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Spool Knitting 1

Instructions for making a knitted chain using a spool knitter jewelry tool and jewelry wire:

 

At right, we show two views of a jewelry wire chain.  The upper view shows the chain when it is first made and before it was pulled tight.  The lower view shows the chain after it was pulled tight.  Both views are extreme close-up photographs.   The actual chain is roughly 1/2 of the size shown in these pictures.  The chain shown was made on a 3-Pin Spool Knitter.  The following section provides instructions on how to make this jewelry wire chain.  We also have additional instructions for making knitted wire chain here.

 

Knitted jewelry wire chain made with Spool Knitter jewelry making tool.
  Knitted jewelry wire chain after using draw plate jewelry tool.  
Wire Chain
 


Side view of Spool Knitter jewelry making tool, shown with jewelry wire in position to knit.

        Jewelry Making Supplies:

Spool Knitter jewelry making tool shown with jewelry wire in position to knit.



Jewelry Making Tools Required:

  • Flush Cutter

  • Spool Knitter

  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

  • Use of a knitter to knit wire chain

Step-by-step instructions for knitting jewelry wire using the Spool Knitter Jewelry Making Tool:

 

Step 1.  Thread about 5-6 inches of jewelry wire through the center hole in the spool knitter and out the bottom.  Place the wire on the left side of peg 1, and wrap the wire around peg 1 to the right side of peg 2.  (This will effectively wrap the wire around peg 1 in a clock-wise manner.)

Step 2:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 in a clock-wise manner to the top of peg 3. 

Step 3:  Wrap the jewelry wire in a clock-wise manner around peg 3 and on the right side/above peg 1. 

Spool knitting jewelry making technique made with Spool Knitter jewelry tool, Step 1-3

 

 

 

Step 4:  Wrap the jewelry wire outside peg 1 to the outside of peg 2. 

Spool knitting jewelry making technique, Step 4 showing Spool Knitter jewelry tool with jewelry wire

 

 

 

Step 5:  Now using the stylus that comes with the Spool Knitter, pull the first loop of wire around peg 1 up and over peg 1, leaving the second wire loop on the outside of peg 1.  See the picture at right. 

 

 

Step 5 to Step 5 to instructions for Spool knitting jewelry wire chain made with Spool Knitter jewelry making tool.

 

Step 6:  Pull the bottom wire to remove the slack in the loop you just created. 

Step 7:  Wrap the wire outside of peg 2 to the outside of peg 3.

Step 8:  Using the stylus, pull the lower (first) loop on peg 2 out and over peg 2 leaving the second loop in place.

Step 9:  Pull the bottom wire to remove the slace in the loop you just created. 

Step 6 to instructions for making a Spool knittingjewelry wire chain showing Spool Knitter jewelry tool with  jewelry wire.

 

Step 10:  Continue the steps above as you knit the wire chain.  Try to pull with consistent pressure on the wire. 

Step 11:  When the chain has reached the length you require, remove the wire from the spool knitter and thread the loose wire end through all the loops in the wire.  Pull this wire tight to ensure that your knitted wire will not unravel.   

Steo 10 to Spool knitting jewelry making technique showing side view or Spool Knitter jewelry tool

 

If you do not pull the chain too firmly, the resulting knitted wire chain will appear as shown at right.  If you pull harder, the chain will become compressed as shown below, right.  You can also use a drawplate to compress the knitted chain.  If you use the drawplate, start with the largest diameter hole in the drawplate and pull the chain through that hole.  Continue pulling the chain through successively smaller holes until it reaches the size that you desire.   

Loosely knit jewelry wire chain made using Spool Knitter jewelry making tool

Looser knit

 

Tightly knit jewelry wire chain shown after pulling chain through draw plate jewelry tool.

Tighter Knit

 

 

 



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