Many years ago, I saw a device that was a small wooden tube with four pegs on on end. It was used to knit or weave yarn and/or fabric strips into a braided rope that could be used for small mats and rugs.
By Jim from Berea, KY
They are called spool knitters. (Also called Knitting Nancies, Knitting Knobby, Corkers, etc.) You should be able to find them at craft stores, fabric stores, yarn shops and I think I have even seen them in the yarn/craft section of stores like Rite Aid etc.
I usually see plain wooden or plastic ones but they also come in fancier shapes like people or mushrooms and the like. Some also have more than 4 pegs.
This is a a very basic one I have seen at most stores:
Some patterns here:
You might be able to adapt some of these or use for ideas:
Sounds like spool knitting. You can even make one with a toilet paper roll, 4 penny nails [no big flat head], and duct tape. There will be tutorials on web, and there is a book in children's section of many libraries in last few years.
If you knit you can also make those ropes knots with 2 double pointed needles. Just don't turn the needle around to do the next line. And you have you little rope strain for purses and stuff. But if you not you could take a old spool that is wooded that use to hold string. Nail for small nails in it and you got a knitting spool for that too.
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