DIY spool loom cord knitted scarf
We use to call it corking, or French knitting (in French a spool loom is called “tricotin“) what use to be a way to teach children how to knit has now become a trendy way for people of all ages to make cool stuff. From easy items like this scarf above made from the cord knitted with a spool loom, called I-cord, to eternity scarves knitted on round looms and afghans knitted on rake looms, the Web abounds with tutorials on how to knit just about anything in fancy and intricate stitches.
UPDATE: in this post I have included two other spool loom knitted scarves that I have made since. One of the i-cord scarf is knitted in poly/cotton threads and embellished with a crochet flower and some hand beading. The other scarf is knitted with 100% wool and is decorated with inserted beads and jewelry.
I was first attracted by spool knitting when I saw this image on Pinterest…
Above is the image I found on Pinterest. When I visited the website of this crafty woman from France, I learned that she had also found that image on the internet. I therefore do not know who originally knitted this scarf and I cannot properly give credit to the person who had this ingenious idea of adding crochet leaves to the scarf, such an appropriate thought with this shade of green.
You can see that on my version of the scarf, the leaves do not look as good as those of the original scarf. That is because I thought that my crochet leaves were too puffy and were sticking out oddly, so… I ironed them flat… not a good decision. But, since I did not wear the scarf with an image of the original version attached to it, no one mentioned that my leaves were, oddly flat : )
I have to say that even if this scarf construction leaves some open spaces, it is a very warm scarf to wear. Especially since I chose 100% wool yarn. You might consider buying cotton yarn.
Above is the spool loom that I used. Ah! it was so easy to knit with this well adapted tool! When I was young I did corking with the classical empty wooden cotton reel with 4 nails hammered in (sorry to date myself here). The difficult part was to catch and loop the yarn over the nail with a wool needle, it was quite frustrating. I am so thrilled with this modernized adaptation. This shape is easy to hold and it came with a loom hook, yes, a loom hook! The pegs now have slots, the hook fits right in there making it easy to drag the yarn over the peg! I do not know who master minded and engineered the features of these current spools… but, I wish you only green lights when you drive back home today, and I hope that you will find money on the ground this week. Thank you for making the knitting world a better place.
Update with other French knitting scarves
Spool loom knitted scarf made with 100% wool
I knit this scarf with 100% wool yarn, using the smallest side of the spool loom. To embellish the scarf I simply thread metal beads and the turquoise mounted metal pieces over the i-cord. (The jewels were part of a purse previously purchased at a thrift shop).
This wool scarf is very warm to wear and teal is my favorite color.
The jewels aren’t sewn or glued in place, they actually don’t even move when the scarf is worn.
Spool loom knitted scarf made with poly/cotton threads
This yarn is made with poly/cotton threads. Cotton threads have no stretch to them and this scarf was very hard to knit. I couldn’t knit for more than one hour at the time because the cotton threads were literally cutting my fingers.
I separated the yarn and isolated some thread colors to make two crochet flower. I attached the scarf with a few turns of knitted i-cord and crochet a leave to balance the composition. And I completed the look by adding some beads.
A close-up of the flower and the hand beading. The advantage of this cotton scarf is that it can be worn during summer evenings.
I absolutely love to do French knitting, we can knit a scarf in no time and it is very rewarding.
What about you? Have you used a ”tricotin” lately? If you haven’t I hope that this post will encourage you to try spool loom knitting.
À la prochaine!