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Learn To Knit With Knitting Looms
Learn To Knit The Easy Way With Knitting Looms
I found a much easier way to learn to knit by using knitting looms and I've had so much fun! I'll share some free knitting loom patterns with you to use with your circular looms and show just how easy it is to get started.
If you have been longing to learn how to knit and just want an easy place to start, then using knitting looms may be the ticket for you.
Working with the knitting looms was so enjoyable for me that I bought a set to give to my niece a few months ago. She loved making hats with the circular looms and was soon going so fast that she was turning out a couple of hats a day!
Being the enterprising little bunny that she is, she went on to get several orders for her hats for the holidays and is thinking about a business name now. By the way, she is a very mature 11 years old and is now quicker at using the circular looms than I am!
Read on to learn more about how easy it is to learn to knit using knitting looms.
Photo courtesy of lisaclarke and Flickr Creative Commons
**Pattern for 'Sock Puppet Pattern' by Lisa Clarke can be found on her blog post here.***
Why Learn To Knit On Knitting Looms?
For The Knitting Challenged
Image above courtesy of lisaclarke
Knitting on knitting looms was not as common when I was growing up as it is today. I had not even heard of loom knitting until a few years ago and then it took me a while to jump on the bandwagon.
I grew up learning how to crochet from my Mom and Grandmother so crocheting has come pretty much second nature to me over the years.
Each time I would try to learn how to knit with knitting needles however, my wrists and forearms would start hurting unbearably. Since I was learning something new and it doesn't come second nature to me to knit, perhaps I was being too tense with the whole process. Regardless, it apparently was not in the cards for me to knit the traditional way.
I love the look of knitted stitches in hats and scarves. The stitches just look so much warmer than most crocheted versions. I knew there had to be a way! Then one day I discovered knitting with knitting looms and that has made all the difference.
Apparently, I like to work my stitches a bit tighter than most do when it comes to crochet or knitting projects. After practicing on the knitting looms and eventually getting the hang of the tension of the yarn wraps, I was well on my way and finally made my first knitted hat. Finally, after all these years, I was able to knit a project to completion!
If you know anyone or perhaps you yourself have a challenge when it comes to knitting, consider a set of knitting looms to practice your knitting stitches on. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Image upper right courtesy of lisaclarke
Knifty Knitter Round Knitting Loom Sets - I Own This Set of Knitting Looms
This is one of the knitting loom sets that I have and it is the Knifty Knitter from Provo Craft. Basic instructions for making a knitted hat are included with this set as well as the hook and darning needle. The sizes of the knitting hoops are small, medium, large, and extra large. Blue is for preemie baby or doll size, small would be for most babies, medium is for small to preteen children, large is for some adults, and extra large is for adults that like a roomier sized hat.
I personally prefer the largest size hoop for my hats but my niece has made several on the next size down (large) for young adults as they prefer a tighter fit than I do in theirs. Once you get going with your projects, you may want to get an extra set so you can have more than one project going on the same size knitting loom at one time!
Blue Circular Knitting Loom
Getting Started Knitting With A Loom
How Does It Work?
Image above courtesy of lisaclarke
Loom knitting consists of wrapping your yarn on and around the pegs (see video examples below in the how-to video section) on the loom. When you have two rows of yarn wrapped, you will take the hook and lift one row of yarn over the other row, one peg at a time. The result looks exactly as if made with knitting needles.
Deciding on the style and brand of knitting looms you wish to work with is your first choice. They usually come with several sizes in a package. I got the set of round hoops by Knifty Knitter to start out with. If you are new to knitting with looms, this is the package I recommend starting with. The size of hats you can make with these ranges from Preemie Baby size up to Large Adult size.
There are other brands to choose from but I have found that the Knifty Knitter brand does seem to be the more popular brand to work with. The hoops are strong and durable.
Some of the packages include oblong knitting looms with the set and you can practice making scarves with these.
Also included in the package is usually a hook that you will be casting on and off with as well as a plastic darning needle to do the finishing work with.
You will need two strands of your selected yarn to start your project. I prefer using the 4-ply cotton yarn (Peaches & Creme brand) or acrylic 4-ply worsted weight yarns (Red Heart brand).
My niece likes to use one strand of yarn to make her knitted hats but I have found that it goes faster for me if I work with two strands as if they are one. Another good thing about using two strands is you can use one strand of a solid color and one strand of variegated colors for a fun design on your projects.
Choose which size knitting loom you wish to work with. If you are making hats, make sure you have the appropriate one for the head size for which you are working. The blue one pictured above is for Preemie Baby or some Doll sizes.
I made a few hats for my then unborn grandson on the blue one and they were way too small for him! I gave them to my little nephew for his beloved Teddy Bear and he loved them. Make sure you are using the right size, as the size of the hoop does not equal the size of the hat.
I suggest starting on the smallest size loom you have to practice and get comfortable with the process. It took me a few hats to get my speed up but you may be faster.
*** Image upper right was taken by me of my favorite hat made with my yellow (Ex-Large) circular knitting loom and using solid color combined with variegated strands of Acrylic 4-ply worsted weight yarn ***
Loom Knitted Cowl Neck Scarf - Creative Inspiration For YouClick thumbnail to view full-size
Images in Photo Group Above are courtesy of Knitsteel
Knitting Loom Videos - How To Tutorials
Several how-to videos to help with your knitting loom projects!
Click any one to see larger view.
Learn some of the basic stitches for loom knitting.
