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How to Make Knifty Knitter Stitches

Updated on September 12, 2014

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!

Photos by HSSchulte

Purl Stitches aka no wrap stitches on the Knifty Knitter Loom
Purl Stitches aka no wrap stitches on the Knifty Knitter Loom

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.

No Wrap Method

Also, here are instructions for how to purl on a Knifty Knitter loom:

How to Purl on a Loom

The No Wrap

The No Wrap Stitch, a.k.a. Knit Stitch
The No Wrap Stitch, a.k.a. Knit Stitch
E Wrap Stitch
E Wrap Stitch

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.

How to EWrap

Alternated Ewrap and No Wrap Knifty Knitter Stitches
Alternated Ewrap and No Wrap Knifty Knitter Stitches

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 knifty knitter
Ribbed stitches knifty knitter

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.

Knit Double Ribbed Stitches on the LONG Knifty Knitter Looms

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:

How to Knit Ribbed Stitches on Round Looms

Honeycomb Stitch Knifty Knitter Loom
Honeycomb Stitch Knifty Knitter Loom

Honeycomb

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:

How to Knit with the Honeycomb on Long Looms

Knifty Knitter Figure 8 Stitch
Knifty Knitter Figure 8 Stitch

Figure 8

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.

Instructions for wrapping the Figure 8 on the Knifty Knitter Loom.

More Photos of the Figure Eight

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A figure eight scarf in blue, done with only one yarn, yields a light-weight and airy feel.Close-up of the figure eight with only one yarn.Close up of the figure eight with only one yarn done in multi-colored yarn.Another scarf done with only one yarn in the figure eight.Scarves done with the figure eight and two yarns to yield heavy weight winter scarves.
A figure eight scarf in blue, done with only one yarn, yields a light-weight and airy feel.
A figure eight scarf in blue, done with only one yarn, yields a light-weight and airy feel.
Close-up of the figure eight with only one yarn.
Close-up of the figure eight with only one yarn.
Close up of the figure eight with only one yarn done in multi-colored yarn.
Close up of the figure eight with only one yarn done in multi-colored yarn.
Another scarf done with only one yarn in the figure eight.
Another scarf done with only one yarn in the figure eight.
Scarves done with the figure eight and two yarns to yield heavy weight winter scarves.
Scarves done with the figure eight and two yarns to yield heavy weight winter scarves.
Garter Stitch
Garter Stitch

The Garter

Garter on the Knifty Knitter

The garter stitch is done by alternating rows of knit and purl, or ewrap and purl.

For example:

Row 1 - knit, Row 2 - purl, Row 3 - knit, Row 4 - purl

OR

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:

How to Make Garter

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

Baby Blanket with Fashion Stitching
Baby Blanket with Fashion Stitching
Left Cross Cables
Left Cross Cables

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.

Left Cross 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

Fashion Stitch

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      TommysPal 3 years ago

      I've played around with different stitches on my knifty knitter but I had no idea that there were so many I didn't know about. Thanks for sharing this lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello i want to know how to do knit and purl on the looms?

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      I really need to get my looms out and try some of these. I only have round ones, the long ones look interesting.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I really liked the Figure 8 stitches. I do like knitting, the Knifty Knitter looks great, easy to use.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Niffty, Knifty, Kniiter stitches. I get to enjoy knits my Mom made.

      I admire people who are talented at knitting. I'm not. :)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I always love looking at your handcrafted items; good solid work! :)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely hand work. admire your stitching designs.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for all your patterns and instructions. I've only done needle knitting so far, but am definitely intrigued by the loom knitting method.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @leo846: Leo,

      I don't currently know how to make these, nor have I heard of them. I'll be looking into it though. If I find something, I will post it here!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @anonymous: It's never taken me more than one ball of yarn to knit a hat. If you are using one yarn, one ball. If you are knitting with two yarns at once, two balls.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I like the figure 8 too Tipi. It is super quick and versatile. Light and airy when done with one yarn and heavy for winter when done with two yarns.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like the figure 8 stitch. A knifty knitter seems to have endless possibilities.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would like to know how many rolls I have to knit to make an infant hat (red round loom / adult (green round loom) I know the baby hat is 6 fold + 15 rolls.

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      leo846 6 years ago

      Saw an incredible stitch. Can anyone help me with how to make the horseshoe or diamond stitch on round kk looms?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm having a hard time understanding how to decrease. What I'd like to do is decrease a few stitches in one row, then a few more in the next row, etc, to get a pointed end.

