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6.0 How to Loom Knit | Garter Stitch | Basic Dishcloth & Coasters Patterns (Right Handed)

6.0 How to Loom Knit | Garter Stitch | Basic Dishcloth & Coasters Patterns (Right Handed)


– [Kristen] Today
on How to Loom Knit, we’ll be working
the garter stitch and learning how to prevent
curling in your knits. We’ll also have a
pattern in here as well. This is lesson 6.0. Welcome to GoodKnit Kisses. We’re all about helping
you stitch your love and love your stitches. Prevent knits from curling
by combining knit and purl stitches, and work
the garter stitch. We’re working a garter
stitch by working a row of knit stitches and then
a row of purl stitches, to make this ridge here. See this one in the back, here, you’ve got a row of knits
with those V-shaped stitches, and then you have this
purl bump along here, and it creates these ridges. You can even count by twos
when you’re counting your rows, it makes it really easy, and
you just count all the ridges and say, “Two, four, six,
eight,” and so on, kinda cool. If you make it with a
u-wrap or an e-wrap, either one, it will make the
garter stitch look the same. The only difference
is it will be a little stretchier
with an e-wrap, and your stitches will
individually be bigger, but it’s actually pretty hidden. And there’s a neat
little shortcut to make it seem a little faster. However, you can combine
those knits and purls on just the border, which is
a great basic skill to have, and you can use this for
things like coasters, like this one, all the way
to a dishcloth or a blanket, and then you can create
this middle space here, we call that the
field, or the middle, and do like a big
stockinette area, or you can make any number
of other stitch combinations and patterns, and then
this border allows you to not have curling
on the edges, while having fun
playing in the middle. So that’s a really
good thing to know. In this video here, I’m gonna
show you how to make this with a couple of
notes on shortcuts, and then I’m also going
to give you a pattern for a dishcloth, so stay
tuned, and we’re actually gonna have two patterns
in one in this video. What you’re going to need
is your yarn and your loom. If you want to make the
coaster, I’m working with a super-bulky
number-six-weight yarn, and I need 11 pegs on
a large-gauge loom. This one, when you
measure from center-peg to center-peg, it’s 5/8, and I’m using this 24-peg,
5/8-gauge loom from KB Looms. You can also use the Knifty
Knitter or one just like it. And then if you want
to do the dishcloth, you can use a cotton yarn,
which is a number-four medium-weight yarn, and then
you’re going to need 36 pegs of a small-gauge loom. This is a 3/8 size,
center-peg to center-peg. You’re also going to
need, for both of these, of course your loom hook, and
you can use a crochet hook if you want to crochet cast on, and then you’re going to need
a couple of stitch markers. I’m just gonna use these
nice little rubber bands. You do wanna have two of
them, and that’s all you need. You can use a row counter
as well, if you like, or just a scratch paper to
kind of note those things. The reason why I’m doing
both of ’em at the same time is you can choose your project. You could even make
the coaster first and come back when
you’re confident and make the dishcloth, but they are made
the exact same way, and I really wanna teach
you that, many times, these patterns, you can
use them on different looms and make a similar fabric, it just has smaller
or larger stitches. Let’s begin. For the dishcloth,
I need to mention that we’re using the
Knitting Board loom. This is a premium
knit loom, 72-peg. You can use any other loom with
36 pegs that’s small-gauge. I just happen to
be using this one because the color
works well on camera. So let’s go ahead and put
our stitch markers on, and I’m marking both of
these looms at the same time, so either one you’re
working on is great. I happen to have some
stretchy rubber bands, and what I’m doing is
marking the border edges. Okay, so where these edges
are, and I’m gonna get purl stitches for the main
part of our pattern, because we’re gonna be
knitting this length for quite a while. These borders, when they’re
marked, it’s really handy. You can also just mark
the innermost peg. So you’re going to cast on, this loom here, one through 11, and then if you’re
working on the dishcloth, mark the first four pegs, okay, and then count all
the way to peg 36, and then you’re gonna
mark the last four pegs for your border here, okay? Let’s do the cast-on. For our cast-on today, I’m
using the chain cast-on. You can use another
cast-on if you want, but I want you to see
what the edge looks like. It has this really pretty
detail, combined with the knits and purls it comes
off really well. So I’m gonna go ahead
and do a little reminder of what that looks like. Just go ahead and
make your slipknot, and again, check our
cast-on video down below for more on slipknots
and casting on. And we’re just going
to start on peg one, and start in the direction
that you want to be working your purl stitches, and
you’re gonna want a cast-on that works all in one direction,
not where we are wrapping one way and wrapping back. We want to work from
right to left, casting on, if you like to do your
purls from right to left, and then do the opposite if
you are a left-handed knitter. Okay, so go around
the first stitch here, put our slipknot on our
hook and keep it loose. You can also do this
with just your fingers. Yarn over and pull through. And yarn over and pull through, and go ahead and cast
on all your stitches, so 11 on the coaster
or 36 on the dishcloth. All right, so pause your video,
and I will meet you back up when you’ve casted on
all of your stitches. See you in a moment. All right, so I’m gonna
