#2 son did an Instructable, so #1 son had to as well. Being older, he had to go one better, so power tools were involved.

#2 son wanted to learn "french knitting", but the equipment available was a bit too girly. "That's alright", we said, "we can make a boys french knitting tool.

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

We needed a lump of wood, some staples (the hammer-in kind), a saw, a drill, a rotary tool and a hammer.

To make sure it ends up as a boy's knitting tool, we used a section of branch that blew off a tree on the common last night.
Five staple/pegs/tabs creates a very attractive cord. Any number over 1 will work but the more you use the more it becomes a tube not a cord. <br><br>And I use my cord to knit or crochet on large tools. And for jewelry.
here is a video of how you use a knitter <br> <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK1MsKeXHL4 <br> <br>you got my vote!!!
Thank you, for both!
Very interesting.
Thank you.
What's the finished product look like? Is there a limit on the number of staples? I see the commercial one has two staples, and yours has four. Does it have to be an even number?
The only limit to the number of staples/nails is the space in which to nail them and the size of the hole in the middle. The hole needs to be big enough for the knitted cord to slide through; the thickness of the yarn is a factor here. Also, the distance between the staples/nails needs to easily accommodate the thickest likely yarn. <br> <br>This knitting device has many names and is often made from a wooden thread spool. It is related to knitting looms and knitting rakes, both of which have many more pegs/nails on which to form stitches for creating wider knitted fabric for hats, scarves, etc.
I think it'd the angle makes the commercial one look like it has two - most have four, I've seen one with eight, but I don't see why it can't have an odd number.
Family projects get a vote from me right off the bat. I agree with mrmath, I'd like to see a few more pics of the end product and the process continued just a bit.
I think an actual French knitting Instructable will have to wait a while - #1 son was just keen to get his bit online, we have a few other projects on the go, and we're away on holiday again soon. Plus, my wife does French knitting differently to the way I learned it, so we're waiting to work out which is best.
I think it is safe to assume that the wife's way is best. It may not actually BE best, however, from my personal experience, I think it is the safest assumption. I haven't seen one of these in 35 years. When I was a kid I made one with a giant-sized painted wooden bead and small finishing nails (or maybe brads). I was kinda thinking I might want to make another one but couldn't remember how they work. I'm plusing this one.
Love these knitting tools. What does your wife make with the wool? Maybe she can do an instructable too :-) Thanks
My wife does proper knitting, with a pair of needles.<br/><br/>She doesn't really feel like doing an 'ible, because the patterns are all published by other people. I did catch one of her projects in time to make <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Pirates-Secret-Scarf/">a video of it,</a> though.<br/>
This is a great Instructable. I followed your steps and I now have an excellent tool for knitting paracord lanyards. Thanks.
That is all kinds of awesome.

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