Loom Knitting Stitches – Resources

 

My current obsession is finding new loom knitting stitches. If you’re a beginner to intermediate knitter, you might be wondering what other stitches are out there to try and where to find them. So I’ve put together some online and printed resources where you can find stitch patterns for your loom.

ONLINE

Isela Phelps Blog – Isela writes books on loom knitting and she also creates patterns for KB (Authentic Knitting Board). She has two loom knitting guides that will show you how to do stitches such as garter stitch, 2×2 rib stitch, basketweave, moss stitch, a diagonal herringbone, slip stitches and more.

Loomahat – You can find a lot of stitches on both the blog and the YouTube channel, as well as buy downloadable stitch booklets, which are sold on Amazon and Etsy. Denise’s blog and videos are VERY beginner-friendly. Pretty much all of the stitch tutorials that she makes also have a video, so you can follow along step-by-step. Examples of stitches include: bamboo, Andalusian, basketweave, double moss, farrow, linen, tiny heart, open weave, waffle, and more.

KB Looms Blog – on the Authentic Knitting Board website, they have some stitch patterns (as well as beginner tutorials) available. This link will take you to the Stitchology page which has 39 stitch patterns, including eyelets and cable knits. They offer instructions for knitting an 8×8 inch square in each pattern.

Keep in mind that the instructions for the squares are designed for a small gauge loom, so if you have a Knifty Knitter, Boye, Darice, Loops & Threads or other large gauge loom, your finished product would be much bigger than 8×8 inches.

Loom Knit Central – They have tutorials for double knitting (also called double rake knitting). Examples of stitches include the stockinette (knit), rib, box, ladder, honeycomb, star, brioche and even a cable stitch.

 

BOOKS

Loom Knit Stitch Dictionary – This book gives you 90 stitches that can be made on the loom, including basic knit and purl stitches to eyelets and cables. It gives you instructions for flat knitting and knitting in the round. It’s a handy go-to book for practicing new loom knitting stitches. I’d recommend this for the intermediate to advanced knitter or a beginner who is comfortable reading knit patterns without a step-by-step tutorial.

Loom Knitting Primer – This book by Isela Phelps is basically a bible for loom knitting. It has instructions for just about everything a beginner needs to know to get started with loom knitting. It includes project patterns and there is a list of stitch patterns in the back. This is the book I’d recommend for a beginning loom knitter. Intermediate knitters can skip to the back to see a list of stitches, which includes knitting charts.

Loom Knitting Stitches: My Top 10 Volume 1 – This book is written by Denise Canela from Loomahat. The book includes written instructions for the bamboo stitch, celtic knot stitch, basketweave, and several other stitches. It is similar to what is on her blog, but is handy if you want to have the stitch instructions in one place. She gives you instructions for flat knitting and knitting in the round.

If you get lost while trying out the pattern, Denise does include links to her Youtube Tutorials. This book is also available as a PDF from Etsy.

The Easier Way To Knit: A Guide to Double Rake Loom Knitting for All Skill Levels – I haven’t tried this book yet (as of Jan 2019) but it’s been on my list of books to try. It is a tutorial for double knitting, which you can do on a long loom (the rectangular looms). The back of the book has a stitch guide.

The Knitting Bible – Okay, so it’s technically not a loom knitting book, but if you can read a knitting chart (or if you know how to convert a pattern), you’ll find a lot of stitches in here. I’d recommend this for the intermediate to advanced loom knitter. Every stitch has a picture of the stitch, instructions and a knitting chart.

 

 

 

 

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?

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.