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Introduction

We assemble peg-knitting looms suitable for beginners, arthritis sufferers and expert knitters. Experienced users can use a wide range of stitches and follow normal knitting patterns for most types of garments. The looms are very portable and stitches are rarely dropped when travelling, when knitting is suddenly interrupted, or when the looms are packed up in mid-row.

For a discussion about choosing your first loom click here

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CinDWood looms

Most of the Looms that we assemble are made by CinDWood crafts in the USA. We (Glyn-Coch Studios) are CinDWoods UK agents, and the quickest and cheapest way to acquire a CinDWood loom is to order from us. We keep a stock of the most common loom sizes, so you should not have to wait too long to own one of the best looms in the world! Both Glyn-Coch Studios, and CinDWood Crafts are small companies (with probably no more than a dozen people in our combined operation), so please be patient. If you order an out of stock item, there will obviously be a delay while we bring more components across the Atlantic, and assemble and pack the new loom. But be assured that once you order, our entire focus will be on getting your individual loom to you. You can find more information about CinDWood Crafts on their website Click here to Learn more about CinDWood looms , BUT please remember that the prices shown refer the local costs in the USA, while our prices will vary with tariffs and exchange rate changes. We will do our best to give you the best possible price. But until the Brexit negotiations have been completed it will be difficult to predict prices of new stock.

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General Information

2000 years ago knitting was a process of connecting knots, sometimes using single needles or simple frames, depending on locality. Most common primitive techniques involved linking separate pieces of thread, rather then the continuous yarn that we are used to now. It is believed that the use of two needles to knit continuous threads of wool was invented in Egypt, which adopted Christianity as early as 50AD. After persecution from the Roman Empire many Copts took to a monastic life in the deserts (partly in honour of the many martyrs), and inspired admiration by influential people throught Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is believed that Coptic Missionaries may have founded the Celtic Church, bringing not only a monastic form of Christianity, but also their knitting needles to Wales, long before St Augustine arrived at Canterbury. It is interesting to note that the "Joseph of Arimithea" who planted his hawthorn staff at Glastonbury, was using wood (also common in the Middle East) which could also be used for making knitting needles.

It is not known exactly when peg looms were developed. Some people claim that they predate needles and this may be true in areas where wood was more plentiful then in Egypt. However, the more wooded countries lack the conditions that allow the survival of archelogical evidence that pertain in dry deserts. What is certain is that about 400 years ago round peg looms were indeed used to make socks, seamless weatherproof jerseys, and other specialist items of clothing. These looms used wooden pegs, which, to be efficient, needed to be carefully made and continuously polished. However they were succesful enough to form the basis of some of the earliest forms of mechanical knitting machines.

The looms of 400 years ago also developed into the small "French Knitting Bobbins" "Knitting Dollies", "Knitting Nancies", or "Corkwork". Often these toys had nails instead of wooden pegs, and those of us who learnt to knit in the 1950s and 60s may have come across commercial versions like QuickKnit, with its curved stainless steel staples instead of nails. The gap between the legs of the staples made it much easier to lift the wool off the peg when making a stitch, then trying to pinch it off a nail. As my Grandmother said at the time, "Someone's brain is always working"!

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Modern Looms

10 peg round knitting loom starter kit

BUT now we have ultra smooth, snag proof, nylon pegs. Not only that but our pegs are specially shaped, so that it is almost impossible to drop a stitch, AND they have a groove in them, so that our special tools can slip in behind the wool without splitting it, as we are used to doing with French Knitting Dollies.

Modern peg knitting looms are easier and faster to knit on then needles, and are suitable both for small children and people with hand injuries or arthritis. Busy parents will appreciate the ability to drop the loom in mid row the moment a toddler demands attention, without any danger of losing a stitch! The looms can also be used in bouncing vehicles - or almost anywhere. While in Victorian times the itinerant loom sock maker was male, these modern looms can be used by all the family, and the smaller versions are popular with cool students who make socks for MP3 players and mobile phones, as a deterrent to muggers, who cannot see whether the gadget is worth risking prison for.

More ambitious knitters can test their skills with our NEW fine gauge looms with NEW STYLE narrow pegs. On these it should be possible to make the most ambitious projects with the finest stitching. To see some of the NEW fine gauge looms that we have for sale, see our "loom list page" which you can go to from here.

