Knitting looms are a fun and easy alternative to using crochet hooks or knitting needles. This knitting option can create beautiful hats, blankets and scarves. After you get the hang of using the knitting loom, you can get creative and start adding colorful pom poms or fun brims to your creations.
There are a few things that you will need when you are making projects on your knitting loom. Besides the loom itself, you will be using a loom pick, yarn needle, and yarn. If you buy a knitting loom kit, it will come with a loom pick and a yarn needle, although the loom picks and yarn needles on the market are basically the same and can be used on any knitting loom you choose. If you are making warm hats or blankets, the yarn should be bulky and thick or you can also use 2 strands of 4 ply worsted yarn. If your project is a scarf, you can choose any type of yarn that you want.
Knitting looms come in different sizes and shapes. Most knitting looms are round, although there are some long, rectangular ones on the market. Knitting looms are usually used to make hats, and you should choose the one that is closest to your head circumference. You can also make scarves, blankets, or individual pieces to make up a sweater, using different sized knitting looms for each type of piece. Choose the size of the loom according to the size of your project.
Making projects on knitting looms requires you anchor the end of the yarn on the anchor peg so the yarn stays in place, before you proceed to wrap the yarn around the pegs individually. Wrap the individual pegs for two full rotations around the loom before using the loom pick to scoop the bottom yarn strands individually over the top strands and off the peg to make a stitch. Usually you would wrap the yarn around the individual pegs in a clockwise manner, working your way around the knitting loom in the same direction. This is a personal preference; you can work in a counterclockwise manner if you prefer.
Once you get down to one strand on each peg again, make another pass around the loom and wrap the individual pegs until you have two strands on each peg again. Follow the same scoop-and-release procedure until you reach your desired length for your project.
To finish off the project, the yarn needle is implemented by threading a separate 3-foot strand of yarn and threading it through the individual peg loops one at a time, taking the yarn loop off the peg once it is threaded. Pull the yarn strand tight to close off the top of the hat, or leave it loose for a scarf. If you are making a wide blanket or scarf, you can make separate pieces and thread them together at the end. Tie the end off the yarn on one of the loops and cut the excess off.
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