As Loom Knit Central continues to grow with a variety of content covering patterns, stitches and how-to videos directed at established double-knit loom knitters, I thought I’d step back and address those who may be new to double-knit loom knitting.
Knitting Loom Types
There are different types of looms: round looms as well as rectangular looms. When using a round loom, you are using the “single knitting” technique. When using one side of the rectangular loom, you are also using the “single knitting” technique. When you use both sides of the rectangular loom, you are using the “double-knit” technique. Loom Knit Central focuses on the “double-knit” technique.
There are a plethora of sites and how-to videos dedicated to the “single-knit” technique – just do a Google search or tap into Pinterest and you’ll find plenty. For “double-knit” technique, there just aren’t that many dedicated sites or basic how-to’s for beginners, so I thought I’d shed a little light.
There are plenty of choices when choosing a rectangular loom, however, some looms are more versatile than others. Here’s the breakdown:
Plastic looms come in a variety of sizes, are pretty economical on your budget and are easily found at any craft store as well as Amazon. These are great to learn on and create larger-stitched projects such as scarves and blankets using medium weight yarn (and above). The downside is that you cannot adjust the width of the loom which allows for smaller stitches when using lighter weight yarn.
Wooden looms, such as this one from Authentic Knitting, also come in a variety of sizes. The beauty of these is that the width is adjustable, depending on the weight/thickness of the yarn you will be using for your projects, which allows for more flexibility in the projects you choose to work on.
These can also be found at your favorite craft store as well as at the Authentic Knitting site and Amazon. Since these are a bit more pricey, you may want to consider waiting for one of those awesome 50% off coupons at Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s when deciding to purchase!
Repeat the above wrapping instructions. You’ll now have two stitches on each pin.
Using your hook tool, hook the bottom stitch over the top stitch and pin, leaving one stitch left on the pin. Continue hooking over all stitches until there is only one stitch left on each pin. You have completed casting on and can now continue with whichever stitch you would like. There are plenty of stitches to choose from and you can find the most common here.
There are plenty of instructional videos to help you with stitches and technique. Check out Loom Knit Central’s video page here.
Loom Knitting is not only enjoyable but the possibilities are endless as we learn more techniques and applications. My favorite reason for loom knitting? No more dropped stitches and crooked edges!!
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