Knifty Knitter Product Review, Size Guide and Free Patterns

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Knifty Knitter products are getting harder to find. My local Wal-Mart and my favorite craft store no longer stock them. It would seem a waste of time to do a product review. But it isn’t, by a long shot. If you loom knit for ANY amount of time you will encounter the name Knifty Knitter again and again in books, magazines and of course YouTube and I promise you that will want these looms sooner or later.

Luckily, if you have a computer and access to the internet your marketplace is global. Amazon and eBay give you a huge variety of GREAT deals. I say luckily because I believe these looms to be superior to most of the commercially available and reasonably priced looms. You do, however have to compare apples with apples. So when I say other looms I am comparing them to mass made plastic products like Darice, Boye and Martha Stewart and not say CinDCraft Looms or KissLooms.

 

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Best Buy: Includes Flower & Long Loom

Knifty Knitter – Name Recognition is Valuable

The name Knifty Knitter is almost synonymous with loom knitting. Some people don’t even know that there are more loom manufacturers or that in some countries people make their own out of materials such as wood and styrofoam.

This product is well-known and loved. There are even die-hard knitters that refuse to use any other brand. Owning a product that a lot of people like and use means that information is easy to find and it’s in great abundance worldwide and in many languages. I myself have a Spanish language loom knitting blog called , ComoTelar.com and a sister vlog on YouTube with the same user name where I almost exclusively use the Knifty Knitter brand of looms. People from as close as Mexico to as far as Spain, the Netherlands and Asia are using them. I would say Mars but we haven’t made contact with them yet.

Social media is full of Knifty Knitter users, me included, that are more than happy to tell you all they know about knitting without needles thanks to this great product.

 

NOT Just Hats and Scarves and NOT Just for Winter

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Click Here for Her Patterns

To many people have the misconception that these looms are only good for making hats and scarves. Not true at all. The possibilities are endless. Enough to make your head spin.

Let me introduce you to Sonia. She makes BEAUTIFUL shirts and sweaters. Note that not all of it is winter wear. There are great look summer and beach blouses and skirts. The material used to make the yarn can make you creations soft and a lacing stitch can make it breathable enough for even high tropical temperatures. Notice she has added ribbons and flowers to embellish her one tone shirt and skirt. I love it!

On an average she uses two different sizes of looms. One for the collar and another for the body of the sweater. I asked her about her looms when I interviewed for LoomaHat.com. She uses Knifty Knittter almost exclusively. Her other brand of choice is the Darice Looms. I must say that I agree with both of her choices.

To Read more about Sonia and her designs and her somewhat patterns: Click Here

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Stuffed Animals

Would you believe that you can make stuffed animals. Cats, foxes and elephants just to name a few.

Let me introduce you to Scarlett Royal. I solid loom knitter with exceptional skills. I love her work which she happily makes on her Knifty Knitter Looms.

She loom knits beautiful fingerless gloves, hats and scarves but I am always fascinated with her stuffed animals.

So enamored am I of her creators that I did a whole article to feature and give links to her free patterns. Yes I said FREE patterns and even better many include video tutorials

For More Information: Click Here

 

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The Construction – Best of All

Of all the looms that I mentioned above, the Knifty Knitter has the best plastic. It is heavier and more solid. I have a loom that has been in use for over four years and I haven’t broken a peg yet. I make many different projects with very tight wrapping and still those little soldiers stand tall and never bend nor break. I have great appreciation for that fact.

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Replacement
Pegs

But if one ever happens to break would you believe these folks also have replacement parts.

I actually got these to use with patterns that have more than one stitch. Like high-end stitch markers. For example if I have to knit and purl within the same row I will use the original color to knit and replace the pegs where I have to purl with these white pegs. Helps to keep me on track….  Love these guys. Note: I have only bought the large and they fit ALL my looms.

For a Complete Product Review : Click Here

 

One Downside: The Large Gauge – But EvenThat can be a Good Thing

Loom a HatThe gauge is the spacing between pegs. Some of the other looms do better in this area. The Darice brand of looms is just a bit smaller and even that slightly smaller gauge creates a better looking stitch pattern.  Martha Stewart allows you to customize your gauge which is great just not a deal breaker for me.

