Knitting the Easy Way ... Using the Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set
Jan 24, 2012 (Updated Jan 24, 2012)
Review by dlstewart
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:four loom sizes, sturdy plastic that is well made, knit a variety of projects
Cons:included instructions not good enough (but I have a solution), storage issues
The Bottom Line: The Knifty Knitter Long Loom set provides four different size looms. White the included instructions need improvement, there is an easy solution for learning to knit on these looms.
Knitting with traditional knitting needles has always been a challenge for me. No matter how I concentrate, dropped stitches ruin the projects I attempt. I am delighted to have discovered this Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set. Now I’m knitting like a pro!
Recommend this product?
The Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set comes in a long cardboard box. The set contains four different color plastic long looms, one knitting hook/pick, a plastic yarn sewing needle, and an instruction pamphlet. Knifty Knitter is manufactured by Provo Craft.
The color looms are in four different sizes:
10-inch Pink loom has 26 pegs
14-inch Yellow loom has 38 pegs
18-inch Green loom has 50 pegs
22-inch Blue loom has 62 pegs
When I inherited my mother’s extensive yarn collection, I immediately decided to use it. There had to be a way for me to knit beautiful objects without using knitting needles. I let my fingers travel the internet, and I discovered the Knifty Knitter set of looms. This Long Loom set seemed perfect, offering four different size looms. The packaging mentioned knitting scarves, which seemed a great beginner project.
Before I discuss this set of Long Looms, I want to share a “bottom line”. If you are new to Knifty Knitter looms, I suggest beginning with a round hat loom. I thought creating a scarf would be simple, but it turned out that the Knifty Knitter Adult Hat Loom was easier and quicker to use. The round loom can also be used to create more than hats (example: scarves and flat panels to make blankets).
Back to the Long Looms … I like that this set contains four different size looms. The plastic is sturdy, and the pegs are set well. Each loom is oval-shaped, hence the name Long Loom. At the short end of each oval is a horizontal peg for anchoring the yarn. Around the oval are upright pegs shaped like the capital letter T (except the top T-bar is rounded). Each loom has a different amount of pegs, which is important since some patterns say, for instance, “use a 38-peg long loom”.
While an instruction pamphlet is included that shows how to knit a scarf, I found the instructions confusing and difficult to follow for a first-time loom user. I decided that I needed a personal demonstration but didn’t know anyone who used a knitting loom … so I ventured online to “You Tube”. Type in the search phrase “Knifty Knitter”, and a list of tutorials will appear in the results. “You Tube” is an excellent resource for beginning Knifty Knitters! I watched several different videos before starting my first project. Even when beginning my first scarf, I kept my laptop open to one of the “You Tube” videos as I cast on the rows of yarn while watching the demonstration. A great feature of these videos is that you can pause and reverse them.
A feature of the Long Looms is that you can knit from one side of the loom or from both sides. At first I used the e-wrap stitch on one side of the loom (named because wrapping the yarn is like writing a small letter “e”). While the scarf turned out okay, I decided I wanted a thicker knit and different design. My next scarf used both sides of the loom. One reason I found the Long Looms a bit confusing is that the yarn, when using both sides of the loom, is twined around the pegs in a zigzag fashion from one side to the other. There is a definite technique involved. The scarf knitted using both sides of the loom turned out prettier and received compliments from those who saw it.
Basically, the knitting technique is to wrap the yarn around the upright pegs. The yarn is wrapped around each peg once around the loom. Then the yarn is wrapped a second time so that two strands of yarn are on each peg. Using the hook tool that comes with the looms, lift the bottom strand of yarn up and over the peg. When the yarn has been lifted over all the pegs, wrap the yarn around the pegs again so that each peg has two strands of yarn on it. Use the hook to lift the bottom strand of yarn over each peg, again leaving one strand of yarn on the peg. Continue this process until the scarf reaches the desired length. The scarf can be cast off and left as is, or tassels or fringe can be added for decoration.
If one strand of medium-weight yarn is used, this creates a lacy looking knit. Since I prefer a more practical, warming scarf, I opted to use two strands of yarn (treating them as one strand). The same color yarn can be used, or use two different color yarns for a random variegated design. Explore your whimsical side, too, since there are so many varieties of fun yarn that can be used. I’ve been using worsted acrylic but have some funky yarns I have been eyeing for future projects. If you are interested in going beyond the basic stitches, loom users share their stitches online (example: purl, cable, single- and double-ribbed).
Once the weaving technique is learned, it is easy to find a knitting rhythm. My one caution is to make sure you have plenty of yarn. I enjoy knitting longer scarves. After two scarf projects, I learned I should have on hand two skeins of each color yarn if making a wider, longer scarf.
It may require some experimentation to decide which knitting loom is best for your projects. A great benefit of the Knifty Knitter looms is that I can knit while watching television, and my hands don’t feel stressed. Once the technique is learned, these Long Looms are easy to use and a nice addition to my Knifty Knitter loom collection.
I bought my Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set at Joann Fabric. The set regularly sells for $19.99, but I had a 50-percent off coupon.
Knifty Knitter definitely makes knitting easy. After using both styles of looms (round and long), I suggest beginning with a round loom and then trying the long loom. This Knifty Knitter Long Loom Set is great since it offers all four loom sizes. However, the longer looms present a storage challenge. I keep mine propped up inside my wood-framed knitting basket that sits on the floor.
I hope you found this review useful.
Enjoy the day,
Please read my other reviews:
Knifty Knitter Adult Hat Loom
DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss
Fiskars MultiPurpose Scissors
Fiskars Circle Cutter
Clover Seam Ripper – my favorite seam ripper
Fons Porter Directional Arrow Pins
Ott Flex-Arm Plus Lamp
Bernina 1260 Quilter's Platinum Edition Sewing Machine
Janome Jem Sewing Machine
Copyright 2012 Dawn L. Stewart
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