I have a confession to make: I have never tried loom knitting. Not only have I never tried loom knitting, but I also completely discounted it as some kind of unreasonable outgrowth of a children’s craft kit. Having never looked into loom knitting, I assumed it was an easy method for creating generally shapeless objects like cowls, scarves, and hats. It seemed too simplistic for the lacy, cabled sweaters and dresses I dreamed of.
But then I discovered the Loom Knitting Pattern Book from St. Martin’s. I noticed the woman on the cover wearing not a shapeless shawl, but a jacket with sleeves and ruffles and a collar and all kinds of things I didn’t think a loom could create. I hesitantly peeked inside to see what other surprises loom knitting might hold. There were a lot of projects. And they weren’t all scarves. There were sweaters, vests, and children’s clothing in almost every shape you can think of, including a dress. This is when my concept of loom knitting started to crack. I was amazed at all the things you could make with a simple knitting loom! Loom knitting is much easier for many knitters because there are no needles to manipulate. The loom also makes it incredibly hard to drop a stitch, since each column of stitches has its own peg on the loom. With the Loom Knitting Pattern Book, you can make 38 different clothing items with an easy-to-use knitting loom. The book even includes a few outfits for pets!
Of course, even after glancing through the patterns, I thought, “Fine. A loom can make a bunch of tubes and panels, and then you can stitch them into a garment. But it certainly can’t make lace and cable patterns.” But then I looked a little bit closer at the sock patterns, and I was shocked to find “Lace Panel Socks” and “Cables and Ribs Socks.” So I guess a loom can do everything a pair of needles can do. So if you’re like me, and you’ve just figured out all the amazing things a knitting loom can do, then what are you waiting for? Get a set of looms, get the Loom Knitting Pattern Book, and start knitting!
If you’re still hesitant because you’ve never knit with a loom before, remember that it’s simple! Many children learn to knit first on knitting looms because they are easy to manipulate. Check out some of the new loom knitting videos on AllFreeKnitting for a thorough tutorial. You can also read more details about the Loom Knitting Pattern Book in an editor’s review on AllFreeKnitting.Print This Post