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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.