Both ankle bracelets and arm bracelets are easily made using a four peg knitting loom. These looms are available to purchase at hobby and craft stores along with some department stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. The four peg knitting loom is a plastic version of a wooden sewing spool with four nails placed in the top. This was called ‘spool knitting’ for many individuals who remember the process from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
A four peg knitting loom creates a tube of knitting that is easily sewn or tied together to wear as an arm or ankle bracelet. The addition of beads on the yarn, string or thread adds a visual appearance that enhances each bracelet. Types of yarn that work for a bracelet made on a four peg knitting loom include 4-ply, 3-ply and 2-ply yarn, embroidery floss and knitting cotton.
4-peg knitting loom
Size E/4-3.50mm crochet hook
1 bag – 4 or 5mm beads
Step 1: Thread 80 to 100 beads on the end of the knitting cotton. Pull the end of the yarn from the skein. Add the beads to the string and push them up the thread approximately 18-inches.
Step 2: Cast on the beginning row on the 4-peg knitting loom. The cast on process involves wrapping the yarn loosely around the outside of the loom. Hold on to the yarn where it intersects. Remove the yarn from the loom and fold it down the length of the string. Fold it a second time. This is where the cast on process begins.
Step 3: Wrap the mark on the yarn and towards the tail around your non-dominant thumb. Place the first peg of the loom through the loop. Place the yarn still connected to the skein over the front of the first peg. Pull the loop over the top of the yarn.
Step 4: Wrap the tail of the yarn around your thumb. Place the second peg of the loom through the loop. Place the yarn still connected to the skein over the front of the first peg. Pull the loop over the top of the yarn. Repeat two more times.
Step 5: Begin knitting. Lay the yarn connected to the skein over the front of the next peg. Use the crochet hook and slide it down the groove in the peg and under the loop. Pull the loop over the yarn laying on the front of the peg. Continue this process until the tube of yarn coming from the bottom of the loom is long enough to tie or sew together as an arm or ankle bracelet.
Step 6: Addition of beads. Throughout the knitting process, the beads are slid into place. Suggested pattern. Do four complete rows of knitting around the loom before adding the first bead. Complete the last stitch of the fourth row. Slide the bead up the yarn and place it between the two pegs. Complete the next two stitches. Slide a bead up the yarn between the two pegs. Complete the next three stitches. Slide a bead between the pegs. Complete the next two stitches. Slide a bead into place. Complete the next three stitches. Repeat one more time then do two complete rows of knitting. This will give three rows of alternating beads and two rows in-between. Repeat the process until the bracelet is complete.
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