Boye Loom Set – A Product Review

Boye-Loom-SetBoye Loom Set

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.

Loom hook for Friendship bracelet

Yarn Needle for Friendship Bracelet



Boye-Loom-PegsThe Problem is Your Head

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

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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.


Boye Loom Set
The Pegs Break – ALOT

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.


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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.

Boye Loom Set

Darice Loom Set

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The Knifty Knitter

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Comments: 23

  1. goodheart March 16, 2015 at 5:37 am Reply

    I want to buy a loom I live in Kenya please help me guys please please

  2. Megan January 10, 2015 at 11:46 pm Reply

    I just started on the Boye set, after buying it for a gift for my teen girls. Of course, I’m the only one using it haha.
    I started with a hat with super bulky yarn, it turned out okay. I tried to make some socks after that using the smallest green loom. The stitches go halfway around the front, and then you yarn over, whatever that is called, up the length of the sock.
    You absolutely cannot perform that with the boye loom set, at least I couldn’t! There is no way to prevent the yarn from being pretty snug when stitching this way, and that evil little slit under the peg made it impossible! After two rows I was nearly breaking the peg just to yarn over.
    I am making some slipper socks from a youtube pattern that are done entirely in ewrap, and cinched at the end like a hat. Super easy, but yet again, because of the tops there is always a random loose stich, always near the starting peg, from the slit. For now I figure at least I am getting practice and then I can whip out some socks and hats to my perfectionist standards from a normal set with a flat peg top!
    Heading out to buy the knifty knitter, or something with similar pegs, I can’t stand the Boye, and the design flaw is so achingly obvious I can’t believe they could put a product like this out there. Waste of time Boye !

    • Denise Canela January 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm Reply

      You are toooo funny Megan… I hear you. Check out this product review of the KK includes Size Guide, list of Free Patterns and more stuff to consider. Click HERE

  3. sew lady December 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm Reply

    I have nifty knitters but I have round ones
    That are small blue, yellow green , red,
    I got it at a yard sale , which one is the adult hat pattern? Also I got a mini knitter, made by darice, for
    2.00 at a good will, is there any where on the internet, .
    That has patterns.for it. Thank you.

    • Denise Canela December 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm Reply

      The first part of this video should help with choosing a loom. The mini knitter basically creates an i-cord. You can make jewelry, teddy bears, costers .. lots of things with an i-cord – Search through this list: Click HERE

  4. Jammie E Moss December 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm Reply

    I have the Hobby Lobby Classic round looms and find them just a durable as the Knifty Knitter. I HATE the early Boye looms. I recently had to purchase a new set of Boye long looms because I broke pegs on one. The newer versions are better made with more flexible pegs that stay in the holes! While I am on the lookout for an affordable set of Knifty Knitter long looms, the Boye ones are okay for now. Oh, and one good feature-you can pull a pin off the end of 2 different long looms and hook them together to make a bigger loom.

  5. Tee November 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm Reply

    I am new to all this and bought the Boye at Walmart a few days ago, not knowing any of this. I have a hat half-finished, with no problems. Using bulky yarn though, and don’t know the difference between good and bad knitting. But after reading this I started looking around and the simplicity site (where Boye is from) says that the Boye set is discontinued, but they still have singles in stock. So I thought, uh oh. Bad sign. Then I looked for where to buy Knifty Knitter looms, and there are posts on the web saying Knifty Knitter is discontinued too, though both seem to be available on Amazon. This is all confusing. I was thinking of buying Knifty Knitter next time my budget allows, for me and some for friends, but now I’m wondering if I should buy them now before all the available stock is sold? Loving your site btw. Thanks for the excellent info!

    • Denise Canela December 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply

      Hey Tee – I would hurry and buy a few – Get the Purple Knifty KNitter loom – its great for hats… Here is a video I think you’ll like. Click HERE

  6. trisha eisele November 8, 2014 at 10:47 am Reply

    I agree about the Boye looms they break all the time I just got through knitting a baby blanket and now I see I have to get another one cause the pegs are about to break! So I need to fine another loom set that’s going to be durable. But I see a lot of people that use the knifty knitter loom so its got to be good, I’m a beginner but I’m starting to use them a lot thanks you have been a big help.

