Sunday, December 16, 2012

hula-hoop weaving with finger-knittings

This is a great holiday gift idea if your kids are like mine and have hundreds of finger-kitted snakes lining around. You can use any size you have (1, 2, 3, 4 finger knitted snakes) and then tie them all together to form a big ball. 

To create the loom, cut strips out of an old t-shirt and stretch around a hula hoop. We found that we needed 9 strips.




When you are done stretching the fabric around the hoop their should be 18 "spokes" (don't know what else to call them).  You will need to have an odd number in order to make the pattern turn out as desired  so take one "spoke" and put together with another to form 17 "spokes".  Each spoke will have to strips of fabric except the one with have four now. Then tie your finger-knitting to the center of the loom and start weaving in and out of the spokes. 



You can make it as big or small as you like. These make create coasters, trivets, wall hangings, or even small rugs. The kids really got into it and we off and weaving all night and woke up the next morning ready to knit and weave again. I only helped them when they asked. Making mistakes is all part of the fun of learning a new skill and being creative. Each one they make they are getting better and better and coming up with new ideas as they weave.
When you are done, tie  the end of your knitting to one spoke and cut your piece of art off the loom. Leave at least 3 inches of  fabric strip when you cut it off so you can have room to tie them. After cutting them off take one of the two pieces of fabric and thread it around the last knitted rim and tie. Do this with each spoke all the way around.  And there you have it! 
 



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8 comments:

Jenn said...

This is great. I'd like to make something on a smaller scale with my kids. Thanks for the cool idea.

Jennifer fay said...

Cute. I never would have thought of a hoola hoop. I tried this with a cool birchwood pizza weaving kit I bought this summer. I might try to make some trivets with it.

Pam Schmidt said...

I love the creative process you and the family have enjoyed in this activity! It sure beats using the game system all night! I love the photos, too

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