to knit but can’t, or just want to try a new method?
Maybe loom knitting is for you. Ms Phelps’ fourth book
shows how even a beginner can make a variety of throws and
blankets, for babies and anybody else.
As with the other books (also reviewed on this site) you can
expect some excellent instructions that make mastering the
technique reasonably simple. Several types of loom are covered
in some detail, both in telling you the merits and uses of
each one and how to use it. You can discover what you need
to buy to get started and very importantly why you need it.
I particularly like this as I hate not knowing why I am having
to obtain some arcane item when starting a new craft. There
are plenty of clearly drawn diagrams showing how to cast on,
do the different stitches, join panels etc together with short
captions. In short this book boasts a really in-depth look
at just about everything you need to know in order to use
a loom, whatever you want to make. The patterns are all for
throws and blankets in here, but there is a wide range of
sizes, designs and types—twenty projects in total. I
think my favorite is the baby blanket adorned with all the
letters of the alphabet, perfect for teaching them young!
There is a whole section for babies, another on throws and
afghans and a third on bed coverings. At the back of the book
I was impressed by the page on exact sizes of all the looms
used, giving details about what they are made of, gauge, what
yarns they are suitable for and what knitting needles they
correspond with. There is even a guide to washing your new
creations. If you are wondering where to buy them there are
details, but only for US inhabitants. In short, if you want
to learn how to use a loom and fancy making some blankets
then this is a great book to get.
If you cannot find a good range of loom knitting materials
locally try http://www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.