Loom Knitting: Yarn Feeding Tool

Loom Knitting Yarn Feeder
Loom Knitting Yarn Feeder
Loom Knitting Yarn Feeder

The Yarn Feeding Tool for Loom Knitting is so basic that if it weren’t for the tool, you wouldn’t find me loom knitting.

I started loom knitting back in 2009 and coming from an engineering background, I thought there has to be an easier way to loom knit if I didn’t have to be so hands-on. I looked at the process and I thought, all I need to do is to get the yarn to be fed onto the tool in a consistent manner.

I thought to myself, what if I could just feed it into a tube-like thing and just draw on the yarn to the tool. At the time, I called it a Styler Pen. I don’t remember how I came up with the name of it. Hand-wrapping is for the birds.

The trick to finding the right tube is to look at the distance between the pegs and also look at the thickness of the yarn. Any spare pen is pretty easily adaptable to this process. It’s not rocket science, it’s practical.

I went on into 2010 and 2011 to pitch to the inventors of loom knitting the idea of a tube pen to draw on the yarn. I then lost interest as the crochet element of our business took off.

Today, you will find empty pens in some of the loom knitting package tools. I don’t officially take credit for this idea for them doing it, but I was part of the initial process way back in the day to simplify loom knitting so it wasn’t so hard on the hands and much, much faster.

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1 Comment

  1. Maggie

    Great idea! Useful as my hands age . . .also for some young folks with various disabilities who I have helped get started with simple look knitting.
    For them, I will probably wrap some part of the pen the pen with duct tape or other materials for padding & fatter grip. (Glad you pointed out the need to fit between the pegs, or surely my first efforts would have overlooked this😊)
    (Finding the right hooks for these folks can also be challenging. Would love to talk further with you about this)

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