Picture of The Knitting Pipe (now with 3D printing!)
Another step in the irregular quest for a French knitting tool that does not look über-girlie, this project shows how to make "French knitting" with a scrap of plastic tubing. 

Making and using the tube makes a creative activity for the weekend - in an hour's work, you could make enough knitting pipes to keep your kids, and all their friends, constructively occupied for ages.

I used power tools and a blowtorch, but you could also use hand tools and sandpaper.

As a bonus, I'll also explain how to use the pipe. Even better, there is now a 3D printed upgrade to the idea (see step 7)!  

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
I made my knitting pipe from a short section of 15mm PVC overflow pipe. 

You could use any tube you like, as long as you have the tools to deal with it.
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Stan1y1 year ago
could you feed a bundle of wires down the middle and knit around them to tidy cables or contain a wiring loom?
Kiteman (author)  Stan1y1 year ago
That sounds like a good idea!
dcada1 year ago
this is awsome will try
Kiteman (author)  dcada1 year ago
Cool. Post pictures when you do!
kyluddy1 year ago
Kiteman (author)  kyluddy1 year ago
Thank you!
Cheers, viewed your lads one too. That video link made it a bit clearer.

Made one myself similar to your lads only putting different spaced loops on the bottom too so I can make 2 sizes in one thing. Cheers.
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I've made the thing, but I just can't get my head round the actual doing the knitting bit. Any chance you could do a video of you knitting it from the start very slowly ..? Took me ages to make the thing too :-(
Kiteman (author)  blueangelical1 year ago
Try this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dStDuaQPy-s

That's not my video, but she uses a similar technique to me.
biskies1 year ago
This is really cool. While I'm busy biting my nails, waiting for the winners to be announced (hopefully soon), I think I'm going to make one of these. Your ibles are snazzy, Mr. Kiteman.
Kiteman (author)  biskies1 year ago
Why, thank you, Miss Biskies!
You're quite welcome. I've looked through a lot of your projects and they're all really quite incredible.
Kiteman (author)  biskies1 year ago
poofrabbit1 year ago
Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest! Always love seeing your posts Kiteman!
Kiteman (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Thank you!

(It's always exciting to get to the final.)
TREX ZoaR0K2 years ago
what diameter should the pvc be
Kiteman (author)  TREX ZoaR0K1 year ago
I used 15mm.

The wider the pipe, the looser the knit will be.
carnright2 years ago
Thanks! :-D
carnright2 years ago

The cost in plastic was ~20 cents (~5 grams at ~4 cents per gram)

Cheers :-)
Kiteman (author)  carnright2 years ago
(See step 7)
Kiteman (author)  carnright2 years ago
Wow, that's cool!
Chrystalkay2 years ago
Nice 'ible!!
This is much lighter and less complicated than the one I made for myself. I used a wooden knob and had the devils own time getting a drill big enough to make the center hole! I used cotter pins instead of nails. I have some pieces of tube I can use and a small wire saw that I hope will work.
These do make nice small tubes. A spool of leathere cord is enough to make a nice lanyard for a knife or camers. The different colors of wire they have today make interesting jewelry, using this method. Use different funky yarns and weave then into designs to glue on pins, barrettes, purses, Add beads to them and tie them onto pony tails, bicycle handles, Use thin nylon cord and make tethers or leashes for dogs. Coil them and sew then together to make a small fanciful vase. Use plarn (plastic yarn from bags) and make outside mats for pets. Get your kids to make a ton of these and macramé something for the wall for the family room. Endless possibilities!
Kiteman (author)  Chrystalkay2 years ago
Glad you like it!
AndyGadget2 years ago
This brings back (vague) memories.
My mother taught me how to do French knitting when I was but a little nippper, rather a long time ago.  I used a wooden cotton reel with four small brass nails on top around the hole.    I remember knitting many woollen 'worms' but never actually making them into anything.
You beat me to exactly the same memory and I never found a use for them either! You're not me in some alternative universe are you?
You can never discount those alternative universes.
(I was using anti-wool. If our strands ever touch . . . #;¬)
Kiteman (author)  wobbler2 years ago
Haha, I was one step ahead as a child - we used to coil them into flat spirals to make mats or coasters.
I've never heard of French Knitting, but I love activities with repetitive motions; I find them very relaxing. It seems that this is a nice cost efficient way to get into this hobby.

