Knit with Two Strands on a Loom
If you use a large gauge loom such as the Knifty Knitter or the Boye you will need to know how to knit with two strands of yarn as one. Many of the patterns written for loom knitting have this instruction within the notes. There is a good reason for it. The most commonly used medium weight of yarn is not thick enough when loom knitting unless you use a high-end, small gauge loom and for many folks those looms are not an option. So in this tutorial I will be showing you a few methods I use to knit with two strands.
Have you ever seen a loom knit hat with large holes and thought, but why? I do have to say that for some people this look is OK. The person in this picture has created an on-line tutorial that shows you how to make this hat holes and all. Personally I’m not a fan. I don’t like to see holes in my basic loom knit hat. It’s fine for a spring slouchy. But not a fitted beanie hat.If you are anything like me, you don’t have to settle for holes either because all you have to do is add a strand to your knitting when you loom. Easy as pie.
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There is more than one way to get those two strands of yarn. I will tell about two ways. One is the simple way, just get two balls of yarn or two steins of yarn and bring the two strands together.
The other option is to get one skein and get a strand from the outside that is provided by the manufacturer and then get one from the top. You may need to check both the top and the bottom to find a strand. Although this method has the down fall that sometimes you get more than just that extra strand of yarn it is the method I mostly use because I just don’t have the time nor the resources to create two ball from ever skein of yarn I buy. Maybe you have one of those little machines that does it for you. That’s a whole other story.
Best thing is to watch the video below. I will show you how to pull the strands out of the top of the skein and how to knit with two strands.
I always recommend that you watch the video from beginning to the end before starting the project. This helps you feel more comfortable with the instructions and with the pattern. You can watch without distractions or concern that I am going to fast and you are not able to keep up with me. When you begin the project you can just have the video running in the background to help you stay in the correct order of the task.
A small gauge loom is a blessing from God. They make your loom knit projects loom amazing. I love loom knitting but I hate for my work to look “loom knitted”. There are folks that make these wonderful instruments. There is CindiLooms which are great. I use their looms often. Cottage Looms are beautiful individually handmade looms. The manufactures are here in the US which makes me VERY proud. Because they can make the loom when you place your order they can make the gauge as large or small as you like. Prices are reasonable for the caliber of product. I have to tell you that the pictures don’t do justice to the beauty of the wood and the craftsmanship.
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Overall the patterns remain the same and what changes is just the number of pegs. So yes you are knitting more pegs but generally you will be knitting the same number of rows. This is why is can follow most patterns that were made for the large gauge looms almost the same without the need to make adjustments.
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2. Buy Bulky or Chunky Yarn
If you have bulky yarn like Lion Brand Wool-Ease you don’t need to knit with two strands of yarn. And you may not have to give up your favorite brand of yarn. In fact most commercially available brands of yarn have a heavy weight version of their yarn.
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My friend Karen Aiken in Canada does a lot of gorgeous knitting with Chunky yarn. She is my favorite example of knitting on a large gauge loom with bulky yarn. This is common place through out her website.
Best thing about her is she LOVES to take pictures. They are bright and you can see the thick stitches with great clarity.
She takes the simplest pattern and makes a treasure. Stop by and check out her site: Click Here
Like everything else in life there is a time and a place for knitting with two strands of yarn as one. My point here was to make sure you knew how when needed.
I hope this helps. Leave me your thoughts and comments below.