How to Use a Knitting Fork or Lucet

Updated on November 13, 2017

What Is a Knitting Fork?

A knitting fork is traditionally known as a Lucet and is a popular handicraft in Waldorf schools. They are simpler and less fiddly to use than a Knitting Nancy so they serve as the perfect introduction to yarn crafts for young children.

I originally created this tutorial for a friend who had lost the instructions for her knitting fork but I know a number of people who have either found the instructions that came with their's a little bewildering or bought a handmade fork at a fair without instructions so I decided to create this easy step by step guide for anyone to use.

To Begin

To start you need to thread the yarn through the hole from back to front and place your thumb over the yarn as shown in the picture below.

Wind the yarn onto the prongs of the fork in a figure of eight and repeat. It should look like the picture below.

To help keep tension and prevent tangles use your fingers to guide the yarn at the back of the work like this:


You are now ready to begin the actual knitting process!

  • When you look at your fork face on you will see that there are two loops on each prong.
  • Starting with the right hand side, lift the bottom loop up over the top loop and the top of the right prong.
  • Repeat this on the left side and then tighten up by gently pulling the yarn through the hole towards you.
  • You will now only have one loop on each side of the fork.
  • Taking care to go in the same direction as you did before, wind on another figure of eight and repeat the above process.

That's it. You're doing it! Now keep going until it's as long as you want.

Finishing Off

Once your knitting is the desired length, finish off by cutting the yarn (leaving a good six inches) and carefully pull the last two loops off the fork. Thread the end of the yarn through the two loops and pull tight.

Now you can make bracelets and headbands, dolly scarves and whatever else the imagination allows!

Happy Knitting!

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        22 months ago

        Very interesting. I've tried a similar form of knitting with kids using a thread spool with nails around the rim. Thanks for sharing these instructions.


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