WFMW: How I Became a Knitter {Loom Knitting}

My 14 year old spent most of the Christmas break knitting and reading.

She said when she’s 70 years old she’s going to stay up all night and party.

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She got a knitting loom for Christmas from extended family. It probably would have stayed in the box (because I’m absolutely no help), but we had three cold days at my inlaw’s farm and a cousin who knew how to loom knit and was willing to teach the steps over and over (thanks, Erika!)

I tried knitting once. It turns out I have a lot of tension because I had a very tight, very stressed yarn square. As I watched my daughter knit a gorgeous scarf, I knew I had to try again. I love how the loom helps regulate the tension of the yarn and I actually find it relaxing and fun.

My first scarf:

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We started with a simple scarf loom like this Boye Rectangle Loom Set. It’s less than $15 to get started with the yarn and tools and even my 7 year old has learned how to loom knit. There are several other types of looms that can make dozens of items-from hats to socks, blankets, etc.

And now we are out of control (little sister thanking big sister for her new scarf she knit on the way home):

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I’m not a visual learner, so I’m not about to attempt to explain HOW you do this. But these resources helped me when I got stuck once I got back home: Fantastic tutorial here and I also bought I Taught Myself To Loom Knit Book.

Happy knitting. It actually works for me!

 


Comments

  1. 3

    Barb @ A Life in Balance says

    My dd7 has been after me to teach her how to knit. She loves doing the Rainbow Loom and other crafty stuff.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week!

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    Heather S. says

    I’m right there with ya, Kristen! My 11 year old daughter, after much irritation that I could not teach her, got library books and taught herself how to knit last year. She just finished an “entry rug” for her bedroom!

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    says

    Well done to both of you! They are lovely.
    I have always wanted to learn to knit. I am not sure if it would help with my tendency to fidget, or if my fidgeting would be a hindrance.

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    says

    I love knitting. I started when I was 15, took a break after too many sweaters got used as dog beds because the sleeves were too long, then picked it up again in my 40s when I was patient enough to check gauge and follow directions. I especially like knitting socks, and have enough after a few years that that is all I wear! But if another family member wants a pair — oh, they need to make it worth my while! Enjoy the process and adventure of knitting — it takes you all sorts of places

    I am number 259, 260, 261 — The Simple Life: Eating Together; HomeSchool SuperMoms; and Panic Attack Christianity.

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