Loom Knitting 101: Basic Terms and The Slip Knot {Part 1 of 12}

Basic Terms & The Slip Knot Loom Knitting 101: Basic Terms & The Slip
Knot. For todays tutorial you will knitting loom.
Today we will be using the Kiss Regular Gauge Knitting Loom with one spacer in between the
pins and the pegs. Your Knitting Tools And a ball of yarn. Today we will be using
Manos Maxima worsted weight 100% merino wool in the color “Chamomille”. Before we begin learning to knit on the loom,
I want to cover a few basic terms that you might want to be familiar with before you
continue into our future tutorials. The first term I want to cover is gauge. Gauge
refers to the number of stitches per inch of your finished garment. It can be influenced
by how tight or loose you make your knitting, or by how large of a needle or loom you use.
Most yarns have a specific size of needle that are recommended to work with to get the
recommend gauge for the yarn. The second is the anatomy of your loom. We
are going to be working with the Kiss Brand of Looms. The main reason we chose Kiss Looms
is because they allow you to adjust your gauge without purchasing another loom. This allows
you to refine your knitting similar to how you could refine it with needles. They also
offer 5 different sizes of looms to get an even broader variety of available gauges. When looking at the Kiss Loom the first thing
you will notice is that it features 2 boards that are pressed together to form one side
of the loom. The first row in front has these upside down u’s that are referred to as
pegs. All looms have pegs, but they might look slightly different than these. The second
row has pins. These are specific to the kiss looms, so the loom you are working on might
not have them. The pins are used to increase or decrease your gauge by adding or decreasing
the number of spacers in between the pins and the pegs. Pins… Pegs… If you are not using the Kiss Loom or you
are using one of their fine gauge looms you will not have the pins, but you can still
follow along with us in our tutorials. The next term you’ll want to be familiar
with is the difference between a knitting tool and a purling tool. All looms will come
with their own version of the knitting tool. This is the one that comes with the Kiss Loom.
The knitting tool features an angled hook at the tip that allows you to scoop up your
stitches. Kiss looms also come with a purling tool.
This is something I have only seen with kiss looms, but others might have something similar.
It features a hook on the end that can be used to get inside the pegs while purling
similar to a crochet hook. Next I want to cover the different parts of
your work that we will refer to. Once you’ve cast on your first row of stitches on your
loom, you’ll have two pieces of yarn coming out the end. The piece that is attached to
your ball is called the working yarn, and this is what you’ll be working with most
of the time. The piece that is not attached to anything is called the tail end. Next I want to cover the difference between the wrong
side and the right side of your work. In needle knitting you alternate working your project
on the right side (or the front of your work) and the wrong side (or the back). In loom
knitting you will always work the right side, but the wrong side will be facing up. This
is a swatch of stockinette stitch that we made. So this is the right side of your work,
and this is the wrong side. When your looking at your loom, you’ll be
looking at the wrong side coming out of your loom and the right side will be facing down.
But in the patter you will always work the right side. Last we want to cover stitch markers. These
are used to indicate specific places in your pattern that you need to remember. I generally
use them at the beginning and end of my work to ensure that I always have the correct number
of stitches and I haven’t dropped any. Many patterns will recommend you use stitch markers
and will even indicate the best places to use them. I made these stitch markers with
some jewelry making supplies & they work perfect for this loom. I attach them to the pin in
between the two pegs that I am working on to indicate that position in the pattern. Now that we’ve covered all the basic terms
you’ll need to know for loom knitting, lets make our slip knot. The slip knot is something
that you’ll need to do prior to casting on your first row of stitches. It’s how
we make the first stitch. To make a slip knot first wrap the yarn around
your pointer finger 3 times, so that you have 3 different strand of yarn on the inside of
your finger. 1…2….3 For step 2 you’ll take the middle strand
(or strand 2) and take it out and over strand 3 (or the strand closest to the tip of your
finger. Step 3: take strand 3 or the strand that is
now in the middle and cross it out and over strand 2 or the one that is now closest to
the tip of your finger. Step 4: Take strand 2 again and pull it out
and off your finger letting the other strands fall. And that’s how you make a slip knot. Want more loom knitting tutorials? Don’t
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