The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary

100 Loom Knit Stitch Patterns in One Book

The Loom Knitters Dictionary

Can you even conceive 100 stitch patterns at your finger tips, readily available to you where ever you go. Pick up any computer or any device anywhere in the world and your looms and you are on your way to some awesome knitting adventure. The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary is the perpetual life line of stitch patterns. But as the announcers love to say, But Wait There’s More….

Three stitch sampler patterns are included to help you get started on a closet full of beautiful knitted gear for winter, spring, summer or fall.

It’s not perfect. But it’s darn close. Here are the Pros and Cons…

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All Image Credit: Renee Van Hoy

To Purchase: Click HERE



The Author of The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary

Renee Van Hoy Loom Knitting Designer

First some information on the author. Renee Van Hoy is a great artist with an incredible talent for loom knitting. A pattern designer extraordinaire despite being legally blind. When she is not knitting, or posting on her blog InvisibleLoomCraft.blogspot.com she is a VERY active member of Ravelry. The ever diplomatic and helpful moderator of several groups among my favorites, LoomaLong and Loom Knitting Designer.

The beautiful ladies that model for her are her two daughters. What a great looking bunch. Renee makes me want to really reconsider my gray hair….

On a personal note: I’ve only recently had the opportunity to get to know Renee and in just a short time I’ve grown to REALLY like this soft-hearted soul. I admire the way she navigates through all the complex personalities on these forums with grace and respect. The way she lovely responds to questions that sometimes need long explanations without hesitation is inspiring. She reminds me of Brenda Myers (another one of my favorite loomers ) Visit with Renee on Ravelry for just a bit her patterns will blow you away and her personality will draw you in. You won’t be able to help yourself – You will like her – I promise.

 

Pros: The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary Positive Points

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* 100 Patterns

Talk about the ultimate Up Factor. There is a stitch for everyone here, young, old, folk hero, super hero, country pumpkin, flower child, retro, goth, hippie, yuppie… whatever. Whether you like Taylor Swift, Renee Fleming or Queen Latifah  ( I like them all – and taste in music is usually reflected in our taste for fashion – my personal observation and not the gospel truth ) you will like these stitches.  I would venture to say that if You can not find one that you like there is something terribly wrong with you.

With 100 stitches to choose from the sky is the limit to how many garments and variations of those garments you can make with this voluminous resource.

Patterns are given for Flat panel and knitting in the Round.

Diamond lace Stitch

* Well Written 

Clear, detailed, step by step instructions with notes and recommendations for each stitch. It just reads well. That’s important because there is a wealth of information that you will want to get through. I would tell you that even if you already know the pattern to say the Garter Stitch you should still read about it because she gives you tips on how to make this simple, commonly used stitch look even better.

 

* It’s an eBook

ALWAYS available. You can’t ever forget this book at home. It’s basically in every available computer with internet access. Just log onto Ravelry or keep the file that is emailed to you in your inbox.  Once you download it to your computer, tablet or phone you don’t even need to be online to use it. I love that eBooks Can’t be destroyed or damaged. In 1992 we Floridians experienced Hurricane Andrew. I lost a lot of books. It was devastating – Hello eBooks ! Knowing that certain resources are safe like this is awesome. Plus they save paper.

 

* Works for Beginners:

There are a lot of simple basic patterns. She starts you with the knit and purl stitch.   Yes there are more complex patterns in the book that newbies would find in some cases very difficult but the up side is that you can grow with this book. Start simple – then get funky and wild.

 

* The Price is Great:

$24.00 is a great price for the amount of information that you’re getting. If you don’t believe me click HERE for a listing of loom knitting books on Amazon. You will see that the average book is between $12 – $20 and include between 8 and 30 patterns. That’s not a bad deal but.. this one has 103 patterns when you include the Stitch Samplers. That’s less than $0.24 (a quarter) per pattern. You can’t buy chewing gum for that price.The hat, cowl and scarf patterns alone are a $12.00 value.

Then consider the tips and techniques that are broken down for you. It’s not just, Knit 1, Purl 1 – she tells you if the stitch will look better by blocking the fabric. Will it be reversible and does it work well as a border.

 

* Font Size

Large font size 20 makes it easy to read and follow for everybody. Even if, like me you’re near-sighted a large font just works well.

 

* Three Free Patterns:

The book includes three VERY cool patterns for FREE. This alone is worth half the price of the book.

Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary

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Cons: The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary Negative Points

 

*No Pictures for Beginners.

In some cases, if done well – pictures of each knitting step are very helpful for beginners. At least with the primary stitches like all the different versions of that ever important Knit Stitch.

