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Authentic Knitting 9″x3″ Sock Loom Knitting Board W/Dvd-
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I bought this loom from amazon.com but you can get it at Joann’s as well. The dvd is very helpful to someone who has not made a sock before. It works just like a knifty knitter with an e wrap cast on and the flat knit and knit and purl stitches. The dvd shows you how to measure your foot and adjust the loom to size. This DB company loom was started by 2 women, so I enjoyed supporting it. I am in the process of making my 1st sock.
It comes with a very quick video on how to turn the heels in short row technique and then repeat for the toe area. It should have come with directions though for the Kitchener cast off or tips on doing toe up but these actually can be found on the internet in looming groups or on Ravelry. For basic instruction and ease of use this loom is great. It is not so small(gauge) that it is difficult to knit, it actually makes nice shoe style socks with fine sock yarn. I have made a toddler pair of socks and very long wrist style gloves on it. It goes much faster on the second sock once you get the hang of it. The ribbing to a sock is slow going but once you get to the flat knit stitch area it is a breeze. These instructions for the knit stitch are also on the video and very clear.
So, the loom itself is nice solid wood, the pegs are sturdy metal, and the knitting tool is nicely designed, although I do wish the handle were just a bit longer and maybe a little thicker. The set does look like it will last for many years, though.
Anyway, it’s great for the hats, and maybe someday I’ll get around to making a pair of socks on it. 🙂
The best way to learn is to try until you get it right (get some scrap yarn so that you can rip it out and try again with the same yarn). #2 weight (DK weight) yarn is the best yarn for your first attempt as it will be more forgiving than sock weight yarn. If you absolutely must use sock yarn the first time, get the stretch sock yarn since it will be easier to knit without getting so tight on the pegs that you can’t knit them. (If you have trouble with tight stitches, look up “U” stitch on youtube.)
Also the first couple of inches of knitting will look a bit strange; it will start to look like knitting when it gets a bit longer and isn’t stretched out as much.
I purchased this loom with the intention of making socks (duh!). The wood and metal pegs are very high quality and I think it will outlast my desire to make socks. The DVD is nice but it somewhat lacking…I started knowing nothing and the DVD doesn’t help all that much. I’d recommend finding a primer or some such (or lots of reading up online) in addition to the provided directions if you are a complete beginner.
A couple tips:
1) Do everything LOOSE. No matter how tightly it looks like she is doing things in the video, if your loops are even remotely tight, things get tough to impossible pretty quick. Keep it loose and you won’t have as many problems.
2) Sizing is a bit sketchy. I’d set it a little smaller than what you actually measure. That could just be because I was doing my loops loose and the yarn I used could play a part.
3) Watch out for splitting yarn…if you don’t catch it, it makes doing the next loop on that peg a nightmare.