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How to Loom Knit for Beginners – Free Video Series!

How to Loom Knit for Beginners – Free Video Series!

Inside: Learn how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off in the How to Loom Knit for beginners video series. Plus loads of tips to make learning and looming easy!Cast On

How to Loom Knit: Lessons 2-5

After nearly a decade of loom knitting, it’s time to revisit the basics with a new series of videos. This series is like taking an online loom knitting class!

If you missed the first lessons, you can find them in my post, 13 Questions for Beginners to Get the Best Start Loom Knitting. It covers a comprehensive introduction to the craft and answers many common questions.

Today, I hope you’re ready to dive right in and get started with yarn and loom in hand!

This post is dedicated to all the essential skills for a loom knitter:

  • Lesson 2.0 – Cast Ons
  • Lesson 3 – Knit Stitches
    • Lesson 3.0 – Comparison of 4 versions of the knit stitch
    • Lesson 3.1 – Flat Knit Stitch
    • Lesson 3.2 – U Knit Stitch
    • Lesson 3.3 – True Knit Stitch
    • Lesson 3.4 – E Wrap Knit Stitch
  • Lesson 4.0 – Purl Stitch
  • Lesson 5.0 – Bind Offs

I encourage to follow along with each video while you practice. By then end of Lesson 5 you will have all the techniques you need to make your first project. But more about that in Lesson 6.

You will need a knitting loom, yarn of an appropriate weight for the loom, a loom tool and scissors.

Are you ready to learn how to loom knit?

Lesson 2.0 – Cast Ons

Casting on refers to the method of securely wrapping the yarn around the pegs on your loom. In order to knit or purl, you need to have a stitch on each peg. There are dozens of methods for casting on.

how to loom knit for beginners cast on Zippy Loom
Casting on a Zippy Loom with #7 weight yarn

Each method has a purpose.

In the video below I teach 3 unique cast ons:

  • Double E Wrap
  • E Wrap/Flat Knit
  • Chain Cast On (using either your fingers or a crochet hook)

Lesson 3 – Knit Stitches

One of the ways that loom knitting differs from needle knitting is that loom knitters have several ways to create a knit stitch. The 4 knit stitches we use have some minor differences in tension and the 4th one twists the stitch to change the appearance.

how to loom knit for beginners knit stitch sample
Columns of U Knit stitches make a smooth traditional knit fabric

The 4 knit stitches we’re going to cover in order from tightest tension to loosest are:

  • Flat Knit Stitch
  • U Knit Stitch
  • True Knit Stitch (also called the Reverse Purl)
  • E Wrap Knit Stitch (also called Twisted Knit Stitch)

Lesson 3.0 – Knit Stitch Overview (Compares all 4 knit stitch variations.)

Lesson 3.1 – Flat Knit Stitch Instruction

Lesson 3.2 – U Knit Stitch Instruction

Lesson 3.3 – True Knit Stitch Instruction

Lesson 3.4 – E Wrap Knit Stitch Instruction

Lesson 4.0 – Purl Stitch

The purl stitch is the opposite of a knit stitch. What that means is that on the front of your project it makes a small horizontal bump, but on the back it looks like a knit stitch.

Some loom knitters like the ease of the knit stitches, but try to avoid purls. I admit they are not as smooth as an E Wrap or U Knit. However, did you know that you can learn to purl quickly in one direction. Right handed loom knitters tend to purl better from right to left while lefties are the opposite.

How to loom knit for beginners purl stitch sample
I love the texture and design just a few purl stitches make on this sock.

Let me tell you why purls matter.

  1. Including both knits and purls lets you create designs and texture on your knitting.
  2. When you knit a flat project, using both knits and purls prevents your project from curling at the edges. Knit stitches tend pull the fabric toward the back while purls pull toward the front. Using both stitches keeps this tug of war balanced.

Lesson 5.0 – Bind Offs

Now you’re ready for the big finish! It’s not the end of the How to Loom Knit for beginners series, but it is the end of your project. Now it’s time to bind off. That simple means remove all the stitches securely from your loom.

how to loom knit for beginners bind off
Binding off a finished project! I’m sure you’re ready to finish one too.

Just like cast ons there are dozens of methods for binding off and each has it’s purpose.

Since this is a beginner series I’m only going to teach two of them.

  • Basic Bind Off (you will use this one a lot!)
  • Drawstring Bind Off (used for hat crowns, bags and other items that need to draw the knitting closed)


I hope you enjoy and use the basic techniques in Lessons 2-5. Lesson 6 (How to Loom Knit Easy Stitch Patterns) is going to put it to the test by learning to combine a cast on, knits, purls and a bind off to create projects. No more practice samples. Let’s loom knit something you can actually use!


Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Thank you for the video. I know it will be a great help to me.


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Thank you for these lessons they were tremendously helpful!


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Thanks for the phenomenal video series. Just getting into loom knitting and trying to understand all the different stitch options out there. The many different names for the Traditional / Reverse Purl stitch has been especially confusing. Thanks for the help!


Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Hi Kristen, Just a simple question. I have a pattern I think came from England. I can figure out 99.9% of the short hand. However there is one that has me baffled. The line reads: Next row: (K2tog) to end -- 9 sts. B&T. tightly What is B & T tightly I think it is some sort of finish, but not sure. It is not a loom knit pattern and uses very small needles (3mm no 11. USA 2). I want to convert to loom knit pattern. What would the spacing be for the pegs on the loom and what size pegs? If I had a way to send you the pattern I would email it to you. It is called "The Cosy Family" It is a set of slip covers for boiled eggs (Helps to keep them warm for service, and makes the kids smile). Brad


Saturday 30th of October 2021


B&T tightly – break off yarn leaving along end, thread it through stitches left on needle, pull up to gather tightly and fasten off.