Knitting Board FAQ's
What is a Knitting Board?
A Knitting Board, also referred to as a
long loom, knitting rake, or frame, is a hand knitting tool that
creates a double knit, a two sided fabric that is complete on both
sides. This is great when working with afghan or other items where
you want to see the design on both sides. No curling edges that need
What is double knit? Does it have
to be bulky?
The thickness of the fabric depends on
several options. First is the yarn that is being used, and then how
you set the spacers on the knitting board. It can also be very open
weave and cool, but it is 2 interlocked layers.
Does it take twice as much yarn as
It requires approximately 1.5 times the
yarn used to single knit the same item.
What size Knitting Board is best to
use? How do I choose?
If you are making scarves, small baby
items, home decor, the 10" Knitting Board is a great size. But if
you want to make sweaters, coats, shawls, hats, afghans or slippers,
the 18" or the 28" Knitting Board may be the best choice. If you
were mainly working on afghans in one piece, the 38" Knitting Board
would be great. However if you are just interested in making narrow
scarves and want a tighter knit, the Tadpole would work very well.
Can you create shapes on the board
or just straight pieces?
You can do most anything as far as
shaping your pieces as you would with needle knitting thru the
process of increase and decrease and a variety of stitch processes.
These are usually explained in the pattern.
What is the space measurement
3/8" between the Knitting Board
needles and 5/16" between the sock loom pegs.
What does it mean by "adjustable
The wood squares that separate your 2
boards have 3 different settings. Your board will arrive with the
smallest setting of 1/2". These wood spacers can be removed and
turned around to affect the other 2 settings creating a wider space
between the 2 boards. You will need to use the longer bolts that
came with your board for these wider settings.
Why is one side of my knitting tight
and other loose?
This is very easy to correct. When you
hook your stitches over, be sure to work from one end towards the
center of the knitting, and then switch to the other end and knit
towards the center. Be sure to loop over all the stitches. Do the
same thing to the other board. Be sure to vary the spot that you
change direction so that you do not create loose stitches in center.
The center does not need to be exact so vary it with each new row.
What is the best yarn for the
Many yarns and types work great on the
Knitting Board. But it is preferable to use a single ply or a yarn
where the plies do not separate easily. All weights will work and
create many different effects in the knitting. If you are not
following a pattern with the suggested yarn or a close match, you may
want to do a test swatch of your yarn to be sure you will get the
desired finished look for your knitting.
What can I make with the Sock Loom?
Of course you can make any size sock,
up to a men's large sock. Baby/preemie hats, and small little
tubular projects. But you can also single knit with the Sock Loom, as
you would with a circular loom. Wrap around the pegs twice and then
hook over. But don't continue all the way around loom. Simply knit
until the stitch before your first peg and then reverse your knitting
so that the first and the last peg are never attached.
What are the extenders used for?
The extenders are a fun way to use your
knitting board as a weaving loom. You simply remove the regular wood
spacers and insert the extenders and attach with wing nuts.
Instructions are available on this website under How-to section and
new patterns are being developed.
How do you make afghans wider than
the board that you are using?
Whenever you use your spacers at a
wider setting like 1" or 1-1/2", the 2 rows of pins will be
farther apart. This means that your stitches will be wider and
larger. This can create a more open weave knit or if done with a
thick yarn, it will create a wider piece of knit as it comes out of
the knitting board.
What is the purpose of the needle
They can be placed over the needles of
the knitting board. This is especially important when you are
working on a project and need to set it aside. The cover will
prevent the knitting from getting hung up on the needles and
Can you use yarn other than what is
suggested in a pattern?
Yes, but different weights and textures
will change the look and size of the knitting. Try to choose a yarn
of similar loftiness and thickness. If in doubt, do a test swatch.
Can I learn to do various stitches
like cables and rib?
You can do many stitches on the board
and they are demonstrated on the How-to section of this site, and
also on the DVDs and Basic Knitting Board Book.
Can I use your Patterns on other
Knitting Boards or looms?
The spacing is important in patterns.
If the spacing between the pins and the boards is the same then the
pattern will work on your other loom. Also be sure that the loom has
the needed amount of pins to complete the project.
What about other sock loom patterns?
There are many great sources for
patterns available. Patterns are usually written for specific looms
and there are many differences in looms created by the various
manufacturers. You want to check the spacing between the pegs and
the spacing of the pegs to the edge of the loom. If these
measurements are equal and there are enough pegs to complete your
sock, then the patterns can be used on your sock loom.
Can I use the patterns that I have
from my needle knitting, and can they be converted to the knitting
Yes, you can. This subject has been
covered very well in our discussion groups and that would be a
wonderful source of direction for you. But basically, you will use
the needle pattern for the shape of the piece and the style. You
will want to use stitches and techniques learned for the knitting
board. So, you may want to be very familiar with patterns
terminology of needle knitting as well as fairly experience with your
How wide can I make a knitted piece
on the Knitting Board?
The width is determined by the
adjustable spacer and the type of yarn you are using. If you open up
the spacer to 1" on your Knitting Board and use stretchy yarn you
can get a piece much wider than the loom you are working with. For
example on the 28" Knitting Board you can get a piece 45" wide by
opening up the loom to 1" spacing.
Do you ship to other countries? Do
you have distributors in those countries or do I need to order at
We do ship to all countries, but as we
develop our international distribution chain, we hope that you will
utilize them. In this way, you can save a lot of shipping cost,
taxes, and duty to get your purchases to your location. A list will
be available soon. You can also contact us for the name and contact
info of these distribution centers.
Why don't you have discount
We do from time to time, but not
ongoing. When a special promotion or coupon or contest is being
offered, we will contact our customers by email and also announce
this in our blog on this site. Be sure we have your correct email
What is your return policy? What
if I have a problem with something that was ordered?
We have a very liberal return policy.
If you receive your item and after giving it a good effort, find that
it does not work for you, just return it. Be sure it is sent well
protected and enclose your purchase info. Like name and address and
where purchased. You will receive the purchase price less the cost
If you receive the wrong item or your
item is damaged, just let us know. We will gladly replace with
correct item and send you postage for the return. If you just want
to return it, you will get full purchase price plus your shipping
If you receive your order and decide
you should have ordered something different, you can return the
merchandise, in new condition. You will pay the return postage, and
we will give your credit towards the new item.
Do you guarantee your products?
We stand behind them 100%. See the
return policy above.
Do you have a customer service phone
number if I have a question about a pattern or how to use my
We have a great discussion groups that
have a wealth of information offered by Knitting Board knitters, loom
knitters, sock loom knitters from all over the world. You will love
all the help with products and patterns that you can gain from these
Join the discussion group at Yahoo
Groups and go to Knittingboards. You can upload your photos
of your knitting projects and brag a bit and ask questions, and see
what everyone else is working on. Lots of great knitters there! If
you still have a question about an order, or idea to share, just send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.