Types of Knitting Looms

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Types of Knitting Looms
Loom knitting, in which you wrap yarn around pegs, is an alternative to using traditional knitting needles. (knitting basket image by Inger Anne Hulbækdal from Fotolia.com)

Loom knitting is a popular craft that allows knitters of all skill levels to create a variety of finished projects. Looms made of plastic or wood, come in a wide range of shapes, gauges and sizes. The only skill that is needed is the ability to wrap pegs with yarn. Looms are great for children or people who have difficulty holding regular knitting needles. Patterns for a wide variety of projects are available at craft stores, libraries or online craft sites.

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Round Looms

Round looms are ideal for creating hats or other items that are knit in the round. These looms come in a variety of sizes, from extra small, which makes a hat suitable for an infant, to extra large, which can be used for adult-size hats. Round looms are available in a variety of gauges also, with smaller gauge looms being suitable for one strand of yarn, while larger gauge looms need to be worked using two strands of yarn. Round looms may also be used to fashion socks or bags. You can also create items such as blankets or scarves using a round loom, by using a slightly different technique. Round looms, such as the Knifty Knitter set can be found in craft stores, large retailer stores or online.

Rectangular Looms

Rectangular looms are typically used to create blankets, scarves, shawls and other flat projects. These looms also come in a variety of sizes and gauges. Larger rectangular looms are used to fashion blankets and shawls, while smaller ones are best for small purses, socks and scarves.

Sock Looms

Certain looms are designed specifically for knitting socks. Decor Accents has a variety of wooden and plastic sock looms in both round and rectangular styles. Some of these looms are adjustable for use for all size socks, while others come in specific sizes. Sock looms come in different gauges as well. Typically, the smaller the gauge of the loom, the lighter the weight of the sock.

Afghan Looms

Certain large rectangular looms are considered afghan looms. There are also special infinity rake looms that can be used to craft items from washcloths to afghans. These looms are S-shaped and produce a final project that has a fine gauge. Decor Accents carries these infinity rakes in 60- and 80-inch sizes.

Flower Looms

Flower looms, or daisy looms, are ideal for creating adornments for hats, scarves, bags or other items. Following a simple wrap pattern and using a variety of colours and weights of yarn will allow you to make a plethora of different flowers for use on your craft projects.

Types of Knitting Looms
Flower power: Create a lovely bouquet with specialised flower looms. (Factory fabric with elements of decorative knitting image by Luckybargee27 from Fotolia.com)

Spool Looms

Spool looms are small round looms that are used to create cords, such as for straps for hats or purses. These tiny looms can be used to create ornaments or small decorations as well.

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