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Stitches

The basic peg loom stitch is called the "e-wrap" and is exactly the same as the French Knitting (Dolly, Corkwork, or Cotton reel) stitch that we all used as children. This is the stitch that is always used to get the wool on to the loom at the start of a project. To do an e-wrap (assuming , in this example, that you are using a round loom) all you do is wind the wool once round each peg all the way round the loom, and then continue round the loom a second time. You now have two loops of wool around each peg, and taking your tool you gently lift the bottom loop from the outside of the first peg, over the top of the upper loop and over the top of the peg, and release it into the middle of the loom. Continue all the way round the loom. For simple projects you then push the remaining loop down to the bottom of the peg and wind on a new upper loop onto each peg, and lift over as before. Continue, until your tube is long enough.

The simplest modifcation of this stitch is to wind on three loops onto each peg, and then lift the bottom loop over the upper two. This produces a neat, tight, double stitch for more weatherproof clothing. A similar affect can be achieved by using two balls of wool at the same time, so you get four loops on the pegs, and then lift two over two. By using two diferent coloured balls of wool you can get a much more colourful garment.

Serious knitters will want to know how to produce classic stitches, and the simplest is the purl stitch which can be produced by simply laying the wool flat against the outside of the peg, (instead of looping it as in the e-wrap) and then lifting the loop from the bottom of the peg over it in the normal way. It is said that using techniques like this all normal knitting patterns can be followed.

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Scarves and strips: Making garments that are not tubes

A sweater made from knitted strips

Using a round loom to make tubes all the time is rather limiting. But it is quite easy to use round looms to make larger garments than the diameter of the tube would suggest. To do this you use the loom to make strips, and then join the strips together, as you would to make a conventional jacket with a wide strip for the back and narrower strips for the front.

To use a round loom to make a strip, you start winding the wool on in the normal way. However, if you have, say a 40 peg loom, and you want to make a 39 stitch strip, simply stop when you have wound the wool onto 39 pegs. Then, instead of carrying on round the loom for a second row, you simply reverse and go the other way. You then knit the bottom loops over the top of the pegs as for a normal e-wrap, and continue knitting backwards and forwards over the 39 (or fewer) pegs instead of knitting round and round over the 40 pegs of the complete loom. You can shape your strip by casting off (or if you start with a narrow strip by casting on) stitches.

When you have finished your strip, you might think that it would make a good scarf. Until, that is, you turn it over and then you will find that it has a front and back, exacty as if it had been knitted on needles. This is why you may need a scarf loom.

Having said that the e-wrap is always used to start a project, this is not quite the case for scarf looms, which consist of two parallel lines of pegs with a narrow slot between them. In this case the basic e-wrap is modified by winding the wool in figures of eight between pegs on opposite sides of the slot. Go along to the opposite end of the loom, in this way, and then work back to the start, so that you have two loops on each peg. As with the normal e-wrap you just lift the bottom loop over the upper. The great advantage of using a scarf loom is that the material you make is exactly the same on both sides

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Sock Looms

20 peg round knitting loom in use

These tend to be smaller round looms with pegs closer together. For demonstration purposes we use a 29 peg loom with pegs set 1/2" apart. These make socks that are suitable for most teenagers and adults, but you can adjust the length of the sock to allow for different shoe sizes. Only babies or people with very large feet will require other sizes of loom. Toes can be shaped and heals turned and the tops can be doubled to avoid the necesity of using garters etc. Using thick wool such as our own Norfolk Horn Wool which is roughly Light Arran or Double Knitting, the looms make thick socks suitable for use as bed socks or even Wellington Boot socks. 4 ply wool makes everyday socks such as you would buy from the shops for normal use at work in schools, offices, business meetings or even to parties. Using 2 balls of 4 ply at the same time makes warmer socks for winter use, or where you want to make up for a half shoe size. And of course your socks can be any colour or pattern you wish - so you can make a statement, or fade into the background depending on your mood - and there will be no danger of losing them in the swimming pool or gymn!

To see some of the Round looms we have for sale see our "loom list page" which you can go to from here.

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Scarf Looms

Scarf loom

Scarf looms have a row of pegs on opposite sides of a slot. They are used to make strips of material that look the same from both sides and are particularly useful for making scarves, but they could also be used for making parts of garments that may be seen from both sides, for example the lapels of jackets, or wall hangings and so on.

