It's been a long, hot Summer hear in Melbourne. We've had days where the temperature has hovered at around 44 degrees Celsius and this explains why my latest loom knit project has taken so long. Usually making things on the knitting loom is very quick and easy, but the beautiful baby alpaca yarn I chose for this project was so thick and warm that the thought of being anywhere near it on a hot day was completely unbearable, and so it was put away until the weather cooled and I could pick up the project without having to reach for a glass of iced water and turn the air-conditioning up a notch.
The knitting loom I used is one my father made, but this project will work just as well with a manufactured straight loom. Up until now I had only used thinner yarn for loom knitting, but I loved the thicker wool and can envisage making a few more items with 12ply or more.
The stitch is the same as I used in our Charity Knitting which includes a link to a great "All Free Knitting" Youtube tutorial. I cast on the straight loom to a width of approx 30cm/12 inches and continued until I had worked a length of knitted fabric that was approx 115cm/45 inches long. You can make this shorter or longer according to your own body shape. I then sewed the seam with one end edge to the base of a side edge to give a diamond shape and added a couple of wooden toggle buttons for embellishment.
I'm totally loving how this turned out. It's snugly and warm and the yarn has enough stretch to give the garment some shape. I do have some yarn left over, not enough for another wrap, but I do think it would make a great cushion...or two!
Happy loom knitting
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Other FitzBirch loom knit projects:Quick Loom Knit Scarf
Knifty Loom Knit Leg Warmers
Loom Knit Gauntlets
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Loom Knit Socks