Knitting wire with a Wonder Knitter
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Learn how to French knit wire with a Wonder Knitter
Coming from the position of never having French knitted before, even as a child with a cotton reel and nails I was intrigued as to how easy this really would be. Ingrid De Vane had assured me that it would be very easy, but of course I never quite believed it, as the necklaces it creates just don't look like they should be done this easily!
This knitter is amazing. It is so easy to use and can be used by anyone from three to one hundred and three. The tool is completely plastic and includes a dolly, two interchangeable rotating discs and a pick-tool. The discs allow for different widths of braid or use of different thickness of yarn, one has three pegs the other has six. It has instructions in the package with the tool and Ingrid also provides comprehensive instructions with her kits. Her instructions are more detailed than the standard ones provided by Clover the wonder knitter manufacturer. You can use two/three yarns at the same time to create a different effect, so it's worth experimentation. There is no right or wrong with the knitter and being a left-hander I was able to work it 'backwards' and it worked perfectly.
Take the spool of wire, unravel some wire and thread on about 100 beads. Do not cut the wire off the spool at this point. Now take the knitting tool and thread the wire down the centre from the top, attach to something heavy like a bunch of keys. This will help keep the wire taut as you knit.
Place the tool in your non dominant hand and wrap the wire around each prong so that it crosses back on itself. See the photo for reference. Then place the wire through the guide on the edge of the tool facing away from you. The wire with the beads strung on and the spool will be hanging.
Both ends of this necklace have a short length of just knitted wire with no beads at the ends. So start your knitting leaving the beads hanging on the wire. To knit bring the wire around the prong facing you and hook the lower loop bring it over the prong and release. Move the wheel clockwise so the next prong faces you. Repeat.
Knit about 2cm plain, release
the wire from the guide and push
3 beads up to the pink wheel. Place the wire back in the guide. Push one bead past the prong facing
you and knit a stitch. Turn the wheel again and repeat. After using 3 beads, stitch one plain. This will stop the matching beads repeating along the necklace.
Keep repeating this step. Knitting 3 bead sections at a time. Don't forget the plain stitch in between. Hopefully your knitting will look like the photo. Once you have used all your beads, knit another plain 2cm. To finish cut the wire free of the spool leaving a good length.
Hook the wire and bring under the loop on the prong (the
opposite of knitting a stitch) pull the wire right through. Turn
clockwise to next prong and do the same. Repeat again. Then take
off the tool and pull tight. Using the neckends supplied, glue the
knitted wire into the cup ends with a strong glue.
I used two part epoxy.
Ingrid suggests that if you haven't knitted before with one of these tools, start with one of her ribbon packs before going on to the wire and bead kits. I did this and it's a really good idea!
Nylon coated wire
Beads can be any size and shape a mixed range is good
Wire knitting tool
All tools and materials available from www.ingrid-de-vane.co.uk
Technique written by Sian Hamilton