Knitting a Flat Panel with Knifty Knitter Long or Round Looms
When I began loom knitting, I assumed that long looms were for flat panels and round looms were for tube, or circular knit. I was wrong. You can knit tubes on long looms. You can also knit flat panels on round looms. This page is about making flat panels on round looms, so I'll show you how it's done below.
Single Knit on a Knifty Knitter Loom
Also known as a flat panel of knit
When knitting a flat panel with the Knifty Knitter loom, you stop and reverse direction at each end of the loom. This is indicated by the red arrows in the photo. Each time you reach the red arrow, you stop and knit back across the loom from the direction in which you just came. The result is a flat panel with a single layer of knit.
Circular Knit on a Knifty Knitter Loom
Also known as tube knit, like a sock
I placed a photo of circular knit here, to show you another possible method of knitting on the long looms. To knit a tube, or circular knit, you go continuously around the loom in the same direction, never reversing. You spiral until the knit reaches the desired length.
Knitting a Flat Panel with a Knifty Knitter Round Loom
Because the finished knit is determined by the method of knitting, not the shape of the loom, it is possible to knit a flat panel on a round loom. Knit around the loom until you reach the stop point. Then reverse direction and knit back across to the other stop point, instead of spiraling around in the same direction. Do this repeatedly stopping and reverse directions at the stop points. This creates a flat panel knit on the round loom.
Knitting a Double Thickness Flat Panel on the Knifty Knitter Long Loom
There is one more method of knitting a flat panel on the Knifty Knitter looms. It can be done only on the long looms. It creates a flat panel of knit with a double thickness, such as a heavy blanket, or a scarf. It is created by wrapping the loom up and down using both top and bottom, then knitting off in a back and forth motion across the loom. The figure 8 stitch, ribbed stitch, and honeycomb stitch are all types of double flat panel knit.