Using a special attachment that came with vintage Knit-Wit looms and the Wendy Multi-Needle you could make three different shapes with just one loom.
If you’d like to try this technique, keep an eye out on ebay for vintage Knit-Wit looms, especially those that come in a boxed kit. They often sell for less than the looms alone because they cost more to ship and it’s more likely that a loom kept in a box will still have the shape attachment with it.
|On the left is a Wendy Multi-needle loom and attachment. The attachment is used to make squares and diamond shapes on a round loom.
Knit-Wit also brought out a loom with an attachment and you can interchange the pieces between brands. I also have a Knit-Wit loom and have tried it.
|To use the attachment place the pegs into the holes on top of your loom
|To make a square, wind your loom, making the yarn go over the top of all the pegs on the attachment at each corner of the square before winding it around the spokes on your loom.
|Here’s how it will look from the top after winding your yarn around the loom once (my top peg has the yarn wound round twice).
|Stitch your centre and pop the motif off the loom. You will have a nice little square.
|You can also make diamonds with this attachment. Wind your yarn around the loom, passing the yarn across the top of two opposite pegs on the attachment before winding around the spoke on your loom, and around the other two pegs before winding around the spoke on your loom.
|Here’s how it should look from the top. On the top and bottom spokes I have wound the yarn around the pegs on the attachment, and on the right and left hand spokes I have passed it over the top of the pegs.
|Stitch your centre and pop the motif off the loom. You then have a little diamond! Diamonds keep their shape much better when they have an edging, or are joined to other diamonds.
Copyright Sarah Bradberry April 2007. All rights reserved.