A Guide to Loom Knitting
Browse our beginner’s loom knitting guide where we’ll introduce you to the wonderful world of knitting looms, give you a tour of some essential stitches and even get you started on your first pattern! Unlock the joys of going needleless!
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What Is Loom Knitting?The iconic ‘loom’, which simply refers to the crafty contraption used to weave together yarn (or thread) to produce fabric, has widespread origins from Europe in the Middle Ages to the intricate craftwork of the Amerindian tribes of the Americas. Today loom knitting remains a celebrated technique that can be used to create anything from gorgeous wall hangings, hats, scarfs, blankets and beyond!
Easy on the hands, beautiful material is produced using a loom instead of needles. Loom knitting is especially brilliant for those who experience sore hands, such as those with arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s also a wonderful alternative for those who simply favour a needleless approach to their projects, not to mention that the technique is incredibly fast so you can whip up marvellous creations in record time. With a variety of knitting looms and a broad spectrum of techniques available, loom knitting provides the basis to create diverse and showstopping projects. But first, let’s talk looms!
Choosing Your Knitting LoomThere are many varieties of loom available depending of the project you are embarking on. While rake (long) looms are excellent for flat panel projects such as blankets, circular looms are joyously compatible with hats and cowls. Here are some of the types of loom you are likely to encounter on your adventure!
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Rake loomsRake looms, also known as long looms, are characterised by a single row of pegs, generally used to create flat panel projects such as blankets and scarves from single knitting. When two rakes are set aside one another you then have what as known as a knitting board. Some rake looms on the market may include two rows with an additional peg on either end of the loom allowing you to work in the round if you should so wish. Just like regular knitting, fabric produced from a simple rake loom will have a knit side and purl side. The gauge of the long knitting loom is determined by the distance between each pin, so the closer together your pins the finer your knitted fabric!
Round LoomsRound knitting looms generally refer to a loom where there is no stopping point, (unlike its cousin the rake). A round loom refers to a device where you can continuously weave and this might appear in a menagerie of wonderful shapes and sizes, including oval, square, triangular and even heart-shaped looms.
Circular looms are fabulous for creating cosy hats and joyous embellishments, such as beautiful ornate flowers, while triangular looms work a treat for angular shawls, ponchos and gorgeous geometric homeware. Oval looms lend themselves well to opulent cowls and beanies, meanwhile, if baby blankets and head turning homeware have captured your imagination - the square loom is your rightful companion!
Boye Round 'Circular' Loom SetS-loom, or the serenity loom, has an ‘infinity’ figure of eight structure, and is the perfect knitting loom for crafting large panels of fabric which can be sewn together to create dreamy afghans and blankets. Sock looms include an adjustable gauge so you can easily create increases and decreases to knit the perfect size for your whole family, whether you’re creating grown up socks or baby booties.
These cosy slipper socks by Joanna Brandt are sure to keep your toes toasty.