Loom Knitting

Loom Knitting, which I like to sometimes call “cheater knitting,” is a really simplified way to make knitted items very quickly. As a kid I had a small loom that I would use to make doll dresses. It’s very similar to the rainbow looms that are popular right now (anyone with a kid under 12 probably knows). I saw a knitting loom at the craft store and a lady was in the isle who had used them before. She said it helped a lot with being able to knit while having hand or wrist pain. I had knitted a scarf before, but it left my hands hurting after a while of working on it, so this sounded perfect.

I started on a scarf for my mother-in-law and got really far… Then my turd of a cat decided that he wanted to chew apart the yarn!

Dexter the cat

Yes, this adorkable turd! I left it sitting down for a second, just got up to go to the bathroom, and he had already severed the yarn. I was easily defeated by the thought of how to properly fix the severed yarn and just put it away for a few months. I had bought everything in the spring time and eventually came back to it in the winter. You’d think I would have learned after the first or second time but that sucker is quick. He’ll quietly walk up, be cute, then I turn my head or get distracted by the TV and he’s there chewing the yarn. TWO more times. The last 5 inches of the scarf has the yarn chewed through a total of 3 times! I did eventually finish the scarf. My mother-in-law also added an embellishment of lace at the bottom. It looks even better now 😀

Some of my coworker’s wives were pregnant with their first kids, so I figured I would try to knit something for them. I bought some super soft, bulky yarn and made a couple baby blankets.

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baby with the blanket

The loom I used is the Knifty Knitter XL loom. The loom is round, but there is a way to knit a flat panel on a round loom. This video uses a stockinette stich which looks perfect.

This video uses the e-wrap back and forth.

I used this method for the baby blankets and my mother-in-law’s scarf. There is a small issue with this method. Because you wrap the yarn around the peg in alternating ways the stitch looks more like a ‘y’. It can be a neat look, unnoticeable, or strange for some yarns. I figured out a method to make the stitch more smooth. I will post a video about it later. I also need to figure out how to give away some knitting looms I bought!

If you’re interested in loom knitting, check out www.loomahat.com

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