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It was such a beautiful day today that we sat outside and knitted away. Neighbors stopped by to chat a bit while some neighborhood children partook in a little yarn fun with the extra spool knitters.

Spool knitting is so much fun for children … no matter their real age. And upcycling the actual knitter is easy with just a few discarded (but saved) materials. We had lots of fun making and using them today.

ღ Mom

Hand-Made Spool Knitters {Tutorial}


  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • craft knife
  • packing tape (or 3 or 4 fat rubber bands)
  • hot glue (or white school glue–takes longer to set)
  • 1 empty cardboard tube from a roll of aluminum foil (makes 4 knitters)
  • 4 popsicle sticks per knitter (or 2 sticks cut evenly in half)


Gather supplies. Lay out newspaper on a flat firm work surface.

The tubes from aluminum foil rolls usually measure about 12-inches long which makes several knitters.

Photos can better explain how to do this so follow along below. Click on pics for closeups.

{ Spool Knitting Resources }

  Read and/or print this Spool Knitting book (pub 1909) from Project Gutenberg. The projects in this book uses a 2-prong knitter. Since our knitter has 4-prongs, just use any 2 of the 4 prongs that are opposite each other.

  Red Heart Yarns French Knitter (YouTube)