she put out a pretty terrific and versatile product!
I’ve had the good fortune to be able to play with the Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Knit & Weave Loom (yes, a very big mouthful, lol) and let me tell you… this loom is fun! 🙂
I’m going to tell you a little bit about this loom (click on this link to find out more from Lion Brand, as well as watch an introductory video!), and share with you the progress of the project I’ve been looming on it!
First of all…let’s look at what all comes with this kit.
You get this booklet that you see here, which at first looks like a Wow! of a book, as it’s so thick. But then, you realize that just this much (that I’m holding in the photo) is actually information printed in English…the rest is the same info printed in assorted languages.
The booklet is still extremely informative and has all kinds of great pictures to help you get the hang of using this loom, both for weaving and loom knitting.
It has some projects: a garter stitch hat, matching scarf and this adorable woven blanket…too cute! I really would love to make this sometime. 🙂
I think it would be fun to try my hand at small scale weaving and love that this loom is capable of doing both types of crafts.
There is also a terrific selection of new yarns to go along with the concept of this kit. I have a few of the new styles to try and will let you know how I like using them. Maybe they’ll become a brand new loom knitting pattern! 😉
Knit & Weave Loom Knit includes:
– (2) 36-hole straight pieces
– (2) 28-hole semi-circle pieces
– (4) 12-hole straight pieces
– (2) 10-hole U-shaped pieces
– (4) 6-hole straight pieces
– (4) 6-hole corner pieces
– 206 small-gauge pegs
– 104 large-gauge pegs
– knitting tool
– weaving tool
– crochet hook
– small and large yarn needles
– instruction booklet (English, Français, Español)
The item that I thought was lacking in this list was a carry bag to store all these items in. The kit comes in a plastic box that has a handle, but it’s pretty flimsy and the glue holding the box together comes apart easily…definitely not what you need to store the kit.
My solution was to use a longer carry bag which I had previously purchased at Authentic Knitting Board. This works great for me to keep everything together.
To organize the kit inside the bag, I put the loom pieces inside a gallon Ziploc bag and the bags of pegs were placed in a zipper pouch I had on hand. Probably not the best solution, but does the job for now. 😉
The pegs can be adjusted for different gauges… I’m loving that!
If you set up the loom for the larger gauge, you skip every other hole on the loom pieces. The distance between the pegs when you do this is 3/4″ from centers of pegs. As a comparison, this is the same gauge as the Knifty Knitter green 36 peg round loom and peach 12 peg flower loom.
The following photos describe how to assemble the loom with this 3/4″ gauge.
The loom pieces insert inside one another at the ends, a lot like the concept of Lego’s or Lincoln Logs.
A peg inserted into the hole right next to this join is what holds the loom pieces together.
I thought this join might feel week or wobbly, but after using several different configurations of the loom, I found that it really doesn’t shake at all. The pegs do a great job in holding the pieces together.
Speaking of pegs, I wanted to say that they are a fairly snug fit inside the holes, which is a good thing to help them keep doing their job of staying put and holding everything together. I have found a few places where the loom holes don’t allow the peg to sit completely down inside them. This isn’t a big deal, though, as they can still be used normally. 😉
I love the fact that there are two different colors of each size peg! This is extremely handy for marking stitch patterns, or keeping track of your anchor peg.
If you don’t skip every other peg when using the larger pegs, you’ll get a gauge of 3/8″ from centers of pegs. This is comparable to an extra small gauge loom. I do have to say that it would be a snug fit for your yarn to use the pegs this way, as they end up pretty close together up at the wider part of the pegs. 😉
The fine gauge pegs are placed in every hole of the loom pieces and measure 1/4″ from the centers of pegs. This is comparable to a fine gauge loom.
I haven’t gotten to play with the loom in this gauge yet, but I’m excited to see how that goes! What I have gotten to do is work on a very special kitty project!
Hahahaha! No…not this kitty, but he sure is cute, isn’t he? 😀 I put the loom in this configuration to create an adult size hat. Yes, even though it looks huge, it really does do the job at creating a great fit! I use the U-Stitch on most of my projects, and this technique seems to do a terrific job at getting nicely even and snug stitches with this loom.
