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Learn to Knit With a Knitting Loom

Sock puppets made on an knitting loom. Pattern: http://www.lisaclarke.net/2009/09/03/striped-sock-puppet/

Sock puppets made on an knitting loom. Pattern: http://www.lisaclarke.net/2009/09/03/striped-sock-puppet/

Learn to Knit the Easy Way

If you have been longing to learn how to knit and want an easy place to start, then a knitting loom may be the ticket for you. Once you master the basics, knitting on a loom goes quickly and becomes very enjoyable! In fact, working with knitting looms was so fun 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 them 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. She is a very mature 11-year-old and is now quicker at using the circular looms than I am.

Knitting Looms

Knitting Looms

Why Use a Knitting Loom?

If knitting with needles is challenging, consider trying a loom.

Knitting looms were not as common when I was growing up as they are 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 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 too tense about 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 I discovered 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 looms and eventually getting the hang of the tension of the yarn wraps, I was well on my way and finally made my first 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 looms to practice your stitches on. You may be pleasantly surprised.

My favorite hat made with my yellow (XL) circular knitting loom and using solid color combined with variegated strands of acrylic 4-ply worsted weight yarn.

My favorite hat made with my yellow (XL) circular knitting loom and using solid color combined with variegated strands of acrylic 4-ply worsted weight yarn.

My Favorite Loom Set

Blue Circular Knitting Loom

Blue Circular Knitting Loom

Getting Started Knitting With a Loom

How Does It Work?

Loom knitting consists of wrapping your yarn around the pegs 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 it were made with knitting needles.

Necessary Materials

  • Loom
  • Loom hook
  • Darning needle
  • Yarn

How to Start

  • Decide which style and brand of knitting loom you wish to use. Packages usually include several sizes. Look for a kit that comes with a hook and a plastic darning needle as well. You will use these to cast on and off and to do the finishing work.
  • Calculate what size loom you need. Make sure you are using the right size, as the size of the hoop does not equal the size of the hat. 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.
  • Choose two strands of your selected yarn. I prefer using the 4-ply cotton yarn (Peaches & Creme brand) or acrylic 4-ply worsted weight yarns (Red Heart brand).

Note: 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.

Note: I suggest starting on the smallest loom you have so you can practice and get comfortable with the process. It took me a few hats to get my speed up, but you may be faster.

Hats With a Double Band

Hats With a Double Band

How-To Tutorials

The most informative how-to videos I've found are on The Crochet Crowd's YouTube channel. I highly recommend looking there for help with your knitting loom projects! For now, the videos below should get you off to a good start.

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 hats, check out 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 having trouble getting started using your circular loom, there are photos demonstrating that as well!

If you're really struggling, this in-depth guide has step-by-step photos for casting on, binding off, and everything in between.

How to Loom Knit for Beginners

How to Cast on

How to Cast off

Oblong and Round Knitting Loom Set

Round Granny Square Style Project

I love this Round Granny 'Square' project! It would make an excellent base for a purse, hat, potholder, or placemat.

This is a great tutorial for those who have been using looms for a while or are more familiar with the process.

I'd say this pattern is for those with a beginner/intermediate skill level. Watch the video before starting your project, as she mentions things further along that might help with your project.

Round Loom Scrubby Project

This Knifty Knitter pattern is for those with a beginner/intermediate skill level.

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 gifts in no time at all.

Visit Loom Knitting Designs for the PDF version of this pattern.

Handmade Scrubby

Handmade Scrubby

Best of Luck!

I would love to hear your thoughts about knitting looms or crafting in general.

You don't have to be a member to comment :)

Have You Tried Knitting on a Knitting Loom?

Sue on September 16, 2019:

I bought the set of looms but my dog ate the directions after completing my 1st hat. I need the measurements from the directions on how long for the brim and for the hat for each loom. Can you send that to me?

Beth on March 24, 2018:

I have discovered round loom knitting and love it! Making hats with Pom poms and earwarmers

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on February 04, 2014:

@PeacefulHeather: I haven't made a pair of socks yet but I sure do want to! Let me know if you find a loom that works for socks. Good luck! :)

PeacefulHeather on February 04, 2014:

I have tried to knit socks on a sock loom and had a lot of trouble with it. I think I might try a bigger loom and see if I have better luck.

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on January 31, 2014:

@Northerntrials: What a wonderful story northerntrials! I hope once you started making your own that you never lost them again. :)

Northerntrials on January 31, 2014:

I started knitting when I was nine years old and asked my Mom to make my mitts with longer cuffs to keep my wrists warmer. As I had a habit of losing my mitts often she taught me to knit my own... with cuffs as long as I wanted.

