At the movies, Part I

AranafghanGet a comfy chair, grab a yummy treat...take out that chocolate you have hidden on top of cupboard, your knitting loom, a cable needle and some yarn and let's get ready to try out something new on our looms.

Today, we are going to go over a two cables: 3-stitch Right Cross Cable, 3-stitch Left Cross Cable, These cables are typically used to make traveling lines like the ones shown on the blanket on the left. (The blanket shown is the Aran Afghan from Learn to Knit Cables on Looms booklet.)

Before we get started, I want to talk a little bit about the yarn for this type of project: try to choose one that has some elasticity to it, such as wool. This is one time where I would say not to choose a chenille type yarn, it would break too easily. Choose a yarn that will allow the cables to show too, something smooth, non-frilly, and a light color will allow the cables to pop a little more. On cable needles: I like the curved shaped cable needles as the curve prevents the stitches from accidentally popping off.

We are going to look at the 3-stitch Right Cross Cable (3-st RC) first.

For the cabling demonstrations, I am using the red Knifty Knitter loom, the yarn is Lion Brand 's Thick & Quick, the cable needle is a U shape plastic/nylon cable needle.

The instructions for the 3-stitch RC cable are as follows:

  1. Place loop from peg 1 on cable needle. Take cable needle to center of loom.
  2. Knit pegs 2 and 3. Move them as follows: Loop from peg 2 to peg 1. Loop from peg 3 to peg 2.
  3. Take loop from cable needle and place it on peg 3. Knit peg 3.

Next, we are going to look at the 3-stitch Left Cross Cable (3-st RC) first. The instructions for this cable are as follows:

  1. Skip peg 1 and peg 2 (take yarn behind pegs to peg 3).
  2. Knit peg 3. Place loop from peg 3 onto cable needle. Hold cable needle to center of loom.
  3. Knit peg 1 and peg 2. Move them as follows: loop from peg 2 to peg 3; loop from peg 1 to peg 2. Place loop from cable needle on peg 1.

Come back tomorrow for a second installment on cables. We will be looking at the 3-stitch Right Purl Cross and the 3-stitch Left Purl Cross cables. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the cables we saw today, drop your comment and I'll try to address the question(s) tomorrow before introducing the other two cables.


Cleaning...organizing...I must be sick!

*Updated* Listings on Ebay found for this type of box--see below.

Where is that measuring tape? Oh, yeah in the green bag down stairs. Where is my row counter, oh it is in the little lunch box that got converted to a notions case. Notions here, notions there, notions downstairs, and notions upstairs.

For a few weeks, I have been frustrated with the fact that I didn't have one place big enough to fit all my notions, yet small enough to carry around the house. Then last night between nasty dreams of snakes and living in a nasty basement apartment infested with vermin and snakes, I remembered that 2 years ago I had acquired a small box at a garage sale. I bought it out of pure wantoness as I didn't have a use for it, but no more.


This morning, as everyone left to church and I stayed home nursing my cold (and making lunch and cleaning the house), I dashed downstairs to my craft room and dusted the cute little box. It is perfect for all my notions. It has 4 small compartments and 1 big one at the bottom. See all my notions, I am so organized now!

Notions Notions2  Notions3  Notions5 

And seeing all my gear in one place, got me motivated to pick up my loom and take it for a whirl. I'll show you in a couple of days what the loom created with some help of yarn (a yummy cashmere blend by Lion Brand--feels sooooo soft) and a knitting tool.

Oh yeah, today, I was introduced to this Etsy Shop...they have the cutest needle felting kits. I would love to get one....the little penguins or the little turtle. So cute! Well, hope you have a great Monday :).


I found these boxes on eBay, they are similar to my notions box above. If you do a search for Vintage Sewing Wood Boxes you will find some more, but here are a few. One of them is selling for more than $150! I should sell mine, hehehe.

"Maripositas"--a knitting loom stitch

You may recall that I got the great treasure of books a couple of months ago. In one of those books, I found a small treasure that brought back a lot of memories. My Grandma was an accomplished needle knitter--she would sit for hours and create the most wonderful stitches without any stitch pattern books. I remember looking at all her creations with awe and admiration, hoping that one day, I would get a little bit of her gift.

The little treasure I found was nothing fancy or extremelly difficult, however, when I saw it, I had this great feeling of happiness. I quickly gathered the first thing that was handy--a knitting loom and I casted on. I was so surprised to see my creation--my creation that look so much like the little Maripositas that my Grandma knitted.

I present you--Maripositas, or "Little Butterfly or Bowknot Stitch". I hope you can make something beautiful with this treasure of a stitch. I can see a little sweater or even a baby blanket :). Enjoy!


Maripositas Loom Knitted Version


k=knit (either Knit Stitch/Flat Stitch or the Twisted Knit Stitch/Single Stitch)

sl=slip peg, just skip the peg

wyif=with yarn in front of peg

sl wyif=skip the pegs with yarn in front of the knitting. Take the loop off the peg, pass the yarn behind the peg but in front of the knitting. Place loop back on the peg.