Why is gauge important? It’s the difference between a nice tight stitch and holes in your project if you mostly use the e-wrap stitch.But you must consider the fact that this is not a major issue because there are ways around that problem.The large gauge in the Knifty Knitter is why I use two strands of worsted weight yarn when knitting most but not all of my projects. To Learn More: Click Here

The Upside to the large gauge issue:  There is this is consider, t helps you move quicker with your project. The smaller the gauge well then the smaller the knitting. Consequently, it will take you longer to knit 1 inch on the smaller gauge loom then on your large gauge Knifty Knitter especially if like I said before you use two strands of yarn as one.

So even the so called downside has it’s good features.

 

For Exact Gauge Information for the Knifty Knitter and other Brands: Click Here

 

The Variety of Looms and Other Merchandise

Aside from the most common round looms you will find other specialized looms that are useful in unique projects.  Like the flower loom used for exactly what the name saws, to make flowers. You have the VERY cool spool loom. This is one of my favorites you would not believe what you can make with this little fella. To make you head spin just put the words Spool Loom in a google image search. All of the looms come with the yarn needle and yarn hook included when you buy them.

A lot of the other brands don’t offer the variety I can’t explain why. I do know that Boye brand, which for some time labeled itself as Knifty Knitter, has almost the same list of styles but I must admit that I am NOT a fan of this brand at all. I did a review and explain my reasons. If you would like to read this review: Click Here . They do have a really nice Sock Loom.

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Loom Knit Flower

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Spool Loom

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By the way, regardless of the shape or use of the loom most have removable pegs. This is a blessing and a curse depending on the project and yarn. What ever you do PLEASE if the pegs on your loom are removable, do not glue the pegs in permanently because regardless of the style the day will come when you will discover why they made them removable.

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Knifty KnitterLots of Books with a Focus on Knifty Knitter Looms

There is a healthy library of Loom knitting books with a focus on the Knifty Knitter. As I said before, you won’t find that abundance for the Authentic Knitting Board Loom or the Martha Stewart Looms.

In fact with the latter you can not use these books or the thousands of Free Patterns on the web.The gauge is different. Unless you have been loom knitting for a long time it’s hard for you compensate for this difficulty. What makes it a uniquely cool and flexible loom is what makes it a troublesome product.

 

Some of My Favorite Loom Books

Loom Hat Patterns

Learn Stitches

Loom Hat Patterns

Learn Cables

Loom Hat Patterns

Learn Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Knifty Knitter World According to Amazon: Click Here

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Knifty KnitterKnifty Knitter – The FREE Patterns

In March of 2013 I embarked on journey to find 100 FREE round loom patterns for my fellow loom knitters by the end of that year. Yes, I found OVER 100 FREE patterns for the round looms for January 1, 2014 and I would say that if not 90% then over 80% of the patterns listed on this page were made by designers that use Knifty Knitter.

Again, almost everyone, if not every single person who loom knits knows Knifty Knitter and has designed a pattern that works with this product.

That means that for those folks that bought Martha Stewart the waterfall of patterns available for Knifty Knitter don’t work well. There is a lot of tweaking going on in order get the gauge somewhat right especially when it comes to the Martha Stewart brand.

This issue alone is why I keep spares of these looms. FREE Patterns is a great phrase for any form of knitting.

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For a List of FREE Patterns: Click Here

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Knifty knitterLots of Videos on YouTube

There are so many FREE loom knitting tutorials on YouTube where the instructor uses the Knifty Knitter brand or one that is VERY compatible. It’s with an almost 99% certainty that most projects and patterns you find online can be made with this brand of looms.

It’s the easiest method of learning new techniques, stitches and cool and unique patterns. Like a personal at home teacher for loom knitting. I love YouTube and use it regularly. You should too.

For My YouTube Loom Knitting Channel: Click Here

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Knifty KnitterIn Conclusion – 5 Star Ratting !

I love these looms. I prefer a finer gauge but that’s not major deal for me because I have learned how to work around it. I wish I could find them at the corner store but there’s always Amazon.

Bottom-line is they help get the job done for a good price and for a long time.

 

Loom Size / Hat Size

Size Chart is based on Averages. The information is only a recommendation. Please use your own judgement in the final decision.

Note: Rows are based on 1 strand of thick yarn or 2 strands of light or medium weight yarn, e-Wrap Stitch and No Brim.
Chart Update: 10/2014
For a Folded Brim you may need 6 - 18 rows depending on the recipient. Note that to make the brim you fold the knitting in half.

