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Some knitting loom instructions, with tips and hints to help beginners to use their looms. Many times we get frustrated when learning to loom knit here are a few shortcuts I have used myself.
One of the things I have found extremely helpful is to take a permanent marker and number the pegs on my loom. This is especially useful when making booties or slippers and short rowing
What you are making will determine which loom you use. I have used the flower loom to make booties for the babies. The rake looms are perfect for scarves and of course the round looms make great hats, Christmas stockings and wonderfully warm slippers.
Sometimes we can't find the looms in our local stores. If you can't find them where you live or you are looking for a particular set of looms you may want to check out Joann.com. This reputable online store carries a nice selection of looms, hooks and books about knitting on looms.
In our "Looney for Looms" ebook you will find a pattern for these wonderful double thick slippers in adult size.
With knitting loom instructions for loom knitting or for hand knitting. Don’t forget the tension swatch, for some items it isn’t that important. Such as baby blankets or shawls.
But for clothing items it sure is important if you want a proper fit. Remember yarn varies in thickness and this can affect the finished size of your item. So do a tension swatch whenever you are in doubt.
Knit about 20 stitches by 20 rows. Remember to mark stitch 5 and stitch 15 with a piece of contrasting yarn or a stitch marker of your choice. Also mark row 5 and row 15 with whatever means you are using.
Now let the swatch sit overnight as this will tighten up a bit. The next day measure between markers and count the rows and stitches. This will give you a gauge of stitches and rows per inch.
This is not my original idea but it is a very good one and I have used it often. When you are knitting a pattern stitch, say 2 purl and 3 knit stitches repeat. Use masking tape to mark the stitches on the loom, to keep better track of where they are when you are knitting.It is an easy visual reminder and when done you can just remove the tape.
I knit counter clockwise while a lot of people knit clockwise. This does not affect most patterns. It will state in the pattern if this is an issue. Here are some knitting loom instructions and terms.
Ewrap: Wrap yarn clockwise around loom, and clockwise around pegs, yarn crossing to the inside pegs. Like the letter "e".
Decreasing: Transfer the loop from the last peg onto the peg next to it instead of wrapping either peg. Then you pull the bottom loop over the top loop as usual.*
Increasing: Wrap the yarn twice around the next empty peg* in the row, thus adding one more peg to your project. Then continue knitting as before, except that each time you come to the end of the row, you include that new peg.
Purl Stitch: Lay yarn below cast on row; draw yarn through loop from behind the stitch on the peg. Lift cast on loop off peg, place behind peg. Place drawn loop on peg. This is done on one peg at a time.
Lift 1st stitch thru 2nd stitch, 2nd stitch with a crochet hook, to have a more loose binding, crochet one single crochet stitch between removing stitches.Cut yarn, leave a long tail. Thread in large eye needle. Thread needle down each peg, lift off loops on to yarn end, and gather after all loops off pegs. Tie off.