Loom Knitting

While having more time at home I learned about loom knitting, which is a different way to knit using a row or circle of pegs, and with a hook and your fingers rather than needles. I had seen knitting looms before but never used one myself. My niece had given me a set in various sizes, after deciding she wasn’t going to use them.

A set of round knitting looms in different sizes
Instructions with hook used to knit with the loom

Knitting looms come in different sizes and shapes including a straight line with one row of pegs, a rectangle with two rows of pegs, or a circle, and with different numbers of pegs for smaller or larger projects. You can make tubular things like hats and sleeves using a round or rectangle shaped loom. You can do flat knitting with any of shape of loom. I have seen at least one rectangular loom where you can move the “end” back and forth to adjust the size and total number of pegs for a project.

Knitting looms seem limiting to me since the pegs are a fixed distance apart and there are a limited number of pegs. With knitting needles you have a wide range of possible length and width of needles appropriate for any thickness of yarn, and you can cast on however many stitches are needed. However, if you have the right yarn and project, the knitting loom can result in exactly the same result as traditional knitting, and provides an option for people who have problems using regular knitting needles.

The information in the pamphlet that came with the set was enough to get started, but youtube videos with instructions for different methods of casting on and doing stitches were more helpful. There are very simplistic cast on and “knit” stitches that would be good for a person who has no experience with knitting and wants to get the hang of it and actually make something pretty easily, but it will look a bit different than traditional knitting. After reading information I found on the internet and watching some videos I realized that there was a way to get the exact same result as the regular knit stitch produced with knitting needles. I cast on and started knitting and ripped it out several times before I was satisfied that I knew what was going on.

I started out thinking I was making a chunky cowl using two years together, from a loom knitting pattern I found online. I did not try to figure out the gauge (bad idea) since the yarns combined and the number of stitches seemed about right. That was a mistake because after several rows I realized it was going to be a baby hat. OK fine.

Casting stitches on to the loom by wrapping the yarn around the pegs

To make a “true” knit stitch (so it produces the same result as with knitting needles), you lay the working yarn across the next peg above the loop that is on that peg, poke the hook under the loop on that peg, and then scoop up the working yarn and pull it through the loop. Then you use your fingers to lift the old loop off the peg and place the new loop you just made on the loop. There is a simpler way to make a stitch by picking up the loop currently on the peg with the hook and lifting it up and over the working yarn and over the peg. This results in a slightly different stitch.

The first step of a knit stitch is to pick up the loop with the hook
Then use the hook to pull the working yarn through the loop on the peg
Lift the previous stitch off the peg and put the new stitch on
In progress..too many rows it turned out
Removing the stitches from the loom while pulling the tail through each loop

In addition to having a much smaller circumference than I was expecting, I knit too many rows for the width of the hat. It could have been a very tall clown baby hat, but I decided to rip some of the rows back before cinching up the final row of stitches by threading the working yarn through each loop. Finally I added a braid at the top.

Completed baby hat using a knitting loom

Published by Meg Hanson

Hello. I am a recently retired empty nester. My husband and I moved to Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County, Minnesota, after living most of our lives in the Minneapolis area. I have no trouble keeping busy with knitting and spinning of wool, selling yarn and handmade goods, reading, walking, watching movies, surfing on the internet, traveling, doing bookkeeping for our family cabin, and spending time with family.

5 thoughts on “Loom Knitting

  1. Hi Meg! Cute hat! Lovely colors. Scouts favorite color is PINK… every day! Yes, restrictive knitting options on the circle loom, but fun. Kids would like it.

    Thanks for the AZ olive oil you and Wayne brought us. Will open it soon. The blackberry + jello jam may have been from Kens sister. Sweet but tasty. I usually make low sugar jam. Did you see the rhubarb I planted by the stairs off our deck? Recent rain was good for it. Not like the hearty and abundant rhubarb in MN! Everyone laughs when I bring it home in my suitcase… until they get pie and jam😀

    Sorry your CA time got cut short. What a change in everyone’s lives! I’m hoping I can get to Iowa next month when Elise and Toms baby arrives.

    Hugs, love, best wishes for your home stay, and hope you can see your Dad soon! Mary Ellen

    Sent from my iPhone


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  2. Love the colors of this hat which will go to a lucky baby.
    Now that you have figured out how to use the knitting loom to replicate the look of regular knitting, was this just a fun experiment and you will return to regular knitting with needles or does the loom have any value to you?

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  3. Meg you just amaze me! Did you find using the loom challenging …. I always thought it might be boring compared to using 2 needles or a circular needle but from reading your blog it seems like it is what you make it… and with everything one does. And the more you do it the better you get at it… and the better you get at it, the more fun it is! Are you going to try something else on it?

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    1. I did not think it was boring, it kept my interest. But it seems more limiting in what you can make because the pegs are a fixed distance apart and there are a fixed number of them. I expect I will stick with knitting needles going forward, but it was good to know how the knitting loom works.


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