Monday, June 6, 2011


Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved corking. I guess that's why I wrote a book on it! Corking is an unusual name for a really fun craft. This form of knitting has other names, too, such as spool knitting or French knitting. I recently bought a lovely old-fashioned corker:

Through the years, I've made pot holders, small rugs, chair pads, bendable animals, hair bands, puppets, scarves and many more items out of my corking. I'm tickled to have another use for it: I've stitched a loopy length onto the top of a wee baby cap that I just finished knitting. What fun!

This summer I'll be doing a couple of corking workshops at the Little Red Mitten yarn shop. Details to follow!

All the best,

Judy Ann


  1. Dear Judy,
    I recently purchased your corking book, and am enjoying the learning process. I am, however, having some trouble with the stitches tightening up-although I am trying to keep the stitches loose, it eventually becomes difficult to lift the bottom loop up and over. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you, Erin

    1. Hello Erin,

      How lovely to get a question about corking! Thank you! To keep the stitches loose, try this: As you lift the bottom loop up, pull it gently toward you to open the stitch a little more before you complete the looping-over process. Then, in an attempt to keep things loose, right away after you've lifted the bottom loop up and over the top one, pull the remaining (bottom) loop open toward you. As you go around and around doing this, you will find that your corking has loosened up. Relax your grip as well, and don't pull too tightly on the yarn as you wind it around the corker pegs. Does this help? I hope so! I'm tickled that you bought Corking and hope you have a chance to try some of the projects in the book.

      Warm wishes and thanks,

      Judy Ann