Knitting Organizer (Yarn Bag) Review

After seeing my sister-in-law receive a nice yarn bag for Christmas, I decided to go hunting for my own. I wasn’t sure I wanted to invest the $60 for the one she got (and my honey told me to hold off on buying the fancier ones as he might want to get one for me later).

My sister-in-law calls hers “the only yarn bag you’ll ever need”. LOL. I think over the course of my knitting career, I’ll probably own several knitting bags/organizers because I’m a craft hoarder. I have a hard time saying no to yarn sales/loom sales.

I wanted a yarn bag/organizer that would fit more than one project and that could hold a couple of looms inside. Since I had a gift card for Amazon, I decided to buy it there rather than going to my local Joann.

After looking at a few reviews, I opted for the Knitting Organizer by Besti on Amazon, which at the time of this writing, is $16.95.

It fits about six normal skeins of yarn (or three large skeins) in the front, which is where you’d store yarn for any current knitting projects. The front size has holes at the top allow you to feed yarn through so you don’t have to take the yarn out of the bag. There are three compartments, which are clear so you can see which yarns you’re using.

The back side is one large zippered compartment, so you can use this for yarn, looms, or whatever your heart desires!

See it here:

 

I use the front side for my active yarn and I use the back compartment for my looms and any loom books I’m using for a pattern. I like that I can put 2-4 looms in here and a couple of small knitting books.

The bag will fit round looms easily, but if you are using long looms (the rectangular ones), you might not be able to fit your long loom inside the bag. My small ones would fit, but not my big 62-peg Loops & Threads loom. I have not checked to see if my KB All-in-One loom will fit inside.

The Knitting Organizer by Besti has smaller compartments on the top, and the sides, so you can fit all of your loom hooks, tapestry needles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, etc. So far, the bag seems well-made for what it is. I expected it to look and feel cheap, but it was better than I expected. It’s not going to last 30 years, but what does these days?

It also comes with a long shoulder strap. I think it’s a good bag for schlepping around the house or to take with you to a knitting group. It’s a bit large for air travel unless you are planning to use this as your carry-on item. The dimensions are 12”x15”x10”.

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One downside for some users is that the bag does not stand up on it’s own. There’s no cardboard or anything to hold this bag up. It sits upright if you have it filled, but if you only have one skein of yarn and a loom, it’s going to droop and fold in on itself. This was not a problem for me, but it might be a drawback for others.

I love having the zippered compartment on the top for my loom hooks.  And having the yarn holes and velcro at the top is very handy for keeping yarn contained and making it less tempting for my cat to play with. The bag is not totally cat proof, but it’s better than the plastic bags and grocery totes I was using.

I think it’s a great investment for $17 to keep your yarn clean and away from pets or just to reduce clutter and mess while you’re working on one or two projects.

For my purposes, I’d give this a 5 out of 5 for a large, cheap, easy-to-use yarn bag with lots of compartments. If you’re concerned about long-term durability and the yarn bag needing to stand up on it’s own then this is probably going to be a 3.5 out of 5.

At the time of this writing, I’ve been using the bag for almost a week. If I notice any significant issues with the bag over time, I’ll come back and update this post and the review score.

Do you use a knitting organizer or storage bag for your knitting projects? How do you like it? Let us know in the comments.

Happy Looming!

 

*Disclaimer: I purchased this yarn bag and did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate/advertising links.

Found Knitting Books

Recently, I’ve been playing around with the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary, but I’d been wondering if I could find a useful traditional needle knitting book that would give me more stitches to play with. I browsed online then thought about checking out our second-hand craft store. Unfortunately, when we went to the craft store, it was closed for reorganizing, so we made other plans for the day.

We happened to stop by Tuesday Morning, where I was fortunate to find several skeins of superwash wool yarn in blue and in white. I got a few black ones, too, but the blue and white were actually available in large quantities, which is not very common at this discount store.

