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Corking with your Knitting Nancy

Corking materials, ready to go!

Corking materials, ready to go!

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Corking, aka finger knitting, aka using a knitting Nancy, aka knitting with a tower, is a fun way for kids as young as four to develop the fine motor muscles needed for good handwriting. It’s also a great activity to occupy children on long car trips.

We have the  Camden Rose Knitting Nancy) as well as the book Corking (Kids Can Do It) by Judy Ann Sadler.


The book has a bunch of ways you can make DIY corkers using cans and nails. But knitting Nancy’s aren’t that expensive to buy.

The hardest part is getting the Nancy going. (Um… that came out wrong!) Here are some pictures to help you get started:

Step one: hook a slip-not over the first peg. Pull the tail of the yarn through the knitting Nancy.

Step one: hook a slip-knot over the first peg. Pull the tail of the yarn through the knitting Nancy.

Step two: pull yarn straight back and then front.

Step two: pull yarn straight back and then front.

Step three: keep going back and then front until all of the pegs have a loop on them.

Step three: keep going back and then front until all of the pegs have a loop on them.

Step four:  pull the yarn over the loop on the first peg.

Step four: pull the yarn over the loop on the first peg.

Step five: pull the bottom loop over the top. Repeat on the following pegs!

Step five: pull the bottom loop over the top. Repeat on the following pegs!

This feels very similar to “finger weaving” which I used to do in Girl Scouts. The only main difference is that with corking, you end up with more of a hollow tube creation. You can stick pipe cleaners up the yarn to make fun shapes.

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