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mieljolie
« on: August 06, 2008 05:41:35 PM »

Has anyone ever tried this before?  If you have I'd love to hear about it.  If not, maybe I'm just the only cheap weirdo who refuses to buy a knifty knitter.  Hehe. 

Yesterday, I was just curious if it would be possible to knit on a pick or comb.  So, I tried it.  It actually works really well for a small project!  Here are my very first attempts:

First, I tried a pick using all the teeth.  I kept weaving it too tight and couldn't get the yarn over the other.


Then, I tried a big fat comb.  Much better results.  I weaved in and out of every two teeth.  Much looser and easier to knit with.


Please post images if you give this a try.  I'd love to see them.

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This knitting is just like finger weaving or loom knitting.  There are many tuts for similar knitting online with pictures.

If you want to try what I did:

1.  You tie a slip knot over the first 2 teeth of the comb.
2.  Weave yarn in and out between every other tooth. (Be sure to keep it loose!)
    T T Y T T Y T T Y T T        T=tooth  Y=yarn
3.  Weave back the other way through the same gaps as before.
4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 once more through same gaps.
5.  Get a toothpick or something and grab each lower loop and pull it up over the top one all the way across.
6.  Repeat steps 4-5 over and over til it's long enough.
7.  Cut the end of the yarn at least as long as the comb and thread through the last loops and tie off to secure.

Hope this helps.  If you need more guidance, let me know.  Good luck!

Here's an attempt at some pics.  Kinda hard to see, though.



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NOTE:  After much experimenting, I must say what is called "e-wrapping" (twisted knit stitch) is much easier to do for a beginner at knitting looms.  You wrap the yarn around each tooth instead of wrapping inbetween.  With e-wrap you won't experience the tension problem you do with the regular knit stitch.
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amybarnett
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008 05:46:13 PM »

my sister and I did "finger knitting" when we were little but I have never seen this before! It would be very pretty as a headband or some kind of bracelet. Thats so cool!
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keeperrox
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008 06:07:07 PM »

That's sweet!  Would you mind explaining how you did it?   I think it would make a great fall scarf, considering it's not too wide and the pattern is open and somewhat lacy.
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abssinth
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008 06:12:47 PM »

I love it!!  Tut! Tut! Tut!
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a2nikki20
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2008 06:24:41 PM »

I definitely want a tut!  Wink

Very cool- I agree that the comb would make a nice fall scarf... I was thinking the same thing when I saw the picture!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2008 06:41:30 PM »

I think maybe some pictures to help explain.. because this is really perplexing me..

I love how lacy the end result is though, it seems like it would be all sorts of fun to try. now I just need one of those huge combs.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2008 06:50:07 PM »

Looks like fun! The lacey result is great. Thanks for sharing.
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panda
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2008 07:35:28 PM »

I did year ago.....like a loom almost.  What fond memories.
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keeperrox
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2008 08:05:52 PM »

Ok, I just tried it out with some Peaches & Cream worsted weight cotton, and it did not work out too well.  I'm assuming this is so because it had no stretch, so no matter how loose I tried to make it, it just was too tight after a few rows.  I'll go out tomorrow and pick up something more appropriate for this.  Thanks again mieljolie!
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mieljolie
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2008 08:14:28 PM »

keeperrox, I had the same problem when I started.  You really have to make it loose.  Especially on the ends where it wants to pull to the center after a few rows.  It will even out as you knit.  That is also why I skip teeth.  If it is still too tight, try skipping another tooth on each loop.  On the black comb, I used a sports weight. 
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