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Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

Learn the techniques for easy Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom!

Did you know we can make I-Cords without using knitting needles? We are going to dive into spool knitting, which is also called corking, French knitting, or tomboy knitting.

This is a great option for kids or anyone without any knitting experience who wants to quickly make some pretty cool knitting projects.

If you’d like to learn how to knit an I-Cord on knitting needles, make sure to check out my video tutorial on how exactly to do that.

Spool Loom Knitting tool held by woman's hand.


For our materials, we will be using yarn. Our tools are a Spool Loom device, which includes a loom hook and tapestry needle. And we’ll use scissors, too.


To begin, we simply place our yarn down the center of the loom and we will hold onto this yarn tail securely throughout the process.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

So next, we cast on, which means placing the yarn onto our needles.

For the loom, we take the yarn that is between these two pegs. Next, wrap it around the front of the left one, bring it around clockwise, and behind the next peg. And again, wrap it around the front clockwise, then behind the next peg.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit
Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit
Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

Once we’ve wrapped all five pegs, we will do it exactly the same until all five pegs have two yarn wraps.

Using our hook, we simply take the bottom loop bring it over the top loop and let it go. Again, the bottom loop is picked up by our hook, bring it over the top loop, and off. Let’s go all the way around all five pegs until they each have just one loop remaining. Then it’s wrap time again. And we just wrap around all five pegs, use the hook on all five pegs, and repeat until your I-Cord is the length you desire.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit
Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

Once you’re ready to remove your I-Cord, simply cut your yarn and thread it through your tapestry needle. Now, thread the yarn tail through one loop, bring it up, and continue doing so until all five loops are removed. You may wish to weave in your ends a little more securely, too, depending on your project.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

Oh, I also have this nifty device, the Embellish-Knit, that supposedly makes I-Cords simply by cranking this handle!

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit


Okay, here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After knitting on traditional double-pointed knitting needles, or DPNs for ten minutes, then using the Spool Knitter for ten minutes, let’s compare our I-Cords!

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

The knitting needles versions clearly is the winner when it comes to length. Let’s see, the spool knitter gave us a little over 6 inches in length, where the traditional version is about 9 inches. So, on length, our old fashioned way wins.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

However, you’ll see that the regular I-Cord is fairly flat in shape on the sides, whereas the Spool version is much rounder all the way around and looks like it’s a bit looser weave.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit

Whether it’s doing knitting on knitting needles or with crafty gadgets, I hope you are inspired to knit up some I-Cords.

And tune in next time when we find out if that other little gadget, the Embellish-Knit, makes life any easier for us.

Spool Knitting I-Cords on a Loom with Studio Knit


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Last year, I showed you how to make a drawstring bag the right size to hold a French knitting kit. Lots of people left comments, talking about doing French knitting as a child. Many could remember the process, but not the name French knitting.

French Knitting, Corking, Spool Knitting, Tomboy Knitting RESOURCES ~ Threading My Way

Many thanks to Catherine for mentioning that it was also known by the names of Corking and Spool Knitting. Wikipedia also refers to it as Tomboy Knitting. This craft from years gone by is making a comeback and in recent times, I've seen a very similar activity called Loom Knitting.

For brevity, I'll mainly use the term French knitting, for the rest of this post. When I grew up, most kids learnt to French knit. Many started by using a wooden cotton reel with nails hammered in. It wasn't fancy, but it worked.

I was lucky enough to be given a Knitting Nancy. Functionally it was the same as the cotton reel.  To me, however, there was a world of difference. My shiny new Knitting Nancy had a painted face and sort of looked like a wooden doll.

Wooden cotton reels are not readily available now-a-days and it's not so easy to find a wooden knitting nancy, so I bought a couple of French Knitting Bees. These ones are made of plastic and have four hooks at the top.

I've also recently bought a set of looms for knitting, but haven't used them yet. Originally I bought them to use with the kids, as I thought they might be able to make a scarf or hat. The more I read, however, it appears they are very popular with adults.

There's no need to spend money, though. You can easily make a spool from a toilet roll and a few paddle pop sticks. Being wider, the toilet roll knitter has the advantage of being able to use thick wool, resulting in a wider tube of knitting.

French knitting is a great activity for kids. However, as the warning on the back of the packet says, the French Knitting Bee is not a toy. Adult supervision is necessary. That awl is sharp and could do some damage. 

French knitting is not just for kids. There's lots of great tutorials online, ranging from basic French knitting to more complex designs...

I don't remember what we did with our tubes of French knitting, other than compete with each other to see who had the longest. If only we'd had the Internet...

There's even lots of patterns to make functional garments and softies. These appear mainly to be loom knitting...

