Stitches


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.


Eyelet Stitch or Button Hole on the Knifty Knitter Looms

posted May 18, 2011, 1:15 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jun 24, 2011, 12:00 AM ]

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.

Slip Stitch

posted May 18, 2011, 1:07 PM by Loom Knitter

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.

Single Ribbed Stitch or Ribbing Stitch

posted May 17, 2011, 7:26 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jun 18, 2011, 6:43 PM ]

Skill: Beginner
Abbreviation: (rib)

Round Looms
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.

Long Looms

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.

Purl Stitches

posted May 17, 2011, 4:58 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Mar 3, 2013, 7:02 PM ]

Skill: Beginner
Abbreviation: (p) Purl

When knitting with needles, or on a loom, the basic knit stitch creates knit that is different on the front side than it is on the backside. The "knit" side contains small v's. The backside, or purl side, contains small u shaped lines. For this reason, the purl stitch is often called "the opposite" of the knit stitch. When loom knitting, it is advantageous to be able to alternate between the knit stitch facing outward and the purl stitch facing outward as the combination of these two stitches can create ribbing and more elaborate stitches.
Step 1: Cast On -
Wrap the pegs with yarn in the ewrap. To ewrap, tie a slip knot in the end of the working yarn. Secure the slip knot around the anchor peg (the one perpendicular to the other pegs on the side of the Knifty Knitter loom). Beginning with the peg directly above the anchor peg, wrap the yarn around it moving from the inside of the loom outward, around the peg and then back in to the center of the loom. If you look closely, you will see that this loop around the peg creates a cursive letter "e." The top of the "e" will be on the outside of the loom and the crisscross of the "e" will be on the inside of the loom. Continue to wrap each of the pegs working in a clockwise motion around the loom until all pegs have been wrapped twice.


Step 2: Knitting Off -
When making most stitches, you push the loops to the bottom of the pegs before beginning. However, for the purl stitch it is most convenient to have the loops at the tops of each peg as you begin. Draw the working yarn under the loop that is on the peg. Working from the top, slide the Knifty Knitter hook under the loop. Use the hook to grab the working yarn and pull it back up through the loop. This step is shown in the photo on the right.



Step 3: Knitting Off (continued) - 
Pinch the loop that is now on the Knifty Knitter hook with your fingers and remove the hook. Gently lift the loop that is on the peg upward and off using the yarn pinched between your fingers to move it. Replace the loop with the yarn you are grasping.

The photo on the left shows this step as the loop is being replaced on the peg with the working yarn.

Continue knit off around the loom working in a clockwise motion as you create purl stitches. When the knit reaches the desired length, continue to step 4.

Step 4: Bind Off - "Bind off" is a term used to describe removing the knit from the loom. It is most easily accomplished by cutting the working yarn several feet in length and feeding the end through a yarn needle. Sew up with the needle through each loop on the Knifty Knitter loom before removing the loop from the peg. Continue around the loom until all pegs are removed from the knitting loom.

How to Purl on the Knifty Knitter - YouTube Video



Garter Stitch

posted May 17, 2011, 4:39 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Dec 31, 2011, 11:03 AM ]

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



No Wrap Stitch

posted May 17, 2011, 3:41 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 7:57 PM ]

Skill: Easy
Abbreviation: Flat (Stockinette) stitch in loom knitting
(fs), also called the "No Wrap" stitch in loom knitting. In traditional needle knitting, it's known as the knit (k) stitch. 
The no wrap stitch is known as the basic knit (k) stitch when knitting with needles. Just like the traditional knit stitch the reverse side of the fabric is the purl (p) pattern. This is one of the easiest stitches to make on the Knifty Knitter looms and all beginners should learn the knit and purl stitches. Combination of the knit and purl can create beautiful and extravagant knit projects.

The flat panel of knit in the photo on the left was created using the no wrap stitch (or knit stitch) on the longest Knifty Knitter loom. One strand of Peaches & Creme cotton yarn was used.
Step 1: Cast on -

Tie a slip knot at the end of your working yarn. Secure it around the anchor peg of the Knifty Knitter loom.
Wrap each peg of the loom going in a clockwise direction with the Ewrap. (Note: There are other methods of "casting on" the first row, but this is simplest for beginners to follow.)

To wrap each peg in the Ewrap, simply make a loop around each peg in the shape of a cursive "e" as show in the photo. The top of the "e" will be on the outside of the loom, while the crisscross at the base of the cursive "e" will be on the inside of the knitting loom. In the photo there are two yarns wrapped on the loom as one yarn. This is a common loom knitting practice that results in heavier knit than wrapping one strand of yarn alone. It is helpful to push down the loop made around each peg in this step before continuing on to the next step.

Step 2: Knit Off
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Draw the yarn across the peg, just above the loop made when you cast on. Using your Knifty Knitter hook, pull up on the bottom loop from the peg. Lift it gently toward you and up and over the yarn that you have drawn across the peg. The loop will be released over the top of the peg and fall toward the inside of the knitting loom. Continue knitting off across the row.

Step 3: Continue Knitting Off -

Continue to draw the yarn across each peg and knit off by pulling the bottom loop over the working yarn and off the peg. You will do this continuously in a clockwise motion for tube knit and in a back and forth motion, reversing at the end of each row for panel knit.

Step 4: Binding Off - 


When the knit reaches the desired length, bind off. One of the simplest bind off methods is to cut the working yarn several feet long and thread it through a yarn needle. Use this to sew through each loop before removing it from the peg.