      So, if I crochet a stitch, where do I put it? What do I do with that spot the next time I come around on the loom? How do I actually make it smaller without havin the yarn stretch past the spot that I removed the stitch?

      Thanks for dumbing it down for me! I know I'm just not seeing something, and it's driving me nuts!

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed learning about the loom. And your e-how articles are really helpful. I appreciated your work in this. Maybe some day I will give it a try. I really enjoy traditional knitting. So who knows? This lens is blessed by this squid angel.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      Birdie- to decrease, you remove loops from the loom. Start with the last stitch made on the loom, remove the loop from the peg. Place it on a crochet hook. Single crochet and remove the next loop. Single crochet again. That is the standard decrease method.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I need help doing the decrease stitch on a round loom. I'm trying to make a pair of slipers

      thank you

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The e wrap looks like a cursive letter e. Typically, you do it wrapping from the inside of the peg around the outside and back in, so the top of the e would be on the outside of the loom. To wrap the next peg in the opposite direction, just start from the outside of the loom and wrap the peg around the inside, so the top of the e is on the inside of the loom.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      please help me i want to make mittens and i am stuck on the instruction. It says to ewrap stitch in opposite direction. One on inside and the next stitch e-wrap on outside.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      how do u make mittens. I have instructions that saids to alternate wraping on inside one stitch and do next stitch wrap on outside what stitch is this and how do u do this need picture showing example.

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Never thought of this before! Very helpful lens!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Cheryl,

      To attach a new yarn, just tie a square knot to connect them. Whether or not the loose ends are visible will depend on the stitch/project. If the loose ends are visible, use a yarn needle to weave them into the stitches.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My 11 year old daughter, my daughter in law and I all are just learning how to use the knitting looms. I have made one hat and am woking on a scarf, my daughter just finished her first scarf and is starting another. First questions:

      How do I add yarn to a project - either changing colors or just adding a new skeen? Thanks for your help!

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      imaginemdd lm 7 years ago

      I'm a jewelry designer and recently learned about this kind of knitting. I've lensrolled this informative lens to a sewing ergonomics lens of mine. A lot of people haven't heard of loom knitting or Knifty Knitter looms yet.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I recently started using the knifty knitter and love it, but I have a question. Is it normal for there to be a vertical line through the project where you stop and start rows? I always end up with a slanted line or sort of a twist. (Hard to explain!) If not, what am I doing wrong? Thanks!

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      mom2manyboyz 7 years ago

      What a terrific lens! I'm going to give this a try.

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Wow...great lens! great and Awesome ideas! Very unique!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just wanna know if anyone knows of a pattern to make a wedding garter to go around the bride's leg for the knifty knitter?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How do you bind off a diamond stich using a knifty knitter rectangular loom?

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Great question! When you are knitting with a Knifty Knitter loom and you want to make a hole in the knit, in this case a button hole, you will do the following.

      1. Wrap the loom as usual.

      2. Move the loop off the peg where you want to make the hole and place it on a neighboring peg.

      3. Move one loop to the next peg for a small button, several loops for a large button.

      4. When you knit off, knit off the peg that has more than once loop with all loops as if they are the same loop.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      How do I make a button hole?

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      @anonymous: A: You can use a basic square knot to attach the yarns. Leave a little tail on each an allow it to work itself into the knit as you knit off the loom. Later you can clip any visible yarn ends. Allowing the tail to weave itself into the knit prevents it from coming untied and unraveling.

      The only stitch I know of that doesn't require wrapping is the "no wrap stitch." I created it and the result is just like the purl stitch. I will post it above.

      When using a Knifty Knitter a common mistake for beginners is to wrap or pull too tightly. You have to leave a lot of slack in the yarn as you work. Pull up a loose ball beside you. Constantly make sure the yarn on the loom is loose, by gently tugging on the yarn with your knitting tool after you make a few stitches.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      When you use up one ball of yarn, how do you attach another? Also, I've seen pictures for a single stitch where stay on one side, no wrapping back and forth. I've tried it, but it seemed that there must be some trick to it because the loops where almost impossible to lift off.

      Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @hsschulte: sorry found them after the fact thanks vicky

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      Vicky, I'm not sure what you are asking. All the stitches explained above do have pictures.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi by chance do you have pictures to go with instructions thanks a bunch vicky sorry the knifty knitter

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an interesting little tool the Knifty Knitter is. I may even be able to knit using this. Great photos. 5*