Finger Knit | Chevron Stitch Blanket with Loops yarn

– [Kristen] I can’t
wait to show you how to make this Zig Zag Throw. This is a cool, funky
take on a chevron stitch, but it’s made with your fingers! Are you kidding me? No, I’m not. We’re working with some Loops
yarn, and today we’re going to work it up, showing you
how to do everything here, including a bonus to fix
this edge treatment here, plus I can show you how to
make it all flat if you want. Stick around for it
on GoodKnit Kisses. Welcome to GoodKnit Kisses. We’re all about helping
you stitch your love and love your stitches. The Zig Zag Throw works
as a chevron stitch, and it’s a series of
decreases on one side, increases here,
decreases in the middle, and then repeating
over and over. It actually works over
a repeat of 13 stitches. So this is actually
from here to here is one repeat, and
then we have another. So on my sample here, I’m
only working two repeats, so if you want to
learn with two repeats and get the idea down,
then you can do that. If you wanna make the
whole width of the blanket, then you can do that
as well, and I will give you the loop
count for that. It is 13 stitch
multiple, so if you wanna make it wider, go for
it, make it bigger. If you want to make
it half that size, that’s your prerogative. So whatever size you
wanna make it, just know that you need a
multiple of 13 stitches. Be sure and click on the
link in the description below to get the pattern. You want to get that off
of the Michaels website. You just hit the
little tab and it will give you the instructions,
and then you wanna get your yarn, so we’ll put
that information here now. This pattern uses two
colors of Loops and Threads Loops Boucles Yarn. This is color A, Hopicorn,
and color B, Mustard Seed. You need 5 balls of each color. So now that you have
your yarn and supplies, we will begin. I’m going to show
you an alternate. This is the edge treatment
as it is in the pattern. I’ve got an alternate
here, and if you can see, I’ve got this actually
all laying flat, so that’s a different
way to do it, but down here at the
bottom if you see, I’ve got this really
cool chain edge on here, so I’m gonna give you
a little bitty tweak to the pattern, and
then I’ll show you how to make it in this way. It gives you this cool
raised design on it and it kind of gives
you a funky new twist on a chevron. To begin, you’re
going to want to take the wrappers
off of your yarn. So what I do is I take them
off and then I squish it like this, kinda makes a
ball, and then I find my end. It’s in here somewhere. There we go, here’s my end. And then I’m just gonna put
this in a bowl or something down off to the side so
that it’s not going to get caught on anything,
it doesn’t roll around and catch things. And then we’re going to start. All right, so set your
things aside and get ready. Be sure that you have a
pair of scissors handy and a locking stitch marker,
and we’re gonna use that just for marking in
the very beginning. All right, so I want to
go ahead and cut open the first couple of loops. I’m gonna use that for a
tail to weave in later. You can sew it in or
you can weave it in with a tapestry needle. So just open them up by going
up to the loop side here and just cutting the
thread in between, okay? It won’t damage the yarn. So now we have a nice little
tail, and this is where you’re going to count
our however many loops that you need to
start the project. For the Zig Zag Throw,
you’re going to count out 78 loops, and then you
can put a stitch marker on that first loop. I’m going to teach you a
slightly different method so that you can
change the edging. You can have this
crocheted edging, or you can start
with this one too and finish it off
later if you want. If you want to do it
later, you’re gonna want to count out however
many loops that you need for the beginning
part and cut it, just cut it here and
then set it aside, because you will be
using that later on. Now, if you do that,
go ahead and add in two or three extra loops so
you have a tail for weaving in. Okay, so this is how we’re
gonna do it to start off. I’m counting out 26
for my small sample, but you wanna count out 78,
and you’ll count that number, put your stitch marker,
and then you’re gonna count it again. Let’s go ahead and do that now. I’m at my counted stitch,
and I’m gonna just put my stitch marker
in that loop and then count again the same number. I have my loop, and down here
is where my marked loop is. So I’m actually going
to work the first row, starting at this second
loop that I counted, all the way until the loop
just before the stitch marker, and then this is just
going to hang for the first several rows, and then I’ll
show you how to work this in and finish off the beginning
before you even finish so you don’t have this
hanging around all the time. So we’re going to put
