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.
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 round ones can be used for hats and even socks. The 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!
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.
I 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!
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. 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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