Cool job, Kiteman, and you're definitely one of my favorite iblers; even more so after I heard your story. It made my day and beyond.
try carving. One lady watched me at a park and asked if my therapist suggested it as therapy. When I assured her I wasn't see a therapist she apologized and said, but you seem sooo very peaceful when you carve. Your face kinda melts and relaxes. I think of it as manual chanting......and outcome is prettier then my sing voice, so every one is happy.

I don't think carving is my thing, buy I guess I could try it. :P
I tell kids at scouts the following, "when I was kid I hated art, could not draw a straight line with a ruler nor a perfect circle with a compass". I dreaded reports since the Nuns made us do art covers. Bad enough I had to have darn near perfect handwriting (not even close actually), but then had to draw pictures ..... ggrrr

When I was a teen I learned to make chains in what ever wood the gods sent me, which in Queens NYC, was English Plain Tree limbs.

My boredom led me to make a little Easter Island like man for my daughter, (she asked , "dad, can you make anything with that knife besides pointy sticks?" ), and my son said "where's mine?

You can join a local club, read books, look on you tube. There are groups galore, including a stick group on Yahoo groups.

Don't be put off by the amazing stuff people do, you must learn at your own pace! I am good at it, but to some I am a master craftsman of biblical proportions.

All you need are simple tools/knives, wood needs to be 9 months dry. If we take it off list (private message) I will suggest more.

Ah, ok. :P it seems like you had a tough upbringing. That kind of stinks. I see that you already sent the message about carving. Thanks! I will have to check that out and get into it.
We are what we were. It was better then public school, more discipline allows for less random stupidity. I didn't have a creative spark "on demand" as is required for school projects. I did enjoy plain jane artsy craft stuff. Later in life I found the discipline to be advantageous.

Chip carving is repetitive and can yield astoundingly complex cool designs. Again simple tools, (I humbly suggest Warren cutlery )

check out

I do not do that , except for the house number I did in Cedar, (can be horrid to carve).

It ripped out the urls I put in links to cool pics

warren cutlery

https: //warrencutlery. com/store/index.php

chip carving

http ://2 good2lose. com/chipcarvehob by.shtml
Sorry, but the second link isn't working. :I (I copied and pasted into the search bar and my computer says it doesn't exist.)

The first link was pretty cool, though; all the wood carving tools. :P
capture the entire link in a cut/copy then pop into whatever word processor you have. Then where I broke up the url will be apparent, you may be missing a break point. Mind you the picture is a very very well made ornate box.

feel free to write off list, I don't wish to detract from Kiteman's offering here.

I loved the extra set of slots so using your crochet hook actually is better/easier. That is what killed it as a kid. If you do one long enough you can make a rug, which is what we wanted to do...

Thanks again
Random Stupidity: sums my life up perfectly. :P As to my creativity, I feel like I may have it, to a degree, on demand, which is awesome.

I hope to do some research on wood carving and get into it, and Warren Cutlery will be the first thing I check out.

Time to see more of those pictures. (I shall do that now.)

(Oh, and I also love the fact that we've pushed Kiteman's 'Thank you!' all the way down here when the comment he was thanking me for is way up there. Strange feeling of random satisfaction at long conversations!)
Kiteman (author)  spark master2 years ago
Dude, you should post some of your work, even if it's just a slide show of finished works.
Kiteman (author)  DarkOwlProductions2 years ago
Thank you!
You're welcome.

Let no one take away your power tools and happiness! :D
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