“Something from Nothing”: Knitting Nancy
Here is a simple way to make your own knitting nancy. Take one 6cm piece of a rough cut branch. Drill a 1.5cm hole through the centre. Drill four holes (wide enough for dowels) at equal intervals around the circle. Glue the dowels in place. Now, isn’t that just the most eco-friendly toy/craft tool you’ve ever seen? “Something from nothing”. I love this great theme!
Here is how to use it. Firstly, tie a slip knot. Make sure you have at least a 5cm tail of wool. Loop the slip knot around one of the pegs.
Drop this tail through the middle hole and is visible from the bottom end.
To choose your next peg, travel in a clockwise direction. To wrap your wool, travel in an anti-clockwise direction.
Wrap four times, so that you have completed one rotation of pegs. You will find that the next peg you wrap has a wool loop already on it.
This is where the fun starts! Wrap once, then lift the bottom loop over the top loop and drop it towards the middle. (similar to casting off in knitting)
Keep repeating this process, working your way clockwise. Every now and then, pull on the thread that hangs through the centre to tighten the knitting. Soon enough, you’ll see the tip of your knitted rope!
If you want to change colours on your rope, just cut off the wool with a 5cm tail and tie on your next ball of colour. When you are finished and want to cast off, here is what you do.
Choose the next loop you will work on. Lift it off the dowel, and tuck the tail through the loop.
Work anti-clockwise and continue with the next loop until all four are now knotted off. Pull the last knot tight and you can slip your rope free of the knitting nancy.
This is what it will look like.
I always like to tuck my ends into my sewing/knitting for a neat finish. Use a tapestry needle and find a sneaky spot, then cut the threads carefully.
Here is a cute craft you can use this green one for.. come and have a look!