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How to Use the Knitting Spool

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A timeless tradition that many will recall learning as a child has returned. The knitting spool you may have used with yarn or thread as a youngster has been reimagined for wire weaving.

Not only can you change your design by choosing a different style of knitting or size of spool but, you can also use different Soft Flex® wire colors, beading wire diameters or gauges of craft wire as well as threads, cords, yarns and leathers. You can add beads and weave multiple different materials together to create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry. The possibilities are endless!

Style 1

This style is yields a design that looks like Viking Knit. The basic instructions that come with each knitting spool are for this style.

How-to Video for Style 1 on a 5-peg Knitting Spool:

How-to Instructions for Style 1 on a 3-peg Knitting Spool:

1. String the wire down through the center of the knitting spool and use your hand to hold the tail down.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

2. Notice that I numbered each peg on the spool in a counter clockwise fashion. Wrap the wire around Peg 1 from left to right (clockwise).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

3. Wrap the wire around Peg 2 (counterclockwise from Peg 1) from left to right (clockwise).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

4. Wrap the wire around Peg 3 from left to right.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

5. Wrap the wire around the outside and top of Peg 1 (this is a third pass).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

6. Using the stylus, take the loop at the bottom of Peg 1 and pull it up over the wires wrapped above it and into the middle of all 3 pegs.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

7. Once the wire loop is in the middle of all 3 pegs, give a gentle tug from the bottom.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

8. Repeat Steps 5-8 on Pegs 2 and 3.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

10. Continue this pattern until your knitted cord is the length that you prefer.

Style 1 Design Example:


Knitted Cage Bracelet Free Beading Project Idea

Style 2

How-to Instructions for Style 2 on a 3-peg Knitting Spool:

1. String the wire down through the center of the knitting spool and use your hand to hold the tail down.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

2. Notice that I numbered each peg on the spool in a counter clockwise fashion. Wrap the wire around Peg 1 from left to right (clockwise).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

3. Wrap the wire around Peg 2 (counterclockwise from Peg 1) from left to right (clockwise).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

4. Wrap the wire around Peg 3 from left to right.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

5. Wrap the wire around Peg 1 from left to right, above the initial loop.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

6. Using the stylus, take the loop at the bottom of Peg 1 and pull it up over the new loop above it and into the middle of all 3 pegs.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

7. Once the wire loop is in the middle of all 3 pegs, give a gentle tug from the bottom.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

8. Repeat Steps 5-7 on Pegs 2 and 3.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

9. Continue this pattern until your knitted cord is the length that you prefer.

Style 2 Design Example:


Trios Knitted Bracelet Free Beading Project Idea

Style 3 (taught to us by Sharon Hessoun)

How-to Video for Style 3 on a 4-peg Knitting Spool:

How-to Instructions for Style 3 on a 3-peg Knitting Spool:

1. String the wire down through the center of the knitting spool and use your hand to hold the tail down.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

2. Notice that I numbered each peg on the spool in a counter clockwise fashion. Wrap the wire around Peg 1 from left to right (clockwise).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

3. Wrap the wire around Peg 2 (counterclockwise from Peg 1) from left to right (clockwise).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

4. Wrap the wire around Peg 3 from left to right.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

5. Wrap the wire around the outside and top of Pegs 1, 2 and 3. The new wire should wrap above the loops that are already positioned on the pegs.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

6. Wrap the wire around the outside and top of Peg 1 (this is a third pass).

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

7. Using the stylus, take the loop at the bottom of Peg 1 and pull it up over the wires wrapped above it and into the middle of all 3 pegs.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

8. Once the wire loop is in the middle of all 3 pegs, give a gentle tug from the bottom.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

9. Repeat Steps 6-8 on Pegs 2 and 3.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

10. Continue this pattern until your knitted cord is the length that you prefer.

Style 3 Design Example:

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

Finishing Knitting Instructions - With a Clasp

How-to Video for Finishing a Knitted Design:

1. After you have knitted your desired length, the knitted wire chain will come out of the bottom of the spool.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

2. When you are ready to finish your design, trim the wire about 3 inches long.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

3. String the wire through the loop around Peg 1.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

4. String the wire through the loop around Peg 2.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

5. String the wire through the loop around Peg 3.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

6. Pull each loop off of each peg.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

7. Pull the knitted wire chain out of the knitting spool and cinch down the end by pulling on the wire. The end loops will not be perfect in size.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

8. String a cone.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

9. String a crimp tube, half a clasp and pass back through the crimp tube.

knitting on a spool with Soft Flex® beading wire

10. Cinch the wire down and crimp. Trim the excess wire and cover the crimp with a crimp cover.

11. Repeat steps 8-10 on the other side to finish the design.

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