Is learning to knit or crochet one of your goals?
Have you considered loom knitting?
I started out loom knitting because I really wanted to make knit projects but was having a hard time figuring our crocheting or knitting and found this so much easier to get my head around how to do.
As a crafty person, I thought I should be able to figure it out how to stitch and it bothered me that I couldn’t crochet or knit.
I even took a community education class to learn to crochet and the teacher kept taking it out of my hands and doing stuff for me, needless to say I didn’t learn anything but how to chain in that class. Then I found loom knitting and in less than 2 hours made my first infant hat and was hooked.
I am by no means an expert in loom knitting and and am still learning many new techniques, patterns and stitches myself, but I know enough to teach you how to get started, which I have helped other friends learn to do.
Introduction to Loom Knitting
I am going to share how to make 2 simple projects on the Knifty Knitter round loom set.
To learn how to make the scarf in the picture, please read my post on Straw Weaving.
When you are just starting out, you want to make sure you have a bulky gauge yarn (5 or 6) or you can use a gauge 4 yarn if you want to double up the yarn (which us what I did with the washcloths). A gauge 4 yarn also works if you are making a something that is worn in warmer weather.
Both of these head wraps were made on the green round loom using a gauge 5 yarn.
The Introduction to Loom Knitting video (below) will show you briefly how to do the basic e-wrap stitch, which is also the same stitch that is in the instructions in the kit. The e-wrap stitch was used to make both head bands and the (thinner) washcloth. Once you have made a couple projects using the e-wrap stitch, I highly suggest obtaining the book Loom Knitting Primer, which is a great resource for learning additional stitches on round and flat looms and includes over 30 patterns.
At left is a close-up of making a washcloth on the green round loom using 16 pegs. I suggest using 16-20 pegs depending upon the size of washcloth you would like to make.
The picture below is the final washcloth that I had started on the circle loom. It is a single layer. Be sure to use cotton when making a washcloth for absorbancy. Acrylic or other synthetics will repel water and that isn’t what you want from a washcloth. If you want to make a double thickness wash cloth, that can be done on the long looms. The very bottom picture shows both a single layer (top) and double layer washcloth (bottom).
Check out all my Loom Knitting Projects on Save Green Being Green.
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