Multiple of 10sts + 7

Rows 1, 3, and 5: k1, *k5, sl5 wyif; rep from * to the end, k6.

Rows 2 & 4: Knit

Row 6: k8, *bring the 3 strands in front,place working yarn at the very top of the stitch and the 3 strands, insert knitting tool through the bottom of the 3 strands and the stitch, hook the working yarn, and pull it through. Place the loop on the peg; k9; rep from * end last repeat, k8.

Rows 7, 9, 11: k1, *sl5 wyif, k5; rep from * until last 6 sts, sl5, k1.

Rows 8 & 10: Knit

Row 12: k3, *bring the 3 strands in front, place working yarn at the very top of the stitch and the 3 strands, insert knitting tool through the bottom of the 3 strands and the stitch, hook the working yarn, and pull it through. Place the loop on the peg; k9; rep from * end last repeat, k3.

Repeat Rows 1-12.

If you are interested in the Needle Knit instructions, you can find them at

Maripositastwistedknitstitch Sample loom knitted with the Twisted Knit Stitch/Single Stitch.

Yarn: Caron Simply Quick

Loom: Decor Accents, Regular Gauge single sided rake

Maripositasknitstitch Sample loom knitted with the Knit Stitch/Flat Stitch

Yarn: GGH Aspen

Loom: same as above

Picture of the special step in Rows 6 & 12:

4over1bring the 3 strands to the front of the peg.

Place working yarn at the very top.

Insert knitting tool through the bottom 3 strands and through the stitch.

4over12Hook the working yarn, and pull the loop through the stitch and through the back of the 3 strands. Hold on to the loop while taking off the 3 strands and the stitch off the peg. Place the loop on the peg. The little bowtie has been formed.

Bobbles on a Knitting Loom

Yesterday, someone in the Yahoo group asked how to create a bobble on a knitting loom. I couldn't resist the temptation so I took five and made a mini-video on how I create my bobbles. Note, I am not a bobbles person, so I prefer them to be small and inconspicous.


The bobble demonstrated is a one stitch bobble that gets knitted five times to form a small bobble.

1. Reach the peg/stitch where you want your bobble to be.

2. Knit on that peg 5 times.

3. Take the last loop off the peg and hold it on your knitting tool.

4. Reach down and bring back to the peg the very first stitch that was on the peg.

5. Place the loop being held on the tool back on the peg.

Peg has now 2 loops.

6. Knit over by reaching through the side of the peg.

Ta-dah! Small bobble created.

Now, this is just my method to create them, there are other methods out there, so make sure you try them all and find the one that you like best.

A Day in the Sun

Have you ever just taken five and spread a blanket on the floor and looked at the sky with your kids? I have seen it done on tv, but I have never actually done it. Never had the time, nor the yard to go and do it. Finally, I was able to try out this "activity" with my kids--I don't know a thing about forming pictures with the clouds--my mind kept saying--they are just white fluff, there is nothing there. At one point, I thought I saw a unicorn shape, but then, it was gone. B spotted a couple of things: a horse, a train, a mouse, a house...and the list keeps on going. Conclusion: My creative cloud Form Finder must be developed within the next month to keep up with my creative little one!! Little N on the other hand thought jumping on my belly was much more fun than looking at the cielo and nubes...ouchy, my belly hurts, lol.
It appears that I am going around in circles doing this and that, unpacking things then arranging the stuff that was on the box, typing a bit, then knitting a bit, frogging a lot, ruining my nice clean notebooks sketching.

And a little peek into a little something I worked on....I can't show pics :(...but I can tell you that it is nice and soft. It was knitted with Rowan Big very first time knitting with this yarn. Although at first it feels a bit rough after a light washing, the yarn becomes very soft to the touch. The stitch you see here is the  Stockinette Stitch (K) on a knitting loom with a garter stitch border.

Speaking of the Stockinette stitch (K) on a knitting loom...I was testing a little toy and this is what I came up with:


Just testing a new toy to see how it records movies.

Background noise: Something on tv, no idea what it is, if you can recognize it from the words, let me know, hahahah

Little feet: courtesy of Bryant :)

Stitch:  Stockinette Stitch (K) on a knitting loom

The stitch is usually known as the Flat Stitch, however, it is a misnomer (sp) that we are trying to get rid of. As you can see from the mini-movie above, the True Stockinette Stitch is just the opposite of a purl stitch, instead of laying the yarn *below* the strand on the peg, you lay the yarn *above*, then you insert the knitting tool from the bottom in a scooping motion, grabbing the working yarn and forming a loop with it. Then you take the old loop off the peg leaving the newly formed loop on the peg. Knifty and easy! I would like to thank Dar for pointing out this great way of knitting the stockinette stitch. I highly recommend this method as an alternative to the old flat stitch method.