YarnCraft Episode 19 :: Working with Looms and More

1 Jul

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Knitting LoomSummer’s the perfect time to try new things, so the YarnCraft girls explore the world of loom-knitting, spool-knitting, and other yarncrafts. Discover which other forms of yarncrafting can be good newbies, teaching kids, and even those with joint pain, and why even expert knitters and crocheters should check out these tools.

We also interview Pat Novak of KnittingBoard.com, who recently wrote a guest post for the Lion Brand Notebook, blog.lionbrand.com all about the Knitting Board.

Patterns discussed include:

You can also find directions on spool-knitting and making your own spool-knitter on our site. It’s a great craft to do with your kids. Check out our shop for our French knitter and our looms.

Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life – Liz and Zontee break-down the different pieces of a pattern and give tips on getting the most out of your patterns.

To share your comments and thoughts, post a message on the blog, email to yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com!

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

Show Notes:
00:12 Intro and welcome
01:54 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles?
14:45 Interview with Pat Novak
23:43 Stash This
32:21 Thanks to our guests

  • Anne-Marie in South Africa

    I am so inspired by all the great ideas and suggestions on the podcast. Is there a video on the net that will show me the knitting loom technique discussed on the show?

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft

    Hi Anne-Marie,

    In fact there are! If you go to KnittingBoard.com and click on “Video Tutorials,” you can see quite a few different skills being demonstrated. Glad you liked the podcast!


  • JeanInMaine

    Happy Birthday To You
    Happy Birthday To You
    Happy Birthday To Zontee
    Happy Birthday To You

  • http://www.knitchat.com Denise

    There is also an online magazine called Loom Knitters Circle! (found at http://www.loomknitterscircle.com ) It is all about knitting looms and boards. Kim and Pat are regular contributors there!!
    Look us up! Our summer issue is about to launch!


  • Jeannette Pirkle

    Loom knitting is growing rapidly and there are many new talented pattern writers making new waves in this craft. You now can make fine gauge socks on looms and anything needle knit can now be made on these looms. You have to remember gauge and different looms make different gauges but they go from Large gauge to very tiny gauge looms. You can also find a new loom that makes adjustable gauges called a KISS loom. Looms can do more than circle knitting or double knit. They can also make flat items such as afghans, dishcloths and any thing imaginable. There are so many out there that will help with a beginner up to advanced loom knitter. Do a search on the internet. Knifty Knitter yahoo group has more than 9,200 members and growing. There are many other groups out there too.

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  • http://loomingaroundthecorner.blogspot.com Robin McCoy

    I am ashamed to say that this is the first podcast that I had made time to listen to, but since I saw that you would be discussing ‘loom knitting’ and that is my forte I just had to listen. I was pretty disappointed though with the amount of information and description given. Don’t get the wrong idea! I do needle knitting and crocheting, as well as loom knitting. I just don’t think that the representation for this particular yarn craft was to the proper level it should have been. I teach in the Loom Class Yahoo Group, on-line and we are doing a great deal more than the ‘hats and squares’ discussed in the podcast. I am a member to several loom knitting Yahoo Groups for the Knifty Knitters (my first loom), Decor Accents (they make some gorgeous works of art that they call looms), and the Kiss Looms (here is a loom that I just got done writing up the assembly instructions for and is one that is dear to my heart. Especially since I can adjust the loom to fit the gauge needed for the yarn I am using….and you can’t do that to many other looms out there.)
    I just feel that the information that was given about looms in your podcast will be giving those needle knitters and crocheters that already look down their noses, something more to frown about. Can I suggest that maybe you do a follow up podcast in the future that involved more research and possibly less focus on all the products that you offer (patterns and looms) because there is just soooo much more to this ‘looming world’ than you were describing.

  • Sydney Gossin

    Although your podcast was very good especially the interview with Pat Novak, I think you glossed over the ever growing popularity of Loom Knitting. Wake up people….you are missing the market. There are over 10,000 loom knitters on the Yahoo Group with many more joining every day. Many of us have put down our needles because of the ease of using these looms. Anthing that can be needle knitted can done on the looms, especially socks, just think no more 4 or 5 dpns for one sock. Just one little finr gage loom.

  • Sydney Gossin

    Regarding my previous comment….I meant to say ” just one little fine gauge loom”. I have also been a neddle knitter for some 30 years before switching ot a loom.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/ankeborgers Anke van Doorne

    Not only in America loomknitting is ‘hot’, but even in the Netherlands there is a lot of interest in looming. We only can buy the Knifty Knitters here, but I know a lot of people who bought several looms and books about looming in America. And a lot of the dutch already joined several american yahoogroups.

  • http://www.cre8tivkjscorner.blogspot.com/ Karen

    I use my knitting looms to create just about anything that can be needle knit. I have fine gauge and extra fine gauge looms I use to make gloves with finger, half finger gloves, dishcloths, afghan squares, scarves, socks, drink cozies, sweaters, etc. I can do colorwork on my looms, lace, bobbles, increases and decreases, and I can convert needle knit patterns over to my loom and make it look just like it is needle knit when I use the flat or regular knit stitch as oppossed to the e-wrap stitch you discussed (I have been needle knitting off and on for 30 years or more). My looms can also create fabric that resembles crochet. The possibilities of a loom are only limited by the imagination. The reason why I loom knit primarily rather than needle knit? It’s easier! You were right on about that! Plus, I don’t ever have to worry about my needle slipping out of my work and having a mess on my hands. It’s less confusing! I have needle knit socks and loom knit socks and socks on a loom are a ton easier! No need to have four needles when I can put it on one little loom. Thanks for the podcast!

  • knittyo11

    Happy Birthday Zontee!!!!!

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