The kitties just loved this oval loom shape! They both wanted to get inside and snuggle up in it as soon as I put it on the floor, lol. They even fought over who got to be in there next!
No…the project I’m right now in the process of looming with this Martha Stewart Loom is Koby the Striped Kitty!
I’ve so much been enjoying the process of being able to make custom shape looms for each of the sections needed! I did have a little trouble figuring out how to get a 24 peg configuration with the shapes provided. This is needed for Koby’s body and head. I ended up making them with the two round sections together, which makes 26 pegs. I realized later that I could have made a “D” shape with the loom to achieve a 24 peg setting. The photo shows how to do this shape, minus the two little corner pieces… mine were occupied in the little square of stripes that you see farther above in this post, so I couldn’t put it completely together. I’m sure you get the idea, though. 😉
The one big drawback I’ve found about this loom kit is the limited ways to be able to decrease your stitches. I tried doing this for the tail on the little square loom and although I did succeed in completing the decreases, I had a dickens of a time trying to shrink those square sections down to enable the knitting to come together into a point.
The solution for this, I found, is to use the two round sections together like this photo details.
You can actually configure your loom at the very start of your knitting in this way, casting on your required number of stitches.
The decreases are then accomplished by removing the decreased pegs from the loom and sliding the loom pieces tighter together to form this “S” shape with the “eye” in the center. The knitted piece you see here was loomed using the entire round loom, then the top portion tapers in with decreases…this is showing how the loom has shifted at each of the joints, as well as all the pegs that were removed in the process.
By the way, the circle pieces put together to make a loom of 26 pegs (when skipping every other hole) creates a piece of knitting that would be a good size for a newborn hat. Again, I used the U-Stitch, so my sample of stitches is smaller than those of an E-wrapped project would be. 😉
The MS loom tool is debatable. I absolutely LOVE the grip on it! I have been using the loom tool to create all of the pieces you see here and more besides and really enjoy the feel of it in my hands.
The iffy part of the tool is the strength of the hook. It’s made from thinner metal and is pretty flexible. This is just fine when looming with regular knit and purl stitches and with worsted weight to chunky yarns. The problem comes when you’re having to move stitches around and are requiring extra strength to pull your stitches, when you tend to knit tightly, or if you are using a super bulky weight yarn. In these instances, I would suggest using a stronger tool, my fave being the original Knifty Knitter loom tool….it hasn’t let me down yet!
All in all, I think the Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand Knit & Weave Loom is a excellent value for the price! It’s super versatile and would see a loomer through many different types of projects. I haven’t tried its weaving abilities yet, but I’m sure they work just as well as the knitting capabilities. Just keep in mind the decreasing/increasing limitations and hook strength when deciding on using this loom for a particular project.
Better yet, there are many super cute and adorable new projects cropping up that have been created just for this loom! You just have to check out these cuties here at Lion Brand… several of them are on my to-do list for sure! 🙂 Just click on the pics to go to the pattern:
Sign up for their newsletters while you’re there and you’ll receive emails with links to more great patterns! 😉
(Just so you know…The opinions and ideas detailed in this post are my own. This is not an advertisement for either Lion Brand or Martha Stewart Crafts. I was provided with a complimentary loom kit so that I could try it out and see how I liked it, but was under no obligation to reciprocate in any way. 😉 I just like the loom and thought you should know my honest opinions about it, as well as a few tips I’ve found during the process of working with it.)
Oh, and by the way…I’ve now completed Koby’s striped ears & tail, his muzzle and two feet! Yay! Only two more feet, his belly patch and assembly to go…Yippee!
I hope you all have a fantabulous week! Happy looming…
Edited on 11/10/11 to add: There is a playlist by Lion Brand on YouTube containing 24 videos on how to use this new loom! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6CD397FA68F72370
Bethany, just wanted to say thank you for the invaluable information you have added here. I now have 2 of the MS looms and was a little confused about the information the book gave, but you helped clear some of it up for me. I am sure there will be more that I will have to learn, but at least I know a little to start now.
