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Knifty Knitter Knitting Looms
Free Patterns and Stitches for the Knifty Knitter Knitting Loom
Knitting looms are an effective way to knit if the traditional needles don't work for you. Knitting looms are also a great way to teach kids to knit.
Some experienced knitters prefer looms to needles because they are fast. Looms also make it easy to pick up where you left off without your work unraveling while you are away.
The "Knifty Knitter" is a specific brand of knitting loom. Some loom knitters use this term for all knitting looms, but this can be confusing because there are other brands. Boye and Darice also make knitting looms in the same sets of round and long looms. Trying to use another brand in a pattern made for a specific size loom will result in knit that is a different size than desired.
Provo Craft makes their Knifty Knitter brand long looms, which work well for making blankets and scarves. The round looms work well for socks, hats, and mittens. Here you will find more information about the buying Knifty Knitter looms, wrapping the looms, making stitches and free patterns for this brand of loom. The knit in the photo above was created using the longest of the Knifty Knitter looms and the "no wrap" stitch.
Introduction to Loom Knitting
How to Use Knifty Knitter Looms
To use a Knifty Knitter knitting loom, you usually begin by wrapping each peg once. This is called, "casting on." After wrapping the loom, you use your tool to "knit off" around the Knifty Knitter loom, to create your knit. The photo captures knitting off, as the loop on the peg is pulled gently toward the knitter, over the yarn above it and off the loom.
I have experimented with many different methods of wrapping the loom and knitting off. The "no wrap" stitch is by far my favorite. It is the basic knit stitch in traditional knitting. It does not become tight and difficult to knit, as some wraps will. This stitch is pictured in the photo to the right. You can find the "no wrap" stitch instructions and instructions for many methods of wrapping and casting off the Knifty Knitter in the links below.
Instructions for wrapping the knitting loom and making knitting loom stitches:
If you want more information on how to get started, for example a detailed explanation of what the anchor peg is on the Knifty Knitter loom, how to secure the yarn, beginner help for wrapping the loom, and how to use the tool supplied by Knifty Knitter to knit off the loom:
Knifty Knitter Beginner Instructions | Wrapping and Knitting Off the Loom for the Beginner.
This is the smallest round loom by Provo Craft. You can buy it individually, or as part of the round loom set below.
Once you've wrapped the loom, it's time to knit. This is done by bringing the bottom loop over the top loop on each peg. After you lift the loop with the knitting hook, you release it above the peg toward the inside of the loom. Lifting one loop over the loop above it is the most common method of knitting, but there are other ways to do it and how you knit determines the type of stitch that is created. Methods for knitting included one-over-one stitches, one-over-two stitches, and two-over-two stitches. You can find more information about these methods here:
This is the round loom set. It comes with the blue loom above and the red loom below. It also includes a yellow loom and a green loom.
Round Looms on Amazon
The round looms can be purchased as part of a set of 4, or you can buy them individually.
This is the next to smallest round loom by Provo Craft. It's often referred to as "medium" size. You can by it by itself or as part of the set above.
Panel vs Tube Knitting
Tube knitting is knitting around the Knifty Knitter in continuous circles to make things like socks and hats that have no seam. Panel knitting is back and forth knitting on the loom with a break, so that the finished knit is a flat piece of fabric like a blanket. It is a common misconception that round Knifty Knitter looms are for tube knitting and rectangle Knifty Knitter looms are for panel knitting. In fact, either type of knitting can be done on either type of loom. Read more...
The Long Looms
Knifty Knitter long knitting looms are usually sold as a set, but you can buy each individual knitting loom from Amazon or Ebay. The long knitting loom sets are great for baby blankets, afghans, shawls, scarves, and more. The knitting loom set includes a blue knitting loom (22 inches), the green knitting loom (18 inches), the yellow knitting loom (14 inches), and the pink knitting loom (10 inches). It also comes with the Knifty Knitter loom hook and a yarn needle.
One Over One Stitches
Instructions for a Beginner
The one over one stitch when done with a single strand of medium or light-weight yarn on a Knifty Knitter loom creates a fishnet type knit that is perfect for creating bags, or fishnet stockings. It is also great for any project that requires a lacy look.
