CONVERTING LOOM KNITTING PATTERNS

Loom Comparison by Peg Number

I'm asked this question all the time...Can I make this pattern on a different loom? The answer is yes, but you need to do the math.  Immediate silence at the other end of the conversation. I agree, math takes all the fun out of looming. So I wanted to come up with an easy (ok, maybe not so easy) comparison of the different looms by peg number.  Thanks to my husband, we have come up with the chart below!  This chart will give you peg equivalents if the pegs were set perfectly.  This is usually not the case and you will see that when you get out your measuring tape.

I suggest you use the chart as a starting point for converting different loom knitting patterns to looms not called for in the pattern.  It is very important to remember that horizontal shrinkage changes depending on your stitch width so take that into consideration also when changing looms.  As a general rule, I find that the larger the peg distance the more shrinkage I get horizontally in my knitting but this can vary with stitch used. This must be factored in when deciding how many pegs to use for a project. You must also factor in stitch used and yarn and weather the pattern repeats will work.  I recommend knitting a few rows and checking to see whether your project is going to work with that loom before jumping into a project, it will save you from an aggravating visit to the dreaded frog pond.

Although we have gone over this chart many times, if any mathematicians are out there and find mistakes in our math please let us know and we will correct them.


LOOM COMPARISON By Peg #'s



Peg Spacing

Types of Looms

Number of Pegs


¾”
Knifty Knitter, Boye, Nicole,
Loops & Threads


1


2


3



4


5


6


7
5/8”
Knifty Knitter, CinDWood

1- 1/5

2-2/5

3-3/5

4-4/5

6

7-1/5

8-2/5
½”
CinDWood
1-1/2
3
4-1/2
6
7-1/2
9
10-1/2
7/16”
Authentic Knitting Board
1-5/7
3-3/7
5-1/7
6-6/7
8-4/7
10- 2/7
12


3/8”
All-in-One Loom, Martha Stewart, Cottage Looms


2


4


6


8


10


12


14
¼”
Cottage Looms
3
6
9
12
15
18
21



Inches




¾”



1 ½”



2 ¼”



3”



3 ¾”



4 ½”



5 ¼”

This chart is only for general comparison and in meant to be a guideline only.  It assumes all pegs are set perfectly and it is a mathematical comparison between peg spacing. Use it as a starting point when converting patterns to different looms, the chart does not take into consideration shrinkage, different yarns and stitches. The looms listed are examples only and not a complete list of looms available in each category.
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