Knitting looms are a way to experience knitting without the trappings of traditional knitting notions. Almost anything that can be made on knitting needles can be made on knitting looms, and mittens are no exception.The loom method allows you to make your own mittens, using any color or type of yarn that you would like--a project that would be somewhat advanced if using needles. While the technique is suitable for beginners, you should be familiar with loom-knitting terms and wrapping the loom to successfully complete a pair of mittens.
Things You'll Need
- 18-Peg Mitten Knitting Loom
- Yarn Needle
- Scrap Yarn
- 2 Balls Of Yarn
Loop two strands of yarn around your loom pegs, using an e-wrap. To work an e-wrap, wrap the yarn counterclockwise around the pegs. As you wrap, your yarn will cross itself; make sure these crosses happen on the interior edge of the loom, not the exterior. Your wraps should look like an up side down "e" when finished. Work around the loom again so that you have two sets of e-shaped loops, each with two strands of yarn.
Knit the first set of loops over the second set of loops. Continue this method to wrap and knit for 19 rows.
Begin working the thumb by removing your yarn from the first and second pegs on the loom. These will be live stitches -- hold them by threading a short piece of scrap yarn through them with your yarn needle. You will come back to them later.
Wrap the first and second pegs (the ones you just removed the live thumb stitches from) two times each--using the same "e" configuration--then continue with a single e-wrap on each of the other pegs.
Knit these wraps as before. Continue to wrap and knit for 15 rows.
Remove the stitches from the loom by threading your yarn needle with matching yarn, and bringing it through all the loops on the pegs. Gently pull the stitches off the pegs, and pull the thread tightly to close the open hole. Weave in the yarn ends.
Begin working the thumb. Wrap your stitches around the thumb loom (included on or with your mitten loom) in the same manner as the rest of the stitches. Knit the stitches. Wrap and knit this way for 10 rows.
Remove the thumb from the loom using the same method as you used to remove the main body of the mitten from the loom.
Flip the main body of the mitten inside out. Leave the thumb right side out. Place the thumb inside the thumb hole so that the right sides of the mitten and the thumb are touching. Remove the waste yarn, and sew the thumb to the thumb hole using a whip stitch. Turn the completed mitten right side out.
Repeat the process to create your second mitten.
You can easily make these mittens larger or smaller by changing the weight of your yarn or knitting more or fewer rows. The pattern, as written, will fit a ladies size small.
From the Bronx, N.Y., Shannon Lea has been writing social science and art history-based articles since 2000, with works featured on various websites. Lea is currently perusing her Master of Arts in the history of the decorative arts at the Bard Graduate Center, where she is writing her thesis on ninth-century Arab ceramics.