Loom Knitting Cast On

I’m going to demonstrate on how to load your loom, and this is a Walmart $9-99, particular rectangular loom. And this apparently is the easiest way to knit. I’m telling you it is so fast, you can whip off a scarf in just a quick afternoon. And the thing about these Walmart looms is that these teeth and pegs are really spaced apart. So you actually need a really good thick material, in order to cover. You look at your socks, your socks are constructed in the same way, but the teeth are so close together, it creates a very fine knit and because these are so far, I almost like call these alligator jaws, because they’re so far apart you really need the material in between in order to create the effect. Now a lot of people say to use the outside tip as a way to to wrap it the first time. Don’t bother. You know you don’t want this thing coming apart on you so create a slip knot instead. So we’re going to wrap it around your finger twice okay, the back over the front and then push up. So you can backtrack that if you need to, so now you have the perfect slip knot. I’m right-handed, so I’m going to put it on the right-hand side of my top corner and I’m going to pull it snug, not too tight like don’t reef on it, and just let the straggler, which I call the loose ends, just fall in between the two. Your material is going to be growing inside the two. Inside this actual apparatus. So what we need to do is we need to start doing our wrap, and if I went like this, like this, like this, like this – It’s not grabbing onto anything. And the problem is that when we take it off the hooks, we need it to secure on to other pieces of material. So we can’t wrap it like this. So what we need to do, is going on the underside of that peg, wrapping up over, and now we’re going to come to the other side and we’re going to be under and then over, okay. So let’s go to the next one just directly across. So under, over and now you go to the next one. So we’re creating like this zigzag effect. and now do you see what I was just saying? These strings are kind of wrapping around the peg and that’s what helps it, gives it the stability to hold it together. So if I went like this, you can see that I didn’t get the same effect, so I have to go under, over. So I find for scarves, nine pegs is actually really sufficient, and it will make this project go really quick. So I better start counting. So one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, okay. And then we’re going to come to the ninth. And on the ninth, the last one, so if you went all the way across or even if you went tenth, this is exactly what you’ll do, is you’ll just come up into the other side like that. And you’re going to want to hang onto this, because if you let it go It’s all going to fall apart on you. So what you need to do now is just push down gently all the strings to about the half way point. Don’t go ape crazy, and push it all the way to the bottom, you’re just wasting your time. So about half way. So now we have to then continue to wrap, going back up. This is casting on. So we’ve finished on this side of the actual peg, and so just for the ends only, is that you go directly across to the next one. So directly across and then we have to rewrap the one that we just came back from, going on the over side of it, and then going under. And now we jump back up to the next one, so over and under You see that? So we’re creating the same effect And so when you look straight down in this sucker, you’re going to notice the strings up here, they’re in formation of a pattern but they also appear very um they appear to be all over the place. And you need that because that’s what’s helping to create the thickness and the quality of your thing. So if you’ve lost your strings or you’ve lost your tension, it will fall apart really quickly on you. So we’re going to get back to the top, so we’re going to end up on this side here, and so we’re just going to pull it back around. Don’t let go of the string yet. So what you want to do is, just flip it up on its side. And I’m still holding the strength. So you see I just flip up, still holding it. Going on the top one now. There’s two strings, and you’re going to grab the one that’s closest to the bottom, and pick it up and throw it over the peg. So now the very last one is now in place, so this will not fall apart on you. So working down the same side, you’re just going to go and pick the bottom ones up, throw them over the top. Now crocheting with this kind of string is really difficult, but actually loom knitting and knitting with really fuzzy string is extremely easy because it just stays together. Now with this particular project. We’re not rotating this thing, like all over the place, it’s not like a pinwheel. So we’re just going to flip it up, and we just finished on this side. Sorry. We just finished on this side. So we’re just going to start over here. Okay, now this side is very loosey-goosey So you’re just picking it up and throwing it over, because when it was all on there really tight, because one side has now been pushed over the edge, this side becomes extremely loose and fluffy. And we’re at the very last one there, so we just throw it up over the top So now we just want to push down and as it grows you’re going to see it coming out of the bottom section here. So now we’re going to start our … That was our casting on. So that was our very first cast on. So now we’re on the underside of this peg, and now we’re going to go straight across up and over, and then back to that peg and then up and over. Okay, and so we’re just going to, I’m going to put it back down. So we’re just going to go up. And again this pattern looks really random when you look straight down on it, but it’s actually very sequential and very well together. Now you can see the ball of wool is in the bowl. When you have a ball of wool like that, instead of it running all over the house and there are cats chasing it down, it’s just easier to leave it in a bowl, and it rotates really nicely. So we’re back on the bottom and I’m holding it, so I’m just going to flip up. Still holding it. Grabbing the bottom part section, throwing it over the top. Now that’s locked into place So now I’m just going to work my way back on the same side. Making sure I have both strings as I flip up over. These scarves, I literally, will probably take you about four hours, but they grow, it’s the quickest four hours you’ll ever have. These are actually really fun to do. Okay, so we just finished on this side. So we’re just flipping it up and continuing along. And again this side is going to be very loosey-goosey because we just pulled the other side off already. So it’s just, there’s like no pressure to it. You just put your hook in behind it and they literally just jump off. Okay, and then just push down a little bit, so that they’re about halfway down. And grabbing your string again. So we’re up over here. So straight across. Remember we came around, we’re on this side of this peg, so we come around on this side of this peg, up and over, and we go back around that first peg again. And we just work our way back up. I’m finding the angles a little hard because I’m trying to stay it within the camera, but also because this would normally be on my lap, tipped up on it’s side. Okay, and I just felt the string fall off. And I felt it fall off again. So I might have to put a little more pressure on it or get my aim to be a little bit better and now we’re back at the top. So we pull it back around toward the center, okay. Not letting it go. Flipping up, take the bottom over the top. And now that’s locked into place again, and we just continue along, and your scarf is just literally going to grow. So that is how you cast on and get your product started no matter what you’re doing.

