Inquiring Minds: What is a ‘knitting nancy’?

Each week the staff at the Roseville Library answers more than 2,500 questions on every subject under the sun. Here are some of the most interesting ones they’ve gotten lately.

NOTE: We will be taking a look back on some interesting questions while the librarian is on summer vacation.

Q.  What is a ‘knitting nancy’?​

A.  A ‘knitting nancy’ or spool knitter is a piece of equipment that allows the user to knit long chains of material that can subsequently be joined to create the effect of a braided rug. It is possible to create a knitting nancy at home from a wooden spool with four small protruding nails — some people even use an empty toilet paper cylinder with popsicle sticks attached — but experts advise buying a specially made piece of equipment for best results. You can find patterns for your knitting nancy at the library in a book called “200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop or Weave” by Jacqui Carey.



Do you have a question for the staff at the Roseville Library? You can call them at 628-6803 or ask your question in person at the Information Desk, Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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