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Spool Knitting - How to make a Spool Knitter
Pattern Number: BK4K-0602020
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 / 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.
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner (Level 1)
SIZE: One Size
Approximately 1.5 in [4 cm] in diameter, 2 in [5 cm] high
PUBLISHED IN: By Kids, For Kids
- Oven-hardening Polymer clay in one or more colors
- Sharp knife
- Straight-sided glass or rolling pin
- Cookie tray
- 4 brass 1-inch [2.5 cm] nails
Your spool knitter does not have to be decorated, but
decorating is fun, so we used several colors of clay.
Spool knitters can be any size. If you are going to
use worsted or light worsted weight yarn, you'll probably want
to have the pegs about 3/4 inch [2 cm] apart. If
you are using heavier yarn or two or more strands of yarn,
you'll want the pegs farther apart. Our knitter is
designed for using two thicknesses of Lion Wool and the pegs
are about 1 inch [2.5 cm] apart.
All work was done on an aluminum cookie sheet -- the clay
can cause damage to finished wood surfaces!
1. Start by rolling your primary color flat so that
it is about 1/4 inch [.5 cm] thick.
2. Trim the piece so it is 4 inches [10 cm] wide by
1.75 inches [4 cm] tall.
3. Cut out any decoration pieces (we used a tiny
heart cookie cutter)
4. Arrange your decorations as you wish, turn the
piece upside down and roll it gently so that the decoration is
embedded in the clay embedded in the clay.
5. You'll need a top edge that is thick enough to hold
the nails. We made one by rolling several colors of clay
together and cutting it into pieces that were about 1/4 in [.5
cm] long. We put the pieces side-by-side around the top
edge with the circular cross section edge facing
outwards. When we gently squished the pieces together,
this gave us an edge that was 1/4 in [.5 cm] wide.
6. Just to be pretty, we decided to put twisted decoration
around the bottom. We rolled a very thin layer of each
of the three colors and cut a very thin slice -- about 1/8 inch
[.25 cm]. We twisted the thin slice and rolled it gently so
that it looked like a candy cane. Then we positioned
it around the bottom of the spool knitter, cutting to fit and
pressing it into shape.
7. Finally, we turned the spool knitter right side up and
put the four nails into the top edge, evenly spaced and about an
inch [2.5 cm] apart. We placed them so that about half the nail was in the clay and about half sticking out.
Perform any final shaping -- the clay is dimensionally stable and won't either shrink or grow during baking. It won't smooth out either, so any dents that you want to have removed need to be done before baking. Bake in the oven per the manufacturer's instructions.
When it is cool, check out our instructions on how
to knit with a spool knitter.
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