put that last stitch on, and we’re ready to begin. Now, this is where you
can decide if you want to do e-wrap or you want
to do a u-knit wrap. I suggest, if you have
enough yarn, do both. You’re going to make
one sample in u-knit and one sample in e-wrap,
that’s totally fine, and that way you can have
something to compare against. Again, if you’re
gonna have e-wrap, the middle part is going
to have this field on it, rather than this field. This is a field of
u-wrap-knit stitches, and this is a field of e-wrap. So we’ll have a little
bit different look to it, but your garter will
be a little bit bigger, because this is a bigger stitch and it’s a little
bit stretchier, so
keep that in mind. All right, so whatever knit
stitch you’re going to do, go ahead and start working that. You’re gonna work all stitches
all the way across your row. And don’t worry about any
of the stitch markers, you’re just simply working
all pegs, all right? So go ahead and work all pegs,
pause your video right now, and I’ll meet you back
when you’re ready. Okay, as you come
down to the end, and now we just
want to purl stitch, so again, you just put
your yarn below the loop, and just pull upward,
making a new loop, take it off, and put it back on. Okay, and so you’re just
gonna keep repeating this all the way down to
the end of your row. So one full knit row
and one full purl row will make one ridge. You wanna make two ridges
for this particular pattern, for the coaster, and you’re
going to make six of them for the dishcloths, so if you need to think
about it this way, that’s how many purl
rows you’re making. I’m gonna show you a shortcut. If you are using
the e-wrap stitch, it’s a really easy way to create your knit and purl rows
almost simultaneously, because the yarn gets wrapped and then you can knit
it off as you go. It’s a fun, easy way to do it if you want to purl right
after you knit it off. I’ll show you what I
mean here in a moment. I’m coming to a finish
on this, and of course if you need a reminder
on the purl stitch, please click down
in the links below and you’ll see that
video for the purl. Okay, so we’re ready
to begin a row, and I want to go ahead and
wrap this, like I’m e-wrapping. Okay, just wrap
all the way down. I do this with my right hand. Okay, then I come to the end,
and normally I would knit off and start knitting off all
my stitches, one by one, like that, but if you want to
just knit off that first one, bring your yarn to the front,
you can purl that stitch just as usual, and then
come to the next stitch, knit it off, and then
purl right after. So what that does is it
just pushes that one stitch down below, right
before you get to it, and then you can
work the next one. So it’s not technically
doing them at the same time, it’s not knitting
one with new yarn and purling one with new yarn, so not stacked on
top of each other, the yarn is already there
from the previous row below. So we can just continue
working it this way, and make one ridge
fairly quickly, and then you will be ready for
continuing on your pattern. So continue doing
this, pause your video, and meet me back up
after you’ve completed two purl rows on your coaster or six on your dishcloth, and your six ridges
will look like this. All right, pause your video,
and I’ll see you in a moment. You completed the first
part of your edge, and now we’re going to set
up for doing the field, or the middle, with
the two edges here. So we’ve done this part, and
now we’re going to be working on this part here. So you should have
the working yarn at the opposite end
as your original tail, and if you’re not sure
if you just completed a knit or purl row,
you can always look on the back of your loom
and pull back your stitches, and if you pull
’em back like this and see a V-shaped stitch, that means that you just
completed a purl row, because the opposite
is this knit stitch. If this little bump
right here is just snug right up against the back
of your loom, or your peg, and you can’t pull
it back like this and reveal a knit stitch,
then you have just knitted. All right, so I’m going to go
ahead and do one more knit row and go all the way down,
and then I’ll show you the purl row and
how it’s different. All right, this is where we
need to do the edge stitches. We’re going to purl the first
two stitches on our coaster, so all of the ones
that are marked here, or if you’re only using one
stitch marker on the innermost, you’re just going to
purl until the innermost and continue on that
one, so one, two. Okay, and then you’ll
continue knitting until you get to your
first stitch marker here. So you just work all the way up until just before that marker. So if this is e-wrap, of
course you’re just going to e-wrap that, then
go all the way down, and if you’re
doing the shortcut, you can e-wrap till here, ’cause if you e-wrap down here, then you wouldn’t get
that border stitch. So remember, stop
at this marker here. You can go ahead and knit over, just to kind of remind yourself, and then when you get to
this area, you can purl. If you want to do your shortcut,
it doesn’t work as well on here, because you’re
just gonna be e-wrapping all the way down, like this, and then you would
do your stitches. So now we’re down here,
and when we do our purl. Okay, so if you’re
on the dishcloth, lemme show you that one. There’s that last stitch. And the dishcloth
would just be working these stitches here,
these four stitches. So put our yarn to the
top part, and purl. So of course these are smaller,
and so that’s why we have a wider amount for
our border here, and then we did several more
rows down on the bottom. Okay, and then just continue
working your knit stitches all the way up until the
next set of stitch markers. So work all the