Is this vital? – No , just catch a few videos on YouTube and you can get all the schooling you need for the basic knit and purl.

 

*Only Comes as an eBook

For some people this is a serious issue. I personally prefer to own both the printed and the eBook if I really like and use the information again and again like in recipe books. The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary is one of those books that I would have gladly bought both formats and where I would have really, really LOVED a spiraled print book. Alas since this is not going to happen I plan to print all my favorites and put them in a binder, color coded with dividers.

 

*Small Stitch Pics:

I wish the pictures of the stitches were larger. There are some stitches that look like works of art. Renee did an awesome job picking the right yarn colors and textures for the stitches but if the pictures were larger and if we’re given picture samples of some of the more complex stitches in a garment I think the impact of the details would have been greater for the reader.

 

*Listing is Continuous:

Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish the patterns because in some cases the page break is not large enough. This is not a deal breaker for me. Just a tiny tweak I would put on a wish list.

 

Conclusion:

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4.5 stars

 

Get ready for you head to spin with ideas. I can’t repeat it enough – 100 PATTERNS.  It is an AWESOME book. Very much worth the price. I love the idea that I can pick a brim style then pick a stitch like the Woven Stitch and I get a great hat – come back next time and choose a different brim and a different stitch and I have a brand new design. Move on to the matching scarf. This can go on endlessly with 100 stitches.

 

Where to Buy The Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary

 

The book can ONLY be purchased through a Raverly link. Anyone offering something different might not be a very honest individual and out of respect for ALL the hours put into this book please do your best to purchase in a way that will benefit HER.

Below is a link provided by Renee Van Hoy. Just Click the Red Button to Purchase.

Loom Knitters Stitch Dictionary

 

 


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Comments: 28

  1. Bonnie November 10, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hi Denise,

    Do you happen to have a pattern for a stripped scarf? I have a friend that wants a scarf that has horizontal strips of 2 different colors, and I am not sure how to do that with out having a bunch of knots along the edge of the scarf.

    Any suggestions appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Bonnie

    • Denise Canela November 11, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Bonnie, there is such a thing as a self-striping yarn Click HERE . If you want to see the Ice yarn in action: Click HERE

      • Bonnie November 12, 2015 at 11:36 am

        Denise..thank you so much, I have never seen self stripping yarn! I use to knit and crochet all the time when I was younger and now that I am retired am taking it up again. I love the Looms for projects, and thank you so much for your videos!! They are extremely helpful!

        Bonnie

        • Denise Canela November 12, 2015 at 9:27 pm

          You’re Very welcome – glad I could help you out.

  2. Caren Rabie August 18, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Silly question from an extreme beginner ……. What is the difference between the u-wrap knit stitch and the flat knit stitch?

    • Denise Canela August 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Hi Caren, Here is a post and video that explain all 4 versions of the knit stitch: Click HERE

  3. Tala July 22, 2015 at 12:50 am

    What a wealth of information and my KB Adjustable will be here on Friday teeehehehehehehee. I LOVE e-Books and trees…..just saying.

    • Denise Canela July 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Wow – we are soul twins friend ! – Hey come back and let me know how it went with the KBA 🙂

  4. loomer July 21, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    $24.00 for an ebook is high. I could see if she had printed copies but for an ebook. So much of this information is so easily available on the web. How can you endorse a product that is so much higher than the norm? Just curious because so many respect your opinion.

    • Denise Canela July 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      loomer, your question is both a gift and a rock.

      Sorry to have to have made my answer so long but I’m REALLY sensitive about this subject. As a pattern designer myself I have to start by telling you that 1 pattern (whether a stitch, a sock or a hat) can take days and weeks to accomplish. I have some that I have had to put away for months and try again at a later time not to drive myself and my poor family completely crazy.

      Time, sweat, pain and effort don’t know the difference between a hard copy and an e-book. No disrespect intended but comments like yours are why so many gifted designers don’t bother especially in the loom knitting business where you can starve to death waiting to make a dollar. That I know of – no one does this full time because you can’t make even a modest living. We need to support those that do -so that they don’t go away. Search for crochet or knitting patterns and there must be millions – search for a loom knitting pattern free or paid and you’ll find less then a fraction of a fraction of the others. We are few and far between.

      Your question about my endorsement. What I did was a review of this book, of a VERY good book as far as I am concerned. I also did it because Renee is an AWESOME designer that deserves recognition. She did an excellent job with this book and I explained in detail why I felt it was worth it. In other words, you are asking a question I answered in 326 words.

