Making a scarf with a loom may just be exactly what you need to get excited about knitting. Check out how I made a pretty scarf with a loom on the first try!
I am really not a patient person. That is why knitting or crocheting was never my thing. However, my sister and my mother love to crochet, and for some reason, my mom kept insisting that I learned too. She bought a loom a while ago, and last week she finally convinced me to use it!
I’ll admit, it wasn’t all that easy, but it was worth it . I got pretty good results and I can’t wait to show you!
What is a loom?
A loom is defined as a weaving device or tool, and there are many types, including thread weaving machines to make cloth. (Click here to read more about the history and types of looms.) In this post, I am going to be talking about a hand-operated straight pegged loom, which you can easily find in craft or department stores like Walmart. It is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. It’s called Boye Scarf Loom.
The yarn I used to make the scarf with this loom is called Gray, from Red Heart Super Saver Economy Yarn. But you can use any color you like!
Learning how to make a scarf with a loom
Remember, this is the first time I used a loom. I had no idea how to use it. The instructions that came with the Boye Scarf Loom didn’t help much, specially because I’m more of a visual learner. So I was a little frustrated in the beginning and I was almost ready to give it up, but my mom kept insisting to look at it as a challenge I had to overcome, so I did.
I began to understand so much better when I looked up how to make a scarf with a loom on Youtube. If you decide to try this, I suggest that you look for a tutorial that is made specifically for the brand of the loom you are using.
(I only found 1 video for the same loom I used, which was made by a young girl named Eshaynie, with the occasional adorable commentary of her little sister! If you like, you can watch them here: Part 1 / Part 2 . It was still a little difficult to understand, but it got the job done. However I did make some variations. For example, I used two yarns instead of one, which made it look fuller, I made it a lot shorter, and I closed it off like an infinity scarf, except it’s just one loop because two would be too tight for the length I used.)
The Pros & Cons
I’m going to start with what I disliked. You have to be patient during the learning process. It’s easy to get discouraged when the steps are as tangled as your yarn! (Maybe it’s easier with other types of loom? I really don’t know; I’ll have to experiment with other brands and see.) But the truth is, you just have to get the hang of it. Once that’s done, it’s very repetitive, so you can do it automatically without even thinking about it too much.
The other thing I disliked is how long it took. I mean, it is possible to finish your project in just one day if you have nothing else to do, but you will literally have to sit for hours and hours. But I guess that’s true about almost any knitting or crocheting project anyway, right? It just takes a little bit of perseverance.
On the other hand, I did like how easy it became to just repeat every step until it reached the length I wanted. Of course, this was after I had already spent quite a bit of time learning how to use the thing . But I like that I could be having a conversation or watching tv while I work on my project, unlike other types of knitting or crocheting, where you have to be concentrated on counting stitches, otherwise it doesn’t end up right. I also liked how stretchy the scarf ends up being with this technique, and how well made it looked when I finished, even though I know I made a few mistakes along the way.
If you have free time, you like to have something to do with your hands, and you want to show off a handmade scarf, you should definitely try making a scarf with a loom. I know I said I don’t have a lot of patience, but being persistent on finishing my project helped me overcome the difficulty at the beginning. I love my new scarf and I’m probably going to make more soon! I know they would make great gifts, and even maybe an additional income if you decided to sell them. This project helped me remember that giving up is easy, but being persistent brings you great results.
I’m thinking about making a video tutorial for this project soon, so if you decide to try it you should definitely stick around with us to learn how to make a scarf with a loom!
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