Next to Tuesday Morning is a book store and my mother-in-law wanted to go in, so I decided I’d browse for a knitting book. I glanced through a few but the ones I grabbed didn’t have what I was looking for. Then I picked up The Knitting Bible by Peter Pauper Press. It was wrapped in plastic, so I hesitated on buying it, plus the actual wrapper had a warning note on the back that made it difficult to read the back blurb. But, something intrigued me, so I decided to look online and see if I could find a review.

I waited for the results to load and at that moment, my MIL came by to check if I’d found everything I was looking for. I mentioned that I was debating on whether to get this knitting book and she told me to just get it and that we could return it if it wasn’t what I was looking for.

It was exactly what I was looking for!!

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It has lots of color pictures, showing every stitch, and there are stitch charts included so you know which stitches are on the right side of the work (which helps because the main difference in loom knitting vs needle knitting – apart from using a loom – is that we only work the right side of the project). The Knitting Bible also offers some additional knit and purl stitches that the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary didn’t have. The caterpillar stitch is an interesting one, but I can’t wait to try the pique stitch.

The book allows me to either follow the chart or I can use the needle pattern and just do the reverse of the stitches in the even numbered rows. I bought a grid lined notebook so I can convert stitch patterns and design my own projects.

I’m hoping to write a more detailed review later on after I’ve had a chance to play with it.

A few days later, when the second-hand craft store had it’s re-opening, I found two more knitting books. One Ball Knits and a 1970s knitting dictionary from Mon Tricot.

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The Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary: 1030 Stitches Patterns has a combination of needle knit and crochet patterns as well as needle knitting techniques. Most of the images are in black and white, but there are some color pictures for granny squares and several of the multi-color stitch patterns. It looks like you can still find this book used at Amazon and Etsy.

One Ball Knits is a combination of knitting techniques (the first third of the book is about basic knitting techniques), knitting terms, and things you need to know about yarn, from weight to needle size, dye lots, yarn gauge, and substituting one yarn for another.

The book has 20 knitting patterns, which include scarves, shawls, gloves, socks, bags, belts and even a necklace and a felted hat. Each pattern includes the written instructions and a knitting chart. They also tell you the yarn used, the needle size, and the gauge so you know if you’re on the right track.

Once I get a bit more comfortable with knitting charts (and converting written patterns), I might try a couple of these. I like the kimono shrug and the Moebius shawl (though I think there are loom knit patterns out there for a similar Moebius shawl).

While I like some of the designs much better than others, I do think the book gives you an idea of the variety of things you could make with one skein of yarn.

I might look for some other stitch dictionaries. I don’t know if they will be quite as good as the Knitting Bible, but it’s helpful to know which stitches are common stitches and which are newer creations.

Hope you’re having a great start to the year!

Do any of you like to use needle knitting books or patterns for your loom knitting? Do you read the knitting charts or convert your pattern by hand?

Loom Review – Darice Round Loom Set

Recently, I misplaced a couple of my Loops & Threads round looms. I’m very sad about this, but because I had some hats to knit and wanted to use a wide gauge loom, I bought the Darice Round Loom set.

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It was on sale at Amazon for $10.99 in December. I’ve seen the set priced between $10.99 – $16.99 USD. It just depends on the time of year, I think. I’ve also seen this set at Consumer Crafts online for around $10, plus shipping.

The Darice set is very similar to the Loops & Threads, Knifty Knitter, and Boye looms and comes in the standard 24-peg, 31-peg, 36-peg, and 41-peg wide gauge looms.

The construction is very similar to my Boye loom, but doesn’t have the ragged plastic edges that the Boye loom has and it does not have the crochet hook head. Some parts of the loom had a whitish tinge (such as when you bend plastic out of shape). I’m a little nervous that after heavy use, the plastic grooves will get scratched up.

I would say for quality, the Darice loom set is in between the Boye looms and the Loops & Threads looms. After using all three, I’d say I’m partial to the Loops & Threads, personally. I have not used Knifty Knitter, so I can’t compare.

My Authentic Knitting Board looms are better as far as quality goes, but those are more expensive, so its not exactly a fair comparison. I would definitely pick the Darice looms over the Boye loom set, unless you have dexterity issues and you need the crochet hook tops on the pegs.

