Do you enjoy loom knitting? Would you be interested in finding new patterns and tutorials that will help you make SPECTACULAR loom knit projects? Like colorful Fair Isle knitwear, lace knit projects, cabled projects, brioche knitting and that sort of thing?
Yes, all that IS possible on the knitting loom! That, and more…For real!
If you’re at all interested in loom knitting techniques, and you’d like to learn how to do more than the basic knitting stitches on the loom, there’s a brand new book you should definitely know about. It’s called Amazing Loom Knits: Cables, colorwork, lace and other stitches * 30 scarves, hats, mittens, bags and shawls * Plus all the basics.
What You Need to Know About This Loom Knitting Book:
Author: Nicole F. Cox
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Copyright Date: 2019
ISBN 13: 978-0811737975
ISBN 10: 0811737977
This book is available in the following formats:
Number of Pages: 140
Topics Covered in This Book:
- Casting on on the loom: The book includes tutorials for 3 different cast-on techniques including the chain cast on, the true cable cast on and the kitchener cast on — which Nicole recommends for loom knitting socks.
- 3 different bind-off methods, including one that is stretchy
- Knitting stitches and techniques including knit, purl, and loom-specific variations of these; twist stitches; cables; bobbles; decreases; moving stitches for lace knitting; and others
- How to make a hat brim on the knitting loom
- How to knit i-cord on the knitting loom
- How to add a lifeline
- PLUS patterns for knitting all 30 of the appealing projects mentioned in this review.
Recommended Loom Knitting Skill Level: Some of the projects in this book are suitable for total beginners to loom knitting, and some of them are intended for intermediate and advanced loom knitters.
If you are a total beginner to loom knitting, I highly recommend taking a look at this author’s other book called Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons. That book is specifically designed to help you learn how to loom knit, step by step, starting at the very beginning.
This book is also a fantastic resource for beginners, because it includes some wonderful step-by-step loom knitting tutorials. But, where this particular book really shines: It will help you take your loom knitting skills beyond beginner status by teaching you how to do learn how to tackle projects that utilize some more challenging techniques on the knitting loom.
The Focus of This Book:
This book is exclusively focused on teaching you how to knit various accessories on a loom. The author, Nicole, accomplishes this goal by giving you step-by-step loom knitting tutorials plus 30 different loom knitting projects to try. You get the following types of projects in the book:
- 9 hats
- 2 different variations on a headband
- 5 mittens, gloves and fingerless gloves
- 2 leg warmers
- 6 scarves and cowls
- 3 shawls and wraps
- 2 pairs of socks
- 2 bags and totes
More About the Loom Knitting Projects Included in This Book:
1. Winter Ushunka
This warm winter hat makes a unique fashion statement.
2. Forest Pixie Hood
If you ever have a need to wear a pixie-like pointed hood, perhaps to festivals or as part of a Halloween costume, this pattern is exactly what you need.
3. Autumn Gathering Scarf
The design of this dramatic scarf is more sophisticated than many of the other knitted scarves you see around. This piece will give you a unique way to accessorize your cold-weather wear.
4. Highland Ear Warmers
There are bunches of reasons you might want to knit yourself some new ear warmers. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to keep your ears warm without giving yourself “hat head”. Or maybe you want to wear a ponytail or “messy bun” some days (but without freezing).
You get 2 different variations of this pattern; the designs incorporate tuck stitches and twisted stitches for unique textured looks. There’s also a fun little bonus: An optional flower pattern you can use for decorating your headbands, if you like.
These ear warmers are relatively quick projects on the knitting loom, and they’re infinitely useful to have on hand. Most knitters will be able to make one of these ear warmers in an evening.
5. Wonderland Wristers
These wrist warmers are both pretty AND practical. The design incorporates clever loom-knitted bobble stitches.
6. Horseshoe Lace Hat
To make this feminine knitted hat, you utilize a pretty lace stitch that’s actually a lot easier than it looks.
7. Arrow Lace Leg Warmers
These leg warmers are ultra pretty! They fit snugly, and you could pair them with bunches of different outfits — for example, over leggings or under skirts. They’re also great for pairing with your workout gear or dancewear. Think 1980s Flashdance style.
