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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!

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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!
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artemis19663 months ago

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)  artemis19663 months ago

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

artemis19663 months ago

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.

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

lindarose92 (author)  buildandsewandstuff8 months ago

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.

MicioGatta10 months ago

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)  MicioGatta10 months ago

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 :)
connie4610 months ago
What about measurements for your other one you have pictured?
lindarose92 (author)  connie4610 months ago

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

deco20041 year ago


lindarose92 (author)  deco20041 year ago

Thanks! I see a black that a mistake?

sahmed391 year ago
lindarose92 (author)  sahmed391 year ago
kgervais11 year ago
what did you use for the pegs?
lindarose92 (author)  kgervais11 year ago
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.
lindarose92 (author)  blueangelical1 year ago
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! :)
xenor2 years ago
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)  xenor2 years ago
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.
so this is basically an up-sized version of the "looms" which are just nails in a bobbin, cool idea
Thank you!
janecandy2 years ago
aaaa this is so cool and surprisingly easy!! thank youuuu ^.^
lindarose92 (author)  janecandy2 years ago
Thank You! :)
useraaaaa2 years ago
probably nails will work better
lindarose92 (author)  useraaaaa2 years ago
You can use whatever you feel it's better for you, personally these pegs work great for me :)
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 Marie2 years ago
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! :)
You should post a picture of your hat!
lindarose92 (author)  Jessie Marie2 years ago
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
I love your hat, Good job!
lindarose92 (author)  Jessie Marie2 years ago
Aw thank you! :)
Ex Machina2 years ago
This is GREAT! I LOVE projects that are not only cool, but affordable.
lindarose92 (author)  Ex Machina2 years ago
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 :)
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)  zizzybalooza2 years ago
Thank you! I hope these cheaper pegs work better for you! :)
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)  JezebelJelly2 years ago
I'm glad you like the idea! Let me know how it turns out and I'm here if you have any questions! :)
rimar20002 years ago
Great work, very neat.
lindarose92 (author)  rimar20002 years ago
Thank you! :)
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