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Spool Knitting Embellishments
By: Noreen Crone-Findlay

Spool-Knit Celtic Interlace Knot Medallion NecklaceSpool knitting is the process of making knitted cord with spool knitters (also called "knitting spools" or "French knitters"), tools that are essentially very small round knitting looms usually with 4 to 6 pegs. It's an easy way to make cord, and the resulting cord (similar to i-cord) can be used for various embellisments and projects. Author and designer Noreen Crone-Findlay is an expert on crafting and embellishing with spool-knit cord, and she joins us to share her thoughts on this easy and fun craft.

Spool knitting is one of my favorite ways of working with yarn. It's a very meditative and contemplative process, and it also triggers flights of creative fancy for me. Readers of the Lion Brand blogs might remember the spool knitting blog that I had on the Lion Brand website for several years, several years ago.

Over the years, I have designed hundreds of spool knitted dolls, toys and pieces of jewelry. Spool knitting is wonderful for making Celtic Interlace necklaces. I hope that you will enjoy making the necklace (pictured right; click here for the pattern) that I have designed for the readers of the Lion Brand newsletter!

I love using spool knitting to embellish bags, and find that it is particularly harmonious with small loom weaving. This is why you'll see so much spool knitting in my new book, The Woven Bag. (Click here to see more info about the book.)

If you look at the bags on the cover, the white bag in the photo is a backpack that is elegant and understated, with a spool knitted Celtic interlace knot on the flap, and spool knitted edging around the flap. The drawstring is also spool knitted. (Spool knitting is perfect for drawstrings!)

At the other end of the spectrum are stand-alone spool-knit pieces like the necklaces shown in the pattern above.

I also really enjoy finding new ways of working with spool knitters, and have shared this delight by making lots of video tutorials. I have listed their links on this page on my website.

If you have questions about The Woven Bag or about spool knitting, feel free to ask them on my blog,! I'll be happy to answer them!

Happy weaving and happy spool-knitting,


Authored by Noreen Crone-Findlay

Noreen is a fiber artist and author of The Woven Bag. You can find her at
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