Welcome to Knifty Knitter Stitches! We are building a comprehensive index of stitches for the Knifty Knitter looms. Are you hoping to learn the basic knit and purl stitch? The garter stitch? Maybe something more complicated like the box stitch? We have them all here with instructions to do them on a Knifty Knitter loom. We also give you the abbreviations for each stitch.
This is sure to become your favorite loom knitting resources! Soon you'll be able to translate any knitting pattern to one that can be made on your Knifty Knitter loom by learning the loom methods for the stitches. Check back often! We are always adding new stitch photos and instructions.
The eyelet stitch is a way to make a "hole" in the finished knit, it comes in very handy for button holes and drawstrings. Here is how the stitch is done on a knitting loom, including the Knifty Knitter looms:
Step 1: Beginning at the position where you want the button, or drawstring hole, move the existing loop on the peg to the next peg on the loom.
Step 2: Bring the working yarn in front of the empty peg.
Step 3: Knit off on the peg that the loop was moved to treating both loops as if they are only one loop.
Step 4: When you have reached the next row, and reach the peg with the yarn stretched across it, treat it as you do any other loop on the peg while knitting off.
In addition to button holes and draw strings, some patterns call for this movement of the loops to the next peg in a repeated pattern to add new dimensions to the finished project.
Abbreviated: sl st
To slip stitch on the Knifty Knitter looms, you simply do NOT wrap the peg that is to be slip stitched. Skip it and go on to the next peg. Slip stitching is used at the edge of flat pieces of knit. It looks a bit like a braid at the edge, but doesn't add any width to the project.
To make the ribbed stitch with traditional needles you alternate the knit and purl stitch repeatedly (k, p, k, p, etc.). You can do the same thing to make a ribbing stitch on a Knifty Knitter loom. Simply alternate no wrap
(knit) stitches with purl
stitches (nw, p, nw, p, etc.). The fingerless glove in the photo was made by alternating knit and purl stitches for a ribbed and form fitting glove.
On the long Knifty Knitter looms you can also make the single rib stitches by going back and forth across the loom in a figure 8 pattern
. For this reason it is sometimes referred to as the figure 8 stitch
in loom knitting. The ribbed stitches created using this method are slightly looser then the knit/purl method.
Another way to create ribbed stitches on the long looms is the double ribbed stitch
, sometimes called the box stitch. It produces the following pattern of ribbing: k, k, p, p.
A garter stitch (gs) is the name used to describe one row of knit
stitches followed by a row of purl
stitches. The garter stitch is often used to keep the edges of knit from rolling. In other words, if you are knitting along and you come to the end of your project a row of purl stitches at the end would keep it from rolling. If you are purling along, a row of knit stitches at the end would keep it from rolling. Often patterns begin and end with a few rows of alternated purl and knit stitches, or the garter stitches, for this reason.
The ewrap stitch can effectively be substituted for the knit stitch to form the garter, alternating a row of ewrap followed by a row of purl. Are you wondering what this looks like? You are in luck. Here is a photo of garter stitches done alternating the ewrap and the purl.
Rows 1, 3, 5, = ewrap
Rows 2, 4, 6, = purl
Making the Double Ribbed Stitch
As mentioned above, the double ribbed stitch can be done following the knit 2, purl 2 pattern. That is how it is done on a round loom. However, there is an easier way to make this stitch on the long loom. The most difficult part is learning to wrap the loom. Once you get the wrap down to a rhythm, it's fun and easy. The wrap is shown on the photo to the left.
The important thing to remember about this wrap is that you are tracing the yarn back across the loom exactly as it was placed the first time. Each time that you wrap a peg, the yarn crisscrosses on the INSIDE of the loom. If it doesn't, you've started to wrap your peg from the wrong side on the loom.
When you've reached the last peg, simply loop around as seen on the lower right peg of the photo. You do NOT need to create a full crisscrossed loop on this peg. In fact, you don't want to, as it will cause the edges of the finished knit to pull too tightly.
Once you've wrapped two rows of the double ribbed stitch, you can knit off by using the Knifty Knitter hook that comes with the loom sets to gently lift the bottom loop outward, over and off the peg. It will fall to the inside of the loom.
There is now one row left on each peg. Wrap the loom again to get two rows on each peg and knit off again. Continue doing this until your knit reaches the desired length.
The Finished Knit of the Double Ribbed Stitch
Here is a photo of finished double ribbed knit done on the Knifty Knitter long loom.This knit is light and airy because it was done with only one strand of light-weight cotton yarn. For a heavier finished knit, you can wrap the Knifty Knitter loom using two strands of yarn together as one. I usually use one strand for lighter Spring garments and 2 strands of yarn together for heavy winter outwear when making gloves, scarves, hats or sweaters.
If you're still looking for help with this double ribbed stitch, also called the "Box Stitch," there is a video tutorial to make the double ribbed stitch on the Knifty Knitter loom below.
Double Ribbed Stitch for the Round Knifty Knitter Looms
As mentioned earlier, the round looms can also be used to create a double ribbed stitch. For these looms you will knit 2, purl 2 continuously around the loom. You can also follow this method on the long looms, but the method described above is generally easier. For detailed information on how to do this, see :How to Knit on the Knifty KnitterHow to Purl on the Knifty Knitter