Spool Knitting Part 1

English: Cable cast on knitting - 3 stitches o...

English: Cable cast on knitting – 3 stitches on left needle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Few elementary exercises have aroused more
interest in the child than the toy knitting; due,
perhaps, to its simplicity and his power to do it
easily and well.

To some keen observer the little orb-weaving
spider may have suggested this form of occu-
pation. Be this as it may, the child who is a
lover of nature will be quick to perceive the
strong resemblance he bears to this little in-
sect while at work with his toy knitter, going
from post to post just as the insect worked its
net in spiral form on his framework of radiating
lines.

The possibilities of an empty spool and a few
pins are almost without limitations. The il-
lustrations here given are merely suggestive of
many more that can be worked out along these
lines. They are not simply to momentarily
attract the child, but to permit of individual
growth, arid to have him participate in the joy
of its ultimate use.
how to knit 1
Toy Knitters

Toy knitters are made of a cylindrical piece
of wood two and one-half or three inches long
and at least one inch in diameter. This size
enables the child to grasp it easily and work
without cramping the fingers. A hole one-
fourth or one-half inch in diameter is bored
lengthwise through the center to admit the
work. Spools are used to advantage where
knitters cannot be obtained.

Pins, staples, or wire nails are used as posts.
These are driven into the w r ood and then curved
outward a little at the top with pliers, to pre-
vent the work from slipping off. One, two,
three or four posts may be used.

A number of forms of web can be made, but
the simplest and quickest are those made on the
knitters having but two posts. The four-post
knitters are also simple and are used where a
thick cord is needed.

Except otherwise specified two-post knitters
are used for these models.
how to knit 2
Round Web

Drop worsted through the hole in the center
of the knitter and draw it out at the other end,
three inches. This end is used to draw the
work through the knitter. Carry the worsted
leading from the ball, around the post to the
right, across the center of the hole in the knitter
and around the post to the left ; then back across
the center to the post at the right, thus making
two stitches on this post. Lift the lower or
first stitch with a large pin or knitting needle,
carry it over the second stitch and drop it over
the post ; then across the center to the post at
the left and repeat. So continue until the de-
sired length is obtained.

It will require seven yards of yarn to make
one yard of web on the two-post knitter.
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Flat Web

Begin in the same way as for round web, but
after carrying the first or lower stitch over the
second stitch on each post, bring the worsted
back around the same post, and over to the post
on the opposite side and repeat. This will
leave two stitches on each post. In knitting
flat webs, two stitches must always be left on
the end posts, and these two are carried over
the third stitch and dropped over the post in
working back and forth.

It requires eleven yards of yarn to make one
yard of flat web on the two-post knitter.
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Circular Mat

A mat five inches in diameter requires two
and one-half yards of round web. Start sewing
with the piece of worsted hanging from the end
of the web. Coil and sew in place by taking up
the underhalf of a stitch on the right, then the
underhalf of a stitch on the left side usually
called ” ball stitch.” Continue alternating from
right to left, taking up one stitch at a time
except when it is necessary to widen ; then
sew two stitches of the web into one in the
mat.

Run the end of sewing thread back in the
sewing to fasten it. When starting with a new
sewing thread, put the needle in one inch back
from where sewing ended and run it through
the work to where the last stitch was taken.
Continued in part 2

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