#68 Knitter's Looms

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When people think they might be interested in weaving… how to they get started? 

If you don't live near a teaching studio, paying  $1,200 bucks for even a small floor loom just to see if you're interested  is generally out of the question. (Sometimes a  used floor loom can be found thru Google for less.)

So… Almost all loom manufacturers have brought out a "knitter's" loom. (Google "Knitter's Loom") 
These looms are limited in what fabric patterns they can turn out, but many can let you get the hang of weaving for less than $150, paying for themselves after just making three designer-grade scarves.

Further. these looms  are light-weight to carry around, and in use, can generally can be hooked on the edge of a table, while resting on your lap.

Schacht's   Cricket  loom is shown above. The loom comes in 10 inch width and 15 inch width. The 10 inch is shown.

Like all knitter's looms, this one is called a "rigid heddle" loom, where the beater is also the way that the yarn  is fed thru holes and slots (heddles) to allow a weft thread (illustrated with the pink yarn)  to be passed between every-other warp thread in a opening called the shed.

More expensive looms have the heddles separated from the beater, allowing many more patterns to be made. If you are interested in starting out with a modest investment, try a knitter's loom.

And there are great instructional materials available from Interweave, and two classic books you'll like are: The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving, by Rowena Hart and Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN, where the temp dropped overnite and it's 46 degrees, sprinkling and windy. Cozy inside tho!

© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013