this tail towards me and we’re gonna be
working with the ball yarn at the back, okay? I’m gonna get this all laid
out flat so you can see that I’m not twisting my loops. And then we’re gonna
be starting to work form right to left. Whether you’re right or left
handed, we’re gonna be working right to left, left to right,
and so you’re gonna want to just fold over the
loops as I show you for certain decreases
or increases. All right, so grab
this loop here and then we’re going to work with the ball yarn, okay? The working loop
is at the back here and it’s going to be pulled up
through theses stitches here. But what we need to do
for the very first stitch is an LDR, a loop
decrease right. So we’re gonna take our first
loop and our second loop and put the second loop
on top of the first loop, and then take your
ball yarn and bent it towards the back here
and take that loop, the very first
one, and put it up through these two
loops, all right? So you’ve now decreased right. You’re gonna go to the
next loop and pull up the next loop on your
ball, through that loop, and that is a loop knit. You want three more loop knits. So pull through, two,
three, four, okay? Then we’re gonna go on to the
next one where we increase. The way you increase
if you just don’t work that next loop on the ball. And then the one right after
that we’re going to loop knit, so we’re gonna take the next
loop after that on the ball and put it through our next
loop on our main thread here and we’re gonna pull
that loop up and through. So you’ve got one loop
knit, and then you want another increase, okay? We’re actually working
this section right here. So we just started
here, worked our four, and now we’re gonna
increase here, loop knit, and another increase
here, and it makes this little gap here, okay? And then we move on to our
next, and we’re gonna do four in a row of the loop knit. So we’ve skipped one, loop knit. That’s one, and then
we got two, three. Make sure you’re not twisting
your stitches, and four. Okay, and now we’re going
to LDL, loop decrease left. So we’re gonna take the first
loop and the second loop and we’re gonna put
the first loop on top of the second loop and
then pull through a stitch, just as we did before. So this is a loop decrease left. Okay, so that’s this part
here, and then we want to do another loop decrease right. So this is actually where
our stitches start repeating. So you’re going to do what
you just did that first time and you’re just gonna
keep repeating it. So we’re gonna take the
first and second loop, and we wanna put the
second on top of the first and then pull through. And the way I remember
this is when I get to this middle section
here, I just remember I put the first on the
second and then I do the second on the first, and
that’s easy to remember, right? And it’s just kinda the
opposite when you start at the end here. You start with the
second on the first. And then when we finish
out the row at the end, you’re going to do this one
here, the loop decrease… Actually, no, this one
here, loop decrease left. All right, so then we
move onto the next ones, and we’re just going to
loop knit four times, just like we did. So this is just the
repeat section here. Loop knit one and
then two, three, four, and then we want an increase,
so we leave it blank and do one loop knit, increase, and then loop knit
four, one, two, three, (chuckles) and four, and
on this first row or two, it can be a little fiddly,
but it works out, I promise. All right, and then
we want our very last two stitches, and ta-da! You can see where I had
my stitch marker, right? And we’ve been ignoring
this tail this whole time. So now we want to
finish out our row. So if you’ve been on your 78
stitches, you’re gonna wanna pause the video and
catch up to this point. So pause your video until you’ve
got the last two stitches. I’m gonna take my
last two stitches and I’m going to
loop decrease left. So my loop decrease left,
we’re putting the first loop in front of the second loop,
and then we reach through both of the loops
form front to back. You can pull it this way. I like to actually back
to front, push it through, but technically you’re supposed
to just pull it through. Okay, so that decreases it,
and now we’re onto where this little stitch marker is. You can actually pull
the stitch marker off and then let it dangle,
and if you want to set your stitch marker
here, just so you know where you ended your
row, then that’s fine, just let this kinda
hang for a few rows and we’ll come back to this. All right, so now you
want to go back through these stitches and
you want to knit every loop that you
see, we’re going to loop knit, but we’re
not turning our work. In needles we would
flip it over, so we’re just going to put
our loop at the back, and pull it through, okay,
and make a knit stitch. And continue across, so
