Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Looming

 I wanted to share some recent projects with you. The first photo is my loomed version of the "B-4" felted bag. This was such fun to make, and was my main project for the Looms in Bloom Challenge in the Ravelry Loom Knitters group. The four "b"s are baubles, bumps, buttons and beads. The bag was made on a 90 peg CinDwood loom in 1/2 inch gauge.
 The second photo is a summer weight Mostly Harmless Scarf. I made this from crochet cotton in a light fingering weight on a 3/8 inch gauge loom. There are pink glass beads added at each point and along the long cast off edge.
Another Looms in Bloom project, in the third photo, a pair of Little Kitten Mitts with the addition of a small ruffle on the wrist. These were made from a cotton-alpaca blend yarn.
This fourth photo shows a prototype for a lace jacket panel pattern I'm working on. This first one is a small, rough version done in kitchen cotton. The pattern will adjust to fit different sized jacket panels. 

There are some great Loom-a-longs happening this month. Continuing from June, the Silky Shawl Theme loom-a-long. Come and see all the beautiful shawls, even if you aren't going to join the loom-a-long. The yarn, patterns and colors are all beautiful. This is a choose you own pattern loom-a-long. I'm working on a Rosebud Lace shawl in a pink alpaca silk yarn. 
The July loom-a-long is a lovely Waffle Stitch baby afghan. The pattern is not difficult, and everyone is enjoying making a little afghan. I hope you'll be able to join a loom-a-long.

Kitten's Lost Mittens e-book: three mitt and mitten patterns
$8.00 US   

The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary: over 100 single rake stitch patterns just for loom knitters, and including the Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection
digital e-book $24.00 US

Copyright 2014 by Renee Van Hoy, Invisible Loom, All rights to content, text, pattern and images reserved. Do not distribute or copy in any form.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Looms in Bloom

Today is the start of Looms in Bloom, the summer loom knitting event taking place over the next three weeks. Please come and join us over in the Loom Knitters group on Ravelry for this floral themed event. Choose your own project, find a category, and be part of this great big loom-a-long. Everyone is welcome, and you may join anytime during the event. 

Happening concurrently with Looms in Bloom is the "Silky Shawl" loom-a-long. Many people are using their shawl project as their Looms in Bloom project, too. What is the silky shawl loom-a-long? The idea was to use one of those pretty yarns we buy and save for "something special". Everyone is choosing their own pattern and yarn. This loom-a-long will continue through July, so there is plenty of time to join in. 

The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary and Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection, a digital book  $24.00 US  

Copyright 2014 by Renee Van Hoy, Invisible Loom, all rights reserved.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Stitch Dictionary Prize Winner

Congratulations to Carrie, bluestones1! She has won the drawing for a Land's End Medium Canvas Tote. Thank you so much to everyone who bought The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary and Stitch Pattern Sampler Collection in May.  I cannot wait to see what you design with your new stitch patterns!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary Drawing

To celebrate the publication of "The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary", everyone who purchases a copy of the dictionary during May, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for a Land's End Medium Canvas Tote (winner to choose the color) project bag. If you have already purchased the book, you have been entered in the drawing. The drawing will take place on June 1st, 2014, and the winner will have one week to claim their prize. Good luck everyone!
The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary
and Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection digital
 e-book   $24.00   
Copyright 2014 by Renee Van Hoy, Invisible Loom. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary and The Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection

I am thrilled to announce the publication of "The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary: Over 100 Single Rake Stitch Patterns Just for Loom Knitters", and including the "Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection. Below is a full preview of the Dictionary and Pattern Collection.

The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary includes over 100 single rake stitch patterns, written for both flat panel and in the round use. The book is arranged by stitch pattern type, with the following chapters:
- Basic Stitch Patterns (Stockinettes, Other Basics and Ribbings)
- Knit and Purl Stitch Patterns
- Lace Stitch Patterns
- Slip Stitch Patterns
- Specialty Stitches
There are color photos of each type of stitch pattern, and a full Table of Contents and Alphabetical Index, with hyperlinks and bookmarks to make navigation within the dictionary easier.
The stitch patterns have clear, step-by-step directions in terms just for loom knitters. You won't find a "ssk" or "psso" in this dictionary.
The Dictionary has an introductory section with suggestions to start you using the stitch patterns in basic designs. The Dictionary is written in large print, 20 point font, and may be read as a pdf or printed, however you prefer. It is tablet and screen reader friendly.
Accompanying the Dictionary is a trio of patterns, to help show you how stitch patterns may be combined to make larger projects. This pattern e-book includes a four page photo gallery and is written in large print, 24 point font.
The Stitch Sampler Shawl is a full size lace shawl made from one skein of sock yarn on a 1/2 inch gauge loom with 55 pegs. The shawl is made from three different stitch patterns.

