Learn how to do French Knitting or how to make a tube by using two needles with these two easy guides

Many of us will remember French Knitting (tubular knitting) from our childhood, using a wooden cotton reel as an introduction into knitting with two needles.

When manufacturers moved from wood to plastic cotton reels, craft stores like Hobbycraft began to offer a range of commercial French Knitting dolls.

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Knitting Expert Freddie Patmore shows you how to do French Knitting with some fun ideas for what to do with your cords once you’ve made them.

lion face coil

Add some felt to a French Knitted cord for a cute face to make

Follow these simple steps to French Knitting:

1. Begin by threading the end of the yarn through the centre hole.

How to do french knitting cord making

Stage 1

2. Holding the tail end at the bottom of the French Knitter taut, wind the the working yarn around each peg.

How to do french knitting cord making

Stage 2

3. Take the yarn round the outside of the next peg, using the pick provided with your French Knitter lift up the loop on the peg up and over the yarn, creating a stitch. Continue making stitches in this way, until the cord starts to appear through the bottom of the Knitter.

How to do french knitting cord making

Stage 3 (c) Rico Yarns

4. Work the cord to the required length.

5. To cast off, lift stitch off first peg and place on its neighbouring peg.Pull the neighbouring stitch through the past over stitch and take both stitches off the peg and place the just made stitch on the next peg.

Continue until one stitch remains. Cut the yarn, draw it through the last stitch and pull tight. Darn ends of knitting into the centre of the knitted cord.

pen pot gifts

Glue a length of french knitting around an old container for a colourful pen pot

Follow these simple steps to knit tubular knitting on two needles

1. Cast on 4 stitches and knit one row.

2. Do not turn your work.

3. Slip the four stitches on right needle back onto the left needle.

4. Take yarn across back of work to beginning of the four stitches and knit them again.

5. Continue in this way until desired length or required number of rows are worked.

How to do french knitting cord shoelaces with beads

Jazz up an old pair of shoes with some French Knitted shoelaces