Have you eyed the autumn scarves and cowls but thought yarn was too intimidating to work with? I have never picked up a knitting needle or crochet hook in my life, but I thought I’d test out an easy and new-to-me technique, and try loom-knitting a cowl for the cooler weather on the way this fall.
I’m happy to report that my first try was a success, and I’m excited to share it with you today! If you are an experienced yarnie, you will probably find it humorous that I’m finally attempting what can easily qualify as a kids’ project, but if you are like me and have never worked with yarn, then this is a great project to start out with. You can easily make a cowl for yourself in an evening, even if you have never knitted or crocheted!
Supplies needed to make your own loom knit cowl:
I used the largest (pink) ring in the set because it fit easily over my head. (If you are making a child-sized cowl, you can use the next smaller ring.) These knitters also come with instructions for making a loom-knit hat, so you could certainly make a matching accessory!
Start at the peg on the side. You may find it helpful to wrap your yarn end around the side peg to secure it while you get started. Loop your yarn around each peg, making your way around the ring. Don’t get your loops too tight, or they will be difficult to work with when you begin to weave. I worked in a clockwise direction through my project, but you can work in either direction you prefer – you will just need to stay consistent through the end.
Now, you can begin weaving! From the outside of the ring, take the bottom loop, and pass it over the top loop and over the peg itself, into the center of the ring. It’s easiest if you use the weaving tool included with the set, though you could also use a crochet hook or even your fingers.
Once you work your way all the way around the ring, you have completed your first row of knitting! Loop your yarn around the pegs just as you did in the previous step, and each time you complete a row, weave it just as before, passing the bottom row over the pegs.
I knitted 30 rows for this cowl, and I used less than half a skein of yarn. I would recommend a minimum of 30 rows, though for a chunkier-looking cowl, you could easily knit double that number.
To finish your cowl when you are done knitting, unwind a length of yarn that will fit all the way around the loom with a couple of inches to spare.
Cut it off, and thread it onto the plastic needle in the kit. Beginning at the peg that marks your rows, pass the needle through the loop remaining on the peg. When you have passed the yarn through, you can slip that loop off the peg. Do this for each loop, until you have closed them all off. It’s easy to make this final loop too tight, so stretch your cowl to be sure the rows are uniform. Then, tie a knot (I didn’t use any special knot – just a standard double knot) to secure the end, and trim off the excess. Do the same thing for the beginning row to get rid of that excess “tail.”
At this point – you will have a beautiful completed cowl! Mine took me about 2 hours from start to finish – which included getting the hang of the technique. So even a true beginner can complete this in an afternoon or an evening!
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).