10 Homemade Knitting Nancys
French Knitting for Young and Old Alike
French knitting is growing in popularity again as it has over the decades. There are plenty of spool knitters out there to be purchased, but have you ever thought about making your own out of materials you have lying around the house? You can do just that.
To get your creative juices flowing, I've compiled tutorials for homemade french knitters in a variety of sizes and styles to make a variety of knitted items. There are a lot of different ways to assemble them too.
Whether you call it a (or Ned), Knitting Nobby (or Knobby or Noddy), Knitting Mushroom, French Knitter (or french knitting loom), Tricotin (or Tricotosa), Bizzy Lizzy, Knitting Dolly, or a Knitting Nancy ... check out the links below and use them as inspiration to create your own knitting noddy with items you have on hand. Knitting Castle
Speedy Spool Knitting
I love the feel of hand-knitting! It's slow and therapeutic, taking very little thought.
However, sometimes I need to (literally) crank out a lot of i-cord fast. I use my Knit! Machine Kit. It's quick and easy to use and has a smooth hand-crank action! It's a relatively flexible tool for a variety of yarns.
My Homemade Spool Knitter
I used inspiration from a couple of the pages linked below. I have created a number of different knitters for different types of projects using everything from PVC pipe or toilet paper tubes to poster tubes and buckets.
When I thought about pegs, I considered nails, but the nail heads I had were too big. I wanted to try the popsicle sticks, but I didn't have any. I even thought about taping spoons to the base (handle ends up), but decided against them because they were too bulky. Then, inspiration struck...
I have a worn out bamboo shade waiting to be taken apart and used for craft projects. I pulled out one of the bamboo slats and cut it into the right size pieces. Then I filed the ends a bit to make sure they wouldn't snag. I taped them into place, and voila... quick and easy spool knitter!
I was knitting in no time!
Make Your Own Spool Knitter Instructions
Spool Knitter #1
Wooden Chair Foot with Nails
If you have wooden thread spools laying around the house (I inherited some from an elderly aunt who kept everything), they make the perfect small spool knitters. Or you can get creative like Happy Whimsical Hearts and use a wooden chair foot. I love her use of a wood burner and milk paint to personalize it!
A few nails... and presto! You have a knitting nancy made to order - perfect for narrow i-cord.
Books and Resources for French Knitting
Every crafter has to start somewhere. This book has loads of tips and strategies to get loom knitters (really just spool knitting in different shapes and sizes) started on the right foot)
Spool Knitter #2
PVC Pipe & Hardwood Dowels
I think this is the sturdiest design I've seen and can be easily altered by size of PVC pipe and the number of dowels. So why stop with just one knitting loom? Make a bunch to use for a wide variety of projects. A few simple tools and you are on your way.
Spool Knitter #3
After you've got your start, take your loom knitting to the next level with this Leisure Arts book. Learn how to make more projects with your loom knitter(s) and find out how to make them special with new stitches and tricks of the trade. This is a great book with tons of beautiful and creative projects!
Spool Knitter #4
A French Knitter from Nature
A section of tree limb or trunk becomes a french knitter in this tutorial. You'll need the right tools to drill the holes, but this design is worth it... especially if you love the rustic look.
If I were using this design, I would definitely make sure to choose a well-dried piece of wood without sap (especially avoid pine). I would also add a clear coat of lacquer to give it finish and make sure all the edges are smooth for projects.
Spool Knitter #5
Kids can have a great time with spool knitting, creating animals shapes, and any creation they can dream up. Instructions and inspiration can be found inside!
Spool Knitter #6
Toilet Paper Tube & Popsicle Sticks
This is the perfect page for helping young people create their first knitting nancy. This is actually the design I used for my Infinity Scarf Tutorial because I had the materials (more or less) and wanted to get right to the knitting. In other words, the knitter is quick and easy to make and even quicker and easier to use. I didn't bother to pretty mine up, but the children I know would want it pretty - whether it be with pretty paper or their own coloring and decorations.
The fun of spool knitting taken to a whole new plane! Turn your simple to do projects into complicated-looking and beautiful jewelry and other accessories.
Spool Knitter #7
Tin Can & Cotter Pins
This is one of the more unique design I've seen. I like the reuse of the tin can and the cotter pins seem like a smoother alternative to nails. The cotter pin heads widen nicely, but still allow the loops to slide off easily.
But where could you get this many cotter pins (if you are like me and don't have a bucket full laying around the house)? I'm thinking hardware stores and surplus stores and I doubt they're very expensive.
Want to learn how to make this knitting loom? Click here for instructions.
Note:On the tutorial page, there's a picture at the top and then some funny stuff that had me thinking there weren't any instructions. Keep scrolling down the page to get to the tutorial.
Spool Knitter #8
Plastic Drink Mix Container
For a one piece model, with no assembly needed - just some measuring and cutting - this is a great design. It reuses one of any variety of plastic drink containers. The page gives a number of examples, so you can use what you have on hand. In my home, it would be a V-8 Fusion plastic bottle.
Note: This page also has instructions for a spool knitter with popsicle sticks and toilet paper roles similar to the one above. Scroll past that one to get to the plastic bottle tutorial.
Spool Knitter #9
One thing I really like about this design is that it's all one piece. I wouldn't have to worry about the pegs coming loose or shifting if I pulled too hard. (Also, it makes me smile because it reminds me so much of the talking electrical plug from the old electrical safety promos, but that's neither here nor there.)
When I look at this design (and the juice jug up above), it makes me think, "I could do this with almost anything to get any size cord I want!" It's so freeing and so simple to do!
What would you turn into a spool knitter? If you like the pill bottle version, click here for instructions.
Will you be making a French Knitter?
Will you be making a French Knitter?
Spool Knitter #10
Don't Feel Limited by Size or Shape
I created this knitting loom - really just a version of a spool knitter with more pegs and a larger diameter - to knit a cowl scarf. I wanted to share it here so you would also know that it's possible to create spool knitters in a variety of shapes and sizes with wide ranging numbers of pegs for different knitting effects.
Click here to see more about how I used this 5-gallon bucket to knit a beautiful cowl scarf
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