Venus’ Loom Bag

If you would like to know which looms I own and what accessories I like to use, here is a list. Most of these can be purchased at JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, Amazon, or eBay. If you’re on a tight budget, I’d recommend buying them when JoAnn or Michael’s has a 40-50% off coupon. Sometimes you can find knitting looms at thrift stores.

It doesn’t really matter which loom you start with unless you’re planning to make infant-sized hats, baby booties, or large blankets. Most looms can be used for a variety of projects and even smaller looms can be used for blankets if you don’t mind a patchwork style of blanket.

Right now, my most commonly used looms are the Loops & Threads Round Loom Set and the Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom. Round looms are my favorite.

My Personal Collection of Looms & Accessories

Note: There are affiliate links on this page. All the looms listed here have been purchased by me unless otherwise stated.

Knitting Board Adjustable Hat Loom – This loom has a smaller gauge and you can add/remove pegs. It’s a great loom when you want a tighter stitch or you’re using a single-strand of worsted weight yarn (many patterns on the large gauge looms call for two strands of yarn or bulky yarn). It’s also nice for traveling when you don’t want to take 5 looms with you but you want the ability to make different sized projects.It is made of plastic and has an oblong shape.

It has multiple, interlocking plastic pieces, but it is really sturdy and well-made. So far, KB wins hands down for the most well-constructed looms that I’ve personally used.

Knitting Board All-in-One Loom – Good for double-knit, round knit, small blankets, etc. You can knit hats as well. It is a good loom when you just want one loom that can do almost everything. Keep in mind this one is mostly wood, not plastic, so it will be heavier than the light plastic looms from most other brands.

Knitting Board Afghan Loom – This loom allows you to knit blankets up to 60″ wide. I haven’t played with it yet, but will update some time in the future once I start knitting on it. It’s one of the more popular blanket looms due to the size and because you can knit with one strand of yarn and don’t have to double or triple a worsted weight yarn to make a tighter stitch. You can find this loom at Amazon, JoAnn, eBay or the Authentic Knitting Board website. They run about $30-$45 USD. Less if you have a good coupon or you can find a used one. On the Knitting Board website, they do have free patterns for a lot of their looms (see the “Free Patterns” link at the top of the page).

Knitting Board Loom Knitting Basics Kit – This is a beginner kit I bought just to have a small loom with a closer knitting gauge. It comes with an instruction booklet, knitting hook, crochet needle, stitch markers, and I think there is a measuring tape. It looks like it would be good for a beginner or someone who wants to knit small items like amigurumi (the cute little animal toys that you can knit or crochet).  You can make scarves, hats, or small items on the KB basics kit. You can buy this at JoAnn, Amazon, the Knitting Board Website or on eBay. Personally, I’d recommend getting it from JoAnn with a coupon, if you have a JoAnn near you. The KB website also offers a discount off your first purchase.

Note about KB knitting hooks: I dislike the wooden knitting tool that comes with some of the Knitting Board looms. Get the KB ergonomic one or the Boye loom hook (both are listed below). They are much more comfortable for hours of use. Some people do like the wooden tool, but I don’t find it comfortable for my hands. The one plus is that it is light-weight. Not all looms come with wooden hook. There’s one with my Adjustable Hat Loom and I’ve seen pictures of it with the KB Loom Knitting Basics kit and the Tadpole loom, but my basics kit came with a regular hook with a plastic coated handle. I’m not sure if KB is replacing the wooden ones with the plastic-handled hooks or if it is random.

Loops & Threads Round Loom Set – These are available at Micheals, Amazon, or eBay. It’s a good loom set that will work for most projects. You get several different sizes: 24, 31, 36, and 41-peg looms. You can use these to make infant-sized hats to adult-sized, and you can make scarves and other projects, too. I find round looms to be more comfortable than rectangular ones.

Loops & Threads Long Loom Set – Good overall, but the extra large loom does bend from videos & reviews I’ve seen. Not sure how well the big one does over long-term use. I mostly use the smaller ones. These are good for double knits and blankets. You can knit hats with the smaller ones, too.