I am so tempted to try some loom knitting myself, but then I know what will happen. I'll get right into it and then I'll get out the old knitting needles. Next thing you know I'll be knitting... cardigans, jumpers, dresses. Yes, many moons ago I knitted myself a couple of dresses. NO!!!! I don't have time to start knitting, but I will dig out the photos of those dresses to show you. I think for now I'll confine loom knitting to an activity to do with the kids.

While researching this post, I have come across some informative and fascinating articles and blogs...

So, how did Little Miss go with her French Knitting? I thought she'd have no problems at all, given that she has mastered the art of making a friendship bracelet and she spends much time creating loom bands. She could understand the concept easily enough, but as she used the awl to take the wool over the hooks, unintended loops would often slip off and this frustrated her as she needed help to get them back on again. 

As you can see, she persevered, but one too many loops slipped off and she pulled the whole tube undone. I think she's over her aim of making a rug.

In her French Knitting Bee kit, there is also a pom pom maker and she's far more interested in making pom poms. Maybe she'll pick up the French knitting after some time has elapsed. We'll see. If she does, I might suggest she winds the wool a little looser and see if this makes a difference.

French Knitting, Corking, Spool Knitting, Tomboy Knitting RESOURCES ~ Threading My Way

... Pam

Sours: https://www.threadingmyway.com/2015/01/french-knitting-corking-spool-knitting.html

What is Spool Knitting?

Woman posing

Spool knitting is done by hand, without needles, on a hollow, cylindrical piece of wood or plastic that has spikes or pegs around the top. Using the fingers, yarn is wrapped onto the top pegs of the spool in a circular motion. As the rounds continue, a tube-like knitted piece is created in the hollow center of the spool. The name for the craft is said to have occurred as people used to use empty thread spools with pins or nails added to the top to create knitting projects. This method is known as finger or French knitting and is considered an easy approach to yarn work.

Basic round spool knitting is so easy that it's a popular children's craft. Spool knitters for children are typically easy to grip and feature slightly curved pegs to keep the yarn from slipping off. These toy knitters may be plastic or wood in bright colors or designs. Worsted weight yarn is the most recommended for spool knitters as it's simple to work with, inexpensive and available in many different colors. Some popular spool knit projects for kids include a scarf for a small doll or teddy bear and a round, coiled hot pot mat that can be stitched together with adult help.

More advanced French or finger knitting projects for adults or older children involve a second stitch to the first round one. The flat stitch uses the yarn stretched across the center hole of the spool knitter rather than being worked around it. Flat spool knitting looks a lot like the kind produced with two needles, except it tends to be a bit looser. A combination of flat and round stitches can create spool knitting projects such as slippers or a small drawstring bag.

A child's spool knitter may have just a few pegs, while one made for adults could have six or more pins or spikes. Every spike does not have to be used when spool knitting. For example, on a spool knitter with six pegs, yarn could be wrapped around every second one. Any peg may be the starting one or ending one, although sometimes it may be necessary to know which is which. To remove the finished knitted piece from the spool, the yarn is cut and placed through loops in the yarns on the pegs.

Sets of various sizes of spool knitters as well as portions of different colored yarns are often sold for both children and adults, depending on the complexity of the patterns included. Popular kids spooling kit crafts include friendship bracelets and finger puppets. Adult spool knitting kits that include both round and flat stitches may include both small and large projects.

Sours: https://www.wise-geek.com/what-is-spool-knitting.htm

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Fun DIYs with a Difference: 15 Great Corking Craft Ideas

We’ve been huge fans of yarn crafts ever since we were little kids. Sure, we’ve learned how to weave, knit, and crochet in the years since our first few yarn projects, but our original skills were built on a hand held yarn loom, or a yarn cork! We were given a wooden spool with metal teeth when we were about five years old and we used it so much that we eventually broke it. That didn’t stop us, though! Since then, we’ve tried making and using all kinds of different DIY hand looms and spools and now we’re passing those skills and ideas on to our kids.

Just in case you’re a big corking fan too but you’ve always wanted to make projects in different sizes and styles than your original hand held yarn spool, check out these awesome DIY spool projects that will help you cork all styles and sizes of things!

1. Recycled wood and nail spool knitter


Have you always been pretty handy with at least the simplest tools and wooden materials, even though you’re a yarn and soft crafting enthusiast too? Then we can’t think of a better way to combine your skills in one place than making yourself a yarn spool from scrap wood and nails! Scattered Scissors guides you step by step through the process, showing you how to properly cut a rounded hole in the centre of a wood scrap and evenly place your nails for weaving.

2. Large spool knitter from an ice cream tub


Even though you love corking with your little hand held spool, have you always kind of wished you could make bigger projects with thicker yarn? In that case, we’ve found just the project for you! Etcetorize guides you through the super simple process of cutting teeth into the bottom of an empty, cleaned out plastic ice cream or margarine tub, giving you a bigger space to work with thicker yarn. This is a great, simple way to make a scarf!

