Knitting dolls implement the knitting practice referred to as spool knitting. The doll-shape knitting accessories use the spools and several pegs to produce narrow fabric cylinders that fall from the bottom end of the knitting doll. Some knitters call the narrow fabric an i-cord. Parents utilise knitting dolls to teach their children the rudimentary skills required to produce complicated knitting patterns. Intricately constructed knitting dolls can produce mats or rugs from a larger spool. Before eager knitters buy knitting dolls and yarn on eBay, they first must learn the basic techniques for using knitting dolls.
Knitting dolls typically include a spool that sits on top of the dial. With the spool facing the knitter, the peg at the six o'clock position represents the A position, the nine o'clock peg represents the C position, the twelve o'clock peg represents the B position, and the three o'clock peg represents the D position.
Thread the end of the yarn down the centre doll hole. Leave about 10 cm of yarn dangling from the bottom of the spool to act as a tail. Knitters work the yarn from the top of the spool. They then hold the spool with peg A facing them. They pass the working end of the yarn located at the top of the spool counter-clockwise around peg A. The next step for knitters involves looping the yarn clockwise around peg B, which sits directly opposite peg A. Moving counter-clockwise to the nine o'clock position, knitters run the yarn clockwise around peg C. Finally, knitters need to wrap the yarn counter-clockwise around peg D.
Right-handers should hold the spool in the left hand and left-handers should hold the spool in the right hand. Peg A should sit in front of the knitter. Keep the needle in the working hand and pass the end of yarn from right to left across the front of the peg. The yarn that has passed should remain resting above the peg's looped stitch. With a steady hand, pick up the bottom looped stitch with the spool one-quarter of a turn counter-clockwise to peg C. Repeat the process performed for peg A for each of the remaining pegs. As knitters work, they should tug the yarn tail lightly to ensure tight and uniform stitches.
End knitting requires the same level of concentration as spool knitting. Knitters end their yarn pieces by knitting the last peg, D. They remove the last knitted stitch from peg D and place it with peg A. Knitters then drop the bottom loop over the relocated stitch and peg A. They continue running the stitches to the next peg on the left until only one loop remains. Knitters cut the working end of the cotton yarn, which should leave about 10 cm of yarn. Take the loose yarn and carefully slip it through the remaining, drawing the yarn tight upon completion.
One tip that helps beginners grasp spool knitting dolls involves marking peg A and drawing an arrow that points to subsequent pegs in a clockwise motion. Some beginners may find three-ply baby fingering yarn easier to manipulate around small pegs. Knitters of all skill levels should consider working with different sized hooks.
The best way for young knitters to improve their skills is to focus on one knitting doll idea until they master the process. Children can practise spool knitting snakes until they develop the confidence to progress toward complex knitting projects.
For children between the ages of four and nine, creating a knitting doll snake requires yarn, a knitting doll, scissors, glue, felt, and construction paper to produce the eyes and tongue. Young children should work with longer knitting dolls that possess longer pegs. Children select one end of the finished cord to represent the snake's head. An adult may have to help young children tightly tie and knot the piece of yarn to create the snake's head. Cut two eyes from the construction paper and a thin felt sliver to represent the tongue.
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