The Boye loom set is basically the same as most of the major selling plastic mass-produced looms. There are however a few small difference in this brand. One thing that is consistent and several that are occasional. Those issues are why I don’t use this loom or recommend it.
I like the box design which keeps the product well protected during transport. The availability of the loom is great. I now find it at all local Wal-Mart stores. I must admit that I’m partial to the bright happy kiddy colors. They are quite different from the basic color scheme used by Knifty Knitter and the plain natural wood used by some of the other brands.The plastic material seems sturdy and should last , or at least you would think so.
So what’s the problem …..
But First – One Good Thing – It’s Included
One good thing about the Boye Loom Set is that like most loom sets it includes the loom knit hook and the yarn needle.In reality with the exception of the yarn and scissors very little else is needed.
When I looked at a loom for the first time with all the little bumps on the tip of the pegs I couldn’t help but think of tiny soldiers standing side by side. The little bumps looked like little heads. The problem with the Boye Loom Set are those little heads.
If you take a close look at the pegs you will find that the Boye loom pegs have a slit. That slit may seem like a good idea because it holds on to your top loop of yarn as you flip the bottom yarn loop. The problem is that once it has your loop of yarn it doesn’t want to let it go.
Plus according to some of the people reviewing this product on Amazon the pegs tend to break. I, myself can not verify that flaw. I don’t use this loom – couldn’t get passed my first problem in order to experience the other I do suggest that you take some time to read a few reviews written about the Boye Loom Set on one of the biggest on-line store in the world: Amazon
Above is an example of what happens when your loom snags your knitting. These two pictures are from the same knitter : Sharon Waxmundsky Mertes from our Facebook family. She asked me why her knitting wasn’t looking right. The answer was the loom.
If you buy plastic looms a peg WILL break, at some point. This is true regardless of the brand you like. However, the issue should be within reason. Not the case with these looms. Broken pegs are common place.
I have Knifty Knitters that have been with me for at least 5 years – not one broken peg. Can this happen with the KK loom? Yes, of course it happens but as a rare incident which is how it should be.
Unfortunately, Walmart and Joann’s now give their shoppers no other option and so new loomers think this is it for them. So sad.
Image credit: Jenocyderose.tumblr.com .
You Can’t Replace Your Broken Pegs
If you’re in the middle of your knitting and your peg breaks – you are out of luck. Unlike, say the Knifty Knitter or the Martha Steward, Boyes loom pegs are not removable and so they are not replaceable. You can’t just take out the stump and put a new peg. You must dismount your work and get another loom.
Image to the left shows the Knifty Knitter Replacement Pegs. Click HERE
The YouTube Video Review
Here are GOOD Alternatives to the Boye Loom Set
I personally use the Knifty Knitter almost exclusively. But, I have a great appreciation for the low price and really cool bright colors of the Darice Knitting Loom set. It is close to identical to the Knifty Knitter. I also like the flexibility and versatility of the Martha Stewart Knit and Weave Loom Kit . I have heard a lot of complaints about sizing with the MS Loom kit. There is an easy way to size any knitting project. Read my, How Many Rows?, article. Michael’s store brand Threads and Loops works great. It is as close to identical as a company can get without committing a crime.
If asked to give up my Knifty Knitter and forced to choose another I believe a would choose the Darice. Once again you should read the reviews. It has 4.75 out of 5.0 stars with 79 customer reviews the last time I checked and the price.. well it’s impressive and God knows I’m a sucker for good quality and a cheap price.
Well, that’s my opinion.. be nice, leave me yours in the comment section.