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Lesson #1: Stationary Rod Knitting Intro - Big Stitch Knitting on PVC Pipe

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I have invented a new knitting technique using elements of arm, straight needle, and circular needle/loom knitting that I call Stationary Rod Knitting. It's fast, fun, and so easy that even non-knitters can create big stitch garments and blankets, as the knitting rods (or hoop) stay still, while the yarn is manipulated with your fingers to make the new stitches. In this first of 20 lessons, I show how to create stockinette stitch, just as you would produce on your arms or with knitting needles. Use it to make a beautiful scarf with bulky yarn in 30 minutes! See all my videos, including how to make your own knitting tools including Stationary Rod Stands and Knitting Hoops, on my channel, right here on YouTube. DIY a rod stand using instructions in Lesson #4. I also offer Rod Knitting kits in TWO versions (basic and deluxe) and two sizes: 12 and 18 inch lengths. (see Lesson #14 for details). Questions? email me at: [email protected]
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Michelle Naranjo (11 months ago)
My arm knitted scarf was turning out to have loops bigger than I wanted, just like you. I just knitted it flat on a table like they do for the large blankets. I was thinking to do something to keep the gauge more consistent and knit faster, but I never quite figured it out. I thought of making a jumbo pvc rake loom, but the flat knitting worked out well enough. I like your method and I think I will try it soon!
Art Car Heather (1 year ago)
Laura! I'm so impressed. I'm going to try this with my daughter who has some fine motor issues, but I think it may keep me stitching longer at a sitting as well (nerve damage issues). Thank you for posting this.
Laura's Busy Corner (1 year ago)
I'd love to hear how you and your daughter's knitting is coming along - email me at [email protected]
c&m (1 year ago)
cool thanks i loom knit and love it do u ever loom knit
c&m (1 year ago)
Laura's Busy Corner o ok if u go to my page u can see what i do the 2 rool u have to fip it over fase hord tide to not los the rool good luck
Laura's Busy Corner (1 year ago)
I've tried a few hats without much success. The piece usually falls off the pegs, and I lose my stitches!
Laura's Busy Corner (1 year ago)
Quick Update: We've been home building/moving for many months. We're nearly done, so i promise a new video soon featuring YOUR questions! Send them to me at [email protected]
KITTY KAT KATTITUDE (2 years ago)
this us such a great idea I tried this with a key board stand and I love it thanks for sharing
Laura's Busy Corner (2 years ago)
Very clever! Thanks for writing. I love hearing ideas for creating your own "stand". I've heard from folks who've used their embroidery stands, boards and clamps, and even broom handles under concrete blocks. You can also use stiff cardboard tubes from gift wrap as your rods.
Kateroar (2 years ago)
goodness your a genius!!! thank you thank you!!! my husband is going to be busy at the hardware store gathering my supplies LOL :)
Laura's Busy Corner (2 years ago)
+Kateroar you are a very lucky woman!
Tiffany Washington (4 years ago)
Love your video's, have watched them all many time's!!! I made me a table top stand from your video, love it. I was using a broom handle, and 2x4's. This is much easier and more stable. Works great. I have learned so much from your videos, I can't say thank you enough!!!!
Tiffany Washington (4 years ago)
Your videos are what inspired my broom handles! I just used what I had around the house. I have lots of knitting needles, but don't care for conventional knitting. I tried arm knitting, and like you wanted the look and freedom of your staitionary rod knitting. I have completed 1 scarf on it so far, and am going to tackle the knit 1 perl1, next. I love that you have how to change it up, so I don't have to keep doing the same thing over and over. Can't wait til your next video, sounds great, it will be interesting to see how you do it. Keep up the good work!!
Laura's Busy Corner (4 years ago)
Thanks for your feedback, Tiffany.  I'm so glad the videos have been helpful.  I am curious about your broom handle idea - were you doing that before you saw my videos?  I've always felt that knitting onto the stationary rods was not something I invented, but simply lost knowledge - that knitting probably started when prehistoric man stuck 2 sticks in a mud wall and wove fishing net or rope .I have no evidence of that of course, but that makes the most sense to me.  And that knitting with small needles that were hand - held followed when people had finer materials and desired portability - women have never rested, it seems - they knit when they were on their way to gather food or get water. I doubt prehistoric man used their sticks in mud to make scarves, but who knows?  They keep ME warm.  I will be putting out a new video in the next couple of weeks. After making almost 100 of these things, I have finally gotten sick of sewing the ends together and figured out a way to easily weave the ends together as you're casting off.
Constance Orth (4 years ago)
Brilliant!  Made one of these following instructions in Lesson Four, works like a champ.  Arm knitting with even stitches is gorgeous.  Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.  Please post on Pinterest so all arm knitters there can see it.  It's really a terrific idea!!!
Laura's Busy Corner (4 years ago)
+Constance Orth  I don't know how to use Pinterest yet.  Ha!  But I'm really glad you like it.  

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