Cricket Loom: Begin Weaving: Lesson 6

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 my entire loom is now loaded and you can see it’s pretty firm. It’s not too tight if it’s not tight enough you can always tighten it up like this, but now it’s too inconvenient for me to actually loom or weave while the machine is facing in this direction. So now I can change the direction to best suit me so I can weave very comfortably. So what we’re gonna just do now is we’re just gonna release the back clamps here off the table Okay, and I’m gonna turn it, machine just like so and on the front of the machine they have the clamping positions just like so, just go up underneath and the reason for the clamps is that when you’re going to beat the yarn with that heddle is that there’s pressure applied to the yarn and therefore it wants to move the machine so you really do need these so don’t, make sure you don’t lose these things because it’s gonna be very difficult to to weave without them. So everything is now ready and we’re now gonna then talk about our yarn because now we’re gonna do the actual weaving stick in order to do the next process. Near the beginning of the video I talked about the high end yarn being transitioning. So this kind of yarn yeah, it sucks for when you wanna go in the length of it, but that we’re going back and forth this is where you can use this stuff, and this is what changes your scrap yarn project into being really amazing. Now you’re thinking you said well just wind that on to the stick shuttle and you can’t do that and when it comes to transitioning yarn. If it’s one color no big deal just wind it on as much as you need and a full length scarf you’re gonna have to wind this up about three times in order to get it to go. But on this transition yarn you can’t do that and the reason for it because it’s transitioning in color and you want that transition to maintain into your scarf just like so you wanna make sure that you wrap it into a ball first. The reason why is that the first on the stick shuttle is the last off so if I actually wanna go in wrap that stick shuttle the very beginning of this is gonna be last coming off, and so when I go to rewrap it from the ball again the next color transition will be out of sync. So we’re just gonna wrap this up into a ball. The length of the ball is up to you basically the thicker you do the ball though the more thicker it’s gonna be on to the stick show and it could be harder to get through. So now this green here is gonna be the final color that will be the last going on when you go do it. So you’ll have to wrap up this green again, and then just rewrap. So we’re now gonna let it fall. So let the ball fall, I actually let the ball fall into the center here because what happens is it gets stuck in there so it doesn’t end up all over your house. You just wanna just take it onto the stick shuttle just like so and just use a flick of the wrist like that and wrap. Now because this is high-end yarn uh, this is actually really high-end yarn um, it’s not a problem going back and forth because what’s happening is that you only have to beat it once and then you’re moving on to the next line up when it comes to weaving. So if you can use this stuff very easily going in the crisscross direction versus you can’t use it going in the length. Now before you begin you wanna double check. So let’s pull this up and I wanna look and making sure that every one of the slots has something and then I’m just gonna pull it up and then push it down and making sure. So you’re gonna see that you have all these ugly sections in the middle and I’m gonna just leave that down for now. Um, what actually I’m gonna put it up. The reason why is that I’ve kind of gotten in the habit of this machine that I have made a decision that every time I go in this direction it’s always up and every time I go in this direction it’s always down. And I’ve come up with that rule on my own so that you know I don’t really have to think about it because that is part of the thinking process. So let’s start this. We’re just gonna leave it just like so and we’re gonna slide the stick shuttle in between just like so. We’re gonna actually before I do anything more I’m just gonna release the brake on the back here in the back so I can move some of this yarn. So let’s put this back down and I’m gonna get it so it just goes over top of the section right here. So it’s over top of the bar and let’s release, let’s uh, resecure the brake and pull it tight again. Okay, so let’s go back up, so I’m now gonna go across, so I’ve kinda pulled it back and I wanna come up on a zigzag, okay? So I’m just gonna let some section just fall out and come up on a zigzag just like this and now I’m gonna change the position and go down okay, and what I’m doing here you notice I haven’t beat it yet. Is that I need to make this, this surface here flat and all of these to be perfectly in line with each other. So I’m just coming up underneath and I just wanna kinda come up on an angle just like that okay, so now I got a ‘V’ and now I’m gonna go in the other direction and we wanna do this three times. Okay, and so there’s kind of a trick to this whole um, like releasing the yarn and you’ll find yourself that you’ll be looking at this yarn coming off the stick shuttle and you’ll be able to actually rotate it and do what you need to really quickly. So now that we have three on okay, we wanna take the beater bar, and we wanna pull it just like that and so I’m being relatively gentle to it but do you see how I’m using both hands. The friction there if this wasn’t clamped to the table this, I’d be in serious trouble right now. So I wanna just kind of help it a little bit if it’s kind of stuck because what’s happening now is that it’s gonna make this all in even. Okay, so now the stick shuttles on this side, so I’m gonna go down and so now you can see that it’s nice and flat and this will balance itself out. So I’m just gonna go back and forth just like this. So if you’ve made a mistake it is very obvious. So that’s uh, before I get to that. So I’m gonna just weave as normal and I wanna come up on an angle. Reason why is that it has like the bumps of the weaving effect, and this is gonna pull the yarn up and down but it requires slack to do that. So if you go straight across you’re not giving it any slack and so when you pull it together it’s gonna be very tight. Okay, the sides, you’re gonna get used to doing the sides as you go along in your project. That is something that I would recommend doing a scrap project first that you don’t really care much about just to understand it. But what I tried to do is that I tried to get the side so it’s kind of like pulling over a little bit, going up on the angle and then when I go down it sits down just properly. If it’s sitting too much out you can always just pull it again. Just pull it and go down. Okay, so I wanna just kind of just glancing making sure I’m not skipped over any of the weaving. If I have you’re gonna have to go backwards out. This is not like crochet or knitting where you can probably hide a stitch really easily. If you do not go back and fix it, it’s gonna be very obvious in your project. Um, one of the samples that I had on the table it actually got a mistake right in it. Let me show you it. Here’s an example of one that I did where I seen that there was a mistake and I said screw it I’m not going back and basically I was just up here and I could have back out but you can see how it jumped over and what happened when I stucked in the stick shuttle it caught one of them by accident and went under the wrong direction. So it’s very clearly obvious when that happens. So in one direction it’ll look like you’ve skipped over and in the other direction it’ll look like you skipped across and so that’s one thing you kind a just wanna watch for as you’re working on this project. So we’re just gonna continue as normal and just gonna go back and forth on this. It’s no big deal. You can see I’m kinda using that and so it just came off the end and I’m finding myself that I’ve gotten so used to the stick shuttle with the yarn coming off that it’s really easy to be able to um, just manipulate it so that there’s not a lot of slack when you’re coming off. So I’m going to use this and I’m gonna pull. 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 all the video series today as your along on my tutorial. Until next time I Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. 🧶

8 thoughts on “Cricket Loom: Begin Weaving: Lesson 6

  1. I'm getting excited by the prospects but I imagine that the limit of the projects is the joining.

    I hope further on in the series there is info on joining pieces and edging without tassels.

  2. U R such a good teacher! Enjoyable, easy to follow and understand! U answer all possible questions that may come up! Excellent series! Thank U!

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