What is a knitting loom?

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What is a knitting loom - cool gadgets for the hopeless or the seasoned knitter - www.homesteadlady.comWhat is a knitting loom?  Why it’s the most fantastical invention ever for lame-o and would-be knitters.

I’ve tried to learn to knit, really I have.  I know the basic stitches but every time I start knitting something, all loose and soft at the beginning, it turns tight and lumpy by the middle.  I just don’t seem to have the attention span for it.

Enter the knitting loom. 
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What is a knitting loom?


There are several different brands and styles but the basic idea is that there are a bunch of pegs on a frame, evenly spaced, and onto those you “knit”.  The Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set(1 set of 4 looms)rectangular ones can be used for scarves and blankets.  I’m more of a visual learner so I went to YouTube to learn how to use them because the printed instructions were lost on me.  Once I saw it, it really wasn’t complicated.  We also bought a book…that my husband read and figured out.  Division of labor, baby!

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How to use a knitting loom?

You weave yarn in and out around the pegs and use the tool to lift the bottom layer over the top layer of yarn, peg by peg, creating stitches as you pull them off the pegs.  Then you rewind and go at it again.  Go watch this video.  And this one.

knitting loom making a stitch 2knitting loom making a stitch 3Kintting loom making a stitchI can usually do a scarf in several hours of concerted effort, depending on if the baby will sleep.  Hats are even faster.  We usually make a bunch this time of year for donating to local clothing drives for our shelters and we just couldn’t do it without these.  Even my four year old can make a hat with just a little help from me; my eleven and nine year old can work the looms on their own.  My seven year old stuck with her finger knitting for awhile until she watched us work the looms a bit and now she can use them on her own with confidence.  My husband even got into them last year and had so much fun making things with the kids.  He even figured out how to make a little baby sock on the smallest round loom!  The only real limit is your imagination – you can do blankets and even a garment, if you’re clever.  There are several books and videos on Youtube – have fun!

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Bottom line, these things are so easy to use, nearly impossible to mess up and provide a way for everyone in the family to make something useful and beautiful.

Patrick, over at Survival at Home sent me a pic of his wife in a knitted head warmer that he made for her – sweet.  You only get half the result of a hat but if what you need is warm ears, it works and it’s only half the work. 

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Here’s from High Hill Education, another homeschooler’s post on knitting looms – love fun school/service projects!!!

So, if you’re already good at this loom knitting thing, you can go here to learn how to make socks!!!

If you’d like to knit fur reelz and you want to look uber cool in front of your fiber friends, learn how to make your own knitting needles at Green Eggs and Goats.  AND, when you’ve done that, you can knit these with your new needles, also from Green Eggs and Goats.

If you need to make a scarf for a quick gift that requires no knitting of any kind, here’s this from The Untrained Housewife.

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22 thoughts on “What is a knitting loom?

  1. Oh! Ok you’ve convinced me. I’ve been looking at these for.e.ver and just haven’t wanted to spend the cash on them…BUT…I am a super lame knitter, and besides, I gave away most of my knitting needles. I think I’ll give this a try!

    Sharing on my page for other super lame knitters like me! 😀

    1. I’d say start with the long ones to do some scarves, which are universally appealing and you feel really cool once you’ve made one. If you have Amazon Prime, the shipping is free and they ended up costing me less than my local craft store, unless you have one of the 50% off coupons. My local stores kept running out of them, though, and Amazon comes to my door, soooo…Hope you have fun! And thanks for sharing – lame knitters unite!!

      1. Ok Tessa, I’ve got the whole set in my possession! Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve made a scarf and now I’m working on some slippers. 😀

        I’m picking this post as my fave for the From the Farm Blog Hop and it will be featured with all of the other faves on 1/3/14. Just wanted you to know to head over and check it out when it posts next week! 😀

        1. So glad you are enjoying them!! Slippers?! I haven’t tried anything so adventurous yet so you’ve inspired me. Thank you for the feature, too; I will certainly check it out next week.

  2. I have had my looms for almost 8 years now. I love them. So many patterns. I just tried the tee-shirt yarn to make an infinity scarf. Very easy and very flexible in what you can make on them.

  3. I’ve had these looms for several years. To add interest to a hat use a second yarn of eyelash and you will have a hat with cool hairs sticking out all over. I’m now trying to learn different stitches on mine. I also have two weaving looms and have been making scarves. So fun!

  4. I saw your blog on the From the Farm Blog Hop and had to satisfy my curiosity – what is a knitting loom?
    I enjoy knitting, but these seem to be a lot faster!
    I have one question – can you use them to knit booties? 🙂

  5. A friend taught me how to make the baby hats that I can donate to the newborn floor of the hospital using one of the circular looms. It’s very satisfying to see the finished product and it’s so quick with these. I even found a woman who makes wooden looms, so I could support someone making things by hand. I still want to master knitting by hand, but it seems it’s a long process for me. Enjoy!

  6. I just got a knitting loom. Tried needles, but never got the hang of it. So far, have made several dish cloths and really like how they turned out. Next project will either be a scarf or hat.

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