Have a great week and happy looming!
Dang it, Bethany! Now I want a set 😉 Hope Santa thinks I’ve been a really good girl this year, haha. Great review Sunshine ❤
Thank you for the great information! I bought my MS Loom Kit weeks ago and finally took it out of the box last night. I was intrigued by the weaving as I have fond memories of those woven potholders we all made as kids! So I put a small 7 1/2″ square together and wove two squares in a very short time. I love how they came out! I can see how the woven blanket in the instruction booklet will really be fun to do! Can’t wait to try the knitting on it and all the different configurations!
What a wonderful article! You are very clear and you have some great ideas . I want to add that if you are allergic to latex, have someone else remove the looming tool from the box for you and use either a Knifty knitter tool or the tool set available at Harbor Freight. Other than that & what you have already pointed out, this is a great kit for the money.
So when and where can this new set be purchased? Looks like fun!
There’s a link at the top of the post for where to purchase the loom, but I’ll provide it right here for you too! 🙂
That’s the official one, or if it breaks up, here’s the shortened link:
Your review sounds like it came from me. I feel the same way about what you said of this loom. I bought two sets right away when HSN offered it up. I do like the fine gauge you can get with these looms and all the configurations. I got two sets since I am always having a work on a loom and then needing that exact loom for another project. I love how you solved part of the decreasing dilemma. I hadn’t thought to do the two circle pieces in that way. That is neat. The pegs are a bit tight for some spaces at first but as I tried other pegs I realized that with time they will fit even better and not be as hard to assemble later. I did a gauge swatch for a project and realized I needed the larger pegs not the small ones which surprised me. The large pegs, placed in every hole is fairly close but makes a nice tight fabric if that is the look you are going for with worsted weight yarn. I think that this purchase for me was a great on. Love that patterns are now showing up too. Whoo hooo more to loom knit.
It can be purchased at HSN. They had it first. It is less $$$$ there. JoAnn Fabrics has it also for less. $33. on sale.. or wait until it is not and use the 40% coupon. I now have 2 sets.. I made the weaving loom a large size square and made some dishcloths out of 8 ply cotton. These are now my favorites… I put my pegs in small plastic snap-lok containers and the loom pcs in another larger plastic box and put all of it in an oblong plastic box with a carrying lid… thanks for all of the info…. maybe soon there will be a yahoo group for this loom all by itself… love it Karen M/OH
I was almost there already on buying one or two of these kits, now I definitely want them just have to source a good supplier in the UK or have them shipped over 🙂 Thank you Bethany, brilliantly done review, going to share on facebook MHE yarns page now. Helen x
Bethany – thanks so much for this review! I purchased my MS loom set at Michaels with a 40% off coupon – no HSN here in Canada. They don’t even ship to Canada! I never thought of using the loom in a couple of the orientations you show here – so thanks for that.
Bethany. I have two sets of the looms and love them. I got them so I can build a loom when I need one and not have to buy special looms. But them I own so many of the other looms I probably made it all up just so I could have new toys. Thank you for the review and I look forward to anything you design for these looms.
hahaha! From the gist of all of your comments, it looks like one kit is not enough! Now I need to add another item to my OWN list to Santa, lol! 😉 I can see how it would be really nice to have additional pieces for assembling in even more useful ways. It looks like I need to go shopping now…where’s that coupon???
I liked your article, I agree that looming is great fun and you can make all sorts of great projects. My favorite is making jackets, I have so many friends asking me to make them, they are lovely and warm just right for here in England and you can wear them with anything. I don’t have a pattern, I measure the length of the arms and how long they want it and go from there. I use the round looms, as they come in all sizes. Hats just take a couple of hours, leg warmers, arm warmers (these are great for people with arthritis as I shape the hand without putting fingers). If you have not tried it then do, it really is great fun.
Bethany, I have a question, please. How do you get the decreased stitches on the two half circles to ‘stay together’ so you can do the work? This looks like one semi circle is actually laying on top of the other, not ‘locked’ place as designed … How do you keep it in this shape so you can actually work on it? I’ve played and played and played with my new set, and I was unable to figure this out … thanks!
