Beginner’s Loom Knit Cowl

Have you eyed the autumn scarves and cowls but thought yarn was too intimidating to work with? I have never picked up a knitting needle or crochet hook in my life, but I thought I’d test out an easy and new-to-me technique, and try loom-knitting a cowl for the cooler weather on the way this fall.

Beginners Loom Knit CowlI’m happy to report that my first try was a success, and I’m excited to share it with you today!  If you are an experienced yarnie, you will probably find it humorous that I’m finally attempting what can easily qualify as a kids’ project, but if you are like me and have never worked with yarn, then this is a great project to start out with.  You can easily make a cowl for yourself in an evening, even if you have never knitted or crocheted!

Supplies needed to make your own loom knit cowl:

Beginners Loom Knit CowlI used the largest (pink) ring in the set because it fit easily over my head.  (If you are making a child-sized cowl, you can use the next smaller ring.)  These knitters also come with instructions for making a loom-knit hat, so you could certainly make a matching accessory!

Start at the peg on the side.  You may find it helpful to wrap your yarn end around the side peg to secure it while you get started.  Loop your yarn around each peg, making your way around the ring.  Don’t get your loops too tight, or they will be difficult to work with when you begin to weave.  I worked in a clockwise direction through my project, but you can work in either direction you prefer – you will just need to stay consistent through the end.

Beginners Loom Knit CowlOnce you complete one ring, you will need to wrap a second row before you can begin to weave.  You will always be working with two rows at a time.

Beginners Loom Knit CowlNow, you can begin weaving!  From the outside of the ring, take the bottom loop, and pass it over the top loop and over the peg itself, into the center of the ring.  It’s easiest if you use the weaving tool included with the set, though you could also use a crochet hook or even your fingers.

Beginners Loom Knit CowlOnce you work your way all the way around the ring, you have completed your first row of knitting!  Loop your yarn around the pegs just as you did in the previous step, and each time you complete a row, weave it just as before, passing the bottom row over the pegs.

I knitted 30 rows for this cowl, and I used less than half a skein of yarn.  I would recommend a minimum of 30 rows, though for a chunkier-looking cowl, you could easily knit double that number.

To finish your cowl when you are done knitting, unwind a length of yarn that will fit all the way around the loom with a couple of inches to spare.

Beginners Loom Knit CowlCut it off, and thread it onto the plastic needle in the kit. Beginning at the peg that marks your rows, pass the needle through the loop remaining on the peg.  When you have passed the yarn through, you can slip that loop off the peg.  Do this for each loop, until you have closed them all off.  It’s easy to make this final loop too tight, so stretch your cowl to be sure the rows are uniform.  Then, tie a knot (I didn’t use any special knot – just a standard double knot) to secure the end, and trim off the excess.  Do the same thing for the beginning row to get rid of that excess “tail.”

Beginners Loom Knit CowlAt this point – you will have a beautiful completed cowl!  Mine took me about 2 hours from start to finish – which included getting the hang of the technique.  So even a true beginner can complete this in an afternoon or an evening!

Beginners Loom Knit CowlCowls look great under fall jackets, or even on their own with a nice sweater.  It’s such a functional accessory for cool weather!

Beginners Loom Knit CowlDid you loom knit as a kid?  Is this a technique you would use for fall accessories?

About Adrianne

Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she's the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).


    • says

      Hi Terry –

      This is one of my first yarn projects ever, so I don’t have a specific answer for you. However, an estimate – it’s close to a yard for each row of loops you make, and you can knit as many rows as you like for thickness. I did 30 rows, so a rough estimate would be 30 yards. If your skeins are larger or smaller, you can make a thicker or thinner cowl.

  1. LR says

    Thanks for the clear instructions! I googled many different key phrases jsut to try and fine one easy beginners clearly written project- and FINALLY there was yours! I plan to do this project with my five year old granddaughter. So looking forward to some peaceful quality time with her. Thank you!

  2. JaneEllen says

    Me again. It’s getting colder and I’m thinking a nice cowl would be great with my sweaters or shirts. Haven’t gotten loom out yet but sure going to. I love how this looks and if I get stuck I have your awesome tutorial to refer back to, thank heavens. I haven’t done any loom knitting for while so hope my old brain will crank up, get me going again.
    We might have snow on Tuesday, temps only 40’s for highs and 20’s for night lows so that will get me going. Having the yarn on my lap keeps me warm and busy. I need to give up eating juju fish and fruit slices, hopefully keeping my hands busy will help with that addiction to sugar. With holidays coming up I have to really watch so I don’t gain back all the weight I’ve kept off for 2 yrs. now. Happy weekend

  3. Patricia Routt says

    When I was a little girl, an elderly lady showed me how to make a loom using an empty wooden spool of thread nails an of course any kind of yarn you want to use. It was so simple it works the same way your loom works, That year I made so many pot holders for my mom and eventually I made some rugs, I even made a Christmas rug.

  4. JaneEllen says

    I have those looms and the straight ones also. Have made many a scarf and given away to anybody that would take it, lol. I started a hat on one of round ones couple years ago or so but never got back to It.
    Love your cowl, great tutorial, I’ll have to try one or ? this winter. Usually I do most of my loom knitting during the winter. It keeps my hands busy and big butt out of the kitchen, cookie jar. I’ll tell myself just one more row and before I know it the urge to snack has passed for while anyway.
    Used to crochet but due to nerve damage in right arm from an accident and arthritis in left hand/arm I had to give up crocheting. At least I can loom knit for while til hands get numb. Getting old is not for the faint hearted. I’ll look forward to getting all my loom knitting paraphenalia out to see if I remember how. If not I’ll take a look at your tutorial again. Looking forward to making a cowl. Happy week

  5. tink davenport says

    I can’t wait to try this. I love the cowl scarves. Have seen these looms in the store but still intimated me. So…. with your easy instructions, I’m gonna give it a try.

  6. says

    Can you suggest any good loom books or websites? I have bought a ton of looms on clearance but still sitting there wondering which books would be great for instructions and patterns?

  7. says

    I love this post – it is very informative and detailed. Cowls are so addictive to make! I’d like to try this loom set to also make hats. Thanks for a nice post!

  8. says

    I love making and giving cowls! Your instructions using this loom are very informative and complete. I would love to get this loom set, to make accompanying hats, too. Thanks for a creative post.


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