When done with two strands of medium to heavy weight yarn, it creates knit as seen on the left. The stitch is equivalent to the twisted stockinette stitch made with needles. It is also known in loom knitting as the "EWrap."
How to Purl Stitch
The purl stitch is the opposite of the knit stitch in knitting. You can purl on a Knifty Knitter, just as you can with knitting needles. As, with knitting needles the other side of the knitted panel will have knitted V's as seen in the photo.
The smallest long loom in the set, this one measures 10 inches. It can be purchased individually, or as part of the set. When purchased individually, it comes with a hook, instructions and it's own carrying case. Because this one is so small, it's easy to carry your knitting project around.
Ribbed stitches on a knifty knitter loom make a great stretchy knit for blankets and afghans. You can knit with several yarns on the loom to create a more solid knit quickly and easily with this ribbed stitch. The ribbing also adds texture to the finished knit.
This is the large long loom in the set. It measures 18 inches and can be purchased individually also. When purchased individually, it comes with a hook, instructions and a carrying case. Long enough for blanket panels and shawls.
for the Long Looms
Alternating the way you wrap the double ribbed stitch (above), every 5 rows creates the Honeycomb pattern seen here. This is a more advanced stitch, but it shows just how versatile the looms really are.
The longest loom in the set, this one measures 22 inches. It can be purchased individually with it's own carrying case, hook and instructions. Because this is the longest of the looms, it's also the most versatile. You can knit large projects, or use a loom clip to adjust the loom to a smaller size, for small projects.
Making a Scarf
Here is a knifty knitter scarf made using the yellow long loom and the no wrap stitch. The no wrap stitch as it implies, does not require the loom to be wrapped in advance. It was tube knitted to create double sided, solid knit as shown.
You'll find LOTS of free patterns for the Knifty Knitter looms, including this scarf, here:
Long Knitting Looms at Amazon
The long looms are sold as a set of 4, or you can buy them individually.
Knifty Knitter Round Looms
The round looms usually come in yellow, green, red and blue. This set can be used to knit hats, booties, scarves, mittens and whatever else you can dream up. The yellow loom (11.5 inches wide) is for extra-large adult hats. The green loom (9.5 inches wide) is for adult hats. The red loom (7.5 inches wide) is for knitting children's hats and scarves. The blue loom (5.5 inches wide) is for baby's hats, mittens, booties, socks, etc. It also comes with the Knifty Knitter hook and a yarn needle.
Increasing and Decreasing Stitches
Just like in regular knitting you can increase and decrease stitches in loom knitting. You may need to widen, or narrow, the knit for sweaters, mittens, shawls, etc. To increase stitch you wrap one or two additional pegs in the next row. To decrease stitch you wrap fewer pegs in the next row.
Binding Off the Looms - Completing a Project
Once you have finished a project on a Knifty Knitter knitting loom, how do you finish? Binding the edge of the project, so that it will not unravel is also called "binding off." Here is a video with complete instructions for binding off Knifty Knitter looms.
Binding Off a Long Loom
Flower Knitting Loom
The flower knitting loom is sold individually. It is not included with any knitting loom set. You can make flowers to embellish your knitting or other craft projects. It includes a Knifty Knitter knitting loom hook, a yarn needle, and instructions to knit flowers.
Make Your Own Knitting Loom?
So, you want to try a knitting loom, but
Not sure you want to lay out the cash for a knitting loom? How about making one from a repurposed plastic bottle? Honestly the loom pegs have to be evenly spaced and not catch the yarn to produce quality knit, but due to my love of reuse and repurposing, I couldn't help but offer these options for making a knitting loom out of plastic bottles. Too cool!
Connecting Loom Knit Together
What's Your Favorite Kind of Knifty Knitter Loom?
What's your favorite kind of Knifty Knitter loom?
The Knifty Knitter Yahoo Group
Loom Knitting Group on Yahoo!
If you are new to the looms, one of the first things that you'll want to do is sign up for the Facebook group where you can learn more about loom knitting. The Facebook group can be found here:
Knifty Knitter Looms from eBay
You can also find these looms at discounted prices from Ebay.com.
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