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.
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.
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.
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.