LIBELLE – Lekker breien: zo maak je zelf een wollen vest
When I saw a knitting machine for the first time, I just thought, "What a waste of time". Later I bought one for my granddaughter and she started to make hats on it. It was all well and good for a kid, but as an adult, I saw no use for it.
I already knew how to knit with the hand and the machine, and I crocheted, so this looked like a toy to me. My sisters bought some looms and were busy making hats for the shelters. I paid little attention to them until they seemed to have so much fun. I bought a cheap set of looms so I could have fun with them. I soon realized that a hat could be completed in a fraction of the time it took to knit one by hand. Yes, I could knit it faster on the machine, but you do not lend your sisters a knitting machine if the girls just get together a bit.
Still, I thought, OK, that's alright to knit hats, but that's all I've seen of them. So of course I had to start playing around and see what else I could invent besides hats and scarves.
I was pleasantly surprised by what could be done with these very simple looms. But the cost of buying a rake or an onboard toilet is unattainable for many people. So I sat down with my son-in-law and we talked about how to make a loom.
With a smoothed board and some cotter pins, you can make a knitting machine of any size and thickness. The fine-line looms are more expensive than the regular ones, so it's a good idea to make your own. For a normal loom, the pins must be placed at a distance of ¾ inch. In this weaving machine two yarn strands must be used. Place the pens 1 cm apart and you can knit a beautiful baby blanket with a thread of 4-ply yarn.
Then we came to the Po & Folks loom. It can be made in any size, round or straight. The most important thing to remember about a knitting machine or a rake is that the wood must be smooth and the pins must be the same distance, big or small.
Even if you use a homemade knitting machine, you can make beautiful hats, scarves, slippers, afghans, sweaters, ankle boots and much more. Do not limit yourself like me, try them out and see how much fun they can do.