The second pattern of the collection is the "Just The Way You Like It Cowl". This pattern is written in two parts. The first part shows you how to use different stitch patterns from the dictionary to make the cowl. The second part shows you how to make the cowl. The pattern calls for a 3/8 inch gauge loom, but any loom gauge may be used. The pattern is not difficult, but it has a lot of fun possibilities. It may be worn as a long cowl, a neck wrap, a "V" neck cowl, or a scarf. 

The last pattern of the collection is the Stitch Sampler Hat. This pattern is designed to give you an idea of how to combine stitch patterns when working in the round. The hat is made on a 3/8 inch gauge loom with 72 pegs. The hat also has some interesting shaping techniques, as well as two different options for making the top of the hat - a round top and a longer pointed top. 

I hope you will enjoy these two collections, and that the dictionary will be a nice reference book for loom knitters. The Dictionary and Stitch Sampler Collection are sold together at the single price of $24.00 US through my Ravelry Pattern Store. 
   The Loom Knitter's Stitch Dictionary and The Stitch Sampler Pattern Collection  $24. US   

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wingspan for Loom Knitters Loom-a-long

 The Ravelry Loom-a-long group will be working on Wingspan for Loom Knitters during April and May. Please come and join us.
We will be making both the original Wingspan for Loom Knitters, shown in the second photo, as well as Wingspan In Lace, shown in the third photo. 
The patterns are both in the Wingspan for Loom Knitters e-book, which also has information on how to size your Wingspan from a scarf to a large shawl, and for using looms in 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4 inch gauges. 
I hope you will come join us for this fun project.
Kitten's Lost Mittens e-book: A collection of mitts and mitten patterns for loom knitters
$8.00 US  

Copyright 2014 by Renee Van Hoy, Invisible Loom. All Rights Reserved

Friday, March 14, 2014

A pattern collection of loom knit mitts and mittens

I am very happy to tell you about my new pattern collection, "Kitten's Lost Mittens". This e-book has three patterns, two for fingerless mitts, and one for a full mitten.  The ideas for these mittens came from a long standing "quest" in the Ravelry Loom Knitters group, to find a better thumb for our fingerless gloves. The usual "add on " thumbs had an uncomfortable seam at the base, and stuck out in an unnatural angle. The "flap" style thumb was not open for a true fingerless mitt, and had a funny square shape. Other thumbs lacked a gusset at the base to allow for the natural shape of the hand. Hopefully these patterns have solved many of these issues.
The first pattern, seen in the two photos above, is "Little Kitten Mitts". This is a basic fingerless mitt with a low thumb gusset. This makes the mitts fit comfortably on a variety of hand sizes.  The mitts are made entirely in one piece, on any basic 3/8 inch gauge loom. They adjust in size for adult hands small/medium/large, and may be customized to change the length of the mitt to your preference. Little Kitten Mitts knit up quickly, and make a perfect gift.

The second pattern, seen in the photos above, is "Big Kitty Mitts". These fingerless mitts feature an extended thumb, with an open top. They have the same adjustabilty and other comfort features as Little Kitten Mitts, as well as a one piece construction on any 3/8 inch gauge loom.

The third pattern is "Mittens for Kittens", seen in the photos above. This is a classic style mitten, with a softly rounded top and full thumb. The same gusset is featured, giving the mittens a very comfortable thumb. These mittens are sized for a small/medium/large hand, and the size may be customized to your liking. Any 3/8 inch gauge loom will work with this pattern. 
As with all Invisible Loom e-books, there are two pdf file versions included; a large print 24 point font plain text version, and a paper saver 12 point font plain text version. In addition, the e-book contains a cover, two pages of figures for customizing size and embellishing your mittens, and three pages of photographs. The files are tablet  and e-reader friendly. Print or read your patterns just the way you like.
I hope that you and your kittens enjoy these new patterns! 
Kitten's Lost Mittens: A collection of three patterns from Invisible Loom  
e-book  $8.00 US 

Copyright 2014 by Renee Van Hoy, Invisible Loom. All Rights Reserved.