Fayme is an avid knitter and crafter who loves to help beginners.
Ever since I wrote an article on how to use the circular knitting loom, I've been getting questions from people wanting to know how to make things on the long looms. So I decided I better teach myself how to use one. However, I found that the directions that came with the kit were not all that helpful. For one thing, the booklet looked big enough, but it actually contained instructions in 4 languages, so only about 1/4 of it is instructions on how to use the loom.
I went to YouTube and found some tutorials, but alas, some of them use a technique entirely different from the one in the booklet, using more of a double lacing pattern. The long looms can be used for circular knitting (just like the round loom only squished into an oval), or you can do double or single knitting (by only using some of the pegs).
I will post photos of my project so far. Remember, I'm just like you, learning as I go. If we put our heads together, we can figure this thing out. One woman on YouTube even displayed a circular baby blanket made on the knitting loom and says anything is possible. Unfortunately, she doesn't explain how she did it. So we are off like a herd of turtles!
Here is how you should get started on this project.
Step 1: Begin Wrapping Yarn
- Using two plies of worsted weight yarn as if they are one, form a slipknot.
- Secure the slipknot onto a peg on the end of loom.
- Lay the double strand of yarn between first two bottom pegs.
- Observe how the yarn is wrapped around each peg. Continue wrapping.
- Keep going until you get to the end of the loom. Each peg will have one "wrap" containing two strands.
Step 2: Turn the Loom Around and Wrap
- When you get to the end, turn the loom around, and wrap the pegs (as shown in the photos below).
- Then, pull the yarn straight across and hold for a moment.
- Make sure you wrap both end pegs before going straight across. Always keep slight pressure on the yarn so it doesn't unwind.
Step 3: Add the Next Row
- Time to add the next layer of wraps. Snug first layer down to make room on top for next wrapping.
- Wrap both end pegs as before. Draw the yarn straight across and hold with your finger.
- Use a hook to lift the bottom set of threads over the top set on both end pegs. That will secure it, so you can let the end go.
- Continue with each peg until all the bottom loops are lifted over the top loops.
Step 4: Continue the Third Row
- Push the loops down to make room for the next row. Fabric will come out of the bottom of the loom eventually.
- Wrap the end pegs again and pull the yarn straight across.
Step 5: Make Sure the Fabric Feeds Down
- After a few rows, untie the slipknot.
- Tuck it down through the middle of the loom and out the bottom. Otherwise, it won't feed down properly when the fabric gets longer.
- Keep going until the panel is the length you need for your project.
You can join panels to make blankets, or make rectangles for garments, purses or other projects. Coming soon: how to remove the fabric from the loom!
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Penny on May 29, 2020:
I have tried to join, but do not have high speed & can not get it where we live. I have a double KB that my hubby made for me. I need to know why an anchor yarn is needed? I have done a st st & inspite of the anchor yarn, I still have 2 live stitches that need to be incorporated into the piece I make. I can not find anything that will help me with this problem. So far all my attempts fail to join up with any KB site due to slow modem, can not watch youtube either. This has become a real problem. I HOPE I will be able to join this site and have the ability to talk to some one about problems I encounter. Most of the time I get timed out, secure connections failed messages, etc. HOPE this works and maybe can do emails if I can not get back to this site. THANK YOU for your time & help, Penny
Joy jamss on April 11, 2019:
Thank u for your very help full pics and explaining for us L uses .
Christine ham on February 23, 2018:
I seen on you tube making a hat on long loom but I lost the pin and been looking to no aveal please where can I find ur video
amy on January 28, 2017:
I just wanted to thank you so much for your clear and precise photos. I am more of a visual learner and love your page. I have learned more stitches by seeing your photos than any video I could watch. Keep up the great work.
Kim R on February 07, 2013:
Well, I am so glad that I've found you. I'm going to look more in depth when I get home from work. I bought my 11 year old daughter a set of 4 long looms of different sizes and we, for the life of me, couldn't figure out how to use it!
Maro on November 05, 2012:
Moonmaiden, I have never used the Knifty Knitter loon before. If i have to choose one to get started which one should I pick. I want to make fingerless gloves.
Marion on August 31, 2012:
Those instructions that come with the looms are terrible. I cannot read them at all! So happy you were here to help.
new2knit on February 12, 2012:
The visuals helped immensely, but I was wondering how to get a tighter knit? I've made a couple scarves, but the knit is very loose. Can someone help me?
jmollett on February 10, 2012:
Need your help. I am a beginner at loom knitting and have just started a flat scarf. I have been working on it off and on this week and I noticed yesterday that my stitch has "flipped". Like I said beginner, so I am not sure if that makes sense. I thought that I would just keep going and when I got to the end I would just figure out how I flipped it and flip it back, but somehow I did it again. I am now confused and not sure what to do.
Fayme Zelena Harper (author) from Lucerne Valley, CA on February 10, 2012:
Helen, sorry to hear you are having difficulties. It would help so much if you could meet with other loom knitters in real life and compare results. Is that possible? Which loom diameter are you using? The hats I made are pretty stretchy and I've used all different sorts of yarns.
helen in iowa on February 10, 2012:
I have almost given up on the round and long looms. In fact I took my long looms back. Horrible instruction book.
I have tried making hats for kids and when I use 2 strands of yarn, it is too bulky, when I use one strand of a soft yarn, it has no stretch. I live in a small town so my choices are limited and buying online is hard as I can't visualize what the yarn feels like or how it will finish. I am trying to make hats that you make about 24 inches long, but the yarn has stretch to it, and when you are done, you take your first round and put the stiches on the last row, work one strand over the other, cut off a long strand, weave thru and take stitches off the loom. Wow, this has turned out to be pretty windy! lol Anyway, can you recommend a yarn that has "stretch" to it, that can be used? So when I take the hat off the loom, it will stretch to fit the head?
Fayme Zelena Harper (author) from Lucerne Valley, CA on January 30, 2012:
Julia, I'm so proud of you. Keep up the good work. If you can, get a 2nd loom so you can teach a friend and do it together.
julia roemhildt on January 28, 2012:
i love making hats, scarfs, and blinkets, i make them for kiids and they LOVE them!and my grandma loves them to! im only 11
Fayme Zelena Harper (author) from Lucerne Valley, CA on January 26, 2012:
What a great idea Nomes. These looms are great for hats and lap blankets and scarves.
Nomes on January 25, 2012: