The Filges set with a wooden knitting fork and 50g organic plant-dyed wool yarn in beautiful soft pastel colours includes everything children need to start knitting! The knitting fork, or lucet, is a tool used in cord making and braiding. A traditional and very old crafting tool, the lucet fork has been used for generations dating back to Medieval and Viking periods. The knitting fork is a simple and efficient tool to introduce knitting crafts to children, and even for young children to master the basic principles of knitting.
The tool is used in cord making or braiding formed by a series of loops, like spool or finger knitting, and, unlike other braiding techniques, lucet braids can be created without pre-measuring threads and so is suited for very long cords. The lucet cord is created by making loop-like knots with wool or cotton knitting thread that won’t unravel when cut. It’s an easy and quick way to knit a cord of various thicknesses that can be used for many purposes. The Filges wooden lucet / knitting fork features two prongs to wind yarn around and to pull through the hole in the handle.
Knitting is a highly tactile experience and a fun, creative Waldorf handwork activity. It is taught in Rudolf Steiner Schools worldwide from around the age of 6 and projects can range from beginner to advanced.
The craft of knitting has many benefits for children, including the development of fine motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and the concentration and patience required for focused attention on a task. It enhances the ability to understand and follow processes and encourages problem solving skills in overcoming any mistakes.
Knitting is a calming and satisfying handicraft, providing children with a sense of pride and achievement in their creations too. The sensorial experience of working with natural fibres creates an active connection to the natural world for both children. Knitting is used in both Montessori and Waldorf education and is one of the Waldorf handcrafts.
Filges are a very small German family brand specialising in the finest quality organic, vegetable-dyed wool and silk using traditional, artisanal processes.
Filges are a Bioland-certified manufacturer of sheep wool. A member of the IVN (Internationaler Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft/ International Association of Natural Textiles), Filges wool comes exclusively from certified organic sheep in Germany. The Filges dyes are plant-based and production is sustainable, ecological and emission-free.
Attention! Not suitable for children under 36 months due to risk of impact in the throat area from sharp objects.
1 wooden lucet / knitting fork
50g of organic plant-dyed wool yarn