I do think the Darice looms are great for the price. They are inexpensive, easy to use, are fairly sturdy, and will make a lot of projects: hats, scarves, blankets, etc. You can use these looms to make many sizes of hats from premie to adult size. It would be a great loom set for a beginner or to give to your kids or grandkids.

The looms aren’t heavy and they seem easy to learn on. I did pull on some of the pegs and didn’t feel like they would break or fly out. The wide gauge makes hats and scarves quick to knit. You’ll need a chunky yarn for these (or two strands of #4 worsted weight yarn). It’s a great set to add to your collection.

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The loom comes with a knitting hook and a tapestry needle. I give an A+ to the tapestry needle which is long and has a very wide eye. This thing is great for chunky yarns. It can compete with my beloved Clover jumbo tapestry needles. Both have a very big eye, which is super helpful when you have to squeeze a thick yarn through the eye.

Sadly, I did not like the knitting hook. It has a rubberized coating that I thought would be great, but when I tried using it, the hook made my hand hurt after a while. I had to switch back to the KB Ergonomic Knitting Tool, which is my go-to knitting hook.

If you can loom for long periods without an ergonomic hook, you’ll probably be fine with the Darice knitting hook. If you have carpel tunnel or sensitive wrists, you can get an ergonomic hook at Joann, Authentic Knitting Board, Amazon or on Etsy.

The looms do come with brief instructions on the package. If you’ve never loom knitted before, go onto YouTube for detailed instructions on how to loom knit. Or, try one of the tutorials on Loomahat.com.

Overall, the Darice looms are good and I think they make a long loom set as well.

I was talking with a woman in my facebook loom knitting group and she said she buys extras of the Darice round looms to have around for gifts. I might end up getting a few extras myself, if I ever teach a beginner class.

For quality, I’d give this around a 4.

For the convenient price, sturdiness, ease of use, I’d give the Darice loom set a 4.25. I think it’s a great starter loom set.

 

 

*Disclaimer: I purchased this loom set and did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate/advertising links.

Roman Stitch Hats

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One of the projects I worked on over the holidays was a Roman stitch hat for a little girl who is like a goddaughter to us. I knitted a Roman stitch hat for her and a garter stitch hat for her sister.

I got the idea while perusing the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary by Kathy Norris. You can find my review of it here.

I ended up making two of these because I realized the first hat I made was more of a baby/toddler hat, so I made it again on a 36-peg loom so that it would fit an older child.

You can see both hats here:

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Since I’ve only seen the Roman stitch mentioned in a couple of places, I’m not sure if this is a common stitch, so I won’t post the exact instructions here. If you’d like to make one of these, I’d recommend getting the stitch dictionary.

If you know how to u-knit, purl, and do the gathered bind off, you can make this hat.

I used the Darice 36-peg loom and made a garter stitch brim. This is a wide gauge loom. You could make this on a small gauge loom, but you’d need two strands of thin yarn or one strand of worsted weight.

For the brim, I did three sets of garter stitch, but I did it as purl one row, knit one row instead of starting with the knit row first. The knit stitches are u-knit, not ewrap. I wanted the hat to fit an older child (6-11), not a teen, so I used u-knit so that the stitches would be a little tighter.

I used two skeins of yarn and knit as one. The yarn was Red Heart Super Saver in Country Blue and I think the multi-colored one was the Monet Print colorway, but I’m not sure. It was blue with pink, purple, and yellow mixed in.

Note: The Roman Stitch works best with an EVEN number of pegs, so if you are not using a 36-peg loom, make sure you choose one with an even number.

The hat “pattern” for the child’s hat went like this:

Brim:

E-wrap cast on
Row 1: Purl across
Row 2: Knit across
Row 3: Purl across
Row 4: Knit across
Row 5: Purl across
Row 6: Knit across

Body of the hat:

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(The Roman stitch is essentially made up of knit rows and then a combination of knits and purls. Again, for the exact instructions, see the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary).

