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Loom Knit Free Spirit Topper (Ruana) | Lion Brand

Loom Knit Free Spirit Topper (Ruana) | Lion Brand

Loom Knit Free Spirit Topper

We all have one.  That sweater or poncho that brings the warmth and comfort of a hug.  The one that you never want to take off … until now.  The Free Spirit Topper from Lion Brand Yarn is a ruana-style wrap that is sure to become your new favorite.  And now you can knit it on your loom!

I’m thrilled to partner with Lion Brand and bring you this loom knit version of their pattern.  I know many of you have been looking for more loom knit sweater and poncho patterns and I’m excited to be able to bring this pattern and tutorial to you. (Hey, needle knitters, you can grab the original pattern HERE!)

The Free Spirit Topper is loom knit using Scarfie yarn.  The soft subtle color changes of the yarn add some gentle stripes to the pattern.  The best part is that the yarn does all the work for you!  This bulky, acrylic/wool blend knits up so quickly you’ll be able to wrap up in your new topper in no time.

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

 

Yarn:

Lion Brand Scarfie – 4 skeins (Color Mint/Silver used in sample.)

Loom:

11/16″ LG (large gauge) loom with at least 54 pegs.  (Long 62-peg KnitUK loom used in sample; sample peg settings a Blue Knifty Knitter Long Loom)

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

Supplies:

4 stitch markers – 2 for marking pegs, 2 locking stitch markers to place on fabric

measuring tape

scrap yarn (to use as stitch holder)

tapestry needle (for seaming and weaving in ends)

Gauge:

7 sts and 11.5 rows in 2″ (5 cm) of stockinette stitch

Size:

One Size – 30″ x 60″ (76 cm x 152 cm)

Abbreviations:

K – Uwrap knit stitch
P – Purl stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
Rep – repeat

Techniques:

True Cable cast on
Seed stitch
Add new ball of color-changing yarn
Provisional bind off for accurate measuring
Bind Off in pattern
Seaming panels

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

 


Pattern:

RIGHT HALF

Front

Cast on 53 stitches using True Cable Cast On.

Seed Stitch Border

Row 1: *K1, P1.  Repeat from * to last stitch. K1.
Row 2: *P1, K1.  Repeat from * to last stitch. P1.
Repeat these 2 rows for the Seed Stitch pattern for 4″ (10 cm).  [Mine was 36 rows.]

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

Body

The first 8 stitches and last 8 stitches are a seed stitch border with stockinette stitch in the center.  Place a marker on Peg 8 and Peg 46 to mark your border.

Row 3: *K1, P1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *P1, K1.  Rep from * to end of row.
Row 4: *P1, K1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until piece measures 31″ (78.25) from the beginning.

Back

One stitch is added to allow for seaming the center back.  This will change the stitch count on one side of your seed stitch border.  Leave your stitch markers on the same pegs and follow the new row instructions.

Body

Row 5: Cast on 1 st. P the new st. *K1, P1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *P1, K1.  Rep from * to end of row.
Row 6: *P1, K1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *K1, P1. Rep from * to last stitch. K1.
Row 7: *P1, K1.  Rep from * 3 more times. P1. K to marker. *P1, K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until piece measures about 50″ (127 cm) from beginning of panel. Ending after Row 6.

Seed Stitch Border

Row 8: *P1, K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 9: *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 8 and 9 until piece measures 54″ (137 cm) from beginning of panel. Bind off in pattern.

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

LEFT HALF

Front

Follow instructions as for Right Half until panel measures 31″ from the beginning.

Back

One stitch is added on the opposite side.  Leave your stitch markers on the same pegs and follow the new row instructions.

Body

Row 5: *K1, P1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *P1, K1.  Rep from * to end of row. Cast on 1 st.
Row 6: K1. *P1, K1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 7: *K1, P1.  Rep from * 3 more times. K to marker. *P1, K1. Rep from * to last st. P1.
Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until piece measures about 50″ (127 cm) from beginning of panel. Ending after Row 6.

Seed Stitch Border

Row 8: *K1, P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 9: *P1, K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 8 and 9 until piece measures 54″ (137 cm) from beginning of panel. Bind off.

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

Finishing

Weave in ends. Sew the panels together according to the following diagram.  Lay the right and left panels next to each other making sure the sides with the extra cast on stitch are next to each other.  Sew the center back seam.

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana

Loom Knit Ruana-style Free Spirit Topper made with Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. http://goodknitkisses.com/loom-knit-free-spirit-topper/ #goodknitkisses #loomknit #loomknitting #scarfie #ruana


Check out the full video tutorial for the special loom knitting techniques used to make the Free Spirit Topper.


Want to try it with a different loom or yarn?

I’ll show you how to figure out the correct number of pegs to cast on using what ever loom and yarn you choose.  I’ve included a video showing how to do the calculations and our handy Cast On Calculator.  Yes, this pattern is THAT versatile!

I hope you enjoyed this video tutorial from GoodKnit Kisses and Lion Brand Yarn!  This post contains sponsored content.

Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.

1 Comment

  1. Susan Saruk 4 months ago

    Purchased some knitting looms many years ago . They r no longer available where I live. Have no idea how to use them but would love to learn. Very new to knitting. Only know how to knit and purl so far. My sister lives too far away to teach me more and I live in a rural area. It would be wonderful to actually b able to finally use my looms and purchase others as needed. Don’t know where to start but am really excited to learn . I see that your ruana pattern has a video tutorial. I am sure it would b a godsend as I am only a visual learner unfortunately. Hope u can give me some guidance on learning this wonderful craft

    Sincerely yours,
    Susan

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