Cricket Loom: Yarn Wrap & Separation: Lesson 5

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. Now that your loom is loaded you’re gonna have everything coming around the warping peg right here and now I wanna pick it up and I wanna slide with my pointer finger down in so that I keep it separated and I’m just gonna grab it with my fist, and I’m gonna pull up so that I can still see all the loops. I’m now gonna use my scissors and I kinda just pull with my scissors out so I know it’s equal and I wanna make sure that I’m snipping all of the strings. Now this is where I differ a little bit from the actual tutorial videos for Schacht because what happens is that they recommend you tie a huge knot and I find it’s just really difficult to get out. So I’m just gonna gently lay it down on here just like that and I’m just not gonna touch it and I’m gonna go back and I’m gonna show you how to wind it back up back onto the other side. So now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna actually load it up onto the back of the bar. But what I wanna do is show you a demonstration. Have you ever taken a string and you wrapped it around your finger, no matter how good you do it you always end up with a big knot or a big lump right in one section. Now I’m cutting off my circulation. And what we wanna do is when we go to wrap this we’re gonna do something where we’re gonna put something in between all of the sections. So if I were to do it the way that this machine needs you to do it is that every time I wrap I wanna put a piece of paper down so that I’m wrapping over top of a piece of paper so that every revolution can actually sit on top of each other very much like a cinnamon roll where everything has to stay equal as it goes around. So being gentle on your very first attempts. You’re gonna wanna make sure that your apron bars here are all equal. Do you see how this string is to actually kinda pull over? I actually never did that for the tutorial. But you wanna make sure just pull it so that it’s coming up and equal to the one on top. If you don’t what happens is that if this is not centered properly over here and it’s centered differently over here this heddle will wanna actually shift so that actually wants to fall off. So you wanna make sure it’s pretty well balanced as you’re going all around. So what I’m gonna so now is just gently, I’m just gonna grab all of these strings here, and the braking mechanism is on like I showed you before and you’re thinking to yourself well you haven’t even fed the middle sections yet of you heddle and that is the next process after we wrap. So I’m just gonna use this and pull okay, and what I need to be very conscientious of now is that you can see that it’s separating the strings here. But once it gets down into this section here this apron bar is gonna cause it to have a lump as it goes around. So what I wanna do is I wanna pull it down to about there and I’m gonna use, you can either use like um some craft paper. They do not recommend uh, newspaper because you’ll get it all over your material but this is just a place cloth or a placemat, sorry. And I’m just gonna do it and come up underneath just like so and I wanna trap that, that placemat into position just like that. Okay, so I’m just gonna come up and so now when I turn it I want that placemat to get stuck in. And what that’s gonna do now is it’s gonna separate the yarn from each other. So within every pass it’s gonna be on a fresh part of the placemat and on a normal scarf I use four of these place mats in a row uh to do it. I find the placemats actually pretty easy to use and it’s less mess, too. But so we’re just gonna continue to wrap just like so. So if you get to a certain point and you like I’m about to go over it again I never wanna go over it again. So if you happen to run out of placemats you can always use some paper just like this and just kinda insert it in. It just long as the yarn does not ever sit on top of another yarn when it comes to this back section. And we wanna pull it so that most of this string here is actually just about a fist over top of the other side just like so. So you can see everything has nicely been separated over here and so now it’s our next point now to start weaving or feeding of the heddle properly in order to get the weaving up and down. So from this angle you can see that two strings are coming out of each one of the slots and that’s because that’s way we fed it. And so basically one of these strings from each one of these slots needs to be put through the center of the hole just like so. So it doesn’t matter if I start with the hole that’s over here or on the other side but I’m gonna just start with the other side because I feel like it. So I’m just gonna stick my tool into the hole okay, so right into the hole and I’m just gonna use my fingers in behind just to help wrap that okay, and I’m gonna pull one through. So it’s gonna pull back this way and it’s gonna pull it through the hole and what I just normally do is that I just then put both to the side just like so, so I know it’s done. So I’m gonna come to the next one okay, and I’m just gonna put my hands in behind, and I’m just gonna grab one of the strings okay, and pull through. The only time it really matters is if you have a transitional yarn that’s going in this direction you’re gonna wanna try to get at least the right color and so I’m just gonna do all of the burgundy here but let me just change the camera angle and show you what it looks like some behind. So from behind again we’re just gonna grab it through the next hole that I can see and I’m just using my fingers to kind of feel back in behind here. I can actually do it pretty much without actually having a look um, I haven’t done that many scarves. It’s just it’s not that difficult of a process. I’m gonna pull through and then just pull it through to the side, and I’m gonna do one more like that. So the next one, next hole. So I wanna check my work. I’m only gonna do about an inch section at a time and I’ve got everything pulled off to the side just like so. So let’s change the camera angle back and let’s check our work. So I’m gonna check my work and all I’m gonna just do now is that I’m gonna pull up and you see how half separated up and when I pull down half separated down so that obviously the middle is working and so now it’s up to me now to tie this section here to this apron bar, and I’m gonna show you how to do that next. So now what I’m gonna just do is to do is that I’m gonna just slide my fingers in between. You see how that they’re being divided and just kinda pull just kind of like braiding it just makes it a little bit easier. And I’m just gonna literally divide what I have in two. It doesn’t matter which is which, and it doesn’t matter if I have ups or downs when I go to do it as long as it’s about equally in half. I’m now gonna take the next apron bar and if you think the slack is too much, you can just go backward like this, and then I’m gonna take one section go over the bar and I’m gonna take the other section and go over the bar. So now we have two sections just like that and we’re gonna pull his snug. So now it’s like this. Okay, so it’s underneath and we’re gonna pull it together and we’re gonna tie a bow tie. So we’re gonna just tie it like that and then a bow tie and this string here becomes your tassels at the end of your project. Just like so and you only wanna do an inch at a time of this section here. If you do any more what’s gonna happen is your project is gonna be more on a diagonal. So now we’re gonna go back and we’re gonna work on the next section and I’ll show you just quickly that next. So we’re working in the next section. I’m immediately gonna pull one over because I know but the other one is gonna go down through the hole and I just wanna kind of peek, grab my fingers in behind and we wanna do this for the entire heddle as we go across and it’s uh, you only have to do every other string. So this is not really a lengthy process. Um, the tying of it once you get each section tied it actually works out pretty good too. So to review I’m just gonna pull and you wanna make sure that on the other side Ii’s a relatively snug, okay, so if you have any loose strings now is the time to be able to figure out the problem. And so by doing this you’re kinda making sure, so even if the string is not equal length on this side because I’m pulling it like this it’s actually making it equal. So I’m just gonna just divide it into two okay, and I’m gonna make sure. So this apron string here I’m just gonna move it so it’s in the center. We wanna keep everything balanced and this is gonna stay on that side. So we come down for this section, down with the next. Okay, and it’s just like before. I wanna make sure I’m coming down there. Like that, okay, we’re gonna just tie a knot, sorry tie a bowtie, just like that, so it’s together and you’re done that process. So continue that and we’ll meet back up where we’ll start looming. 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 along in my tutorials. Until next time I Mikey from The Crochet Crowd. 🧶

2 thoughts on “Cricket Loom: Yarn Wrap & Separation: Lesson 5

  1. Hi Mikey great series: Just thought I'd let you know a simple trick to stop the heddle from falling. If you have a hair tie or some scrap yarn and wind it onto each of the wood ends of the heddle near the shafts and this will limit the travel of the heddle and doesn't interfere when working in the up or down positions. Hope this helps. Tracy

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