Skip Navigation

Click for Lion Brand Yarn Home Page
separator
Our Yarns
The LB Collection
Martha Stewart Crafts
Request Free Catalog
Our Yarns
Yarn by Weight
separator
New Catalog
separator
Shop
separator
  • free patterns
  • special sales
  • new items
  • 15% off coupon
    US orders only
    view past newsletters   Click to view newsletters and subscription choice
separator
Free Catalog
separator
Patterns
separator
Lion Brand
     Yarn Studio
     Retail Store, New York, NY
separator
Lion Brand
     Yarn Shop
     Retail Store, Colonie, NY
separator
Lion Brand Outlet
     Retail Store, Carlstadt, NJ
separator
Find a Store
post code:
country:
within:
more options   Click for more store-locator options
Home : Patterns : Spool Knitting - How to use a Spool Knitter
 

Free Craft Pattern: Spool Knitting - How to use a Spool Knitter

Lion Brand« Jiffy®
Pattern #: BK4K-0602009
Knitting is the art of creating a fabric by pulling loops through loops. Although it is often done on needles, it can be done on looms as well. A spool knitter is a small round loom that can be used to create a knitted fabric. Spool knitters are cylinders that have three or more pegs or nails that stick out of the top. The nails are used to form and hold the stitches while knitting. The most common type of spool knitter has four pegs or nails. You can buy a spool knitter or you can easily make one. The one in our example is made of polymer molding clay that can be baked in the oven to harden it.
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 5 reviews)
Most current review / See all reviews
Write a review

SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)

SIZE: One Size
The size of your braid depends on the size of the yarn and how far apart the pegs (nails) are on your spool knitter. If they are close and you use a thin yarn, the braid will be narrow. In the example shown, where we used Jiffy yarn and a knitter with nails that are about an inch apart, the braid was 3/4 inch wide [roughly 2 cm]

PUBLISHED IN:  By Kids, For Kids
CORRECTIONS: None
 

  Add to Notes and Favs
Save
     Send to a friend
Email
  Pattern Help
Help
  Print
Print
  Download
Download
 
Image of Spool Knitting - How to use a Spool Knitter
The fabric produced on the spool knitter can be flat or in a cylindrical braid. The spool-knit braid is most common and is shown in this tutorial
  Zoom
Zoom
  For Text-to-Speech Browsers
No Images
Brailler Input Format - Duxbury and others
Braillers
Tweet this
Tweet!

    Pin It

Pin It
 

 

Color (A)
Jiffy®

Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 450-114: Jiffy Yarn: True Red
Click here for larger swatch
To change colors, simply select color name from the drop-down above or else click the swatch you want to change and then click a color below
Jiffy®
Fisherman White Light Pink Blossom Denim Navy True Red Chili
Caffe Camel Espresso Apple Green Avocado Grape Charcoal Mist Black
Silver Heather Dark Grey Heather Aqua Green Tea Country Green Wine Violet Dusty Pink
Shocking Pink Sky El Paso Salem Kitty Hawk Denim Spray Rose Spray Purple Spray
Camel Spray
*Jiffy® (Article #450). 100% Acrylic; package size: Solids (except 151 Dusty Grey): 3 oz./85g; 135 yd/123m balls
Multi (plus 151 Dusty Grey): 2.5 oz./70g; 115 yd/103m balls

You can also buy materials separately
 
MATERIALS
To change colors, click the drop-down list or swatches above
QUANTITY PRICE ALT QTY  
•  450-114 Jiffy Yarn: True Red
   ball
$ 3.99  
Giant 5 inch Plastic Red Superknitter (Large Spool Knitter)   $ 2.95  Or make your own knitter!
Not available, sorry!
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 5 [3.75 mm]   $ 2.70  Note that only one needle is used. If you bought your spool-knitter, the needle is included with the knitter.
 

Spool Knitting - How to use a Spool Knitter

Lion Brand« Jiffy®

GAUGE:

Exact gauge is not essential to this project.

BRAID
CASTING ON YOUR SPOOL KNITTER

1. Start by threading the yarn through the spool knitter from the top so that the loose end passes through the spool and comes out the bottom.

2. Wrap the yarn in the counter clockwise direction around one of the nails.
3. Continuing to the next nail in the clockwise direction, loop the yarn around the nail counter clockwise.

Repeat until there is a loop on each nail.

KNITTING ON YOUR SPOOL KNITTER

4. Continuing in the clockwise direction, place the yarn on the outside of the first nail so that it is positioned on the nail above the loop that is already on the nail. Your original loop is on the bottom and the new yarn (not yet a loop) is on the top.

5. Insert a slender knitting needle into the loop that is on the bottom and that goes around the nail
6. Use the needle to lift the loop up, over the new strand of yarn and over the top of the nail, and slide the loop off the needle so it is on the inside of the spool. You will now have only one loop on the nail -- the new loop!
7. Give a gentle tug to the tail of the yarn to pull the stitch just made down into the center of the spool.

Proceeding in the clockwise direction, repeat steps 4-7 on each nail. Each time you lift the loop over, you create a stitch. Looking at the top of the knitter, it begins to look like a web. Soon, you'll find that there is a thick braid being created in the center of the spool!

There are many uses for spool knitters and the braid they produce. Click here for the easy pattern for our tiny spool-knitted teddy bear.

To find out more about spool knitting, visit the Lion Brand Yarn Blog: Spool Speak


 


 


Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 5 reviews)
Have you made this pattern?
Write your own review Send us a photo
See all reviews  
Spool Knitting - How to use a Spool Knitter Reviewed by Sue O on 2011-09-10 *
Would be helpful for the demo pictures if a different color yarn was used than the color of the spool. The spool, the yarn, and the stick are all red, so it is very hard to see. Need a striking contrast in the colors to see the instruction pictures better. Spool knitting is really fun and have done it since childhood. Was a great activity on many long vacation car rides. If you like spool knitting you can also teach kids to finger knit, where the 4 fingers on one hand are used as the pegs and the yarn is looped and pulled through to make a loosely woven piece. Google "finger knitting."


When you are in New York City, visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio at 34 W. 15th Street for a one-of-a-kind yarn lover's experience. For more information, visit the website, LionBrandYarnStudio.com
separator separator
Bookmark This!  separator
Sign up for our Newsletter  
separator Share This!  separator About Us separator Contact Us separator
  Font Size:   
Click to view page with standard font Click to view page with larger font Click to view page with largest font