Stitch is Too Tight on My Knitting Loom

The Loop on the Loom is Too Tight

Stitch is too Tight


. Many of you have left comments about tight stitches. The reasons for this problem are many but I wanted to give a short list of the most common. I’m certain that at least one will help if you find that a stitch is too tight.

Note that it is possible that you do one or more of the techniques I list below and not get tight stitches. We all loom knit differently.  This is only a short list and it is built on my own personal experiences and those of many of my readers.Your problem may not be delineated here and if so I’m really sorry. Take the opportunity to leave a comment below and I will try to see if I can help you with your unique situation.

Don’t Push

stitch is too tight

I know that there are loom knitting teachers that tell loom knitters to push the loops down on the pegs before knitting-off. This is not a right or wrong technique but it may not work for everyone.  The problem with this is that when it’s time to pull the bottom loop over the top some people pull on the loop too much and that tightens the loop next to it. As you continue around the loom pulling on loops you tighten all the loops.


Don’t Pull – Pulling on the Neighbor

Stitch is too tight

Some people pull the loops on the pegs to loosen the stitch. The problem is that they don’t realize that it’s having the opposite effect. When the complete the row and start a new one they will notice that the very first stitch is too tight. Because when you pull on a loop that tightens the previous one. This is a good technique under certain circumstances so it’s a good one to know about. One example is when you want to avoid that diagonal line you get when you knit your first hat. If you pull on the loop on peg 2 that would tighten the loop on peg 1 and you would avoid that dreadful line. See, there is a silver lining in every situation.


Choice of Stitch

Stitch is too tight

Some stitches are just tighter then others. The best example of this is 2 different versions of the knit stitch. The e-Wrap is a large and very loose stitch. However, the flat stitch is extremely tight. Not understanding this can put you in a really tight spot. OK, so that’s not really that funny.

Keep this in mind – the straighter the yarn on the loop when you knit off the tighter the stitch. The greater the bend the looser the stitch.


Choice of Yarn

Stitch is too tight


Depending on the type of loom and the stitch, the wrong yarn can make knitting almost impossible. Most knitters are familiar with chunky and bulky weight yarn but did you know that there is something called super bulky ? Yep, it’s like the big mama weight that plays best with only certain looms like a Zippy. Using an extremely wide strand on a small gauge loom can be a problem. The same goes for knitting with two strands as one.


Wrap all Pegs – All vs Little by Little

The eWrap is the first stitch most loom knitters learn first. It is easy and because it’s large you finish much faster with that particular version of the knit stitch. However,  for some people there is the need to tweak the technique. Normally, you wrap all the pegs twice and then you knit-off. But if you find that with every row you finish the stitches get tighter you may need to wrap a few and knit off and then wrap a few more an knit off until you finish the row.

The Stitch is too Tight – No More

What works for me may not work as well for you. Some of you are tight knitters it’s going to take some time for you to find the right method, the right tension, the right groove that works for you. The good news is that it will happen just like your mommy, your granny or your teacher told you, with practice. Because the bottom line is that practice really does make you perfect

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Comments: 15

  1. Janet Rekesius April 3, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Tugging on the work in progress can also tighten up the loops on the pegs. It is tempting to pull on your knitting to see how the stitches will settle but it tightens up the active loop. Best to save shaping and blocking for after you bind off!

    • Denise Canela May 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      I sooooooooo agree – but the temptation is overwhelming !

  2. Stef April 3, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Hi Denise..sorry if this is the wrong place to ask but I’m having trouble with multiples ..again.. The pattern I’m working says multiples of 6+5. So I’ve marked my loom every 6 pegs and left 5 extra at the end. I think that’s the very 1st row of my pattern only has 10 stitches in it (4 extra at the beginning then the stitch pattern of 6 stitches). So this leaves me with an extra peg once I reach the end! What do I do with that? Do you just knit any extra pegs? I’m so confused…😕 Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Denise Canela May 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Stef – so soooooory for the HUGE delay. Have you seen this post and video: Click HERE

  3. Patricia Ryan April 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you! I usually have problems with too tight stitches on my loom; especially when binding off.

  4. Tina April 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Love the advice here, exactly what I was looking for! I can’t wait to try these tips! Quick question about the wrapping all the pegs. Is that from the very beginning or after the initial cast on?

  5. Dotti T April 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I love your tutorials. You got me knitting and I have completed dozens of preemie hats. Now I have to find a place that wants them as a donation! I do have a question and problem. My first stitch on the loom and the last stitch are always very loose. What’s the problem? Thank you so much. Keep knitting and teaching! You are doing a great job and the Loom people really owe you!

    • Denise Canela April 2, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Dotti – it takes a while to get your tension mastered- for now just pull on your first 3 or 4 loops of a row after you knit off and that should help.

  6. Di April 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Denise – I absolutely love, love, love your videos and patterns. I learned how to loom knit from you and you have taught me so much since then, just a couple of months. I have made several of your chemo hats for the cancer center. I also make hats for the children’s hospital. That was my reason for learning in the first place. I will also be making some hats, cowls and scarves for Christmas gifts.

    Thank you, Denise, for being so generous with your videos and patterns abs all your hard work. I would like to make a donation to you. How do I do that?

    • Denise Canela April 2, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Di – your are BEAUTIFUL my friend and the reason I love to teach others how to knit. THANK YOU so much for creating and giving. As for the donation thank you soooooo much for asking – I don’t take donations but you would greatly bless me by either buying from my Etsy store (patterns start at $1 – $5) or joining my Patreon page which also starts $1 . I like this because I give you something back for your hard earned dollars.

      To double your gift – you can leave feedback for your purchase. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU – especially for using anything you’ve gleaned from my page to give to others !

  7. Jean Kuster April 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for this, are you a mind reader? I just got my looms and was beginning a felted project with the 41 peg loom. I started with flat U-wrap stitch and bulky roving yarn and it was tight. Then your blog post came out so I switched to e-Wrap and the difference was amazing. Perfect for my project. I wish I could show you the difference. It is dramatic ;-). I am grateful to you for supporting and teaching this.

    • Denise Canela April 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Jean THANK YOU for the feedback I soooo appreciate it. Anytime you want to share pics (i LOVE pics) – you can post on Facebook or email me at

  8. Susan Mathis April 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I love the way you teach. I’m still learning how to knit on my looms. If I don’t understand what a stitch is done I first go to you site, and now you just taught me why my stitches are getting tight. Thank you so very much for all your help.

    P.S. I have one question : I have a KB loom. The one that looks the a S. My stitch are loose until I get to the curve part of the loom than they get tight why is this happening? Once again thank you. God Bless you

    • Denise Canela April 2, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Hi Susan – thanks so much for the feedback – I big time appreciate it – as for the question – can you tell me which stitch are you using

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