Knit Stitch on a Loom
When a loom knitting pattern says Knit Stitch it doesn’t always mean what you think it does. That I know of there are 4 versions of this ever-present stitch. I believe most of us have a default Knit Stitch that we always use unless someone says other wise. The problem is that although they all carry the same name they are done differently and the wrong choice can have a dramatic effect on the look and size of your knitted fabric.
So what does a loom knitter do when the pattern only says to Knit?
Instructions for Each Knit Stitch
First lets learn the lingo. If you don’t know the name then you’ll really be in trouble.
There is the easy to do e-Wrap, the True sometimes called the Classic, the extremely tight Flat Stitch and the happy medium U-wrap. I want to help you know how to do all four versions and how to know when to use it. Below are written instructions with pictures to make visualizing the technique easier. If you prefer to watch someone doing it then scroll down this page for a video tutorial.
The “e” in e-Wrap is because of the shape your working yarn takes as you wrap each peg you plan to knit using this method of the Knit Stitch. It resembles a lower case “e”. Some patterns will call this the Twisted Stockinette.
To knit your peg you will completely wrap it with the working yarn forming that lower case e then with the knitting tool you will lift the bottom loop over the top loop and knit off.
This stitch is going to knit up quicker, with loose loops and your fabric will be larger than with the other versions. In some cases as much as twice the size and with less stitch definition. But it’s the easiest one to learn which is why I like to start with it when teaching beginners
For a Tutorial on the Double e-Wrap: Click HERE
Like the eWrap, gets its name from the shape your working yarn takes when wrapping your pegs.
1. You are half wrapping the peg. That unfinished circle forms a “u”.
2. With your hook knit the bottom loop over the top
This one is sometimes called the Classic. I call it the default stitch because it is the one most knitters resort to when the pattern does not show a specific one.
This version is closest to the needle knitted Knit Stitch. It produces a well-defined stitch but will take longer to knit then the other 3 versions. For many people the extra work is worth the results.
1. Place working yarn on the peg, over the existing loop
2. Push your hook through the bottom loop
3. With your hook scoop the working yarn
4. Create a new loop
5. Take the old loop off
6. Put the new loop on
7. Pull your yarn
The name describes the way your working yarn lies on your peg.
In order to knit the peg you will place your working yarn flat above the existing loop and with your knitting tool you will lift the bottom loop over the working yarn and knit off.
Very easy to do but can be very problematic for beginners. The stitch can become so tight that knitting can become almost impossible.
It’s always best to watch a video completely before attempting to do the project. Doing so will answer questions you might pick up along the way. Knowing every step before you start also makes you more confident that the task is doable and that you can handle it.
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