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« on: February 28, 2006 09:31:50 AM »

hey y'al im in australia here so i dont know what others grew up with in the usa and such, but does anyone remember knitting nancy? well i recently found mine, and so i wanna know what i could make with it! the instructions note coasters, ovenmit thinggies, and other general 'ill make it for granma for xmas, so this topic is for the word-out-old-school crafters with new school ideas


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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2006 08:40:19 AM »

Could you post a photo?  I don't know what a Knitting Nancy is.  And I'm definitely old school!

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2006 12:52:46 AM »


a plain version


the newer version

also know as "French kintting" and is a type of knitting/weaving
it can be used to make the cord insidde jacket hoods and drawstring pants.
it can be sewn togetether to make bags,
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2006 04:26:37 AM »

Oh, I just started doing this again too (the last time must have been 30 years ago).
Over here it is called "punniken" and the tool is called "punnikklosje".
There is a revival of these things for jewelry making over here, using wire and beads. You can buy them with 6 or 8 pins too.
I am working on a 4 pin, using some leftover gold color crochetthread.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2006 04:42:24 AM »

Oh my gosh, Knitting Nancy *sigh* That brings back the memories! (and I'm in Oz too, hi Cheesy)
I loved my Knitting Nancy, I want another one!
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2006 07:17:50 AM »

Oh, I just started doing this again too (the last time must have been 30 years ago).
Over here it is called "punniken" and the tool is called "punnikklosje".
There is a revival of these things for jewelry making over here, using wire and beads. You can buy them with 6 or 8 pins too.
I am working on a 4 pin, using some leftover gold color crochetthread.
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cool! do you do the bead thing? you so have to post some!
Oh my gosh, Knitting Nancy *sigh* That brings back the memories! (and I'm in Oz too, hi Cheesy)
I loved my Knitting Nancy, I want another one!
cool HI! i love mine! i used to do it wheni was 3-5 and now im addicted! its cool cos u can work on it without thinking, like you dont need to worry about rows or anything, and if anyone asks what your doing you say "oh its french knitting" and you appear A.handy B.crafty and C.chic!
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2006 03:26:44 AM »

cool! do you do the bead thing? you so have to post some!

I haven't done it yet, but here is an example I found on the net.
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2006 04:39:05 PM »

I saw a necklace at a shop I really liked that looked like it could be reproduced with  a widely spaced string of pearls or other beads inside of the cord produced by a "knitting nancy" (or "corker"). Simply tie a string of widely spaced beads to the end of your yarn/string. hold the beaded string in the middle and cork around it.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2006 06:57:56 AM »

A friend of mine a while ago used rainbow-coloured wool to make really really long bits of french knitting, and then sewed them around and around to make little purses.  The other thing that occurs to me is little hats.  Ooh, or little top hats, a la Dr Seuss.  They'd both involve a lot of sewing, though  Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2006 07:40:31 AM »

also know as "French kintting" and is a type of knitting/weaving
it can be used to make the cord insidde jacket hoods and drawstring pants.
it can be sewn togetether to make bags,

Looks like icord to me?
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2006 11:38:10 PM »

wow i remember our class made one out of toilet rolls and paddlepop sticks but i didnt have too cause i had my own ahh the memories
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2006 11:58:58 PM »

these are also called something else in America, but I cant think of the name off the top of my head. And yes eesentially all they are are icords.
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2006 04:25:34 AM »

I've always called it French Knitting (I'm from the UK), but we also used to call it Dolly Down the Cotton Reel (!) and used to make the Dolly by sticking 4 pins into a cotton reel. I don't know if that was just a family thing, or if that's what people in the UK call it - you don't tend to meet many people who've heard of it.


We had a really long one that 2 of my sisters and I had worked on over the years and eventually I wound it all round and stitched it into a place mat for a plant pot. I could never think of what else to do with the stuff!
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2006 06:58:30 AM »

Here's what I did with some "French Knitting": 



Hope this gives you another idea,
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2006 07:11:26 AM »

Jo I love that round bag! too too cool....slinking off now to try my hand at a round felted version....thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2006 08:00:08 AM »

WOW that bag is amazing!
how long did itr take you?
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« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2006 08:18:30 AM »

I have a little machine that does the "French Knitting", so I didn't have to wear my fingers out with a bobbin & pins  (hee hee).  I guess it took me about a week to design and make.  As you can see, the zip section (sides) are just plain knitting, and the shoulder strap is woven on an inkle loom.  I sewed  a small pocket onto the inner lining before I made the lining up, then slip stitched it in.   Glad you like it, and thanks for the feedback.
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« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2006 10:47:15 AM »

I have a little machine that does the "French Knitting", so I didn't have to wear my fingers out with a bobbin & pins  (hee hee).  I guess it took me about a week to design and make.  As you can see, the zip section (sides) are just plain knitting, and the shoulder strap is woven on an inkle loom.  I sewed  a small pocket onto the inner lining before I made the lining up, then slip stitched it in.   Glad you like it, and thanks for the feedback.
hmmm...where does one purchase such a machine?
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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2006 01:23:47 PM »

Here's a photo of the actual machine, made by SIRDAR.  I haven't a clue where to buy it from in USA, sorry, maybe you should contact Sirdar direct.  



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« Reply #19 on: March 22, 2006 01:22:37 PM »

wow the machine is so cool  Cheesy hehe I recently dug my french knitting woman thing out of the loft and I was going to use it to make cool hair falls bits... but the wool I had was too thick  Sad also I think I suck at this as I can't really remember how you do it I just guessed lol

oooh maybe the lime green luminous wool I bought for St Paddy's will work.. yes.. aaahhh I love that bag!!

It's a similar "ok, I've made this long line, now what the hell do I do with it?!" that you get for fingerknitting... except on a smaller scale!! I was trying to fingerknit a jumper... wasn't working so well lol

How bout some frenchknit arm warmers??
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« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2006 02:24:08 PM »

im currently working on a bag, in this wool thats a blend of a mint, pink,black strands so the spirally front of the bag looks like a peppermint twist!
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« Reply #21 on: March 22, 2006 02:33:36 PM »

Someone gave me one of those but I had no idea what to do with it! That round bag is cool! It's essentially a very small knifty knitter!  Cheesy (I don't know why people get so down on knifty knitters! Those type of looms have been around forever too, and sure, they are more limited than regular knitting, but you can still make some pretty cool stuff with them! *rant over*)
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2006 03:31:31 PM »

Who mentioned arm warmers?   Now you've done it!   Go see my post on the Crochet board - I'm just SO proud of myself tonight   Cheesy   "Mrs Weasley Sleeves"

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« Reply #23 on: March 31, 2006 11:07:13 AM »

Never heard of a "knitting Nancy" but after reading the posts I'm intrigued.  How does it work?  I will have to see if EBAY has something Smiley  `

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« Reply #24 on: March 31, 2006 12:49:41 PM »

a knitty noddy is another term for the same thing.   I've found hand crank versions in Hobby Lobby and Michaels both, they are mostly pretty inexpensive.

not that I don't have an older version... which is a bit of smoothly polished wood with a smooth hole in the center and four nails spaced evenly around the hole...  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #25 on: March 31, 2006 03:39:51 PM »

Never heard of a "knitting Nancy" but after reading the posts I'm intrigued.  How does it work?  I will have to see if EBAY has something Smiley  `


i dont know if this makes senes, but its like knitting on 4 needles (in a circle) vertically?
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