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Make a knitting loom with stuff from your trash can

6 January 2009 14,884 views 4 Comments

by heather

Denise from Knitting Without Needles posted this cool tutorial on how to make knitting looms using stuff you'd normally throw away. Instead of throwing away a toilet paper tube and popsicle sticks, knit with them!

Project Estimate for Loom 1:

  • Cardboard tube from toilet paper or paper towel roll, FREE
  • 4-6 popsicle or craft sticks, FREE (or a pack of them for $1 at the dollar store)
  • Ponytail holder or rubber band, FREE
  • Tape, on hand

Total cost: FREE (or $1 for about 30 of 'em... if you're making them for a scout troop or classroom!)

Project Estimate for Loom 2:

  • Plastic juice or drink mix container, FREE
  • Ruler or tape measure, on hand
  • Scissors, on hand
  • Permanent marker, on hand
  • Paper, on hand

Total Cost: FREE

p.s. Apologies to Denise - this post did not have a link to her tutorial for the first few hours it was up on the site. An oversight on my part! My apologies to Denise!


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  • Beth - www.VintageInfo.NET said:

    What a neat craft – who knew?
    I think this may also work with straws, even twigs – could make for an interesting outdoor craft for a scout troop.

    I recently put up a post on my site about “How to Make a Pen/Pencil Tray from a Mailing Tube”>

  • heather (author) said:

    I think you’re right! I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with straws or twigs (although, knotted twigs might be frustrating if the yarn gets caught on them).

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  • jean said:

    When I was a little kid we used to make little looms with spools and nails to “knit” long thin round strands that would later be coiled into placemats, rugs or pot holders.