Three simple stages explain the method of weaving a blanket using a rectangle loom. We will show you how to weave a blanket effectively on a rectangle loom. Keep in mind that the loom is a great tool for making blankets, especially for those just starting out.
But what makes a rectangular loom unique? The general shape of the rectangular loom is well suited for weaving large products like blankets. A rectangular loom is more manageable when working with heavy yarn. To learn how to get started and why this project is suitable for novices, keep reading!
Looms Make Projects Go Faster
Then, a month or two ago, someone suggested I use a loom because it would be more stimulating and would speed up the process. Because of my curiosity, I decided to purchase a Boye Assorted Loom Set.
After sitting down to try it, I realized I had something very similar when I was a youngster. My first loom was a wooden mushroom, and it was used to weave embroidery thread into little friendship bracelets (through my research for this project I learned this was called a spool loom). To the contrary, thinking back on those times made me even more eager to continue my education.
However, I learn best through visuals, and the kit’s instructions are neither the finest nor the most fascinating. So, I did some investigating and came across some excellent lessons that have helped me learn to use not only the rectangle loom but also some of the others.
I hope you find this information helpful, too, if you’re learning to use the looms.
How to Use a Rectangular Loom
Before I get started, there’s something I should have known earlier but didn’t. Teeth in these looms are spaced a little bit too widely. As a result, even though the instructions call for a medium-weight yarn of size 4, I would recommend a larger size (or doubling up on a smaller one). If not, your stitches will look sloppy and unfinished. If this is the style you’re looking for, by all means, keep it up!
The tutorials I’ve included here aren’t necessarily the same as the ones included with the Loom Set, but I’ve picked them because I find them to be of high quality, easy to follow, and effective.
I’ve provided multiple examples of approaches so that you may experiment and find what works best for you. I’ve found that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to crafting. That really matters most is the quality and enjoyment of the final result, not the means by which it was arrived at.
Scarves and blankets are the most common items for which these tutorials are intended to be used.
Flat Panel Cast On and Knit
These videos deviate slightly from the Boye guidebook. To follow the Boye pattern, you must first wrap all of the pegs before pulling the yarn over them. You can learn how to make a yarn mobile by following along with these videos and threading the yarn over the pegs. As you progress, the security of your work will increase thanks to this. A few times when I was practicing a single panel knit, my grasp slipped and my yarn fell loose, requiring me to re-wrap it. To put it mildly, irritating. However, I can see how doing it one peg at a time may feel boring and slow down the process compared to just wrapping the yarn around and pulling it over all at once.
Still, I think it’s beneficial to have choices so you may pick the approach that works best for you.
Alternative Flat Panel Cast On Technique
If you also happen to have a crochet hook on hand, you may use that to begin weaving on your rectangle loom. Doing so is simple and will free up some time in your schedule. Awesome!
Flat Panel Cast Off
Get help finishing your crochet flat panel from this video. Because she used both sides of the loom, her finished product may appear to be two separate panels, but in fact it is flat. Depending on the specifics of your project, you may need to make some modifications to the provided guidance.
Finally, her plan to end on a sweet note with cupcakes is adorable.
Double Knit Panel Cast On
Although this video’s explanations differ slightly from those provided in the Boye instructions, I find them to be clearer and more straightforward, thus I recommend them. His method of wrapping is also slightly more secure than Boye’s.
Fashion Stitch for Double Knit Panel
A scarf for my husband is in the works, and I hope to use this lovely double knit panel stitch. It’s obvious that there are some differences between here and the double knit panel up top. Try out both styles to find which one works better for you.
As much as I enjoy crocheting, I really prefer the softness of knit scarves.
Triple Rib Stitch on Rectangular Loom
Knitting looms allow you to create a wide variety of beautiful stitches with little effort. As such, I included this video to show you some of the fun things you can do with your loom, even if it isn’t one of the essentials you need to know to get started with loom knitting.
Double Knit Panel Cast Off
This is a well-explained and helpful video, however I think I’ll refer to the flat panel cast off video for guidance on keeping the tension even on the final row of stitches when I try this myself.