you might want to pull out some more yarn, and
set it to the side. And I’m gonna pull this
through so I’ve got one, two, three, four. Five. Make sure not to twist it. Six, okay, that sixth one
was the one that was hanging out there like an increase,
okay, so now it’s being reinforced by that,
so now we’re gonna go to the seventh one which is
where that middle section is, in between the two increases,
now we have another increase. So make sure that you’re
not skipping any of these, all right, and then
you just continue on, so you should have the same
number when you get back to the other side because
all of the decreases will be evened out by
all of the increases, so continue until
you get to the end of your row and I’ll
see you on row three for the continued
pattern, see you soon. All right, so we’re
ready for row three. We do not turn our work. Now if you notice I’m saying,
do not turn your work, do not turn your work, well,
in fact on this pattern you will sometimes turn
your work, so that’s why I’m pointing it out to you
so strongly right now, so. Right now on this row we
do not turn but we will at the end of it so
this row right here is an exact repeat of
row one except that we will turn our work
afterwards, so here we go. We’re going to LDR, make sure
our loops are nice and flat. See how you can see
the V stitches and then we’re gonna put the two
on the one, so second loop on the first loop, then
we’re gonna pull through one of these loops
and make a knit stitch and then we come over here and
we do four of the loop knit stitches and continue
just as you did before. So pause your video, meet
me back up at the end of row three and we
will turn and continue. I’ll see you soon. Okay, so the rest of the
row three is you want to LDL which is taking the first
loop onto the second loop, pulling through to make a
knit stitch and then turn so you can see that it’s
starting to take shape here but the end of row
three is turned. So row four is actually
the same as row two because now that you’re
turned you actually just knit all the stitches
across which what happens is you end up with this purl
bump on the opposite side. So we just want to work
all the stitches across so make sure that you’re moving
your ball yarn to the back like this, okay, now you
can lay this on a table and work the stitches or
hold ’em up in the air like I’ve been doing, let me
show you what it looks like on the tables, this is
laying flat and you can see all of these loops
hanging out here. And we want to bend
that yarn to the back and push that loop on
through and you’re just going to knit across or
LK, loop knit across. Make sure you’re picking
up all of those stitches. It’s easy because they’re
kind of laying curled or see how they’re kind of
moving backward like this so you want to make sure
that you get all of them. This row I actually like
to pick up instead of lay it flat. So I just work all the way
across, do not miss one of your increase stitches
and if you need to count it at the end of the row, until
you get the habit of doing this I think it’s easier just to
make sure that you’ve got all your increases, just check
for two increases every time and two decrease
stitches that you did. All right, so be sure and
pull the loop from the back toward the front and continue
so do not turn at the end of this row and we’ll
continue on to row five. All right, pause your video
and I will see you in a moment. All right, row five,
we’re gonna be working in the opposite direction
and because we’re working in the opposite direction,
our ones and twos are going from left to right. Now at the end of row five,
we will not be turning as well on this row so on an LDR,
which is the first stitch in this row, we’re going
from putting the two loop on top of the one loop, okay,
so then we’re gonna go around and knit this. And then work your
four stitches. So one. Two, working those
loop knit stitches. Three. And four, and because
we’re working opposite, I’m just gonna go ahead
and show you all of these in this first sequence. Okay, and then we want to,
yes, we want to increase. And so leave one blank and then
work that middle one through Leave another one blank and
then work through that one so that’s an increase,
I say leave it blank ’cause I’m just not
working those two, and then we continue
on, knitting four, one. Two. Being careful not to twist
my yarn in the back or twist one of these stitches. Three. And four. Make sure I didn’t do too many,
I see one, two, three, four okay, and then I need to
undo one, so it’s simply just pulling one out to undo it. If you do have to set
your work down, just get some scrap yarn that can go
through all of these loops, these live loops so
that it doesn’t pull out if you have to set your
project aside, okay, so now we want to decrease
