knitting loom Loom Knit Mermaid Baby Pattern Dish Cloth
 

by Crystal Kennedy

Kathleen Brundige, owner of http://gimpykatkpatterns.blogspot.com/, created the needle knit version of this Mermaid Baby pattern for personal and charity use. It was requested by a woman who had a miscarriage; there is also a needle knit version with the mermaid picture and the words angel baby. Kathleen, or Aunt Kathy as she is often called, has generously allowed me to convert this touching pattern to a loom knit work. You can use it as a dishcloth, afghan or quilt square, or by itself to comfort someone in need.

You can see Aunt Kathy's original needle knit Mermaid Baby at http://gimpykatkpatterns.blogspot.com/2007/07/mermaid-baby.html .

Loom Knit Version


For a dishcloth you need a small or fine gauge loom with either 3/8-inch or 1/4-inch spacing between pegs, and a ball of worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. For an afghan square, etc, you can use any loom and the yarn of your choice. The size of the finished cloth will depend on the loom and yarn you use. You also need a large-eye blunt yarn needle and a pair of scissors.

Cast on 33 using the double e-wrap cast on, or the cast on of your choice. For instructions on the double e-wrap cast on, see my article entitled "Loom Knitting a Baby Hat: Casting On." However, wrap the first peg twice and knit off before moving to the next peg, because this piece is a flat panel.

Row 1 and all odd rows: Flat-stitch across.

Row 2: Purl across.

Row 4: Purl 3, flat-stitch 27, purl 3.

Row 6: Purl 3, flat-stitch 4, purl 7, flat-stitch 5, prul 7, flat-stitch 4, purl 3.

Row 8: Purl 3, flat-stitch 3, purl 9, flat-stitch 3, purl 9, flat-stitch 3, purl 3.

Row 10: Purl 3, flat-stitch 2, purl 11, flat-stitch 1, purl 11, flat-stitch 2, purl 3.

Row 12: Purl 3, flat-stitch 1, purl 25, flat-stitch 1, purl 3.

Row 14: Purl 3, flat-stitch 7, purl 13, flat-stitch 7, purl 3.

Row 16: Purl 3, flat-stitch 8, purl 11, flat-stitch 8, purl 3.

Rows 18 and 20: Purl 3, flat-stitch 9, purl 9, flat-stitch 9, purl 3.

Rows 22, 24, 26, and 28: Purl 3, flat-stitch 10, purl 7, flat-stitch 10, purl 3.

Row 30: Repeat row 18.

Row 32: Purl 3, flat-stitch 9, purl 4, flat-stitch 1, purl 4, flat-stitch 9, purl 3.

Row 34: Purl 3, flat-stitch 9, purl 3, flat-stitch 3, purl 3, flat-stitch 9, purl 3.

Row 36: Purl 3, flat-stitch 2, purl 1, flat-stitch 7, purl 1, flat-stitch 5, purl 1, flat-stitch 7, purl 1, flat-stitch 2, purl 3.

Row 38: Purl 3, flat-stitch 4, purl 1, flat-stitch 4, purl 1, flat-stitch 7, purl 1, flat-stitch 4, purl 1, flat-stitch 4, purl 3.

,Row 40: Purl 3, flat-stitch 6, purl 1, flat-stitch 1, purl 1, flat-stitch 9, purl 1, flat-stitch 1, purl 1, flat-stitch 6, purl 3.

Row 42: Purl 3, flat-stitch 8, purl 1, flat-stitch 4, purl 1, flat-stitch 4, purl 1, flat-stitch 8, purl 3.

Row 44: Purl 3, flat-stitch 9, purl 1, flat-stitch 2, purl 1, flat-stitch 1, purl 1, flat-stitch 2, purl 1, flat-stitch 9, purl 3.

Row 46: Purl 3, flat-stitch 10, purl 2, flat-stitch 3, purl 2, flat-stitch 10, purl 3.

Row 48: Purl 3, flat-stitch 10, purl 1, flat-stitch 2, purl 1, flat-stitch 2, purl 1, flat-stitch 10, purl 3.

Row 50: Purl 3, flat-stitch 10, purl 1, flat-stitch 1, purl 1, flat-stitch 1, purl 1, flat-stitch 1, purl 1, flat-stitch 10, purl 3.

Row 52: Purl 3, flat-stitch 11, purl 1, flat-stitch 3, purl 1, flat-stitch 11, purl 3.

Row 54: Purl 3, flat-stitch 12, purl 3, flat-stitch 12, purl 3.

Row 56: Purl 3, flat-stitch 27, purl 3.

Row 57: Flat-stitch 3, purl 27, flat-stitch 3.

Rows 58 and 60: Purl across.

Row 59: Flat-stitch across.

Bind off using the flat removal method described below:

1. Put the loop on peg 2 onto peg 1.

2. Knit off peg 1.

3. Put the loop from peg 1 onto empty peg 2.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 until there is one loop left on the loom.

5. Cut the working yarn, leaving about a 4-inch tail.

6. Pull this tail through the loop on the loom.

7. Remove the cloth from the loom, and pull on the yarn tail until it forms a knot close to the fabric.

8. Weave in the remaining tail to secure it.

9. Weave in the cast on tail as well.

Enjoy your new Mermaid Baby!

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