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I love, love, LOVE knit and crocheted hats, blankets, scarves, beanies, all the things, but it’s so expensive to buy handmade goods like these! When I was sixteen I attempted to learn to crochet. I figured out the stitches decently easy, but no matter how well I counted or how hard I tried, everything I made ended up lopsided, distorted and funky looking. So when I went on to have kids, I just continued forking out $20-30 for a knit hat that they would inevitably lose.
Fast forward. I was gifted a big ol’ tub of yarn and Knifty Knitter looms. At the time, I had absolutely no idea what to even do with those things. And considering I can’t knit or crochet, I was a little confused as to why they were gifted to me, of all people. They sat in my craft room collecting dust for a few months. Out of curiosity, I pulled up YouTube on the roku in the living room, just to see how these looms work. I found a channel called LoomAHat and watched her “Beginner” video. It looked so simple, surely I could do this! I gave it a whirl, and voila! I had a hat. Of course, my first one wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough it surprised me that I was able to make it! Since then, I have made hats for my kids, my nieces, my nephews, friends and family. I continue to get better and better and have ventured out into new patterns lately!
The Knifty Knitter round loom set comes with four round looms. The size you will use will depend on the intended recipient’s age, as well as the type of hat you are making. In general, the smallest loom (blue) is used for making newborn, premie and doll hats. The second smallest loom (red) is used for making hats for babies up to a year old. The third loom (green) is the “everybody” loom and can be used for toddlers, children, teens and adults. The final and largest loom (yellow) is meant for larger and oversize hats, such as slouchy ones.
The looms can be a little intimidating at first, but it’s just like anything; the more you practice, the better you get!
Take a look at some of my recent projects using the Knifty Knitter looms!
The only complaint I have about the Knifty Knitter looms is that the website is frequently out of stock! Sometimes, you’ll have better luck on ebay or local thrift shops!
Fulfills Purpose Well:
Knifty Knitter looms are extremely versatile. You can make more than just hats on them! You can make dolls, scarves, dishcloths, headbands and even blanket squares. The possibilities are endless!
Design & Visual Appeal
The design of the Knifty Knitter loom is simple and effective. I really appreciate that there is no “slit” below the head of the pegs like many knitting looms have. Without this slit, yarn doesn’t catch or tear when it shouldn’t! Additionally, the colors make it easy to remember and distinguish what you need!
Ease of Use
When I first started using the Knifty Knitter looms, there was a bit of a learning curve. I watched YouTube videos to help myself learn and I strongly recommend this! You can start a video, pause, do the stitch, then restart the video or rewind as needed! Once you get the basics down, additional stitches and steps get easier and easier!
While Knifty Knitter looms are a little pricier than the ones easily commercially available in retail stores, they are much more sturdy, made with a thicker, denser plastic than other brands, and can withstand even my 8-year-old!
Because the Knifty Knitter looms are re-usable, you won’t have to repeatedly buy supplies or replenish anything except your yarn. Additionally, this tool allows you to easily and quickly create useful, handmade gifts for your loved ones, which could reduce waste in other areas resulting from other gifts you my have purchased as an alternative. But, they are plastic, which we all know isn’t that great for the environment, but the do not require being replaced frequently and last a long time.
*Disclaimer: I was not provided any compensation for this post, nor did I receive any complimentary products. I have purchased these items on my own, with my own money. My opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced and are my own. This post contains affiliate links.