The Encyclopedia of Knitting Techniques
Making an even, looped pile over the surface as you knit is a fascinating process. Much of the final effect depends on the type of yarn used and whether the loops are cut or uncut. Loops are usually worked on alternate rows so that they all lie on the right side of the fabric. The density depends on whether the loops are made with one or more strands of yarn and whether they are worked on every stitch or on alternate stitches. Experiment with these two techniques to decide which suits your yarn.
These loops have been worked in cream wool and cut to give a sheepskin effect.
These loops have been worked in a textured stretch yarn for a close-pile surface.
Holding yarn in the right hand
Insert the needle into the next stitch and wrap the yarn as if to knit, then wrap the yarn twice around the first two fingers of the left hand and the needle. Draw the three loops through the stitch. Insert the left needle into the loops and knit into the back and front of them, then lift the first loop over the second and off the needle. This locks the loops fairly securely.
Holding yarn in the left hand
Insert the needle into the next stitch as if to knit, catch the yarn with the right needle, then wrap the yarn twice around the first two fingers of the right hand and the needle, ending with the yarn behind the fingers. Draw the three loops through the stitch and secure the loops as described above.