Cricket Loom: Advancing Loom, Yarn & Tips: Lesson 7

And welcome back to The Crochet Crowd. I’m your host Mikey. Today I’m gonna show you how to use the Cricket 15″ loom by Schacht. There’s also a 10″ tabletop loom as well and this is actually really fun and simple and you’ll be very surprised on how quick it takes in order to make up a scarf. So let’s go over some of the basics first. So let’s pretend that I’ve just run out of yarn. So what I’m gonna just do is that I’m gonna stick in my slip uh, stick shuttle and pretend that I’ve just run out of yarn and I’m just gonna come down and I’m just gonna snip it. Okay, I wanna make sure I get the right one, and I wanna snip it in the one direction. Okay, so let’s pretend that was the actual end of the line. I wanna make sure it’s kind of like within the 3/4s to the middle section. I wanna beat it just like so and you’re gonna use your fingers because you can see that there’s some slack on there. So you’re just slide in your fingers and just beat it just like this and we wanna leave it in the up position. So we want to leave it in the same position because what would, what we would do is that we grab more yarn from the actual yarn ball, wind this thing up again and we just wanna come in and we wanna drag the string so it’s about an inch overlap up to where the other one finished. Just like that and what I wanna now do is because the beater bar is in the up position I wanna kinda just beat it in and what I just do is I come up on an angle like this and what that does is that it equals off that whole thing. And I’m just not gonna worry about that particular piece here. So now that I’ve got that in I’m just gonna continue to weave it as normal for a couple more times before I come back, and I address that section. You can address it at the end of your project or while you’re in that project. Okay, so it’s last what I’m gonna do, okay. Just come up on an angle, and down and so what you can just do now is that you can just take your scissors and just really gently cut it and you would never know where you stopped and started when you do it from that process. And because this is transitioning yarn you’re gonna wanna make sure you really pay attention to doing that properly because you will not see any different effects happening within your project. So everything is pretty much predictable. The next situation we have is that we’ve now grown our material. We’re getting closer to the heddle. So now we wanna back this off and what we’re gonna just do now is that we’re just gonna release the brake over here. So we’re just gonna take some tension off release it let it fall there and we just wanna grab this and pull it over. The same rule exists on this section over here, so this paper is now done over here. So I’m just gonna slip in the paper or a placemat depending what you’re using and we’re just gonna come up underneath and so when we go to wrap around this bar on the front we also wanna wrap because what’s gonna happen is the knots on the apron strings or on the apron bar it’s gonna actually cause it to be unequal. Okay, so we’re just gonna do that okay, and we’re just gonna put the brake back on, release the tension or give it some tension again nice and stiff and you can just beat it and then continue to loom as usual. So you can see in this particular project that the yarn that I’m using right now is totally changing the look of the yarn that is going in the whole direction of it, the whole length. And I think that’s one thing that’s really amazing about weaving is that you can pull off some really amazing looks. Um, I didn’t plan this I’ve never done anything like this particular sample so this is really just a live action of creativity of just taking a guess and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I’ve only ever thrown out one scarf so far because it just looked too uh, like that placemat or look too much like a tablecloth actually. It was done with the Christmas colors and really sucked. [chuckled]. REALLY sucked. So um, so it doesn’t always work for everything, but you know I kind of was questioning the Christmas anyway, so I think it’s you know I think I subconsciously knew it wasn’t gonna work, but I did it anyway because that’s the kind of guy I am. For comfort level um, you’re gonna wanna put this on a table so that you can sit, uh, I like to sit over this machine. Um, I don’t like for me to be reaching up over so what I’ve been doing is that I’ve been using a computer chair on a regular table to kind of elevate me so that I’m up over this machine, so I’m not leaned up over it, and I tuck myself really good in underneath the table so this machine is almost like one with my body and makes me really quick and easy to um,to follow. So you can also see the stick shuttle that I’m using, um, I’m just kind of, I’ve gotten used to using it and I’m kinda looking, see how there’s not enough yarn? So what I wanna just do is I don’t wanna click off so when I go up underneath it’s just gonna peel another layer off of the stick shuttle. You don’t have to do that every time. The reason for is that the stick shuttle length and the scarf doesn’t always match so basically every few passes that you don’t need to do that. So just let the excess of material just kind of feed off. So when you’re doing this people automatically think that you know it looks really tight on the loom and that’s because the tensions been pulled on it but as soon as you release this tension this whole piece of material turns into really nice super soft. Even this the Super Saver that you known for being a little bit of abrasive newbies shocked on how soft it can be when it’s done in a weaving project just like so. One thing I also like about the transitional yarn is that it prevents me from having to use different strings for different colors. So as this is growing in the vertical direction just like so it is slowly changing color to match the red or the Lion Brand amazing yarn that amusing. And so basically within a foot you’re gonna start seeing um, a really amazing, nice amazing effect of it. Um, the downfall to this weaving I find is that you wanna see your project as it’s growing. It’s not like it’s crochet or knitting where you can see it all growing. Because it’s being wrapped up on this side you don’t always get a good idea what it looks like so it’s almost bit of a surprise when you go to do this particular project um, at the end and see if you did it actually did a good job. You can actually unwind it on this side, and actually take a look if you’re that curious. I’m not sure I recommend it, but I’ve done it many times. So just be very careful when you do that, so you don’t wreck any of the tension within any the strings. As I mentioned before um, when you’re using the weaving back and forth the thickness of this yarn that I’m using right now is judging how many times I’m gonna need to go back and forth before I’ve done this entire project. So this is a bit of a thinner yarn so I’m gonna have to do it more than it would be for something that would be chunky. Seems like that’s obvious but it was a great trip to share it anyway. So I noticed that I made a mistake and I can see that I have gone over some of the strings that I should have actually went under. So what I’m gonna just do now is that I just come across this direction, so I’m gonna reverse myself back and what I have to be very careful is that I’m catching all the strings and in actual fact I’m not gonna capture it properly. So I gotta push down exactly what happened to in order to create that jump like I did. So it’s just in that one section there and I’m just gonna pull it and reverse out just like so and I don’t have to pull it all the way out but I can just put it back in now and just double check by just moving it closer, and everything is fine and it’s just a quicker way to double check. I noticed with myself though that I don’t, I don’t always catch that right away and so sometimes I just have the back up a few rows in order to do it. But it is worth it because it’s very obvious if you miss it. So this is it this will finish off your lesson for today. You can move on to the next lesson. The choices will be on the screen and you know like you can just propel yourself. It doesn’t take much time to do one of these projects. So you might be able to do this whole video series today as you’re following on my tutorials. Until next time I Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. 🧶

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