Loom Knitting Stripes

Since, I work with so many fibers that unfortunately do not come gradient or variegated yet I have to add color work in other ways. Several years ago, I added stripes to some of my pieces; it  wasn't until recently when I released the pattern that I found out this wasn’t a common technique with loom knitters. Even seeing on social media some trying not just horizontal but vertical as well. This inspired me to start a color series on the blog each week. I will feature a new technique with a tutorial in always my hopes to inspire others! 

Horizontal Stripes 

The easiest form of color knitting as no yarn is being carried across your loom. Your working yarn will run up the side edge of your project. It does mean lots of weaving ends once you are finished. 


Four Types of Horizontal Stripes:

  1. 4 rows =  2 rows knit with color 1 & 2 rows purl with color 2
  2. 4 rows =  Row 1 Stockinette with color 1 & 2 rows Garter with color 2
  3. 4 rows = all Stockinette alternating rows with color 1 & color 2
  4. 4 rows = all Garter alternating rows with color 1 & color 2


Horizontal Stripes are worked back and forth normally over an even number of rows in each stripe. If you have a pattern that calls for an odd number of stripe rows, knit one extra row with your new color this will avoid a broken line. 

Vertical Stripes

Here you will be carrying both colors across the back of your pegs. In working vertical stripes you are alternating colors with pegs instead of rows. As you change color per peg you want to twist (like a pretzel or a bread tie) yarn around each other to avoid any holes. 


  1. Peg 1 color 1 and Peg 2 color 2 all the way across the loom repeating the same sequence.
  2. Corrugated Ribbing
  3. Is a rib made of vertical stripes using the purl stitch. It doesn’t give the same effect as solid color ribbing and it should be made slightly wider to make up for the lack of stretch it will have. 

    This works best when knitted in K1, P1 or K2, P2. 

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