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Making the Honeycomb Stitch on the Knifty Knitter Loom
How to Make the Honeycomb Stitch on a Knifty Knitter Loom
If you are looking for a new stitch for the Knifty Knitter looms, the honeycomb stitch offers dimension that other stitches just don't have. It works well for scarves, or for panels of knit that can later be sewn together into a blanket, or afghan. The honeycomb stitch works on any of the long Knifty Knitter looms.
The honeycomb stitch is a variation of the double ribbing stitch, created here by alternating the placement of the ribs every 5 rows. The appearance mocks that of a bee's honeycomb. The interesting dimension and quickness of a double knitted panel make this a fun intermediate stitch for making a scarf or blanket. The knit in the photos below was created using Red Heart Super Saver Acrylic Yarn.
Photos by HSSchulte
You Will Need:
2 skeins worsted weight yarn
Knifty Knitter hook
10 Inch Knifty Knitter loom (Pink)
The yarn that you choose will make a difference in the finished scarf. To create this scarf you will need yarn with a bit of stretch. It will quickly become difficult to knit when attempting a honeycomb stitch if the yarn chosen isn't stretchy. Also, choosing a white or light colored pastel yarn will help the dimension of this stitch stand out.
Preparing to Knit a Scarf
Before you begin knitting on your loom:
1. Cut 48 pieces of yarn. Each should be 1 foot in length. These pieces of yarn will be used to create fringe at the end of the scarf.
2. Tie a slipknot and secure it to the anchor peg at the end of the loom.
Wrapping the Knifty Knitter Loom
for the Honeycomb Stitch
You begin the honeycomb stitch by wrapping as you would for the double ribbing stitch on the long loom. There are two pegs at each end of the loom that will not be used. You can see these end pegs in the photo on the right. Only the pegs that have a corresponding peg directly across from it on the loom will be wrapped.
Holding two yarns as one, wrap the loom. Go around the first peg wrapping it in the cursive letter "e," with the top of the "e" facing the outside of the loom and the crisscross of the "e" facing the inside of the loom.
Stretch the yarn across the loom to the peg directly across from it. Wrap this peg in the "e" fashion also with the top of the "e" always facing outward on the loom.
Stretch the yarn across to the next peg on the same side of the loom and wrap it with an "e." (This will be the second peg wrapped on the same side.) Cross to the other side of the loom and wrap two pegs in the row before crossing the loom again.
As you continue wrapping twice in each row before crossing the loom, you will notice a distinct pattern seen in the photo. The wrapping pattern can be difficult to get the hang of initially, but once you've done it a few times it will come naturally. Use the picture above to ensure the wrap is done correctly.
The Second Wrap of the Loom
The last peg wrapped in each row will be wrapped only once, or simply looped around. As you can see in the photo, it is not wrapped as an "e" like the other pegs. This photo shows the loom after it's been wrapped twice. You can see that the yarn follows the same path around the pegs.
Knitting Off the Loom
It is now time to knit! Use your Knifty Knitter yarn hook to pick up the bottom loop on each peg and lift it over the top loop. Release it off the peg by dropping the loop toward the inside of the loom.
After you knit off the first row, use your fingers to push down the loops remaining on the loom. Notice that you only have one loop left on each peg. We need to fix that so that we can knit off again. Wrap the loom again, tracing the pattern of the yarn exactly, just as you did above. When you have finished wrapping another row, you can knit again.
Continue the pattern of wrapping to get two loops on each peg, then knitting off. As you knit each row, you will notice knit begin to grow and feed out the bottom of the loom.
How to Alternate the "Ribbed Stitch" to Create the Honeycomb
Alternate the pegs your are wrapping to create a Honeycomb!
Once you have wrapped the loom and knitted off 5 times, it is time to create the honeycomb pattern. This is done by varying the way we wrap the loom. The 6th time you wrap the loom we will do it a little differently.
Before we begin, take a moment to look at the wrap pattern on the loom again. Do you see how the outer pegs of the loom have a yarn stretching across in alternating sets of 2? There is a gap between some pegs as indicated in the photo on the right. Your goal in wrapping the loom the 6th time will be to fill in the gap. In other words, everywhere the yarn was not wrapped previously, it will be now. There is a video below that will help guide you through this step.
As you experiment with this wrap, use your thumb to hold one of the last few loops in place. If you accidentally release the yarn, your thumb will keep the entire row from unraveling.
Continue wrapping and knitting off until your scarf reaches the desired length. Alternate the direction of the wrap every 5 rows to create the honeycomb pattern in your knit.
The Honeycomb Stitch Instructions on YouTube
The video demonstration of the Honeycomb stitch on the Knifty Knitter loom by merberee.
Removing the Honeycomb Knit from the Loom
When your knit is long enough, you will want to remove it from the loom. This is called "binding off." Start at the end of the loom farthest from the your working yarn.
1. Remove two loops from their pegs.
2. Insert a crochet hook in loop two and pull loop one through it with the hook.
3. Remove the crochet hook and release loop 3 from the peg. Place the crochet hook through loop 3 and pull loop 2 through it.
4. When all the loops have been removed from the loom, thread a yarn needle with the working yarn and use it to tie off the last loop using a square knot.
The video below is a cast off with a different type of stitch, but it shows the method that is used. Simply follow the path of the yarn back to the working yarn.
Binding Off a Long Loom with the Crochet Cast Off
Adding Fringe if You are Creating a Scarf
The fringe is added to the end of the scarf by folding 3 pieces of 12" yarn (cut earlier) in half.
1. Insert a crochet hook at the end of the scarf and use the hook to snag the ends of the fold of the yarns. Gently pull them through about an inch.
2. The pieces of yarn will have formed a loop when pulled through the scarf end. Feed the ends of the yarns (all 6) through this loop.
3. Tug gently on the ends of the yarn to secure the fringe.
4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 above eight times at each end of the scarf.
More Photos of the Honeycomb Scarf - Click on a thumbnail below to enlarge it.Click thumbnail to view full-size
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