Cardboard Knitting Loom

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Introduction: Cardboard Knitting Loom

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Lately I discovered the world of French knitting and after seeing a couple of videos about it I thought it was easy enough for me to try! I have never knitted before so this was something completely new to me.
I had the yarn but I didn't have any knitting loom so I decided to make them with cardboard!
This is the big round one but you can make any loom you need this way.

It's very quick to do, consider that I was able to make this loom and knit a whole hat in less than a day!

Step 1:

Take a compass and draw a circle with a radius of 14cm (5.51 inches) on a cardboard then draw a smaller circle inside with a radius of about 12cm (4.72 inches).

Cut the cardboard following the lines you have just traced and keep the round strip.

Step 2:

Now take a page from a newspaper and starting from one of the shortest sides, roll it as tight as possible until you reach the opposite side and secure with glue. I used a big sewing needle as a help to start rolling the page.

You will probably need 2 or 3 cones so make more than one.

Step 3:

Cut your newspaper cones in many smaller cones of about 2/3cm (1.18 inches). 
You will need 41.

Once you are done cutting them, glue each cone on the round cardboard strip separated by a distance of about 1cm (0.39 inches) using hot glue. 

Now you can either paint it or leave it the way it is, your knitting loom is ready to be used!

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    You can use dowels and cut them make holes in circles glue gun them from botton. Let dry n ready to use

    You can use dowels cut them use the ends that are flat or you can file the others make holes in cardboard circle put the dowels in holes glue gun them from bottom let dry and ready to use.

    Thank you for this!! am a knitter and recently have become a loom knitter. I am definitely going to try making my own looms as per your instructions..... Just worried that stitches might "fall out", so I'm possibly going to make the pegs slightly longer. Will let you know how things turn out.

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    Oh yes, let me know and have fun! Thanks! :)

    Thank you for this!! am a knitter and recently have become a loom knitter. I am definitely going to try making my own looms as per your instructions..... Just worried that stitches might "fall out", so I'm possibly going to make the pegs slightly longer. Will let you know how things turn out.

    I am pretty sure it doesn't, look at the chart here, it shows how many pegs are needed depending on what you are going to make.

    Bell'ible! Ci vuole una pazienza incredibile per usare il knitting loom.. da piccola mia sorella aveva la maglieria magica.. ci assomiglia un po'!

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    Grazie!! In effetti ci vuole tempo e pazienza (tra l'altro è da parecchio tempo che non riprovo ad usarlo), però è la cosa più vicina ad un lavoro a maglia che sono riuscita a fare visto che so lavorare solo all'uncinetto :D

    Anch'io non lavoro a maglia (lo so fare, ma non molto bene), ma ho la macchina da maglieria di mia madre e in questi giorni sto facendo qualcosa di buono :)

    What about measurements for your other one you have pictured?

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    The long one has 42 pegs and is 49 x 7cm (19.29 x 2.75 inches) :)

    Thanks! I see a black photo...is that a mistake?

    It's paper from newspapers, you can read and see how I made them in Step 2 and 3.

    Brill, to make a hat, is the card circle the same circumference as your head or is it smaller as the yarn will stretch .?!? Cheers.