Loom knitting is a fast and easy way to knit without needles, but if you've ever looked at all those sizes and shapes of knitting looms and wondered what you could make with them, wonder no more! From simple scarves to oversized blankets to lacy shawls, you can loom knit just about anything.
Before you tackle a complicated project, start by learning the basics of loom knitting, then make a simple scarf or stockinette stitch hat. After that, learn a few more stitches to ready yourself for other types of projects.
Many of the patterns in this list use large gauge looms that are easy to find in large craft stores. Others use smaller gauge looms like those from Knitting Board. Along with a variety of sizes and styles, they also offer many free patterns, including an adorable toddler tunic.
If you like learning by watching videos, loom knitting experts often share their patterns and special techniques on YouTube. Valena DIY is an excellent channel with tutorials for different stitches, as well as projects like hats, bags, socks, and mittens! And be sure to check out Joanna Brandt's patterns for still more loom-knit styles and designs.
Ready to start wrapping those pegs? All that's left to do is choose one of these loom knitting patterns!
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Make a Scarf on a Knitting Loom
Airam from The Sweetest Journey shows you how to make a simple double knit scarf on a loom. The video tutorial is a perfect first project as it shows you how to start with the E-wrap all the way through to the end with securing the stitches to form a finished edge.
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Create a Loom-Knit Pillow for Your Home
One of the easiest things to make on a round knitting loom is a tube, and that's exactly how you make this pillow! After knitting in the round, all you need to do is stitch the ends closed with a pillow form inside, then add large handmade tassels for a beautiful finish. If you'd rather work with flat panels (which requires more seaming), Simplicity includes instructions for that too.
You can also use this pattern as a starting point for making other pillows. Instead of using tassels as the main design element, try color blocking the knitting or adding some yarn embroidery!
Loom Knit Tasseled Pillow Pattern from Simplicity
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Loom Knit an Oversized Cowl
Denise from Looma Hat created this highly textured cowl using a stitch called the purl in 8. She shows you how to make the cowl in her YouTube video, but you can also purchase a downloadable pattern. But the oversized cowl is just one of many excellent loom knitting patterns and tutorials that Denise offers. Want to make something quick and cute for a gift? Try her mug rug pattern and pair it with a matching mug!
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Knit a Double-Brim Beanie on a Loom
Beanies are easy to make on round knitting looms, but what makes this tutorial special is that it shows you how to create a doubled brim as you knit the hat. That one little detail elevates this simple hat and gives it a professional finish. Emily shows you how to make the beanie, from start to finish with detailed photos, making this an excellent first project.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Wrap Yourself in a Loom-Knit Shawl
Can you believe that this lacy shawl uses a knitting loom? Renee Van Hoy appropriately calls her site Invisible Loom Craft, as you can't see how her designs came off of a loom. This gorgeous shawl is part of an eBook that features five more patterns for colorful scarves and more. There's a lot to be said for this pattern, which works on any size loom (instructions make it easy) and includes a large-print/screen reader version. That means more people can enjoy this more advanced project.
American Paris Shawl Pattern, $12 (eBook includes 6 patterns), Renee Van Hoy
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Create a Star-Studded Blanket on a Knitting Loom
There are lots of ways to knit a blanket on a loom, but this pattern might be the most unique shape you'll see. To form the star shape, you only need to knit across 10 stitches and make a shaped spiral from the center. It would make a great baby gift and would likely become the cuddly blanket that follows a little one from tummy time to kindergarten!
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Use Loom Knitting to Make an Infinity Scarf
Kristen Mangus from GoodKnit Kisses designs patterns for both loom and needle knitting and many come in both versions for you to choose from. This infinity scarf shows off dropped stitches that you wouldn't expect from a loom and that's part of the fun of trying new patterns and techniques. Be sure to visit her blog for more tutorials, resources, and tips.
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Craft a Messy Bun Beanie on a Knitting Loom
Messy bun beanies let you pull your ponytail or bun out through the top of the hat for a fun look that also keeps your head warm. This adorable loom-knit version comes from Isela Phelps, who designs a lot of patterns for Knitting Board. She's also the author of several loom knitting books, making her a great source for almost any kind of pattern you can imagine.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Loom Knit a Textured Cowl
This cuddly cowl has a subtle chevron design and a luxe look, even with inexpensive yarn. Lisa Clarke doesn't have many loom knitting patterns, but each one is equally wonderful. She also walks you through tips for translating a pattern for needles into one for a loom. The possibilities are endless!
Chevron Cowl Pattern, $2-5, Lisa Clarke
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Create a Whole Blanket on a Small Knitting Loom
When you want to be overwhelmed with loom knitting options, visit the Tuteate YouTube channel. You'll find animal and Star Wars hats, mug cozies, slippers and mitts, ornaments, and squares for making patchwork knit rugs and blankets. Instead of squares, this striped garter blanket knits rows together—all on a simple round loom!
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Make a Wrappable Scarf With Loom Knitting
Once again, showing that loom knitting can do anything knitting with needles can do, this knotty scarf is a cross between a shawl and a scarf. You can change the size to suit your style and wear it in several ways. Because loom knitting is faster than the traditional method, you may even want to make one in every color!
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Use Loom Knitting to Keep Dishes Squeaky Clean
Handknit dishcloths are an eco-friendly option for the kitchen and these loom-knit Scrubby-Os add to that! Bethany from Gettin' it Pegged shows you how to make the small circles out of cotton yarn held with tulle to make the scrubbers more abrasive. Pairing these with matching knit dishcloths would make an excellent housewarming gift!