Learn to knit a loopy fabric with our expert how-to guide.

Knitted loops give projects a lovely depth and rich texture. We show you the very best way to do loop knitting in this simple step-by-step guide.

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Loop knitting is the perfect way to get volume and texture into your work without using a complicated method. It’s easy to work these loops into an existing pattern with our few easy steps.

Be inventive with your loops and use them to make toys or baby clothes. A child’s gillet made in a loop knit will be soft and cosy and toys look great with the added texture. Give everything from sheep to hedgehogs’ fur or ‘spines’ with this bubble effect.

woman's weekly knitted sheep pattern

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You’ll need quite a lot of yarn to get enough volume into this stitch, so just keep that in mind when you’re buying you supplies!

Once you’ve made something with this technique then don’t forget to send us a picture. We love to see what you’ve been up to, so much so in fact that we’ve made this handy form. All you do is upload a picture and tell us a little bit about your make. We ready every one and sometimes share them on our Facebook or website, so keep your eyes peeled!

How To Knit: Loop knitting step-by-step

When you do get around to knitting loopy bits on a pattern, take care, they can be tricky. Let us take you through the ‘loop1’ stitch, step-by-step.

1. Put your right-hand needle knitwise through your next stitch.

2. Wrap your yarn around your right-hand needle and around your left hand index finger at the same time.

3. Repeat step 2.

4. Wrap another loop of yarn around just the right-hand needle.

5. Bring all three loops back through the stitch on the left-hand needle.

6. Knock off the worked stitch from left hand needle.

7. Transfer the three loops you’ve just made back onto the left-hand needle, and knit the three loops together.

Sheep knitting pattern from Woman's Weekly Archives

This sheep pattern is completely free!


Download your free sheep knitting pattern which uses the loop knitting technique.