When you begin your crochet journey there are likely to be many things that you'll need to learn along the way. To help you navigate through these confusing waters, we've listed 17 top tips that will make the transition into your first project just that little bit easier. If you're a seasoned crocheter, you'll know all too well about these minor bumps in the road, but read on and you might just find some surprisingly helpful advice.
- Flower Bouquet
- Baby Bunnies
- Poodle Toy
- Sampler Blanket Crochet-Along: Part Four
- Princess Toy
- Daisy Cushion
- Doll’s Clothes
- Birthday Cupcakes
- Fox Headband
- Bear Headband
- Faux Succulents
- View all
- 17 Things You’ll Wish You Knew When You First Started Crochet
- The Best Blanket Crochet-Along EVER!
- Pretty Posy Technical Guides
- Woolly Writer Winner Revealed
- Woolly Writer 2nd Place Runner-Up Revealed
- Woolly Writer 3rd Place Runner-Up Revealed
- Issue 103 Sneak Peek
- Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
- Help Change Lives With Knitted Knockers
- The Ultimate Guide To Dyeing And Spinning Your Own Yarn
- 19 Baby Toys That Will Stop Them Crying
- View all
- Accessories Crochet Patterns
- Amigurumi Crochet Patterns
- Baby Crochet Patterns
- Christmas Crochet Patterns
- Granny squares Crochet Patterns
- Homewares Crochet Patterns
- Toy Crochet Patterns
- View all
- 5 CROCHET-ALONGS THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE PART IN
- What Is Loom Knitting?
- Stuart Hillard: The Melody Yarn Kit
- SUE STRATFORD: GET AN ECO-FRIENDLY YARN STASH
- ISSUE 102 SNEAK PEEK
- 12 Last-Minute Birthday Gifts
- 14 Free Patterns For A Rainy Day
- THESE WEAVINGS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
- 17 Crochet Dinosaurs For Jurassic World Fans
- Stuart Hillard: The Marine Yarn Kit
- Star Wars Patterns 15 There Are
- View all
What Is Loom Knitting?
To loom or not to loom – that is the question! Be enlightened by the perks of loom knitting with our quick guide...
WHAT IS LOOM KNITTING?
So many of us are strictly hand knitters, and the thought of using a tool other than our standard needles fills us with uncertainty. There’s no harm, however, in mixing things up once in a while. Loom knitting will be familiar to those of you who played with a knitting Nancy as a child, which is the oldest member of the loom family dating back over 400 years. But creating narrow tubing with a Nancy is a thing of the past – nowadays you can buy much larger multi-pronged looms, allowing you to create accessories, toys and homeware with just a few simple tools.
LOOM EXPERT LUCY HOPPING REVEALS ALL!
When did you first try loom knitting?
As with most of us, my first experience of loom knitting was a four-pronged knitting Nancy, making long lengths of quite pointless tubing. However, in my previous job as a Product Developer for children’s craft kits, I dabbled a little. Writing my new book Loom Knitting pushed me to experiment with larger, more adventurous projects.
What do you love about it?
I love working out a new stitch or technique; it really challenges me and gets my brain working. Especially if it’s a pattern made for hand knitting and I’m trying to translate it into loom knitting. It’s like learning a language in some respects.
Can you explain the benefits compared to hand knitting?
You don’t lose all your stitches if they fall off the needles! I’m also not normally that keen on knitting in the round, particularly on needles, but a knitting loom makes it so simple – projects that you might never normally tackle become quite achievable.
What would you say to someone who’s never loom knitted before?
Give it a try! It’s very relaxing because you can just pick away at it in the evening in front of the TV or on a bus or train if you have a long commute. It’s very transportable.
What’s your favourite thing to make with a loom?
I loved teaching myself to knit socks. I don’t think I would have tackled them on a pair of needles but they were pretty simple to master on a loom. I think I’ll be making more!
Find 35 inspiring projects in Loom Knitting by Lucy Hopping (£12.99, CICO Books) makeetc.com
- Round or rectangular loom set
- Plastic sewing needle
Round Knitting Loom 6-Piece Set, £8, hobbycraft.co.uk
If you love learning new skills, head to our How To Crochet tab.
More from Top Crochet Patterns blog
Welcome to our Sampler Blanket Crochet-Along! Our designer Jackie Carreira shows you how to make this four-part blanket, which really knocks the socks off anyone who sees it. Read on to find out more...
If you've picked up issue 103 of Let's Get Crafting you'll have spotted this stunning Pretty Posy project from Flower Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen (£10.99, Search Press) searchpress.com
Drum roll please, it’s time to announce our champion! Thank you to each and every one of you who entered – we were inundated with amazing stories and rhythmic poems, and are blown away by our very talented readers. We’d like to congratulate Elin Davies for her very emotive and heartfelt story. Fun fact about Elin, she sang Meghan Markle down the aisle! We asked her all about her crafting (and singing!) hobbies...
Thank you to everyone who entered The Woolly Writer competition! We’d like to congratulate our 2nd place contestant Jill Pritchard on her wonderful poem.