No Wrap Stitch YouTube Video




Ewrap or Twisted Stockinette Stitch

posted May 17, 2011, 12:17 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 5:25 PM ]

Skill: Beginner
Abreviation: Twisted Stockinette Stitch (tw St st) in traditional knitting, aka Ewrap (EW)
in loom knitting.

The stockinette stitch is the most commonly used stitch in traditional knitting. It is created with needles by knitting a full row, then purling a full row. Likewise, the twisted stockinette stitch is extremely popular in loom knitting and is often one of the first stitches a beginner will learn when using their Knifty Knitter looms. In the world of loom knitting, the stitch is known as the Ewrap. In the world of needle knitting, it is known as the twisted Stockinette stitch. (tw St st)
How to EWrap a Knifty Knitter Loom
This can be done with a round loom or a long loom. The sample photos show the loom wrapped using 2 yarns as if they are only one yarn. This results in a heavier finished knit.

Step 1:
Wrapping the first row. Begin by tying a slip knot and securing it to the anchor peg. The anchor peg is that out of place peg on the side of your Knifty Knitter loom that is turned at a different angle than all the other pegs.

Step 2:
Ewrap the loom by beginning with the peg closest to the anchor peg and wrapping the yarn around it to form a cursive letter "e." Start by pinching the yarn between your fingers and drawing it from the inside of the loom around the first peg toward the outside and then back toward the inside. The top of the cursive e should be toward the outside of the loom and the yarn should cross on the inside of the loom. The first time you do this it will take a little practice to get the feel for wrapping a loom, but once you have it down there is a rhythm to this step.

Step 3: Continue ewrapping all the pegs on the loom in a clockwise direction. You will know you are finished wrapping the first row when all the pegs have one loop on them.

Step 4: Push the first row of loops downward on the pegs. So that the first row of ewrapping is at the bottom of each peg.

Step 5: EWrap a second row following the same clockwise pattern used when you "cast on" your fir
st row. When finished each peg should have two loops of ewrapping.

Step 6: "Knit off" by using the Knifty Knitter hook to bring the bottom loop over the top loop from each peg. After gently pulling the bottom loop toward you, over the top loop, and off the peg, it is released toward the inside of the loom. Continue knitting off, making ewrap stitches around the loom, until all the pegs have only one loop left on them.

Step 7: Push the loops remaining on the pegs to the bottom. Ewrap another row. Knit off again pulling the bottom row over the top row with the Knifty Knitter hook. Continue this step, wrapping a new row and knitting off until your knit reaches the desired length.

The Finished Ewrap Knit

An important thing to know about any type of stockinette stitch is that the edges will roll if not stabilized with some other type of stitch along the edges. They roll toward the right side of the knit, not the wrong side, or the purl pattern side. Some patterns like stocking caps use the rolling edge to create a rolled hem. A garter stitch is a common stitch used to prevent rolling around the edge of the stockinette knit.

YouTube Video



Double Ribbed Stitches

posted May 16, 2011, 5:04 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 7:30 PM ]

Abbreviation: d rib
Skill Level: Medium


Knitting double ribbed stitches on the Knifty Knitter loom is easy peasy with these directions. Ribbed stitches and double ribbed stitches are often seen at the cuffs, or hems, of sweaters. The ribbing makes it stretchy and the double ribbed stitch is stretchier than the basic ribbed stitch.

When done with traditional knitting needles, the double ribbed stitch is made by following the basic pattern of knit 2, purl 2. If you know how to do the knit and purl on a knitting loom, then you already know how to make a ribbed stitch! The double ribbed stitch can be used to make beautiful panel knit that will not roll and can be varied slightly to create the honeycomb pattern.
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.

YouTube Video


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 Knitter

How to Purl on the Knifty Knitter

Figure 8 Stitch or Cross Ribbing Stitch

posted May 16, 2011, 3:24 PM by Loom Knitter   [ updated Jan 23, 2012, 6:41 PM ]

Skill: Easy
Abbreviation: rib

This is equivalent to a crossed ribbing stitch done on traditional needles. The figure 8 makes a good single ribbing stitch for flat panels because it is the same on both sides and doesn't roll at the edges. This ribbed stitch can only be done on the long Knifty Knitter looms, not the round looms, because the wrap is done back and forth across the long loom as shown in the photo at the bottom of this page.
Provo Craft is the manufacturer of the Knifty Knitter looms and they refer to the figure 8 stitch for knitting a scarf on their site. The figure 8 wrap, or stitch, gets it's name by the pattern, or method, used in wrapping the loom before you begin to knit off. Basically, you continue back and forth across a long loom creating a figure 8 with the yarn.

After the second row is wrapped, you knit off. Knitting off is pulling the bottom loop over the top loop of each peg and off the loom.





When knitting off the first row is complete, you will have one loop remaining on each peg of the Knifty Knitter loom. Wrap the loom again in the figure 8 pattern. Knit off again. Continue to repeat these steps until your knit reaches the desired length.

The knit in the photo of the blue scarf was done with one strand of polyester yarn on the pink Knifty Knitter long loom. To create a heavier bulkier knit you can use two strands of yarn as one as you wrap the loom. This is shown in the photo below of the purple and black knitted pieces.

One complication that beginners often run into when creating the figure 8 stitch is how to wrap the yarn on the last peg. Simply loop the yarn around the peg. It doesn't have to crisscross as done with the rest of the pegs. It's best not to try to cross the yarn, if you do make a full wrap around the peg it draws to tight at the edges. The photo below shows the figure 8 wrap and the final loop around the last peg.

Find detailed instructions for how to knit a scarf using the figure 8 here.

YouTube Video



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