Title: ULTIMATE Oval Loom Knitting Set
Author: Kathy Norris
Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc., 2016
Photographers: Jason Masters and Ken West
ULTIMATE Oval Loom Knitting Set Review
Last month I received the ULTIMATE Oval Loom Knitting Set from Leisure Arts, Inc. to try and I immediately opened the package and flipped through the Beginner’s Guide – Oval Loom Knitting to take a look at what projects I could make.
Please note: I have never used a loom before – and I do not know how to knit…well I know how to knit but I find I am always very ‘stressed’ when I knit because if (I should say WHEN) I drop a stitch…I cannot repair my work. I am at a loss as to how to recover and the project, yarn and needles go in a bag and the bag goes in the back of my craft closet…
Included in the Set are the following:
- 54 Peg Loom
- 70 Peg Loom
- 48-page Beginner’s Guide
- Stitching Tool
The set is recommended for Ages 8 and up. The Small Loom is 11 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ with 54 pegs and the Large Loom is 15 1/2″ x 9 3/8″ with 70 pegs.
The Stitching Tool is fantastic and makes quick work of moving the loops to their required positions.
I immediately chose to make the Lace Cowl (the final project in the book) and read the instructions and watched fantastic videos available. I did quite well – I even shared this photo on Instagram:
I put the project down after I had completed all the rounds because I needed to learn how to do the ‘simple bind off’ and I came back to find my inquisitive boy trying to loom knit on his own…by removing loops from the loom. Dropped stitches and I do not work well together so I began a new project on the smaller loom…
I chose to do the Basic Beanie for Drew (since he was so intrigued with the loom knitting!) and here he is proudly wearing his new loom knit beanie:
He loves it and it was hard to convince him it might not be the best hat choice in 40 degree weather!
The booklet I received with the set, Beginner’s Guide – Oval Loom Knitting is a fantastic resource. Not only does it include technique videos for the different techniques: E-Wrap Cast On, E-Wrap Knit Stitch, Gathered Removal, Knit Stitch, Changing Colors, Simple Bind Off, Purl Stitch, Left Decrease, Right Decrease, Weave and Skipping a Peg, it also includes step-by-step photo support for each.
You also receive 7 easy-to-follow patterns for light and medium weight yarns. The patterns included are for these projects:
- Basic Beanie – Child and Adult Sizes
- Striped Beanie – Infant, Toddler, Child/Small Adult, Medium Adult and Large Adult Sizes
- Fingerless Mitts – Child, Small Woman, Medium Woman, Large Woman/Small Man, Medium Man, Large Man Sizes
- Family Tube Socks – Child, Small Woman, Medium/Large Woman, Small/Medium Man, Large Man Sizes
- Twisted Garter Hat – Child and Adult Sizes
- Twisted Garter Scarf – Child and Adult Sizes
- Lace Cowl – 6″ wide x 23.25″ circumference
I personally recommend, if you have never loom knit before, that you treat this book and the patterns within it as a ‘beginner’s course‘ to learn how to loom knit. Start at the beginning with the Basic Beanie and work through the projects. It will give you the confidence to complete the more difficult patterns (i.e. Lace Cowl is an Intermediate Pattern).Crocheters, you don't need to know how to Knit to Loom Knit! Try the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set from Leisure Arts, Inc.Click To Tweet
I really enjoyed using the looms and I want to make more projects – I especially want to try the Family Tube Socks – I find the loom requires less yarn than when I crochet and I think the socks will be extremely comfortable for my children in their winter boots! Not bulky like crochet socks often are. I also like the variety of projects included – there are quite a few you can use to make gifts for men.
The projects all require either worsted weight or lightweight yarn – which means we can use some of our yarn stash to make the projects!
I didn’t realize how many Loom Knitting Resources and Tools Leisure Arts had until I went to see what other items were available.
Here’s a look at what else they carry:
Would you like to enter for a chance to win your own Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set? Well you can!
This Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada:
Start Date: August 9, 2016, 7:00 pm ET
End Date: August 16, 2016, 11:59 pm ET
In order to enter, you must have an Account set-up with Leisure Arts. Sign up for your Free Leisure Arts account here: LeisureArts.com
If you would like to purchase your own copy of ULTIMATE Oval Loom Knitting Set you can get it directly from Leisure Arts:
I’d like to thank Leisure Arts, Inc. for providing me with the review copy of ULTIMATE Oval Loom Knitting Set and for offering a 2nd Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set to be gifted to one of my readers in the United States or Canada.