Long loom knitting is becoming very popular. The use of a plastic or wooden pegged rectangle in various sizes creates long sections of knitting used to make blankets or afghans. The knitted strips are sewn together to create the desired size of blanket. The most difficult part of creating the blanket is learning how to cast the first row of stitches. A simple knitted stitch is done by moving the bottom loop over the top loop. More complicated stitches are possible but not as easy to complete for beginners.
Things You'll Need
- Long loom
- Crochet hook or long loom hook
- Tape measure
- Darning needle
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Place the long knitting loom on a flat stable work surface so the flat surface of the loom is on the bottom, the pegs are on top and the single peg extending horizontally from the loom base is pointing toward you.
Tie a slip knot 6-inches from the end of the yarn. Place the slip knot over the first peg to the right of the horizontal peg. Wrap the 6-inch tail around the peg protruding horizontally from the loom's base. Notice there is a right row and a left row of pegs.
Pick up the long end of the yarn. Wrap the yarn around the second left peg. Begin wrapping the yarn around the top edge of the peg, around the front of the peg and toward the center of the loom. Skip a peg on the right and repeat the wrap around the third peg. Alternate wrapping pegs in a zigzag fashion until the opposite end is reached.
Turn the long loom so the peg protruding horizontally from the base is pointing away from you. Notice which side of the loom the last wrapped peg is located on. Wrap the yarn around the next empty peg on the opposite side of the loom beginning on top of the peg, toward the front of the peg then to the center of the loom. Repeat the process on each empty peg in a zigzag fashion until all pegs are wrapped.
Turn the long loom so the peg protruding horizontally from the base is pointing toward you. Wrap the long piece of yarn around the horizontally protruding peg. Push the wrapped stitches down on each peg so they are approximately three quarters of the way down the peg. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until each peg contains two loops.
Unwrap the 6-inch beginning tail of yarn. Pull it through the center of the loom and place it under the loom's frame. Wrap the long strand of yarn around the peg. Insert the crochet hook or long loom weaving hook under the bottom loop on the first peg to the right of the horizontally protruding peg. Pull the loop away from the peg. Place the loop over the top of the peg toward the center of the long loom. Repeat the process with each peg.
Unwrap the long piece of yarn. Repeat steps 3 and 4 once to create a second row of loops on each peg. Hook the bottom loop and pull it over the top of the peg. Repeat Step 7 until the knitted strip is the desired length for a blanket. For example, a 6-foot blanket requires the length of each strip to be 72-inches
Cast off the stitches beginning with the first peg to the right of the horizontal protruding peg. Wrap the first peg and make the stitch as normal. Move the loop on the first peg to the second peg. Pull the bottom loop over the first loop. Repeat this process until one loop is left on the last peg. Cut the yarn approximately 6-inches from the peg. Pull the yarn until the end pulls through the loop. Set aside.
Repeat steps 1 through 8 until the desired number of strips are made for the blanket. For example, the width of the strips is 12-inches. The desired width of the blanket is 48-inches. Four long loom knitted strips are required to create the blanket.
Measure and cut a piece of yarn 72-inches long. Thread the darning needle with the yarn. Match the end of the yarn and tie a knot, leaving a 2- to 3-inch tail.
Place two strips of long loom knitting side-by-side so the short ends match. Stitch the two strips together beginning at the bottom edge. Insert the tip of the needle through the bottom loop. Pull the yarn through the edge until a 1-inch loop is left above the knot. Place the needle through the loop and pull the yarn tight.
Position the tail of the yarn between the two strips. Insert the tip of the needle in the bottom loop of the second strip. Pull the loop tight. Stitch the two strips together alternating stitches between the two panels. Stitch the tail between the stitches to hide while doing the first 2- to 3-inches of stitching. Repeat the process until the panel is connected together.
Insert the needle through the last loop on the panels. Pull the thread tight. Insert the needle through the loop on the opposite panel leaving a 1-inch loop. Pass the point of the needle through the loop and pull it tight. Repeat the process one more time to create a knot. Do not cut the yarn.
Insert the needle into the stitched seam bringing it out 2- to 3-inches from the edge. Cut the yarn. This hides the end of the yarn. Repeat steps 11 through 14 for additional strips.