How to Make a Knitting Board

Written by rena rossner
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Using a knitting loom is so easy that both young children and adults can have fun creating unique knitted items in a variety of patterns and using all sorts of stitches. Knitting looms are versatile and many different types of projects can be created using them. Many knitters prefer to use looms because they are able to keep their work flat, which is particularly helpful when making sweaters or other more complicated items.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 piece of wood, 20 inches long, 3 inches wide and 2 inches thick
  • 20 to 30 blunt nails (finishing nails work great)
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Drill (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the exact centre of your piece of wood. Mark it with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Make more marks, every 3/4 inch. This is for a standard loom. The nails or pins can also be placed every 1/2 inch or every 1/4 inch. The spacing between the nails will determine your yarn and the tightness of your stitches. Leave about 3 inches between the last mark that you make and the end of the board on each side.

  3. 3

    Now make another mark, this time along the length of the board, about 1/2 inch from the outer edge of the board. This is the line along which you will drill your holes, or hammer in your nails.

  4. 4

    You may choose to sand your wood, depending on what type of wood you are using. You may also choose to wax the board after you sand it. It is best to do this before you hammer in your nails, but make sure you don't lose your pencil marks.

  5. 5

    Make your holes where you made your marks and then hammer in your nails. You may choose to just hammer in the nails if you do not have a drill.

Tips and warnings

  • Many knitters have many knitting boards, each with different spacing so that they can use different types of yarn and get different effects.
  • Some knitting boards are made with two boards and bolts and washers along the sides so that the centre space between the two rows of nails is adjustable.
  • Two rows of nails enable you to knit it double knit.

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