Last row: Knit across then do the gathered bind off. For those new to looming, you will need a tapestry needle for the gathered bind off.

Here is a close-up of the Roman stitch:

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You can see in the photo that one of the Roman stitches in the middle has an extra “knit” as I’d lost track of my count so that one section in the middle is a little longer that the rest.

And for those who are curious as to what the inside looks like, here is the reverse side (inside) of the hat:

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This was a fun and relatively easy hat to make! If you’re looking for something new to try, I recommend it.

I also used this yarn combination when I made the hurdle stitch hat for my niece last year.

If you are interested in checking out the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary, written by Kathy Norris, you can find it at Joann, Amazon, and the Leisure Arts website. The author has written several books on loom knitting.

Do you have a favorite hat stitch or pattern you like to use? Let us know in the comments.

 

Happy New Year 2019!

Happy New Year to all of my readers. I hope you all had a wonderful start to the new year and I wish you all lots of yarn, free time, health and happiness!

Last year, I’d set a very ambitious goal for myself: to write 40-50 posts, but that got derailed when I became ill in February and was first diagnosed with possible endometriosis and later discovered I had adenomyosis.

I did knit 30 projects between December 2017 and January 2018, so I’d say that was pretty productive for my first year of loom knitting!

This year, one of my goals is to learn to knit a sock. I’m a little intimidated by this. I started knitting a baby bootie last month, but had to unravel it a couple of times. I did manage to make a heel, but I realized I’d made the bottom of the bootie far too long and so I frogged it and had a little trouble getting back into the rhythm. I will persevere!

December was a month of frogging for me. 🙂

For 2019, I am hoping to post more reviews, such as loom reviews and loom knitting book reviews. And of course, I’ll continue to post about various projects I make during the year. I think I’d like to try some loom-knit toys.

Do you have any knitting goals for this year? Are there any projects you’ve been dying to try?

 

Book Review – Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary

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Hi everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. This holiday season, I’ve mostly been resting and recuperating from a recent surgery, so it’s given me time to knit! Recently, I’ve been working with a few stitch patterns from the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary by Kathy Norris. It is published by Leisure Arts. Kathy has written several other loom knitting books as well.

I bought this book early on in my loom knitting adventures, before I really knew what to do with it. When I first opened the book and looked inside, it was a bit overwhelming. Now that I’m an intermediate loom knitter, it’s very useful for coming up with my own creations and learning new stitches.

So I will say this book is better suited for someone who has already loom knitted a few projects rather than someone who is completely starting from scratch. It is not suited for beginners. If you’re looking for really easy to follow instructions for knitting your first or second project, then I would recommend going to YouTube or Loomahat.com. Or, you can try one of these books:

Loom Knitting Primer by Isela Phelps or Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Projects by Nicole F. Fox. Both books assume you know nothing about loom knitting and explain the tools you need, loom gauge, casting on, binding off, knit vs. purl, and they include patterns.

Back to the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary. If you have already knitted a few items and you know how to read a pattern (or you have experience with needle knit patterns), then you can follow along in this book.

It presumes that you already know how to create knit and purl stitches.

I should clarify because the first chapter assumes that you know how to create a “true-knit”, which is different from the e-wrap knit stitch that most of us learned when we started loom knitting. There are some pictures of this in the very back of the book. I think the instructions should have been at the beginning because new knitters who have only used e-wrap aren’t going to know that knit does not mean e-wrap unless they read the book in order. Ms. Norris does mention at the beginning of the knit and purl chapter that she’s using true knit, but it would be easy to miss if you’re skimming and choosing a pattern by looking at the pictures.

If you’re like me and you prefer a simpler stitch, you can u-knit where it asks for knit (true knit).

In this book, e-wrap falls under the chapter on “Twisted Stitches”. The code in the book for e-wrap is EWK. So patterns will either say K for true knit or they will say EWK. Purl stitches will say P.

Here is a picture of the Table of Contents:

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And here are some of the stitch patterns you can create:

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* These photos were taken of my personal copy of Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary, but I do not own the copyright for the original photographs. These photos were taken for review purposes only.

