How to Make a Wooden Knitting Board

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How to Make a Wooden Knitting Board
Wooden knitting boards are very adaptable to different stitch patterns. (patterned handknitted jumper image by helen simpson from

A wooden knitting boards is like a mini-loom. You interlock stitches by slipping them over each other in a specific pattern. The boards can be made to do circular knitting like you would do for a knit cap, or they can be used for straight knitting. They are easily made, so several different sizes can be put together with minimal expense, giving you an assortment of choices when you start a project. Some are even sized so a child can use them. Start off with a size that will give you a completed project in a short time.

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Things you need

  • Baltic birch plywood, 1/2-inch thick
  • Table saw
  • Ruler
  • 5/16-inch drill bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • 1/4-inch dowel
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Wood adhesive

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of plywood 3 inches wide and 8 inches long. Draw a 6-inch line down the centre of the length so it is 1 inch in from each end. Draw parallel lines 1/4 inch on either side of the centre line and connect the three lines, forming the outline of a slot for the centre of the board.

  2. 2

    Drill a pilot hole inside each end of the slot using the 5/8-inch drill bit. Cut the slot out with a jigsaw, starting in one of the pilot holes. Round the interior corners of the slot. The resulting slot is 1/2 inch wide and 6 inches long. Sand the slot and edges of the board to eliminate any rough spots.

  3. 3

    Draw a 5 3/4-inch parallel line 1/4 inch away from each side of the slot. The start and end of the line should be 1/8 inch from the ends of the slot. Mark each line every quarter inch with the first mark at "0" and the last mark at "5 3/4" inches.

  4. 4

    Drill six 1/4-inch holes on each side of the slot, centred along the lines so there is a 1/4-inch space in between each hole. The first hole should be between the "0" and "1/4" marks. The last hole should be between the "5 1/2" and "5 3/4" marks.

  5. 5

    Mark the centre of each end of the slot 1/4 inch in from the edge. Drill a1/4-inch hole at each end.

  6. 6

    Cut fourteen 1/4-inch dowels, 1 1/2-inches long. Sand one end of each of the dowels. Put wood adhesive on the unsanded ends and stick the dowels into the fourteen holes. Push them all the way in so they are flush with the back of the board. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • The length of the board and slot, and the size of the dowels, can be changed to meet your needs. The spaces between the dowels should be the same as the width of the dowels to keep the stitches even. The smaller the dowel, the smaller the stitch.
  • Follow manufacturer safety recommendations when using power tools.

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