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Loop Yarns Product Review and FREE Blanket Pattern [Knitflix Throw]

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Catch up on the latest binge-worthy series while staying super cozy under the new Knitflix Throw, a chunky blanket with a twist!

Have you been curious about the latest loop yarns that are hitting craft store shelves this season? I had a chance to try two of them – Big Twist’s Loopity Loops and Bernat Alize’s Blanket E-Z, both available at JOANN Stores. Are they worth the hype? Maybe. Are they really as easy to use as everyone says? Definitely. Will I really want to get rid of my needles and hooks? Hold on one second! I’ll answer all these questions and more, along with a tutorial and free pattern so you can try these yarns yourself.

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Right around this time every year, new yarns make their way into my local crafts stores and onto the sites of my favorite yarn companies. last year, we saw the introduction of gradient cakes, super saturated solids, and all-in-one skeins. Fall 2018 looks to be all about texture and ease.Β Lately, I’ve seen lots of super chunky blanket yarns and yarns that mimic velvet or velour. Another popular novelty yarn hitting the shelves are loop yarns, marketed toward hobbyist, kids, and beginners who want to get the look and experience of knitting without the hassle of pesky needles.

If you’ve set foot in JOANN store recently, I’m sure you’ve seen these yarns. They rolled out slowly in August and September, but now they’re everywhere. In short, the length of yarn is made from continuous loops. You can push these loops through each other to make a fabric that looks and acts similar to knitting. Since each loop already exists, there’s no need for knitting needles. The only tools you need are your hands and a set of scissors. Easy peasy!

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Depending on what you’re planning to make, there’s likely a shade of loop yarn within the Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ line that you’ll love. As a whole, the Loopity Loops collection of colors leans toward baby decor and design. There are lots of pastel colors and a few brights. I’m most drawn to the Tangerine and Peach, but Seafoam is a close third.

Blanket EZ leans more toward the rustic home decor side of color. The whole palette is pretty neutral and features solids as well as variegated options. I’m more a fan of solids myself, but I’d give the Warm Clay colorway a try. If these yarns last past this season, I’d love to see more options for the solid colored yarns or even a self-striping option.

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Like any new product, working with loop yarns takes some getting used to. A little practice goes a long way and I was able to finish my first Knitflix Throw in two days. Working with the loop yarns is actually pretty fun, especially since I’m not primarily a knitter. You don’t even have to turn your work, which I love. And techniques like changing colors and binding off is super easy. I made a blanket for my first project, but I could see this yarn being used for plenty other home decor applications. Oh, and it’s kitty approved, says Mr. Peanut Butter.

Once I got going with the Knitflix Throw, the stitching got really addictive and I couldn’t put it down. I barely had to look at my hands! I was able to finish the second season of Ozark (a must-watch!), get caught up on Kimmy Schmidt (let’s be honest – we only watch it for Titus’ parts), and sob through Sierra Burgess is a Loser (spoiler alert – she is far from a loser). What are some of your favorite Netflix programs to watch while making all the things? Let me know in the comments – I’m always looking for a new series.

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

If you’re thinking about trying out loop yarns, I made this quick YouTube video. Here’s what it covers:

  • Basic info about loop yarns
  • Color cards for Bernat Alize Blanket EZ and Big Twist Loopity Loops
  • My candid review of loop yarns
  • Basic techniques like:
    • Starting your project
    • The knit stitch
    • The purl stitch
    • Adding a ball of yarn or changing colors
    • Casting off your project
    • Weaving in your ends


Knitflix Throw Blanket Pattern

FINISHED SIZE: 65″ X 40″

MATERIALS:

Big Twist Loopity Loops in the color Light Gray (6 balls)

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Step 1: Start with 65 loops as your base.

Step 2: Knit each stitch across for 3 rows. Do not turn work between rows. This is the wrong side of the work.

Step 3: Turn work so the right side is facing.

Step 4: Purl 5, knit 55, and purl 5 for 70 total rows. Do not turn work between rows.

Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

Step 5: Turn work so the wrong side is facing.

Step 6: Knit each stitch across for 3 rows.

Step 7. Bind off.

Step 8. Weave in all ends.

