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1.0 How to Loom Knit | Overview (Part 1/2)

– Loom knitting is a great way to knit without using needles You can still make projects, from simple hats to extraordinary shawls, without the strain on your hands and wrists

Just like knitting with needles, you're only limited by your imagination Whether you're completely new to loom knitting, or you've made several projects and you just want to fill in the gaps in your knowledge, this video series is perfect for you You can do this The first lesson is an overview of loom knitting and covers a lot of material I know you'll want to skip right ahead and start knitting on your loom, but without the information I have for you in this lesson, you will make some mistakes

Trust me; I've spent years teaching others how to loom knit, and there are some pitfalls you can easily avoid if you have a guide to point them out I'm here to guide you along the path to successful loom knitting After this foundational lesson, we'll jump right in to techniques you'll want, like learning how to cast on, knitting, and purling, and binding off, plus so much more Each lesson builds on the previous one, until before you know it, you're loom knitting like a boss You'll even be able to start following along on simple patterns

All the foundational lessons in this series will be available to everyone They will teach you all the skills you need to get started with a variety of projects on your knitting loom If you're interested in advancing your skills beyond the basics, the later lessons will available to members of GoodKnit Kisses YouTube channel As the old saying goes, "When you first start out, you don't know what you don't know" I'm here to give you the knowledge you don't know yet

So be ready to learn, ask questions, and tangle your yarn as I walk you through the basics of how to loom knit (jazzy piano music) Well, it's time to dive in Here are questions from new loom knitters I get asked all the time What is a knitting loom, and how is it similar or different from needles? A knitting loom is a tool that allows you to create knit stitches using a series of fixed pegs Each peg on the loom is equal to one stitch on needles

Your finished knitting looks exactly like it was needle knit It's simply a different method of knitting, and I've found nearly everything that can be made on the loom as needles There are things that are easier on the loom, and some that are easier on the needles, but they can still be done as long as there's a loom with enough pegs to accommodate the project That brings us to the next question Why are there different looms, and what are they used for? Well, there's different looms to allow you to use a variety of yarn to create stitches and projects of different sizes, from the tiny stitches in a baby sock to the super chunky stitches in an oversized throw, they can all be made on the loom

Let's talk types of looms Circular, round versus straight, fixed versus adjustable, single knit versus double knit What does it all mean? The shape of the loom doesn't determine the type of knitting you can do The features of the loom are far more important Let me explain

Circular, round, versus straight Many looms are made so that you can go around continuously in the same direction and get a tube, like a hat or a sock A round shape seems like the obvious choice, but believe it or not, a rectangle that connects all pegs continuously can be used to circular knit or knit in the round, as we say Those same looms, both round and straight, can be used to work back and forth and knit a flat panel, like for a blanket, scarf, or a sweater Adjustable

Adjustable looms allow you to change the number of pegs on a loom You can increase or decrease the number of stitches while you're working on the project by adjusting a moveable slider in or out This is useful for a hat that gets smaller at the crown or a sleeve that gets wider at the armhole You can work in the round or straight on adjustable looms In fact, adjustable looms are great if you want to make a variety of projects on one loom

Double knit versus single knit Most knitting you see, whether it's socks, blankets, or sweaters, are single knit It is a single thickness of knit fabric That's it Some looms allow for a double thick fabric to be made

This is called double knitting These looms use two rakes or rails parallel to each other, and you work the yarn from front to back to create that extra thickness This series will concentrate on single knitting for learning purposes Why all the different shapes? Well, part of it is personal preference, and part of it is just plain practical Some people prefer the smooth, round shape of a circle or oval loom

On the practical side, changing the shape helps keep the loom easier to hold and manage when you have a lot of pegs Loom companies play with shapes to help you accommodate different size projects For example, a circle loom can only get so large before it gets way too big to fit on your lap Shapes like ovals, rectangles, S shapes, and even X shapes can fit more pegs for a larger project that a person can manage on their lap Imagine knitting a large jacket or blanket for a bed on a huge circular loom

Some of these shapes can address multiple types of knitting, like knitting in the round, adjustable knitting in the round, and even double knitting, on the same loom So you can see why so many different shapes are made Does it matter how I hold the loom, or the direction that I knit? Well, all looms can work right or left handed, meaning the work is in either direction, so you don't need to worry about handed tools or patterns You will also hear this as working clockwise or counterclockwise I hold mine right side up, which is the easiest way to see what's going on

Knitting to the left is clockwise, or going to the right is counterclockwise, and some patterns will call out directional terms For now, just follow along as shown, on your lap I'll demonstrate on a table for video purposes, but hold yours however is most comfortable for you Some people even knit with their loom upside down Does it matter how I hold the loom tool or pick? No, it's however you're comfortable

Some people prefer to grip the tool in their palm, while others like to hold it like a pencil Find whatever works best for you Do I have to use that little peg on the side edge of the loom? What if there's not one? No, you don't have to use that peg It's called an anchor peg It can be handy, but it isn't necessary, and that's why it's not on all looms

They don't all have anchor pegs Usually loom knitting starts with a slip knot on your beginning peg We'll show you that in our first hands-on tutorial, where we will learn casting on What other things do I need? Your materials or notions Those are those extra things beyond your loom and your yarn

That's the scissors, your tape measure, darning needles, or wide-eye tapestry needles, stitch markers whether they're fixed or locking, meaning they'll open up or they won't open up, and they're used for marking different things or marking pegs, and then also especially your loom hook or tool or pick They're all the same thing; they're just three different names A crochet hook for fixing mistakes like dropped stitches if hopefully you don't get one, or things like cast ons There are other little things that you might find in a notions pack that you might get, like a stitch holder, but you can use things like scrap yarn and things like that You don't necessarily have to have them, and there's also things like cable needles, but you don't need those either

That's for more advanced, and we'll talk about that in a later class Well, that's it for our first part of our beginner overview Stay tuned for the second part, where we talk about popular questions like loom gauge and yarn and picking it, just for beginners Stay tuned (jazzy piano music) Thanks for joining us today, where we help you stitch your love, and love your stitches

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