Thursday, December 23, 2010

Knifty Knitting

I've been knitting up a storm this past week using my Knifty Knitter.  I do test administration and college advising at local high schools, so during these last two weeks I took my Knifty Knitter with me to do some knitting during the down time.  None of my coworkers there had ever seen a Knifty Knitter before and they all wanted to know more about it, so I figured I'd share it with my crafty readers as well.  They make a great Christmas gift on their own, but they also make scarf making SO easy (which is also an excellent gift!).  I have made these three this year:

The green and the blue are for my Grandma, the purple is for her caretaker, Josephine.

The Knifty Knitter looks like this (above).  It is basically a loom.  You weave your yarn around the hooks (I normally just use the first 6 or 7) and then weave a second layer over top of that.  Then you lift the bottom layer of yarn up and over the second layer.  After that, you weave a new row over what was the bottom row.  It is seriously easy - I do it while I watch TV (and by the way, I've never been able to pick up real knitting.  I can crochet - slowly - but this is the only way I can make a real knitted scarf).
I always use two spools of Lion Brand yarn because it makes the scarves extra thick and plush.  The yarn I use costs about $5 each roll, so scarves end up being around $10 each.  They also have Knifty Knitters for making hats and socks, but I've never had much success with those.

Have you ever used a Knifty Knitter?  We first tried it when my sister won a Knifty Knitter set at Michael's 6 or 7 years ago.  After that we were both hooked.  I believe the looms cost around $8 each and I've seen them at JoAnns and Michaels.  I think there are other brands too, but I could be wrong - I've only used the Knifty Knitter brand but I saw what looked like other types at Michael's the other day.  I've had the same one for at least 6 years now, but I have to buy new needles/hooks each year because I constantly lose them (they are .99 cents).  The biggest expense is the yarn - I've never made them with anything but Lion Brand, but I've been looking at the cheaper ($2-$3 spools) lately and I would like to try making a scarf out of those.  Knifty Knitting is a really fun craft and a great way to make gifts.
Thanks for reading!


Suburban prep said...

I have not knit with ta Knifty Knitter but I do knit. If you get a chance try some of the other yarns. Patons and Bernat and some of the yarns at a yarn store are wonderful too. I agree Lion Brand does have some yarns that are very nice but there are others that I like as well.

Unknown said...

Interesting tool, I haven't used anything like that. But as I'm a pretty good knitter I don't really feel the need to use such gimmicks. The colours you chose are really pretty, especially the purple.

Eve said...

Ooo! this looks really interesting! Can you only make scarves with it or can you make other things?

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