Do you remember when you were little and your parents or grandparents gave you a little wooden spool that had four nails sticking out of it? Then they showed you how to add yarn to it and make a fun craft? Well, if you do remember this entertaining craft it was referred to as either spool knitting or corking.
There are many different things that you can make with spool knitting, like a long snake, coaster, hot pads, and Barbie carpets. Recently, we have seen many new cool things like little animals, pin cushions, mug rugs, jewelry and even sweaters. They have updated the old wooden spool to awesome new tools like the Clover French Knitter Jewelry Maker and the cute Knitting Spool Set from Estelle.
|Estelle Knitting Spool Set- available at The Yarn Store|
One of the easiest projects to start with is a circular mat. Once the spool knitting is done or you run out of yarn, you can coil it and sew it together on the back. This is a great way to learn how to sew things together. Don’t worry about getting it perfect if you make a mistake it is easy to hide.
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A bracelet can also be made from spool knitting. You can make these in several ways. Some of the ways to add charms on is to finish corking and sew your charms on after. Another way is to buy charms that have a metal clasp at the end. This way you can either open the clasp with pliers or a clasp that can be opened with your fingers. Something else that you can use to help you make jewelry is the Clover French Knitter Jewelry Maker.
|Clover French Knitter Jewelry Maker- available at The Yarn Store|
This Jewelry Maker can also make purse straps, sparkly curtain ties, necklaces, fancy waist belts, and other decorative items.
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If you are looking for more ideas, check out our Pinterest board! Anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
The kits that we have mentioned all come with instructions, but if you are looking for further guidance here is a tutorial. We hope we have inspired you to use our idea or create your own using spool knitting, enjoy!
Estelle Knitting Spool Set, TYS #84956, $12.99
* comes with pom pom makers
Clover French Knitter Jewelry Maker, TYS# 76221, $16.59
Knitter’s Pride- Beginners Craft Kit, TYS# 83709, $15.00 (shown on right)
- A useful set of products to get youngsters started on their craft journey
- Each packaged set contains:
- One pair of stainless steel scissors
- Straight acrylic needles (US 7 (4.5mm)/ 7” (18 cm))
- Bright Red “Knitting Dolly” spool
- Grey Aluminum Crochet Hook
- Plastic Tapestry Needles
- Measuring Tape