Just when you think that KB cannot top themselves, they surprise us all. Here is a set of 2 oval sock looms that are fine gauge at 5/16" center to center peg spacing. The larger purple loom is designed to fit a foot with a circumference of 9 - 10 inches. The smaller orange loom is designed to fit a foot with a circumference of 7 - 8 inches.
While these are labeled sock looms, these looms are perfect for knitting ANYTHING YOU WANT. Yes. That is right. Do not let the number of pegs keep you from creating anything in any size you want. Just as long as you are willing to seam pieces together.
Want to make a blanket? Just make panels and seam them together. Sweaters? Just seam the pieces together. The mattress stitch is a wonderful seaming technique that leave the right side seamless therefore making it the perfect choice for these types of projects.
These are also great looms to make fingerless gloves on with DK weight yarn. Not to mention an endless supply of socks...
Gauge and Construction
I love these looms as much as the new circle looms by KB. They are made with the same quality plastic on the base and the pegs.
The pegs are smaller in diameter due to the fine gauge but remain approximately the same height as the pegs on the other looms.
Since the pegs are narrower, this does leave the groove in the pegs narrower as well. A sharp point pick is recommended by me to use on these looms. Other picks will work, but it just makes it easier with a sharper loom pick. The Ergonomic Loom Tool from KB has a nice sharp point that would be perfect.
Now for the specifics all in one place.
This is a set of 2 looms.
These looms are oval, not circle.
Gauge is 5/16" center to center peg spacing classifying them as fine gauge looms. They are fine indeed! These looms are perfect for DK/3 weight yarn.
The ORANGE loom has 56 pegs and has a major axis of 7 5/8" peg to peg diameter and a minor axis of 2 7/8" diameter. Outside of base measurements are 8 1/8" x 3 1/4".
The PURPLE loom has 64 pegs and has a major axis of 8 3/4" peg to peg diameter and a minor axis of 3 1/4" diameter. Outside of base measurements are 9 1/4" x 3 3/4".
The ORANGE loom is designed to fit feet with a circumference of 7 - 8" using DK weight yarn.
The PURPLE loom is designed to fit feet with a circumference of 9 - 10" using DK weight yarn.
Why Do I Need This Loom?
If you already own the original adjustable Sock Loom by KB that has the metal pegs, you may be wondering why you would "need" these looms. Well just let me say this... You cannot own too many looms...
Also these are easier to work with for some people since they are ovals instead of the rectangle shape.
But no matter why you want them, the reason is yours alone, I can only tell you that I like these looms and would recommend them to anyone looking for a fine gauge loom.
The Dog's Ear Potholder
While there are tons of potholder patterns for crochet, there are not quite so many in knitting. Loom knitting has hardly any at all. I have been thinking on my favorite crochet potholder that goes by a lot of various names for quite some time. More specifically, how I can knit it on the loom. And here it is! This is the simplest version. While there are several different ways to seam these potholders in my head, this is the easiest way to get it done.
I call this pattern the Dog's Ear Potholder due to the folds in it that create the finished design. This potholder is made on the largest purple sock loom using 4/medium weight cotton yarn. While this weight yarn is thicker than recommended, it will make a nice, tight stitch so that the potholder is extra thick when folded over.
I realize the finished potholder is on the small size. Or at least for me it is. Right now though this is the largest we can make on this gauge with a KB loom. If using a different gauge loom, the swatch gauge will change leaving you to do the math in order to make the size right. Also the stitches will not be quite as tight depending on what weight yarn you use.
PLEASE NOTE!! Acrylic yarn is NOT recommended for use with this pattern. Acrylic will not hold up the heat and will melt. 100% cotton yarn is the best for this project.
Loom: His & Her Sock Looms - 64 peg loom
Yarn: 50 yds of medium 4 weight 100 % cotton yarn. Lily Sugar 'n Cream in color Sunkissed used in the sample.
Tools: Loom pick, tapestry needle, stitch marker to mark beginning peg
Gauge: 10 sts x 16 rows = 2"
Size: 4 1/2" sqaure
K - knit
P - purl
Ch - chain (see special stitch)
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
Rnd(s) - round(s)
Chain (Ch) - E-wrap knit the same peg the number of times indicated creating a chain.
Keep tension loose. Using the true knit stitch will help keep the stitches looser than the other knit stitches will.
The chain cast on was used in the sample so that it matched the basic bind off . Any cast on may be used.
The ends were seamed with a zig zag stitch catching the outside loop of the chain edges in the sample. Any method of seaming may be used.
Leaving an 10" tail for seaming, CO 64 pegs and prepare to work in the round.
K16 Place stitch marker on next peg to mark the beginning of each round. This will leave the CO tail in the proper place to use for seaming the CO edge.
*K all for 5 rounds
P all for 1 round
Repeat from * twice (3 times total)
K all for 10 rounds
BO using the basic BO method leaving the last stitch on a peg
Cut the working yarn leaving a 10" tail for seaming.
Secure by drawing the tail through the last loop.
Finished chain before seaming.
Using a tapestry needle, first secure the end of the chain loop to the first bind off stitch as shown below.
Join chain in first bind off stitch.
Secure chain loop by sewing back through the base of the chain.
Then back through the first bind off stitch again and pull tight.
Seam the top bind off edges together in whatever manner preferred.
After seaming bind off edge.
Fold the potholder so that the top seam is now flat and on the diagonal of the square as shown below.
Turn the potholder over and seam the other side
Ready to seam cast on edges together.
Cast on tail is in proper position to seam from corner to corner.
Ready to use!
*Pattern designed and written by Renita Harvey. The written pattern may not be reproduced or reprinted in any manner or media without the express permission by the designer.
*Items made from the pattern may be sold by individuals.
*Review of KB looms by Renita Harvey is an unbiased and honest review. Review may not be reproduced or reprinted in any manner with the express permission of the author.