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Corking also called Knitting Nancy or Spool Knitting is an easy knitting tool to make yourself and has many practical uses. With it, you can make a knitted cord of any thickness or length with different sizes of yarn or thread. Use the cord as ties or straps on clothing, accessories, or sew pieces together to create crafts for children or adults.

Use metallic or variegated yarn or change colours as you work. Use baby yarn for a delicate cord or chunky yarn for a thick cord. Use to make necklaces, bracelets, hair bands. Add something extra to your gift package by wrapping with knitted cord. Sew pieces together to make hot pads, belts, tote bags or place mats. Insert a pipe cleaner through the centre and you will have a bendable cord. Sew cords together to make accessories for dolls.

Take a wooden sewing spool (you can purchase in a craft store) and nail 4 small finishing nails (without heads) equally spaced around the top. Let each nail protrude about one half inch above the spool. Number each nail 1, 2, 3 and 4.

You can add more nails if you wish.

For the knitter, you will need a darning needle or small crochet hook.

To begin, pull the end of a ball of yarn or thread through the hole of the spool, leaving about a 4 inch length showing.

Wind the yarn around nail 1, then around nail 2, 3 and 4, in a counter clockwise direction.

Hold the spool in your left hand with the yarn and needle in your right hand.

Pass the yarn around the nails from right to left. Insert the needle from the outside into the loop around nail 1 and below the yarn, pick up a loop and slip it over the yarn, dropping it off the hook. Always take off stitches from the left side of the nails. The knitted tube will gradually come through the end of the spool.

To bind off, pass each loop over the nail to the left of it (clockwise). Repeat until one stitch remains. Cut the yarn, leaving a few inches and slip the last loop through the stitch, drawing it tight.

To add more yarn or to join different colours, place the two ends of yarn together and make a knot about half an inch from the end. When you reach the knot in knitting, simply tuck the loose ends into the centre of the cord.

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