How does a knitting doll work?

What is a French knitting doll?

The handheld tool used for french knitting is often called a ‘Knitting Nancy‘, French knitting dolly or tomboy. The stitches are created by wrapping yarn around pegs and then lifting the stitches over the pegs.

Why is it called French knitting?

The yarn trailing down through the hole is given a tug to draw the knitted braid down through it. The cords so produced where used as piping to edge dresses. This is also refered to as French Knitting. (In Germany they’re called Nahliesle.)

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