I also wrote a lens on ye ol' spool knitting with is the origin on loom knitting. I am sure if I had a loom back then things would have been so much easier. Thanks

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on January 24, 2014:

@NausetViews: I agree! I think the knitting loom would be great for your daughter to learn to knit with until her hands get bigger. :)

Kristen from Boston on January 24, 2014:

I've been thinking about getting a knitting loom for my daughter. I'm a knitter and she wants to knit too, but she's too young. I tried teaching her a few months ago and her hands were just too small. The loom would be perfect!

seahorse60 on November 25, 2013:

Loom knitting is something I would like to try, but when I looked into it I got a bit confused. The looms seemed to be sold by measurement but when I went to look at patterns they were saying use a loom with a certain amount of pegs. Maybe a difference of one or two pegs doesn't make that much difference to the finished item?

SusanAston on July 18, 2013:

I haven't seen one of these for years.

anonymous on April 14, 2013:

THIS LOOMING TOO I FIND IT VERY GOOD & LOT OF FUN I DO IT ALL THE TIME I NEVER GET TRIED OF IT AND I HAVE JUST ABOUT ANY KINDS OF LOOMING THAT I HAVE BUT NONE OF the OTHER ONE YET :) BUT I WILL SOON I HOPE CUZ I LOVE TOO HAVE FUN WITH MY LOOMING AT HOME:)

lesliesinclair on April 08, 2013:

Never tried it but I've a lot of positive comments about the tool.

anonymous on April 07, 2013:

Also FB loved...

anonymous on April 07, 2013:

I can tell from right away that this is a love of yours and you present with such encouragement, I'm feeling a little enticed myself! :)

anonymous on April 01, 2013:

Just started and love it wish I could find more patterns for free to try.

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on March 14, 2013:

I just learned, and I'm having fun experimenting with it. I learned some new things here too. Thanks!

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on March 13, 2013:

@hsschulte: I agree HSSchulte, the blue size round loom in Provo Craft is more for preemie babies and dolls. I actually addressed this further up in the article. I was talking about the Provo Craft looms and not another brand when mentioning the sizes. :)

hsschulte on March 13, 2013:

I just read the description of you round looms for hat sizing and you have them sort of right. The colors and sizes are right if you had Provo Craft looms beside it. (NOT Boye) The blue, round loom is for preemies and dolls. Generally, the red round loom is for baby hats. There are a few stretchy hat patterns that would fit a baby when done on the blue round loom, but only if the knit is very, very stretchy.

ringthepost on March 09, 2013:

thanks for the instruction....I never have tried any kniting

winter aconite on March 02, 2013:

Never tried but can't wait to give it a go!!!!

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on February 07, 2013:

Looks like I'll need to get a knitting loom. Blessed!!

CoolFool83 on January 27, 2013:

I've always wanted to knit, really cool lense.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on January 08, 2013:

Stopping back by to wish you a Happy New Year! Enjoyed watching more of the videos. Who thinks up these cool tools for knitting?

fifta on January 04, 2013:

I always wanted to learn how to knit. This knitting loom makes knitting looks easy. I should try that. Thanks for sharing this wonderful info.

atomicgirl24 on January 04, 2013:

3-4 years ago I was thinking of taking up knitting (with the needles). I was so intimidated by the process that I never looked back. If these looms are as easy as they seem, I think I might give knitting another go!

miaponzo on December 10, 2012:

Wow! I never realized how cute loomed things could be.. I would usually knit on round needles to get this effect! Blessed!

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on December 02, 2012:

I think I could actually learn to knit this way :)

roginna-dricks on November 07, 2012:

Thanks so much for the likes on my gardening lens's :)

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on October 31, 2012:

I never have used a knitting loom but I have a feeling if I started I'd probably be hooked:) Blessed!

sailor_man on October 15, 2012:

nice read

Expat Mamasita from Thailand on October 11, 2012:

I have made hats on my looms and my try the cute mittens now (not that we have much need for them living in the tropics!!)

bikerministry on October 06, 2012:

Your title picture is cute enough. I have trouble making two alike. Just started using the LOOM and hoping to teach it to my granddaughter who wants to learn to knit. It's fun. Great lens.

martycarlton lm on October 05, 2012:

Last year when I had a hand injury I tried a loom for the first time and loved it! I made a bunch of hats, mittens and scarves for our mitten tree. Working on new patterns for this year. Anyone know a good slipper pattern?