8. Retro Tube Socks
Would you believe you can knit knee socks on a loom? Yep — you really can. These are classic knee socks with stripes at the top, like people wear in the Northeastern USA.
If you don’t live in the Northeast of the United States, you might want to consider omitting the stripes if you decide to knit these socks. In my experience, this is a regional look that might brand you as an outsider in some other areas of the country (for example, in the deep south or in some areas of southern California). The stripes are a nice detail, but I think the socks would look equally fabulous in a solid color.
9. Mountainside Cross-Body Bag
This is one of my favorite designs from the book. It’s a simple, casual rectangle-shaped purse adorned with a lovely evergreen tree motif.
10. Eyelet Shawl
If you need a truly versatile wrap to add to your wardrobe, this simple lace knitted design is a good one to consider. It could be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. It could easily go from work to nights out to weekends, so I think you’d be likely to get a lot of wear out of it if you were to knit it for yourself.
11. Fair Isle Toque
If you’re new to knitting colorwork patterns on a loom, this casual, sporty beanie is a great project to try first. Colorwork doesn’t cover the whole hat, so you can ease into the technique without getting overwhelmed. The floats in this design are short enough that you don’t have to worry about them, so you can just knit and get comfortable with the technique with minimal interruptions.
12. Gothic Lattice Hat
This is a lightweight, casual, unisex hat featuring a lattice of twisted stitches. It’s perfect to wear on slightly chilly days.
13. Coming Up Roses Pocket Scarf
This unique scarf has pockets, so you can use it for keeping both your neck and your hands warm.
14. Sleuthhound Visor Cap
If a baseball cap and Sherlock Holmes’ hat were to get married and have kids, this hat is one possibility for what the offspring might look like.
15. Asami Lace Socks
When I first saw the picture of these feminine lace socks, my jaw almost hit the ground. They are a gorgeous, and totally impressive, project.
16. Flutter Ascot
This easy scarf is SO unbelievably pretty! It’s a beginner-friendly project, but it doesn’t look like your typical, boring flat rectangle project. The scarf features ruffles, beads and a series of lovely butterfly motifs knitted in garter stitch.
17. Overlapping Waves Mitts
If you need a new pair of ultra pretty, dressy lace mitts, this project might be exactly what you’re looking for.
18. Adrift Cowl
This cowl is a truly sophisticated wardrobe piece, and it also looks as if it would be an engaging knitting project. The pattern is created using short rows, which is a helpful technique to learn on the loom.
19. Flourish Tote Bag
This pretty bag would be useful to have for using as either a purse or a tote bag. It’s a simple project suitable for beginners to loom knitting.
20. Cocoon Cowl
This is an unusual garment that’s part vest and part cowl. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you probably don’t already own anything quite like this. If you’re in search of unique, cold-weather wardrobe items, this project might be just what you’re looking for.
21. Convertible Mitts
This looks to me like one of the most practical loom knitting projects imaginable. It’s a pair of mittens that converts into fingerless gloves. This is accomplished by knitting a “hood” that folds down when you need “fingerless” capabilities, perhaps for writing or texting. When you want your hands to stay warm, you place the hood over your fingers like ordinary mittens, and you button it to keep it in place. If you make yourself a pair of these, you won’t have to switch back and forth between mittens and fingerless gloves; you’ll have one pair of mitts that fulfills both types of functions.
22. Linsmore Woven Infinity Shawlette
This intricate wardrobe piece is pictured on the front cover of the book. It serves the same purpose as a shawl or wrap would, but you don’t have to hassle with holding it in place — because it’s constructed more like a cowl that stays in place around your neck and shoulders. This is the perfect accessory piece to accent a winter coat when you want to stay truly warm in cold weather.
23. Shetland Leg Warmers
As far as loom knitting projects go, these leg warmers are seriously impressive. In case you were wondering, they give you incontestable proof that colorwork projects are totally possible on the knitting loom.
