How to Use the Knifty Knitter Looms

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How to Use the Knifty Knitter Looms
Knit without needles. (James And James/Pixland/Getty Images)

Invented in ancient times, the knitting loom provided a faster and more productive method to knit stockings. Sometimes known as "rake" knitting, the loom uses pegs and a hook to create knitting loops rather than two knitting needles. Still a popular knitting method today, the Provo Craft company manufactures the Knifty Knitter looms, suitable for children and beginners as well as experienced knitters and other fibre artists. Although the looms are best suited for seamless "tubed" projects, such as hats and bags, there are patterns available to knit almost any knitted garment.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Knifty Knitter set
  • Yarn

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Roll a ball from your skein of yarn to prevent tangling.

  2. 2

    Wrap the yarn around the holding peg located on the outside edge of the loom, leaving a 5 or 6-inch tail. This holds the yarn in place while preparing the loom for knitting.

  3. 3

    Grab the yarn a few inches toward the ball, pulling loosely up on the outside of the loom. Wrap the yarn around the back of the first peg to the right of the holding peg, then around the front, and finally to the back, crossing over the starting wrap.

  4. 4

    Wrap the yarn, from the back, all the way around the next peg to the right. Continue in that manner until each peg has two wraps. Secure the yarn with two wraps around the holding peg.

  5. 5

    Hold the loom in one hand, using your thumb to secure the yarn on the holding peg.

  6. 6

    Hold the hook in the other hand. Starting with the first peg to the right of the holding peg, use the hook to grab the bottom wrap, pull it over the top wrap and off the peg. There will be one loop left on the peg. Repeat until each peg has one loop left.

  7. 7

    Push each loop to the bottom of its peg.

  8. 8

    Unwrap the yarn from the holding peg, wrap the yarn around the back of the first peg, then around the front, and finally to the back. Wrap the yarn, from the back, all the way around the next peg to the right. Continue in that manner until each peg has two wraps again. Secure the yarn with around the holding peg.

  9. 9

    Hold the loom in one hand, using your thumb to secure the yarn on the holding peg. Hold the hook in the other hand. Starting with the first peg to the right of the holding peg, use the hook to grab the bottom wrap, pull it over the top wrap and off the peg. There will be one loop left on the peg. Repeat until each peg has one loop left.

  10. 10

    Continue each step until the desired length. The finished piece will be a knitted tube. Binding off depends on the pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • Bulkier yarns work best with the Knifty Knitter.
  • Wrapping should be loose enough to fit the hook under the yarn.

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