Finger Looping Yarn – Loop it | Michaels


hi my name is Marly Bird and I’m the
national spokesperson for Red Heart yarns and it is my privilege to tell you about
a brand new yarn from red heart called Loop-It. It is a finger looping fun yarn
meaning you don’t have to be a knitter or a crocheter to use it you get to
create some beautiful knitted fabric all with your fingers in this video I will
show you how to use this wonderful yarn so that way you can run out grab your
yarn and get started today Loop-It comes in a multitude of beautiful
colors both solid and variegated the put up of Loop-It yarn is 3.5 ounces or 100
grams that’s roughly about 7 meters to complete the scarf on the ball band you
would need 2 balls of this loop-it yarn so to complete a baby blanket you might
need anywhere from 6 to 8 balls what makes Loop-It so special it’s the
actual construction of the yarn no longer do you have to fiddle with yarn
and needles to make stitches the Loop-It yarn has the stitches already made for
you check it out all of these loops on this yarn are your actual stitches you
will be working into so there’s no more muss no more fuss no more drop stitches
and you don’t have to use any special tools as I mentioned earlier only your
fingers. To jump in why don’t we go ahead and learn how to do the knit stitch. when working with the loop at yarn and
the knit stitch we will go ahead and count off a series of loops that you
want to work with for this example let’s go ahead and work with six loops so one
two three four five six but I have to remember I want to leave a little bit of
tail so if your first loop doesn’t have that long of a tail go ahead and grab
your scissors and snip that little loop apart so that way you have a nice little
tail now we gotta count six stitches again one two three four five six
in these six stitches we will then begin to work the rest of our yarn through
these stitches with all of the loops coming from back to front okay so here
we go I have my yarn down flat I’m gonna take this first loop I’m gonna pick it
up and I’m gonna look at loop number seven this is the first loop that’s
attached to my ball of yarn I’m going to take loop number seven and I’m gonna
push it through the last loop that I counted and then pull it up can you see
that now working this would be loop number five if I counted one two three
four five and it’s the next loop available to me attached to my ball I’m
gonna take the next loop available to me you attach the ball and thread it
through back to front go to the next loop it would just be my loop number
four and the next loop attached to my ball of yarn and thread it through back
to front and just pull up I’m just leaving these
ones hanging out I don’t have to do anything else to them go to the next
loop and then the next one on my ball of yarn got to make sure you don’t skip one
on accident and go back to front one thing you can use as far as a way to
remember is you’re always going to put the new yarn through the old yarn so the
yarn that’s attached to your ball of yarn always goes through the actual
project stitch now I have just worked a row of knit stitches I still have one
two three four five six loops but I don’t have to
turn my work to work back I leave my work flame flat the way it is right now
what I do though is working on the next loop attached to my ball of yarn I go
ahead and I thread it through this first loop right here from back to front and
pull up and then so on and so forth see how easy this is here’s the next loop go
to the corresponding one on my project and work back to front go to the chorus
bunny one on my project and work back to front I have done
another row of knit stitches and I’m creating a really beautiful stockinette
stitch for those of you who are knitters stockinette is actually the way the
front of your sweaters typically look with those nice little V’s that’s
created by doing stockinette stitch this is what we’ve created right here
simply by doing the knit stitch and our loop at yarn pretty neat right I am
gonna give you a little word of caution if you were to make something all in
stockinette stitch it would naturally start to curl around the edges for you
so in order to keep it from curling you have to do some purl stitches along the
sides let’s learn how to do a purl stitch that way you will be able to do
any stitch you want because you’ll know how to knit and purl when we want to work purl stitches we’re
still going to go through all of the loops like we did before however instead
of taking our loop and putting it from the back
going to the front we aren’t going to do that we are actually going to take our
loop and go from the front to the back you see that so it’ll be easier if you
hold your yarn to the front here and working into the next stitch over and
the next loop on your ball of yarn go from the front to the back from the
front to the back when you do a row of pearls you actually get a nice purl row
you get this bumpy little ridges there it’s not nice and smooth like when you
do knitting you get these riches let’s go ahead and do a row of pearls back now
I’m not turning my work so my work is still laying flat just like it did when
I went this direction but now I’m going to go this direction so this is the loop
I want to work into I want to go ahead and make sure my yarn is in front I’m
gonna take the first loop that’s available to me to use from the ball of
yarn and put it from the front to the back on my loops that are in my project
alright so I just did a row of pearls back looks pretty neat right it looks
like these little ridges we got these rows I wonder what it looks like on the
other side let’s go ahead and turn our work over so I’m gonna turn my work over
oh my goodness what do we have here on the back side of our pearls we have
what looks like a bunch of knit stitches how did we get that
we were just purling why am I looking at knit stitches well that’s simple the
backside of a purl stitch is actually a knit and vice versa so at the start when
we were working on knit stitches what do you see down here we see some pearls and
