How to Loom Knit a Scarf

Updated on January 20, 2018
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Basic Instructions

These are the basic instructions to loom knit a scarf on a long loom. If you are new to loom knitting, you may be wondering, "What's a long loom?" A long loom has two parallel rows of pegs, called "rakes." These double rake looms are just perfect knitting a scarf. Beginners and new knitters have nothing to fear, the looms make knitting a scarf easy!

Securing the Yarn to the Anchor Peg for Loom Knitting a Scarf
Securing the Yarn to the Anchor Peg for Loom Knitting a Scarf

Securing the Yarn to the Anchor Peg

Step 1: The first step to any loom knitting project is to secure the yarn to the anchor peg. The anchor pegs are the pegs on each side of the loom facing a direction perpendicular to the rest of the pegs. It doesn't matter which anchor peg you use. I use a slipknot to secure the yarn as seen in the photo.

Wrapping the Loom - Cast On
Wrapping the Loom - Cast On

Casting On

Step 2:

The second step to every loom knitting project, including a scarf, is to cast on. This means to put the first row of yarn on the loom. You do this by wrapping the yarn around the pegs.

In the photo, you can see we are wrapping using two medium weight yarns as if they are one yarn. Just pinch the end of the yarns together and treat them as if they are only one yarn.

Beginning with the peg closest to the anchor peg, wrap around it. To wrap you go around the peg forming a cursive letter e, with the top of the e facing outward on the loom and the crisscross of the e facing the inside of the loom.

After wrapping the first peg, draw the yarn across the loom to the rake on the other side. Wrap this peg in the same manner. Move back to the next rake and wrap the next peg. Observe the photo to get an idea of the basic path the yarn will follow. This wrap is sometimes called the "figure 8" and it's perfect for making scarves.

Slip stitching the edges of a loom knitted scarf
Slip stitching the edges of a loom knitted scarf

Wrapping the Last Peg

Step 3: When you reach the last peg on the loom, you don't wrap it with the traditional "e" that you've been using. Instead, you loop the yarn around the last peg without crossing it, as seen in the photo. This is known as a slip stitch and it will create a finished braided edge on your scarf. Do this simple loop around when you reach the last peg at each end.

Push down the yarn loops on the knitting loom
Push down the yarn loops on the knitting loom

Push Down the Yarn on Each Peg

Step 4: After you've wrapped the loom once, push the loops down to the bottom of each peg. You will need to use your finger to hold the yarn in place as you push the loops down with your other hand. The photo to the right shows the loops pushed to the bottom of each peg. This prepares the loom for the next row of yarn.

Row 2 of How to Loom Knit a Scarf
Row 2 of How to Loom Knit a Scarf

The Second Wrap

Step 5: After you have wrapped the loom the first time, you will repeat the pattern by wrapping a second time. Take a careful look at the path of the yarn in row 1. Trace the yarn back across the loom following exactly the same path. The second wrap should look identical to the first one as you can see in the photo. When you've finished wrapping row 2, hold the yarn in place and prepare to knit off in the next step.

Knitting Off

Step 6: "Knitting off" is the term given to lifting the bottom loop of yarn up and over the top loop. It is released off the peg and toward the inside of the loom. This creates the knit. Knit off on all pegs using the hook that came with the loom. When finished, you will have only one loop of yarn remaining on each peg.

When you've finished knitting off the first row of knit. Wrap the loom again and knit off. Continue doing this (wrapping then knitting off) until the scarf reaches the desired length.

Cast Off

Step 7: The last step to loom knitting a scarf is to remove the knit from the loom. Begin on the end of the loom opposite the working yarn. Using a crochet hook, lift the first and second loops off the pegs. Feed loom 2 through loop 1. Lift another loop off the next peg. Feed loop 3 through loop 2. Continue in this manner following the path of the yarn back to the side with the working yarn. When you've reached the working yarn, tie off the last loop.

Cast Off Double Panel Knit

Knitting Looms—From

You can buy knitting looms from The looms featured below are the perfect size for knitting scarves.

If you have comments or questions about loom knitting a scarf, leave them here. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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    • profile image 3 years ago

      i like the videos it makes it much easier for me. I'm new to loom knitting.

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      hsschulte 3 years ago

      @anonymous: See step 3 above.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why did the video end before you started the second row? How do you do that?

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      TarahFlesch 5 years ago

      I'll be back if I have any problems! Great guide!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So I watched your video how many time do you do these steps and after you are finished how do you end the scarf this is my first time looming I'm sorry