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Can't Knit? Try The Knit Quick Loom!
Jan 27, 2012
by Elzora Shaw
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Makes a hat that looks hand knit VERY quickly, takes less yarn than traditional knitting
Cons:Pegs can be sharp, not as dense as hand knitting
The Bottom Line: Great for those who need a hat fast, easy to use
Last November I spent 6 hours selling my knitted items and jewelry at a holiday bazaar, and a lady who had a booth across from me was making hats using a plastic loom. I didn't think too much of it at the time, but after reading a review by dlstewart about these types of looms, I went out and bought one for myself.
Recommend this product?
The loom I purchased was sold at my local Michael's craft store and is called the Knit Quick Loom Set, made by Loops & Threads but is distributed by Michael's Stores, Inc. It retailed for $18.99. (Walmart sells a similar style loom for a few dollars less).
The Knit Quick set includes four plastic rings measuring 5.5", 7.5", 9.5", and 11.5" in diameter. Michael's also sells the Loops & Threads brand of yarn, and the loom package states it works well with several of these yarns, or "other medium to bulky weight yarns".
Also included in the kit is a plastic yarn (darning) needle, one hook, and a small booklet of illustrated instructions. The outside of the package states this loom set makes scarves, afghans, totes, and much more. The picture features a gal wearing a knitted hat. To be clear, the instruction booklet only shows how to make a hat, so I was quite disappointed that there weren't instructions for the other items, but you can do a search on youtube to find an instructional video.
I believe the smallest loom is for making a hat for a newborn. It is lime green in color and has 24 pegs measuring 3/8" apart. The next size is purple and worked great for making a hat for my 15 month old granddaughter.
This size is purple with 31 pegs that are about 1/2" apart. The orange loom would be perfect for a child, it has 36 pegs that are also about 1/2" apart. The largest loom is mauve in color with 42 pegs that measure almost 5/8" apart. I made a hat for both my husband and I using this largest size. It looks huge, but the hat ends up being much smaller than the actual diameter of the loom.
Are you a knitter? If not, don't worry! You can still make a beautiful hat that looks like it is hand knitted, using this beautifully designed loom. To start your hat you first loop your yarn over a small peg on the side edge of the loom. You then wrap your yarn counter clockwise in an "e" direction, going around each peg. You do this two times so you have two wraps of yarn around each peg, you now have two rows. When you get back to the beginning you wrap your yarn around the outside peg once again to secure it temporarily.
Next you take the hook and lift the bottom row of yarn over the top row, pulling it over and off the peg. There is a deep groove on the outside of the pegs that helps you get under the yarn and lift the loops off with ease. After lifting each row of yarn off, you will have one row of yarn remaining, so you need to wrap once more to give you two rows again. You continue this wrapping and lifting over and over until your hat reaches the desired length. As you knit your knitted work will hang down on the inside of the loom.
The instructions state to allow 7" in length for a small child, 8" for a medium hat and 9" for an adult. As you knit your hat the first few rows will start to roll upward, but this gives the hat a nice finished look, with a brim of sorts. I also made a hat using the "Add a brim" instructions. This was very easy and also makes a wider brim that ends up looking like it is one piece with the hat, no seams to worry about!
To make this brim I knitted 4", pulled the loop from the bottom row up, placed the bottom row of stitches over the pegs (folding the piece in half forming the brim), and knit it off like normal. I continued to knit until my hat was 8" long.
Finishing the hat is quick and easy and much different than when knitting on standard knitting needles. When I knit a hat using straight needles I gradually decrease stitches by knitting two stitches together as I fashion the crown of the hat. When using the Knit Quick Loom there is no decreasing of stitches.
You simply cut your yarn leaving a long tail, thread the yarn through the plastic yarn needle (enclosed), and run the needle through the loops and then pull the stitches off of the pegs. You pull the thread tight and tie it on the wrong side of the hat to secure. This style of finish leaves a gathered look at the crown of the hat, but when it is placed on the head it evens out and actually doesn't look too bad.
My Thoughts on the Knit Quick Loom
This is a much faster way to knit a hat! I made two hats the first night and it only took me about an hour to make each one. There is no way I could knit a hat in the standard knitting method in this amount of time.
My biggest complaint is that the plastic pegs seem to be cheaply made and they are not all smooth. Some of the pegs are quite rough right under the top of the peg and my hands were sore when I finished my first hat. I even had a cut on one of my fingers from the continual scraping of my fingers against the rough plastic pegs.
You also have to be careful when wrapping the pegs. Several times I wasn't holding the yarn taught enough and the yarn started to pull itself off the pegs - 15 or 20 pegs became unlooped before I could catch them!
The hook is comfortable to use. The handle is made of a thick rubber like material that bends slightly as I use it. The bent tip of the hook is made of metal and seems very secure. When the instructions say to use a bulky yarn, the mean it! I used Wool Ease yarn for my husband and I, which is a very thick and bulky yarn, and the hat still had a loose knit to it when it is stretched to pull it over the head. It still makes a warm hat, but because the pegs aren't real close together the hat is not as thick, dense and warm as the kind I knit by hand in the traditional method. On the plus side, the loom style knitting makes a hat using MUCH LESS yarn.
This loom can make a flat scarf by using only half of the pegs, and I only know this by doing a search on youtube. I am very disappointed that the instructions do not show how to make the "scarves, afghans, and totes" that are mentioned on the front of the package.
I am giving knitting lessons to a friend of my daughters and my 29 year old daughter wanted to learn to knit with us. She soon gave up on it, but she was able to make a hat using this loom and actually thought it was a lot of fun. Over all I would rate this product 4 out of 5 stars.
~~Special thanks fo dlstewart for adding this for me!~~
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