Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Spool Knitting Tutorial


Spool knitter: also know as French Knitter, Knitting Nancy, a knitting doll or like mine, a knitting bee.


  1. loop around the first peg
  2. loop around the second peg
  3. loop around the third peg
  4. loop around the fourth peg
  5. wrap the yarn above the loop on the first peg
  6. insert your pointy-thingamy into the first loop 
  7. lift the first loop over the yarn wrap and off the peg with your handy yarn-lifting-doovalacky-whatsit-tool
  8. repeat steps 5, 6 & 7 on the next peg and then the next peg and so on.


Tips: tug on the yarn end that comes out the bottom every few loops. This helps to keep your project tensioned nicely and moving down through the centre of your knitting bee, errr spool, your knitting spool. 
Alternative Method

Instead of wrapping your yarn around the outside edge of your peg, loop the yarn around the same way you did in the first 4 steps. 

This gives a different finish to your project and it is easier to lift the loops over the peg.


Try alternating a row of wrapping around the peg and a row with the yarn looped on the outside of the peg. In the above picture all three finishes are shown. The top green cord is the first method and bottom green cord is the second, the black cord is alternating between the two methods. 

To Finish

To finish lift the loop from one peg to the next and lift the bottom loop over the top loop. 

Then lift that loop to the next peg and so on. For the final loop cut the yarn and pull it through the centre of the loop and your done. 


I decided to make a necklace with my spool knitting.

I tied a slip knot in one end to secure the ends together then plaited the three different cords types together, this gives a wonderful textural difference don't you think? 

Then I undid the slip knot and plaited the yarn ends together finishing off with a simple knot.  


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