Hi Seekker! 🙂 That’s a terrific question! When you’re already using the looms in the round and you need to decrease, the joints are just undone, the decreased peg removed and the loom parts will over lap. What holds the two loom parts together is the knitting itself. You just need to make sure that you pull those connecting stitches between the joints to an even tension that matches the rest of the knitting.
When you know you need to decrease a project in the round but you only need to start with, say 16 stitches, but the round loom sections have 26 pegs when put together. I have over lapped the two circle parts so that the two ends of the circles are crossed on each side of the center oval, or eye, with the 16 pegs inside the oval ready to cast on. What I used to hold the two sides together at the cross over area is just two tightly wrapped rubber bands. When a peg is removed, you can just wiggle the loom parts so that the extra space is removed and your knitting is back to a normal gauge in that section. Does that make sense? I know it’s kind of confusing to read, lol! 😉
Actually, that cleared it up quite nicely … Thank you VERY much!
I live in the UK and purchased this loom set from the QVC websites hope this helps anyone wanting to purchase this who lives in the UK
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Is there a configuration you would recommend for loom knitting socks? I’d like to try some of the sock yarns
Hi Tara! 🙂 I haven’t tried using the Martha Stewart Loom in it’s fine gauge configuration yet, so I’ll just have to guess for you, lol! I would suppose that the smaller pegs are closer to a fine gauge loom, rather than an extra fine gauge loom. I have used an EFG for making socks, but not a FG. I have size 8 women’s feet (which are kind of wide at the top half: true size is 7.5W) and so used the 72 peg EFG and they fit just a little bit on the loose side. I’ve created items (booties and hand warmers) in the FG using a 44 peg FG loom. I would say that this loom would also make great socks for me, or maybe one with 50 pegs to fit my feet just right in that gauge.
I know this is all just estimation, so I would definitely suggest doing a swatch! 🙂 When you know how many inches and rows you yourself will be knitting with the yarn you’ll be using for your socks, you can then figure out how many pegs that you will be needing for just the right size for YOU! Don’t forget to subtract about an inch in width from your actual measurement so that you can achieve some negative ease…which is the fancy way of saying to build in a little bit of stretch so that your sock isn’t just sitting there on your foot and sliding around, lol. 😉 Here is a list of common foot lengths for shoe sizes by Isela Phelps: http://isela.typepad.com/loomknitting/2011/07/sock-measurements.html …and here is the Craft Yarn Council’s guide to how to measure feet for socks: http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/sizing …Also, here is the information provided by Decor Accents Looms, which details a little bit more how to measure for socks and then knit them using a loom based on the different gauges: http://www.dalooms.com/product_p/wondersockii.htm
I hope that helps get you going in the right direction! I am excited to try the MS loom in the FG settings, but right now I’m still working on a giant man-sized project and thus, am still stuck using the bigger pegs, lol! 😉
That helps a lot! For my first loom knit sock I may try it in the FG setting on the Martha Stewart Loom and then maybe graduate to an EFG 🙂 When I get there, do you have a recommendation on the Wonder Loom vs the KB sock loom? Thanks for your insight!
Tara, I think either of those looms will be a terrific place to start with your sock looming adventures. The pegs seem to be about the same distance apart, and are very similar in shape and size. The only difference would be that the KB loom has metal pegs, while the Wonderloom’s pegs are made of a nylon material. 😉 They are both very useful in the way that they adjust for different sizes. Happy Sock Looming!
nice to see you try koby on these as i would like to do that one day once i get the pattern.
Hi, I just found your page while looking for resources for my new Martha loom. I am very confused about using the knit versus the twisted knit stitch, and adapting this loom to patterns that are from other resources and books. I have Isela Phelps’ books and have been watching the lion brand videos which confuse me because they refer to the twisted knit stitch as the knit stitch. Pattern language does not seem consistent.Sorry for rambling. Do you have any advice of how to start learning? Thanks!
