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It's Uncanny - Make A Tin Can Knitting Loom
If you've ever used a round knitting loom you know how easy they are to knit things such as hats, scarves, and socks. Making your own custom sized knitting looms can be easy and inexpensive. Most of the things you need you probably already have at home. You may need to go to the hardware store for the cotter pins, that will be used to make the pegs, though.

If you would like to learn more about using knitting looms here are some websites you can check out.
www.purlingsprite.com
www.loomroom.com
www.squidoo.com/LoomKnittingBlogs
http://hubpages.com/hub/Knitting-Looms-An-Introduction

Posted by DreamsInBloom from Cedar City, Utah, United States • Published See DreamsInBloom's 20 projects »
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  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 1
    Step 1

    Choose a can that both ends can be opened with a can opener. You'll find some cans have a rounded type bottom that a can opener doesn't work on. Open up both ends of the tin can.

  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 2
    Step 2

    Being careful of sharp edges fold duct tape over the edge of the can so it covers the inside (where sharp parts might be) and the outside. Cover both ends.

  • Step 3

    Determine what you want your gauge to be (the closer your pegs are together the smaller the gauge will be). You might want to try something like 1/2" between each peg for your gauge.

  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use your measuring tape and pen to mark the distance you want between each peg (cotter pin) on the side of the can.

  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 5
    Step 5

    Using the hot glue gun, glue the cotter pins to the places you marked.

  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 6
    Step 6

    Wrap duct tape over and between the cotter pins so it secures each pin.

  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 7
    Step 7

    Wrap a piece of tape over the edge of the can and between each cotter pin.

  • How to make a knitting loom. Tin Can Knitting Loom - Step 8
    Step 8

    This last step is optional. And that is to decorate the can in anyway you like. You can wrap a piece of fabric around the can and secure it with glue or something. Or wrap Contact paper (self-adhesive shelf liner) around the side of the can.

    Your tin can round knitting loom is completed and you're ready to begin to knit!

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The Mad Hattress
The Mad Hattress · 5 projects
awesome!! can't wait to make my own!!! <3
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DreamsInBloom
DreamsInBloom · Cedar City, Utah, US · 21 projects
Livia, I don't know what size I used. I just went to the hardware store and asked for cotter pins and they only showed me one size and that's what I used. I think the size of the pins (or whatever you use for pegs) would make some difference in the gauge of the knitting (gauge=how many stitches per inch) though.
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Livia
Livia
what size cottor pins did you use(if that makes a difference Tongue)
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Mindy
Mindy · 8 projects
*squee* my boyfriend has a circle loom like this, but he lives soooooo far away he always forgets to bring it when he packs for the weekend to come over. :-D now i don't have to drive all the way into town and get one of the expensive ones o.o awesome! *clings*
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DreamsInBloom
DreamsInBloom · Cedar City, Utah, US · 21 projects
Be sure to use a large enough can if you intend to make leg warmers. After Thanksgiving I used a can that held pureed pumpkin to make a knitting loom and it seems a good size to make small sized leg warmers.
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Ele
Ele · Evrytania, Thessalia Sterea Ellada, GR · 7 projects
wow, I will use this for make legwarmers. Thanks for sharing ;)
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Alyssa R.
Alyssa R. · Buffalo, New York, US · 41 projects
This will make knitting so much easier for me. Thank you for posting!
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DreamsInBloom
DreamsInBloom · Cedar City, Utah, US · 21 projects
Maybe someday I'll write a tutorial for fingerless mittens, but for those who can't wait I just found this one
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/11/alice_wrist_warmer_loom-along.html
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artjunkie *.
artjunkie *.
thank you! please do the fingerless gloves!
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DreamsInBloom
DreamsInBloom · Cedar City, Utah, US · 21 projects
Artjunkie, I'm no expert on socks (I could maybe do a tutorial on fingerless mittens though?). But there are many free tutorials for making socks on knitting looms on the internet. Just do a search for them. Here's one to get you started though.
http://yarngear.com/looms/projects1.htm
It uses a blue Knifty Knitter loom, but you can use a handmade loom made out of can (or other round object) if it's big enough.
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