Thursday, December 29, 2011

Boot Toppers With Meadow Muffins Yarn

I'm not much of a knitter.  I knit far too slowly and make many mistakes.  Worst of all, activities that require my fingers to act as levers repeatedly cause much discomfort.  I need to preserve my hands for the necessary activities so needle knitting is out.

I like to wear footless tights or leggings over fairly thin socks.  The thin socks fit well in my shoes and are easily-replaced when they wear out. The leggings are so cozy with a dress or skirt.  But something nice and bulky and hand-knit was needed between the socks and the leggings.  Here's what I came up with:

Boot Topper on Knifty Knitter Loom with Meadow Muffins yarn

This is my first go-round with using a round knitting loom.  I used a blue (24 pegs) and worked with three strands of Meadow Muffins yarn, working stripes of approximately one inch.  No fancy stitch work... I just followed the directions that came with the knitting loom.

Boot Toppers on Knifty Knitter Loom: Close-up

Here's a close-up of the work.  It shows that each stripe was actually made up of three closely-related colors.  I used eight stripe colors, repeating once.  Each boot topper used two ounces.

Boot Toppers from Meadow Muffins yarn

 I really enjoyed using a circular knitting loom and plan to make more Boot Toppers.  Next: I'll try working with two strands, one a constant color and the other will change as I knit.  I will also use a different, more elastic method for binding off as using the bind-off directions that came with the loom resulted in a lower opening that I could just barely get my foot through.


Gia Volterra de Saulnier said...

Really nice! I just got the Sock Loom (KB) for Xmas - and I just finished the cuff. Found you off of the Knitboard community from Yahoo groups. Feel free to friend me here on Google if you like.

Sojourner Design said...

Hi Gia,

I'm actually thinking that the KB Sock Loom would be more appropriate than what I used for mine, especially if I cut down to two strands. I still enjoyed working with the Knifty Knitter though... it had a nice feel.

Anonymous said...

What did you come up with for making them more elastic?
So cute! I want to make these for my daughters.

Anonymous said...

loved the way you used 3 close related colors on stripes, very pretty.
I love these looms, have made lots of hats and some scarves. girl on iTunes shows how to make a teddy, elephant and dragon. :-)