Anchor Yard on Rectangular Loom

by Cynthia

I have knitted a scarf on a rectangular loom that had an anchor yard at the beginning. I am ready to cast off the loom which I know how to do, but I can't find any directions on how to finish the end that had an anchor yard.

Can someone help me learn how to do this or send me in the direction I need? Thank you so much!

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Sep 03, 2010
anchor yarn
by: Anonymous

you need a crochet hook to bind off the end. Untie the anchor yarn but DO NOT remove it! Start at the end opposite the start and slip the first three loops over your hook. Pull the first two loops over the third and off the hook. Slip on the next two and pull the back two loops over the front and so on, when you get to the end pull the anchor yarn out and with the hook pull the tail of your start knot into your knitting.

Jan 30, 2010
What to do with Anchor Yarn
by: Bobbi

If I am understanding the problem correctly, it sounds like the anchoring yarn might have been accidently secured to or knitted into your project. As I understand it, the anchor yarn is just a scrap piece of yarn laid across the first row of cast-on stitches on a rectangular loom that has two rows of pegs facing each other, which makes a double knit item. Since the item being loomed progresses downward between the two rows of pegs and into the narrow space between the two peg rows, it is difficult to grasp the item and pull it on down when you just have a couple of rows done. By laying a scrap piece of yarn across the cast-on stitches, it gives you something to pull on (both ends of the anchoring yarn) to pull your knitted piece down between the peg rows when it is too short to reach from underneath the loom yet. This anchoring yarn should not have been tied to anything or knit into your piece; it was just a "handle" to grasp your project to pull it down to make room for the next row of wrapping to be knit off. Therefore, once the knitted piece is long enough to grab on to, simply pull out the anchoring yarn and discard it. Hope this resolves your problem. If the anchoring yarn somehow got fastened or knit into something, perhaps it can be cut and removed without causing raveling or "tinking" -that's knitting being undone (knit backwards). If it is a contrasting color or yarn weight, or just can't be safely removed, well, perhaps it can be a conversation starter - an example of something best not done :-). Good luck!

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