Hello everyone! I am so excited to announce that I've been lucky enough to team up with Boye Needle Company and Jo-Ann Craft Stores to bring to ya'll a fun new yarn project. Boye sent me this awesome loom kit, and I've been playing with it for a few weeks now. It's seriously so fun and after many hours on youtube and pinterest, I'm amazed by all you can make with these things. Basically, anything that can be knit with needles, can be knit with a loom. And I just think that's so freaking cool.
Wanna hear the best part though?
From 11/24 - 11/27 you can buy this 15 piece kit from Jo-Ann's, in store or online, for the incredibly low price of $24.99 during their Black Friday Doorbuster Deal!! How great is that? If you are in need of a fun gift idea for your little ones, teens, your best friend, (or even yourself), this would the perfect Christmas present.
This kit comes with every size and kind of loom you could possibly need for any type of project:
6 round looms (which are perfect for making beanies)
3 oval looms (great for easily making scarfs and you can even make baby blankets with that big pink one)
Pom pom maker
2 metal hooks
2 plastic needles
& an instructional book (that also comes with a dvd) that has 17 different loom knitting projects for you to get started on
BOYE LOOM KIT - CROSSED STOCKINETTE STITCH - INFINITY SCARF TUTORIAL
If you've ever wanted to be able to knit without having to pick up a pair of needles, or if you are just looking for a new craft to try, today's project is totally for you.
Before we get started, I gotta mention, how dreamy is this buttercream yarn?? I've been eyeing it in Jo-Ann's for weeks now so when I was sent a couple of skeins to play with, I was over the moon excited. It's such a beautiful color and so incredibly soft. I absolutely love the different widths of the yarn as it adds such texture to your pieces.
- 2 skeins of super bulky weight yarn (roughly 184 yards)
- The small blue rectangular loom from the Boye Loom Kit (or any 12 peg wide loom)
- Loom hook
- Crochet hook for binding off (I used a size J Boye hook)
- Large threading needle for weaving in ends
Start out by making a slip knot. Attach the slip knot to the little side peg on your loom like pictured below. Make it snug enough to stay in place but not so tight that it would be difficult to remove later.
Flip your loom around so that the slip knot peg is on the left side. Then grab the yarn that is still attached to the skein and gently pull it between the two bottom left pegs.
Twist the yarn clockwise around the bottom left peg.
Bring your yarn up in between the top two left pegs.
And then same as you did before, twist the yarn clockwise around the top left peg.
Bring the yarn down between the next two pegs.
And repeat the same clockwise motions described above.
Note: Be sure to not wrap your yarn around the pegs too tight. I encountered this problem when I first started out and please don't do it. It makes it such a pain to move things around later. So do the same as I advised with the slip knot, wrap tight enough for the yarn to stay on each peg, but not so tight that it's difficult to move later.
This is what it should look like after you've completed looping your first row!
Press your loops all down to the bottom so you can get started on a second row.
Flip your loom around so that the original slip knot peg is now on the right side and your working yarn on the left.
Pull the yarn up between the top two left pegs.
Continue on with the clockwise loops around the top and bottom pegs across until you reach the end. Don't worry that the bottom left peg only has one loop on it. It'll be this way for each row.
And here's what it should look like after you've finished looping your second row!
I like to wrap a little slip knot around the side peg just to keep my working yarn in place.
Grab your loom hook, and let's start looming!
Slide your hook through the bottom loop, and gently lift it up and over the top loop and off the peg.
Keep doing this all the way around, lifting the bottom loop up and over the top loop and the peg, until each peg only has one loop left on it. (Ignore the bottom left peg that originally only had one loop on it. Don't touch this one.)
And when you're finished with the first round, it should look like this.
Grab your yarn and continue looping around each peg, the same as you did before in a clockwise pattern, until you have two loops on each peg, and then lift the bottom loop up over the top one and off the peg. Repeat this for a few rows.
Once your project reaches a few inches, go ahead and untie the original slip knot.
Then go back to repeating the same steps as mentioned above.
Once your scarf reaches the length you want (for me, I just used up two skeins of yarn), and you are ready to bind off your project, cut a long tail (I made the mistake of not leaving a long enough tail...don't make this mistake) and turn your project so that the end of your working yarn is on your left.
With your yarn tail on the left, grab your crochet hook and loop it through the top right peg. Carefully lift the yarn off the bottom right peg with your fingers and slide the loop onto the crochet hook. You will now have two loops on the crochet hook
Grab the back loop (the loop originally from the top right peg) and slip it over the (bottom right peg) loop and off the crochet hook. You will now only have one loop on your crochet hook.
Note: I use my fingers to grab the yarn from this point on. The crochet hook just helps hold the yarn in place.
Turn your crochet hook to face the opposite direction and repeat the same motions. Carefully place the yarn from the top right peg onto the crochet hook (which will give you two loops again). Grab the back loop and lift it up and over the loop closest to the hook.
Repeat these steps, rotating between top and bottom rows, following the same zig zag of how you've been twisting the yarn onto the pegs this entire time.
Once you reach the last peg, pull on the loop to make it bigger and put the loom to the side. Pull the yarn all the way through the loop and give it a little tug.
Taa daa! You've finished a loom scarf, my friend! To make it into an infinity scarf simply grab a large needle and whip stitch the two ends of the scarf together. This is where I wished I had a longer yarn tail. I made it work though by using both the beginning yarn tail and the end yarn tail and tying them together in the middle and then weaving in the ends.
I'm obsessed with this scarf. So soft. So warm.
A huge shout and a big thank you to Boye Needle Company and Jo-Ann Craft Stores! I am so excited and honored to have been able to work with them to bring you this tutorial. If you guys would like to check out more of Boye's products and patterns, please click here. And they have a fun new instagram account that ya'll should check out too, @boyeyarncrafts.
And seriously you guys, $24.99 is a steal of a deal for this kit and the things you can make with it are practically endless.
Hope ya'll enjoyed this tutorial and have a fantastic Thanksgiving week!
(Disclaimer from Jo-Ann Craft Store: The Boye Loom Kit Doorbuster price of $24.99 is valid from Tuesday, 11/24/15 through Friday, 11/27/15 then returns to a retail price of $39.99. Visit in store and online for full product and price details.)