More basic stitches to help get you started.
Make an adorable Preemie Hat with this how-to video.
Learning to cast on with a round knitting loom.
Learning how to cast off with a round loom.
How to make a brim for your hats.
Getting started with your round knitting loom.
How to make an Eight Wrap stitch on your oblong knitting loom.
Learning To Knit With Knitting Looms
Photo courtesy of lisaclarke
So, do you think you will give knitting looms a shot to see if you can knit this way?
Oblong and Round Knitting Loom Set - A Mixture of Looms
If you like knitting scarfs and hats, this set of round and oblong knitting looms will offer various sizes for you to work with. I purchased this set as well as my other round loom set as I wanted the smaller oblong loom and the very small round flower loom to play with. The oblong loom is perfect for making slim width scarfs and the tiny flower loom can be used for making fun flowers to add to hats, totes, or to make pins out of. The other two round looms are considered to be medium and large. The large size makes a very snug fitting hat like the ones that are so popular these days. A great set of knitting looms to add to your collection!
Knitting Looms Patterns and Helpful Links List - 1st List
You will find some awesome free knitting looms patterns at these links.
- Knitting Loom Basics - Free PDF
A very helpful free PDF of Loom Knitting Basics by Isela Phelps.
- Knitting Loom Blog by Isela Phelps
The Loom Knitting Blog by Isela Phelps that has lots of patterns and tips for your knitting loom projects.
- Luxurious Loom Knit Neckwarmer Pattern - Free
I used several of Lisa Clark's images above from Flickr and with a little searching I found her site Polka Dot Cottage where she shares several tips for Loom Knitting! If you like this pattern, you can even purchase the PDF version for your very own.
- Bevs Country Cottage How To Loom Knit
This site has several tips and photos explaining some of the basics of Loom Knitting.
- Provo Craft Site - Free Knitting Loom Patterns
This site is by the makers of the Knifty Knitter looms. There are lots of free patterns to peruse here for your knitting looms.
- Striped Sock Puppet Knitting Loom Pattern
This adorable striped 'sock' puppet pattern would be so cute to entertain the kiddies! It's made of yarn and not socks. :)
Video, Knit a Round Granny Square Style Project - Circular Loom Tutorial
I love this Round Granny 'Square' project! It would make an excellent base for a purse, hat, potholder, or place mat!
This is a great tutorial for those that have been using the Knitting Looms for a while or are more familiar with the process.
I'd call this pattern a beginner/intermediate skill level. Watch the video first before starting your project as she mentions things further along that might help with your project.
How To Add A Double Band On A Knitting Loom - Free Knitting Loom Hat Patterns
This link has several useful tips on it and this is one of them. If you want to read how to add a double band to your knitting loom hats, check out this link on Loom Room.
This site also shares a few other techniques that help you with adding a pom pom on a cap and changing colors mid-pattern. If you are finding it a bit of a challenge getting started wrapping your yarn on your circular knitting loom, there are photos demonstrating that as well!
More Links For Knitting Looms Patterns - 2nd List
Most of the patterns I will be sharing are fairly easy but a few are a bit more advanced.
Use what you can and save the rest for when you feel more confident!
- Loom Knitted Cowl Scarf Tutorial
This tutorial for a Loom Knitted Cowl Scarf seems easy enough to follow along with. She also shares photos of the finished scarves.
- 17 Loom Knitting Patterns
On Fave Crafts this link features 17 Loom Knitting Patterns for free! You will find some patterns for round looms as well as straight or oblong looms.
- Knifty Knitter Sock Pattern
Download the free pattern from the Yarngear blog and whip up some Round Loom cozy socks for yourself or as a gift!
- Craft Attic Resources Free Loom Knitting Patterns
An Assortment of Free Loom Knitting Patterns and Tutorials can be found on Craft Attic Resources blog. There are also some links for converting regular patterns into loom knitting patterns.
- Loom Knit Fingerless Gloves (Gauntlets) Pattern
A free loom knitting pattern for Gauntlets or Fingerless Gloves.
- Striped 'Sock' Puppet Knitting Loom Pattern
This 'sock' puppet pattern for your round knitting loom would keep your kiddies entertained all year long!
- Basket Weave Placemats
Very pretty design that you can apply to other projects as well.
- Best Dish Scrubber
I may have to make me a few of these!
- Braided Tube Scarf
Very cute braided tube scarf.
- Child's Striped Scarf
You could make this as large as you like for an adult even.
- Small Dog Sweater
Great sweater for a small pet!
- Mike and Sully Hats from Monsters Inc.
Very adorable monster patterns you can make on your loom!
- Minion Loom Knitting Hat
A cute little Minion hat for you to whip up and share.
Knifty Knitter Round Loom Mittens - Free Knitting Loom Patterns
This free knitting pattern is for using with the Knifty Knitter round looms and is more intermediate in Skill Level.
I think if you get started now, you can have some very cozy mittens made for yourself or as a gift for the holidays this year!
Check out this PDF pattern that is Free for Personal use from Loom Knitting Designs.
Round Loom Scrubby Pattern - Free Knitting Loom Patterns
This Knifty Knitter pattern is Skill Level Beginner/Intermediate.
Have you ever used a scrubby when doing your dishes? They make clean up a breeze and it is amazing how effective they can be!
This pattern looks fairly easy and I'm sure you could whip out several of these for Presents in no time at all.
Visit Loom Knitting Designs for the PDF version of this Free For Personal Use knitting pattern.
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