The book does include patterns for using multiple colors and explains how to change colors and how to skip stitches. I haven’t tried any multi-color patterns from the book yet, so I can’t comment on those.  It also gives instructions for decreasing (which you’ll need to understand to create the lace patterns).

For the most part, Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary is easy to follow, once you know how to read patterns, and it includes instructions for working on a flat panel (i.e., a scarf or blanket) or for circular knitting (such as a hat or cowl). This is very useful as some stitch patterns have to be worked differently depending on whether you are knitting in the round or not.

For each stitch pattern, you’ll find a picture of the stitch, the name of the stitch, and then instructions for how to knit the stitch in a flat panel or in the round.

I think it would have been helpful if there’d been an index so you could find a stitch right away without flipping through. It’s not too much of an issue since the dictionary is short. I just think it would be helpful for those who want to look up a stitch by name, but don’t know exactly what it looks like.

Note: This book contains stitch patterns only and a few loom instructions. It DOES NOT show you how to make a hat, scarf or other finished items.

It is a reference book designed to: 1. Help you find new stitches 2. Look up a stitch by the picture to find out the name of the stitch and how to knit it.

To use this book, you need to know how to cast on and bind off and understand what loom size and yarn weight you need for your project. Though, thankfully, there is a chart on yarn weight in the beginning of the book, on page 5, and another one at the end on page 91.

This is why I say Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary is not for beginning loom knitters, unless you already have experience with needle knitting or crochet. If you’re an intermediate or advanced loom knitter, you’ll get a lot more out of the dictionary.

I like the portable size of the book. It’s light weight and easy to take with you, though it is not pocket-sized. But it will fit in a medium to large purse or a yarn bag.

I accidentally spilled something near my copy, so the top edge of the book got wet, but since the pages are nice and thick for the photographs, the book is still in good condition.

The review score and my final thoughts:

I vacillated on the score because I was tempted to give a lower rating. The reason: I wish it was more accessible for beginners. If it had a few more pictures of looming techniques and maybe a glossary of loom knitting terms, I’d probably give it 5 stars. However, there are other books that are specifically geared for people who are new to loom knitting. This book isn’t trying to be a catch-all book to teach you everything.

It is first and foremost a dictionary of stitches and in that regard, it does exactly what it intends to do – give a name and picture of each stitch and a basic pattern for how it is knitted.

I’d give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall, this is a great reference book for intermediate to advanced loom knitters and Kathy Norris has taken the time to convert various needle-knit stitches to loom knitting so that you don’t have to sit and figure it out yourself. Thank you, Ms. Norris!

You can find this book, and other books by Kathy Norris, at LeisureArts.com, Joann.com, Amazon.com, and you might be able to find one at Michael’s (in-store), but they generally have a smaller selection of knitting books.

 

* Disclosure: This book was purchased by me and I did not receive any compensation from the author or publisher. All opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate links, so if you purchase via the link, I would receive a small commission, which helps me keep the blog running.

 

 

Triple Stitch Scarf

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A few months ago, I made a green triple stitch scarf. My friend wanted a scarf in olive green or forest green, so I tried to find a happy medium between the two. I think I used Joy DK yarn by Loops & Threads in “Leaf” green.

The stitch pattern comes from Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary by Kathy Norris. It is published by LeisureArts. They are the makers of the Oval Loom set.

If you google triple stitch or triple knit, you are going to find other stitch patterns, just a warning. Ms. Norris does say that some people call this stitch the “chunky braid stitch”. This stitch pattern is designed to look similar to a knit stitch, but you’ll see a strand of yarn running horizontally behind the loops. For some reason, my scarf didn’t quite come out like the picture in the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary. I think I needed to use a worsted weight yarn. My loom was a small gauge, but would’ve worked better with a #4, the yarn in the pictures is DK weight.

The Triple Stitch is an easy stitch to learn. If you can e-wrap, you can do this one. It’s a good beginner stitch because you don’t need to know how to purl.

