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Get Crafty With Knitting Boards & Looms

Knitting looms and boards allow you to make flat knitted fabric and tubes, which you can turn into clothing, accessories, toys, or decorations. If you aren't yet ready to pick up a pair of knitting needles, knitting looms and boards are a good entry to this type of fiber art. Getting started with knitting boards and looms is an ideal way to spend time when you are sheltering in place or looking for something relaxing to do on a rainy day.

Is it difficult to use a knitting loom?

If you can wrap yarn around a peg, you can use a knitting loom. To make stitches, you begin by wrapping the yarn around the pegs according to the knitting loom instructions. The way you wrap the yarn around the knitting loom will depend on if you are making a single flat piece, a double-knit flat piece, or a tube. Some of the knitting boards use a hook to lift off the loops, while others have you lift the loops with your fingers.

Types of knitting boards & looms

Knitting loom patterns will specify which type of loom you need. The types of knitting boards and looms include:

  • French knitter: These are often shaped like a doll or spool, and they have four or five pegs for making at thin tube.
  • Sock: This is a small circular or rectangular loom with densely packed pegs for making tube socks.
  • Rake: This is rectangular or S-shaped, and it creates flat single-knit pieces of fabric.
  • Board: This has two parallel rows of pegs for making double-knit, flat fabric.
  • Circular, square, or triangular: These create bigger tubes for hats, cowls, and sweaters.
  • Afghan: These are figure-eight shaped boards with 100 or more pegs for making blanket panels or a whole blanket. Afghans can be made on circular looms by skipping the wrap on the last peg.
Which supplies do you need with a knitting loom?

Your knitting loom instructions or knitting loom patterns will explain what you need for your project. Most projects require these supplies:

  • Yarn: The pattern will specify how many yards and what weight of yarn.
  • Replacement knit hook: You may want to have an extra replacement knit hook when working on a large project.
  • Yarn needle: Use this to weave in the ends of your yarn.
  • Pegs: Some looms come with extra pegs for making a larger or tighter-gauge project.