The Martha Stewart single knit loom allows you to knit and purl alternate rows without having the project roll up like a scroll while you’re working. As always, check out her videos if you’re still puzzled after reading this article. The purl step in particular is hard to photograph all by yourself. Do not be upset if you have to try several times to get it right; getting the feel of a project into your hands is just as important as reading the instructions.
Locking down the loom pieces
You will only use one side of the loom for single knitting, but it’s easier to work with a complete loom setup. To keep the loom pieces from coming apart as you handle them, put one of the small grey pegs into each hole that joins two pieces. Wherever you slide one piece into another, peg down that hole. It took me some time working with the loom to get the hang of this – never be discouraged!
Set-up loom with partial project
For single knitting, use the big pink pegs, with the green for beginning and end contrast. Place the pegs in every other hole. I placed the pegs according to the instructions for making a neck scarf; place more if desired. This pattern calls for using two yarns for contrast; use medium weight yarns. This is how the project looks on the loom.
The knit stitch
Martha Stewart has a simpler knit stitch than other looms. After casting on, you do not wind around the whole peg. You place the working yarn in front of the peg, just above the existing loop. Use the knitting tool to lift the loop over the working yarn. This is also how you will cast off. Casting off is the same as in double knitting, without all the extra loops to deal with.
The purl stitch – step one
Place the working yarn over the front of the peg below the existing loop. Push the knitting tool through the existing loop, then outside the working yarn. Study the picture closely; at first, I thought the instructions were crazy! Watch Ms. Stewart’s video if you need to. After several loops, you’ll find the step comes naturally.
Second step of the purl stitch
Now you must depend on the grooves in the pegs; this cannot be done on a pegboard without grooves. Turn the knitting tool around in the groove so you catch the working yarn. Pull it through the existing loop. Yes, it works; I didn’t believe it, either. Then take this new loop in your hand and use it to pull off the existing loop. Put the new loop on the peg. This tricky step is where it is easy to lose a stitch. Go slowly and be careful.