I have been trying to recreate the hounds tooth pattern that I saw on Martha Stewart’s show. I have pegged, yarned and i can’t seem to get the pattern . Also the pattern that I do get and I take it off the loom is all loose and out of shape. I need very basic instructions. ie when i wrap the yarn on it looks like its not enough on the loom and when I run the second color on through the yarn, it looks very skinny.Do i wrap the yarn twice, do I run the yarn twice and wrap twice???? HELP.
Hello, Anne! 🙂 Thanks for writing and visiting gettinitpegged.com!
There is a long history of loom knitting that has been developing terms and techniques over the last decade. The art of loom knitting is actually a centuries old one and has experienced a new popularity surge throughout these last ten years or so. The Martha Stewart Crafts Weave and Loom Kit by Lion Brand is the newest loom out on the market and as such might not have had the benefit of those last several years to help them with their tutorial videos…although they did do an excellent job in getting new folks interested in loom knitting and in creating a very versatile tool with their adjustable loom set! 🙂 As for terminology, the twisted knit stitch translates in loom knitting as the E-Wrap stitch…the shape of which when wrapping looks much like a cursive letter “e”. It is exactly the same stitch as the twisted knit stitch in needle knitting. The Knit Stitch in loom knitting is actually created in a different manner and produces an exact comparison as a needle knitted knit stitch. You can see all the different types of stitches and how to create them at Isela Phelps’ website here: http://isela.typepad.com/loomknitting/videos.html This should go a long way in helping catch you up to speed with what advancements have been achieved in this craft over the last decade. 🙂
I hope you enjoy these videos and your new found hobby in looming! Please don’t hesitate to drop me another note if you have any further questions as you work your way through them. 🙂 Welcome!
Hello, Nancy! 🙂
I’m sorry you’re having difficulties with this project. I looked up this project link through the Lion Brand website: http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L10240.html?noImages=&utm_source=patterns_20110920_Sept19&utm_medium=Emails&utm_campaign=NewPatternsAlert&utm_content=P-LoomWovenHoundstoothCheckScarf Is this the one you’re looking for? If you don’t already have an account with Lion Brand, you’ll need to enroll to see the pattern, but it’s free and a very useful membership to have. 😉 The pattern number is: L10240 This is a weaving project and I haven’t actually tried to weave on the loom as yet (I’m a loom knitter), so probably can’t be of much assistance. I thought maybe seeing the instructions first hand, rather than trying to recreate the project as you saw it via the tv show might go a long way toward helping you figure out what’s happening. The only thing I can think of as you’re describing it is that maybe you need to be using a thicker yarn? It looks like the yarn they’re using the instructions I’ve linked to is a #5 bulky weight yarn. 😉
Hope this helps!
Does this loom go small enough to make children’s hats?
Yes, Laura…the configurations of this loom can go all the way down to making children’s or baby socks, if desired! 🙂
I noticed that DA Looms’ website shows that the store is closed and I LOVED those looms! So I came across this blog in search of a new place to get my looms. I’m looking for something similar to the FG Baby Afghan loom, would the MS loom be similar to that in any way? I was looking at the oval picture of the loom with your cat, would that be about that size? If not, do you know of anywhere I can get FG and EFG looms that would be similar? This loom looks like it offers so many different solutions and I’ve looked at it many time. Thanks for doing this, it definitely answered some questions for me.
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Goodness…guess i need to buy another set. lol! i did need the large oval loom, for a knit-a-long. and was using my pieces for weaving. unfortunately, i didn’t make the scarf. yup…time to purchase!
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I received this as a present for Christmas. I have only dabbled in knitting and used to loom pot holders when I was little but I don’t know any of the language and the pictures and descriptions in the book are not enough, plus I want to make something different…please help!
Hello, Jenni! 🙂 I’m thrilled to hear of your new infatuation with loom knitting, knowing as I do all the possibilities still to be discovered on your new crafty adventures!
