7 Easy, No-Knit Yarn Crafts

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Tara Donne
Three simple no-knit techniques are all it takes for you and your kids to create these sweet yarn crafts—perfect to give, and even better to receive.
Tara Donne
Tara Donne

The No-Knit Technique: Tube Knitting

How to make your tube knitter: (You'll need this to create the following two crafts – Soft Strands & Fuzzy Friends)

Wrap two rubber bands, each doubled over once, a few inches apart around a toilet-paper tube. Secure 6 ice-pop sticks, evenly spaced, underneath rubber bands. Leave about 3⁄4 inch of stick above top of tube. Tape sticks to tube, using decorative washi tape. Remove rubber bands. 

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Tube Knitting: Soft Strands

Soft Strands: These pretty striped necklaces come together with just your tube knitter and yarn—no needles required! 

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Tube Knitting: Fuzzy Friends

Have your child tube-knit an entire zoo of puppets to outfit every one of his fingers. Or turn these cuddly cuties into stuffed ornaments, adding wildlife to a loved one's tree. 

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

The No-Knit Trick: Loom Weaving

To make a cardboard loom, take a piece of rectangular cardboard and fold the shorter ends back 1⁄2 inch. Cut evenly spaced 1⁄2-inch vertical slits into the folded ends, leaving 3⁄8 inch between each slit. 

A Touch of Fringe: Your kid can craft a woven wall hanging to rival the wildly elaborate ones that are all over Pinterest. It's a homemade gift that's right on trend.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Loom Weaving: Yarn Bookmarks

They'll never lose their place with these loom-woven gifts that will bring warm thoughts every time the recipients crack open a book. 

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

The No-Kit Trick: Stitching

Impress Grandma and Grandpa with a hand-stitched card they'll want to display long after the holidays are over. These techniques are simple enough for tiny fingers to help out.

Cross My Frame: Attach an image to the center of a card using double-stick tape. Create two rows of holes around the picture with a 1⁄8-inch hole punch. For a folded card, use a screw punch (Martha Stewart Crafts, $25; Amazon). Thread yarn on a plastic needle, then pull through the hole on the upper left-hand corner diagonally across to the hole on the lower right-hand corner. Make diagonal stitches in the same direction around the card once, then tie off. Start a new thread and repeat process in the opposite direction to create X's.

Border Line: Attach an image to the center of a paper card using double-stick tape. Punch one row of holes around the picture with a 1⁄8-inch hole punch, then thread a plastic needle with yarn. Pull needle up through the upper left hole, then down through the hole directly underneath it. Continue around the entire photo, then tie off.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Stitching: Yarn Graphics

To make the snowflake, download and print the snowflake pattern. Tape the template to the card using washi tape, then with a screw punch make holes through both template and paper. Remove the template, but don't discard it. Thread a plastic needle with yarn and follow the directional arrows on the template. Use the same over-under technique from the template to spell out words. Repeat the process with a different-colored yarn, if desired. 

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