Loops & Threads Sock Loom – I haven’t tried the sock loom yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it out and creating home-made socks!

Note: Loops & Threads is a Michael’s brand. If you are looking for similar brands online, Darice and Knifty Knitter are two companies that make the same style of looms. For those in the UK, I’ve seen loom-knitting friends get similar looms from Aldi markets. For a good deal on the Darice looms, try Amazon or Consumer Crafts. The Knifty Knitter looms you can find on eBay; there are also knock-off looms from China available on eBay and Amazon.

Darice / All Things for You Flower Loom – This is a small 12-peg loom. You can use it to make knit flowers to go on your projects or for amigurumi (knit animal toys). I think you can also use it for baby booties.

Boye Round Loom (Medium) – My first ever loom! The looms are inexpensive if you have a coupon and can be purchased at craft stores like JoAnn Fabrics or on Amazon. They DO have a “crochet hook” head on each peg. This is good for people who need the yarn to stay in place and who might not have good hand dexterity. But many people prefer looms with a smooth head because it’s easier to pull the yarn over.

Clover Spool Knitter – This is for making cords or knitting tiny items. I haven’t used it yet, but saw it on sale at Tuesday Morning. You can find similar spool knitters online. I think they normally have 4 or 6 pegs on them.

Ergonomic Knitting Tool (KB) – You can buy this at JoAnn, Amazon, eBay, or other knitting stores. The Authentic Knitting Board ergonomic needle has a thick, orange handle designed to be easier on the hands. I get pain in my wrists and forearms, so I really like the ergonomic needle. I love KB products so far, but I’m not a fan of the basic, wooden needle that comes with their looms.

Boye Loom Hook – I like the Boye loom hook/knitting tool because it has a finger rest. It’s duller than the KB ergonomic needle, but works well. The only drawback to the Boye Loom Hoook is that it is a bit shorter than some other loom hooks, so if you’re used to a longer hook like the Ergonomic Knitting Tool, then this will feel pretty short. For a child or someone with small hands, it is a good hook and is very inexpensive.

Boye Stitch Markers (These are the ones in a clear, blue box which snap open and closed) – These are my favorite stitch markers for using with a pattern where the stitches change every row or when you need to move markers on a loom in the middle of a project. They are so EASY to snap open and closed. You can snap them open and relocate them to another peg without having to take your project off the pegs. They are very versatile and I have more than one set because I love them so much.

Clover Stitch Markers (safety pin, open slit, closed circle) – These are available at most craft stores. You can use these on individual pegs or on the actual stitches. I prefer ones that open and close unless I’m just marking the bottom of the peg. Clover makes several different types of stitch markers – round ring markers, split stitch markers, safety-pin markers, or you can get assorted kits like this one. The safety pin markers do fit on the pegs, but they are a little harder to open and close, so if you have arthritis or dexterity problems, go with the Boye markers instead.

I think the clover ones work might be better when you are marking an actual stitch in the yarn and the Boye work better when you want to mark pegs in the middle of a project.

Susan Bates Stitch Counter – This is a digital counter that sits on the fingers. You can find it at craft stores like JoAnn, on Amazon, and you can find cheap knock offs on Amazon and eBay. I like other Susan Bates products, but this one is not my favorite. I can wear it on the thumb, but not the other fingers because if I move around too much the counter randomly adds a number and then it’s useless.

Crochet Needles – Good for finishing projects to make neat edges or for hiding / working in the tail ends of a project. You can also use crochet needles to do a chain cast on or a crochet cast on.

Some patterns also call for knitting needles, but I haven’t had to use them yet.

Clover Jumbo Tapestry Needles – Oh, how I love my large eye tapestry needles, especially the Clover jumbo ones. Susan Bates also makes some tapestry needles that are supposed to be good. The large-eye needles help so much when you have a bulkier yarn that you can’t get through the cheap plastic needles that come in most loom sets. The Clover Jumbo ones are thicker and have a much bigger eye. Definitely worth the price!! They are available at JoAnn, Michaels, Amazon, and other craft stores.

If you want to see my projects list, I usually note which loom I used for each one.