So, do you think you’ll be trying loop yarns? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! And don’t forget to share progress pictures of your Knitflix Throw with me on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #KnitflixThrow for a chance to be featured on my feed. Special thanks to my friends at JOANN for sponsoring this post. I’m headed back to the couch for a little more knitflix and chill. Catch you next time!

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Have you tried knitting without needles? I have loop yarns a try and was pleasantly surprised. Learn basic techniques and stitches using Loopity Loops and Blanket EZ with this quick video tutorial. Also try the new Knitflix Throw Blanket, a FREE finger knitting pattern from TL Yarn Crafts.

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32 Comments

  • Reply audre

    Do you have a video for the Knitflix pattern?

    October 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi love! The tutorial doesn’t follow the Knitflix pattern exactly, but it does cover all of the techniques used. It should be helpful, and you can always email if you get stuck πŸ™‚

      October 12, 2018 at 9:34 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Toni,
    What side is the right side and the wrong side? I watched your tutorial on how to make loopity loops but you never said which side is right or wrong.

    November 9, 2018 at 11:12 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Kim! The right side of the blanket is the side that shows the knit stitches in the center of the blanket πŸ™‚

      November 11, 2018 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Sandra

    What is the knit and purl technique?

    November 10, 2018 at 11:07 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Sandra! Knitting and purling are both techniques used in traditional knitting. When using the loop yarns, you can mimic the knit and purl techniques to create fabric that looks like knitting. Both techniques are explained in the video. Thanks for your question!

      November 11, 2018 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Stephanie Myers

    How many of these would I need to make a small blanket for a baby/toddler?

    November 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m not 100% sure, as I haven’t made one yet, but I’d guess 3-4 balls would make a perfectly sized baby blanket. There may be tutorials and patterns JOANN.com too.

      November 19, 2018 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Ellen

    Hi Toni! I was in a crafts store today and could not pass up the impossibly soft loop yarn (on sale, too!). I wanted to use it to make a blanket for my grandson and didn’t know how to do it. Your super clear how-to video was the perfect answer to my quest for instruction! I love that you included both the knit and the pearl stitches, and showed how to bind off as well. So helpful! Just want to say thank you so much for showing me how. I can’t wait to get started, and now I know how to do it. Thanks again!

    November 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by to share those kind words. The loop yarns are so fun and I hope you enjoy making your blanket. Be sure to come by and let us know πŸ™‚

      November 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm
  • Reply Ginny Smith

    Hello from Texas, Toni.
    I understand the tutorial for the base of the throw but would you tell me how you added the border around it? I don’t seem to be seeing that part or else I’m very confused (user error entirety possibly)!!
    Thanks in advance,
    Ginny

    November 25, 2018 at 6:51 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Ginny! The border is worked with the blanket. If you follow the pattern steps just as written in the blog post, it’ll come out like the photo. Super easy once you get going. Let me know if you have more questions πŸ™‚

      November 26, 2018 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Daniel R

    This is my new fun craft! I love the softness of the yarn and the therapy the finger knitting provides. I have completed one project so far and have materials for 3 more Christmas projects. So far I am using the knit stitch primarily, but I definitely am going to try some others. I have twisted the loop on my second project, but I want to do the cables and the crossovers. I have yet to use a specific pattern. The videos are helpful in showing how to get started and do the basic project. Now I want to get “fancy.” Having never knitted, I wonder what regular knit stitches can be completed successfully with the loop yarns.

    November 26, 2018 at 2:22 am
  • Reply Chelsea Schillace Bohren

    Hello! I’m looking to make a blanket large enough for a king sized bed. I have 18 skeins in total. How many little loops should I create the first row with? Dimensions for a king are a 76×80. I would like the blanket to hang off of the sides a decent amount. Any help is much appreciated

    December 1, 2018 at 1:17 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Chelsea! Thanks so much for your question. The loops yarn keeps gauge very nicely, so you can lay the yarn out and measure to exactly the size you want. I make my king blankets to be 108″ x 90″ so they hang well and I can snuggle under them. Hope that helps! And good luck with your blanket πŸ™‚

      December 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    Is there a way to change yarn not on the sides? Mine got a tangle and then broke in the middle and I’d like to salvage it without having to start back at the end.

