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Spool Knitting

Updated on December 26, 2014

Spool Knitting for Young and Old

One of the first crafts that I remember doing as a child was spool knitting. I would make all kinds of long strings. I think I remember making rugs for my dolls and pot holders for my mom. Wish I could remember more but my mom isn't here to help me anymore. Can't remember much more about it as that was over 50 years ago. I had forgotten all about spool knitting through the years. What brought it to mind again again was when I was trying to think of what crafts my granddaughter might like. I think she could come up with some really cool things to do with the finished strands. We had already tried beading, embroidery, and plastic canvas.

The image is from the public domain.

This would be a great project for mom or grandma to have quality time with either sex of children.

If Theses Children Can Spool Knit - There Is No Reason You Can't Spool Knit

Spool knitting is for all ages. In each one of these videos, the children are showing you how to do it. So, if you are afraid to give it a try, follow their instructions so that you too can learn to spool knit.

Handmade Spool Knitter
Handmade Spool Knitter

Variety Of Sizes And Nails

I Didn't Know There Were So Many

As I was doing research on what videos were available to show you how to do the spool knitting, I saw some versions that I had never seen before. I mean they went from the small normal ones with nails (which I used when I was a child) to great big huge ones for making netting. I never realized they had taken spool knitting to such lengths. I didn't realize that there were so many nail variations either. I have retrieved videos for each type of spool knitting so you can see what the differences are. I also have one on creating a necklace using the spool knitter and wire. There were some videos with children showing you how to spool knit (see above). This goes to show you that spool knitting is fairly easy to do. You just have to get your rhythm.

You can use almost any type of thread or rope that will go through the middle of the spool. If the material you want to use is thicker than the knitter you have, you need to get a spool or something round to make a knitter large enough to handle your material of choice. Either through video or article, I will show you various ways to make the spool knitters. I think these people have been wonderfully inventive in some of these spool knitters.

Photo appears courtesy of "Creative Commons by DreamsInBloom"

Which Do You Prefer Most - Spool Knitting Or Knitting With Needles

Men do knitting, too.
Men do knitting, too.

I have tried regular knitting and spool knitting and spool knitting wins by a huge margin. I kept dropping stitches when I was doing regular knitting and having to chase down the lost thread or have a big glaring flaw in my finished piece.

By the way, Men Do knitting, too.

This picture is taken from the public domain. It's copyright has expired.

Which Do You Prefer Most: Spool Knitting or Knitting with Needles?

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Spooligarumi Dolls
Spooligarumi Dolls

What To Do With Spool Knit Ropes

By Noreen Crone-Findlay

While looking at Noreen's site, I found some wonder things to do with the spool knit ropes. She embellishes shawls that she designs. She has some incredible dolls and toys that she makes with them, like the one in the picture. She also has some projects that you could do. I really did fall in love with all the beautiful things she did with spool knitting.

The picture of the Spooligarumi Doll is copyrighted and used with the permission of Noreen Crone-Findlay

Spool Knitting Group On Yahoo

DIY Knitters - Links to making your own knitter

I love making my own crafting tools. Here are some wonderful links on how to make your own spool knitters.

Some sites are foreign sites so you might want to use Google Translate to translate them for you. Remember you can either put the website link or some words in there to translate.

How To Make Your Own - Spool Knitter

Here are some cool ways to make your own spool knitter. You will be helping the environment by recycling materials to make these knitters.

Spool Knitting Tutorials - Learn how to use your spool knitter

The links here will show you how to use your knitter. Items you can make will be in a later module.

Learn How To Spool Knit - Or Refresh Your Memory

Here are just a few Youtube videos to help you learn how to spool knit. Just go to Youtube and search for spool knitting, French knitting, corking (of course, with this one, you will get other types of corking than just the knitting), or tricotin to find more videos. Not sure what else it would be called.

Your Opinion Counts

Wood Spool Knitter
Wood Spool Knitter

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What Can You Make - With your spool knitter

I have shown you how to make your own knitter and given you instructions on how to use them. Now, I am going to give you some links to what you can make with your knitter.

Some sites are foreign sites so you might want to use Google Translate to translate them for you. Remember you can either put the website link or some words in there to translate.

Items You Can Make With A Spool Knitter - Isn't It Great Having A Visual Tutorial

What Do Spool Knitters Look Like - Links to images of various types of Spool Knitters

I did not realize that spool knitters came in such a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are utilitarian and others are very decorative. Have a look and see all the wonder.

I would also like to know if you are teaching the younger generation so that this lovely craft does not get lost.

Are You Experienced In Spool Knitting? - If Yes, What Did You Make?

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      Grandma-Marilyn 3 years ago

      @sha-ron: Cool. Great to have memories like that.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      This takes me back I remember my mum teaching me how she did it with cotton reels and 4 nails. Such a cheap way to get kids started. We made mats and cushions with ours

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      Grandma-Marilyn 3 years ago

      @acreativethinker: I like the idea of using wire to do spool knitting to make jewelry.

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      acreativethinker 3 years ago

      This was an easy and fun craft to learn growing up. It's been a while since I've

      done it, but may pick it up again. Thanks for sharing this. Take care :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @sheilamarie78: It was fun. Haven't done it in a long time though.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Sounds like fun! I've never tried it.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @AcornOakForest: Cool. I will get the link and add it to my links.

