Knitting Swift

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Project by Luke posted 07-13-2009 03:56 AM 2429 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a knitter and she has been wanting to buy one of these for a while now. Apparently you put the “scanes” of yarn around the swift and then you can roll it into a ball ready for knitting. This can then be done with only one person. I think you see this in the movies, one lady holding the yarn and moving her arms holding the scane back and forth and the other winding? This does away with that other person. It spins on the center bolt which is just a 3/8” bolt recessed into the base. I do have one secret with this build that gives it my personal touch. It has to do with the way it spins and man did it work out well. I made this similar to one seen on, but with a few needed changes. It’s all oak. The arms are about 30” long in total and it can be broken down so as not to take up so much room as shown in one of these photos. This only took 2 hours to build from start to finish and was a very rewarding build. I like to make items that move and have function.

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#2 posted 07-13-2009 03:36 PM

I applaud your support for your wife’s interest. My wife is a professional knitting instructor, pattern author and knit shop owner.
The swift I built stands upright and has a counter on it so we can measure yarn from large cones and then either leave it as “skeins” (that’s the correct spelling ;-) ) or ball it on a winder.
I can only guess as to your secret, but I prefer a little friction resistance, very little, to be sure, so it won’t overtake the winder in case of stopping the winder for any of many reasons for doing so. Perhaps you’ve observed the consequence of that.
You’ve built other things for your wife, too, so I’ve observed. Good man.
The biggest thing I’ve built for my wife’s knitting interests is her checkout counter which has 23 drawers including the cash till, built in computer, printer, keyboard and UPS. That was fun!
Best regards,

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#3 posted 11-04-2009 10:08 AM

that is great

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