I’m comparing two small gauge looms for knitting socks.
In the left corner:
The Bufanda (“Spanish loom”) smallest loom, originally with 22 pegs, added pegs to make it 44)
This loom is great. Except for putting the extra pegs in. I could get them in part ways with my hand and then had to (literally) hammer the fucking pegs in. The extra pegs are the pink ones, the Bufanda knitting loom kit (which is super) comes with a bag of extra pegs, allowing for customizable looms. I love this feature! I hate the Martha Stewart knitting loom set, its so cheap, but these looms, which cost no more than a set of Knifty Knitters (for 4, the same size, in better colours, with the extra pegs) plus shipping (that got me a bit – shipping to Canada is EXPENSIVE, but worth it) are great.
Other than nearly breaking my thumb hammering the fucking pegs in, it took a hammer and all my 105lbs to get the pegs in, and a lot of time, I much prefer this for socks. I’m using the knitting tool shown in the pic, your standard Knifty Knitter tool. I can’t find my CinDwood one, or I’d use that, because its much narrower at the end. I also lost most of my knitting tools, and need to buy some more. (My favourite is the Knifty Knitter tool, but mine is getting old and bendy, more about that later)
It’s much easier to wrap these pegs than with the Knifty Knitter sock loom. I don’t use a tool (empty pen or straw), just my skinny fingers. I have long, thin, fingers, which helps in knitting on the loom. Wrapping the pegs: Easy. Knitting – (flat knit or e-wrap knit) Easy. Purling – A little harder, but thats because I REALLY need a new tool, but easier than on the KK sock loom. It doesn’t bend my tool when I purl, and I’m wrapping around a medium tightness. Not too loose, not too tight. Getting the wool over the pegs is easy, and they don’t slip much, the ridges at the top stop that.
Overall: The better of the two. Much cheaper, customizable, and you can get it here, at the Bufanda store. Depending on where you live, the entire set of 4 looms with the extra pegs (and knitting tool) may cost LESS than the KK Sock Loom. Also, because every other peg is a different colour, it makes the seed and rib stitch really easy to keep track off. Purl on pink, knit on blue, for example.
This thing is complicated. I set it up for my size, and measured with my foot through it. It took me forever to screw the thing back together, with a lot of cursing and chasing my cats around to get the parts back. Interesting idea, sucks in execution. It’s complicated, it’s annoying, and it takes a lot of co-ordination to get together, and pair that with a lack of patience: This thing is getting thrown across the room.
Now, knitting on it isn’t much better. See how tiny those pegs are? Well, the top is circular, and you have to wrap fairly loosely, or you will not get a single loop over after you cast on. I cast on at medium looseness, I don’t knit terribly tight, and it turns out fine, and I had major issues and it bent my knitting tool trying to purl. Now try to get the tool (the one I use is the same one that came with it!) under the pegs, the divots are useless and it takes a few attempts. Granted, I’m not used to it, but the metal on metal is slippery and is a royal pain in the ass. Yes, the metal is less likely to break, but it doesn’t give at all, and can cause some frustration. I prefer the use of rubber pegs, like with Cindwood. They have good grip, don’t slip, but let you easily knit.
Knitting (e-wrap or flat): Hard. It results in both loops going over half the time and having to re-wrap and re-knit. I couldn’t even get much done. I tried a tiny crochet hook instead of the knitting tool, and it didn’t fit. Purling – Damn near impossible. Getting the tool under the yarn on the peg was a joke. The thing is too small. I could form the loop and get it over the peg more easily than on a knit stitch, and dropped less stitches. It took ages. I got fed up and put this thing back in my chest to never touch again.
Conclusion: This thing is expensive, even on eBay. I got mine for $7 when it was on for half price and I had a 40% off coupon. It’s more expensive than entire set of looms. It’s up there with the All ‘n One Loom which I own, but lost half the parts to, so only use for small gauge straight stuff.. Anywoo… It’s frustrating to put together, but doesn’t require the physical strength of putting extra pegs in the Bufanda loom. It’s customizable a bit, but only to the size of your foot. The Bufanda loom, well, its only one size, a drawback, but with socks, its more forgivable. That is probably the only positive to this thing, it can be adjusted to foot size. It’s hard to use, and its hard to loop yarn over. It seems to only allow very thing yarn, huge drawback.
The winner is..
I’d rather have a one-size loom that I can knit about the same gauge in than the frustration of this sock loom. It’s a good idea in theory, but makes me so angry. I’ve used a lot of looms, and the sock loom is the most frustrating.