August 12, 2016
Yes, you read that correctly–loom knitting! My first knitting loom experience was years ago with the big white plastic loom and a pick. Gauge was extra-large. You had to double/triple your yarn. Mostly, they were for hats and scarves. Instructions were only for, what we now call, the e-wrap cast on and knit. An e-wrap knit stitch is a twisted knit stitch.
Baxter Cat in the Hat sports a hat knit with the e-knit stitch that I knit on a Knifty Knitter small round blue loom. I never liked loom knitting because of that twisted stitch.
Well, times have changed. There are instructions for completing proper knit and purl stitches, cables, ribbing, short rowing, yarn overs, knitting two together, garter stitch, and even more. There are looms in all gauges, shapes, and sizes. I am having fun trying them all out. Loom knitting is gentler on the hands than traditional knitting.
Loom knitting shapes that I have been knitting on are: round, rectangle, and oval. There are specialized looms for afghan, hat, and sock knitting. That’s right—sock knitting. Actually, I have used fingering weight to worsted weight yarn on the various sock looms. The sock loom even uses a short row turned heel.
There are lots of resources and patterns available. Here is a list of knitting looms I found on Amazon: Knitting Looms
Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set
Leisure Arts has sent me their Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set to use and write a review. I have knit a lace cowl using the larger oval loom. Currently, I am working on my copy and photographs for the review. My review of the Set is coming soon.