DIY: Knitting Spools!

Good morning crafters! I was looking for a way to transition the kids in my knitting group from knitting on their fingers to knitting on needles and came up with this: Homemade knitting spools:


I read on a website that using a “knitting nancy” or knitting spool was a great way to teach kids to knit so instead of buying knitting spools I made some for pennies! Heres how:

  1. Pound 4 small 1″ long nails called brads around the hole of a wooden spool.
  2. Roll a scrap of cardstock around a knitting needle and insert it in the hole in the spool, that prevents the yarn from snagging on the wood, no need to glue:)
  3. If you like you can wrap another scrap of paper around the outside of the spool or let the kids decorate their own!

Here is how to use a knitting spool!

First, feed the end of the yard down through the top hole (the end with the nails) so it comes out the bottom hole. Then wrap the yarn around each nail from back to front going around the spool counterclockwise.  Wrap the yarn around each spool again so it looks like this:

Then use a small crochet hook or knitting needle to lift the bottom string over the top. It will look like this:

After each round of knitting give the string on the bottom a little tug and after a few rounds you will start to see a fabric cord forming out the bottom of the spool. You can use this cord for purse straps, belts, hat strings or roll it into a spiral and stitch it flat and use it for a Barbie doll rug or pot holder. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!