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Making Shrinky Dinks with Kids

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We used the Shrink It! Jewelry Baking Kit by ArtSkills. We got it at Dollar General just before
Christmas on sale and it was only a dollar or two.

The kit comes with the plastic shrinky dink pictures with a paper type coating on them that was not there when I was a kid in the 70s. The white paper coating makes it easier to color them. Have the kids use the colored pencils that come in the kit to color the pictures. Then have them cut out the pictures and punch a hole to put the loops through and string them on necklaces, key chains, jewelry, hair clips, or anything they wish. Skills developed include coloring, cutting, and crafting jewelry. It's a great craft for kids that are practicing these skills or older girls that want to make their own jewelry. It's inexpensive too.


The kit comes with parchment paper to line the pan and keep it from sticking. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and place the pan with the paper lining and shrink its in the oven for 1 minute. The final shrink i…

Knifty Knitter Hat Pattern

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If you've never made a hat on the Knifty Knitter looms, this is a good pattern to get started. It teaches the basic method of making a hat. The loom that you use to make this hat will depend on the size hat you want. I knit hats for myself and my teens on the green loom. Some adults prefer to use the yellow loom for a bigger hat.

Using 2 worsted weight yarns (typical yarn weight) held together as one yarn, wrap the loom one time around. If you haven't e wrapped before, here is a video to get you started.



Push the first row down to the bottom of the pegs and wrap a second row. As you wrap be sure to wrap loosely! Wrapping too tight will make the next step difficult.

Knit! You create knit by using the hook that came with your Knifty Knitter looms to pull the bottom loop up and over the loop above it, then off the peg. Do this with all the pegs until you have only one loop left on each peg.

Wrap again. Knit again. Continue wrapping a row and knitting a row, until you've knit…

Bumble Bee Hat

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Instructions:

1. Using one strand each of the 2 black yarns, wrap all of the pegs and knit 7 rows. Put the first row back up and over the pegs as if you were making a brim. Knit the stitches over.2. Switch to the yellow yarn, but do not cut the black yarns. Using 2 strands of the yellow yarn, knit 4 rows.3. Switch back to the black yarns, but do not cut the yellow yarn. Knit 7 rows using the black yarns.4. Reach inside of the loom and pull the first row of the black knitting up and over the pegs, as if you were making a brim. Knit this row over.5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 two more times. This makes 4 bumps, or ridges.6. Knit 10 rows using the yellow yarn.7. Using a yarn needle and a 14" piece of yarn, take the yarn loops from the pegs. Gather the two ends of your sewing yarn together and tie them in a square knot. (This process is described in detail in the basic hat instructions in the round loom packaging.)What you will need:

Provo Craft SuppliesEx-large Knifty Knitter Round Loom…

Hat with Vertical Stripes

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You Will Need: Red Heart YarnCrochet HookRound Knifty Knitter Loom (Various sizes depending on the age and head size)The hat is knitted from the top down. Ewrap all the odd number pegs: 1, 3, 5, 7, etc. Knit using the one over one stitch (pull one loop over one loop).Using a second yarn color, ewrap the even number pegs: 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. Knit using the one over one stitch.Continue with steps 1 and 2 until the knit is 7 inches long. Always wrap the pegs with the same color used in the previous row.Using the color that you would like for the brim of the hat, create a ribbed brim by alternating ewrap and purl as you knit around the loom for 10 rows. Remove the hat from the loom by loosely crocheting once through each stitch as you remove it from the loom. Add a loose chain stitch between each of the loops.Sew through each loop at the top of the knit to pull closed the top of the hat.   As an alternative method, Jeannette also reversed the pattern knitting it from bottom to top. This prev…

Poncho

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Instructions1. Small women size or child 10 or 122 .Take a pigment ink pen and mark the ends of the pegs. Start by numbering the pegs clock-wise the pegs from the holding peg on the side. 1 to 41.3. Wrap the yarn around the holding peg on the side of the loom. Wrap the pegs 1 and 2 and turn and wrap back to the peg number 41. Knit the peg 1 and wrap around 2 and 3 pegs.4. Continue going back and forth knitting until you have added a stitch each end and have all of the pegs wrapped except the middle peg (number 22).5. Knit even on these pegs for 15 rows.6. SPLIT7. Knit to the peg 41 and turn back and knit to peg 23. Continue on knitting on these pegs for 15" or 46 rows. Cut yarn and leave a 6 or 8" tail.8. Using the new ball of yarn attach to the loops on the pegs numbered 1 to 21 and knit to the same length as the other side. (15" or 46 rows)9. BACK SIDE10. Start knitting the two pieces together again and knit 24 rows. Start to take one stitch off at the start of each r…

Big Shawl

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Instructions1. Using the extra large loom and one strand of the Italian yarn, e wrap the first 3 pegs and knit on these 3 pegs until you have a 12" long tie.2. Wrap the rest of the loom, skipping every other peg. Knit on all of the loom stitches until the piece measures 43".3. Bind off the stitches so that you have the opposite side of the knitting to do a tie for the other side. Sew up as the diagram shows and add 5" fringe.What you will need:Provo Craft Supplies Knifty Knitter extra large (yellow) loom and hookYarn needleOther SuppliesCrochet hook (large)5 skeins of Kitty Italian Fashion Accent yarn1 skein Lion Brand Yarn, Micro Spun, in bright blue

Square Throw Pillow

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The original pattern for this throw pillow is from the pattern booklet published by Provo Craft, "Knitting with the Knifty Knitter II." This pattern makes a 14 x 14 inch throw pillow for dressing up your couch or decorating your bedroom.

You will need:
Green Round Knifty Knitter Loom Red Heart Kid's Yarn (2 skeins, or 1 skein and fun fur yarn)Holding to yarns together, wrap the loom all the way around. Then, turn and wrap back to the first peg.Knit.Wrap again, continue wrapping and knitting until you've knitted 60 rows.  Cast off and you have a square piece of knit. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 14.5 x 14.5 inchesPin knit to one piece of fabric. Sew knit to the fabric. Sandwich the knit between the two pieces of fabric. (The right sides of the fabric should be facing the knit.)Sew a 1/2 inch seam around the perimeter of the fabric. (Leave a small opening to turn the pillow.)Turn the pillow right side out. Stuff with polyfillHand stitch the pillow closed.