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:

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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:

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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:

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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!


un4getable4ever75 (author)2016-03-01

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

un4getable4ever75 (author)2016-03-01

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.

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artemis1966 (author)2015-04-21

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.

lindarose92 (author)artemis19662015-04-22

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

artemis1966 (author)2015-04-21

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.

buildandsewandstuff (author)2014-11-18

Does it matter if the loom has an even or odd number of pegs?

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.

MicioGatta (author)2014-09-23

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

lindarose92 (author)MicioGatta2014-09-23

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

MicioGatta (author)lindarose922014-09-23

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 :)

connie46 (author)2014-09-14

What about measurements for your other one you have pictured?

lindarose92 (author)connie462014-09-15

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

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lindarose92 (author)deco20042014-05-30

Thanks! I see a black that a mistake?

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kgervais1 (author)2013-10-24

what did you use for the pegs?

lindarose92 (author)kgervais12013-10-24

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

blueangelical (author)2013-10-13

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.

I actually researched the sizes of plastic knitting looms sold in I don't remember exactly how it went because it's been a while, but I am pretty sure that I also researched which one was the right one for hats and made my loom based on that one.
My hat turned out a little too large. I am not sure if it's because I am not good at it since it was my first time trying it, or if it is because the loom is too large. You may need to try with a smaller loom, after all the yarn will stretch so I think you are right! :)

xenor (author)2013-03-06

Great 'ible. Reminds me of the toilet roll and popsicle stick versions I used as a kid.

How do you find the rolled paper tubes hold up? Do they wear or bend at all?

lindarose92 (author)xenor2013-03-06

Thank you! I had a couple that bent but that was because I hadn't glued them well...I added some glue and they are very still now. Other than that I have no problems with them. If you think that they will wear, try to dip them in white glue and let them dry...they will get harder that way.

christopher eccles cake (author)2013-03-04

so this is basically an up-sized version of the "looms" which are just nails in a bobbin, cool idea

Thank you!

janecandy (author)2013-02-28

aaaa this is so cool and surprisingly easy!! thank youuuu ^.^

lindarose92 (author)janecandy2013-02-28

Thank You! :)

useraaaaa (author)2013-02-25

probably nails will work better

lindarose92 (author)useraaaaa2013-02-26

You can use whatever you feel it's better for you, personally these pegs work great for me :)

Jessie Marie (author)2013-02-22

Wow, I have been wanting to learn how to french knit!! Thanks for this 'ible, I am going to have to make one of these looms! Now I just have to learn how to french knit! Haha :)

lindarose92 (author)Jessie Marie2013-02-23

I am sure you can, there are many videos about it online (that's how I learned!) and it's not as complicated as you may think! :)

Jessie Marie (author)lindarose922013-02-23

You should post a picture of your hat!

lindarose92 (author)Jessie Marie2013-02-24

I've just added it to the pictures! :) This is the first knitting project I have ever done so it's not really a perfect hat but I am very satisfied of the result anyway :D

Jessie Marie (author)lindarose922013-02-25

I love your hat, Good job!

lindarose92 (author)Jessie Marie2013-02-25

Aw thank you! :)

Ex Machina (author)2013-02-24

This is GREAT! I LOVE projects that are not only cool, but affordable.

lindarose92 (author)Ex Machina2013-02-25

Thank you! I agree with you, I always try to use everyday materials that we would throw in the garbage and give them a second life...I also do that because I can't afford to buy new things so most of my projects are upcycled :)

zizzybalooza (author)2013-02-24

This is awesome! I recently bought a loom and have been very unhappy with the tops of the pegs on it. It seems like these would be perfect replacements for them!

lindarose92 (author)zizzybalooza2013-02-24

Thank you! I hope these cheaper pegs work better for you! :)

JezebelJelly (author)2013-02-23

This is great! I really like the rolled up newsprint for use as pegs. I've seen plenty of looms using either nails, screws or dowels but the heads need to be cut off of the screws and nails, and I don't always have a bunch of dowels. These should be sufficiently sturdy, keeps old news papers from ending up as waste.... I'm going to try this today!

lindarose92 (author)JezebelJelly2013-02-23

I'm glad you like the idea! Let me know how it turns out and I'm here if you have any questions! :)

rimar2000 (author)2013-02-22

Great work, very neat.

lindarose92 (author)rimar20002013-02-23

Thank you! :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-02-22

Oooh! Cool :) I've been wanting a small one of these, I never thought of making it (now you've made it look so easy)!

Believe me, it is really easy!! I am sure you can do it too! :)

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