February 1

Try This – Spool Knitting

Posted by lori . 14 Comments


I’ve never caught the knitting or crocheting bug.  I hope I do one day.  In the meantime, I picked up these fun little gadgets…the French Knitting Bee and the Embellish-Knit! 

Spool knitting is also known as French knitting, corking or tomboy knitting.  It uses a spool and four posts to produce a narrow knitted tube.  Spool knitting is a traditional way to teach children the principles of knitting…that knitting is a series of loops strung together.

The instructions for both spool knitters were clear, but it did take me a couple tries to figure it out.  I think that had more to do with me than the instructions.

The French Knitting Bee is more like a traditional spool knitter.

The Embellish-Knit! is a mechanical spool knitter with a hand crank.

The Embellish-Knit! produces a more tightly knit tube than the French Knitting Bee.  As I was photographing the instructions, I noticed that you are not to use a standard 4-ply worsted weight or heavier yarn in the Embellish-Knit! or you can damage your machine.  Oops.  I did that.  Fortunately, I didn’t damage my machine.

How can you tell the thickness of a particular skein of yarn?  Just check the label.  There will be a picture of a yarn skein with a number in it.  The number tells you the thickness of the yarn.

Join me in February to see what we can do with spool knitting.

Saturday, I announced that I was giving away a copy of The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar.  And the winner is…Max the Quilt Cat.

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14 Responses to " Try This – Spool Knitting"

  • Declan says:

    Nope. I think even that is beyong my hopeless Mum! Hehe! Deccy x

  • Patty says:

    I tried to learn to crochet a while back. I made Jack and Scout each a scarf. They were not impressed. LOL

    That French Knitting Bee is just the cutest thing! Was it hard to use?

    • lori says:

      Once you figure it out, the knitting bee isn’t hard to use; but it took me a couple tries to figure out the instruction illustrations.

  • houndstooth says:

    I’ve never heard of spool knitting, but it looks easy enough that even I could do it! I tried to learn knitting a while back and gave it up. It’s not something I was good at!

  • Patty says:

    I just saw the comment on my blog about making collars. You should try it. I know yours would be absolutely beautiful! I actually bought my sewing machine just so I could make collars. LOL I have made a few coats for the dogs, but my collars turn out better than coats. I can just imagine how you would decorate the collars and I know they would be beautiful.

  • Penelope says:

    Wow! Now that is a big step up from a spool with nails in the top and a crochet hook!
    I have not done any spool knitting for years.
    Nellies’ Mom

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Congratulations to Max the Quilt Cat! My three sisters and I used to have spool knitters when we were growing up!

  • Sue Taylor says:

    Oh my goodness I can remember doing those as a child LOL, good fun!love and hugs from the Taylor pack xxx

  • Puddles says:

    You say Tomboy knotting huh? Dat sounds likes ME.
    Howevers, I has nevers crocheted eithers cuz I not suppose to play withs sharp objects.
    And mum still couldn’t do dat if da machine was doin’ it for hers.


  • Oh my mom’s aunt does this! She’s tried to show my mom but says its a lost cause LOL
    Dachshund Nola

  • Pip says:

    This looks really fun! Hey, do you know of a good e-course in photography. I have always used a point and shoot camera, but just graduated to a fancier camera, which I don’t really know how to use!

  • Bailey says:

    That sure looks like fun — too bad I couldn’t do that with my paws!

    Love the Pez dispensers… my hu-sister, Taylor would love the two on the right (she has the black cat)! 🙂

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  • Wow…. I’m so excited…. I just emailed you my address…. Thanks so much. Have a great day

    pawhugs, Max

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