Thursday, September 13, 2007

E Hagihara Type Knitting on a Dreamboard or Pocket knitter

First I have to say these pictures are not very good but they are the best I have for now. I will attempt to get better as time allows, time doesn't allow for much lately.

Here are the two boards attached right next to each other. I left no gap at all. What you see is a tiny bit of the work coming off the back pegs, and one stitch on the front peg. The front pegs are the knitted pegs, while the back pegs are just holding pegs.

Here are the front pegs with a second wrap ready to knit off. Notice that one peg is not wrapped. That non-wrapped peg is a slipped stitch peg, but you do not have to slip stitch, this is a personal choice. I found that slipping the first peg left a nasty longish loop on the sides. I really didn't bother to try to tighten that side stitches as I was just trying this out so I am not sure that you will always get that if you slip the first peg.

From here you can see the work at the back of the loom. That back side is where the work flows, not the front. Again as you can see there is no gap between the two peg rows. If you want a larger gauged project then add additional space with some type of spacer between the boards. The work should still flow off the back and never through the gap as this is not double knitting.

Here you can see the work coming off the backside a bit and you can see a couple of strands of yarn sitting on the pegs. Those strands are not ones that are knitted. This is a simple wrap around (do not e-wrap) the peg and that peg holds those strands till the work grows. See how at the base of the pegs the work looks to be a bit bunched. That bunching is caused by the build up of the strands the pegs are holding and should be pulled down to stop that bunching.

Here you can see how the work looks as the fabric is pulled down to stop that bunching. I only used one strand to play with so the fabric is very loose in its weave. Also since I only used the e-wrap (e-wrap is for front peg only) in this sample the stitches you are seeing are all purl ones. All the twisted knits are to the other side of the board.

This picture shows you how the back pegs look with all the stitches building up. These back pegs as I mentioned are just to hold the yarn and never to be knitted. As a result of these back pegs just holding the yarn you will have multiple wraps around them, but as the work grows these flow down and off the pegs. Just be sure to give that little helping hand to pull the work down and not let the stitches build a lot.

You also do not have to use the twisted knit (e-wrapped) stitch. It is very possible to use the knit stitch and/or the purl stitches in the same method that you use them on other single rake looms.

This type of work would be best done on a larger gauged loom, this one is a 1/2" center to center, with a double strand of worsted or a single strand of bulky. If you have a loom with a smaller gauge your fabric as in all small gauged projects will be much tighter.

Also the pegs on this board are wood with grooves. I think using nails or some very small cotter pins would make the fabric much better then the larger pegs like this loom.

Sorry the pictures are so dark. The lighting in the room I was in isn't so great.

To see the work done on a Pocket Knitter see previous message with link to Isela's Pocket Knitter Video.


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