Using a round loom is one of the easiest ways to do
circular knitting. This site assumes that you knit on the
loom from right to left (clockwise). When you do, the
pattern stays the same as a needle knitting pattern. While
it's possible to knit from left to right
(counterclockwise), it's not recommended because this will
cause issues with the way your slants lean and different
stitches may need to be substituted. Provocraft teaches
this way in their books but as you advance in your
knitting, you will find it to cause problems.
Different size looms are available for different sizes of hats, bags, scarves, socks, etc. In addition, different gauges of looms are available from large to extra fine. Adjustable-type looms are available from a couple of different manufacturers so that you can easily increase and decrease the size of the fabric as you knit.
Flat knitting can be done on both the round loom and the
rake. As with circular knitting, knitting for the first row
(and all odd rows) should be worked from right to left.
When you turn for the next row (all even rows), you will
work from left to right. Unlike circular knitting, the
pattern does not stay the same as a needle knitting
pattern. When you knit on a loom, the right side (RS) of
the fabric is always facing you, unlike needle knitting. So
you must convert the wrong side (WS) stitches which is
usually the even rows. See converting
patterns for more information. Again, different size
looms are available as well as different gauges.