The 10 Best Knitting Machines And Looms

Updated May 05, 2018 by Misty Alder

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We spent 44 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Anyone who’s ever tried knitting knows that it can be fun, relaxing, and rewarding. But in today’s hurry-up world, it can be difficult to find the time. That’s where our selection of knitting looms and machines comes in. These nifty little gadgets help you produce hats, scarves, blankets, and even sweaters much more rapidly than you can with just needles. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best knitting machines and loom on Amazon.

10. Clover Standing Oval

From a well-respected name in crafts supplies, the Clover Standing Oval makes your knitting time easier thanks to its legs, which give you a base to work from. You’ll be able to effortlessly produce tubes of fabric and complete the short row stitches of heels and toes.
  • project ideas included
  • durable and well-made
  • won't stay in place on some surfaces
Brand Clover
Model 3178
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Addi-Express Professional

The Addi-Express Professional is so simple to operate that you’ll be making scarves, ponchos, and afghan panels with just the turn of a crank. It’ll produce circular items that range from four to six inches wide and flat fabrics of up to eight inches across.
  • works with many yarn thicknesses
  • includes replacement needles
  • occasional dropped stitch issues
Brand addi
Model 990-2
Weight 2.9 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. KB Rotating Double

With a revolving base and elevated ring feature, the KB Rotating Double lets you work quickly and efficiently without having to move much. All the parts snap together easily, making assembly a cinch so you can get busy creating.
  • well worth the money
  • fits comfortably in your lap
  • not recommended for socks
Brand Authentic Knitting Boar
Model KB
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

7. Creativity for Kids Quick

The Creativity for Kids Quick is designed to introduce children aged seven and up to the world of handcrafts. It's packaged with everything needed to get started, including three balls of yarn that equal 90 yards in total, and a double-sided spool loom.
  • could make an excellent gift
  • comes with decorative embellishments
  • not so great for large items
Brand Creativity for Kids
Model 1793000
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

6. KB All-n-One

With the KB All-n-One your creativity can run wild making baby items for friends, rugs for rooms or shawls to impress grandma with. It includes a hardwood base, is completely adjustable and has three space settings to suit your needs.
  • no experience needed
  • ideal for single and double knitting
  • instruction booklet is not very good
Brand Authentic Knitting Boar
Model KB6480
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Boye Round X-Large

You'll be able to produce your own style of fashionable hats, scarves and leg warmers with the Boye Round X-Large. This set contains an 11-1/2 inch loom and all the basics you need to get started making beautiful creations straight out of the box.
  • suitable for adult size items
  • budget-friendly option
  • tips are a bit fragile
Brand Boye
Model 1020001
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. KB Super Afghan

With the KB Super Afghan, you’ll be able to produce a blanket that’s up to five feet wide in only one piece — which means no annoying sewing or seaming. This S-shaped model comes with 198 pegs, but you can remove some if needed for smaller projects.
  • good for oversized shawls
  • smooth finish with no snagging
  • loom hook included
Brand Authentic Knitting Boar
Model KB8000
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

3. Addi-Express King Size

The Addi-Express King Size offers a total of 46 pins and the ability to create flat pieces of fabric with a 17 inch span. This machine is table-mounted with two screw hooks, which means extra stability that translates into better speed.
  • integrated digital row counter
  • includes lifetime guarantee
  • helps you produce gifts quickly
Brand addi
Model 890-2
Weight 4.8 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. KB Premium

The KB Premium includes purple, gray and orange rings in varying sizes, letting you produce hats for anyone, from infants to adults. They are excellent for achieving a tight weave and lightweight enough that you can carry them with you anywhere.
  • very easy to use
  • large gauge works with bulky yarn
  • instructional videos are online
Brand Authentic Knitting Boar
Model KB
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. D&D Professional

Helping stimulate your children's interest in a timeless skill in a contemporary way, the D&D Professional features an easy-turn crank handle to get youngsters throwing stitches in no time, developing hand-eye coordination and encouraging creative thinking.
  • 40 hard plastic needles
  • great for beginners
  • no batteries needed
Brand D&D
Model DS170503
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Fun Times Are Looming

Loom knitting is a type of handcrafting that relies on a piece of equipment with pegs to produce stitches, rather than the two needles used in hand knitting. In some cases, loom knitting is viewed as less useful than traditional hand knitting. For instance, it’s sometimes seen as something for kids to do. While it’s true that loom knitting can be a great craft for kids, there’s no reason it has to be an inferior activity. Loom knitters can make nearly as many types of objects as other knitters can, from small socks to large sweaters.