up here when we were working on pearls and we’re looking at the backside now
we’re looking at knits just it can make it a little bit more clear I’ll turn it
again this is where we started we were just working on knits
and up here this is where we were just working at pearls and if I flip it over
we have pearls down here and knits up here
the reason I’m pointing that out is because that’s perfectly normal and I
don’t want you to think that you’ve done something wrong because you’ve just done
a whole bunch of pearls and you pick up your work you’re like wait a minute I’m
looking at knits that’s absolutely the way you knit the back side of a pearl is
a knit and the back side of a knit is a purl now what if you wanted to combine
knits and pearls within the same row to get some really cool ribbing let me show
you how to do that to create ribbing I could start on either side I wish but
I’m just going to start on this side because this is where we begin to go
from a knit stitch to a purl stitch to a knit stitch to a purl stitch to a knit
stitch to a purl stitch we will work through each one of these
loops just as we did when we did a knit stitch or a purl stitch the biggest
thing to remember is where our yarn is when we work a knit stitch our yarn our
working yarn is coming from the back to the front and we pull up if we want this
stitch to be a purl we have to move our yarn to the front of that stitch you see
that’s yeah I’m at the front of that stitch now and I’m gonna move my loop
that’s attached to my working yarn through the loop on my project from
front to back now if I want this next stitch to be a knit I have to move my
yarn to the back take the next loop from my working yarn and thread it from back
to front through the loop on my project one way to remember it is that when we
do a knit we go from back to front so our yarn has to be in back when we do
a purl we go from front to back so our yarn has to be in front see how those
two little things kind of work hand-in-hand as we’re looking at our
project now as I set it down we are set up to have a series of stitches that
will be knits in a column as stitches that will be pearls in the column the
biggest thing we have to do is make sure that we knit the ones that look like
knits and purl the ones that look like pearls
so without turning my work I’m gonna let this sit right here and I’m looking at
this first stitch and I can see that bump right there you see that bump that
means it’s a purl I also know I purl that last one so I could just purl it I
know I have to but if I’m looking at my work I can see that bump and I know I
have to purl that first stitch so I would go ahead take the first loop on my
working yarn bring it to the front and go front to back so that I can get my
purl this next one see how I don’t see any
bump I see this nice V right there that gives me an idea that this is supposed
to be a knit stitch because I’m looking at a knit stitch so if I’m supposed to
knit this one that means my yarn is gonna go from back to front so I have to
make sure my yarn is in back for me to get grab my loop from my working yarn go
from back to front into the loop on my project working in the next stitch I can
see that bump see that bump that lets me know it’s a purl so if I got lost all I
have to do is find what this stitch looks like if it’s a bump I know it’s a
purl and I go from front to back the next stitch if I’m looking and I don’t
see a bump and I see this nice V I know I had to bring my yarn to the back and I
have to knit bringing that loop from the back to the front knowing that when we
do stockinette and we do all of our knits and the backside is gonna look
like pearls and we do all of our pearls and the backsides going to look like
knits if we have combined knits and pearls within the same row what do you
think the opposite sides gonna look like well let me show you so take a look down
here remember we started with the knit we went to purl knit purl knit purl as I
turn my work check it out it looks like we still have ribbing going on because
when I pulled that last stitch as I’m looking at the opposite side now it
looks like a knit on the opposite side this looks like a pearl on this side but
it was a knit on the other side this is a knit on this side but it’s a purl on
the other side this is a purl on this side but it’s a knit on the other side
you see how that works up that’s why people will tell you the
ribbing is reversible because it looks the same on both sides I’m getting this
really cool ribbed look on both sides of my fabric now once you finish with your project
you need to do what’s called binding off to bind off your work you want to go
ahead and work in the opposite direction as you’ve been working meaning if I were
continuing on I would work this loop here into this loop and work this
direction but because I want to finish off this project I will start down here
and working this way I will take the second loop in and thread it through the
last loop then I carry on take the next loop in and thread it through that one
when you get to the very end you can go ahead and what we want to do is we want
to get a little bit of length here so we’re gonna snip this apart so that
that’s opened and then cut that take this thread it through that final loop
so it doesn’t go anywhere give it a pull and you have bound off your work you’ve
bound off your fabric I’ve seen videos where they just take this end here and
they literally just weave it in and out through all of the open stitches that
they have working around here kind of going along with the same idea that you
don’t need any other tools to actually finish off your project you can just
weave them in and finish off and you’ve bound off now that you know how to knit
and how to purl you actually could make any project you want using the Loop-It
yarn so much fun so easy great for adults and kids alike I know you’re
gonna love this yarn run out grab Loop- It yarn today and enjoy making your very
first knit project i’m marly bird proud spokesperson for red heart yarns bye