Hi Loom Knitters...I have wasted about 4 days trying to make a sock on a KB adjustable sock loom. I swore it wasn't going to beat me...but it did. I need your opinions...the kk 24 peg loom is great for slippers and fat socks, have done ok with that, although can't seem to make the toe up patterns turn out as they should....another couple of wasted days :) ...So..I like the looks of the DA looms, but can anyone suggest which one to get to make socks? They have the adjustable ones...or fixed size ones..Anyone?
Thanks in advance!
Diana aka greengirl7 has started a class using the AKB sock loom. Follow her Sock Along class and she will help you making socks with this knitting loom. So far she has posted materials and how to measure your feet. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/loomin-socks
Hi, Here's what I've done to make working with my KB sock loom easier.
To make it easier to work the stitches on the movable bar, I "gently" eased out and removed the first pin past the corner to the bar. By slightly twisting and slowly lifting you won't wallow out the opening - then I replace the pin by reinserting by hand and then "gently" tapping it back down. I don't worry if it's not exactly flush with all the other pins cause for me that's not a problem.
My first project had increases which would have been easier if I had been able to center my work on the loom. So I made the fixed end movable. Using a hex wrench I unscrewed the long bolt that runs through the block, slid it toward the center and refastened the bolt. If I need to place the block where I can't have the bolt fastened I use a small adjustable clamp to hold the loom together.
Painter's tape is my new BFF. I put a strip on each side of the loom and mark it with the pattern. This way I know what stitch goes where without repeatedly counting and that I did the correct stitch in the first place. Also I marked the tape with the wrap and turn short row count (1 at left corner, 2 at right corner, 3 back to the left side etc.). If your alternating count gets off you'll know right away that there's something wrong.
Finally, I've found that I can't always easily do the flat stitch, especially when going left to right. So I substitute the U-stitch. When doing either stitch I have found that it is best to go back about every 5 stitches and using the hook loosen the loop. This keeps my tension even and there is no visible difference between the 2 types of stitches.
Don't give up yet. I'm a newbie knitter who really wanted to knit socks and using this loom has made it possible.
Hi Loom Knitters...I have wasted about 4 days tryi... (
I like the Kiss fixed gauge looms for socks. The peg/pin system makes it so much easier! I would start by trying one of the adjustable gauge looms first to get the hang of it, before trying the smaller gauged looms, especially if you've only knit on the KK before. Their yahoo group is awesome too for asking for help. www.kisslooms.com