How To French Knit – With Pictures

How To French Knit - Tutorial With Pictures

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to use a knitting nancy. French knitting or spool knitting is an easy and fast way to make I-cords. French knitting is also a perfect way to teach children how to knit.

You’ll need:

  • knitting nancy*
  • yarn – you can use any kind of yarn: thick or thin, cotton, wool, or polyester, yarn scraps etc.
  • needle and scissor

* If you don’t have a knitting nancy, it’s very easy to make your own with items you already have at home, such as a toilet roll tube and popsicle sticks, or a wooden thread spool (or branch) and nails. Just search the Internet for ‘DIY knitting nancy’ and you’ll find many options.

How to start french knitting spool knitting

Use a needle to thread the yarn through the knitting nancy.

How to start a knitting nancy

Loop the yarn around the pegs. Doesn’t it look like a four-leaf clover? 😉

How To Spool Knit French Knit With Pictures

Now begin to knit: Wind the warn around the outside of the four pegs. Lift the bottom loop over the top loop and peg. You made your first stitch!

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Continue to wind the yarn around, and loop the bottom loop over the top loop till your I-cord is long enough. Every now and then, pull the tail hanging out the bottom of the knitting nancy. If you want to change colors, tie on another yarn. To cast off: Cut the yarn, thread the tail through all four loops, and pull it tight.

You can use the I-cord to make heart and star ornaments or candy-canes.

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