A fun way to teach simple knitting to your child. The knitting comes out in a spiral – perfect for an instant scarf!


  • 1 toilet roll
  • 6 paddle pop sticks
  • washi tape
  • wool


  1. To make the french knitter, take the toilet roll and stick 6 paddle pop sticks evenly around the outside of the roll. Fix them with tape.
  2. Then wrap the washi tape around the remainder of the toilet roll for no other reason than to make it look pretty.
  3. To start french knitting, secure a slip knot onto one of the paddle pop stick ends. Then wrap the wool twice around each paddle pop stick end, taking the bottom loop and pulling it up and over the top loop each time.
  4. When you are back to the beginning, continue looping the wool around the paddle pop sticks but this time just wrap one loop each time and continuing to take the bottom loop up and over the top loop.
  5. When you have the desired length, cast off and you're done.

Notes... If you're not sure, youtube has many visual clips to show you how to french knit.

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    • 18 Jun 2016
      4:39 pm

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  • Such a great activity for fine motor skills too


  • oh wow…that’s a great project for the kids. keeps them busy.


  • My daughters brought home something similar from a school activity. I loved them. Great project.


  • Love to learn knitting it’s so relaxing


  • I used to do this when I was younger, it’s a great way to teach your child to knit

    • I love the rainbow wool that you have chosen, beautiful


  • How adorable is she?!! My niece just made one of these for me! I was wondering how she made it!


  • An oldie but a goodie. Nice to see this revived.


  • Great for kids to try their hand at this craftwork. Thanks for sharing.


  • This is how I first learnt to knit now I knit and Crochet (Crochet being my favourite) I make a lot of preemie baby hats for our local hospital.


  • I used to love doing this


  • A lovely and fun craft; thanks for sharing and so easy to create!.


  • I had a barbie knitting machine that would french knit as I turned the wheel. I don’t think anything ever knitted properly. I was slightly too young to use it with any precision and by the time I was old enough it was broken :(. We did manual french knitting in early primary school too.

    • Oooh, I remember the Barbie knitting machine – I always wanted that one! Had to make do with a french knitter LOL.


  • I used to live doing this as a little girl


  • My youngest son started some French Knitting when in year 7, but of course among the boys it was quite competitive….he ended up with enough knitting to make a very large soccer ball, which came in very handy for the smaller kids to play with. Good times.

    • Yes, I remember doing french knitting at school and there were no complaints from either the boys or the girls. I showed my nephew this and he turned his nose up at it! I always had great fun knitting with them.


  • Very clever idea! Thank you for sharing!


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