The No-Knit Trick: Tube Knitting
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.
What You'll Need:
- Tube knitter
- Light- to medium-weight yarn (3 or 4)
- Plastic needle
- Felt in various colors
- ⅝›-in. hole punch
- Tacky glue
- Permanent marker
- Unravel 1 ft. of yarn without cutting it off the ball. Feed yarn down through tube knitter, leaving a 6-in. tail outside the tube, then loosely wrap yarn clockwise around each ice-pop stick, working to the right, until each stick has one loop. Wrap the stick you started on a second time so it has two loops.
- On stick with two loops, use finger to pull bottom loop up and over the ice-pop stick. Gently tug on bottom yarn tail to tighten stitch.
- On stick to the right of the one you just stitched, lay (do not wrap) your yarn above the bottom loop. Pull bottom loop up and over stick. Repeat step 3 around entire knitter until project is desired length.
- To finish: Cut end of yarn connected to ball, leaving at least 6 in., then thread and knot to plastic needle. Pull needle up through loop on the stick you last stitched, lifting until loop is removed from stick and knitter. Work to the left and repeat until all loops are lifted off the sticks. Remove plastic needle, pull yarn tight to cinch closed, then knot. Trim excess yarn, then push knot inside project.
- Cut felt in various shapes for decorations, using hole punch for eyes and permanent marker for pupils. Attach with tacky glue. Trim and knot yarn tail attached to open end.
To Make Ornaments
What You'll Need:
- (All supplies listed above)
- Follow the instructions for Fuzzy Friends up to Step 5.
- Stuff project with a small amount of batting, then thread and knot plastic needle to the yarn tail on the open end. Thread needle up through each open loop on this end, mimicking the process used to close top end. Pull yarn tail tight, then knot. Trim excess yarn, then push knot inside project.
- For squid tentacles, push 1-in. lengths of yarn through one end of animal. To hang, thread yarn through top of ornament and knot into a loop.
- Follow instructions for ornaments above, but in Step 2 do not trim excess yarn after cinching and knotting both ends closed. Knot those yarn tails together to form necklace.
- To change yarn colors, snip end of one colored yarn and knot to a new colored yarn.