French knitting is also sometimes called spool knitting. When I was a kid, the spool was a wooden cotton reel that Dad had fixed for me with 4 nails spaced around the top. With it I could knit a long length of knitting a bit like a cord that could then be used to make all sorts of cool things.
You won't find wooden cotton reels any more, but any good craft store is likely to have a french knitting tool at a very reasonable price. The ones I got for my grand-daughters also had a pom pom maker in the packs.
This kind of knitting for kids is relatively quick and easy and they can see the results of their work before the boredom/distraction sets in.
What you need to do French Knitting
- French knitting spool / tool
- a ball of yarn (more than one if you want to change colours)
- safety scissors
Thread the tail of your yarn through the centre of your spool.
Wind the yarn completely around each of the pegs at the top of the spool- go behind and bring the yarn around the front to cross over at the back before going to the next peg. I tend to go clock-wise around the tool, but I don't think it really matters.
Wrap the yarn around the first peg, use the hand tool to lift the original stitch on the peg up and over the wrapped yarn and let it fall to the back of the peg. Repeat for the other three pegs to finish your first row.
Give the tail of your yarn at the base of your spool a gentle tug and repeat the previous step until your knitting is the length you desire. Cut the yarn and thread the tail through each stitch to tie off.
And you are done. You can now use your french knitted cord to make any number of craft items. Check back as I add more to the page.
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