How to Cast on a Knitting Loom

Posted by Criss Chaney on

I've been wanting to do these tutorials for awhile, but between actually designing and making all my projects it's been difficult to find the time. So I hope you enjoy this long awaited post. Here we will cover:

  • How to cast on your knitting loom using the E-wrap method
  • How to create a Knit Stitch
  • How to Purl Stitch on a knitting loom
  • How to work back and forth on a round loom

I personally like to work counter clockwise around my knitting loom, whether I'm knitting a flat panel or working all the way around. I'm right handed and feel more comfortable holding the hook tool with my right hand and the yarn in my left hand. If you are left handed you may want to work counter clockwise. 

Advantages of Removable Pegs 

Use your different colored pegs if its appropriate to your pattern. For example, if my pattern repeat is a K2, P2 Rib, then I would set up my loom with a 2 pink peg, and 2 blue peg pattern repeat. It will make it easier to keep track of my pattern because I would know that all pink pegs are knit stitches and all blue pegs are purl stitches.

 

E-wrap Your First Round

Tie a knot or slip knot, whatever works for you, around the knob on the outside of your loom to fasten it.

Step 1) Starting on the peg directly behind the knob call that Peg 1, run the yarn up the right side of the peg, along the back of the peg, and then forward along the left side of the peg.

Step 2) Continue and carry the yarn along the front of Peg 1, and again along the right side of Peg 1 toward the back. Then carry that yarn along the back side of Peg 1 and Peg 2 (the peg to the left of Peg 1), and along the left side of Peg 2 towards the front.

Step 3) Continue and carry the yarn along the front of Peg 2, and again along the right side of Peg 2 toward the back. Then carry that yarn along the back side of Peg 2 and Peg 3 (the peg to the left of Peg 2), and along the left side of Peg 3 towards the front.

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Here's what it looks like from the front.

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 Continue in that way all the way around the loom. 

 

Knitting your First Row

If you are knitting your first row, when you get back to Peg 1, you will make a round of E-wraps again, doing exactly the same thing, so that you have 2 wraps, one above the other on each peg.

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To Knit your first row

Once you have two rounds of loops wrapped around your pegs, take your hook tool and pluck the bottom loop up and over the top loop and over the peg, letting it rest behind.

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Continue in that fashion all the way around the loom until you get back to your first peg. If you're continuing in Knit Stitch then simply work your way around the loom again doing a round of wrapping and then a round of knitting.

 

To Purl your first row

You'll do that initial E-wrap around all your pegs, but when you get back to Peg 1, instead of E-wrapping a second time, you will begin purling. 

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Step 1) Hold your working yarn in front of Peg 1 and below your E-wrap loop. (Fig. 2)
Step 2) Insert your hook tool in the groove behind your loop and position it in front of your working yarn (Fig. 3)
Step 3) Grab your working yarn with your hook tool and twist the point of it towards the peg into the groove and pull it up between your loop and peg. (Fig. 4)
Step 4) Now you have a new loop. (Fig. 5)
Step 5) Use your fingers, or a combination of hook tool and fingers to lift your original loop off the peg (and put it behind), and position your new loop down around the peg. (Fig. 6 & 7)

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Knitting a Flat Panel on a Round Loom

Before you begin, make sure you have the correct number of pegs inserted. For example when I'm only making a flat panel, I like to take out all excess pegs that I won't be using to ensure that I don't accidentally go all the way around (this is especially likely to happen if you're using all the pegs on the loom) I make sure that I limit my project to using 1 peg less than the total number of pegs available. For example our Baby Hat Circular Loom has 44 pegs- I wouldn't use it for a project that requires more than 43 pegs if I were only working it back and forth.
 

When following my knitting loom patterns - if it's a flat panel I indicate in the margins which direction you should be working the row, so it is important that you do your first wrap counterclockwise to save confusion.

If you're purling- you should have the yarn behind the peg as the finishing point of your last stitch, simply bring that yarn around to the front of the peg carrying it around the outside edge of the work and purl as normal. So if you just finished a row going from left to right, and now you need to go back right to left, carry the yarn around the right edge of that last peg.

If you're knitting- follow the same steps as above, bringing that yarn around the front of that first peg, then bring it behind the second peg and do your e-wrap. Almost like a figure 8 but you don't bring it back to the first peg. Then you're ready to e-wrap across your row.

Here's a video demonstrating this stitch and working a piece back and forth.


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6 comments

  • I like to use 2 strands of different colors and textures. My hats and socks come out adorable…..Just treat two strands as 1. Have fun, nice idea

    Leanne Kopitzke on
  • I have heard from a loom knitter that I met in a store that you can double wrap and do one loop over two or two over one loop on weight 4 yarn to make a hat that is filled in more on a knitting loom that has wider spacing. Does this work with less bulky yarn? I am trying to teach beginning loom knitting to a few women in our church to make loom hats for donation, but we have lots of yarn that has been donated that is 4 or less in weight. These are women that want something easy to learn.

    Sue Dugan on
  • Hi Judy,

    As a left handed person it shouldn’t make a difference when loom knitting, you might find that for working in the round you’re more comfortable working in one direction. I personally like to work clockwise but because of the left handedness you might like to work counter clockwise.

    As far as I’m aware though you don’t need to do anything different for your rows or in between each round. If you’re using an e-wrap to create a stockinette stitch simply continue e-wrapping each round. If you’re using a u-wrap to stockinette then continue with the u-wrap for each round. It shouldn’t create a ladder if you do this.

    To u-wrap the entire loom in the round I would recommend working anti-clockwise, holding your yarn in the right hand and hook tool in the left hand (exactly the opposite of what I do as a righty).

    Hope this helps!
    Happy Looming
    -Criss

    Criss on
  • Hi Terry,
    There are a couple of things you can do if you find your yarn is too tight when you try to knit your pegs. 

    1) Use a straw or ‘Yarn guide’. Thread your yarn through the straw before you begin your project then you can use the straw to pass the yarn around your pegs for your e-wrap, it will aid you in not pulling the yarn too tight. 
    2) E-wrap your whole row and knit the last peg, then go back to the beginning of the round and start knitting, if you find you need more slack you can just pull a little slack through from that last knitted peg and should be pretty easy to work along your e-wraps.
    I find it’s mostly with the first row that I have this problem, after that the yarn tends to have a bit more slack in it.
    Hope That Helps!
    -Criss

    Criss on
  • How do you make it so that your yarn does not tighten up as you go around the loom?

    Terri Barger on

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