To see some of the scarf looms we have for sale see our "loom list page" which you can go to from here.

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Combo Looms

Combination looms can make tubes, strips or scarves

Combo looms are rather like scarf looms, but have pegs around each end of the slot. They can be used both to make scarves or tubes, as on a round loom. However, in spite of their versatility they do have some shortcomings. Firstly they suffer from the same problem as scarf looms when you want to try to get very thick knitted wool through the slot. They are also more complicated for children, who may be tempted to go into scarf mode when they are trying to make a tube, and they are less stable for people with arthritis or hand injuries. Combo looms are ideal for experienced knitters to take on holiday, as they take less room in a suitcase and can be used for the unexpected range of projects that may come up after a holiday visit to a wool shop or woollen mill.

To see some of the Combo looms we have for sale see our "loom list page" which you can go to from here.

Adjustable Pegs for Combo Looms

Adjustable peg fitted to Combo Loom

We are developing a sliding peg to fit into the slot, so that a large combo loom can be used to make tubes of various sizes and so increase the versatility of these looms still further.

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Rake Looms

rake loom

Rake looms are the simplest and cheapest form of loom, having only a single row of pegs. You cannot make tubes or scarves with them. However, you can make strips with them, and these can be shaped by casting stitches off or on, and many projects are possible.

To see some of the Rake looms we have for sale see our "loom list page" which you can go to from here.

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Starter Kits

Starter kit with loom, tool, wool and instructions

We no longer produce starter kits, as standard, for the many types and sizes of loom that we now sell. However people new to loom knitting should remember that our old starter kits used to include

  1. the loom
  2. a loom tool
  3. instructions
  4. and enough wool to complete the project described in the instructions.

Please ask us about this when you order a loom for the first time

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Customer support

It is our intention that you enjoy using your looms, and will endeavour to give you all the advice you need. While we are fairly sure that these simple looms will give you many years of trouble free use, we would like to hear of any problems you may have, so that we can investigate and hopefully improve the product or its instructions, and get you knitting again as well. We have, in the past, published a video on this website that shows basic technique, and will extend this service if there is a demand.

If you need extra help to get started please do not hesitate to ask us. We may have instructions for other projects then those supplied with your loom. We would love to hear of your adventures with your looms, your disasters (surely not!) and successes. And please tell us of any shortcommings you find. Feedback is essential to improving or extending the range.

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Purchasing

To see our catalogue click here. Some items are available from our Etsy Shop, which you can also reach using the link at the bottom of the navigation panel. You can also phone, email or write to us (using details on the Footer of this page ) to tell us what you require. We will tell you the current cost of packaging and delivery to your address. Or you could collect direct from us.

For a discussion about choosing your first loom click here

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Terms and Conditions

  1. All goods supplied by us remain the property of Glyn-Coch Studios until paid for in full.
  2. We check each loom before it leaves our premises to ensure that as far as possible it will arrive with you in perfect condition and free from manufacturing faults..
  3. We believe that the materials used to make these looms are safe to use for their intended purpose.
  4. We cannot take responsibility for loss or damage once the parcel has left our premises and is in transit. (Though some postal services or couriers offer insurance. Please ask us about this when ordering.)
  5. We cannot take responsibility for damage to the loom or person caused by misuse of these products.
  6. The small tack used to anchor the end of the wool has a sharp point, and the tool used to manipulate the wool, though not sharp, could scratch or penetrate skin. Some parts are small enough to swallow. Therefore we strongly recommend that children or people with special needs are closely supervised when using our looms.
  7. We can take no responsibility for damage caused by the fibres (e.g. wool, cotton etc.) used to knit on these looms, and would recommend that you observe any warnings given by the fibre manufacturers
  8. Please consult your local authority before disposing of looms you no longer use, as special conditions may effect the recycling of the MDF base or Nylon pegs. Precautions may be advised before cutting or grinding MDF.
  9. We are based in the UK and understand our obligations under UK laws. We cannot be held responsible if foreign laws expect different standards, but if you are aware of a difference in your country, please let us know so that we can improve our future products or services.
  10. However, if you do experience problems when using the looms, please tell us so that we can advise you how you can get over the problems, and if appropriate modify future products.
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About price lists

An up to date illustrated price list (the main price list) is available here.

