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The Revival of Knitting Looms

By Sunita Misra Shukla | Submitted On January 13, 2011

Growing up in the company of aunts and grannies had developed a love for knitting that we as family found to be an utterly relaxing occupation. While most of us were quite adept in working on knitting needles, loom knitting was a learned skill adapted with patience and love. Now this proficient craft with its great advancements in the art of loom knitting proves to be quite a versatile and amazing craft.

These looms are first introduced by neighbors who were members along with us at the Friday Night Knitting Club. They appeared really wonderful even as we discovered the use of these machines deployed for weaving yarns and fibers to create woollies for everybody around us. The range of these handy frames and their sizes worked well to create a range of articles from scarves to Afghans.

Frame looms in grooved pegs are the devices used for loom knitting. The basic function of the loom for the information of the uninitiated is to simply hold and wrap the yarn to allow interweaving of the weft threads or the horizontal skeins in weaving. These looms made of wood or plastic can be used for creating different weaving patterns. As we have discovered over time and put to good use the handy assortment that has collected along the years.

What we do while knitting on the loom is to wrap all the pegs with yarn as per the design in different ways to then use a hook with an angle to pull the wrapped yarn from the top weaving it on to the fabric. And when we are to make intricate patterns we just use different combinations of wrapping to the pegs with the yarn. Unlike needles it's simpler to make many different articles including sweaters and shawls, using a loom.

Knitting looms are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and the pegs on a knitting loom correspond to stitches held on the knitting needles. Loom knitting really may not require much adroitness and so may not be a strain on hands as compared to needle knitting. The gauge of looms gets decided by the distance between pegs and also size of the pegs.

Most knitting looms come with a metal hook used to grab and pull the yarn over the pegs. This simplicity makes loom knitting ideal for even children and those with arthritic or carpal tunnel syndrome to work efficiently on them. Both flat and tubular items can be created on knitting looms like a scarf or an afghan. Best of all the round looms are great for making hats and socks.

The thing is you can actually make your own loom at home. You simply need a smooth sanded wood board and metal nails. Get the exact instructions and you have the equipment right away. Buying from the stores will of course give you a range of knitting loom variations. You could get a rake, round, triangle, oval or special sock making or Afghan making looms. Looms for making socks are in very fine gauge allowing adjustments to make different size socks for everyone.

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