After I posted the posts about the k2tog and the k3tog, which were not new but they were buried in the files with the patterns. Anyways, after posting those to tutorials, someone asked about a k2togtbl and what it meant.
Okay, a k2togtbl simply stands for a knit two stitches together (k2tog) through the back loop (tbl). In needle knitting, it means that you have to a decrease, similar to the k2tog. The only difference is that you have to knit the two stitches together through the back loops of the stitches. Knitting them through the back loops creates a Twisted Knit Stitch.
In loom knitting, we don't have to worry about the back loops or front loops since our stitches always sit facing the front with both legs of the stitch facing the front. To create a Twisted Knit Stitch in loom knitting, we e-wrap the peg and knit it with the single stitch. Thefore, to create the k2togtbl, in loom knitting, you will move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg, then you will ewrap the 2nd peg. Second peg now has three loops on it. Next, you will lift the bottommost two loops up and off the peg. Ta-da!!! The k2togtbl has been created! :)
When you decrease, you are removing stitches from your knitting, making that area narrower.
The most common decrease is known as the k2tog (knit two stitches together).
The k2tog creates a decrease that slants to the right.
How does it need to look: When you do a k2tog, you need the second stitch to stay on top, meaning it needs to remain visible when you knit it.
Let’s create a k2tog as follows: k1, k2tog.
How: Knit peg 1. Move the stitch from peg 2 to peg 3 (the k2tog takes place on these two pegs). Knit peg 3, be sure to lift the two loops off the peg (treat them as one loop).
Move the stitches inwards, and the decrease by 1 stitch has been created.
The SSK, it stands for slip, slip, knit, which translates to loom knitting as, skip, skip, knit. However, there is a small twist in our looming. We can’t translate this directly, you see on needles the stitches sit a certain way and the slipping of them changes their position. On loom knitting, our stitches sit always the same way (be it if we are purling or knitting). Anyways, to do the slip, slip, knit, is a little easier but it takes one extra movement of loops than the k2tog.
The SSK creates a decrease that slants to the left (the opposite of a k2tog).
How does it need to look: When you do a ssk, you need the first stitch to stay on top, meaning it needs to remain visible when you knit it.
Let’s create a ssk as follows: k1, ssk.
How: Knit peg 1. Move the stitch from peg 3 to peg 2 (the ssk takes place on these two pegs). Knit peg 2, be sure to lift the two loops off the peg (treat them as one loop). Move the loop on peg 2 to peg 3. Move the loop from peg 1 to peg 2, and the decrease by one stitch has been created.
Knit peg 1 Lift loop from peg 3 and hold it with your fingers (or put it on the peg to the left). Move the loop from peg 2 to peg 3 Get the loop you are holding and place it back on peg 3. Knit peg 3. Be sure to lift the two loops off the peg (treat them as one loop). Move the stitches inwards and the decrease by one stitch has been created.
These two decreases are usually paired together. I like to knit a few stitches at each side before doing the decreases, this gives the edges a more finished look.
We all have seen it on patterns, stuff like Garter Stitch,
Stockinette, Ribbing, double Ribbing, but what does it all mean? If you
are new to the world of loom knitting or knitting in general, these
terms are unknown to you and as such may make a pattern that is really
simple into something quite confusing. Let's take a closer look at what
they all mean and how to get them done on a loom, shall we?
stitch: Garter stitch has one of the best characteristics out
there, it creates reversible fabric that has a horizontal ridge. Also,
Garter Stitch fabric lays flat--meaning, it doesn't curl on itself.
to loom it: it is done the same in the round (a circular item such as a hat or sock) as in a flat panel (such as a scarf or blanket)
Row/Round 1: Knit
Row/Round 2: Purl
Row/Round 1 and 2 until you have reached the desired length
The two rows/rounds make one
Garter Stitch Ridge. Some patterns may tell you to make 20 Garter Stitch
ridges which in turn will mean to work 40 rows/rounds.
nice and fancy name, it must mean something quite difficult, actually,
you are probably already doing it each time you loom a hat. Stockinette
refers to the smooth side of the fabric, the one that has all the little
v's. Watch out, fabric done completely in stockinette stitch will curl
at the edges.
How to loom it:
knitters, we are very lucky as we don't need to do go through the
trouble of purling on the wrong side rows to make the smooth fabric. To
create stockinette on a loom, it is the same if you are working in the
round or a flat panel.
Row 1/Round 1: knit Row 2/Round 2: knit
Row/Round 1 and 2 until you have reached the desired length.
Stockinette: Simply refers to the opposite of stockinette, instead
of the nice smooth side, we want the bumpy side to be on the right side
of the fabric. As in stockinette, Reverse Stockinette also curls on
itself, so plan for it.
Looming it: To create reverse stockinette
on a loom, it is the same if you are
working in the round or a flat panel.
Row 1/Round 1: purl
Row 2/Round 2: purl
Repeat Row/Round 1 and 2 until you have
reached the desired length.
Lastly, let's look at
ribbing. What exactly is ribbing and no it is not going to the local rib
joint and eating until your tummy explodes.
Ribbing: Elastic and reversible fabric with vertical ridges,
mostly seen on cuffs or hems of sweaters. There are various types of
ribbing, the most common single and double. Single involves 2 stitches,
double 4 stitches.
Involves 2 stitches:
Row/Round 1: *k1, p1; rep from *. What does
it mean? Knit 1 peg, purl 1 peg, repeat from * to the end of the
Repeat Row/Round 1 until you have reached the desired
Double: Involves 4 stitches:
*k2, p2; rep from *. What does it mean? Knit 2
pegs, purl 2 pegs, repeat from * to the end of the row/round.
Repeat Row/Round 1 until you have reached the desired length.
that we have deciphered what the terms mean, go and loom something with
them and come back and share with me your pictures and your loomy