The prices in the table below illustrate the range of prices. The prices in brackets are based on selling price when those looms were sold. Displaying approximate prices in this way allows us to update the main price list without taking this page off line, or risking accidental errors creeping in. Our IT technology may improve later! Please check the main price list ,and e-mail or phone to confirm any details of price etc before you order.

Note that the uses listed for each loom are those that the loom described does best. We suggest that you buy a loom that is most suitable for your own most common project. You should be able to make both smaller and larger items then is suggested here. For example a 34 peg 3/4" gauge loom kit ("used for Adult hat, scarf, cushion cover, etc") , has in fact been used to make an adult skirt and jacket, and an adult dress, by sewing together strips (made on the loom) to make tubes that are larger than the loom.

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Table

Loom Looms used for: - Guide Prices
10 peg 1/2" gauge loom Loom for making thumbs for mittens (£6.50)
12 peg 5/8" gauge loom Baby booties, baby clothes etc (£7.00)
14 peg 3/4" gauge loom Baby booties, doll's dresses, egg cosies etc (£7.50)
15 peg 1/2" gauge loom Newborn booties,  etc (£8.50)
21 peg 1/2" gauge loom Baby slipper, socks, Barbie doll clothes, golf club covers (£15.50)
24 peg 3/4" gauge loom Newborn hats, adult socks etc (£17.50)
25 peg 1/2" gauge loom Child slippers, youth sock (£18.00)
29 peg 1/2" gauge loom Premature baby hats, youth/adults socks and slippers (£20.00)
33 peg 1/2" gauge loom Premature baby hat, large adult sock (£21.50)
36 peg 1/2" gauge loom Newborn hat etc (£23.00)
41 peg 1/2" gauge loom Baby hat etc (£23.50)
44 peg 1/2" gauge loom Child hat fits ages 3 to 7 approx, great for fine yarns (£24.00)
51 peg 1/2" gauge loom Child hat ages 7 to 12 etc. (£32.00)
55 peg 1/2" gauge loom Large youth hat etc (£33.00)
59 peg 1/2" gauge loom Adult sized hat, cushion covers, jumpers etc (£36.00)
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Scarf Looms Scarf Looms used for: - Price
6 inch loom 1/2" gauge 23 pegs 6" wide scarves (Knitting looks the same on both sides) (£16.50)
12 inch loom 1/2" gauge 46 pegs 12" wide scarves (Knitting looks the same on both sides) (£28.00)
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Combo Looms Combo Looms used for: - Price
6" combo loom 5/8"gauge 26 pegs 

6" wide scarf. Newborn hats, Barbie doll clothes

(£18.50)
6"combo loom 1/2" gauge 32 pegs 6" wide scarf. Premature baby hat. Large adult sock (£21.00)
9"combo loom 5/8" gauge 36 pegs 9" wide scarf. Newborn Hat etc (£23.00)
9"combo loom 1/2" gauge 44 pegs 9" wide scarf. Childs hat (age 3-7 approx) (£24.00)
12"combo loom 5/8" gauge 46 pegs 12"wide scarf. Adult hat. (£30.00)
12"combo loom 1/2" gauge 56 pegs 12" wide scarf, .Adult hat, Poncho etc (£35.00)
15"combo loom 1/2" gauge 64 pegs 12" wide scarf, jumper, poncho etc (£38.00)
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Rake Loom Rake Looms used for: - Price
Afgan Rake loom 1/2"gauge 19 pegs 

Quilt squares etc

(£14.00)
Books Description Price
Knitting Looms Project Manual (£5.50)
Tools Description Price
Pick (only supplied with  looms) For manipulating wool on looms. (Included in kits) (£3.00)
Adjustable Peg For Combo Looms TBA

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What

We are agents for CinDWood looms. CinDWood looms are The best hand knitting looms in the World.

Knitting looms

Used for jerseys & socks for 400 years. All who used knitting dollies, can learn to use these serious craft tools

Round Looms

For seamless tubes such as socks, bodies, sleeves, & also flat panels

Scarf looms

Used to make strips of cloth to be seen from both sides

Combo Loom

Combines virtues of round & scarf looms: compact & versatile.

Loom Price List

See our Loom price list by clicking here