Are you a loom knitting beginner or just interested in how it works? I love loom knitting, particularly double-knit looming, which is looming using both sides of the pins. Not only does it make a nice, thick knit but the knit pattern is the same on both sides.
There are a couple of popular types of knitting looms, mainly the Knittingboard
and the Knifty Knitter (or large plastic looms similar to this).
Both come in various sizes and shapes and the Knifty Knitter also comes in round shapes.
Everyone has their favorite tools they prefer to use, and I’m no different. I prefer the Knittingboard as the pins are closer together and the sides can be widened or narrowed – which will make your stitches smaller or larger. The Knifty Knitter does not adjust and their pins are larger and farther apart. However, I do prefer the Knifty Knitter when knitting items that don’t need smaller stitches as I find it is quicker to use (not as many pins and easier to hook).
Now, let’s get to the basics. Loom knitting is very enjoyable for me as I never have to worry about dropped stitches (my major issue) or crooked sides (my second major issue). It does take a few tries to get that tension just right. When you wrap your yarn around the pin, make sure it is loose enough to get the knitting hook in but not too loose. You’ll get the hang of it! To get started, let’s learn the Stockinette Stitch, which is the most basic stitch for double-knitting.
The Stockinette Stitch
Let’s Get Started:
You’ll want to cast on by tying a little slip knot on the top (back row) left-hand pin (or peg). Bring down your yarn to the 2nd pin on the bottom and just wrap around and bring the yarn to the back row again, skipping one pin:
Continue wrapping to the end of the row and turn your board around, bringing the yarn around both of the end pins. Now continue wrapping the yarn around the open pins – every other pin. Now all pins should have a loop on them.
Take a long piece of a different colored yarn and lay that along the center of you first row, in between the pins. That is your anchor yarn. This helps pull down your work as you knit. You will remove that once you have completed your project.
Now repeat the first set of stitches one more time. You should now have two loops on each pin. Starting on one end of the front pins, insert your hook into the bottom loop and bring that loop over the pin so that you now only have one loop on the pin. Continue along both sides until all pins are left with one loop.
One thing to keep in mind when you hook over your loops is to start at one end and hook over to about the middle and then start on the other end of the same side until you meet in the middle. If you hook all the way from the left to the right (or vice versa), your knitting will start to pull to one side.
There you have it! You have just completed your first row of the Stockinette stitch!
You can find the Knittingboard at Knittingboard.com or Amazon as well as with the Knifty Knitters (or similar product) at Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, Amazon and other craft stores. Look for current promo codes in our Daily Deals to make sure you get the best price.
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