I’ve recently discovered knitting looms again. I recall when I was 8 or 9, not really getting the point of doilly knitting – do you remember those narrow strips of wool those produced? I still don’t know what is the best use for those.
So for the benefit of the uninitiated, each loom kit comes with four differently sized and coloured looms. Each loom has a defined number of pegs on it, which determines the size of the yarn which can be used – usually aran and chunkier and of course the size of the garment. The distance between the pegs meant that many loom knitted items were either very chunky and really best used for accessories or had large stitch sizes and were rather floppy as a result. Fine but not versatile. Now, however, you have looms with a hole in between each existing peg. This means that you can insert additional pegs which reduce the gap between each peg meaning you can use DK and even finer yarn. For knitting looms this is pretty revolutionary.
I’ve made a number of items with my set. I started small with a cafetiere warmer. We all need one I suppose.
I worked up steam for a simple cowl.
I’m warming to the theme of knitting looms. It’s perfect for presents for children, or for those who just want a craft which is a bit different, or those who have always avoided knitting/crochet as they just didn’t “get it” or even for those for whom DPNs or knitting in the round was just too off putting.
The real beauty is that the looms can be used to knit projects in the flat – just wrap backwards and forwards along the loom rather than in rows and there is no limit to the types of items that can be produced, patterns, cable and even lace knitting. So it’s as versatile as using knitting needles.
Patterns can be a bit of a problem. However, I found that with a little time the Internet produced fantastic results. Here are some of the more fruitful sources:
1. LoomKnitting.com – a blog for loom knitters explaining techniques, stitches and with free patterns.
2. Lion Brand.com – US yarn manufacturer with a wide range of free patterns, including those for looms.
3. My Tea Cup – long list of patterns to make using looms.
4. Gettin’ It Pegged – blog with patterns and tutorials.
In fact the more you look, the more there is. I also hear that someone is compiling all knitting loom patterns on one site to be ready in 2014!
Now that I’ve mastered the round knitting loom, I will be attempting the long loom. Never sit still…
This uses a slightly different technique and can produce double knitted fabric very quickly. I’m quite intrigued! For those interested in the round knitting looms, I’m offering free workshops in the coming weeks. You pay only for yarn used. Contact me for more information.