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      Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Great minds... I just finished a lens about spool knitting too. They're just different enoughnto complement one another. Nice job on yours! You provided a lot of great resources. Thanks and blessed

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @SianaL: Cool. Glad to hear that you have taken it up. I am trying to keep crafts like this alive.

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      SianaL 4 years ago

      I just took spool knitting up again and already made some mittens! Great lens!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @dream1983: Thank you. I wanted the craft to carry on.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, nice topic! Squidlike

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Congrads on reaching Squidoo level 59. Am going for next. Conversations helps generate new ideas new topics. Thanks.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Wow, that takes spool kniottong to a whole new level. I never appreciated it as a child and always use needles. Great lens

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you, skies. Yes, I was really astounded when I started researching spool knitting. There is so much more to it now than when I was a child with a wooden spool and nails in it.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @kimadagem: That is cool that you still have your original spools and the little helper. I remember Remco. I would love to see some of your work done on the spool. Once you get some done, you should make a lens about it and link it to this one. Thank you for leaving this wonderful comment.

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      kimadagem 5 years ago

      I still have my spools that I got when I was a kid (a really, really long time ago). They are in 3 different sizes; the biggest one has 6 pegs and the others have 4. They are plastic but they are "wood"-colored. There are 2 tools that look kinda like knitting needles, for doing the actual knitting; one is snapped off at the end but the other is complete and the end says "Remco." Anyone remember that brand? I'm thinking of making some beaded jewelry with them - only with crochet thread instead of wire. I think it would be easier to work with.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @MarianaFargasch: Oh, I had to put the little children in there so that the adults could see that if they could do it so could the adults.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @sorana lm: It really is interesting and there are so many different types of looms out there now. What you do with your finished knitting is limited by your imagination

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @aishu19: Unfortunately, I did not get her away from her mp3 or DS. Oh well, her loss.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thank you for commenting.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @andreaberrios lm: It is really easy to do. Please don't think to yourself that it is hard because then you defeat yourself. I love the tutorials from the little kids.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: So glad to hear that you are passing on the love of crafting to others. That is my whole goal in writing these articles. I want to pass down the love of crafting so it doesn't disappear.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Tipi. It is really easy to do. You can even use beads with it to make jewelry. I have seen the ones made with wire and they look like bead crochet.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: You can buy the wooden spools from various beading supply shops so that you can make them. Of course, there is always the plastic kind available out there, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have never tried spool knitting, but I would like to. Never been too good at needle knitting. This is a nice tutorial page, lots of great information.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: It would be a wonderful way for you to spend quality time with them, too. I have the plastic version running around here somewhere also. I have to get all of my craft items in order.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Me too, me too, I had the bobbin with the nails in it, and I loved knitting with it, I believe it is what got me first started with yarn as a child. I now have the new plastic version but have not used it in a long time. Love the gift idea for teens, my nieces would love the kit to make jewelry this way :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, I loved it as a child, we used to use the wooden reels that sewing thread came on, until eventually they were changed over to plastic of some sort, and would not take the tacks which dad used to knock in to hold the wool. I must look at some of these great videos!

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Only last week I showed my friend how to do spool knitting! It is easy and you see quick results, so good for kids, too.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @poutine: I know about the different sizes. Surprised me when I saw them.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @huvalbd: I hope that V liked the spool knitting. It is really fun and relaxing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Margo, it is so easy to do. You would really enjoy it.

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      andreaberrios lm 6 years ago

      Excellent informative lens. I always watched my grandmother do this and she tried to teach me but I just couldn't do it. Maybe now I could try again, Thanks!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This looks like so much fun!

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      This does look like an amazing form of craft..I do hope you are enjoying this with your granddaughter

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I like knitting but I've never done spool knitting. Quite interesting.

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      Love all the videos and detailed information :) Love the video of the little girl! Too cute! :)

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I used to do spool knitting also when I was a kid. It was fun.

      Now they have the huge one where you can hats, scarves and even "bed socks" which my sister does all the time.

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Fascinating! I'm going to point this out to V before tomorrow night's Stitch N Bitch knitting group session...

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @ChemKnitsBlog2: Thank you for letting us know what you made with your spool knitting rope. Can't remember what I used to make so mine may have stayed ropes. LOL

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @kimbesa2: Thank you for angel blessing my lens, Kim.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @marsha32: I don't know why I don't remember what I made with my spoolknitting and Mom isn't around anymore to ask. I remember doing it, just not what I did.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      I used to do a lot of this when I was a kid....and now look, they have the larger ones to use now....or did they have those back then too? I thought I was so cool making dresses, scarves and things for my Barbie's.

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for this! I remember it, too! **angel blessed**

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I used to make so many "rugs" with this technique! Love it :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      Hey, Margo, if 5 and 6 year olds can do it, so can you and I. All it is is wrapping the initial thread around the posts and then bring the thread around the outside like you do knitting and then just flip the thread that is on the post over the thread you have around the front. It will leave a loop on there for you to continue doing. Just go around to all the posts and go around and around and around. That is all there is to it.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I enjoy knitting, but this looks beyond me, but its interesting