Knifty Knitter Long Loom Series Instructions
How to Use a Long Loom
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 the directions that come with the kit were not all that helpful. For one thing, the booklet looks big enough, but it actually contains 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 displays 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!
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 2 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!