Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Knifty Knitter Looms vs the Boye Looms

A few years ago, Wal-mart carried the Knifty Knitter looms manufactured by Provo Craft. Recently, Wal-mart began carrying looms that said "Knifty Knitter" on the front, but they were manufactured by Boye. Later, the boxes of Boye looms dropped the brand name "Knifty Knitter."

See for yourself:

The original Provo Craft Knifty Knitter round looms:

The Boye Knifty Knitter round looms:

For a short time the Boye box said, "Knifty Knitter," but it no longer does. I bought a set of the Boye round looms now sold at my local Wal-Mart, so that I could compare them to my Provo Craft looms that I bought a few years ago at the same Wal-Mart. Each round loom set comes with 4 looms. The size of the looms in each set is almost identical within 1/8 of an inch.

Because the looms are almost identical in size, and the pegs of only the medium and XL looms vary by 1 peg, they can be used interchangeably in patterns. Check it out:

Provo Craft Boye
Small Blue – 24 pegs Green – 24 pegs
Medium Red – 31 pegs Blue – 30 pegs
Large Green – 36 pegs Orange – 36 pegs
Extra Large Yellow – 41 pegs Pink – 40 pegs


  1. Thank you for writing this blog. I am trying to get started loom knitting, and you are such a great resource!

  2. You are welcome Emarci! I'm glad you are enjoying it!

  3. IMHO, the Boye looms are not as sturdy as the Knifty Knitter.

    1. I've heard the same from other people. The only ones I've been able to find locally are the Boye ones so I'm very interested in the Knifty Knitter ones, maybe one day I will be able to find one and see the difference :-)

  4. Boye looms pale in comparison to Knifty Knitter. The vertical grooves along the peg too narrow to be of any real use and in addition there is another groove around the peg. In theory this could be useful, but in practice all it does is catch the yarn and hold in in place when you don't want it to, necessitating a wrestling match not likely healthy for your wrist, and liable to pull the pegs out or break them causing unnecessary aggravation.
    For your personal sanity, do not use Boye over Knifty Knitter if given the option.


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