      Yes – SOME of the information is available on the web but I dare you to comb the WORLD WIDE web to find the exact 100 stitch patterns found in this book for loom knitting for free. Let me know if your time researching these 100 patterns was worth $24.00. I venture to say – you won’t find 1/2 of them and if you do the patterns will not give you the amount of information Renee gives you for EVERY ONE of her stitch patterns, like if the stitch reversible, does it curl, will you need to block it, what is the gauge.

      This idea that “so much of this information is so easily available on the web” is sooooooooooooooo not true – it almost makes me mad.

      • Yellowdaizee March 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm

        I have to agree. There are not a lot of resources free or paid for loom knitting. Where I’m from in a relatively decent sized city there are no yes I said NO loom kitting classes. I am a visual learner, if it wasn’t for your free resources I probably would have lost interest in loom knitting. Now that I understand the basics I can actually work from a written pattern which I couldn’t 2 months ago. Now I’m looking to find patterns n resources and it’s not easy. We should try our best to support the people who put so much time and effort into compiling such materials. E book or not you made an excellent point that it’s a wealth of information at a fraction of the cost of the printed books I’ve seen considering what you are getting. Greatly appreciate the Time and effort you put into your videos. Thank you so much.

  5. moha lg July 12, 2015 at 3:32 am

    very good but can you drew how can you do this sitich in the loom l

    • Denise Canela July 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Sorry – I don’t understand your question

  6. Caroline Stiles June 10, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I have paid for the ebook, but can not find it on my ipad…

    • Denise Canela June 10, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Hi Caroline, you need to “download” the book to your computer. If you still have more questions it’s best to contact the seller. Renee if VERY good about responding. To contact seller click HERE.

  7. Patricia Wojcik April 6, 2015 at 6:56 am

    I was able to download the dictionary of stitches I paid for but not the three free patterns. Could you please give me directions to dowonload and save your patterns on my computer rather than at your site?

    Thank you

    • Denise Canela April 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Hi Patricia, I’m not the seller, the designer Renee Von Hoy is the the seller. I have dictionary in my computer and my Ravelry library. Do you have a Ravelry account – that would make it a lot easier for me to walk you through it.
      Let me know

  8. LInda Jones March 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi Denise! This is absolutely a great review! I do have a question though, before I purchase it. I also do not like ebooks for instructions. For everyday novels I love ebooks. But, with an instructional ebook, you have to have the right conditions to use them and that is not always available, like charger, table, space and (o-ordination) decent light etc.
    I plan on printing it down and binding it up also. My question is, do you know how many pages there are in the book and also is there much color. I want to be prepared with paper and ink cartridges, LOL! Thank you!!!!!!

    • Denise Canela March 28, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Hey Linda,

      Its 104 pages. About 20 are informational, like glossary and FAQ.. the rest are patterns. Each pattern has a small color picture of the stitch. I only print the ones that I like that I don’t already know how to knit. Which is quite a few. I REALLY love the lace stitches. They are amazing. Some are very simple and you might be able to get away with just printing them in black ink. I did. Its only when the stitch is complex and I know that will need to refer back to the picture that I use color.
      Hope that Helps – Hugs,
      demose

  9. wenona fannin March 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I would have bought it if there was a printed book. I do not want an e-book.

  10. Vivian Peritts November 20, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I would buy this in a second if it were in hard back with step by step pics!!!!

    • Denise Canela November 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Currently I don’t know of any loom knitting book that is hard cover and none give you step by step pictures of very pattern. They will give you the basics at the beginning… Just something to consider

    • Renee November 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Vivian. This is written in the format of most traditional stitch pattern dictionaries. I keep mine handy in a 3 ring binder, but the e-book has the advantage of bookmarks that let you jump easily to any chapter or page in the book. I’m afraid step by step photos would have taken me a few more years to do, and resulted in a book of many hundred pages.

  11. Raelyn Arnold November 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Denise,

    Some of Renee’s patterns need a specific gauge loom. Some gauges I don’t have. Do you need a specific gauge loom for these patterns?

    • Denise Canela November 20, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Hey Raelyn,
      Went through most of the stitches – none state the need for a specific gauge – still there are stitches that would look their best if done on a small or fine gauge loom
      Thanks for asking,
      denise

      • Raelyn Arnold November 20, 2014 at 11:39 am

        Thank you, Denise.

    • Renee November 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Denise. The stitch patterns in the dictionary may be used with any gauge loom. For the three patterns in the Stitch Sampler Pattern collection that comes with the loom, the shawl calls for a 1/2 inch gauge loom, the hat for a 3/8 inch gauge loom, and the cowl for a 3/8 inch gauge loom. The cowl may be made on other loom gauges, however.

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