What can you make on knitting looms? My answer is that pretty much anything you can create with knitting needles can most assuredly be figured out on the looms! The looms are, after all, the same as knitting with needles, except that the stitches are on individual pegs rather than in line on one needle. 😉
Here are some helpful links that I like to share with newbie loomers to help get them pointed in the right direction when they first begin. Feel free to search through all the different categories, pages, and downloads that they each have to offer…there’s a treasure trove of information to be found in each one!:
https://gettinitpegged.com/ http://www.loomknit.com/ http://www.loomknitting.com/category_1/Instructions.htm http://loomknittinghelp.com/other/index.html http://www.loomknitterscircle.com/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Loom_Knitting_Newbie_Beginnings/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LoomClass/ http://www.youtube.com/user/goodknitkisses?feature=results_main
Lots of free patterns here: http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/loom_knitting.php
Highly recommended reading for beginning loomers: “Loom Knitting Primer” by Isela Phelps. “I Can’t Believe I’m Loom Knitting” by Kathy Norris. “Loom Knitting for Little People” by Bethany Dailey (me, haha!).
I hope this little bit of info helps get you going…please don’t hesitate to holler if you have questions at all as you work through the process of learning and looming! 🙂
I just made some really cute woven eye glass cases. Using my loom. I also purchased 2 sets of the MS looms. Even my 11 year old boy, sits and weaves with mom. On the weekend we pop in a movie, and weave away.
Super glad I found your site! I bought the Martha Stewart Loom today and I might just get it with your wonderful directions. Thanks!
Nothing works of Martha Stuarts
I’ve been on the fence about this loom ever since it came out. This review has sold me wholeheartedly on it. Thank you for the excellent details. I am especially happy to see the tip on increasing and decreasing, as it is probably the most tedious thing in the world on a fixed-size loom!
Got this myself after Thanksgiving and have made many hats for friends and family! I agree about the weakness of the tool. I am looking forward to learning many more patterns for this!
I came across this website and I’m hoping you can help me. I have several questions. I have recently purchased the MS loom and I want to make an adult hat, size small. In a fitted hat, he wears a 6 3/4. Should I use the larger pegs like the book recommends or the teal pegs? I have found a hat pattern that I like and I would like to make it. I started on it and I messed up. The hat I found is on http://WWW.theloomingidiot.blogspot.ca/p/basic-hat.HTML. I also used the YouTube video: free loom pattern-horizontal stripes hat. Needless to say, I E-Wrapped on the MS loom and I got the brim complete. I somehow messed up and had to take it off the loom. When I did, the brim was very large. I just measured the inside and it measures 29 in. Is this because of the yarn I’m using (worsted wool, m4), or is it because I E-Wrapped, or do I need to use something else other than the (2) 28 hole semi-circle pieces and the (4) 12 hole pieces? I thought I had this figured out, but after seeing my mistake, I’m so confused. Please help!!!!!
Hi Rachel! 🙂 I’m happy to help you out. I have to say that I’m not exactly sure where you went astray in your effort to create a hat using the two semi circles with 28 pegs. That configuration should actually produce a hat that is suitable for a small child. When you think that the blue Knifty Knitter is only 24 pegs, and the next size up, red, is only 31 pegs it gives the MS 28 pegs a little bit more of a comparison. I would normally create a baby-4 years hat using the red KK 31 peg loom. An adult hat would require more along the lines of 36-41 pegs. 😉
So, with all that being said, I’m thinking that there could be a few possible issues going on here:
1) You should either be holding two strands of #4 worsted weight yarn as one, or using either a #5 bulky or a #6 super bulky yarn to achieve the proper knitted fabric with the gauge of the MS loom using the larger pegs in every other hole.
2) Ewrapping may not be the best stitch in this case…have you tried using the knit stitch or U-Stitch? These both will create a tighter fabric. Or, you could concentrate on tightening the way you form your stitches a bit.
3) If you are still having trouble creating the optimal size for your hat, I would recommend create a swatch to determine your own personal gauge, and then how many pegs and rows you would need to work with in order to create the size you are after. Just knit a flat swatch of about 4″ x 4″. Then you will count the number of stitches and rows you can see per inch….you may need to count up to three inches and divide the total number by 3 to get an accurate stitches/row count per inch. Even count half and quarter stitches, because they add up as you knit! Then you will simply multiply the answers you received by the circumference you are desiring (=number of pegs to use), as well as the height of the hat you are wanting (=number of rows to knit).
