How to Convert Knitting Patterns to a Loom

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Loom knitting is easy on the hands, quick to learn and offers a fairly fast end result. You may find, however, that there are not that many loom knitting patterns available or that you particularly like certain hand knit patterns. With some experience, time and creativity you can convert hand knitting patterns to loom knitting, expanding the possibilities for your craft.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand knitting pattern
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Choose a pattern. Be sure your loom has enough pegs for the pattern you have chosen. Look at the suggested number of cast on stitches. You will need a peg for each cast on stitch.

  • Determine all stitches from the right side of the fabric. Purl stitches on wrong side rows will become knit stitches. Wrong side row knit stitches will be purled on the knitting loom. This step is only necessary if the hand knitting pattern you are adapting has been designed for flat or back-and-forth knitting. Patterns meant to be knitted in the round will not require adjusting for wrong side rows.

  • Chart the stitch pattern. You can do this by using computer software or old-fashioned graph paper and a pencil. Use your knitting chart to show knit stitches, purl stitches, and decreases. You can choose to denote stitches in any way you prefer. For instance, a simple knit two, purl two rib might be charted with an empty square to represent the knits and a dot to represent the purls (see link in Resources).

  • Write out your pattern. Having both a written and charted version of your loom knitting pattern can help you to cross check your work and avoid errors. Also, if you are not used to loom knitting from a chart, a written pattern may be easier for you.

  • Swatch, both to test the accuracy of your pattern and check for gauge. You may want to use your swatch to try out decreases in the pattern or be sure that the pattern has converted correctly. If you are making a garment, gauge is especially critical.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind that the standard easy E-wrap used to cast on to your loom produces a twisted knit stitch (a knit through the back loop) as opposed to a true knit stitch. Choose a cast on that creates a knit stitch for the best results.

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