Wooden lucet (knitting) fork / Waldorf handicraft tools – Glückskäfer
Glückskäfer’s wooden knitting fork 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 Glückskäfer 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 Waldorf 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.
German brand Glückskäfer are well-known in Waldorf and Montessori education for their child-size, real tools specially designed to help children grow in independence.
Glückskäfer Waldorf-inspired toys and children’s tools are designed in Germany and made in Europe. They are part of traditional German toy makers Nic Toys, renowned for the highest standards of quality products designed to support child development manufactured ethically and sustainably.
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 (17×4×1cm)