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Knitting without needles?! Really?! Oh Yeah!
Okay so knitting scares me and frustrates me. To be specific Knitting with needles scare me and frustrates me. I drop stitches, I can never get a good rhythm going and I find it takes forever to see results. In other words me and Knitting needles don't get on. However, that doesn't change the fact that I still envy those who can knit. One of my best friends knits and I entirely covet her skill and expertise in this form of yarn craft. We're both currently training to qualify as Occupational Therapists and I have a massive interest in creative arts and how these can be adapted to enable individuals to engage in these occupations (how academic of me LOL) and I happened to read an article recently about an elderly man who had been diagnosed as terminally ill who wanted to give back to the hospital who had cared for him and started knitting hats for newborns and premature babies by using knitting looms as he couldn't use knitting needles. That sparked a memory I had from when me and my sister were taught by my mum to knit on a knitting doll or spool and thought I could try it on a larger one. So I bought a set of looms, got some gorgeous wool from Easy Knits and a book called "I can't Believe I'm Loom Knitting" by Kathy Norris and it worked! Now I can knit without needles! Yay!!!!!

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  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather Materials: See 'You will need list' left.

    For this project I used a skein of Easy Knits single ply wool. I choose Atomic Kisses which is gorgeous in various shades of vivid pinks, reds and purples. I had never worked with single ply wool before. At first I found it very fiddly to work with but when I allowed a loose tension on the loom and when crocheting, I found it was very pleasant to work with and it has a lovely soft texture.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Place a slip knot over one of the pegs and E-Wrap the wool around the pegs to cast onto the loom.

    I really recommend "I can't Believe I'm Loom Knitting" by Kathy Norris. It acts like a step by step course on loom knitting and has lots of pics to illustrate each process and the book is only about £3 on Amazon. (this is not an endorsement but, my own opinion ;-))

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Begin a basic knit stitch. It should begin to look like this (see picture left).

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Keep Knitting till it gets to about 30cm long or till it gets to a length you are comfortable with. You can keep testing it by placing your hand into the middle of the loom and the tube of knitting till its to your desired length

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 5
    Step 5

    To cast off I used a single crochet stitch with a 3mm crochet hook which gives a nice neat edging to the finger end of the hand warmers.
    To do this you place the hook through the loop of the last peg worked. Lift it off the peg with the hook and lay the working yarn over the hook and pull through the stitch on the hook. Repeat with the other stitches giving a nice neat edge to the knit. create a knot at the end and weave into the end of the row.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 6
    Step 6

    This next step is optional. Place the hand warmer over the hand and choose where you want a thumb hole. The tension should be stretchy enough and stitches wide enough to place your thumb through to work out where you'd like it to be without damaging it.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once you have chosen where you want the thumb hole bind the hole using a yarn or darning needle and the yarn and trim away any stitches. I know this is a bit of a backwards way of doing this but I haven't yet mastered how to decrease and increase stitches yet.

    Repeat steps 1 - 7 for the other hand warmer.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 8
    Step 8

    For the head band create a crochet chain of stitches that's about 45cm long and continue with a double crochet stitch all using a 3mm crochet hook.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 9
    Step 9

    Continue the double crochet stitch for 8 rows and cast off.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 10
    Step 10

    Choose a ribbon that matches or complements your wool and measure and cut 2 lengths of about 30 - 40cms. Here I have chosen to use an embroidered dark pink ribbon with lighter pink diamond motif from Tiger which complements the different shades in the atomic kisses wool.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 11
    Step 11

    Insert the lengths of ribbon in the middle on either side of the band and about two stitches in. Does that make sense? just see the pic on the left ;-)

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 12
    Step 12

    Fold over about 3cm of the ribbon and stitch into place.

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 13
    Step 13

    And voila your matching headband is complete

  • How to stitch a knit or crochet glove. Knitting Loom Hand Warmers And Matching Crotchet Headband In Easy Knits Wool  - Step 14
    Step 14

    So you should hopefully have a completed set of Head band and hand warmers. You look gorgeous darlings! ;-) xxxxxxxxx

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