Long loom frustrations
Ever since I posted a Hub on how to use the circular knitting loom, I've been getting questions from people wanting to know how to make things on the long looms. So yesterday I decided I better teach myself how to use one. And I found the directions that come with the kit were not all that helpful. For one thing, the booklet looks like it would be big enough, but it actually contains instructions in 4 languages, so only about 1/4 of it is instructions on how to use the loom.
So I went to the Provo website recommended by the brochure, and they have virtually nothing on using the long looms.
So I went to http://www.youtube.com/ and found some, but alas, some of them use a technique entirely different from the one in the booklet, using more of a double lacing pattern.
The long looms can be used for circular knitting (just like the round loom only squished into an oval), or, you can do double knitting with it, or single knitting (by only using some of the pegs).
I will post photos of my project so far. Remember, I'm just like you, learning as I go. If we put our heads together we can figure this thing out.
One woman on youtube even displays a circular baby blanket made on the knitting loom and says anything is possible. Unfortunately she doesn't explain how she did it. So we are off like a herd of turtles.
Update: The Provo site just added instructions. About time I say! http://www.provocraft.com/products/index.products.php?cl=knifty%20knitter
Tutorial, flat panel, double knitting, long loom PART 1
Using two plies of worsted weight yarn as if they are one, form slip knot.
Secure slipknot onto peg on end of loom.
Lay double strand of yarn between first two bottom pegs.
Observe how yarn is wrapped around each peg.
Keep going until you get to the end of the loom.
Each peg will have one 'wrap' containing 2 strands.
When you get to the end, turn loom around, and wrap pegs as shown. Then pull yarn straight across and hold for a moment.
Make sure you wrap both end pegs before going straight across.
Top view of each peg after one round of wrapping. Always keep slight pressure on the yarn so it doesn't unwind.
Time to add the next layer of wraps. Snug first layer down to make room on top for next wrapping.
Adding second layer of wraps.
Side view showing both wrapped layers (2 threads per layer).
Wrap both end pegs as before, draw yarn straight across and hold with finger.
Use hook to lift bottom set of threads over top set on both end pegs. That will secure it so you can let the end go.
After first loop is lifted over to center of loom.
Continue with each peg until all the bottom loops are lifted over the top loops.
Push loops down to make room for the next row. Fabric will come out of the bottom of the loom eventually.
Snugged down and ready for the next row.
Wrap end pegs again and pull yarn straight across.
Another view of end wrap.
Bottom view of fabric beginning to form.
After a few rows untie the slip knot...
and tuck it down through the middle of the loom and out the bottom. Otherwise when the fabric gets longer it won't feed down properly.
The new fabric after a few rows.
Keep going until the panel is the length you need for your project. Join panels to make blankets, or rectangles for garments, purses or other projects. Coming soon...how to remove the fabric from the loom.