way down to here, and stop your
knitting right here, and work these as a purl. All right, pause your video,
and I’ll meet you back up at the end of that row. Okay, so these are
instructions for the middle. You just completed one ridge, which is one row and
then your purl row, which is the garter ridge
in the beginning of the edge and then your main field stitch and then you’re
finishing with that purl. So that is one set of ridges. So we want a total of
six here, on the coaster. We’ve got one, two,
three, four, five, six, you can see that. So you’re going to be
completing essentially 12 rows. So a knit row, a
purl row, and so on. So continue until you
have about three inches, or if you wanna count that, every time you’ve
got a purl row, it’s actually about
six within here. You can use a
measuring tape here, and start working down here
when you get to the three, and this knitting edge
here gets to the one, then you’ve got it
about where you need to. That’s for the coaster. For the dishcloth, you’re
gonna work 28 ridges, or actually 56 rows total. You’re gonna work
about seven inches. Pause your video and
when we meet back up, you’ll have most of
your knitting done, and we’ll do the final
part of your pattern. See you in a moment. As you can see, we are ready
to put on our final border, and on the coaster, we’re
going to do two more ridges, and on the dishcloth,
we’ll do six more ridges. Now if you look at this,
you might quickly see that it looks like I
actually have three ridges. That’s not the case. Lemme remind you that this
is actually the cast-on, it’s not actually your purl row. So you had a knit row
right after the cast-on, and then you had a purl,
and then a knit and a purl. So make sure, if you are
studying your knitting, you want to account for
what is your cast-on so that you can try and make
your ending border the same as your beginning border. Okay, so we’ve got
our working yarn on the opposite side
of our tail over here, and we want to go ahead
and do a knit row, a purl row, make that ridge, and you’re gonna repeat
that over and over. So two on the coaster,
and six on the dishcloth. Pause your video and meet me
back up for the next part. Once you’ve knit your border, you need to set up
for the bind-off row, and all you need to do for
the setup is just knit a row. So go ahead and
knit one more row, pause your video,
I’ll meet you back up and I’ll show you
the bind-off again. You can also check out
our bind-off video, and we also weave in tails
at the end of that video as well, if you need a reminder. Okay, pause your video and
I’ll see you in a moment. All right, we’re
going to bind off. You’re going to start by
working the first two stitches. Knit one, and knit two, and then we take the two
and put it on the one, and then knit off. And then we move it
to that empty peg, and now we just repeat by
working stitch two, peg two, moving it to one, knitting off, and moving it to the empty peg. Just continue doing that
until you have one peg left and you’re going to
knit it one more time, and I’ll show you
down at the end. If you’re working the e-wrap, you can e-wrap these
stitches as you knit. If you’re using the u-wrap
knit, you wrap them as you go. All right, pause your video,
and I’ll see you at the end. All right, I’m on my last
stitch, and I’m knitting over, and then I’m just gonna
wrap that one again, and pull it off of the loom. Cut my tail, and then I’m ready to weave my tail in. And I have a nice
square for my coaster. Well, this is what our dishcloth
or washcloth looks like. It’s all stretched out
from being on the loom. We need to help it relax,
and how you relax that fiber is just to pull
gently downward on it, and you can see these V-shaped
stitches start to pull in. So these are really
stretched out, just pull downward
and let them relax. And once you do that
for your project, you kinda hand-block that, you can go ahead and
weave in the tails, and then I would leave just
a little tip of that yarn out there on both of them,
before you clip them off, and then go ahead
and block this. You just wanna run
it under some water, and squeeze it out gently, and then lay it out and
let it just air-dry. You can hang it over
something if you wish, and then it will get evened out. Of course, this one
has not been blocked, so it’s a little
bit wonky right now. Let’s talk about fiber. This one’s made in cotton. The dishcloth is best in cotton because it can
absorb that water, lets you move it around and
wash some dishes really well. There’s also some man-made fiber for some scrubby yarn
that you can add to this. It kinda looks
like eyelash yarn, I think it’s made out of nylon. Anyway, you can add that to
it or use that separately, and that’s totally fine, it
helps make it more scrubbable. But when it comes
to the coasters, I recommend using a
wool or an acrylic because they don’t
absorb the water, and therefore it prevents from
the wood becoming affected, say if you have a
sweaty glass with ice, it’s not going to have
water come through and ruin your top down below. If you use wool, it’s good
for something that, say, gets a lot of high heat on it. Generally, coasters
aren’t gonna get that, but if you set down something
incredibly hot on a coaster, the acrylic could melt, if it’s at a high
enough temperature, but a wool will absolutely
not be affected by that. So I hope that helps you
today, and our next video is going to be on
the seed stitch. I can’t wait for you
to see that lesson. Be sure and click
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Comments (2)

  1. I love this new info series. I am keeping them all together so I can reference them with out searching every time I need them. Thanks again

  2. Excellent tutorial Thank you

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