If you've been wanting to try spool knitting but don't want to spend a lot of money why not give it a go with one of these knitting kits for children? You find them in the toys section in many pound shops and I was lucky to receive one as a gift from a friend who knew I was looking for one.
The kit comes with 2 knitting spools and I've been experimenting with the smaller one making knitted tubes. It took me a while to figure out how to cast on and knit so I thought I'd put together this photo tutorial both for my future reference and yours if you'd like to try it. This is the method I like and that works for me but I've seen different ways of doing it on the Web just Google it and experiment to find your preferred method of casting on and knitting with a spool.
Shall we start?
Thread the end of the yarn through the top of the knitting spool and leave (according to some instructions found on the web) about 10 cm hanging out of the bottom. Basically you need to make sure you leave a long enough end so you can later work with it if needed.
Wind the yarn around each peg clockwise as shown in the picture below. Make sure it's not too tight or you won't be able to knit!
Bring the yarn to the front and just wind it around the front of the spool.
With the hook included in the kit pull the bottom loop up and over the top "loop" and the peg like so.
Repeat until you have 1 loop left on each peg, and you've just knitted your first round.
Again bring the yarn to the front and wind it around the front of the spool as you did before and knit. This is what it looks like after a few rounds.
And this is the knitted tube coming out the botom of the spool.
Enjoy your spool knitting!
On my next post I'll show you how to cast off.