Loom knitting is a fun (and often easier) version of regular knitting that’s created on a pegged loom instead of needles. From simple patterns to complex designs, the possibilities are endless when it comes to loom knitting projects. Enjoy this list of 27 free loom knitting patterns for beginning knitters and advanced crafters alike!
Loom Knitting for Beginners
If you love yarn and crafting, loom knitting is a fun way to expand your skills and create some beautiful projects. Let’s take a closer look at loom knitting and what types of projects you can make.
What is loom knitting?
Loom knitting is a type of knitting that’s done on a knitting loom, which is a wood, plastic, or metal frame containing evenly-spaced pegs. Knitting looms are generally round or rectangular and are available in various sizes. Many looms are adjustable to suit a wide range of projects.
Though the process and tools used in loom knitting differ from needle knitting, the finished product will look like a piece of regular, needle-knit fabric.
Is loom knitting faster and easier than regular knitting?
Many knitters – especially beginners – find that loom knitting is faster than regular needle knitting. It’s often considered easier as well, mainly because loom knitting offers a “guide” as you knit. Each peg receives a stitch, making it less likely that you’ll drop or lose stitches.
Additionally, knitters have found that loom knitting can be easier on the hands than regular needle knitting, especially for those who have arthritis or younger children with limited dexterity.
What can you knit with a knitting loom?
You might be surprised how many projects you can make with a knitting loom. Loom knitting patterns range from simple hats and scarves to toys, baby items, bags, sweaters, socks, and much more.
From free loom knitting patterns for babies, to wearables and decor, some of the loom knitting patterns you’ll find in this list include:
Types of Knitting Looms
Knitting looms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Many are adjustable, while others contain a fixed number of pegs. Loom frames can be made of plastic, metal, or wood. Looms can be circular, oval, or rectangular. Keep in mind that the shape of your loom won’t necessarily determine the shape of your pattern.
While needle knitting gauge is determined by the size of the needles, loom knitting gauge is determined by the spacing between the pegs.
With this afghan pattern, you’ll learn how to loom knit the chevron stitch. A video tutorial is included to help you master the ripple stitch and complete your pattern. This cozy afghan is perfect for draping over a comfy couch or chair.
Looking for a loom knit baby gift? These cozy booties are flexible and perfect for keeping little ones’ toes nice and warm. The foldover design features a decorative trim, so you can accent these booties with your favorite baby color.
Did you know that even sweaters can be knit on a loom? They can! This comfy pullover pattern includes a video tutorial that walks you through everything you need to know about making a sweater on your knitting loom.
This fuzzy headband is made with faux fur yarn for a super soft solution for keeping ears warm! Due to the thick and furry nature of the yarn, it’s helpful to have stitch markers handy while knitting this pattern.
These adorable pets make fun friends for little ones! They also provide a great opportunity to use up your scrap yarn. A video tutorial is included to walk you through the techniques needed for this pattern.
This chunky, purled cowl is so versatile! It goes with nearly everything and makes an excellent gift, too. This cowl is an easy project, and once you get going, you can knit while relaxing, visiting with a friend, or watching tv.
The only thing better than a chunky, cozy scarf is one that has pockets! Stay warm while using the pocket scarf to hold your essentials (such as your keys and phone) or tuck your hands in to keep them toasty.
This handy water bottle cover will help you tote your water bottle around more easily and make sure you stay hydrated! The pattern even includes optional instructions for adding a handle or a pocket to your cover.
Loom type: Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom Kit
Loom Knitting Tips
Here are some beginner tips for getting started with loom knitting.
Buy the right size loom for your project.
Check to make sure that you have the correct number of pegs and peg spacing for your project. Investing in an adjustable loom (such as a Flexee loom) is helpful for crafting various types and sizes of projects. Your pattern will let you know the size and type of loom needed.
Use the right yarn weight for your loom.
In addition to the correct loom size, having the right yarn weight for your loom is essential for success. While medium and bulky weight yarns are popular for loom knitting, you can knit with many different yarn weights, depending on your loom’s gauge.
Start with an easy project to learn the basics.
While many beginner knitters find loom knitting to be easier than needle knitting, it’s still helpful to start with a straightforward pattern to learn the basics of how loom knitting works. Scarves and hats and popular projects for first-timers.
More Knitting Patterns
When you’re finished with your project, check out some of these other free knitting patterns.
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