Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Learning to Loom Knit - Round Looms


Since learning to knit with a loom some months ago, I've been asked many times to give a run down on how to do it. So finally here it is...

POINTS TO REMEMBER
- I am not a professional. I've only been looming a few months but I do pick things up very quickly.
- Everyone has their own style. As with knitting and crochet, everyone has their own way of doing it. Don't like how you're meant to do it? Switch it up to suit yourself. If you think I'm doing something wrong, don't tell me. I don't care. I'm doing it to suit me. You can do it your own way.
- I don't know all the different stitches and I probably don't care to learn. I pretty much only want to know how to do versions of flat panels. There are a million things you can learn on looms , like hats, socks, scarves etc, but I won't be doing them.
- I do looming for yarn bombing as it's much quicker than normaly knitting and crochet. I hate how slow normal knitting is and crochet is my first love but I wanted something quicker.
- Don't just take my word for it. Check out other resources; other websites/blogs; other youtube videos.

I find that most people learn far more quickly and with less stress if they can see steps first hand, so youtube is a wonderful tool for learning. This blog will refer to youtube learning only, except for one "How To" manual. If you want written instructions then you can happily google them yourself.

This blog entry is about looming on "round" or "circle" looms.
There are also "long" or "straight" looms but we'll deal with them another time. You can still do flat panels on round looms.
 
Please be aware that different kits have different colors for their sizing. For example, the Knifty Knitter kit in America has the second smallest loom as red, whereas the kit sold in Spotlight in Australia is green. For nearly all my yarn bombing panels, I use the smallest round loom, which is generally a blue color.
A note about the youtube videos: I have picked the ones I like. You may find others that suit you better. I prefer to go with Kristen from GoodKnitKisses as I find her videos are much more clear and "learner" friendly.

INTRODUCTION
Here is the only written reference I'm giving you. It covers a lot and is good to keep referring back to.
http://isela.typepad.com/instructions/LoomKnittingBasics.pdf

PART 1 - INTRODUCING THE LOOMS - http://youtu.be/7u43wfnmb3M
PART 2 - YARNS TO USE & IDEAS ON WHAT TO MAKE - http://youtu.be/WxPRjXBbs28

There are two main ways to cast on the round loom. The e-wrap is the easiest but can leave a loose edge, and the crochet hook or chain method is a little harder but gives a more classier and tighter edge. It's up to you which one you want to use.

E-WRAP CAST ON  
FOR TUBE OR HAT - http://youtu.be/NVJBi6MS0Jo [I use a slip stitcerh on the anchor peg or on the first peg. I don't wrap the yarn around the anchor peg as I find it falls off.] 
FOR FLAT PANEL - http://youtu.be/HgNMT727w5M [I know this is on a long loom but it's the best that I can find for a flat panel. It's exactly the same process when you wrap a round loom.]

CROCHET HOOK/CHAIN METHOD CAST ON
- http://youtu.be/XBZKk9wAgbA
- http://youtu.be/Njr2h4aZ240 
WITH GARTER STITCH EDGE TO PREVENT CURLING, ON A STOCKINGETTE STITCH PANEL
http://youtu.be/w7kEzyQJBiw

The most common stitch on a loom is the twisted knit stitch and it's the one I use all the time for yarn bombing as it's the easiest. You can use either one strand or two stands of yarn, depending on the thickness of the yarn you have.

TWISTED KNIT STITCH OR SINGLE STITCH [MOST COMMON STITCH]
ONE STRAND - http://youtu.be/pIdNuGMa438
TWO STRANDS - http://youtu.be/3Uzx2SbK8oA [Don't worry about him talking about where to stop and start unless you are doing the hat pattern - it doesn't apply to a flat panel.]

KNIT STITCH [YARN ON TOP]
 
ON A STRAIGHT LOOM - http://youtu.be/pq-24nX4QRE [Again it's on a straight loom but everything is exactly the same for a round loom.]

PURL STITCH [YARN UNDERNEATH] 
ON A STRAIGHT LOOM - http://youtu.be/kr5zOVRt9eI [Again it's on a straight loom but everything is exactly the same for a round loom.]

GARTER STITCH [K1 P1] 
ON A STRAIGHT LOOM - http://youtu.be/s5JbEyr5fNk [Again it's on a straight loom but everything is exactly the same for a round loom.]

There are many different versions of cables on looms as there are with knitting and crochet. You can youtube all the different kinds.
CABLES
- http://youtu.be/a9nIuCMyrzA

I like the skip stitch but can't seem to find any good videos for it. You basically skip a peg - so don't wrap it and it ends up leaving a groove in the work. Here's a video for a scarf that has skipped pegs in it.
SKIP STITCH [SKIP A PEG]
- http://youtu.be/vn1QkSdrGbs

Just like casting on, there are two main ways to cast off with looming. The knit off method is easiest but there's also the crochet bind off method. It's up to you what you use.

CAST OFF
KNIT OFF METHOD
- http://youtu.be/2eMhEPb1TQY [The lady in this vid holds her loom a different way than me but hopefully you still get the idea of how to cast off.]
- http://youtu.be/kX1xZtFdXYM 
CROCHET BIND OFF METHOD
- http://youtu.be/vl8GVnyUgTU

FLAT PANEL COMPLETE VIDS
PART 1 - http://youtu.be/PPpewf8zgoQ
PART 2 [HAS CROCHET CAST OFF METHOD] - http://youtu.be/cCY-Zq62G_E

INTERESTING PATTERNS
DROP STITCH SCARF OR PANEL - http://youtu.be/-uQFukKClrs
2 HOUR SCARF - http://youtu.be/vn1QkSdrGbs
Of course there are many many videos on youtube, as well as communities and pages on facebook and websites out there to help you.

Here are a few things I've made with a round loom:
Parking meter using two strands [bright pink and a multicolor] and rainbow fuzzy yarn.
Pole piece using two strands of black and crochet flowers sewn on top.

Pole piece with one strand of red yarn and crochet flowers sewn on.

So I hope this has helped those that are wanting to start looming. Give it a try and see how fast you can knit a piece up. You'll be very surprised! Have fun.

Luv Bali.

4 comments:

  1. wow I really think I may have to get myself a loom and have a go.. Maybe for next Sunday?? We'll see...

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  2. I love the work you've done. I've mentioned your blog and your tips in this link http://www.colouringacorner.com/post/7201040229/bombing-the-streets-with-colour

    Keep up the good work!

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  3. I'm from Portugal, and I would love to have a kit of looms (straight and circular). I can't find it here. Found some on amazon.co.uk, but they don't send it here. Do you know some website where it is possible to send to Portugal? Thanks!

    Ana

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