YarnCraft is our 30-minute downloadable radio-show on all things yarn-related. To find out more about the show or to listen to episodes, visit the YarnCraft blog.
In episode 19, Working with Looms and More, we discussed loom-knitting and spool-knitting, and the benefits of these crafts. They're great for people with joint pain, for whom knitting and crocheting might be too painful. They're great for beginners who may find knitting and crocheting tough to get started on. They're especially great for children, as an introduction to all the possibilities of yarn. Here are 5 kid-friendly patterns for various looms and spool-knitters:
- Slouchy Leggings - This pattern uses the round Knifty Knitter (available at your local craft stores) and is great because it is a beginner pattern that's perfect for introducing kids and teenagers to loom-knitting.
- Sleeveless Turtleneck Top - A versatile top that's perfect for teenagers, this pattern is easy to make with the Knitting Board, which allows you to create double-knit fabric.
- Fair Isle Cap - For many people, color-work is easier on a loom than it is on hooks or needles because both hands are free to manipulate the yarn. This baby cap is a great way to practice loom-knitting.
- Bee Bopper Bag - This great purse makes a great present. Practice color-work and shaping.
- Hot Pads - Younger kids love playing with the spool-knitters because of the long strands of I-cord-like tubes they create. Whether you purchase a spool-knitter or make your own, learn to use it with our directions.
For more on knitting without needles and more, listen to the podcast [MP3].