Loom Knitting

As much as I love the look of knitted apparel, I’ve never been much of a knitter myself.  I’d love to learn but when I look at those tiny, chicken-scratch-like knitting instructions… well, my eyes kinda glaze over.

However, I think I’ve found the next best thing to knitting without using knitting needles.

It’s called loom knitting and throughout this post, I’ll show just how easy it was to make this 6-foot scarf.

knitting looms

Perhaps you’ve seen these plastic circular looms at your favorite crafts or fabric store.

They come in various colors to represent the various sizes and maybe you even walked right passed them without ever thinking about picking one up.

You may change your mind after reading further.

knitting loom project

These knitting looms are easy to use and require no special skill to produce lovely accessories including hats, shawls and scarves.

When I make my scarves, I always use the jumbo loom which measures about 10-inches in diameter.

Now, Christmas is not that far off and if you like handcrafted gifts… consider making scarves this year.

I’m already working on several scarves for upcoming holiday gifting.

loom knitting

To use the loom, simply wrap the yarn around the peg and then wrap loosely wrap the yarn again counter-clockwise so that you have two rows around each peg.

Use the enclosed hook to left the bottom row of yarn over the top row.

Work your way around the entire loom to complete your first row of knitting.

Then, wrap the yarn again and repeat.

loom knitting hook

As you continue to create the rows, it won’t take long before you’ll noticed the knitting dropping down through the center of the circular loom.

Just keep creating row after row after row to create the desired scarf length.

Instead of fiddling with the remote, you can easily get a lot of loom knitting done while sitting in front of your favorite TV show.

scarf knitting length

The scarf comes out like a tube scarf and you’ll have to cast the stitches off the loom when you’ve reached the desired length.

Remember, since the finished scarf is a tube… you’ll have to close each end.

You can do that with large fringe like I did or you could pull each end together, close the opening and add a big decorative pom-pom on each side.

scarf wra[

The tubed nature of the scarf gives it a double layer which makes it a much thicker and warmer accessory than a typical knitted scarf.

I’ve made many of these over the years and I prefer a really long length which allows me to wrap it around my neck at least twice.

This scarf (and all others I’ve made like this) measures about  63-inches and that doesn’t include the 6-inch fringe on each end.

This long length and fringe will require about 4-large skeins of yarn but I think it looks better super-sized and bulky like this.

scarf fringe

Aside from being a truly warm scarf, this thick fringe is my favorite part of this scarf.

I think it’s a fun look that looks even though it reminds me of those English Long-wool Leicester sheep… albeit shades of blue.

The type of yarn you use will impact the appearance of the fringe.

scarf knitting fringe

I think you’ll enjoy making these for friends and family this holiday season.

Oh, and if you do decide to make ’em and gift ’em…. just remember this…

don’t forget to make one (or two) for yourself.

knitting loom projects

Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time.

 

 

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  • Pamela G.

    Thanks Lisa! I’m going to see if I can tweak this method to make cozy leg warmers 🙂

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Hey Pam, that’s a great idea. I think you’d just have to use the smallest loom and a tighter more dense yarn. Happy holidays!

  • Brandi

    Hi Lisa! How are you? I hope you’ve been well and your family had a very happy Thanksgiving. I love your scarves. My daughter knits with a loom too and has been making hats and scarves for her friends. Always so nice to visit your blog. Your pictures are beautiful.

  • Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Hi Lisa!! I guess once you updated my address was dropped. I had flagged one of your earlier posts on photography and I save it. That linked me back here and I think I mentioned before that I’m not getting your posts. I will sign up again. I wonder if there are any others like me who were dropped? I love the scarf idea — I always just knit but this is great for non-knitters. Your photos are gorgeous.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Hi Marisa, thanks. Do knit yourself a few scarves. You’ll be able to whip them up in no time at all. Promise.

      Also, please go ahead and re-subscribe. There’s a button on the new site. I’m not sure subscriptions transferred over. You’re not the only one who asked.

      Thanks!

  • Elaine

    Lisa, you made this look so easy and what a great what to get the scarf I’m looking for to go with my new jacket. Thanks so much for introducing this craft to me.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Good luck with your scarf, Elaine. I think you’ll enjoy making one and it’ll take you almost no time at all to finish.

      Have fun.

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