so we’re going to do an LDL which is putting the one on
top of the two so this is the one loop and it’s
going on the two. And pull it on through. And then we want to
put the two on the one so this is the two going on the
one for an LDR, pull through and that is gonna decrease
properly and then that is where we continue, let’s see,
we got four more knit stitches and then that leads up to
our increase so you’ve now done the repeat. Okay, so pause your video
and I’ll meet you back up at the end of row five. See you soon. Okay, the end of this row
and we’re gonna put the first stitch, the one on top of
the two and then we’re going to knit that. And do not turn your work
and now we’re going to repeat knitting across the entire
row and then we will turn so it’s just this series here,
so it’s going to look like this, this is the only time
that it’s on the back like that for this section and then we
will go back to the front part, okay, so go ahead and
work this next row and then you will turn
and I will see you back at the next spot and
we’ll go ahead and address this beginning part and
then you can be done with that beginning
tail, all right? We’ll see you soon. All right, so you can
start to see your blanket shaping up, you’re gonna
be able to get this done in just a few hours a weekend,
even, so this is gonna be a really quick knit blanket. So let’s make this nice clean
edge like I’ve got it here. And we’re gonna work with the
tail that we’ve already got so we can take off this
stitch marker here, okay, so we’ve got the tail, and
you’ve got your first loop on the tail, now if your
tail is separate and you’re adding it later
on, you can figure out how to do this by
leaving a couple of loops and then put the first
one that I tell you to do. You’re gonna put that
loop right on in here and then you’ll use
those extra loops to have a tail to
weave in later. But for now, since this
is already attached it’s gonna make
it so much easier so I’m going to pull this
first loop up through this very first stitch here
so that I have something to begin on but usually
I do not start in between the stitch, so let me
do that one more time. Come up here closer to the
camera so you can see it. I’m gonna take this
loop, I’m actually going to put these two loops together
because they were meant to be worked together, I’m
going to pick this loop up through those two loops,
okay, and leave it, I’m gonna call it a live
stitch, I’m gonna leave this live loop here, now I’m
gonna bend my working tail towards the back and
we’re gonna go in between this first column and
the second column, okay, right here where this
little bar or this ladder of the stitch is and we’re
gonna poke that on through so that’s my next live loop. We’re gonna go in
between the next one, grab the next loop
and pull it up from the back towards the
front up here like that. So you can pull it
through like this or I think that poking it
up through actually works really well, so you just
go down, all the way down in between the rows, so
normally you wouldn’t do this but because of the nature
of this edge it actually works out really well, so
once you get a few on here you can actually
start working these. This is gonna be the same
technique that you use for kind-of a bind off, it’s
what looks like a bind off in regular knitting
or even loom knitting so you’re gonna
take this first loop and you’re gonna be working
towards where your tail is gonna be and ours is
gonna be on that side. So we’re gonna take
this first loop and pull this second loop
through it, that’s it. Now you’re gonna do the
next one, pull that loop right on through it like
this, up and through and see how it’s creating
this little chain on the front so pull it up and through
and make sure that they’re not twisting before
you put it through there. Up and through. Up and over, however
you want to say it and see it’s got this nice
chain that’s developing here. And it’s just
covering that edge. I also did a shrug pattern and I did this in
my shrug pattern and it finishes off this
arm hole really well so if you want to
get that pattern, be sure and we’ll leave that
in the description there so you can see. So I am
going to the next section. You can see where
my increases were, this is in between there
and here’s this next column and I need to get some
more of these loops in here so I’m just gonna
continue going along and pause your video and
meet me back up when you get to the very end, I’ll show
you how to finish that off. All right, see you soon. All right, I’m at the end
here and I want to go through these last two stitches here
just for finishing purposes. Pull it on through. Okay. And finish out that last loop, okay, and then I have these
couple of loops on here so I actually have
some extra loops so I can pull this one
through and I can pull the rest of it through, mkay? And then I can go ahead
