Knifty Knitter Instructions

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Jennifer Loucks

    About the Author

    Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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    Even if you're not a pro with knitting needles, you can create hats, scarves and other knit items by the score with a knitting loom. Knifty Knitter looms, produced by Provo Craft, are basic peg looms that just require wrapping and lifting loops to mimic the look of regular knitting. Patterns are available starting with a very basic item, such as a scarf or hat, to a more advanced sweater or shrug pattern.

    Types of Knifty Knitters

    The most common Knifty Knitter looms are the long loom and round loom. They are heavy plastic and designed to either sit in your lap or on a work surface in front of you.The long loom creates a long piece of knit fabric for sweaters and blanket-type projects. The round loom creates a tube, used for hat and bag projects. The basic knitting techniques on a long loom are the same as using a round loom. Instructions for a long loom project specify whether or not you use the entire round of the long loom or just one side.

    Wrapping the Knifty Knitter Loom

    The first step in creating a Knifty Knitter loom project is wrapping the loom. Both the long loom and round loom are wrapped in the same manner. Secure the end of the yarn around the anchor peg, which sticks out horizontally, by tying a knot. Create a single wrap around the first peg by bringing the yarn behind the peg and wrapping it around the front. You will see one loop around the peg. This is called an E-wrap because the yarn makes the shape of a cursive lower-case "E." Continue around the loom with a single wrap. Once the first wrap is completed, continue with a second wrap around the entire loom in the same manner as the first loop. Secure the end around the same horizontal peg used for the end; secure by wrapping the yarn several times. Sometimes a light knot is needed if the yarn doesn't stay in place.

    Using the Knifty Knitter

    The knit stitch is the basic stitch used. With the loom hook, grab the bottom wrap -- there should be at least two on each peg -- and pull over the top of the second wrap and over the peg. The stitch is created on the inside of the loom. Continue pulling the bottom wrap over the second wrap and over the peg until all pegs have one wrap remaining on the loom. The stitches pulled over the peg are left alone until the next row is knit. Do not pull stitches tight. To knit the next row, take the secured yarn from the previous rows, unwrap it from the holding peg and wrap a second E-wrap around each peg. You then pull all bottom wraps over the top again. Keep repeating this process as the pattern directs you for length. As more rows are completed, you will see the knit stitches build on themselves to create knit fabric. Once you reach the number of required rows, thread a piece of yarn in a contrasting onto a yarn needle and run it through all the top loops to secure the piece and remove it from the loom.

    Finishing Off

    Finishing is called crocheting off and you do exactly that. Slip the first loop onto a crochet hook. Grasp the second loop with the hook and pull through the first loop. The second loop is now the only loop on your hook and is treated as a "new" first loop. Continue with this process around the entire piece. When finished, there will be one loop left. Pull the tail end of the yarn that is still attached to the project through the last loop to knot off the project. Pull the contrasting yarn out and weave any yarn ends into the project. It makes it easier to hide your ends if they are long enough to thread onto a yarn needle.

    Knifty Knitter Tips

    When first starting with the loom, you may want to use a low-cost poly mix yarn to get the feel of using the loom. Always knit a small swatch on the loom before starting your projects. Knitting a swatch first will give you an idea if your yarn is right for the project. While the looms work nicely with chunky or 4-ply yarns, a thinner yarn can be used if you double-wrap the loom, meaning you wrap twice around each peg the first round and twice more in the second round. You will end with four wraps on the loom and pull two loops at a time. The Knifty Knitter looms come with a small pattern book. You can also purchase books for loom knitting or free patterns are available on the Provo Craft website and numerous knitting and yarn sites.

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