I hope this helps you be able to put those MS Looms to good use! 🙂
hello! Ive just got my ms loom and want to make dish cloths? I have tried multiple setups but just cant get my stitches to be tight, they are all really loose!! what am i doing wrong!?
This is something spesial – what is the full price and where can I order it please. Annatjie
This set is available at most craft stores as well as some online vendors. 😉 Simply do a quick Google search to find the best deal for you!:)
I just bought this loom set but the pegs keep coming out, How can I stop that from happening ?
I use a little jewelry making hammer that has an acrylic head…perfect to give those loose pegs the extra oomph they need to stay in place. You can find them at craft stores with jewelry making supplies. Another thing you can do is turn the loom pegs-down onto a hard, flat surface and use a heavy book to thump all the way around the underside of the loom, making the pegs snug in deeper. Of course, you’d want to be careful what surface you do this on, so that you don’t inadvertently create dents from the pegs. 😉
Hope that helps! Bethany~
Wonderful information you have here.
I am a very new beginner on loom knitting, well knitting in general.
I picked up a set of Looms today at a sale, and with a bit of research I found out they are the MS Looms. (do to the fact they only came in a plastic clear box, no make, book nothing) My problem is I don’t have the book for it, do you know where I could find a copy of it?
Any information would be great!
Thank you so much!!!
Hi Rochell! 🙂 Welcome to the wonderful craft of Loom Knitting…you’re gonna love it!
As for where to go if you don’t have the booklet available to you with your MS kit, you should definitely try this playlist by Lion Brand on YouTube containing 24 videos on how to use this loom. Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6CD397FA68F72370
There are also a ton of instructional videos and patterns available on the web (just google it!), through Facebook, and through Ravelry.com (of which I highly recommend you becoming a member). These can be applied to any loom you use, including your new set. 🙂
Please can you help. I live in South Africa and would love to buy 2 sets of these looms I do have something similar but not as versatile. Do you know if anyone here stocks them. Preferably in the Eastern Cape. My email add is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much
Hi Michele! 🙂 I’m happy to hear of your interest in these loom kits, but I unfortunately don’t have that kind of information. I did a quick search on Google and found that you could most likely have them shipped to you through Amazon or eBay. Here is a listing which looks like it would be available to you: http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=331154476261
Good luck! 🙂
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First of all thank you for all the detailed information.
Could you please let me know how to knit baby booties on a MS set? The instructions in most videos require a small 12 peg flower loom ?
Can I knit them on the square pieces?
You sure can…just adjust the loom and peg configuration to match the pattern instructions. 😉
I have one but I’m returning it. There are multiple issues with this loom set. With mine, it’s hard to get the pieces to line up when connecting it, the pegs don’t stay in well and the hook is very flimsy. Also, most patterns call for a certain number of pegs and this loom can’t be set up for the number of pegs called for when doing most projects.
Others have said either the same thing plus other issues like their pegs have rough edges which catch and ruin the yarn. It’s a great concept, but not well made.
I’m going to get a Kb all in one loom. It is a quality product and just as versatile.
Hi Lee 🙂
I appreciate your insight into this loom. At the time that this loom was released, it was really the best thing out there for what it did…adjustability like crazy. Yes, there were some weak points…the hook was never really a viable option except for the thinnest of yarns, but overall, it has been, and remains so, a pretty great loom for everything it offers.
Since then, Authentic Knitting Board Company has come out with some pretty great options for these types of looms: the All-n-One Adjustable Loom and the Adjustable Hat Loom, which is almost a direct alternative to the MS Loom, but is actually a little bit more sturdy and the pegs stay in place much better. 😉
I do still have my 2 sets of MS Looms, and do still use them from time to time. I like them and have found no real problem with the few things that people have issues with. I simply firmly tap the pegs in place with a jewelry hammer before starting a project and they stay in place quite nicely. And I have countless other loom hooks that I can use instead of the one that came with this kit.
Anyway…I do appreciate your comments and I’m sure it will add value to those looking into purchasing this loom kit.