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

I've made about 60 hats.So easy and fun! I want to find instructions to decrease stitches before casting off so the top of the hat will lie more smoothly.

MintySea on August 30, 2012:

these seem so neat. I am so bad at knitting and think I want to buy a loom

boutiqueshops on August 15, 2012:

I've barely scratched the surface of knitting with my loom (knifty knitter); I've only made a hat so far. But I have high hopes! lol Great job on this page!

anonymous on July 31, 2012:

I love my knitting loom! It's fun, easy, and relaxing...a bit time consuming though.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on July 21, 2012:

I've wanted to try knitting on a loom ever since I saw an informercial for one many years ago! So many crafts, so little time... ;)

Millionairemomma on June 17, 2012:

I'm happy for you and your niece. I'll have to get a loom now. Congrats on the purple star.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 14, 2012:

What a treasure... your niece. She will go far in life. Love that she is already coming up with a business name. Now she needs a lens to feature her products (hint). I'll bet many of us here would support her. Thank you for introducing me to a new way to knit. Sounds really great. Appreciate the resources.

Deadicated LM on June 08, 2012:

Good information and Lens, made me want to try to knit.

Nany Palacio on June 08, 2012:

I have not trying yet, but it is something I love to learn...

hntrssthmpsn on June 08, 2012:

I've always been a fan of old-fashioned knitting needles. The other day, though, I admired a customer's hat, and he gave me my first glimpse of knitting looms in action. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to try these... so fast!

franstan lm on June 02, 2012:

I have a loom but I haven't tried it yet

myamya on May 16, 2012:

Amazing lens, thumbs up!

Brandi from Maryland on May 16, 2012:

We just saw one of these at a yardsale...darn, I should have picked it up! :)

belinda342 on May 15, 2012:

I have seen these in the craft stores I haunt and been wondering about them. I may be buying a set soon. Thank you!

JoshK47 on May 15, 2012:

Can't say I have - but very good info you've put together here! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

Auntie-M LM on May 09, 2012:

No, I haven't tried it, but it certainly looks like there are lots of possibilities.

WriterJanis2 on May 09, 2012:

Nice to see that some people still enjoy knitting.

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on May 03, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you ggherardi! Hope you give knitting looms a try if you haven't already. :)

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on May 02, 2012:

@fifta: You are very welcome fpuspita! Hope you give it a go. :)

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on May 02, 2012:

@artbyrodriguez: Thank you very much artbyrodriguez! I truly appreciate the feedback. :)

anonymous on May 02, 2012:

I love knitting, great instructions.

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on May 02, 2012:

Great photos and instrucitons. Very well done lens.

fifta on May 01, 2012:

I'd love to learn knitting. I didn't know before that there is such thing as knitting loom. Your lens gives me such a good information. Thanks a lot!

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on April 30, 2012:

@randomthings lm: Thank you randomthings! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

randomthings lm on April 30, 2012:

Very nice lens. Good directions and I love the pictures.

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on April 30, 2012:

@DIY Mary: Hopefully you will enjoy it in a whole other way Mary! :)

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on April 30, 2012:

@Sylvestermouse: Aren't they fun Sylvestermouse? Glad you enjoy them as much as I do. :)

DIY Mary on April 30, 2012:

My grandmother taught me to knit by hand using knitting needles when I was younger but a knitting loom sounds like a lot more fun!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on April 30, 2012:

This is really awesome! I love the knitting looms. Even though I know how to knit and crochet, I really enjoy the looms too.

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on April 30, 2012:

@gatornic15: Thank you gatornic! It's such an honor getting a Purple Star. I hope you give these looms a try one day and see if you can make more fun things. :)

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on April 30, 2012:

@Country-Sunshine: I made those potholders as well! Mine loom was square shaped and you bought little oblong loops that you wove in and out. I loved making those as a kid. :)

Itaya Lightbourne (author) from Topeka, KS on April 30, 2012:

@Ninche: It is a very easy place to start if you don't know how to knit Ninche! I hope you give it a shot. :)

Ninche on April 30, 2012:

I don't know how to knit at all, but I would like to learn it. Maybe this lens is a good start for me!

Country Sunshine from Texas on April 30, 2012:

Those remind me of the potholders we made when we were children. It makes sense to have round ones to make gloves & hats. Interesting idea!

gatornic15 on April 30, 2012:

I used to have some sort of knitting loom as a kid that I was able to make potholders with. Great lens...Congrats on your Purple Star!