Give Your Needles a Break! Try Knitting with a Round Loom

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in Knitting, Spinning, Weaving | Comments


If you’ve ever browsed the needlecraft aisle of your local craft store, you’ve probably run across round knitting looms. Their bright colors make them easy to spot, especially when they’re grouped together as a set.

Knitting looms are a great alternative to knitting — and they have far more advantages than I ever realized. After writing about knitting boards here on Craftsy, I learned that a lot of knitters who suffer from arthritis use looms when they can’t physically hold knitting needles. The same advantage applies to round looms. Whether you just don’t have needle skills yet or can’t physically use needles, round looms are a great alternative.

Colorful Round Plastic Loom and Knitting Needles

Photo via Darice

Round looms are a little more versatile than rectangular looms because you can knit in a circle or knit flat panels. The idea is simple: wrap yarn around the pegs, then use the hook to pull the bottom loop of yarn over the top loop. It’s just like knitting, except that the loom is holding all the stitches for you instead of your needles.

These round looms from Darice come in four sizes so that you can knit different sizes of tubes. Smaller looms are great for baby hats, socks, fingerless gloves, and other narrow patterns. Larger looms are perfect for adult-sized hats, cowls, and patterns that require a larger circumference. If you’re following a round loom knitting pattern, the pattern will usually specify how many pegs your loom should have to complete the project.

Round loom knitting patterns

Want some guidance when experimenting with your round loom? Try these patterns.

Blonde Smiling Woman Wearing Colorful Knit Scarf
Photo via Simplicity

Loom Knit Ruffle Scarf

Learn how to make a pretty scarf on a Boye® round loom, or get super ambitious and try the long loom or 8-peg jumbo spool knitter versions, too. I like this scarf because you can make it one solid color or go nuts and incorporate as many colors as you’d like. Get the pattern.

Grey Mobius Shawl Wrapped Around Mannequin

Photo via Craftsy member LuxuryLooms4you

Mobius Shawl

Craftsy member LuxuryLooms4U altered an Ann Bipes pattern to create this circular shawl. And like LuxuryLooms4U writes in the description, this pattern is very versatile. You can use different yarn weights, add ribbon into the mix, and try different lengths. The great thing is that it’s a mobius shape, so it won’t slip so easily from your shoulders. Get more information on the Mobius Shawl.

Back View of Grey Slouch Hat

Photos via Ava Girl Designs

Women’s Slouch Hat

Hats are one of the most popular accessories to knit on a round loom. This hat uses a 36-peg round loom for a cool slouchy effect. Add ribbing at the bottom for some nice elasticity and it’s ready to wear. Get the pattern.

Brown-Toned Cowl Wrapped Around Mannequin

Photo via Craftsy member Crystaldesign

Loom Knit Cowl

This cowl can completely change depending on what type of yarn you use. Go warm and snuggly with a thick wool, or go light and fluffy with some mohair.

If the round loom isn’t your thing, become a well-rounded, hand-knitting pro in circular knitting when you take Stefanie Japel’s Hats Four Ways: Circular Knit Lab.

Tomorrow on the Craftsy Blog, we’ll be decoding the different types of knit stitches. See you then!

Have you ever traded your knitting needles for a round knitting loom? What did you make?

Comments

  1. Sue Huckstepp says:

    This brings back fond memories of being a child, when we used to have a wooden cotton reel with 4 small nails tapped into the top. We used to call this French knitting, but the concept was the same, although our results were a lot smaller. We used to make drinks coasters from the resulting tube.

    1. miri says:

      I lived in Czechoslovakia till 1968. We used to use the cotton reel too, I I don’t think we called it French knitting, but we spent many hours doing it. In those days we had to use all sorts of materials and now it is all a brightly coloured product that one can buy in a shop….. we also used empty toothpaste or hand cream etc tubes ( they were made from a thicker plastic) and we cut them across into strips and then made them into chains and wore them as bracelets…..happy childhood days

  2. Eileen says:

    I have been using the round looms for a number of years now. With left over yarn I make about 100 toques (hats) a year for the homeless. I use two strand of yarn and it’s a great way to use odds and ends. Fast and easy also

    1. Dorothy says:

      Eileen this sounds like fun. I’m a 79 year old women who loves knitting and don’t want to give it up but for a change I would like to learn this hobby. Are there pattern online by any chance? I am handicapped and so have time to learn.
      Thanks for sharing. I will do a “Search” online and see where I can get them, Thank you Dorothy

  3. sian says:

    i love looming

    need more loom knitting patterns , books, ebooks , dvd’s ect and more websites too.

    i love the course im doing on line