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Welcome to The Knifty Knitter blog, where you can learn tips and tricks of using the looms and get hands on facts for finishing your projects.

Knifty Knitter Directions

posted May 18, 2011, 5:06 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated May 18, 2011, 5:25 PM ]

The Knifty Knitter directions that come with the loom sets leave a lot to be desired. The manufacturer of Knifty Knitter looms, Provo Craft, has attempted to place patterns and directions for these looms on their website. (http://www.provocraft.com/products/index.products.php?cl=knifty%20knitter) But, all to often their directions assume that you have knowledge of loom knitting.

The Knifty Knitters seem to have revived loom knitting! Many people are starting with the Knifty Knitter brand looms with no experience. For that reason, we started this website to help give Knifty Knitter directions in a way that brand new knitters can easily get started.
There are three basic steps to any loom knitting pattern:

1. Cast On (Abbreviated CO) - To cast on is to place the first row of yarn on the loom, so that you may begin knitting. This step consists of looping the yarn around the pegs. This can be done with your fingers, a Knifty Knitter tool, or a crochet hook.

2. Knit Off (Abbreviated KO) - Knitting off is the act of using the Knifty Knitter hook to lift the first row of yarn on the loom over the second row of yarn. As this is done, row after row, the knit grows downward out the center of the loom.

3. Bind Off (Abbreviated BO) - Binding off is removing the knit from the Knifty Knitter loom. This is a process of taking the remaining row of loops off each peg in a way that will not allow the knit to unravel when it's removed.

Those are the general Knifty Knitter directions that apply to each and every pattern and project that you will make. Now that you understand the basic steps, get your Knifty Knitter loom, knitting hook and some yarn together. We'll get started following each step of these directions, with photos, here: Knifty Knitter How To for Beginners.

How to Use the Knifty Knitter

posted May 16, 2011, 7:57 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated May 23, 2011, 11:03 AM ]

If you are brand new to loom knitting you are probably looking for a good Knifty Knitter how to article. Instructions for these looms are scarce online. There are 3 basic steps to loom knitting on any loom, including these cute Knifty Knitter looms:

1. Cast On - Also known as wrapping the loom.
2. Knit Off - This is the process of using the Knifty Knitter hook to lift the yarn off the loom.
3. Bind Off - At the end of each project, binding off is removing the knit from the loom.

There are two things that determine the finished stitch you make as you loom knit. How you cast on, or wrap the loom AND how you knit off using the Knifty Knitter hook. Here is a photo of each step:

Step 1 - Knifty Knitter How to Cast On - This is also called wrapping the loom. In this photo two rows have been wrapped on the loom. Sometimes you will start with more than two rows, but for the sake of simplicity, we will stick to 2 for now. The wrap used in this photo is the ewrap. The pattern used to wrap helps determine the finished look of the knit. Also in the photo, two yarns have been used as one when wrapping the loom. This is done to create a heavier knit.






Step 2 - Knifty Knitter How to Knit Off - This is done using the Knifty Knitter hook. Get your hook and slide the tip under the bottom loop on one of the pegs. Once you have the hook in place so that you might lift the yarn, pull it gently toward you and up and over the other loop above it on the peg. Continue around the loom until all the bottom loops have been "knitted off." When you are finished each peg should have only one loop remaining. Wrap the loom again as you did in the previous step. Knit off again. Continue wrapping and knitting off until your knit reaches the desired length.





Step 3 - Knifty Knitter How to Bind Off - When you have completed your project, it's time to bind off, or remove the knit from the loom. There are many methods to bind off, but the one shown in the photo is the simplest. Cut the working yarn (from the ball or skein) leaving a tail long enough to sew completely around the loom. Use a yarn needle to sew up through each loop on the loom before removing it from the peg.








