How to knit with a French knitting bee

by Rita H. Azar on September 28, 2012

A headband I have knitted with the French knitting bee

I love knitting with a French knitting bee.  The knitting bee produces a long knitted cord which can be used to make accessories such as necklaces, bracelets or scarves (these examples are from the blog of Tonya at The Crafty Mummy).  It also can be used to do a fringe.


– Yarn

– A French knitting bee

– An awl (it comes with the French knitting bee)

– A wool needle

– A pair of scissors

First, do a slip knot in the yarn leaving 10 cm loose.

Insert the loose yarn in the knitting bee (where are the hooks) and pass it on the other side.  Leave the slip knot out.

You can use the awl to bring the yarn out of the hole.

Insert the slip knot in the hook of the knitting bee.

Bring the yarn to the hook across and turn the yarn around the hook.

Bring the yarn to the next hook and turn the yarn around this hook.

Bring the yarn to the hook across and turn the yarn around this hook.  These are the first four stitches.

Pass the yarn around the next hook (this is the first hook where you have inserted the slip knot).

Using the awl, lift the first stitch up over the yarn and off the hook.  Drop this stitch.

Again, pass the yarn around the next hook.  Using the awl, lift the stitch up over the yarn and off the hook.  Drop this stitch.

Repeat for the two other stitches and, again, go around the hooks of the French knitting bee with the yarn lifting each stitches.

This is what it should look like after you have turned the yarn around the French knitting bee a few times.

On the other side on the knitting bee, pull gently the loose yarn to release the knitted cord.

Continue to go around each hook until you have the length desired and cut the yarn living a 10 cm loose.

Insert the yarn in a wool needle and into each of the stitches releasing them from the hooks.

Pull out the knitted cord to release it from the knitting bee and insert the loose yarn into the cord with the wool needle.

Pull out the wool needle.

Cut the loose yarn on both sides of the knitted cord.

Have you ever knitted with a French knitting bee?


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Grace September 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

Looks amazing, Rita!!! Unfortunately, I have no crafty talents or skills but I will happilysit back and admire your work! The headband is pretty on you :) x


ritaazar2 September 30, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Thanks Grace! It’s really easy to knit with the French knitting bee! Everyone can do it!


Claudia September 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

You were always better in knitting than me! Love the headband & the color match. I’ll try it one day.


ritaazar2 September 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Claudia! Your daughters would love these headbands!


Emma March 7, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I had one when I was little. I think it took me about two years to make a piece as long as that!


Rita Azar March 7, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Haha! It took me a while to work out how to do it too Emma but when I did, it was very easy.


sarah July 26, 2013 at 12:56 am

This is the best picture tutorial by far. My 7yr old was able to follow it and by working together we were able to complete it. She will be doing more tomorrow so she tells me:-) thank you


Rita Azar July 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Thanks so much for letting me know Sarah! I’m happy to know that the tutorial was easy to follow for you and your daughter! Feel free to share!


Terry Rose August 18, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Marie Rose August 18, 2014 12.35pm
Thanks for the instructions for French knitting, I used to this as a little girl, have’nt done so for years, want to learn again as I am now housebound, our instructions are so easy to follow, looking forward to making lots of things for my church fetes, thanks once again


Rita Azar September 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

Hello Terry Rose! I’m so glad you found this post useful. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
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maxima March 9, 2015 at 11:25 pm

Truly beautiful dear Rita ,Thanks for the instructions I like your blog with love maxima


Rita H. Azar May 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Thank you Maxima!
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