I have just started working on a large tri-loom for the first time. At first I was not sure if I liked it compared to the smaller ones. After the first couple of rows I started to have fun again and I love it. For me it is a much different experience.
Some of the differences are, for the first couple of rows I found that I had to have some significant tension to keep my yarn from low sagging. I am a little nervous about this since on the small looms I tried not to overdo the tension. I am using a cotton yarn and it gets stuck more easily than it did on the small 18 inch loom. It is still doable but just something to be aware of. One thing I do like is it is a lot easier to use your fingers to weave the yarn. On an 18 inch loom I found using my fingers hard and clumsy.. but this is not the case on a large loom. It is actually fun to weave the yarn with your fingers. I sometimes use a crochet hook but sometimes use my fingers. The loom I am using is 7 feet across. And It is much larger than I expected. I kind of like walking from one end to another. The 7 feet size uses 550 yards of yarn.. wowser, much more than I expected.
So far, so good. I will post my experiences on this.. the good and the bad. One thing I recommend is to pick a yarn you love. I think it makes all the difference in your learning experience. Try not to pick it too fuzzy. The manufacturer of my loom recommends wool. She is probably correct but I love this cotton yarn so much I had to try it. It seems to me the Cascade 128 yarn might be a great choice..
on sale at webs for 4.99 for 128 yards.. you would need 5 balls for a 7 foot shall(25$) not a bad deal.
More on this in later posts!