Many who choose knitting looms over needles know how to knit, but they prefer to use plastic and/or wooden structures with removable pegs. Round looms are also known as knitting wheels. Straight varieties are also called rakes. Although they have recently gained popularity, they are not modern crafting implements. Knitting looms have been around since the Middle Ages. Some people do not consider it true knitting, but it comes down preference. Using looms does not indicate a lack of ability. They can be used to skillfully create gorgeous scarves, sweaters, hats and more.
Knitting Looms are Ideal for Those with Debilitating Conditions
Loom knitting is a fantastic alternative to using needles when a physical condition hampers the ability to hold onto woven material and narrow crafting tools. Arthritis is particularly debilitating, but those with mobility problems can still enjoy knitting on looms. A pick with a handle is much easier to hold onto than narrow metal needles. Also, the project does not have to be supported during the crafting process. Just about anyone can do it.
The Pros of Perfect Stitches
When knitting on a loom, another one of the pros is uniformity. Items made with needles can vary greatly, even on the same piece. Those made on a loom are gauged by the pegs, and the stitches are neat and consistent. Those who are inexperienced can pick it up very quickly by looking at diagrams and/or instructional videos, and usually without private lessons. It is a simple process of wrapping and picking. After a little practice, it goes surprisingly fast.
Mistakes are Fewer on Looms
Fewer mistakes are made when knitting on a loom. When using needles, stitches are sometimes dropped, and the mistake can ruin the finished piece. After learning how the wrapped pegs should look, a missed stitch will be obvious. Best of all, it can be remedied without having to take it apart. Simply lift the last loop, and pull the bottom one over the top. The one that was lifted can be put back in place. If a peg is skipped, the yarn should be loose enough to wrap around the missing peg, even after all of the pegs are wrapped.
Sources: Advanced Crafting Education and Loom Knitting Experience