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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 – Completed Cord.
Tahdah, you did it!