24. Gansey Beanie
This beginner-friendly hat is one of my favorite projects in the entire book. It is so wearable that I could see getting near-daily use out of it during the months when it’s cold enough to need a hat.
25. Argyle Mittens
Here you have a classic pair of two-color argyle mittens that have a vaguely retro vibe about them.
26. Polygon Shawl
This shawl features an asymmetrical shape combined with a couple of different stitches and yarns. One of the knitting stitches is a lacy mesh, and the other is humble garter stitch. Overall, the project looks like an interesting one, and it is sure to become a useful wardrobe piece, too.
27. Blue Bayou Cowl
Lately, brioche knitting has been one of the hottest techniques going. Did you know that you can do two-color brioche knitting on the knitting loom? If you want to learn how to do this, the “Blue Bayou Cowl” is a project that is likely to be of interest to you. This is a beginner-friendly project — so, even if you have never tried brioche before, you’re likely to succeed with it. The end result is a versatile cowl that is sure to become one of your wardrobe favorites.
28. Seed and Rib Toque
Here’s a pattern for knitting a comfortable, stylish, beginner-friendly hat on the loom. The project is likely to hold your attention, because you’ll alternate between stitches and make a couple of different color changes as you knit. The result is a super practical, wearable project you can be proud of.
29. Autumn Welted Toque
This creative, clever hat is a colorful piece that you’ll reach for when you want to stand out from the crowd — perhaps at festivals, fairs or parties. It could also work for everyday wear too; it’ll pair as well with jeans and khakis as it would with festival wear.
The hat features interesting texture that is created by knitting welted ridges of knit or purl stitches. It looks and sounds complicated, but it isn’t; the project is easy enough for beginning loom knitters.
30. On-A-Roll Mitts
These sporty fingerless gloves are extra long. They’re ideal for making in your favorite sports team’s colors and then wearing to the games; they’ll keep your wrists warm when you’re out in the bleachers cheering your team on. But if you don’t have a favorite sports team, never mind; just knit these mitts in whatever colors best match your favorite jacket or coat.
The Best Things About This Book
These loom knitting projects are beautiful, practical, appealing and on trend.
There is a wonderful variety of patterns in this book. If you’re in need of new accessories such as hats, wraps, scarves or mittens, this book will give you a whole bunch of truly lovely choices, including some that are dressy and some that are casual.
The step-by-step tutorials are helpful for understanding the details of how to make each project.
A visual index allows you to easily compare these designs. It’s a real time-saver when you’re choosing a project, because you won’t have to do a lot of page flipping to see all your options.
This book is an amazing value for its asking price. For the money, you get 30!!!!! Projects – PLUS the step-by-step tutorials. That’s a whole lot of value packed into one book.
Things to Be Aware of Before You Buy This Book
If you’re a total beginner to loom knitting, this book has some beginner-level projects you are likely to enjoy. However, it also has some more challenging projects, too. That might be just what you want – or not.
If you’re looking for a total beginner’s guide to loom knitting, I recommend taking a look at Nicole’s first book called Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons. That book is intended to be a complete beginner’s guide to loom knitting.
In contrast, the projects in this book utilize some techniques that are more involved, and more challenging. Loom knitting is not rocket science! It is not difficult compared to a lot of the other things you might have previously accomplished in your life (getting through junior high school; learning to drive; and giving birth are a few things that come to mind). Even the most challenging loom knitting projects are doable if you put your mind to learning how to do them. BUT, if you’ve never knit on a loom before, you might as well make it easy on yourself and start at the beginning.
This is a super practical book with an incredible amount of truly helpful information packed inside. The projects are delightful, and they have broad appeal. I think the book lives up to its name, and it offers loom knitters an AMAZING value for the money. I’m delighted to recommend this book to other loom knitting enthusiasts.
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About Your Book Reviewer: Amy Solovay is a freelance writer with a background in textile design. She has been crocheting and crafting since childhood, and knitting since she was a teenager. Her work also appears at AmySolovay.com, ArtsWithCrafts.com and Crochet-Books.com.
This page was last updated on 11-14-2019.