About Denise


Site author Denise Layman has been loom knitting for about 10 years now. She is the author of Learn to Knit on Circle LoomsHow to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms, Afghans & Bed Runners for Knitting Looms and Knit Caps on Circle Looms: 10 Toppers for the Whole Family  published by Annie’s. She also has an online class on loom knitting, that is also available on DVD called Learn to Make Hats & Cowls on the Knitting Loom. She was the co-editor of Loom Knitters Circle, the only online magazine for loom knitters. Denise has a BS in Early Childhood Education, and has used that degree to home school her 4 children.

Denise is available to teach classes on loom knitting, locally and at other events so long as you cover travel expenses, feed her and give her a place to crash. She also looks forward to creating some online tutoring and class opportunities in the future.

How it all started!!

There are so many twists and turns that brought me to where I am now. Fifteen years ago when I left my job as a technical support representative at DRB Systems Inc., I wasn’t even knitting let alone blogging or writing about it. The only thing on my mind was making the transition from working mom to stay at home mom. Then my husband gave me a little mad money, and my love of learning kicked in and I went out and found some thing new to learn about.. loom knitting. The rest is history, once I picked up a loom I was hooked, I started looming and then since there weren’t really any resources out there at the time I started designing my own patterns.I decided to start this blog to document my efforts and discoveries in loom knitting, as there weren’t any loom knitting blogs out there. I wanted to reach out to the loom knitting community and the needle knitting community and show them just what loom knitting was about.

Since I started this blog the loom knitting community has grown by leaps and bounds and has embraced blogging, and so many loomers are now blogging as well. This site has also grown a bit, and I plan to keep growing and changing to meet the needs of the loom knitting community better.

You all have been an inspiration to me. I can’t go a day without seeing a loom knitter come up with something new, some new technique or design that is intriguing. I love your comments and encouraging notes that you send, your input is just as important to me as anything else!

You continue to surprise, delight and challenge me as I work continuously to grow and expand the content of this site as well as the number of readers who enjoy what I write.

You all keep me on my toes, and I sure hope I am up to the challenge! In any case it sure is fun keeping up, and catching up with you all!





20 thoughts on “About Denise

  1. hi denise. love to find a way to get in touch with u. i try to do the vintage wrap that u sign for the pattern. the stitch came out so beautiful, but the wrap is uneven. when i began to decrease, it forms like a V, and came out narrower than the other side (about 4-5 inches) and the long of the work is shorter, too. did u have and idea what do i did wrong?? i’m kind of beginner in loom knitting. thanks for ur att and patience.

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  5. Denise, in a post a few years ago, you mention a class with a pattern called “The Sweater that Knits Itself.” Is it an ornament? If so, my family is looking for that pattern. Do you still have it?

  6. Hi Denise! I have purchased your book Afghans and Bed Runners. Can you use the 28in knitting board instead of the AIO loom?

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  10. Denise – I saw a circle loom pattern book of yours on Amazon just a few days ago and now I cannot find this specific book anywhere. I’m hoping you can help me locate the book for puchase. It is “How to Knit Fashionable Scarves on Circle Looms”…not the recent publication version but rather but it is the one published 9/1/11 that I am looking for. This particular book had a very pretty beaded scarf on the cover. Can you help me?

  11. Hi Denise. I live in the UK & recently bought your book Afghans & Bed Runners to learn to loom knit but I’m really struggling with your instructions for the patterns. I’ve never knitted before so have no idea what the various abbreviations mean. I’ve practiced the stitches, though some of the instructions, even with pictures, aren’t clear to me. Are there any videos showing all the stitches in practise and, more importantly, is there any way I can get clarity on your pattern instructions? I’ve been trying to start the 1st sampler for the last 2 weeks but just don’t get it.

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  13. Hi Denise, I’m new to loom knitting and have been working your beautiful Diamond Baby Blanket. I’m on my third try as I’ve not been happy with the results. I would appreciate some advice. The pattern called for fingering weight yarn. Do I use a single or double strand of yarn for each stitch? Do I skip the first stitch of the pattern on each row? Are the knit stitches e-wrapped? Lastly, I’m getting confused with the stitch changes. On the loom, how can I indicate the pattern stitch changes?
    Thank you!

  14. Can you tell me the brand of loom you used on the dancing grannies hat?

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  16. I am having trouble with the sock pattern in the book learn to knit on Circle Looms row 11 on heel rap pics 3 to 10 and it off being sure to lift the two bottom lips over from the pigs that have three loops now my string is on the right side and there is no going back to Peg one the next row says Rapids to 11 and it off but my yarn is stuck on pigden I was wondering if you had a reprint of this pattern

  17. Hello Denise,
    Help!!! I as a loom knitter I am a beginner. I am working on your Harvest Lace Shawl pattern from KB Looms. I have completed the first section of the shawl, but I do not know where to start the second section from reading your pattern…after 94 pegs in use now with the first section done.. ( the loom is set up with 106 pegs as suggested) how do I start and where do I create this second section on my loom?
    My loom work is sitting here idle until I hear from you how to proceed. The shawl looks to be beautiful and I am excited to complete it. Hope to hear from you very soon.

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