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Weaving Tips || Rya Knots

Rya Knot Tip| The Weaving Loom

If you’re working on a lot of rya knots, it can be pretty time consuming to cut all those strands. In order to save time I recommend getting a piece of cardboard that is the length you want your strands to be. Make sure to add just a little bit more length, as the top of the knot will use up some of your strand.

Rya Knot Tip| The Weaving Loom

Here are the time saving steps:

Step 1 – take your piece of cardboard and your ball of yarn. Place the yarn end over the front of your cardboard, this will be the cut end.


Step 2 – Loosely wind your yarn around the cardboard piece as many times as you need strands, keeping in mind that every time you come around the front of the cardboard would count as one strand. Also make sure your yarn is wound loosely like I said, because you will need to get your scissors between the yarn and the cardboard. Also if you wind the yarn too tightly then your yarn may stretch in the process and shrink to shorter then you wanted after cut.

Rya Knot Tip| The Weaving LoomStep 3 – End your ball of yarn on the same side as your strand start. Put your scissors at this bottom and cut all the wrapped yarn pieces, also cutting your ball of yarn off.

Rya Knot Tip| The Weaving Loom

You will now have a pile of strands that are more or less the same length and you can get started tying your rya knots.

Have you tried this before? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Weaving!


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  • judy
    March 17, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Great tip!

    • Kate
      March 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks Judy 🙂