What to make with French knitting

A staple of any budding young crafter, a French knitting doll is a quick and fun way of creating colourful lengths of yarn, but it can be difficult to know what to use it for. Here are some ideas for what you can create.

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You may have several different pieces of French knitting sitting around but absolutely no idea what to do with them. The good news is that there are lots of different ways of using them.

One of the easiest things to make is a friendship bracelet, which can be plaited together and embellished with a bead or jewel to fasten. The more colourful, the better, and they’re an ideal gift for a friend. If you have longer strands, you could make a necklace in the same way or even matching earrings.

A pin badge or brooch in a cute flower or heart shape makes a nice accessory for a jacket. Or, you could liven up your hair by making a slide or clip, or even buy a plastic headband and cover it with your French knitting.


According to Prima magazine, the name French knitting comes from Revolutionary times, when knitted hats were made in a similar way, just on larger looms with more pegs. So why not make yourself a hat? Stacking different coloured lengths of French knitting on top of each other is a quick way of making a knitted beanie.

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You may want to consider using a macrame kit for a quicker and easier way to make something beautiful. There are plenty of different ones available from specialists such as https://www.woolcouturecompany.com/collections/macrame-kits.

Another favourite is to make a scarf. They are easy to put together and you can never have too many scarves in your drawer.


For the really ambitious who have lots of French knitting, a rug is an option. But if that’s a step too far, consider making a mug or tea cosy or a decorative piece of art in the shape of an animal. For seasonal events like Christmas and Easter, you could make festive pendants to hang from a tree.