smells great. I think maybe this is why a lot of lip balm recipes call for shea butter or cocoa butter. I’ll give that a try when I have a chance to go to the health food store. 

Also, I only bought a 175g block of beeswax and I still have more than half left! It goes a long way.

Happy weekend!

 

scarves galore and more

I worked with the best team of people in the world. And over the past few years I probably spent more time with them than with my family. Which was partly why I was leaving (not the people, just the type of work), but also makes it hard to leave.

The only way I know how to mark a transition in relationships (because it’s not goodbye, it’s just… we won’t see each other everyday and won’t share the same things when we do see each other again), and to say how much I love them, is to make people things. I observe what people like to wear and I make the things that I think they’ll like.

So, I made all these scarves and reading socks in about a month. All loom knitted :) 

I followed a YouTube tutorial for this one, the pattern is called Dragon Tail, and I used Red Heart Unforgettable in Dragonfly, with two strands held together, and the 41-peg loom.  

I used Loops & Threads Barcelona for all the other scarves. It was on huge sale at Michaels, it’s got great colour variations and the weight works with the gauge of my looms. This one I followed the tutorial for a triangular scarf, but whenever there is a colour change I work an eyelet row. If I were to give this scarf a name, I would name it “going with the flow”. It was fun to make. 

For this one I worked [2 eyelet rows, a few garter rows, a 2 popcorn rows, a few garter rows, and 2 eyelet rows] with a few inches apart. 

And fun reading socks! It was made with Caron Chunky Cakes (toes, heels and cuffs), two strands of worsted yarn held together (green part) and a super bulky pink yarn for a fun contrast. I followed a toe-up socks tutorial.

And in the midst of this making frenzy for my coworkers, I was invited to a baby shower of a good friend from high school. So I thought, of course I can finish a baby blanket in a week! (I didn’t, I was one panel shy of finishing it the night of the shower, so I’ll have to wait to give it to the baby when he’s born.)

I followed the ten-stitch blanket tutorial and used the regular Caron Cakes, with a 24-peg loom. It’s amazing how it works! And I really like how the colours turned out, very modern-looking, I think.

And here it is finished :)

 

I find loom knitting very meditative. Perhaps over the summer I’ll make another blanket with variegated yarn. 

Have a good start to the week, everyone!

 

new chapter

I was invited to an altered book workshop a while ago. It’s a great way to journal. I altered a few more pages after I went to the workshop.

The above is a section that I managed to finish in the workshop, done by gluing many pages together in the end of the book, then cutting a window through all the layers, then gluing it down to the back cover.

I then tried to experiment with this tissue paper painting method, but I think one needs to use special tissue paper that “bleeds”, which are not the ones from the dollar store. So anyway, I thought I’d paint an octopus instead. The Chinese characters say “octopus of prose”.

So then on the next page I tried making a found poetry, and this was when I realized that this book (which I picked up many years ago from a “FREE!” bin at work because the cover was a very nice teal colour but I actually have no idea what the book is about) is actually set in Toronto! It’s a bit hard to read in the photo so here’s the poem:

well…

In the meantime,

pause

on the dusty shoulder of the Don Valley Parkway, feeling the cars swish by on their way to King and Bay.

This was a time of

trust

made everyone nervous

limped along the gravel,

the one humbling period

No matter where

remained a rich tourist

the Holy City

At night, it shimmered.

Then I worked on the cover. Weaving words and handmade paper and the roars of an Albertosaurus (she’s from my Tyrrell Museum ticket).

The book form lends itself naturally to mirror image printing. I thought this looked like a sea dragon rising. 

I called this piece “Mycelium Running,” which is also a very cool title of a book about the unseen organisms that keep the balance of the earth. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus. Not the roots, but rather the branches. And the mushrooms are the fruits of the fungus. Mycelium is vital in ecosystems for its role in decomposing plant material, and it comprises of some of the largest organisms in the world.  

This is called “mincing my words,” made after I royally failed a job interview, and remembering other interviews that didn’t go as I hoped. With pieces of my handwritten notes from school and resume, and feeling like I was pretending to be who I was not, going in circles and nowhere. The weaving on the left and the X’s were a way of me saying “NO” to the whole thing. 

This is my favourite. It’s called “Revenge of the Upside-Down”. But we, we who are female, we who are racialized, we who are different from the so-called norm, are not backing off. 

Close-up of the glitter and determination!

So, I thought it’d be fitting to post about this project today, and to end the post with this particular image, as I’m transitioning from full-time frontline work to academic work in the fall, starting a new chapter, wading through uncertainties, chasing a dream. 

In the meanwhile, I’ll have a summer with less work and more time for craft and fun adventures :) Stay tuned for more projects and pictures! Thank you for journeying with me, always.

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Long time no write! Have been working on some long projects for a while, which I will be sharing soon! But for now, awesome projects I came across this week!

This is brilliant! I should make one of these so I’m not forever fishing for the right hook in my box full of hooks (and needles, sigh, so disorganized…). From Crochet Spot.

 

Stay calm and smell the lavender, without harmful chemicals. How-to for an easy-to-make lavender room spray on Purely Katie.

 

With just 3 ingredients, perfect for gift-making! Tutorial for lip balm lockets from A Beautiful Mess.

 

Perfect use for variegated cotton, a meditative stitch worked from corner to corner so it’s not boring. Pattern for a moss stitch dish cloth from The Cookie Snob.

 

I’ll pack a cowl! XD This awesome cowl is a free Ravelry download, by Deb Jacullo.

 

What a brilliant idea, building a terrarium with Legos! From Make and Takes.

 

This chubby cockatoo! Free pattern from Furls Crochet.

 

Have a fantastic crafty week, everyone! :)

 

going places

If I were to give this shawl a name I would name it “going places”. Because of the repeated arrow pattern.

It is a loom knitted project, for a gift. I used a 41-peg loom (largest of the set), and followed this pattern for “woven herringbone stitch”, but I replaced all the yarn-overs with purl stitches, because the yarn-overs just came out way too loose with the gauge of my loom.

(But you know what, the other night I had a dream that I got a new finer gauge loom that works perfectly with worsted weight yarn. Yes, very specific dream. So maybe it’s a sign. We’ll see. Anyway, I digress.)

It’s actually a really easy k2 p2 pattern repeat with just different number of knit stitches at the start of each row to create the herringbone pattern. Perfect for knitting while TV-watching, but not boring.

The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Barcelona. It’s quite soft, the colour transitions are fun to knit with, and the weight works well with the gauge of my loom, plus it was on massive sale at Michaels.

The pattern is worked over multiples of 4 stitches, so I knitted this over 40 pegs, until it reached 46″. Basically until I ran out of yarn, which is one skein and a bit more (leftover from another skein). With the regular bind-off method it really puckered, so I used a stretchy bind-off method. If I were to make it again I would definitely make it longer. I did win at yarn chicken on this one though, so no complaints!

It was even long enough to work as a squishy scarf :D

Perhaps you’d give this a try? Let me know if you do! :D

Whether you use needles, hooks or looms, have a happy crafting week!