How to Spool Knit

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How to Spool Knit

How to Spool Knit

Spool knitting has been around for generations and is seeing a resurgence in popularity. Luckily for us crafters there are tons of companies making tools to make knitted web faster and easier than ever.

This tutorial uses a commercial spool knitting loom that I picked up at a thrift store. I haven’t seen it sold anywhere so it may have been part of a kit but there’s plenty of spool knitting looms available in most arts and crafts stores.

Children of days-gone-by used to make their own knitters out of an empty thread spool and pins. There are also tons of great online tutorials on how to make your own.

To make it easier to see the stitches, I’m going to show you how to do the basic stitch using just 3 of the pegs on my spool knitter – the basic technique is the same whether you use 2 pegs or dozens of pegs.

Step-by-Step: How to Spool Knit

Spool Knitting Step 1

Spool Knitting Step 1

Spool Knitting Step 1.

Slide the end of the yarn through the spool and make a loop around one of the pegs.

(The knot at the end of the yarn is to help show which yarn is the end and is not required.)

Spool Knitting Step 2

Spool Knitting Step 2

Spool Knitting Step 2.

Lay the yarn across the spool to the next peg.

Drape the yarn around the back of the peg and back across the spool as shown in the picture.

Spool Knitting Step 3

Spool Knitting Step 3

Spool Knitting Step 3.

Bring the yarn around the outside of the third peg.

Lay the yarn across the spool to the first peg as shown in the picture. It should look like figure eights between each of the pegs.

Spool Knitting Step 4

Spool Knitting Step 4

Spool Knitting Step 4.

Wrap the yarn around the outside of the 1st peg and drape it across the peg towards the 2nd peg.

Make sure your new loop sits on the peg above the existing loop.

Spool Knitting Step 5

Spool Knitting Step 5

Spool Knitting Step 5.

This step can be done with your fingers, but it is much easier and quicker to use a tool of some sort. There are some spool knitting kits that come with a thread puller but I’ve found crochet hooks are perfect for the job.

Put your puller/crochet hook into the bottom loop.

Spool Knitting Step 6

Spool Knitting Step 6

Spool Knitting Step 6.

Take the bottom loop and pull it over the new loop and the top of the peg.

Remove your puller from the loop and turn your spool to the next peg traveling in the same direction you did when you put the yarn on the spool in the earlier steps.

Spool Knitting Step 7

Spool Knitting Step 7

Spool Knitting Step 7.

Using the same figure-8 pattern as in steps 1-3, wrap the yarn around the outside of the next peg.

Repeat steps 5 and 6; continue creating stitches in this manner, going around the pegs.

Spool Knitting Step 8

Spool Knitting Step 8

Spool Knitting Step 8.

The stitches will look loose as shown in the picture in step 7; tighten them by periodically pulling on the tail/end of the yarn that you dropped down through the middle of the spool in step 1.

Continue knitting until your cording reaches the desired length.

Spool Knitting Step 9

Spool Knitting Step 9

Spool Knitting Finishing Off – Step 1.

Cut the yarn leaving a tail. Slide the tail under the loop on the first peg as shown to the left. Pull the tail completely through the loop.

Remove the loop from the peg.

Spool Knitting Finishing - Step 1

Spool Knitting Finishing - Step 1

Spool Knitting Finishing Off – Step 2.

Repeat around the spool until all loops have been removed from the pegs.

Pull the tail to tighten the ‘knot’.

Spool Knitting Finished Off - Step 2

Spool Knitting Finished Off - Step 2

Spool Knitting – Completed Cord.

Tahdah, you did it!

Spool Knitting Projects

If you are looking for free spool knitting projects be sure to check out our projects which include a quick and easy soap cover, doll hat and skirt, cat toy and circular mat.

 

7 Responses to How to Spool Knit

I am a man who works with senior citizens for the city.

We have a group (11 women and 1 man) who meet twice a week at our center to crochet and knit on projects for charity.

Some years ago I volunteered to help my wife knit Christmas gifts…..but, that’s another story. Let it suffice to say that I am looked to to help beginners get started with some yarn projects.

A few years ago friend of ours gave me a box of odds and ends….yarn, needles patterns, etc. Among the assorted collection was a spool knitter in the form of an apple. (Inscribed 1968) I remembered my sister having one on the shape of a glass but I hadn’t seen one for years and kept it.

I read all the instructions I could find one the web until I finally figured it out. (I guess I lost more common sense in college than I thought!)

I showed it to the ladies who remembered using one in elementary school, but no one could remember how!


Reply to Comment by Craig on

spool knitting is kinda hard, this guide is good though
.-= rickĀ“s last blog ..Mapquest =-.


Reply to Comment by rick on

We used to do this in Girl Scouts when I was young!! We used wooden spools with nails tacked into the top!! I couldn’t remember the pattern, though! Thank you for posting these instructions.


Reply to Comment by Tricia on

    You are most welcome Tricia. We never did this when I was in Girl Scouts but it would definitely make a great group craft.


    Reply to Comment by Michele on

Thanks for the help! I am making knitted hats for preemies, and thought a small “tail” at the top would be a nice finish. I make the spool knit ‘tail’, then finish the hat to 8 stitches and combine it with the little tail, (one tail stitch to two on the hat) and pull the hat yarn through all 12 to close the top.
My son made the spool for me, but while I remembered how to “knit’, my mother had always started it for me, and you saved my ‘good idea’ from being abandoned.


Reply to Comment by Shirley Daugherty on

    Oh I’m so glad my spool knitting tutorial helped you out. Sounds like your use of the cording would be quite cute.

    Thank you for letting me know.


    Reply to Comment by Michele on

I remember as a kid my Grand mother taught me how to do it. She would take the tails (we used to call them cat’s tails) and make all kinds of things with them. I had fun making them. Can not remember how we did the different colored ones. Gonna have to find a spool and make me one. We used to use finishing nails as the posts.
Thanks


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