Loom knitting is a way for crafters to quickly and easily create handmade items. No prior knitting knowledge is required and all needed materials are found at local craft stores or online. Looms make it simple to makes scarves, hats and other accessories. With some yarn, some time and a basic understanding of how to use a round knitting loom, you can craft a warm blanket to use or give as a gift.
Choose your loom. The Knifty Knitter round yellow loom is a good choice. It has 42 pegs and is large enough for this project. Each loom comes with a loom tool, or hook.
Choose the yarn you will use. A bulky weight yarn is best. You can also use two strands of a medium weight yarn held together throughout if you prefer. A blanket that is 36 inches by 38 inches will need about 1000 yards of a bulky yarn. Be sure to match your dye lot numbers for colour continuity in your yarn.
Make three panels that will be sewn together to form a blanket. Each panel is the same.
Tie a slip knot around a crochet hook that is the proper size for the yarn and hold the hook towards the centre of the loom while the working yarn is outside the loom. Bulky yarns require crochet hooks of size H or I, while thinner yarns can use hooks that are size C or D.
Place the hook between the first two pegs of the loom. Hook the working yarn and pull it through the slip knot, wrapping the yarn around the first peg. Gently tighten.
Keeping the hook inside the loom and the working yarn outside, move to the next peg and place the hook between peg 2 and peg 3. Hook the working yarn again and pull it through to wrap the second peg.
Continue this until 38 pegs are wrapped. This is considered casting on 38 stitches using the chain method.
Begin your knitting pattern for Knit Row 1 by knitting the first stitch (K1). Place the working yarn in front of the peg and above the stitch already wrapped on the peg. Place your loom tool under and through the wrapped stitch and hook the working yarn. Pull the working yarn through to make a loop and hold that loop with your fingers. Pull the starting loop off the peg and put the new loop, which you are holding in your fingers, on the peg. Gently tug the yarn to tighten.
Purl the next stitch (P1). Place the working yarn in front of and below the stitch on the peg. Place your loom tool through the wrapped stitch on the peg from top to bottom and hook the working yarn. Form a loop with the working yarn and grasp it with your fingers. Remove the first loop from the peg and replace it with the one you are holding. Gently tighten the yarn.
Knit the next peg.
Purl the next peg.
Complete the row by knitting 1 and then purling 1 (K1, P1) for a total of 18 times and then knitting (K1) the last stitch of the row.
Continue to knit this same pattern for each row until the piece measures 38 inches long.
Bind off stitches using the basic bind-off method. Knit the two stitches that are on pegs 1 and 2. Move the stitch from the second peg to the first peg. You will now have 2 loops on the first peg. Knit by pulling the bottom loop up and over the top loop, using your loom tool.
Move the remaining loop from the first peg over to peg 2.
Knit peg 3 and continue the bind off until you have bound off all stitches, but still have a loop on the last peg.
Trim your working yarn to about 6 inches.
E-wrap the peg by wrapping the yarn around the entire peg from front to back, creating a second loop. Pull the bottom loop over the top loop, using your loom tool, and pull the tail of the working yarn thought the stitch.
Repeat this entire process from chain cast on to basic bind off two more times, making a total of 3 three panels that are identical in size and pattern.
Block the pieces by slightly dampening them and placing them flat to dry. You might want to place something heavy on top to keep them flat while drying.
Place two panels side by side. Thread a yarn needle with matching yarn and bring your needle up from behind the panel to the front, being sure to keep the needle in the middle of the first stitch in the first row. Then bring the needle from back to front in the matching stitch on the second panel. Pull tightly to attach the panels. Continue attaching the two panels, using this mattress stitch, and securing each stitch to its counterpart to stitch the seam.
Attach the third panel using the same technique.
Add a row of single crochet all around to make the edges look more finished. Add fringe if you like. Make each panel a different colour for a different look. Use thinner yarn, in two different colours, held together and worked as one strand, for a variegated blanket. Make more panels, or longer ones, for a larger blanket.
Be sure to keep track of the number of rows you knit in your first panel so you can be sure the other two panels are the same size.
Tips and warnings
- Add a row of single crochet all around to make the edges look more finished.
- Add fringe if you like.
- Make each panel a different colour for a different look.
- Use thinner yarn, in two different colours, held together and worked as one strand, for a variegated blanket.
- Make more panels, or longer ones, for a larger blanket.
- Be sure to keep track of the number of rows you knit in your first panel so you can be sure the other two panels are the same size.