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Published on August 30th, 2016 | by Christine Leech


How to French Knit a Decorative Word

This great free tutorial by Christine Leech shows you just how simple it is to French knit! Follow along as she teaches you how to make a beautiful cursive word. Christine is a blogger and expert pom pom crafter at the Sew Yeah blog.

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I’m not keen on knitting, and crochet makes my hands cramp, but I do have a soft spot for French knitting. I remember many hours whiled away when I was younger making metres and metres of the stuff using a cotton reel with 4 nails knocked in the top.

I thought I’d reminisce and revisit this crafty craze this week, whilst teaching you how to do it too! Why not pick up a knitting dolly and give it a try?

What you’ll need:

– A small crochet hook
– Two colours of MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton
– A length of soft pliable wire – for this project I used about 1.5 meters.
– A knitting dolly

Let’s get knitting:

Following the instructions that come with the knitting dolly and knit a length of rope approximately 1.5 metres long.

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To create this two tone effect simply use the two yarns together as if they were one.

How to do french knitting on LoveKnitting blog

This kit provides you with a plastic needle, but I found a small crochet hook made it much easier. Knitting this much rope took me one episode of Bake Off, one of Containment and one of Nashville. That’s about three hours, and a nice array of entertainment!

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To work out if you have knitted enough rope for your word, try and lay it out as you go on a flat surface to see how much more you need to knit.

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When you have made the correct length, cast off and then take your piece of wire and push it inside the French knitting till it’s all inside. If there’s a sharp end, cover it in tape to stop the end from catching on the yarn.

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Next all you have to do is manipulate the wire to spell whatever word you fancy.

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It may help to write the word out in the size you want first. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right first time, as you can always straighten the wire and start again.




About the Author

Christine is not afraid of glitter, seam rippers, semi-colons or challenges, which is fortunate as in her jigsaw career of author, designer, stylist and maker she has to deal with all of them on a regular basis! For more fun stuff visit her blog or follow her on Instagram @sewyeah

Last updated: April 11th, 2018.

5 Responses to How to French Knit a Decorative Word

  1. Margaret says:

    Great idea to make words in this way. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Have a great day, Margaret

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I am going to give it a go.

  3. Marie Green says:

    I have had a dolly for more than 50 years but of course I forget how to use it. I remember using it when I was a very young girl so can you give me some advice please. I knit and sometimes sew and crochet.

  4. Pat says:

    I stopped making those long snakes of knitting when I was a child as no one could tell me what you do with it!!
    I always used a good quality hairpin for my hook. Never to be used in hair again as the tip covering needs to be removed to make it a great piece of hardware to use to flip those loops over the nail head.
    My sisters & I were generally re-using hairpins (bobby pins we called them) after the drop of plastic on the flat end fell off as it could hurt when used to hold our long hair.
    Heh, we were into recycling or re-using, even then.
    would like to try this out one day.Thank you for the inspiration!!!

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