I’m loving this craft. It’s great for busy hands but not as complex as needle knitting. All the joys of knitting with only a fraction of the skill 🙂
I’ve been wearing my bracelet for a few days now and I’m happy to report that while the yarn does warm your wrist a bit, it’s not uncomfortable in warm weather. I would just caution against heavy wools.
DIY french knit bracelet
These instructions will make one bracelet. Give yourself at least one hour to complete, a bit more if it’s your first time using a french knitter.
- French knitter (I used this one by Clover)
- Crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Lightweight yarn (Shown is Schoppel Wolle Ambiente)
Thread the end of the yarn through the center hole of the french knitter and out through the bottom. Throughout the process, you’ll want to keep the end consistently taut.
Twist the yarn around the first peg in a counterclockwise direction. Pull yarn taut.
Continue around each peg until they all have one loop.
Tip: I am showing it with four pegs. If you have a Clover, you can choose 5 or 6 pegs. The more pegs, the thicker the cord.
Create a second row by repeating steps 2 and 3.
Starting with your first peg, use a crochet hook to lift the bottom loop up and over the top loop and peg. The bottom loop will release into the center of the french knitter. The top loop should remain on the peg. Repeat for all pegs.
Continue steps 2 through 5 until the cord reaches the desired length.
I normally wear a 7″ bracelet. I made my french knit bracelet 20 inches so I could wrap it 3 times.
To cast off, lift each loop over their respective peg until only one remains. Cut the yarn (leave a 12″ tail). Draw the yarn through the last loop and pull it tight.
Create a 2″ loop with one end of your cord. Wrap the yarn tail around the bottom of the loop to hold it in place. Continue wrapping until you have a nice band of approximately 1/2″.
Use a tapestry needle to secure the yarn in place.
On the other end of your cord, use a tapestry needle to thread the yarn through your button and to secure it in place.
Knit-tastic! You just made a french knit bracelet!
I’ve been having so much fun with this technique that it may be back for a repeat appearance. I have some ideas in mind that involve braiding 🙂
Also, one final note, you may want to check out this video that shows you how to cast on and off. It’s a little easier to follow than photos alone. In the video they use beads but really just need to focus on the knitting technique.