How to Use a Circular Loom
Working with a circular loom is a lot like making a flat panel on the rectangular loom except you connect it at the end. You can use circular looms to make hats, bags, socks, baby cocoons, tube scarves, flowers, and many other things.
Constructing a flat panel on a circular loom is similar to making one on a rectangular loom, except that the two ends must be joined together. A wide variety of items, including hats, bags, socks, baby cocoons, tube scarves, and flowers, can be woven on a circular loom.
Circle Loom Basics
The first video is a fantastic resource for learning the fundamentals of working with a circular loom. This tutorial shows how to cast on, finish a project, switch colors, and weave flat panels on a circular loom. Besides pom-poms and tassels, it demonstrates how to crochet hats, booties, slippers, socks, and tube scarves.
My only complaint is that the numerical descriptions of the sock and slipper heel construction left me a little confused; I would have rather to see actual video footage of the process. Aside from that, though, this is a fantastic instructional video.
The second video is full of useful information about frugal loom knitting that you won’t find in many other places online. You should check it out; it’s excellent.
Circle Loom Slippers
Since the only aspect of the preceding tutorial I didn’t like was the way it covered making booties, slippers, and socks, I thought this little video would be a nice addition. Do you agree that these appear incredibly relaxing? I know, right? I just want to pick up and pet that cat.
I’m sure the same technique could be applied to a smaller circle loom in order to create baby slippers or booties.
Round Loom Flower
Probably since I like crocheting my flowers more, I don’t particularly care for these, but I figured I might as well offer a tutorial anyway because they are a fundamental item covered in my collection.
They’re easy to make and look great as a brooch, pin, or embellishment on a hat, purse, or bag. Ribbon and folded tissue paper are common components, and I’ve seen them used for both greeting cards and gift bags.
Though I appreciate the effort put into this tutorial, I disagree with her conclusion. Once I had woven the yarn through the project a few times, I would cut off the excess.
How to Use Spool Loom
If you need a rope for an earflap or drawstring, or for any other purpose, you can use a spool loom or a french knitter to construct one. It can also be used to create tiny patterns, like as those found on friendship bracelets.
As I indicated before, I enjoyed using a wooden version of this when I was a kid, but these days it seems like people are more interested in the ugly plastic versions. Sorry, I’m sure they’re fantastic; I’m just being a bit biased because of my nostalgia.
The spool loom is mechanically identical to the circular loom, except that it is much smaller. You can also use thick yarn without any problems.
To help you get started, I’ve included some instructions below.
Crochet Cast On
The alternative cast on I shared for the rectangular loom is nearly identical to this.
Spool Loom Basics
What you see is, as I said previously, a little version of knitting on a round loom.
Miniature versions of items you create on a circular loom, such as doll hats and slippers or little scarves for bears, could be a delightful (and sometimes challenging) activity.
It is possible to make your own bulky yarn using the looms and the French knitting technique with thinner or medium yarn. This could be a fun way to put those yarn ends to good use.
How Do You Start A Blanket On A Loom?
In order to get started on your loom project, you’ll need to decide which side you’d like to work from. Create a loop of yarn and use it to tie a slip knot, then incorporate the free end of the yarn into the knot. Pick up the strand between your thumb and index finger, then pull with your working yarn.
The newly formed slip knot should be positioned on the first peg of the nearest (right) side of the loom. Create a loop by bringing the working yarn around the back of the second peg and through the front again. Keep going around the loom in this manner until you get to one of the ends.
When you get to the end of the blanket, you should carry the yarn over to the other side and loop it there to finish. The goal is to encircle each peg with a row of loops from the bottom to the top. If you carefully adhere to the instructions for your selected blanket pattern, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Want to learn the art of looming your own blanket? There are only three simple stages to learning how to weave a blanket on a rectangle loom. Learn the basics of making a slip knot and how to bind off your work after you’re done.
Looming a blanket on a rectangle loom is, if you’ve mastered the skills involved, as simple as creating top and bottom rows of loops on each peg. If you stick to the instructions in the blanket pattern, you should have no trouble completing the task successfully.