What yarn to use with looms

by Rose Ann
(Alabama USA)

I am trying to use Caron Simply Soft yarn with my loom, but the stitches are too tight. I have tried many different yarns, but I still have a problem. What am I doing wrong, or is it the yarn?


I have all this yarn and need to use it. Please help! I am getting a little discouraged.

Rose Ann

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Jan 18, 2015
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Thanks for the help NEW
by: Rose Ann

I want to thank the ladies who replied to my cry for help. Your tips were wonderful. I believe it takes a lot of practice winding the yarn. I am now able to use just about any yarn. So glad to know there are ladies out there eager to help a "looney loomer".

Rose Ann

Jan 10, 2015
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what yarn to use with looms NEW
by: Jen Tavernier

The comment above is great, but also, I would like to add, (if you are still somewhat new,and even I still do this!) Make sure you are not wrapping your loom BACKWARDS! Because say you are doing simple ewrap - (Check you tube), it is easy to forget, and wrap so that your yarn is crossing in the front, instead of the inside. Guaranteed to come to a dead stop in a short amount of row. Doesn't matter how loosely you wrap. You will hit a tight dead end!

Now, If you are doing the flat-knit stitch, (again you tube), where you are simply laying the yarn around the outside of the pegs, and looping over, you will also find it getting so tight you can hardly move. The secret to this, is that you must give the new stitch, (after you loop over), a tug, to loosen the stitch and have some play/ease, for the next time around. It is not automatically going to loosen itself.
Another recommendation is to check out the u-stitch, which is a way of wrapping the flat- knit where you kind of build in that extra yarn. It just takes practice/muscular memory. You WILL get it!

If you do use youtube, search terms: loom knitting+flat stitch, loomknitting+u-stitch, etc. There are tons of vids on youtube these days for loom knitting, but they are easier found when you start specifically starting with the terms loom knitting, or loom knit (+ whatever you are looking for).

If you want, get over to Facebook, and search GROUPS. There are several totally interactive groups for loom knitting, and they totally rock, and are totally willing to help! (Knifty Knitter Loom Creations, Goodknit Kisses, It's all about the yarn Baby, etc.) Most of us there are in all of them, beginners to advanced, tons of friendly help and all questions can be asked. Loom and fiber mad! lol Hope this helps! Jen Tavernier

Jan 10, 2015
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what yarn to use with looms NEW
by: Jen Tavernier

The comment above is great, but also, I would like to add, (if you are still somewhat new,and even I still do this!) Make sure you are not wrapping your loom BACKWARDS! Because say you are doing simple ewrap - (Check you tube), it is easy to forget, and wrap so that your yarn is crossing in the front, instead of the inside. Guaranteed to come to a dead stop in a short amount of row. Doesn't matter how loosely you wrap. You will hit a tight dead end!

Now, If you are doing the flat-knit stitch, (again you tube), where you are simply laying the yarn around the outside of the pegs, and looping over, you will also find it getting so tight you can hardly move. The secret to this, is that you must give the new stitch, (after you loop over), a tug, to loosen the stitch and have some play/ease, for the next time around. It is not automatically going to loosen itself.
Another recommendation is to check out the u-stitch, which is a way of wrapping the fllat knit where you kind of build in that extra yarn. It just takes practice/muscular memory. You WILL get it!

If you do use youtube, search terms: loom knitting+flat stitch, loomknitting+u stitch, etc. There are tons of vids on youtube these days for loom knitting, but they are easier found when you start specifically starting with the terms loom knitting, or loom knit (+ whatever you are looking for).

If you want, get over to Facwbook, and search GROUPS. There are several totally intereactive groups for loom knitting, and they totally rock, and are totally willing to help! (Knifty Knitter Loom Creations, Goodknit Kisses, It's all about the yarn Baby, etc.) Most of us there are in all of them, beginners to advanced, tons of friendly help and all questions can be asked. Loom and fiber mad! lol Hope this helps! Jen Tavernier

Jan 09, 2015
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Yarn Type For Looms NEW
by: Marilyn G.

Looms have different gauges (distance between pegs is measured center of one peg to center of next). A loom with at least a space of 3/8 inch or more is suggested for yarn of a #4 weight or a worsted weight yarn. If you are using a Knifty Knitter type loom, a larger gauge, it is suggested you use 2 strands of worsted weight together. So, if you are using a loom with a suggested gauge, then I would say you are probably wrapping and knitting over stitches way too tight. When you wrap pegs, use no tension at all, wrap yarn against peg, not firm but just so it is next to peg. When knitting over, again no tension on yarn, just lift loop up and over. It does take practice. BUT I CAN TELL YOU FROM EXPERIENCE MYSELF, I HAVE USED THE SAME YARN YOU WISH TO USE ON A KNITTING LOOM AND IT WORKS FINE!!! I really think it is the common problem of wrapping the yarn too tight and knitting over stitches too tight. At first stitches look loose and loopy but just keep going along without tightening up on that yarn.

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