and cut these loops open with my scissors. And this is where you can
weave in that tail, okay? So you just take this extra
yarn and put it to the back and then you would just
take a wide tapestry needle, wide eyed tapestry needle
like something like this, if you can get that
in there or get one that has a larger eye on
it and then sew it through, weave it through here, all
right, so let’s continue on to the next row here. We are at row six, or
we finished row six just before here and
we’re on row seven and we’re gonna be
working from right to left in the original way that
we did rows one and three so we are not turning our
work on this first color A at all, so you’re just
gonna continue with the pattern, you’re gonna
work all your increases and decreases along here. Then on row eight, you’re
gonna work back this way without turning it, back
over here with just knitting and working all the stitches. Then we’re gonna go on to
row nine which is the same as row seven so you’re gonna
work all of your increases and decreases, when you get
to the end of the row here, you’re going to meet me
back up and I’ll show you how to finish this off and we
will start with a new color. All right, pause your video
after doing those three rounds or three rows and I
will see you soon. All right, so you’ve completed
your first set of color A and you’re actually going to
repeat this section later on after color B three more times,
so now we’re gonna put on color B so what you do
is you cut one loop, leaving at the end
of your work and then we’re gonna add on
the second color. Now the next row
actually has a decrease at the beginning so
I’m gonna show you this changing color with the
decrease so what we’re gonna do is make sure you’ve got
that all cut off and then go to your beginning
strand or the other one, I like to make sure it’s
a nice clean loop as well. I’m gonna pick up this
first and second loop here and we’re gonna be putting
the second loop over the first because in this
round or this row, we’re gonna be working
the same as row one but in the opposite direction, so the two is now on this
side, put that over there and then go ahead and bring
the previous loop from the color A behind it, okay,
so you’ve got three loops altogether, now you’re gonna
go grab the loops on here. I’m actually gonna grab this
second one and we’re gonna pull that on through,
okay, so one through all three strands, now go
on to the next loop, okay, and then we’re gonna pull
through the next loop on your strand here, but we’re also going to pull
through the very first loop that we skipped the first
time, so go ahead and pull that on through and you’ll have
two loops coming through and you’re gonna
treat that as one loop when you come back the next row so now we have a nice
clean transition. There is no tail to deal
with and you’ve got this little ladder of yarn in
between, it’s doubled up but no one’s really
gonna notice that but it’ll look like
a nice transition. All right, then you just
move on to the next loop and continue in
your pattern, okay, so for the instructions
on here, we are in step B which is rows 10 through
18, that’s nine more rows just like we did on
the first one except we’re working in the
opposite direction so you just had an
increase row, an increase and decrease row
on your first color and now on your second color,
you’re doing the same thing again, now you can get
into a little trouble zone here in the beginning
so I want to show you right now how to do that
and then I’ll tell you how to continue on
in your pattern. So we’ve got the decrease and
then we’re gonna knit one, two, three, four, and our fourth
one actually is where one of these increases
was from the previous rows so this is different looking
than you’ve done before. So we’re gonna pull
this through, okay, so we’ve got four knit
stitches and then now we’re going to leave an
empty one for an increase, okay, then grab our new loop. This is where you can
get kinda messed up, all right, ’cause I’ve
actually done this and messed up and come back
and said what did I do? So now our next loop
is gonna pull through after skipping a loop
and then we’re gonna skip another loop and then
grab the next one which is one of those
increases again, right? Okay, and then
we’re going to work our stitches, we need
to work three more because we’ve
already got one here, so one, two, that’s the second knit
stitch, now we need to pull up the third knit stitch
and the fourth. And then we’re ready for
another set of decreases so we’re going to put
the one over the two. And then work a decrease knit so now we’re ready for the next one and we’re gonna put
the two over the one and then work that. And we have a set of decreases
so we have our increases over here that look like
this and then our decreases and then we continue in pattern. All right, so I’m gonna
