Fumble Fingers? Try Loom Knitting

Writen by Kyla Quinlan.                                                                                       From:http://kylaquinlan .hubpages.com

If you’ve always wanted to learn to knit but just couldn’t get the hang of those needles, try loom knitting.

Never heard of loom knitting? It may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Do you desperately want to learn to knit? Do you love the look of fine, hand-knit items? Have you tried knitting but quit because you kept injuring yourself? Are you embarrassed to knit in public for fear of laughter and ridicule?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, I have an answer for you.

What is This of Which You Speak?

 

You’ve probably seen looms before and just didn’t know what you were supposed to do with the contraptions. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. The most common ones are the plastic looms. They can be circular, called a circular knitting loom, or long, called rake looms. You can also find many specialty looms that you can make full-sized afgan on.

How Do You Use Them?

 

Very easily, thank you for asking! No, really. You begin with a slipknot and cast on to the loom. Then, with a knitting tool, lift the loops off and the project you’re working on grows. It’s very simple – just a matter of wrapping and lifting the loops off.

You can start by learning one of two cast on methods – the e-wrap or chain cast on. Once you cast on you can do any number of stitches. I suggest beginning with the basic knit stitch, purl stitch, or twisted knit stitch.

After you get the hang of these basic stitches, you learn to bind off using either the flat panel method or the gather removal stitch.

Learning to knit with a loom is so simple you’ll literally be able to make a project the first day. Now, you may not be able to whip out an heirloom quality afgan or a complete baby layette with hat, cable cardigan, and booties, but let’s be realistic.

By learning these basic stitches, you can knit a hat or toboggan, a scarf, a pair of slippers, a washcloth or even a small baby blanket. I would say that is a pretty good start and a painless way to enter the world of knitting.