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Loom-Knit Baby Blocks

These stuffed toys blocks are made using a knit and weave loom kit. They're perfect for stacking and knocking down since they're soft, plush, and therefore, quiet!

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Size

Set of 3, each about 4 1/2 inches cubed (11.5 centimeters cubed)


Gauge

14 stitches = approximately 4 inches (10 centimeters). Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

 

Notes

  1. Follow loom manual instructions for "Single Knitting" for how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
  2. Each Block is made of 6 Sides.
  3. Each Side is worked back and forth in rows across one long side of loom. Loom is configured into a rectangle to make it easier to hold.

 

Loom Configuration

Use the following pieces:
Two (2) 12-hole pieces
Two (2) 6-hole pieces
Four (4) corner pieces

Connect pieces as follows to form a rectangle:
12-hole piece > 6-hole piece > corner piece > corner piece > 12- hole piece > 6-hole piece > corner piece > corner piece

Insert 18 small pegs into every hole on one long side of loom (18 working pegs placed). (Note: Use 18 pegs for Knit Sides and Garter Ridge Sides.)

Remove 2 pegs, one from each end, for Seed Stitch Sides (16 working pegs).

Insert contrast color pegs into connecting holes to hold loom together.

materials

  • 6 skeins worsted weight yarn in 6 colors [Pictured: Martha Stewart Crafts TM/MC Lion Brand® Yarn Extra Soft Wool Blend (Art.# 5400): #507 Winter Sky (A); #559 Buttermilk (B); #557 Lemon Chiffon (C); #506 Igloo (D); #556 Green Eucalyptus (E); #503 Gerbera Daisy (F)]

  • 3 foam blocks, 4 1/2 inches (11.5 centimeters) on each side

steps

  1. Knit Side (make 6, one in each color):
    Cast onto all 18 working pegs.
    Knit until piece measures 4 1/2 inches (11.5 centimeters) from beginning.
    Bind off.

  2. Garter Ridge Side (make 6, one in each color):
    Cast onto all 18 working pegs.
    Rows 1-5: Knit
    Row 6: Purl
    Rows 7-30: Repeat Rows 1-6 four more times
    Rows 31-35: Knit
    Bind off.

  3. Seed Stitch Side (make 6, one in each color):
    Cast onto 16 working pegs.
    Row 1: *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * across
    Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 4 1/2 inches (11.5 centimeters) from beginning.
    Bind off.

  4. Finishing: With yarn needle provided with loom, and using one Side of each color on each Block, sew 2 Knit Sides alternately to 2 Garter Ridge Sides to make a strip. Sew ends of strip to make a ring. Fit ring around one foam block. Pin, then sew a Seed Stitch Side to each open end of Block. Repeat to cover remaining Blocks.

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