continue working the next few stitches and talking,
telling you what you do in your pattern, so you’re
gonna repeat rows one through nine in
rows 10 through 18. Again, you’re working them
in the opposite direction so just like we’re doing
here now and then you change the color back, oops, now,
see, I’m gonna mess up again so let me stop for a second. So I’ve done one, two, three,
four, leave that blank one. And then start working one,
leave another blank one. And then work the
next one, okay, see? All right. (laughs) After you establish this,
I think it’s easier to see during that color, but on
the very first transition, it looks a little odd so
it’s easy to miss, okay, I’m gonna keep talking,
so we’re almost done, so once we get the next
set of nine rows done, we’ll be done with
this step one and two and then you’re gonna
repeat those two steps three more times and you’ll
be ready to finish off your blanket and then you
will come to the end here, okay, and then you will
work just like we did in the very beginning,
this beginning tail here so you actually know
already how to finish off. So you just have all
your little live stitches and you have your last tail
and then you just start at the opposite side where
the little live stitch is and start lifting up and
over all the way to the tail and then you just secure
it in and you are done with your blanket,
look, you got done before you got started. (laughs) So anyway, I am ready to tell
you how to make the change to make this blanket so pause
your video and come back when you are ready
to know about that. I suggest that you walk
through this whole video first before attempting
and then come back to it and you can use your
pause and rewind controls and slow and fast, all that, when you come back to
do those stitches again. Okay, so you’ve made it
through the main pattern and now you know how
to do it with this cool little ridge on here, but what
if you want to have it plain? Boop, (laughs) plain or peanut,
plain or peanut, (laughs). To make the alternate
pattern, be sure and find that in my blog down below, here
is the pattern for making it very flat, it’s just a
classic chevron stitch so you have the classic
look here, it’s really flat, it’s a stock and net field
and then it continues on. All right, so the way you
get this done, we’ve got nine rows in each
except in the color A you actually have five rows
that have the increases and decreases and then the
four rows are in between with just knit rows, but
when you get to color B, you pick it up and
only knit across, okay, so it’s actually really
easy, you don’t have to try and remember how to do
something in an opposite way. All of the increases and
decreases are at the right side over here, all right, so
your increases and decreases are gonna be every other
row so you’ve got a knit row and then you have the first
set of increase, decrease, then a knit row and then
the second set of increase decrease, knit row,
third set, knit row, fourth set, and then the
last row is going to be a knit row so it’s the
same amount of rows. It’s just the decreases
and increases change. And then you tie on your
next color and you repeat it three more times, now I
recommend actually finishing in the same color
you cast it on with, which is color A and
then finish it off and that’s how you make this
pattern here, that’s it. And I’ll have that
written on the blog below. I hope you enjoy making
your Zig Zag Throw. If you like to see
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11 thoughts on “Finger Knit | Chevron Stitch Blanket with Loops yarn

  • Trying to get started I’m a little confused. So I set aside 78 loops, then I move to the ball further in for another 78 loops? And start from there? So 78 + 78 then start and work backwards toward the first 78?

  • Appreciate the video tutorial on the pattern as I personally have a hard time following the patterns for loop projects sometimes. The cues to pause the video are also so helpful in keeping up with following how it’s done in the video. The excellent close up shots in the video are also so helpful!

  • Your pattern/blog for the Zig Zag Chevron blanket showed up on my Google feed recently! I've been wanting to try the loopy yarn but wanted more than just a straight knit/purl project, so I was excited to see this chevron blanket with a video! Thank you for doing it, I don't think I would have figured it out by reading the pattern! I'm doing the flat version and I am using just one colorway of yarn. So no switching colors, just adding in a new skein when one runs out. Could anyone confirm for me: No matter which side I add my new skein of yarn, I will always work the decrease/increase row from right to left and straight knit from left to right. Thanks much!!

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