Looms aren't just for weaving — when you've got one, you can wield your yarn and make knitwear without having to pick up a single needle. It's a great alternative to traditional knitting, and a solid option for those who can't hold needles (like those with arthritis).
There are two different kinds of knitting looms: round and rectangular. Round looms are the most versatile, as you can use them to knit flat panels or in a circle. The technique allows the loom to hold all your stitches instead of needles — simply wrap your yarn around the pegs, then use the hook to pull the bottom loop of yarn over the top loop.
Of course, there are different sizes of round looms, too. Small ones are great for baby hats, socks, fingerless gloves and other narrow patterns. Larger looms are ideal for adult-sized hats , cowls and patterns with larger circumferences. If you’re following a round loom knitting pattern, the pattern will usually specify how many pegs you need to complete the project.
Ready to give round looms a try? Try these beginner-friendly patterns to get started.
1. Bulky Striped Slouchy Hat
Bulky yarn and simple colorwork make this slouchy hat knit up fast. Use a 40-peg large loom and you can stitch the whole thing in a single afternoon.
2. Loom Knit Fingerless Gloves
This pattern uses simple rib stitching, making it perfect for first-time round loom knitters. The best part? It's one size fits all!
3. Cozy Hooded Cowl
4. Cozy Bear Hooded Cowl
Make a matching hooded cowl for your kiddo, only cuter because this little guy has adorable animal ears. Rawr!
5. Boomerang Shawl
Snuggle up by the fire in a stylish shawl. Made in worsted weight yarn , this pattern requires some more complex stitches on a 106-peg loom, so tackle it after you have one or two round loom projects under your belt.