3. Paper clip and drink bottle spool knitter


Are you feeling pretty intrigued about the idea of making your very own yarn spool out of upcycled kitchen wares that are already in your house, but you’re not sure you want to make your spool quite as big as the one before this? In that case, here’s an awesome DIY alternative that will let you create a project that’s somewhere in between for sizes! Check out how Knit Chat made their own yarn spool out of the top half of a plastic drinking bottle and some paper clips, giving them the perfect tool for making medium sized knitting projects!

4. Corking and pipe cleaner lizard


Have you had your fill of making scarves and neck warmers recently, and you’ve also been making a lot of jewelry as of late, so you’re on the hunt now for other cute projects you can make with your yarn spool, no matter what size you’re working with? Well, especially if you’re working on crafts with your kids, here’s an adorable little toy idea that was a big hit in our house! Check out how Cut Out and Keep used their corking skills to make the body of this funny little lizard before giving it pipe cleaner legs to stand on and even some quirky googly eyes for personality.

5. Ice cream tub corked scarves


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the big plastic ice cream tub yarn spool for larger projects, but you’re actually feeling kind of intimidated by the idea of making something in a bigger size so you feel like you could use more guidance for making the project itself, rather than just the spool? Then this tutorial from Unicorn Hat Party is definitely the one for you! They show you how to make a cute, Boho chic neck scarf from chunky yarn complete with a fringed edge!

6. Spool knit jewelry wire


Is your spool quite small because you made yourself one from an old wooden thread spool and nails, taking the term yarn spool very literally? Well, besides being punny and useful, that size of corking tool is versatile because it’s the perfect thing to use for corking eye cord style jewelry using jewelry wire! The idea of using your crochet hook to loop wire around itself over and over might sound a little challenging, and it’s definitely a unique crafting experience, but if you get the very malleable kind, we assure you it’s not as difficult as you might think. Find out precisely how it’s done on Shoe Box Studio!

7. Corked beehive pin cushion


Were you fairly interested in the idea of making something small that isn’t jewelry or a scarf, but you don’t think the little lizard we showed you earlier is quite the project for you? Then maybe you’d prefer to make something that actually serves a purpose and has some practical use to you once you’re finished with it! We love Embroideroo‘s idea of making a DIY pin cushion from corked yarn, so we’ve actually recreated their cute beehive design more than once; we’ve made two for ourselves in different colours and several for friends as gifts!

8. Corked teapot mat


Regardless of what kind of corking you’re doing, what size of yarn and spool you’re working with, and whether you made the spool yourself, there’s still always the question of what you can make, especially if you’re a beginner to the whole process. That’s why we always hang onto this simple, cute little spiralling teapot mat tutorial from Embroideroo! It gives us something fun but easy to refer to our beginner friends or any of the kids we teach yarn skills to in our family and friend circles.

9. Corked baby hat


Does the idea of corking something wearable appeal to you most but you’ve already made yourself a few scarves and you’re ready for a new challenge, as long as it’s something small and manageable? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest that you give this adorable little baby hat a try! We love the simple step by step instructions at this WikiHow tutorial and we can’t get over how cute their little yarn tassel finishing detail is!

10. Circular area rug


Perhaps you find the spiraling teapot mat idea we showed you earlier in our list interesting but you were actually hoping to tackle a project that’s a little bit bigger and more satisfying? Maybe you’re just looking for an alternative way to use similar techniques because you don’t actually drink tea! Either way, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Eruptive Designs used yarn in different contrasting and complementary colours to cork themselves a whole circular floor mat using their yarn spool.

11. Cute corked candy kitchen sponges


Have you been scrolling through our list hoping to come across some kind of decorative piece or trinket that you can make for yourself or your kids, but the funny lizard we showed you earlier isn’t quite what you had in mind? Then perhaps you’d prefer these adorable yarn crafted candies in colourful “wrappers” instead! Check out how Necobit made the yarn wrappers using their corking spool, filling them and tying the gather ends in simple ways to finish the whole project off neatly.

12. Spiralled corked purse


Have you actually been yarn crafting since you were a very small child and now you’d consider yourself essentially an expert at corking? Then you’re probably already familiar with just how many things you can create from a simple corked eye cord as long as you’re willing to use a little imagination! At that skill level, you’re the perfect person to make something like this stunning corked purse by Big Blue Bully Bus. They suggest creating a little bag by swirling your eye cords into little rosettes and sewing them together edge to edge.

13. French knit tool lanyard


Did you know that corking or yarn spooling can also be called French knitting thanks to its area of origin? Well, regardless of what you refer to your skills and tools as, here’s another awesome and super practical project for your list of ideas! Stormdrane suggests using durable paracord in a variety of thicknesses to create a strong lanyard fit for attaching tools to your hiking bag.

