Knitting spools go by many different names; they are called knitting nancies, corkers, knitting nobbies, knitting mushrooms, peg knitters and circular knitting looms, amongst others. No matter what you call them, knitting spools are tubular devices (used thread spools were used originally, hence the name) with pegs on them that are used to create lengths of tubular knitting, such as i-cord. However, making i-cord is just one thing you can do with a knitting spool.
What you can make with a knitting spool depends largely on how large your knitting spool is. You can use a small spool to make cording, which can be used as straps, edging, drawstrings, bracelets, a jumprope, hair ribbons, scrunchies, dog leashes and finger puppets. You can even use a small spool to knit wire, producing lengths of tubular chain.
You can also use the cording produced by a knitting spool to make larger projects. For example, you could coil a length of cording to make a coaster, trivet or other circular mat. Likewise, you could sew the cording together to make a design, like a landscape, to use as a placemat or cushion front. You can also sew cording into shapes. For instance, you could sew together a length of cording to look like a flower, which could then be used as a brooch or as an applique.
Take advantage of the tubular shape of the cording produced by a knitting spool. Use thin cording to cover a pencil or pen, wrap a piece of flexible tubing to make a bracelet, or cover the handle of a rattle. If you have a larger knitting spool, you produce wider lengths of cording, which could make socks, slippers, mittens, leg warmers, tights, hats, a tote bag, a skirt or even a sweater.
Add a little stuffing and make dolls out of knitting spool items. Stuff lengths of cording to make the head, body, arms and legs of a doll, or create other items, like toy animals or balls. Using a larger knitting spool, you could make stuffed pillows or cushions.
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