I was recently was bitten by the knitting bug, and I have just got it out of my system. I have knitted before, but I find the process too simple and repetitive and have a hard time relaxing (if something is too repetitive I get stressed out, I prefer a little variety/challenge to my simpler tasks). Plus, knitting with needles make my hands cramp easily. However, I taught myself how to knit hats with a loom, and I found it had just enough variety to its simple tasks that it became quite enjoyable.
The most striking thing I noticed, however, was how knitting with a loom was so similar to another activity, which may be familiar to parents of young children: Rainbow Loom!
Adding a row, pulling it up and over, was a very similar process to Rainbow Loom bracelet-making. I also found that I understand the different types of stitches far better now, and I can more easily diagnose and fix problems with my knitting thanks to the insight of having used the Rainbow Loom first. Perl and garter stitches now make more sense, as does casting on and off. Here are the results of my work:
Below was the video I studied from to learn how to knit a hat with a loom. I found it to be the simplest and most informative how-to-use-a-loom videos on Youtube and strongly recommend watching it if you want to learn how to knit a hat with a loom.
Materials required are:
- Loom hook (purple-handled thing)
- Needle with a large eye
While not necessary, the linked video does demonstrate the wrapping technique with a pen tube. I tried it both ways, and definitely recommend using a pen tube, especially if you have thick fingers, or are knitting with one of the smaller looms, which usually have pegs that are spaced more closely together.
First hat I made took me about two hours. By the time I had made my third it was down to an hour and a half. Not too bad for never making a hat before, let alone three.
Finishing the hat was oddly satisfying. Sewing the yarn to pull it together by hand was very tactile, and then pulling the two ends together and tying them to finish the hat felt oh so good, kind of like when you put your hand in a bag of rice or freeing a stuck seed from your teeth.
Since making those three hats, I have made a fourth for myself, and I am looking for yarn to make a fifth for my wife. Hats for everyone!