14. Small spool knit floral purse


Were you pretty enamoured with the spool knit floral purse we showed you above but you’re also convinced that it’s a little bit over your head in terms of the skills required to make it happen? Then maybe you’d be better starting off with this simpler yarn corked purse idea that’s a little more basic in its construction but still gives you a bit of the floral element you like so much! Get the full instructions for making your own on WikiHow.

15. Spool knit baby rattle


Did we really catch your attention when we talked about corking little toys for your kids but your little ones are still babies, so they’re not quite ready for bouncy lizards and yarn candies? In that case, we definitely think you should check out this corked and yarn wrapped baby’s rattle design instead! WikiHow guides you through the process of wrapping the plastic ring, crossing corked yarn eye cords at the centre to tie around the edge, and even affixing some bells at the end of each cord to make the rattle lots of fun for baby to play with.

Sours: https://wonderfuldiy.com/corking-crafts/
How to use the Embellish Knit Automatic Spool Loom

In this section, you’ll find a number of free spool knitting projects from The Crafty Tipster.

I don’t remember using a spool knitter or round loom as a child but I must admit that I have found them to be fun now that I’m older. We have only a few projects here right now but hopefully they will inspire you to create something clever with your spool knit cord or web.

Spool Knitting Project – Soap Covers

This super quick and easy tutorial for a spool knitting project to make soap covers. Glam up your soap or just make your own personal scrubby. Rub-a-dub-dubbing in the tub was never so much fun.

Continue ReadingSpool Knitting Project – Soap Covers

Spool Knit Hat Pattern

Another of the wonderful vintage spool knitting patterns from Mary A. McCormack, the Spool Knit Hat pattern comes with instructions for making a knit dolly hat and a knit child's hat. What little girl wouldn't love having her favorite dolly's hat or bonnet match her own?

Continue ReadingSpool Knit Hat Pattern

Spool Knit Doll Skirt Pattern

The great thing about this spool knitted doll skirt pattern is it is so easily adaptable for any size doll. The doll skirt pattern dates back to 1909. Little girls today should have even more fun making skirts for their dolls with all of the new pretty colors and textures of yarn available.

Continue ReadingSpool Knit Doll Skirt Pattern

Lotsa Loops Spool Knit Cat Toy

A quick and clever cat toy made from spool knit cord that is perfect for kids to make for their feline friends.

Continue ReadingLotsa Loops Spool Knit Cat Toy

Spool Knit Circular Mat

A vintage spool knitting project that takes 2-post cording and uses it to create a flat mat.

Continue ReadingSpool Knit Circular Mat

Sours: http://www.thecraftytipster.com/spool-knitting/spool-knitting-projects

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Spool knitting

A young girl spool knitting in 1909

Spool knitting,corking,French knitting or tomboy knitting is a form of knitting that uses a spool with a number of nails around the rim to produce a narrow tube of fabric. The spool knitting devices are called knitting spools, knitting nancys, or French knitters.

The technique is to wrap the yarn around the spool's pegs. The yarn is then lifted over, thereby creating stitches. This process is repeated continually until the project is complete.

Spool knitting is a traditional way to teach children the basic principles of knitting. According to Mary McCormack, author of Spool Knitting (published in 1909), "Few elementary exercises have aroused more interest in the child than the toy knitting; due, perhaps, to its simplicity and his power to do it easily and well."[1][2]

Spool knitters typically have four or five pegs (or brass nails), although the number can range to more than one hundred.[3]

Many things can be made from the resulting tube. For example, it can be wound in a spiral to produce a mat or rug or, if a larger spool with more nails is used, a sock or a hat could be made. Historically, spool knitting has been used to make horse reins.[3]

Spools sold as "knitting nancys" sometime had a picture of a girl painted or printed on them, thus resembling a wooden doll. Homemade knitting spools are sometimes made by placing a peg-like object, such as a nail, into a hard solid object, such as a block of wood.

Modern plastic knitting spool with crank

I-cord is a similar, but not identical, knitting technique.

Knitting spools are the oldest members of the knitting loom family, with a history dating back over 400 years.[4] It has been speculated, however, that the so-called Roman dodecahedra may have been used as glove knitting devices, dating to c. 1st–5th century CE.[5]

Beginning in the latter half of the 20th century, various small looms (usually plastic) using the same peg-knitting technique as knitting spools have been made. Some are larger than knitting spools, and can knit larger items. Some are straight, enabling flat items such as blankets or scarfs to be made, and some are round for making socks, hats, or other similar items. Simple versions contain just peg-like structures sticking up from a solid object. More complex ones operate complex mechanisms and automatically produce a knitted item with just a simple motion, such as a turn of a crank.

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Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spool_knitting

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