When I click on the picture of the plaid pillow it links to the scarf pattern. I’d really like instructions for the pillow if possible. Thanks for the info here.
Hmmm…I don’t know how that happened and you’re the first to mention this link issue since this post was first written, lol! I will fix it, but in case it’s easier, here is the actual link to the plaid pillow:
How can I make a baby hat? Isn’t the circle too big? Thank you for your time. I’ve been trying to figure this out for hours!
Hi Melissa! 🙂
Garments that are knit are by nature very stretchy. When you use a knitting loom, the pegs are at the knitted garment’s most stretched out position. This can make the loom seem much larger than the item you’re wishing to create. Once your knitting grows and hangs lower from the pegs, you’ll see that the stitches will shrink inward to their relaxed position. This is where you will see the desired measurement of your finished garment.
You can make sure you’re knitting with the right loom and yarn for the job, by determining the gauge of your knitting. Pop on over to this excellent post with all the info about creating a swatch and determining your gauge: http://knittingboardchat.com/blog/archives/2693
Hope this helps! 😀
I got 2 of the MS looms hoping I could configure to work a 42″-48″ long frame for double knit afghan in figure 8 stitch…the length was workable and sturdy enough for laptop working but I can find no way to keep the middle sections from bending into the center making my end stitches wider than the middle area stitches. Tried a spacer from another kit and that helped but doesn’t allow for the knitted product to drop down center. I really like the feel of the frame pieces and the pegs all fit great and was easy to work with when knitting threads over. Saadly guessing I will have to return and try to locate another option
Well…the only way I can think of to eliminate the pulling together of the center of the loom while double knitting on an extended assembly (using 2 loom sets) is to make sure that while you’re wrapping the loom not to apply any extra tension at all to the wraps. This will help keep the loom straight along those weaker lines that have no support. Also, as your knitting gets heavier, it will be important to support the finished knitting hanging from the bottom of the loom, so that the weight will also not try to pull the two side rails together.
Another tip when using any loom as a double knitting board is to work from the outsides of the loom to the center, but varying which pegs you end up on for each row. When you knit off each loop, make sure to not pull the loop at all…just flip the stitch over without pulling on it. This keeps your tension even, without adding extra yarn into any of the stitches, which can then travel to the next peg, then the next, etc…until you have a section of your knitted piece that is tighter/looser than the other bits. This is most commonly seen when people knit from the same side of the loom to the other end for each row. You will begin to see that the knitting coming from the loom is crooked or skewed. 😉
I hope this helps!
I want to make an afghan using a very large stockenette stitch on front side purl stitch on back and adding 2 rows of giant popcorn stitches at the bottom of afghan
I’m usin MS Loom and putting large pegs in every other hole. The stitch is still not large enough I’m using super bulky yarn. Can you tell me how to make the giant stockenette stitch
Hi Kristie 🙂
Your blanket plan sounds fantastic! I would suggest that if you aren’t getting the gauge you need, you might wish to try a super large gauge loom…like the new Zippy looms. They come with only 4 pegs to a loom, but they can connect to make a larger one for blankets. Four pegs doesn’t sound like a lot, but they are about the thickness of 3 fingers scrunched together! 🙂 There are all kinds of patterns for these Zippys at knittingboard.com and blog.knittingboard.com. To make a blanket, I would think you will need at least 8 of these put together.
I hope that helps!
I’m going to make my son a blanket and not for sure what configuration to use.
Hi Collette 🙂
I would simply use whatever configuration that would give you the number of pegs you’d like to use. Of course, whether or not you use the small pegs in every hole or the larger pegs in every other hole depends on the thickness of the yarn you intend to use. 😉
Can’t wait till mine arrives in the mail!!!
I have a wool sop in the UK and am intrigued by your kit and was wondering if it was still available, what the pricew was and whether you shipped to the UK?
Hello Ang 🙂
Yes, the MS Loom Kit is still available, but I have never sold them…just provided a review of them. 😉 I would check at either Joann Fabric and Crafts, or Michaels Crafts. Both have online shopping available. You could probably also find them at Amazon.