90 thoughts on “Loom Knitting Cast On

  • I have never done this before and would love to learn. Could you tell me what materials that I need to buy and what is the easiest project to start off with?

  • you should look up the innovations knitting machine….i think you would be fascinated…..mine is comming in the mail soon….( there are vids for it)

  • loom, some 3 ply or 4 ply yarn. The loom kits come with a hook. and the desire to want to create amazing things… it's like crochet… just a hook and yarn.

  • would you say that doing projects with the loom is easier than crochet. i just learned how to crochet and i have got some of the technique down, but would love to learn more with both loom and crochet.

  • I just bought a loom kit and although I've gotten pretty good at making hats, I have had a hard time understanding instructions for the recangle looms. This video cleard up all of my questions. Thank you so much! Now I can make a scarf before it starts getting cold out.

  • Just curious, have you ever tried creating the knit pattern on the outside going around rather than taking it through the middle?

  • My gosh I am doing it! 61 years…oops just turned 62 and I am making a fluffy pink scarf for my Great Granddaughter. The cats are all asleep…hubby has been in bed for several hours and I'm giggling at myself because every other side I am saying "ok now loosy goosy. 🙂 You are such a great teacher! Thank you so much for sharing your talents! 🙂

  • Thanks so much for your wonderful tutorial!!! You made things quite easy to understand. After several hours, I completed successfully my first scarf!

  • I agree with everyone, you are a great teacher and easy to watch and listen to! Thanks for helping me cast on and off!

  • I am making a rifle sling with multiple colours etc. of reflective and blaze orange paracord. My mum taught me to knit with needles, and I've never used a loom before. Next project is to make it non slip

  • @fearn111805 i would measure how many pegs equal 6 inches then I would add one or two more pegs to that due to shrinkage when you take the project off the loom…….hope that helps cathy @ mikeys helpdesk….. 🙂

  • what i get confused about is at the end of the last peg on how to wrap it can u help me by explainlng it typing plz thx love ur videos

  • I also have a Innovation knitting mashine i got for xmas last year from my boy friend do u know of any good you Tube veidos that i watch haveing trouble how to start it so i have not made any thing on yet it just stuck on the side of my sofe not being used thxs

  • How many yards of yarn do I need to make a scarf? I want it kind of long, like to my hips so I can wrap it around my neck. This video rocks! Thank you

  • Great tutorial! I was looking for a device my mom can use and I think she can manage this especially with your great instructions and tips! Thanks!

  • I love your video. I final got it. But for some reason down the line my front became my back and back the front . Can you please tell me what I did?

  • i have always wanted to make something like this – so i got a new LOOM from amazon and starting watching your videos – they are so easy to understand and they have helped me get started – thank you so much…… I am now looking for all of your clips – thank you so much…. Wyatt in California

  • I find that if you wrap 4 rows instead of 2 when casting off for the very first row only this eliminates that problem….when pulling the yarn over the pegs for this first row you will see 4 strands on one peg and you will pull the bottom 2 over the top 2 then continue by just wrapping normal do the smae double row at the end of scarf so they match…[email protected] the crochet crowd helpdesk 🙂

  • I really like your loom series. They are clear close up and your pace is very good for beginners. I just added your podcasts also to my phone.

  • Mikey! Help! Why is it that the finishing end is nice and tight, but the end that you started at is loose and stretchy? What can I do to fix this. I was going to give a couple scarves as gifts and they aren't cooperating.