I made the scarf on my KB Loom Knitting Basics loom (the 32-Peg Basic Loom is also sold separately if you don’t want the kit). You can make this scarf on a small gauge loom or use a thicker yarn and make it on a wide gauge. All you need is a loom that has as least 24 pegs. The scarf was about 20-22 pegs across. I think I used 20, but I can’t remember.

I used the triple stitch all the way across and back. I did not neaten the edges by doing a single knit stitch on the ends. Some knitters like a smoother edge, so they will make the first and last stitch on a row a knit stitch.

Here you can see the front and back of the knit stitch pattern. The left side is the knit side.

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I think I need a little more practice with this stitch to make it come out neater and more professional looking the way it does in the book. But it was fun to try out a new stitch. Next time, I’ll pay a little closer attention to the yarn weight!

Please check back soon for a review of the Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary. Oh, and if you missed my review of the KB Loom Knitting Basics loom, here it is.

What is your favorite type of knit stitch pattern?

 

Loom Review – KB Baby-Knit Looms

My Baby-Knit Looms from Authentic Knitting Board came in this past week! I was very excited to try them out.

Sometimes it is hard to gauge whether you need to use a 24-peg loom or a 31-peg loom when making baby hats (or how many pegs to use on a small-gauge loom like the All-in-One), so this loom takes the guesswork out of the process of making baby hats and baby booties.

My first impressions:

As you can see from the photos, the set comes with a 56-peg loom in a sea-green/blue-green color and a small 24-peg loom in purple. The sea-green loom is designed for infant hats and the purple loom is for baby booties. Both looms are 3/8″ gauge, so you can use one strand of thin yarn. The booklet suggests one strand of #3.

You’ll also find a knitting hook and a booklet that offers basic instructions, which includes one hat pattern and one baby booties pattern. The booklet covers basic stitches: e-wrap, true knit, purl, and u-knit and shows you methods for casting on and binding off. The instructions are written in English and in French (sorry, no Spanish).

   

According to the booklet, a hat made in true-knit or u-knit will fit infants 0-6 months and e-wrap will fit 6-12 months (up to a 17.5″ circumference).

The first thing I noticed when handling these looms is that they are sturdy. The plastic is dense and the quality is good. I tried pulling on some pegs and they are very securely attached, but they have enough give to bend a little. They don’t feel cheap like my Boye looms. They feel heavier, too. Surprisingly, the material feels very soft in the hand.

I think it might take me a minute to get used to the weight, but I’m very impressed with the quality. I have never been disappointed in the quality of any KB loom I’ve purchased.

One plus of this yarn is that you can use a fine baby yarn for a more delicate look (like you’d get with needle-knit or crochet). Of course you can double or triple a thin yarn, but this loom allows you to use one strand, which is nice if you don’t want your hat to feel too thick, such as for a newborn hat in the summertime.

 

Thoughts after knitting with it for an hour:

The gauge is pretty narrow. I think it might be a little smaller than my KB Basics 32-peg loom, but I’d have to measure to be sure as KB doesn’t list the gauge for on the 32-peg loom on their website.

When I got the Baby-Knit Looms, I didn’t have a #3 yarn handy except for a wool yarn I didn’t want to use, so I knitted with a Caron soft #4 and that worked.

So far, I like the loom and as mentioned, I think one of the big selling-points of this loom is it takes the confusion out of making baby sets.

For beginning knitters, if you don’t have an exact pattern you’re working from that calls for a specific size of loom, it can be a little confusing to know whether you should use a 24-peg or a 31-peg loom. I like that this loom can make hats for babies up to 12 months and all you need to do is change the stitch to make the hat smaller or larger. For babies older than 12 months, you’d need to use a wide gauge 31-peg loom or you can make it on the All-in-One loom. Here is a link to some of the baby patterns on the KB website. Right now, KB has 3 patterns for the Baby-Knit Loom.

I would give this loom 4.5 stars.

It’s sturdy and well-made, it takes the guesswork out of sizing, and it is very affordable. I’d like to see more patterns for it, but the product is new and I’m sure designers will start coming up with more adorable baby sets to suit this loom.