Knitting a Scarf on the Knifty Knitter Loom

posted May 15, 2011, 3:30 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated May 17, 2011, 6:03 PM ]

They say experience is the best teacher and I wanted to share with you some of the Knifty Knitter scarves that I've made and what I learned about making scarves along the way.
When I began using Knifty Knitter looms, I read that the long looms are for making scarves on a pamphlet with the loom set. For the most part, I bought into the idea that round looms are for hats and mittens, not for scarves. It's not necessarily true. You can make beautiful scarves on the round looms also. In fact, one of my favorite scarves was made on the blue round loom.

Scarf Stitches that Won't Roll at the Edges
There are some stitches, such as the figure 8, ribbed stitch and the honeycomb stitch, that must be done on a long, or rectangular, loom. However, if you are using a basic knit stitch, like the ewrap, or the no wrap stitch, the round loom makes a perfect tube scarf that will not need to be blocked.

That brings me to the next thing that I wanted to say about making scarves. You can make a flat knit panel scarf using the ewrap, or no wrap stitches, but if you do this the edges of the scarf will roll. Other stitches (honeycomb, figure 8, and ribbed) do not have a tendency to roll at the edges. Because the knit (no wrap) and stockinette stitches (e wrap) do roll, I never recommend them for any flat piece of knit, unless it will later be joined with another panel. A blanket would be a good example of panel knit that is often joined with another panel. Scarves knitted as a panel are never joined to anything and will roll.

Here is a photo of one of the first scarves that I made with Nutmeg DK Swish yarn. I did it with the no wrap stitch and because it is panel knit (front and back side) it rolls at the edges. However, It is super soft yarn and I love the color.
For those new to knitting, there are blocking techniques that help a scarf to stop rolling at the edges. Basically, blocking is wetting the knit and allowing it to dry perfectly flat to help it hold the flat shape, setting something heavy on it as it dries can be done if necessary. The scarf can also be wet and ironed flat to help it hold it's shape.

If I were to make this scarf again, I would use the blue round loom or the pink long loom and simply knit continuously around the loom, rather than back and forth, to create tube knit, or a knit that has no back side. Think of tube knit as a sock. In this case it is a very long sock that has fringe tied to the ends. Knitting a scarf as a tube prevents rolling also, but allows you to use a no wrap or ewrap stitch.

Choosing the Yarn Fiber for Making Scarves on the Knifty Knitter Loom
The final thing that I have learned about making scarves on the Knifty Knitter loom is that the fiber of the yarn makes a big difference. Polyester and other synthetic yarns are beautiful, lofty and hold up well in the washing machine, but did you know that synthetic yarns also cause static cling? It's true and I haven't always know that dryer static is a product of synthetic fabrics.

If you take a load of all cotton, or linen fabric and dry them with no synthetic fabrics, you will not have static when you take them out, regardless of lacking fabric softener. If you have long hair that is prone to static, as I do, you will probably want to avoid synthetic fibers when making scarfs. They rub on your neck and can make static prone hair go wild if you use polyester. The DK swish used in the photo on the left is a super soft cotton fabric that will never cause static cling.


Knifty Knitter Loom Knitting 101 - The Basic Knit Stitch

posted May 13, 2011, 10:50 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated May 15, 2011, 3:32 PM ]

When you get your first set of Knifty Knitter looms, it's confusing. Here is the information you will need to get started. First, to knit with the Knifty Knitter looms you will begin by tying a slip knot. Hook this slip knot around the anchor peg on the side of the loom. Now that you have your yarn in place, you will begin to wrap the loom. There are various ways to wrap the Knifty Knitter loom, but the first time we will begin with one of the most basic wraps, called the e-wrap. To do this begin by grasping the yarn between your fingers and loop it around each peg. As you do this, you are forming a cursive letter "e" with the top of the e toward the outside of the loom. Continue ewrapping until all the pegs are wrapped. When you are finished, draw your yarn across the top of the first peg you wrapped. Use your Knifty Knitter hook to knit off, by pulling the loop around the peg outward and off the peg. The yarn you had stretched across the peg should remain on it. This is a basic knit stitch on the Knifty Knitter loom.


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