How to Convert a Knitting Pattern to the Loom

Loom knitting is a relatively new concept in knitting. It’s not nearly as common as traditional knitting, but in recent years it has been picking up speed. It’s a great alternative to needle knitting if you have issues that make it difficult to do technical work with your hands or fingers for extended periods of time. I personally started loom knitting after getting frustrated with the speed at which I could knit with needles. I’m an embarrassingly s needle knitter. After doing it for years, I realized it was probably never going to be something I would get fast at. I had an issue with tensioning my yarn that no technique or way of holding the yarn would fix.

I think the reason I had difficulties tensioning my yarn is because I have very long slender fingers. If I push all my fingers together (excluding my thumb of course) as tightly as possible, they really only touch at the knuckles. So when I would wrap my yarn to give me a little tension control, the yarn would just slip through. I could never find a way to wrap the yarn so that it would be any “tighter” than just letting it hang over my pointer finger. This meant controlling the yarn was very difficult and I would end up contorting my hand in uncomfortable positions – leading to swollen fingers and joints after just a few minutes.

How to a Needle Knitting Pattern to the Loom #VintageStorehouse&Co. #Tutorial #LoomKnitting

This is what led me to ultimately start working with knitting looms. I find knitting to be calming and helps me de-stress, but I wanted to be able to do it for more than a few minutes without feeling sore. Loom knitting is perfect for this as you don’t need to hold the yarn in any special way, you don’t need to hold small needles and you can just set the work down on your lap or a pil and knit for as long as you want without any issue. The only problem – the dictionary of knitting patterns for the loom is extremely small. All those gorgeous intricate lace shawls and beautiful entralac scarfs are all written for the needle – not the loom. The good news is, it’s pretty straight forward to convert you pattern to the loom, and we’ve provided you with everything you need to make almost any needle knitting pattern simple to convert to the loom.

How to Convert Your Needle Pattern to the Loom

The biggest thing to wrap your head around when converting needle patterns is that you need to convert any and all Wrong Side rows to their Right Side Equivalents. We’ve created this nifty little conversion chart for you to use to help you with your conversions. Simply locate the Wrong Side stitch in the left hand column and change it to it’s right side equivalent in the left side column. Simple.

Download the Knitting Conversion Chart by Vintage Storehouse & Co. Knitting Conversion Chart by Vintage Storehouse & Co.

I also wanted to give you a comparison of the Original Needle Knitting Pattern we converted in the video tutorial vs the Loom Knitting Pattern we converted it to. You can click on the images to get a larger version, or you can download a .pdf of the Moss Stitch Pattern for the Loom.

Cable Moss Stitch Pattern Graph for Needles by Vintage Storehouse & Co.Cable Moss Stitch Pattern Graph for Loom by Vintage Storehouse & Co.

I also mentioned in the video that we have our own legend of symbols that we use for our patterns. You can create your own, but if you want to use the same symbols we use, or if your trying to understand one of our patterns, you can get the latest version here.

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  • Wanda Barefoot (A Book Lover’s

    So great! I see TONS of knitting patterns I would love to do but didn’t have a clue how to do them on a loom. I KNEW there had to be a way. You have made my day! Thanks! 🙂

    • Kathy Todd Gleason

      Hi, My name is Kathy I am new to this site just happen to find it by accident…Has the legend of the symbols came out yet? I don’t know how to knit or crochet, I just loom Knit…I’m wanting to learn, but right now is not the time.. I see so many Knitted and crochet patterns that I would just love to do, But all’s I know is loomed,Which is wonderful,But Id like to make my daughter (23) a sweater, One that is her age not mine(56) but everytime I see a Nice pattern, Its being knitted..So I have the one paper,that gives you the Wrong side & Right Side… I just need the symbols one,or Their other inturpation of Knitting stitches turned to Loom Stitches…Thank You so much Winda…And If I could ever help you,Please let me know…Im not to savey..Thank you & Have A Very Blessed Day!!!

  • Wanda Barefoot (A Book Lover’s

    I don’t see a legend of the symbols you use. Can you post it or am I missing it?

  • michaelmybeloved

    What is the reverse/opposite of the SSK?

    • Wanda Barefoot (A Book Lover’s

      MMB Thank you for the link. I have that chart, though. I was looking for the chart that shows the symbols she uses as shortcuts for the stitches. I need that same question answered too. Short for SSK… SSP maybe? Slip, slip, purl? Is that even possible? LOL

      • Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse &

        Hi Wanda, I know it’s been a while since I posted these but I haven’t had a chance to upload the chart yet. I have another 31 days of knitting series coming out in August and I will absolutely have all the charts updated and the key posted before then! I”m so sorry for the delay!

    • Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse &

      Hi! This question probably needs a bit more explanation than a simple opposite stitch. SSK is almost always knitted on the right side of your work in traditional knitting, so I would be very surprised if you found the stitch on a wrong side. SSK leans to the left on the right side of your work. If you wanted the decrease to still lean to the left, but you wanted the nice side of the stitching to be inwards, you would simply do the same thing as the SSK on the loom, but purl the stitches together instead of knitting them off. If you needed the stitch to slant to the right instead of the left you would simply switch it to a K2Tog stitch.

      That being said, the exact technical opposite of the SSK would actually be a Purl 2 Together stitch. This would be the exact opposite that you would use if you were following a needle knitting pattern that had a SSK on a wrong side row.

  • michaelmybeloved

    I love having the chart. This has been so helpful.

    There are a couple things on the chart that I don’t know how to do on the loom though.

    For example, P2Tog TBL (purl 2 together through the back
    loop). I know P2Tog but not P2Tog TBL. Or K2 Tog TBL. K2Tog TBL seems like it would be K2 Tog (using e-wrap), based on the fact that the KTBL is the e-wrap. So, does that mean that P2Tog TBL is P2 Tog, making sure to use the twisted purl stitch?

    Also, what is P2Tog PSNO (purl 2 together pass next stitch over) on the loom? I’ve heard of/seen Sl1 K2Tog PSSO (knit 2 together pass slipped
    stitch over) before but I don’t know how to actually accomplish the P2Tog PSNO on a loom. Can you explain or do you know of a video on it?

    Thanks again!

    • Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse &


      Purl 2 together TBL is just a combination of purl 2 together and purling through the back loop. Just e-wrap the peg instead of u wrapping the peg and purl two together. Hopefully that makes sense. If not I can explain further.

      To do the P2Tog PSNO, you’ll purl two stitches together as normal, then you’ll slip the new stitch onto the following peg and pass that stitch over the new stitch.

      I hope that helps!