It has been a really long time since I did French knitting, and I do still, somewhere, have my French knitting doll. I think it is probably in my rainy day box, I will have to check. The other week YC was asking about how to knit and would I be able to teach her. My answer was no. Not because I didn’t want to teach her, but because I have only just learnt to knit myself (her Grandma very kindly taught me). What it did make me think off was French knitting. As I couldn’t find my doll I decided to make a DIY french knitting doll from a loo roll and craft sticks.
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*we used washi tape to make it look pretty but normal tape would work just as well.
How to make a DIY French knitting doll
On a normal doll you get 4 prongs, for this DIY French knitting doll I made 6. Start by arranging your craft sticks so that they are evenly spread around the side of your loo roll. I highly recommend that you use a pencil to mark where each stick goes. The sticks I used were quite thick ones, but the thin ones work just as well. All it does is change the size of your stitch.
When you have marked out where the sticks go keep 3 in place and remove the alternate ones. Tape these into place. Next place the other 3 sticks on and tape them down.
How to French Knit
For clearer instructions I would check out this YouTube video.
To cast on thread the end of the wool through the middle of the loo roll.
Then start wrapping the wool around the craft sticks. To do that go to the right of the stick (coming from the inside out), go around the front, then cross to the right of the next stick going in an anti clockwise direction. For the casting on you will have to go around the doll twice so that you get two rows of wool. After this casting on you will only have to go around once.
Secure the end of the wool around your thumb to keep it in place as you make your stitches. Starting at your first craft stick take the lower loop of wool and pull it over the top of the other loop and off the craft stick. When I have done that I always push the remaining loop further down the craft stick. Keep doing that to each stick until you have done all six. After doing them all I pull the piece of wool that is running down the centre of the doll to tighten it.
Then repeat going around each craft stick with the wool. Remember you will only have to go around once from now on.
Keep going until you have a length of knitting that you require.
When you are ready to finish you need to cast off. To do this you should be left with just a single loop around each stick. Take the loop off the first craft stick and place it onto the stick next to it. Pull the lower loop over the one you have just place on. Then repeat taking that loop off the stick and placing it on the next one until you have repeated this for each stick. You should be left with one loop left on the last stick. Gently pull it off, cut the wool, and then secure it by tying a knot.
Hopefully that those instructions aren’t too complicated.
If you are wondering what you can make with your knitting we turned ours into a couple of scarfs for their teddies and a hair band for YC. YC picked up how to French knit very quickly. I also enjoyed knitting while BB was having his nap and when everyone had gone to bed in the evening.
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