The technique you are referring to is called "spool knitting". There is a bigger version known as "rake knitting".
A site that gives simple instructions for the particular craft you are wanting information on can be found at
Also, if you type either "spool knitting" or "rake knitting" into a search engine you will find additional sites. (08/31/2005)
Go to HGTV - Carol Duvall Show - episode cds1235
It shows you how to do a beaded strand but you could do a plain one too. When I was a kid (a million years ago) we used to do this with string or yarn and make useless trivets & potholders etc. We called it horse reins... now they have made it into something special. I love it. Anita (08/31/2005)
When I was a little girl we used to use what you are explaining. We would wait until our mom had an empty spool from thread & then our dad would nail in 4 evenly spaced nails. We would then take some yarn & knot the beginning of it & let it fall through the hole of the spool. Then you make a loop of yarn around each of the 4 nails & this is the important part GET A CROCHET HOOK preferably a small one & bring the yarn using the crochet hook over & under each loop.
Depending on how long a piece you "do" will determine what you can make with it. I used to make little rugs for my dollhouse & potholders for my mom for a Christmas surprise.
Good luck & thanks for bringing back the memories. (09/19/2005)
I used to do the spool knitting when I was little. For my 5th birthday, I actually got a kit with the spool, 5 or 6 little balls of different color yarn and a small crochet needle. It was called a "Horse Range" set...why, I haven't the slightest clue. But now that I'm a Grandma, I wanted to try and find some instructions so I can teach my granddaughter. (11/27/2005)
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