 

*Disclosure: I purchased this loom set and did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are my own. This post does include affiliate/advertising links.

 

 

 

One Year of Loom Knitting!

One year paper confetti sign.

It’s been one year since I started knitting my first garter stitch scarf from a pattern on a Loomahat video. Since then, I’ve made roughly 30 projects. Most were scarves, hats, or scrubbies.

The easiest were my garter stitch scarves, the scrubbies, and the double-knit stockinette scarf I made. The hardest was a criss-cross stitch double-knit scarf. The pattern is beautiful, but it’s a challenge to follow if you aren’t experienced with loom knitting and most of the videos out there are confusing to follow. At some point, I hope to write a post about the criss-cross stitch.

My present to myself for the holidays this year is a Baby Loom set from Knitting Board. It’s called “Baby Knit Looms” and right now you can find it on Amazon, JoAnn.com, or the Authentic Knitting Board website. I don’t have any kids, but I just love seeing other loomers make baby sets. They are so adorable! This loom ranges from $11-$15, depending if you catch it on sale. You can make baby hats and baby booties with it.

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This week, I downloaded a book from loom knitter, Scarlett Royale. She has some of her animal knit patterns available as an ebook on Kindle Unlimited. If you like ebooks, Kindle Unlimited is a monthly subscription (like Netflix or Hulu) that allows you to pay a flat monthly fee to read thousands of books. You can only check out so many at a time, but it’s a good way to try something out before you buy. Scarlett’s 50 Loom Knitted Stuffed Animal Pattern Collection is normally $30, so this will allow me to try out a couple of patterns and make sure I like them before I buy the whole book. 50-loom-knitted-stuffed-animal_scarlett_royaleI’ve also had my eye on Pat Novak’s Knitting Board Basics book. I think it’s a beginner’s guide, but I like collecting loom knitting books for reference. I told my honey if anyone asks what to get me for Christmas to get me this or the KB Round Loom set.

I already have the All-in-One loom so technically I don’t need the baby looms or round looms, but I find round looms a bit easier to hold than the big rectangular looms unless I’m knitting at my desk, so I figured I’d at least put it out there. (For those who missed my review of the All-in-One loom, you can find it here.)

For those who were following along with my previous posts, I just had my second surgery and all seems to be healing well, so I hope to post more in 2019. My goal is to put up some book reviews and link to more patterns and loom knitting tips.

Have a very happy and healthy holiday season and I’ll see you guys soon!

Tell us: what’s on your knitting wish list?

 

 

Sorry I haven’t posted / Loom Knit Doll Patterns

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. I had my surgery in July, which went well, but during the procedure, they discovered another condition, which means I’ll be needing another surgery. If all goes well, I’ll have my second surgery this year. So I’ve been a bit distracted and haven’t been posting.

Since I my last post, I did finish my friend’s green triple knit scarf and I started another scarf in the loops & threads Barcelona yarn, but I’m not sure what the pattern’s name is called. I also made some pretty purple scrubbies for a friend’s birthday using lavender purple cotton yarn and sparkly white/clear scrubby yarn.

I don’t have any pictures to post right now, but I don’t want to leave without sharing something with you all, so I’m going to share some loom knit doll patterns!

There’s a woman in my online knitting group who makes very cool loom knit dolls in all kinds of shapes: puppies, unicorns, monkeys, zebras, sheep, birds, and more!

Here’s an example of Christie Foo’s panda pattern:

Christie Foo's Panda Pattern
(c) Christie Foo

She has many designs on Ravelry, so please check out some of her awesome work.

Here’s another one of her patterns for adorable elephants!

Christie Foo's Loom Knit Baby Elephant Pattern
(c) Christie Foo

I really love her work and I hope you’ll enjoy these patterns, too.

Christie lists all the looms and types of yarn you’ll need for each pattern. As you can see in the two pictures above, she’ll also include the looms she used in the picture on each pattern so you know what type of loom she’s referring to.

I hope you are all well and that you had a great summer.

I’d love to hear what you’ve been working on. Feel free to post about your projects in the comments.

Happy looming!