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Quick & Easy Loom Knitting Set Paperback – 18 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association; Box Pck edition (18 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762108703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762108701
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 5.3 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,742,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kirsty on 20 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
just love this set plus it goes nicely with my ever growing collection of looms.

great book filled with patterns and how to loom knit. would be suitable for anyone at any age. Great set for beginners or experienced loomers.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Very nice starter package, nice mix of patterns 13 Dec. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Loom ... is listed in the front of the book as 54 pegs, but it is actually 46 pegs and one extra. It is a green loom of the same diameter as a green Knifty Knitter round loom, HOWEVER the gauge is smaller since the KK loom has far fewer pegs (36). The pegs themselves are still the large size.

The loom must be assembled. It comes in two halves with loose pegs; supposedly to make storage easy (also for some of the techniques). But the first time taking it back apart, I partially broke one of the tabs that holds it in a circle (the plastic is very stiff). I'll admit I was a bit heavy handed; I don't know if others will yank on it the way I did. That said, I really like this loom alot and will simply glue the circle together permanently. (It does still snap together, just not as tightly, so I'll glue it.)

The pegs I will leave as removable. They seem to stick in pretty well, and take a good pull and wiggle to remove. I will be careful not to stick them in too tightly because some of the techniques call for or would benefit by removing the pegs. It is not entirely necessary though, so glue them in if you prefer.

Because the pegs are removable, it makes it easier to increase and decrease, also for skipping pegs, making ladder stitches, cables, etc. I may worry about losing pegs, but I don't actually think it will be a problem if I take care not to wrap too tightly and just pay attention to what I am doing.

The Book ... teaches the flat knit stitch and the e-wrap stitch. It does not teach how to purl. I feel this severely limited the patterns and hinders a new loomer's progress. Again, that said, the patterns are very nice. The author makes good use of varying the stitches within a row, how to do a bit of basic colorwork, increasing, decreasing, double wrapped elongated stitch, faux ribbing, crochet joinings, short row heels (these are too holey), eyelets, and even a four stitch cable.

(Edited to add: Now that I have been able to read through each pattern, I must say that I learned quite a few new techniques despite lack of the purl stitch etc. There were a couple things I'd never seen in anywhere else. Bravo to the author. I am loving my book even more. And my (enclosed yarn) scarf is already started; how beautiful! And the loom is holding well even with no glue yet.)

The 30 projects themselves are quite a variety, though limited in sizing options. There seems to be at least one of every type of knitted item in clothing or crafts. I wish the book were larger, so more sizes of the clothing could be included, as I like them quite a bit. The yarns used show the projects to advantage (good photography too), and a generic description is listed for each yarn so you can substitute to your heart's content.

The Yarn ... included in the kit for a first project scarf is very beautiful. I've already thrown away the outer box, so if it said the fiber content, I've forgotten. It's not listed anywhere else. It appears to be a synthetic. There isn't much, but it is very soft, has black with gorgeous multi-colors, and a beautiful sheen. I'll definitely make the suggested scarf and keep it, but it would make a lovely gift too.

Because the included loom has a smaller gauge, you must make a gauge swatch to adapt the patterns to any other looms. But you expect to do that with any pattern, so I don't consider it a hindrance. Of course, the techniques and stitch patterns can be used in anything you design.

All in all a very worthwhile purchase for the loom, yarn, techniques learned, and 30 patterns. I recommend it for anyone looking for a nice project book or a small loom with removable pegs. Consider the yarn scarf as a good bonus. Good for someone entirely new to looming or anyone who collects looms or wants more projects or patterns. Also good for someone who wanting to learn new tips. (I qualify on all counts.) Oh, and it makes a nice gift set, as the boxed presentation is quite nice.

1 star off for no purl stitch and making the loom in two pieces.
4 stars for removable pegs, smaller gauge, great book, imaginative techniques and beautiful yarn and box.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Attention beginners, start somewhere else! 11 Feb. 2008
By An incurable homebody - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this set because I was tempted by the fact that it had everything in one -- loom, yarn, patterns, and instructions. And I found everything satisfactory, save for the instructions. I figured that because it was an all-in-one (wouldn't an intermediate or advanced loomer already have these materials?) it was targeting the beginner. Boy, was I wrong. It starts out covering a bit of the basics, then begins to assume all sorts of prior knowledge of loom knitting. If you're like me and know absolutely NOTHING about loom knitting, don't start out here! Or, if you purchase it for the materials and patterns (which are very nice, by the way), make sure you buy another (primer level) book in addition.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
'Best thing since sliced bread. 2 Feb. 2008
By Karen Bloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
These looms are fun and EASY! Anyone can learn the basics and have great results in a very short time. By short, I mean an hour or less. Due to R/A, I have limited use of my hands and find that this is of no consequence with these looms. I would recommend them to anyone, young or old, looking for a fun craft.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
knitting loom 26 Oct. 2009
By Elizabeth Stepanski - Published on Amazon.com
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The loom was fairly easy to aasemble and the instruction booklet is informative. Many fun and creative ideas can be found in the booklet. I liked it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Loom knitting Set 7 Aug. 2009
By A. K. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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First you have to insert the pegs and some of them stay loose, to fit this I use a dab of Elmers glue. I do like the spacing of the pegs, they are closer than the Knifty Knitter round looms. The one problem I found was the patterns: some of them have errors, if your a beginner this may cause confusion, but if you have been loom knitting as long as I have you can make adjustments.
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