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« on: December 09, 2009 01:12:05 PM »

I really had no idea where to put this, so here it is: My very first tutorial.

I have always wanted one of those Nifty Knitter things, but I didn't want to shell out the cash for one.  So, boredom, a snow day from work, and some junk around the house became:

Minowis's neato Knitter!

DISCLAIMER: I have never used one of these knitting loom thingies before, so I wasn't sure about the details/specs.  this was pulled out of my ear as I went along.  Grin



Step 1: find a can.  DH smokes and rolls his own, so...



take off the lid and the closed end of the can



and I ran out of duct tape (HORRORS!) so I used electrical tape to cover the ends:



96 cents worth of craft dowels from the local supermegamart, which I cut into 4" lengths



filed down the ends, and covered them in tape



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white glue the sticks onto the can somewhat evenly, I also covered the can in black construction paper



all the way around



wrap it all in tape for sturdiness



and it works!!



next time, I would probably make the pegs shorter at the top edge, but all in all, I really like the way it came out. 

thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2009 04:13:40 PM »

Wow!  That came out really good.  I think I have to make one of these.  How big does your project end up being?  Is it scarf size, or bigger?
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2009 04:51:40 PM »

Ooo! Neat! I've seen those knitty things too.  This may be a silly question... but how does the process work once you have the can-knitter made?  Could you please explain the steps for using it?  Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2009 05:53:35 PM »

Neat! 

KerriedAway, there are lots of tutorials for  how to use one, but the simplest explanation is to wrap the yarn around all the pegs in order two times around, then pull the first row over the second row and off the pegs to make a row of knitting. There's a not-very-helpful video and patterns on www.provocraft.com, a free book on getting started on www.loomknitting.co m, and a lot more information on www.knittingboard.c om (including free tutorials and patterns). 

Hope that's not information overload.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2009 06:07:07 PM »

pinokeeo:  I get a tube about big enough to go around my forearm...so scarf-size I guess?  Cheesy

KerriedAway: I didn't know either...so I googled around a bit.  This http://www.provocraft.com/products/downloads/pdf/kniftyknitter/round.loom.pdf is the PDF instruction booklet available on the website of the company that makes the original item, the Knifty Knitter.  That's where I started.

Basically you cast on two loops on each peg, then pull the bottom loop up and over the top loop and off the peg. Or that's what I am doing, apparently there are classes and stitch variations and everything.  The Knitting board has a whole thread about these! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51877.0

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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2009 07:58:57 AM »

the can knitters are the best. I really want to make one using a really big coffee can and place the pegs close together!
then you can make the gauge whatever you want!
yours looks awesome! Mine is icky with silver duct tape. Tongue
Don't forget to post pictures of what you make on it! We want to see!
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2009 09:16:35 AM »

I wonder if the pegs would be more stable if you use clothespins.  The kind that you use for doll making.  Just thinking....
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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2009 09:48:25 AM »

I wonder if the pegs would be more stable if you use clothespins.  The kind that you use for doll making.  Just thinking....

It would certainly make the gauge larger, based on the clothespins I've seen, even if you put them closer together.
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« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2009 11:02:34 AM »

Oh, that's true.  I didn't think of that.  And I don't think they make smaller clothespins.

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2009 04:27:55 PM »

Wow - how crafty are you? This is pretty neat, tho if you have a Joann's nearby, they always have sales & there is always a 40% coupon floating around in the store you can snag to buy a Knifty Knitter real cheap - I got the whole set of round ones for a good price.
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2009 08:34:16 PM »

That's pretty cool!
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2009 09:24:56 PM »

thanks all!   Grin

little me: Theres a Joann's in the next big town, but we had a really nasty winter storm and were cooped up for 2 days, one with blizzard conditions, the next with subzero temperatures plus 30 mile an hour winds BRR!!!  today (thursday) was the first day since Monday I was able to go outside!   Shocked (I should add here that my health is uncool lately, so it is not healthy for me to be out in the cold)

Wednesday afternoon I had run out of projects to finish and El Hubbito (the DH) told me to "Go Craft Something Will Ya?!"  Roll Eyes 

This is what happened  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2009 11:31:18 PM »

That is a really good idea!
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« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2010 11:31:48 PM »

wow this is such a good idea! Would have never thought of this myself
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« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2010 11:39:24 AM »

Great idea ! I just broke down and bought the kniffty knitter about a month ago. I loved how qiuck it was to finish projects. I made a baby afgan in 2 days with the large rectangular loom. I want a long loom with closer pegs so that the weave will be smaller and your creative solution has inspired me to make my own. A board and nails would be perfect or I have on hand a spaghetti box and lots of wooden pencils and tape  Wink until I can get wood and nails. The rectangular loom whipps out a scarf in a hour or so once you get into the "string zone" and get wrapping quick! I love it.
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2012 05:09:35 PM »

jungrrl just added this tute. The link to the pdf is broken, but I love your ingenuity. I would use old clothes pins as I have them on hand. LOL I have a long board for weaving scarfs and haven't finished the first one yet. lol
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