This is a 32-inch length tube knit on an eight-stick toilet paper roll nancy. Have we talked about binding off the knitting nancy yet? For most of my previous projects, I’ve simply cut and then threaded my working yarn through each loop as I’ve pulled it off a popsicle stick, finally pulling the yarn up tight once I put it through the last loop. Another method is to move your last knitted loop to the next popsicle stick (moving in the same direction as you were knitting – clockwise for me) and then pulling the lower loop up over that stitch and off the stick. Keep doing that same thing until only one loop remains on a stick. Then cut your yarn and thread your tail through that last remaining loop, pulling it up tight. Both of those methods will leave you with a closed tube end. To make the belt, I folded over one short end about 3/4″, encasing the straight side of two D-rings and stitching them in snuggly with the tail from my tube. Then I wove in both tube end tails as best I could (splitting yarns because the knit is so open) and the belt was finished. That was actually the first tube I ever knit with the toilet paper roll knitting nancy last summer. I brought it to the pool one day and my friend Jill said it would make a great belt. I think she was right. It’s nice to have “done” something with it. I shared it with the kids today at the Sticks & Strings knitting class I’m teaching with our school’s librarian.
I’m having way too much fun putting things together for this class. Can you believe we have 23 kids?! They are awesome – so enthusiastic, patient, focused. They loved starting out with the toilet paper roll knitters last week. I went out to yard duty on Monday and one of our kids had knit a really long tube that she wrapped around her head twice like a hairband with the long ends dangling. I must say it was very cute and she wore it to class again today. The spool knitting is such a great way to help a child feel successful at knitting early on. Today we started working with knitting needles and that was so much harder. But my cohort and I are so excited by these kids’ enthusiasm for learning to knit that we are determined to make ourselves available to help them do so. Have you ever taught children to knit? Our kids are 8, 9 and 10 years old. If you have any tips for us, please do share them. By the way, the yarn used for the belt is Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in the color Psychedelic. We also used it with our spool knitters in the class. I had to visit about four local Michael’s shops to find enough yarn balls, but it was worth it!
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