  • Hey check out Mikey's video on Youtube called "How To Cast Off A Loom Properly – Shawl Cast Off" If you follow the method in the video it will help you correct this problem…. [email protected] the crochet crowd helpdesk 🙂

  • thanks for posting these videos i had never used a loom before and i just made my first scarf. i just bought one of those walmart looms what all can you do with them?

  • Hi – thanks for your easy to follow videos. I just practiced casting on and off for double knit on a rectangular loom. My cast-OFF edge is fine but mine cast-ON edge is very loose. Did I do something wrong when casting-on?

  • this happens to me too….I do a double first row which means Instead of having two loops and pulling the bottom over the top I cast on so I have four loops and pull the first two over the top two and then I do the same thing when I cast off so the ends match and this helps eliminate the loose stitches at the beginning….in between these beginning and ending rows I just do single rows of two loops pulling the bottom one over the top … [email protected] the crochet crowd 🙂

  • this happens to me too….I do a double first row which means Instead of having two loops and pulling the bottom over the top I cast on so I have four loops and pull the first two over the top two and then I do the same thing when I cast off so the ends match and this helps eliminate the loose stitches at the beginning….in between these beginning and ending rows I just do single rows of two loops pulling the bottom one over the top … [email protected] the crochet crowd 🙂

  • Thanks for that suggestion – I'll give it a try. I did find that with practice I wasn't haven't as much of a problem but I like the idea of the extra loops. So, to do this, do I just wrap four rows and then pull the bottom two over? I'm assuming that I don't wrap each peg twice adn then move to the next and wrap it twice, etc. etc.

  • I just tried the recommendation made by [email protected] crochet crowd (about doing double loops to start) and that helped. I also found that the relation of the thickness of the yarn to the pegs makes a difference.

  • good I'm glad it worked for you 🙂 its a quick fix for this tension problem…. thicker yarn when you have pegs spaced further apart will help reduce some of the looseness too thats why doubling the rows helps….

  • Answered one of my questions…you twisted stockinette for casting on didn't require crocheting binding on row once row was complete! I was confused if I wanted regular stockinette but not have to do anything additional to binding on row….so I kept doing twisted stockinette! Thank you!!!

  • Thank You so much cause i have my own busniess and i knit scarves, make pop can tab bracelets, pop can tab belts, monster tab necklace and so i got few questions if i can start making baby blankets i was like yes i can so i saw ur video and wanted to ask but thank you so much plus i am also making baby and regular hats 🙂 Thank you so much Cathy 🙂

  • This video is great! I just started loom knitting again (I made one hat a few years ago), and just yesterday I bought my first rectangular loom to make myself a new scarf. I seem to have run into a problem though. I ran out of yarn before my scarf reached my desired length. I just bought some more yarn, and was just going to tie the new strand on to the old one, but I didn't want to mess anything up. lol
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

  • I purchased a loom set and it said it came with a hook, but so many people had opened the package to check it out and it probably fell out..and I don't know what to use…I tried a crochet needle..and that was a fail. Let me know…if you can help, thanks. It was just a very expensive looming kit that came with 4 looms..and it hurts to get ripped off like that, if you know what I mean. The video really helped though! Only video I could find that really explained it well, thank you 🙂

  • Hey, so i have just started loom knitting but i was wondering if you need to use the fluffy yarn or can you use any type of yarn? Also, how to you join another ball of yarn to the yarn that you are knitting with? Thanks 🙂

  • Hi …..fluffy yarns or 5-6 ply yarns tend to eliminate holes/spaces while loom knitting… if you use only one strand of 4 ply yarn your project wont look right and it will have large spaces in-between your stitches unless your pegs are close together….You can use a 4 ply yarn but we recommend that people use more than one strand at a time tow or three depending on the look you want and to add another just tie an knot and continue… Hope that helps… Cathy @ The Crochet Crowd 🙂

  • I have the purple one like this and am trying to learn how to do the the stockinette for a blanket and i am just so confused! LOL I've had these damn looms forever and really want to learn how to use them.

  • I'd like to thank you for your instructions–The instructions that they gave me with my kit were horrendous—Your instructions are simple and easy to understand.Thanks Again

  • This was my first time trying my hand at knitting. I am so grateful for your clear and easy to follow instructions. Thank you, and now I think i have found a lovely way to de-stress and relax my mind.

  • I know you have a tutorial on changing color on a rectangular loom. How do I find it. Most tutorials say make a knot. The knots are coming threw Help

  • did you loomers know that I used one of those to make a blanket if I can get up to 10 subsivers ill show you how to and how to end them and how to atach them together to.So when I do get up to 10 ill make a vido to show you if you subsive to my channel.

  • I found this video to be very helpful. it would have been nicer with an example of the finished product. Keep up the good work.

  • Great instruction and to the point, thank you. Would have been so much nicer though if the camera had been a bit closer sorry…..struggled to see what you were doing at times. But that said, I learned from it. 😀

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