One benefit of loom knitting is that, if you don’t already know how to do it, you can probably learn in about 10 minutes; the basic operation is fairly simple. Essentially, you knit by creating two loops around a peg, then you use a loom hook to pull the bottom loop up and over the top one, dropping it off the peg. You don’t have to worry about holding the yarn, dropping stitches, losing an entire row of stitches, or many of the other problems hand knitters face.

With just this basic type of loom knitting, you can make flat pieces, such as afghans, scarves, dish cloths, mats, and even the pieces for a sweater. When you use a round loom, you can make circular pieces, including hats, socks, mittens, Christmas stockings, and sweaters you don’t have to seam. Loom designers put patterns and tutorials for these types of projects up on a handful of helpful websites.

When you’re ready for something fancier, you can try double knitting on a loom. Regular loom knitting is called single knitting, and it produces a fabric with a distinct right and wrong side. Double loom knitting produces a fabric with a double thickness that has two correct sides. Sometimes, double loom knitting is called rake knitting, and you can do it on most long looms or on rake looms designed specifically for that purpose.

What Kinds Of Looms Are There?

One thing new loom knitters might notice right away is that looms come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Most of these differences break down into two categories: gauge and type of project. Gauge refers to how tight or loose (small or large) the stitches and resulting fabric will be. On some looms, you can change this by using smaller or larger pegs placed closer or farther apart. Many looms have a set gauge.

Most looms have a range of projects for which they work best. Round looms, for example, help you make round pieces of fabric, like hats. Many of these come in sets of three or four so that you can make several sizes. There are also mechanical knitting looms, sometimes called knitting machines, that speed up this process. You can make flat pieces on these types of looms, too, although you might find the process fiddly.

Long looms are shaped like a ruler and, despite their name, they aren’t necessarily long. These help you make quick work of items such as scarves, and some let you produce double knitting. They often come in packs of various lengths, too, and might be referred to as rectangle looms.

Sock looms, as you can guess from the name, are designed specifically for footwear, although you could make accessories for the hands on them also. They usually have an adjustable center bar that lets you get the perfect fit and small pegs to accommodate thin sock yarn. Because of their size, however, they may not be the best choice for beginners.

Afghan looms let you create blankets and throws up to roughly 60 inches wide. They have an S-shaped design that accommodates this large width comfortably. Their design also makes the loom more portable, so you can work on your afghan on the couch, in the car, or anywhere else you want.

Each of these types of looms comes in various gauges, so, as you become more proficient at loom knitting, you’ll probably start to grow a collection of different sizes and types. You’ll also notice that some are easier to work with than others, depending on the type of yarn you like to use, how you hold your loom, and the size of your loom hook. And, if you become truly proficient at knitting on a loom or small knitting machine, you could take a step up to larger, computerized knitting machines. These are a bit more complex than traditional looms, but they offer the chance to make nearly anything you can think of, including fabrics with color patterns.

A Brief History Of The Knitting Loom

One way in which regular knitting and loom knitting dovetail is in the murkiness of their history. While historians have artifacts and fragments of information, the knitting community produces a lot of misinformation, speculation, and charming stories that simply aren’t true. Many agree that both of these types of knitting, as we know them today, settled into their current form sometime in the 16th century, although it’s possible that spool knitting, a precursor to loom knitting, was invented much earlier.

It’s also possible that knitting began in the Middle East, perhaps as early as 200 A.D. Part of the problem behind knowing with certainty is that artifacts from this time aren’t exactly plentiful, and many of the oldest examples don’t look like the knitting of today. Many artifacts were, in actuality, produced through nalbinding, which creates a similar fabric and is commonly assumed to be a precursor of knitting. Nalbinding is still practiced today.

One thing that is known with certainty, however, is that knitting was once mainly the providence of men. The knitting machine was invented by a man named William Lee; it was this invention that made knitting more of a hobby and less of a necessity. Knitting was then taken up by women and continues to be practiced by more women than men today, although plenty of men do knit. Some of the greatest contemporary designers, such as Kaffe Fassett, are male. So, if you’re a man who wants to pick up a knitting loom, you’re in good company.

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Last updated on May 05, 2018 by Misty Alder

Born and raised in the American Deep South, Misty's career in elder care took a sharp left turn when she was swept away to the land of Robinhood by her very own Merry Man. She's a coffee-swilling master of stitch-witchery with a magical touch in the kitchen and a never-ending stream of Disney gag reels playing in her head.

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