New Elizabethan Ruff

New Elizabethan Ruff

A really easy pattern to create a soft warm neck warmer!

Christmas presents galore -this only takes a couple of hours to make and costs next to nothing.

Cream Ruff 1

 

Loom     – Rectangle Butterfly Loom

Materials – 50g Sirdar Ophelia, the cream is Milly and the Grey is Kitty, I bought mine from Deramores and cost £2.99 each.

3 buttons, size of a 20p piece minimum

Instructions:

Wrap the rectangle loom 6 times, following the instructions in your booklet

Use the ladder knotting technique following the diagram below and create 4 daisy patterns – to see a video of how to do the daisy pattern click here

Rectangle loom ruff diagram

Use the ButterflyBraid technique on the 3 central loops of one of the short ends to create an edging.

Attach 3 buttons to correspond with the 3 loops on the other short edge.  The buttons do not need to be the size of the loop, you just need to be able to ‘catch’ the loop to keep it snug around your neck.

That’s all there is to it!

Cream Ruff 2  Grey Ruff 1    Grey ruff 2

 

All looms are available from my website Croft Looms

Festive Collar & Cuffs

Collar detail
Collar detail

Add a festive touch to a plain jumper or pop over your coat for that Boxing Day stroll.
The whole set takes about 2 hours to make!

Collar and cuffs on a plain jumper
Collar and cuffs on a plain jumper

 

Materials
One small Butterfly Loom
50g Wendy Shimmer – Red (2107)
50gWendy Shimmer – Nickel (2112)
Small amount of 2 ply for knotting (approx. 1 m per motif)
2 large buttons for the collar

Method
Using both yarns together and wrapping one row,  make up 10 motifs following the instructions included in the Butterfly Loom pack or on the CD.
Use the ladder technique to knot the motifs.
The collar takes 6 motifs, the cuffs 2 each.

For the collar: following the instructions on the CD slip stich the 6 motifs together in a line joining the knots on the back to leave a frill on the front side at each join. Using the butterfly braid technique tidy the two short ends. On the front side attach the two large buttons and loop through the opposite end to complete the circle to make the collar.

For the cuffs: Using the same technique join the two motifs together to create a tube which makes the cuff. Turn front side out.

Fru-fru out and pop over your jumper!

Note: I have quite slim hands, so if you need something larger add another motif; if this is too large insert a small piece of elastic inside using the knots as your anchor points.

All instructions are in the booklet or on the welcome CD.

 

Collar detail in Wendy Yeti - Mermaid (2786) Wendy Shimmer - Nickel (2112)
Collar detail in Wendy Yeti – Mermaid (2786)
Wendy Shimmer – Nickel (2112)

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String Shopping Bag

In order to reduce the amount of plastic shopping bags I have around the house I like to use something a bit more eco-friendly.  I have make a shopping bag using the large and rectangle looms.

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Very reminiscent of the ones we used to have in the 1970’s only this one does not seem to stretch! (yet!)

I used a mix of undyed hemp, wool and mohair wrapping 3 strands at a time and went round twice.  I used two large for the sides and attached a rectangle to each at the top to give a bit of depth.  The handles are two rectangles sown up lengthways.  The rectangles are slightly longer than the square so took a bit of piecing together (17 into 15), but easy enough and gives quite a nice fluted shape to the top.  The only place it looks like it is stretching is where the rectangle and the square meet along the top, but I think that is because the edge loops are large than the ones in the body.

It is a bit messy as my inital thought was to line it with calico, but the picture above has 3kgs of shopping in it and hasn’t stretched much at all, so I am going to use it for a few weeks and if by January it’s dragging in puddles I will re-design!  The back of this I actually made daisy patterned, but it has left it far too holey – would definitly need to be lined.

I’m going to make another one, paying a bit more attention to detail and see how much is has cost me – I  think easily under a tenner.  I also have some thicker yarn I might use, see how that turns out.

Have a Looming Great Christmas

Looking for stocking fillers that will last past Boxing Day?

The baby and small butterfly looms are great for making scarves and accessories – ideal for keeping away those post Christmas ‘I’m bored!’ moans.

No knitting or crocheting experience needed, by just wrapping and knotting a scarf can be made quickly and easily – and (so you get to enjoy the holiday) needs a minimum of supervision.

The whole Butterfly Loom range is available through EBay, click on the pictures below to visit EBay :

6loomsTN Babyloom LargeLoom magic-loomTN Medloom recloom smloomB

Have a Looming Great Christmas!

First Attempt!

Not 100% happy, but not bad for a first attempt.

I have made a double sided cushion cover using the large loom.  The fluffy side is made using 100g of Snazzy colour Royal SY041 supplied by Texere (www.texere.co.uk) and the back is 100g  Lister Bamboo Navy 774 out of my stash so not sure where this came from and intersected with  paradise chenille in Salmon also by Texere

Now, where did I go wrong: I have a habit when sewing and knitting of working too loose and I think this is what I have done here.  Next time I will pull my knots tighter, then they will lie more evenly.  I also changed what I was making half way through, and back again, I was going the cross knot, then I decided I would try a daisy but realised that I hadn’t left enough rows, so went back to leaving it as just crosses.  This has ended up with it being a bit of a mess on the back and with lots of joins – but I think this proves that it doesn’t matter too much because that is all hidden at the back.  I think also I should have used a thicker knotting yarn – maybe the same as I did the wrapping in.  I have put this round a black cushion so the effect is ok – but not perfect..

But it is very easy to pickup, I had a couple of attempts at first on the small loom to just understand what was what but after a few wraps and knots I feel I have mastered it!  A bit of tweaking, but I think I know where I have gone wrong, so eager to make something else

cushions -1st attempt 001                        cushions -1st attempt 004

Next project is going to be a ‘string’ shopping bag.