French knitting is one of those skills, like making pom poms, that I think lots of us learn when we are younger. It is a lovely skill to teach children or a simple craft to enjoy ourselves. So whether this tutorial serves as an introduction or as a reminder, I hope you enjoy a bit of French knitting.
To begin your own piece of French knitting you will need some wool, a darning needle, a knitting dolly and a pair of scissors. My knitting dolly is from the Hampshire Coppice Craftsmen’s Group. I have used 4 ply yarn, but you can use any wool you like as long as it will fit down the centre of your dolly.
You need to pull about 5 inches of wool out of the bottom of the dolly. Then pull your needle off. Next you need to cast on your stitches, which means wrapping your wool around the pegs at the top. Taking the wool from the ball, loop the wool around each peg in turn.
Next you need to wrap the wool around the four pegs once more, but instead of looping it around, simply pull the wool around the outside of each of the four pegs. This last wrap will sit above the first loops, which sit towards the bottom of the pegs. Now you have two stitches on each peg.
Continue to do this to each of the stitches, pulling the wool around as you go to create the wrapped stitches at the top of each peg. When you have knitted around a few times, gently pull the wool hanging out the bottom of the dolly to feed your knitting through.
To cast off, cut your wool from the ball and thread this end onto your needle. Thread this piece of wool through each of the stitches left on the pegs and pull them off the pegs. Pull the wool to gather the four stitches together.
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