ULTIMATE Oval Loom Knitting Set – Review
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.
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.
All images are used with permission from Leisure Arts, Inc. For more information about Leisure Arts, Inc. visit their Website, Facebook, YouTube or Twitter!
Hi Nancy, are you using the right weight yarn and the correct loom for the pattern? I know that there are different looms for different size projects – and the weight of yarn really makes a difference with the looms. I tried going down a yarn level with my one project from Medium Weight to Light Weight and it ended up totally misshapen – even though it was large enough it was super holey.
Could you help, im trying to make the tube sock. I feel like im doing some thing wrong. Ive been working the 46 pegs like the pattern calls for it looks like its ng to be awfully large in diameter though.
Hi Ronivd, This is the only set they currently have available but that doesn’t mean one in different gauges might not become available in the future 🙂 I’m so pleased you like the loom. It is very well made and easy to use! Plus there are patterns available for the specific looms which makes it so much more fun to use them! Have a lovely week, Rhondda
I love the loom especially the way it is made. I was wondering if the company would make another loom like this but with a large gauge or maybe something like infinity loom with a wide gauge. This is how much I like the material of the loom
Hi Danielle, That is a very good question. Were these looms from Leisure Arts? I wonder if we can exchange them – the groove really needs to be on the correct side in order for them to work easily. Let me know ok? If you would prefer to email me this is ok too – just contact me here: https://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/all-about-odc/contact-2/ and I can respond by email. Talk soon, Rhondda
Hi, I have a Question.
I bought my Oval Loom knitting set and the small loom have some of the pegs crooked, as in the space to put the tool is on the side instead of facing forward. I was just wondering if there was a way to straighten them. I really like the Large loom, I have been looking for a small peg non long loom for the mid/light yarns.
Thanks for listening to me I hope there is a way to fix the few pegs.
Thank you for your review. Did you finish the cowl or let the frog have it??
Hi Brenda 🙂 I have only tried some basic projects with Tunisian Crochet but I really enjoyed them! Maybe we should start working on some Tunisian Crochet Stitches on here so others can try too 🙂
I am trying to work up the nerve to attempt knitting, on my own. My mom tried to teach me as a child but it didn’t stick. Perhaps this is a better way to ease myself into knitting? It sounds intriguing!
This looks great !
It looks simple enough for me to do. I will have to give it a try 🙂 Thanks
I love this book and actually won it on anither site cant wait to use it!!
Sock loom basics has me intrigued so I will go with that one. Thanks so much.
I like so much this review. I love to know about new knitting method. The cowl is lovely
Teach a Group of Kids to Crochet
ONE-SKEIN (OR LESS!) PROJECTS
I would like you to review the Ice Box Crochet or Quick ITTY BITTIES.
I’d like to see Baskets or Loom Knit Cloths
I vote for the Complete Guide to Symbol Crochet, please review. I need more instruction hope this helps.
Yes, I also want to win the loom.
I would love to win this loom set!!!
This looks fantastic.
Either THE CUFFED SHAWL & MORE or Wraps by the Dozen
wraps by the dozen
I use looms to knit, along with needles. I also crochet. I just plain love working with yarn.
I know how to knit as well and I can fix an error, but I find it more stressful and less natural that crochet. That being said, I love some of the designs that are knit and maybe this is one way to do that!
The Ice Box Crochet
I am LOVING the look of those socks…
Hm, I’m liking the looks of both Animal Lovie Blankets and Blankets for Toddlers! 🙂
I would love to see a review for this book
I’d like to know more about making toys…”Learn to Crochet Toys” looks fun.
Have you tried tunisian crochet? Leisure Arts has a Tunisian Crochet Baby Blanket book that you could perhaps review and share your thought!
I would love to get one of these kits they look so easy to make and I’m not to good with knitting other than small things and just squares or scarfs. Thanks for sharing I will have to check these out.
I would love to see a review of BLANKETS FOR TODDLERS. I’m alway on the look out for toddler patterns. Thank you for offering this giveaway.
Loom Knit Dishcloths
I’d love to see a review on the Big Book of Baby Afghans that’s on the Leisure Arts site.
Loom knitting is so easy. I love the new size loom. I’d love to win giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
This is great to know! I’ve used round looms for years but never had any guides (other than instructions included) and have always wanted to be able to make more things with my looms!
this is an awesome giveaway
I would love to see you review Scarves and Cowls Crochet. I can’t get enough of scarves and cowls.
How about “Hug It Out” by Drew Emborsky (a/k/a “The Crochet Dude”)? It includes 10 crochet patterns, all intended for charitable giving, and it’s currently on sale at such a low price that even cheapskate crocheters (like me, usually) who never pay for a pattern might consider springing for this e-book.