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  1. onel
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    I’ve never used a knitting loom before but this looks fun. I should try making one myself. Thanks a lot for the thorough tutorial :)

  2. Miranda
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    Wow, this is really cute… I love it! Thanks for the thorough tutorial :)

  3. Colleen
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    Well done Heidi – the internet needed a post like this! And thanks for the nice referral – Colleen @ mymateriallife

  4. Heather
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    I really appreciate this post and all the details. I can’t wait to try this with my nephews over this Thanksgiving break. Thank you for including the detailed instructions for casting off – I think it’ll be really helpful.

  5. shalene
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    Love your tute and thoro explanatiion

  6. Karen
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    Love this tutorial, and how to make the loom. I did this as a kid about a million years ago, but forgot how to do it. (and I ended up with a long cord that had no useful purpose, so I love the idea of actually having something I can use!).

  7. Program Kit: Rainbow Loom | Library as Incubator Project

    […] Check out my tutorial for how to make knitting looms from recycled paper tubes, and have enough looms ready for program participants ahead of time. Then, keep one loom for yourself and make a pair of hand warmers to master the casting on, knitting, and casting off before the program. Hint: the casting on and off is by far the hardest part. […]

  8. cindyzs
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    really cool, used to do the spool one all the time, but i am much much older now and i have forgot all of this…………i dont understand the 1-11 casting off and binding/sewing……….. any videos of this??? could you??? thanks :)

  9. HawaiianLibrarian
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    Mahalo, thank you, for this detailed tute for a non-knitting children’s librarian who would love to try this at a summer crafternoon with school-aged children. Tape tubes, tp rolls, yarn and kraft sticks I have by the bagsful so I’ll get the volunteers to make some looms for us and I’ll practice, practice, practice. As for tutes, there can never be enough detail; good job!

  10. Knitting Dolls
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    […] As the above images have shown you can do this type of knitting without any fancy tools or devices. You can make your own. I love this. I searched the internet and found a great DIY Post from Heidi from Hands Occupied. She gives a great guide on How to create a DIY Knitting Loom & Knit with it. […]

  11. Mark
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    First, I don’t think you got too rambling or over-detailed. You can’t do something like this in 5 steps! Excellent work. Photos are clear, as the instructions also seem to be. I haven’t tried to follow them yet – but they read through easily! I would say good job! I don’t even know how I got here – as I’m not a knitter!

  12. Sheila
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    I was wondering, how do you weave in the yarn ends since there isn’t a lot of actual knitting bumps to weave the ends into? Also, when I bind off my stitches at the end, the rim becomes very taunt. How do I loosen it so that it will stretch over my hand?
    Love the idea of a DIY knitting loom; thanks for posting it!

  13. whitney
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    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I did this with my kindergarten class as a holiday gift. While some found it tricky at first, all made beautiful scarves to give away. I also did some traditional weaving and read a bunch of books about weaving. It was fabulous!

  14. Martha
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    Wow, that was a terrific tutorial! I cannot wait to share it with my colleagues since we are starting a new unit on clothing at school. Thank you!

  15. Beverley W.
    Beverley W. at | | Reply

    Thank you so much for this clear and thorough tutorial. I have just gone through it with my 7 year old daughter and we’ve just made her first loom together and she’s excitedly knitting away now. Your photos are very clear too – thank you. PS, we used a wide selloptape/packing tape inner tube, which is very sturdy.

  16. Sylvia
    Sylvia at | | Reply

    What a great idea! I had to share the link on my FB page, I hope that’s okay. Thank you for the time you invested into this tutorial.

  17. becky g
    becky g at | | Reply

    wow! cute i love it!

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