  7. Alysha September 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

    I was wondering if anyone could help me out. I bought a hat from a charity benefit – spent quite some time tracking down who actually made it because I have gotten so many compliments on it. The woman who made it said it was from a pattern in a loom set she bought from Walmart. I went and bought on praying it would be the correct brand, but it wasn’t. No such luck. I have searched high and low for a pattern or a youtube video to watch and have struck out. The hat specs are something like this:
    2 colors
    5-6 separate pieces joined together to make the top part
    Each piece is about 12 stitches (not sure of any correct terminology – apologies!) wide and 16 stitches tall that are then joined together to make the top part
    The bottom band is just the normal beginner (I assume because that is the only one I know..?) stitch and then they are joined together to make the hat.

    • Denise Canela September 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm Reply

      Go to the homepage:Click Here Scroll down til you see the cover of a book called ” The Big Book of Loom knitting. I believe the pattern you are looking for is the pink hat on the cover.
      Hope that helps,

  8. Peppy Brooks September 10, 2014 at 9:54 am Reply

    Does anyone have the Boye medium pink rectangular loom with the starter peg on the side? Is this a weird question, but how do you start a scarf with the peg in such an awkward position, any advice appreciated. I much, much rather prefer the Knifty Knitters. Thanks ahead of time.

    • Denise Canela September 10, 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Hi Peppy – Here is a link to a picture from an Awesome loom knitter, Karen Aiken – I think it will help : Click Here

  9. Darice Knitting Loom Review - February 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm Reply

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  10. Sarah Jackson February 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm Reply

    I have just started using the looms, and I agree the Boye looms fall out a lot and they break very easy, I will try to find the Knifty Kniters. Thanks for the info.

    • Denise Canela February 6, 2014 at 10:49 pm Reply

      Hoping they will improve soon since they are so widely available through Walmart and alot of local Craft Stores

  11. Becca South August 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm Reply

    The Boye set is the first set that I bought when my BFF first taught me how to loom. I do hate having to use 2 strands of the #4 yarns but I have NEVER had a peg break and they stay in place for me even when my 1yr old grandson grabs one up and tosses it. I do have one KK Loom, the Purple one. I haven’t had the chance to use it just yet. I also have the rectangular Boye looms and have had no problems out of them either. I went to walmart and saw the only set they had at the time and thats what I have worked with every since. Maybe one day I will get the KK set……

    • Denise Cenela August 9, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

      Becca you have the best KK loom for adult hats. You will need to continue to use 2 strands if you want your knitting to have a nice tight look. I would tell you that if you have enjoyed using the Boye you will adore that purple KK loom. Brake open that baby – you’ll thank me some day.

      As far as the pegs braking on the Boye – I can’t say any of them broke on my loom either. I have only ONE complaint and that’s the slit on the top of the pegs but I know plenty of people that are ok and don’t feel that that’s an issue for them. In reality, most folks stick with the first brand they used.. Hey,feel free to share pictures of the Grand with one of your cool loom knit hats. I LOVE pictures !

  12. Cheryl sommardahl April 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm Reply

    I bought the MS knitting & weaving set. The pegs slip out way too easy. There is just no info on sizing for making hats. They provide a chart but the loom configurations they give are not correct. There is next to no tutorials on Utube..bought the Boyce loom next. Pegs coming out too often. Now have the KK looms. They are perfect!

    • Denise Cenela April 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm Reply

      You tell the truth Cheryl. Knifty Knitters are the BEST. To bad they’re getting harder to find. I have extras stashed away just in case.

  13. Linda Jones April 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm Reply

    Totally agree with you. Love, love my Knifty Knitters plus my other looms. But I do not like the little slit in the heads of Boyle. Just in case, I have two sets of KK’s. Will get more should opportunity arise. Good review!!!!

    • Denise Cenela April 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm Reply

      Thank you Linda for the positive feedback. I so appreciate it. Plus, I agree with you that you should get more KK because they are getting harder and HARDER to find at your local craft store,

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