The Darice knitting loom is a Great low-cost alternative to the more widely known Knifty Knitter and more widely available Boye Brand. In all honesty right now I’m not a fan of the Boye Loom. I have issues with its design. If you want to know the specifics read my product review by Clicking Here. The funny thing is that I told a person why I don’t like the Boye Loom and she told me that was the reason she liked them. So always read reviews because one girls bummer is another girls blossom.
As for myself I am a true believer of the Darice knitting loom. It is very similar to the others with just a few slight differences that make this choice the right one especially for first time loom knitters.
I am really impressed and want to tell you why even if you already have a set of Knifty Knitters or Boye these are worth spending the money. I’m still baffled by the lack of suppliers for this great tool.
Let me convince you that it is worth going on-line for them ….
Darice is are VERY well known by jewelry makers and many crafters. Their beads can be found just about anywhere from craft stores like Joanne’s to department stores like Walmart.This is not the case for the Darice Knitting Loom. I have yet to walk into any type of store and find them in any isle. However, what is a so-called problem is actually working to the buyers advantage.
Not to many on-line suppliers and to my understanding no brick and mortar stores have them on stock. I believe this is the reason most casual loom knitters are not aware of this brand and the reason for the lower price. On an average it’s safe to say that you will save anywhere from $4.00 – $8.00 by choosing to buy the Darice Knitting Loom over another brand. But most people won’t buy them because they have never heard them. I hope this little article will have some impact on that issue.
It is so similar to the Knifty Knitter that all the advantages you would get if you spend the extra $5.00-$10.00 buying the Knifty Knitter you get with this loom plus a few added bonuses.
My favorite example is the windfall of FREE Patterns. With the exception of one of the looms in the set all the looms in the Darice Knitting Loom set have the same number as pegs and are the same size in diameter as the Knifty Knitter looms.
Right here on this site I have a page with 100+ round loom patterns and almost all were made for the Knifty Knitter so guess what, they work with the Darice loom. This is not true for the Martha Stewart or other brands.
To see the 100+ FREE patterns post: Click Here
The books written specifically for the Knifty Knitter work with the Darice Knitting loom without as much as a tiny snag. So far the best choice that I have seen is on Amazon.
Where it is Different – Works to Your Advantage
There are some differences between the Darice Knitting Loom and the Knifty Knitter. I must say that I like them all. Lets start with my favorite the gauge.
The gauge on a loom is the space between one peg and the next. You will note that the Darice is slightly smaller.
Many people complain about the pegs coming off the looms. In some cases this is a good thing. This is especially true with the Flower Loom. But on an average folks don’t pull the pegs off. The pegs on the Darice Knitting Loom don’t come off.
The plastic is very light weight. I would have thought that this would have been an issue for me. I have since learned that light weight doesn’t mean flimsy. The plastic is sturdy. I can say that not one of my pegs have ever broken on any of my Darice looms.
Lastly but not any less important are the bright neon colors. I just love them. They make me happy. Period end of discussion.
To often people who are new to this craft will go in search of “A” loom and spend $5.00-$8.00 for just one . After that first hat for Suzy they realize that they can’t use the same size loom for the charity hats they plan to make. They then go on-line or to the craft store for “A’nother loom at $5.00-$8.00. That is a good deal for the retailer but not for the buyer.
The best buy especially if you have NO looms is to buy them in sets. These usually come in the form of 4 variations. You pay a bit more up front but then you’re basically covered for every member in the family from little bobby to grandpa.
A simple and rewarding way to create stylish bags, hats, scarves, and more, this set of four round knitting looms makes a thoughtful gift for any crafting enthusiast. The sturdy plastic looms come in 11-inch, 9-inch, 7-inch, and 5-1/2-inch round sizes and feature lightweight, easy-to-handle construction suited to even the youngest of knitters. Even more, their bright shades of neon pink, orange, green, and blue stand out boldly in any crafting basket or bin, while anchor pegs serve to secure the first stitch for smooth, uninterrupted knitting. Accessories include a plastic yarn needle, a looming hook, and full multi-lingual instructions for creating a trendy yarn hat. Packaged in a clear plastic case with a carrying handle for convenient transport, the set of four knitting looms measures approximately 11 by 11-1/5 by 1-4/5 inches.
Amazon.com Product Description for Knifty Knitter Loom Set
Amazon.com Product Description for Boye Loom Set
These are not Knifty Knitters. I am a die-hard when it comes to my KK’s. They are well-built and usually well priced. But I must admit that it is more out of habit than anything else that keeps me attached. I am just as happy using the Darice. It really is a GREAT loom and you can’t beat the AWESOME price.
For some people who started with them, they are not just a good option but the only option. Read the reviews. Give them a try.
I really can not find Anything wrong with these guys and highly recommend the product.
Loom Size / Hat SizeSize 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 Recipient||Avg Head|
|Loom Size||Hat Length||Number
|AG Doll||11 in / 27 cm||Sm 24 Pegs||4 in||20|
|Preemie||12 in / 30 cm||Sm 24 Pegs||4 - 5 in||20-25|
|Newborn||14 in / 36 cm||Sm 24 Pegs||5 - 6 1/2 in||25-30|
|Baby - 1 yr.||18 in / 46 cm||Md 31 Pegs||7 in||25-30|
|Toddler||21 in / 53 cm||Lrg 36 Pegs||7 in||25-30|
|Tweens & Teens||22 in / 56 cm||Lrg 36 Pegs||8 in||30-34|
|Women & Lean Men||22 in / 56 cm||Lrg 36 Pegs||8 - 9 in||32-40|
|Lrg Women & Men||24 in / 61 cm||X-Lrg 41 Pegs||9 -10 in||38-45|