I was sent the Zippy Loom Master Set to complete my review, but all opinions are my own.
Loom knitting is a fun and easy way to get started making knit fabric. Kids love it — I had a lot more success this summer teaching kids loom knitting than needle knitting — and it’s great for people of all ages who don’t want to or can’t knit with needles.
Many knitting looms are circles, which limits what you can do with them because they’re a fixed size; you have to buy multiple looms to make projects of different sizes or shapes.
Not so with the Zippy Loom. This set, which retails for $29.99, includes four straight loom pieces with four pegs each, as well as all the connectors and accessories to make four different configurations. Add corners, which also have pegs, to make a large “circle” for knitting hats or cowls, or use different connectors to make kid-sized hats, work double knitting and more.
The set has giant pegs and is made to be used with super bulky or jumbo yarn. Here’s a rundown of how it all works:
I made a skinny scarf using a single Zippy (four pegs) and found it really quick and easy to use, with results similar to finger knitting.
The loom set comes with some patterns, and you can find some online as well. I also made an adult-sized hat using the 20 peg configuration and super bulky yarn. It came out huge (if I fold the brim over it fits me, but I may have knit more rows than I should have) and at a really open gauge — the website says it’s less than one stitch per inch — and I’m not completely thrilled with the results, but it was fun and quick to try. Also, one of the corners came loose while I was knitting and I don’t think it’s possible to fix when you are in the middle of a project.
This is the yarn and the pattern I used, which is included in the book that came with the loom. The manufacturer wants me to remind you that for best results you should use super bulky yarn (which I did) and use the recommended stitch patterns in the book (ditto). I did use the standard loom knitting stitch, which was not actually what was called for in the pattern, so this is what the hat should really look like:
Still, this is a fun product to have for quick accessories and to get kids interested in knitting who might not quite be ready for knitting with needles yet. I will keep using it for simple scarves and cowls, and maybe for some yarn bombing I’ve got planned for the near future.
If you’d like to give the Zippy Loom a try, they ship in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. You can get a 10 percent discount with the coupon code CRAFTGOSSIP. And if you live in the United States you can enter to win your own here (ends Aug. 28, 2016).