    Thanks!

    December 4, 2018 at 12:48 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Absolutely! Simple pull up the new yarn in the next loop and keep knitting. Be sure to leave one or two loops for weaving in later. You won’t even be able to tell!

      December 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Phylana Ladd

    Toni, hi! First let me say, I’m THRILLED that I found you!! I’m always wanting to learn new ways of working with yarn, and your video made me really want to try this technique! I’m pretty much of a newbie, but I have done some basic knitting and crocheting.

    On your pattern for the Knitflix (LOVE that name!) blanket, you mention turning everything over after the first couple of rows. I’m confused about that. Why does that need to be done? If I can purl or knit just based on pulling in the loop from the back or the front, why can’t I just do that? I’m sure I’m missing something.

    Thank you!!

    December 5, 2018 at 12:31 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Phylana! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. I suggest turning your blanket over after the first few rows because I find knit stitches to be easier than purl stitches. It’s my way of cheating to make the bottom and top borders. If you’re A-OK with doing the rows as purl stitches and not turning, go for it! It makes the same effect πŸ™‚ Hope that helps – let me know if I can help with anything else!

      December 6, 2018 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Sara Bauer

    Thanks for your help brought some yarn looked fun and with your help it is . looking forward to following you.

    December 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Yay! I’m so excited that you’re giving loop yarns a try. Have fun!

      December 12, 2018 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Ella Rose

    Hi Toni! Is this blanket machine washable? I love the idea of this fun craft but i am not sure whether or not i would be able to machine wash it. Thank you in advance!

    December 9, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Ella! The label on the yarn says you can machine wash cold and tumble dry. Looks like you’re good to go!

      December 12, 2018 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Morgan

    THANK YOU for posting such a perfect tutorial for these yarns! I have some upcoming travel and wanted something easy to take on the plane without needing needles or hooks. So excited I came across your video and site. I was going to wait to start this while traveling, but it sounds like I may need to try a few fun projects before I leave … πŸ™‚

    December 11, 2018 at 8:23 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      So exciting! Have fun, and thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

      December 12, 2018 at 9:12 am
  • Reply debbie tomlin

    thank you

    December 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Hi Toni,

    I am brand new to knitting. Actually this will be my first. The video you created was perfect and easy to follow. I am however a bit confused on the directions for the Knitflix throw. I’m not quite understanding the directions.

    December 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Michelle! I’m so glad to hear that you’re trying out the Knitflix Throw! Let me know what’s confusing about the pattern – I’m happy to help!

      December 17, 2018 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Linda

    Tony,
    I just got some of the loopy yarn on sale of course and was very happy to see your video, you explain anything so nice..I look forward to more of your videos with new products!! I am now going to give it a try, I am a crocheter for over 50 years, I taught my mom to knit many years ago. We both agreed knitting takes too much time, so we crochet most everything. I know if she were alive now, she’d love this new yarn. Thanks again for your videos!!

    December 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Heather C

    Toni, This is one of the easiest tutorials I’ve ever followed. Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to taking a better look at your blog.

    December 29, 2018 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Leesa Dowding

    Hi Toni, I too have a question about washing a finished project. I love the way this yarn feels and how easy it is to work up. But I am beginning to wonder if I have gone to gung ho with it. I have made 3 blankets with it before washing any of them. The first one I washed on a delicate cycle and it did fine. The second one on a normal wash cycle and the beginning and ending edges pulled and shifted, I had to pull and tug on the the stitches to work them back onto place. And most of my tieoffs pulled out and I had to rework them back in. In saying all of this, is there a better way for tying off and hiding the tails? And I suppose washing on a more gentle cycle would be preferable. I just know that when it comes to baby blankets you just want to wash and go and not worry about what cycle your using.

    January 5, 2019 at 9:56 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      Good question, Leesa. My suggestion would be to sew your tails to the blanket with needle and thread if there’s a concern they will unravel. Or have a longer tail to weave in so it’s less likely to work it’s way out. Let me know if that helps!

      January 7, 2019 at 7:28 am

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