Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Loom Knitting Primer, Part 3, the patterns

This book is a beginner's guide to Knitting on a loom and as such we have explored the things inside that will teach you how to use your looms. Along with each of the sections to learn you find some beginner patterns to help you with the section you are learning, but there is more. The pattern sections.

The largest section is for the single rake knitting looms and starts you out with Circular Patterns. In this first section you are given patterns to learn several projects including a mock cable piece, how to make ear flaps for a hat, a cowl, and ribbed leg warmers. With each piece you are given the type of yarn used, the loom used for the pictured item, gauge of the project and much more. You have all you need to jump right in and start your project, well as soon as you have the yarn and colors you want.

There is then a section of sock patterns. You have two sock patterns with a stitch pattern chart, and a chart to doing short rows for the first pattern which is done on an extra fine gauged loom. The second pattern is for a knifty knitter loom. So you have a choice in looms and patterns you can use.

In the flat panel section you have a variety of different patterns to choose from. You have baby to adult items each with easy to follow instructions. You must check out the Waves Shrug pattern. Oh such a lovely stitch it will teach you.

In the board knitting pattern section there are only a couple of patterns for scarves but they are ones that will help you learn ribbing and a start into color works on the double rake looms.

The next section is a little talk about how to felt your wool knitted items. Then a section that follows gives you some patterns to take you into the world of felting. Check this section out as there are some patterns for felted items that I have not seen mentioned on groups before. Oh yes there is the standard felted purse but there is more to felted items then just purses.

I know I haven't told you much about the actual patterns. I do not want to take all the fun of going through this book from you. As you explore the insides you will find the book is very well put together, with wonderful illustrated helps, patterns, complete with color pictures.

With the addition of the content section and a very nice index you will be able to locate the section of the book you want without that having to skim the whole book. If you are a beginner you will find yourself soon knowing more the you expected from this one book. If you are more advanced there are also things to help you expand your knowledge of loom knitting.

My final words about this book is to express my surprise when I first received it. I really expected something a lot less then what this book actually gives you. I have many of the loom knitting books that are available but most of them are just pattern books. This one not only gives you patterns to learn from but teaches you how to loom. You will not be given a pattern and expected to know what to do, or to have to search out and ask how to do the different techniques presented in the book. It is all there for you, from beginning to finished project you will have the help you need in this must have guide to learning how to loom knit.

To Isela, wonderful job. No wonder you were so tensed up during your time of putting this together. You are leading the world of loom knitting to new levels. You have done an excellent job in this knitting primer. The loom world is lucky to have you.



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