Fall 2013 was a creative life changer for me — I learned to Loom Crochet. Now I know you are wondering, what is Loom Crocheting? Well, to Loom Crochet takes into consideration some of the characteristics of normal crocheting – creating a slip knot and using yarn, but there are a few additional tools you will need to create beautiful structured accessories. The items you can make are limitless! I began by way of my husband, who noticed a young lady using a Circle Loom to Crochet a hat, or something. He came home excited about it, because I had been crocheting a little bit — a couple of baby blankets (my style) for my grandbaby and an Infinity Scarf for my daughter.
Now enters Loom Crocheting. I have the rectangular, circular and the Spool Loom which is a 2-sided Loom Tool. These tools help to create scarves, baby blankets, Afghans, placemats, hats, gift bags, etc. Either you are a technical learner (reader) or a visual learner – watching videos. I am a visual learner, but there are numerous patterns on the web and books that are located in the craft aisle along with the yarn and tools.
I learned to Loom Crochet by watching numerous YouTube videos. Once learning a few stich patterns, you can create projects with ease. I love seeing the finished product and also how the patterns are forming as I am Looming. YouTube channels like The Crochet Crowd, Good Knit Kisses, and Edde TV are great starters to see some different patterns for ideas about what you want to create.
So if you never crocheted there are numerous brands of yarn that work – Bernat, Lion Brand, Red Heart – which is usually the cheapest, but still makes great projects. There are also a few brands of Looms out there but I use the Boye Loom Set that you can get at Walmart. There is the Round Loom Set and then the Long Loom. Also you can get the Serenity Loom – for the more advanced and the Spool Loom to make a strap for a purse. There are so many options.
Places to go and find Loom Tools, Yarn, and anything else crafty that I go to are A. C. Moore, JoAnn Stores, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Wal-Mart. There is an array of things crafty in these places. I am retired military, so some stores even give discounts.
What I like most about Looming is that is a peaceful hobby. You can just sit and watch TV and create. I really like looming better than hand crocheting because you can create projects to give to family and friends or to sell on Etsy, EBay or wherever you choose. Happy Looming!