Using a wheel loom can help you knit easy, attractive daisies. These looms use pegs to help shape yarn. Making a daisy is easy and can be fun. Use these daisies as embellishments or combine them to create blankets or other projects. If you don’t know how to knit, that’s OK. The loom—or wheel—does the work for you. If you know a few basic steps, you can create attractive, colourful flowers.
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Things you need
- Daisy loom
- Tapestry Needle
Choose a yarn for your daisy wheel. Each daisy will only take about 33 inches of yarn. A variety of yarns exist, and most work well. You could use wool, acrylic, rayon, or any novelty yarn. You could choose solid or variegated yarns. Variegated yarns use more than one colour or several different shades of the same colour to give you some colour variation. Avoid yarns that are uneven in width. While these yarns work well for basic projects, they produce lumpy or uneven daisies.
Place the loom in your left hand if you’re right-handed or vice versa. Hold the yarn in place with your right thumb.
Wrap the yarn around one peg securely. You don't need to tie a knot around the peg. Hold the yarn taut with your thumb as needed.
Wrap the yarn over the opposite peg. Make sure that the yarn crosses in the centre.
Wrap the next peg and its opposite peg. Continue in this manner until all of the pegs are used. If you only wrap each peg once, your daisy will be thin and fairly flimsy. For a thicker daisy, wrap each peg more than once in the same manner. Multiple wraps will ensure that your daisy's shape is maintained.
Cut the yarn, leaving about a 6-inch tail. Thread the yarn through a blunt tapestry needle and wrap it around the centre securely to hold the petals in place. Tie an unobtrusive knot. Remove the petals from the pegs. Weave in the ends of the tail with your blunt tapestry needle.
Tips and warnings
- Looms come in many sizes and shapes. The more rounds of pegs your loom has, the more detailed your flower will look. If you’re a beginner, stick with a basic loom with just two or three rounds of pegs.
- Looms that have several rounds of pegs can be used to create multiple sizes of flowers. If you’d like a smaller flower, for instance, simply use only one or two loom rows. Using all of the pegs on a loom will result in a larger, more intricate daisy or flower.
- If you make several flowers or daisies, consider combining them to make a blanket, vest, or tea cosy. To combine your flowers, see the steps in References 1.
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