How to Make Knifty Knitter Stitches
Making Stitches on the Knifty Knitter Looms
Knifty Knitter looms are fun to use and you can learn to make different stitches on them. Similar to traditional needle knitting, you can do the knit, purl, half hitch, and many other stitches on a loom.
You can make each project unique by choosing the yarn fiber, color and customizing the stitches. Yes, there are many stitch patterns you can learn to use with looms. You aren't limited, as one might fear, just because you are knitting on a loom. You may give each knitted project a custom, one-of-a-kind touch.
Below is a growing collection of Knifty Knitter stitches. Each stitch has photos and instructions on how to make them. If you have any questions about the stitches, be sure to leave a note. Happy Knifty Knitter knitting!
How to Make Knit and Purl Stitches
Knit and Purl on the Knifty Knitter
The most basic stitch in knitting is called the "knit stitch." When you look at a piece of fabric that is knit stitched, one side is covered in little "V's," the other side is covered in purls. The photo to the right shows the knit and purl side of a knitted panel.
This photo is courtesy of the Lion Brand yarn website.
When knitting with needles there is a name given to each stitch, knit or purl. They differ based on which side of the knit is facing you as you are knitting. When using a knitting loom, the stitch used to achieve a knit stitch is called the "no wrap stitch." Below is a photo of a flat panel of knit that I made on the longest Knifty Knitter loom using the no wrap stitch, or knit stitch.
Also, here are instructions for how to purl on a Knifty Knitter loom:
The No Wrap
The E Wrap
Ewrap on the Knifty Knitter
This is another basic loom knitting stitch, it creates a finished knit that is very similar to the no wrap stitch, except the finished knit is bulkier and more tightly woven. In traditional needle knitting, this stitch is called the the "twisted stockinette." The v's on the knit side are also slightly different in appearance.
The scarf in the photo was e wrapped using 2 strands of yarn as if they were one. Hold them together as you wrap the loom.
Alternating No Wrap and E Wrap on the Knifty Knitter Loom
No Wrap and E Wrap on the Knifty Knitter
Now you know 3 of the most basic loom knitting stitches, the no wrap (flat knit), purl, and e wrap (twisted knit).
I thought you might be interested in seeing what happens when you alternate the no wrap and ewrap stitches on the Knifty Knitter. This photo shows 7 rows of no wrap stitches alternating with 3 rows of Ewrap stitches.
Do you remember when I said the E wrap is bulkier? You can see that the E wrapped rows tries to hold the width of the finished knit a bit wider, slightly expanding it. The no wrap stitch is not as bulky and not as densely woven because the yarn is not twisted before stitching.
Ribbed Stitches in the Knifty Knitter Loom
Ribbing on the Knifty Knitter
Ribbed stitches create a rib, or a bar pattern, that runs through the knit. It usually gives the knit a little stretch and is commonly used in sweaters along the waist or cuff of a sleeve. To make a ribbed stitch on a long loom, the loom is wrapped in a back and forth pattern across the loom, rather than around the loom. It is an interesting stitch to use for bulky yarns or for loom knitting with several yarns at a time that have some stretch to them.
The double ribbed stitch done on the long loom is shown in the photo above. It was done using only one strand of yarn. For a knit that is more dense, wrap the loom with two strands of yarn as one.
You may also knit ribbed stitches on the round looms, but it is done a little differently:
Honeycomb for the Long Loom
The honeycomb stitches are done on the long looms. It is a variation of the ribbed stitch alternated every 5 or 6 rows and it makes, you guessed it, a honeycomb pattern. It can only be done on the long looms, not the round looms for full instructions on how to wrap a long loom to create the honeycomb stitch visit:
Figure Eight on the Knifty Knitter Long Looms
This stitch must be done on the long looms, it cannot be done on the round looms. It makes a flat panel of knit that will not curl on the edges. Because it won't curl at the edges, it is perfect for scarves and blankets.
It is wrapped back and forth across the long loom in a figure 8 motion, hence the name. I find it helps to hold the loom vertically as you wrap. The scarf in the photo was done with 1 strand of acrylic yarn. It makes a light weight airy knit. For a heavier knit, use 2 yarns. You can see the finished look of the figure eight stitch with one yarn vs. two yarns in the photo gallery below.
More Photos of the Figure EightClick thumbnail to view full-size
Garter on the Knifty Knitter
The garter stitch is done by alternating rows of knit and purl, or ewrap and purl.
Row 1 - knit, Row 2 - purl, Row 3 - knit, Row 4 - purl
Row 1 - ewrap, Row 2 - purl, Row 3 - ewrap, Row 4 - purl
It is used to keep the edge of finished knit from rolling or curling. Near the top of this article, there is a flat panel of multi-colored knit done in the no wrap stitch. It creates a beautiful panel of traditional knit, but the edges will curl under unless a garter stitch is added, or they are stitched to another panel of knit.
You can read more here about making the garter stitch:
Eyelet on the Knifty Knitter
Knifty Knitter Buttonhole
The eyelet stitch is a way to make a "hole" in the finished knit, it comes in very handy for buttonholes and drawstrings. Here is how the stitch is done on a knitting loom, including the Knifty Knitter looms:
Step 1: Beginning at the position where you want the button, or drawstring hole, move the existing loop on the peg to the next peg on the loom.
Step 2: Bring the working yarn in front of the empty peg.
Step 3: Knit off on the peg that the loop was moved onto treating both loops as if they are only one loop.
Step 4: Continue knitting off around the loom.
Step 4: When you have reached the next row, and reach the peg with the yarn stretched across it, treat it as you do any other loop on the peg while knitting off.
In addition to buttonholes and drawstrings, some patterns call for this movement of the loops to the next peg in a repeated pattern to add new dimensions to the finished project.
The Fashion Stitch
Knit Cables on a Loom
Step it up a notch by learning how to knit cables. This can be done on a round or long loom. The cables you see knitted here are a series of left cross cables knitted on the blue round loom. When the row of cables became long enough, Elisa made into a headband. You can use cables on any loom and in any project. Cables work well in sweaters, bags, blankets, or any place else you want to add extra dimension to your knit. If you are bored with other loom stitches, it's time to learn how to knit cables.
Basket Weave or Block Stitch Pattern - Alternating Knit and Purl Stitches to Create a Pattern
You can alternate knit and purl stitches within the same row to create a pattern known as the basket weave. It is also known as the block stitch pattern. The repeating pattern used is k3, p3 for 4 rows. Then switch to p3, k3 for 4 rows. See the video below for more information.
Basket Weave Pattern
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