Spool knitting

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A knitting spool.

Spool knitting, corking, French knitting or tomboy knitting is a form of knitting that uses a spool and a number of nails to produce a narrow tube of fabric, similar to i-cord. Spool knitting is a traditional way to teach children the basic principles of knitting.

Spool knitters typically have four or five pegs (or brass nails), although can also range from sixteen to more than one hundred. [1]

Many things can be made from the resulting tube e.g. it can be wound in a spiral to produce a mat or rug, or if a larger spool with more nails in is used, a sock or a hat could be made. Spool knitting has also been used historically to make horse reins. [2]

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  1. ^ "Spool Knitter". historicalfolktoys.com. Historial Folk Toys. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Spool Knitter". historicalfolktoys.com. Historial Folk Toys. Retrieved 7 December 2014.