Inside: Free pattern for the loom knit Seafarer’s Dickie including written instructions and tutorial videos.
Ahoy! The Seafarer’s Dickie stays put during all your winter fun. It’s the perfect hybrid of a scarf and a cowl because it slips over your head while the front also lies flat under a sweater or jacket. This pattern uses a combination of garter stitch and 4×4 ribbing for the dickie and a unique seaming bind off to finish it. It’s an easy pattern making it perfect for donations or gifts.
Pattern contains written instructions and links to fully-captioned tutorial videos showing the special bind off method for both right and left handed knitters.
Loom Knit Seafarer’s Dickie
By Kristen Mangus
A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store or from Ravelry at the links below:
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Medium (#4) weight yarn
Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek (5oz/142 g / 232 yds/ 213 meters) in color Red used in sample.
⅜” small gauge (SG) loom with 32 pegs.
KB Flexee Loom Skinny used in sample.
Locking stitch marker (to mark front of fabric)
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together
P = Purl
Pat = Pattern
Rep = Repeat
St(s) = Stitch(es)
For a refresher on loom knitting basics see the blog posts below to get started:
13 Questions for Beginner Loom Knitters
How to Loom Knit Basics
How to Loom Knit Basic Stitch Patterns
How to Loom Knit in the Round
18 sts x 42 rows in 4” (10 cm) in garter st
SKILL LEVEL Easy+
7” x 38” (total length before seaming/bind off)
Loom setup: I recommend using 8 light links and 8 dark links. Begin with 2 dark links together followed by 2 light links. Continue alternating pairs of light and dark links until you have used all 16 links. Notice you have 4 pegs of each color together which will follow the 4×4 ribbing pattern later on in the pattern.
To make this child size, shorten the both the garter st section and ribbing section.
Seaming bind off – This bind off method involves picking up a stitch along the last garter ridge, placing it on the peg above a live stitch and knitting them together. As you work each pair of stitches you bind one off. This binds off and seams the dickie at the same time.
Cast on 32 sts
Garter st section
Row 1: Knit all.
Row 2: Purl all.
Rep Row 1-2 in garter st until piece measures 14” (approx 134 rows) ending after a Row 1.
4×4 Ribbing section
Row 3: *K4, P4. Rep from * to end of row.
Row 4: *P4, K4. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep Rows 3-4 until ribbing section measures 24” (38” total length) ending after a Row 4. NOTE: Be sure to tug downward on knitting to relax tension as much as possible before measuring.
Preparing to bind off
Since the 4×4 ribbing has wide knit and purl columns, it’s important to seam your dickie correctly. If you lay the dickie out flat with the RS facing you you will notice a raised knit column on one side and curled purl column on the opposite side. You want to seam your dickie so the knit column is on the inside neck edge when you’re wearing it.
Lay your loom on the table in front of you with your fabric front side down on the table behind the loom (open your Flexee Loom, if needed to make this part easier). The garter section should be away from you. Pick up the loom and move it to the beginning of the ribbing section. This folds the ribbing section in half so your loom is lined up with the last row of garter stitches. From the edge opposite your working yarn, pick up the bottom layer (garter st section) and flip it over. (Do not flip over the entire piece; just the bottom layer.) Now line up your pegs with the last garter row and continue with bind off.
Seaming bind off
With loom hook pick up first purl bump of last garter st row (looks like a smile) and place it on Peg 1. K2tog. Pick up next purl bump from garter stitch row and place it on Peg 2. K2tog. Bind off 1 st.
*Pick up next purl bump and place on next peg, k2tog, bind off 1 st. Repeat from * until 1 st rem.
Cut yarn tail and pull through final st to fasten off. Weave in tails. Flip ribbing inside out so seam is on the inside.
Loom Knit Seafarer’s Dickie Video Tutorials
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The following tutorial videos teach you how to work the loom knit seaming bind off. This technique allows you to bind off the end while seaming it to the dickie at the same time.
If you’re new to loom knitting, or just need a refresher, the following lessons from my How to Loom Knit series will teach you the other stitches used in this pattern:
(NOTE: Ribbing video does not include 4×4 ribbing specifically, but the method is the same. Just be sure to count your knit and purl and stitches correctly in this pattern.)