Introduction: Red Solo Cup Knit Machine

Make your very own red solo cup knitting machine!

Step 1: Materials List

Red solo cup
5-7 Plastic spoons
Packing tape
Scissors
Yarn

Step 2: Cut Out the Bottom of the Red Solo Cup With a Knife or Scissors

Step 3: Lay Your Plastic Spoons Over Your Packing Tape.

Make sure all your spoons are same height once they are layed out. You can use 5-7 spoons for this and add more layers of spoons if you like.
At first I used 5 spoons then added another layer of spoons where there were spaces.

Step 4: Wrap Your Spoons Around the Top of Your Cup

You can start in the center or start on one side. Make sure that the spoons are even as you wrap them a round the top of the cup. The larger diameter will be the top.

Step 5: Make a Tied Loop With Your Yarn, Then Wrap Around a Spoon

Step 6: Start Looping Your Yarn Around the Spoons

Make sure you loop your yarn inside the cup in the counter clockwise direction. Loop around all spoons until you reach the starting point.

Step 7: Once You Have Gone Around the Cup One Time and Reached the Starting Point, Grab the Bottom Loop With Two Fingers, Pull It Out and Over the Top Loop and Plastic Spoon

Repeat this by going around the inside of your cup in the counter clockwise direction again and again until you have made a tube.

Step 8: Keep Stitching Until You Have the Desired Amount of Tube You Want.

Step 9: Experiment and Have Fun! Think About Other Materials You Can Use for This Project to Get Different Sizes and Amounts of Stitches.

I think I'm going to try to use a red solo cup with chopsticks next time.
Happy stitching!

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AnnS52 (author)2016-01-28

This is actually considered loom knitting and has been around for at least a couple hundred years, just in case you or your followers were not aware. You're actually creating a stockinette pattern.

I think you will be very pleased with what you create using the chopsticks. Your stitches will be smaller, giving you a tighter weave since you will be able to fit many more "posts" set closer together.. I suggest that you gently sand each of the sticks, making sure each one is very, very smooth, otherwise your yarn will snag rather than easily slide off.

You can also create flat pieces rather than just tubes. Do the wrap as you've instructed but when you get all the way around to your first wrap, reverse your wrapping direction, leaving a space open between your first and last stick. When you have your two loops on each stick, work off as usual, bottom loop pulled up and over the top loop. You can make very nice scarves with this technique. You could even make blankets simple by creating panels and sewing them together.

Another shortcut to help in wrapping...before you start wrapping your yarn, cut a piece of plastic drinking straw about 3 or 4 inches long and pull your yarn through the straw (make sure your straw will pass between your sticks easily). Make your slip knot and put over the first stick. Then grasp your straw and use it to wrap each stick around. You'll find that you do your wraps much quicker than just using your fingers. This "straw tool" also works for regular store-bought looms.

I hope you have as much fun as I have creating lovely things with this simple loom. I just now thought of something else...I suppose you could use a plastic milk jug in place of the solo cup to make larger pieces. Simply cut off the top and bottom, using the main body of the jug and tape your chopsticks in place. Remember, the closer the sticks, the tighter the weave. Take care!

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-01-25

That's really clever :)

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wold630 (author)2016-01-25

Great idea using spoons!

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