Round knitting looms are far more versatile than many people think. They are good for more than just making simple hats and basic tube scarves. They can be used to make a number of unique and highly useful things from little pouches for saving and reusing soap slivers to gorgeous boot cuffs. If you know the basics of making an e-wrapped hat on a circular loom, you can create the following things with yarn. These items make phenomenal gifts, and they are very popular at craft shows and sales, both locally and online.
Loom Knit Simple Soap Saver Pouches
A small flower loom with 12 pegs can be used to make soap saver pouches. Use 100% cotton yarn, and quadruple e-wrap and knit 18 rows. You will be pulling two loops over two loop until the bag is complete. Secure the bottom as you would a hat, and crochet a single stitch around the top edge. Crochet a single chain that is approximately 12 inches long, and knot both ends. Thread the knotted chain in and out around the top of the pouch. Add a full-size bar of soap or several slivers. Use it instead of a washcloth or a bath pouf. The loom-knitted soap saver sack will last a lot longer, and the soap will go further too.
Make Warm and Comfy Newborn Baby Cocoons
Another impressive item that can be made with a round loom is a newborn baby cocoon. Newborns love being swaddled, and a knitted cocoon makes a great wrap. The baby is placed inside with the top edge of the sack either under the arms or just below the shoulders. It is incredibly easy to make. Use a 40 or 41-peg round loom, and e-wrap soft bulky weight yarn until reaching a length of about 18 inches. The cocoon can be used to keep the baby snug and warm while napping. Consider making a matching hat using a 24-peg round loom. It should be between five and six inches in length to fit a newborn with an average head size.
Stylish and Colorful Boot Cuffs
Boot cuffs are incredibly easy to make on a round knitting loom. E-wrap approximately 20 rows on a 24-peg circular loom. Use heavy yarn to avoid having to triple or quadruple wrap the pegs. Opt for a variegated or solid colored variety rather than something that naturally forms stripes. Only the top three or four inches will be visible above a pair of boots. Finish by crocheting around the edges, and add pompoms, loom flowers or decorative buttons.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Loom Knitting Experience