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
Hat RecipientAvg Head
Circumference
Loom Size Hat LengthNumber
of Rows
AG Doll11 in / 27 cmSm 24 Pegs4 in20
Preemie12 in / 30 cmSm 24 Pegs4 - 5 in20-25
Newborn 14 in / 36 cmSm 24 Pegs5 - 6 1/2 in25-30
Baby - 1 yr.18 in / 46 cmMd 31 Pegs7 in25-30
Toddler21 in / 53 cmLrg 36 Pegs7 in25-30
Tweens & Teens22 in / 56 cmLrg 36 Pegs8 in30-34
Women & Lean Men22 in / 56 cmLrg 36 Pegs8 - 9 in32-40
Lrg Women & Men24 in / 61 cmX-Lrg 41 Pegs9 -10 in38-45

 

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Knifty Knitter Instructions PDF

 

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  1. hasan jewel November 17, 2014 at 11:43 pm Reply

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    • Denise Canela November 18, 2014 at 5:54 am Reply

      Hi, I do not sell looms, but you might be able to get through Amazon, eBay in India. To sell try the manufacture Provocraft or Alibaba.
      Hope that helps

  2. Isabelle Abbitt November 7, 2014 at 12:30 am Reply

    hi, do you know what the largest yellow loom could be used for?

    • Denise Canela November 7, 2014 at 7:02 am Reply

      Wow Isabelle, the number of things that can be made with this loom are crazy… Slouchy hats : Click HERE , Shawls, Sweaters, Cowls, Vest …. I hope to have a post just about this loom – I get asked this same question quite often. In the mean time…
      Hope that helps,
      denise

    • Cassandra November 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm Reply

      If you use it flat you can use it for anything, but here is a site that has patterns for free for it: http://hsschulte.hubpages.com/hub/yellow-round-knifty-knitter-loom-patterns. Things like a Pom-Pom Cowl, Wool Cowl, Backpack, Simple Beginner Sweater, and more. Plus at the bottom are videos for a Neck Warmer and and how to knit a rectangle using the yellow loom. I found this and more by typing “what can the largest round yellow knifty knitter be used for” in google. Or go to YouTube.com and type in “yellow knifty knitter”. You will have to go thru all the ones that are NOT yellow, but you will find some that do use the yellow loom (Mesh bag, Neck Warmer). And it can be used for a Men’s hat for yarn that does not have very much give.

  3. Cassandra VanSyckle October 30, 2014 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Hello Denise,

    Thank you so much for your reviews!! I had bought a different brand of knitting looms and after seeing your review I starting looking on eBay and got a huge set of Knifty Knitter looms for $30.00. Six different sizes of round looms and one long loom, 3 extra booklets, set of 3 weaving tools and the specialty loom for pompoms and tassels. All brand new in the package. Now I just have to find the long looms. And what a difference in the Knifty Knitters. I can actually use those, I couldn’t use the others. I’m a beginner and I need all the help I can get. Thank you so much again for your wonderful site!!

  4. Helen Webb June 22, 2014 at 11:48 am Reply

    Hi I’m new to knifty knitter
    I broght the looms I lost the instructions . How can I replace them?

    • Denise Canela September 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Helen, sorry for the delay in responding I’ve been ill for a bit. Just trying to catch up.

      Not sure if you still need the instructions. I can scan my copy and email it to you. Let me know if you still need it.
      denise

  5. sheila May 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm Reply

    want is a KISS LOOM? i have a pattern that calls for a kiss loom set up with 4×9’s on the first setting (+5washers for small child) (+8 washers for adult)

    • Denise Canela June 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm Reply

      Sheila, first sorry for the delay in responding – the KissLoom is a very cool and VERY different loom. The benefits are a nice tight BEAUTIFUL stitch , some models are modular looms and you can add and remove racks, great customer service, a friendly community of KissLoom users. The downside: expensive- very different – not very many patterns,a learning curve. Here is the website which includes a page of patterns : Click Here

  6. […] For a Review of the Knifty Knitter Looms: Click Here […]

  7. Rianne November 7, 2013 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Hello there!
    I’m a great fan of your website. I really love your tabel for makin hats. But I wondered if you could maybe make a tabel for socks? How many rows for a grown men and women? I want to make socks for my dad, but I can’t find anywhere how many rows I have to knit! I’m from The Netherlands and loom knitting is here a bit uncommon, there’s only one book in dutch for loom knitting, so I can use all the help I can get with patterns! Maybe you have patters, I can translate to dutch!
    Greetings from The Netherlands, Rianne

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