How to knit with Rico Can Can yarn

The instructions for knitting with Rico’s new Can Can yarn are printed on the inside of the ball band.  However they are so tiny that it’s not very clear what you should do.  So I’ve made a video to show knitters how they can knit with Can Can yarn.

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Writen on August 29th, 2010 | with 76 comments

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  1. I have tried o work out how to knit with this wool from the ball band and just couldnt work it out. Thank you so much for making this video, its very clear, I have had a go and its really easy.
    Really exciting wool to play with!


    5 Sep 10 at 10:14 am

  2. I’m glad that it was helpful!


    6 Sep 10 at 8:37 am

  3. As a novice I was lost but this video is brilliant.
    Thank you so much for making it.

    My scarf is coming along beautifully now!


    8 Sep 10 at 9:01 pm

  4. I was truly confused by this wall so thank you for your brilliant video instructions.


    12 Sep 10 at 4:16 pm

  5. Sorry, ball!


    12 Sep 10 at 4:16 pm

  6. I knit a lot but the instructions for this wool really confused me.Thank you so much for video,got the hang of it now although a bit slow.


    13 Sep 10 at 8:59 pm

  7. Thank you soooo much – your video is excellent!!!!


    21 Sep 10 at 6:15 pm

  8. Thank you for making this video. The instructions on the ball band are not good and I had to go into my local wool shop (where I bought the Can Can) to ask them to show me how to use it! Even after they had shown me I still found your video really helpful. I have now bought another ball!. Thanks


    23 Sep 10 at 3:31 pm

  9. I tryed to knit a scraf with the instructions on the ball, it was hopless, after watching your video it was easy, thank you very much, now on my 3rd scraf for christmas presents.


    12 Oct 10 at 10:32 pm

  10. Thank you so much – I thought that I was going crazy trying to knit this scarf, but thanks to your video I am delighted to say I have completed it! Again thanks Phyllis


    21 Oct 10 at 7:54 pm

  11. Hi Vicky,

    I bought some of this wool last week, and my supplier showed me how to cast on/off. I was not happy to finish off with sewing the last row down, although this is what I have done on my lst 3 scarves; watching yr video last night, filled me with joy, as I know now the stiches will not come undone.
    Many thanks for taking the time to make this video,


    3 Nov 10 at 2:48 pm

  12. I was visiting my Mum in the UK, and she showed me how to knit this scarf. With out her I would have been sunk! I live in Toronto Canada and here no one has even heard of this wool! so I am knitting like crazy and have made 3 going for 10, for my Canadian family this Christmastime.They will truly be amazed at my talent which I cant wait to show off!Only I am really no knitter unlike my Mum.. I have run into a problem.. My ball of wool seams to be broken..please could you tell me how to join this wool in
    Thanks so much..Vicky.


    4 Nov 10 at 11:38 pm

  13. What I have suggested to someone else who had a knot in their yarn, was that they cut the knot out and then start knitting the next row with the new end, but leave about 10cm or so dangling. Then just sew the ends into the scarf with matching thread, curling it around a little bit so it looks just like another frill – much as you would do at the very beginning and end of the scarf.


    5 Nov 10 at 8:35 am

  14. Thanks Vicky..I am now knitting away again!


    7 Nov 10 at 4:03 pm

  15. watched the video out of curiosity just to see if I was doing it correctly and I was! I also agree with you about the casting off – I did that exactly as you did too!. Very good video, I’m sure it has helped a lot of confused knitters out there.


    11 Nov 10 at 11:52 am

  16. Saw this yarn over here in the Vendee where we live and thought it looked too complicated to use. Now having watched your video, it looks very easy to understand now – so after looking at the rest of your site, I will be off to the shops to get the wool and try for myself. Thanks for your help Vicky.


    24 Nov 10 at 10:18 am

  17. If it wasn’t for your brilliant video, I would still be looking at a ball of wool and not at my lovely scarf – thank you so much.


    28 Nov 10 at 6:57 pm

  18. Great video, thanks, I am doing it correctly but too low down yarn, I’ll start again

    Moira Masterson

    3 Dec 10 at 6:38 pm

  19. I haven’t knitted for 25 years but will start again now. Many thanks for the help


    14 Dec 10 at 3:16 pm

  20. Hi

    Great video!

    I’ve made dozens of scarves using this yarn (I sell them for the local lifeboat fundraisers) but I am encountering lots of flaws – tears and excessive knots (approx one every yard).

    This has happend three times now, each time on a red ball, all bought from the same shop. This may be a bad batch, but it would be good to know if anyone else is having problems?



    24 Dec 10 at 10:59 pm

  21. I have come across the odd tear and knot, but nothing like the amount you seem to have had. I guess that quality control went down a bit recently as they tried to keep up with demand the past month or two.


    28 Dec 10 at 2:00 pm

  22. Hi there I too had this problem and I’ve been using it since early October (thanks to Vicky’s video). I would agree with Vicky that the quality control has put quantity over quality! There are similar yarns out there that I have been using, one is Ondas and I didn’t have any problems. There are only 100 grm in the ball so it works out dearer! Phyllis


    28 Dec 10 at 6:39 pm

  23. I did not realise there was a wrong side to this wool so
    glad I watched your video, it really makes a difference to the
    finished scarf.


    29 Dec 10 at 5:55 pm

  24. I wish i had found this website earlier i have had
    sleepless nights trying to work it out and had to go 10 miles away
    from where i live for help as no one here had seen it(.Having
    bought this from a craft show in London). When i eventually managed
    to work it out it made a lovely scarf and i now have orders for 2
    more. Thankyou for a lovely instructional close up video. (I have
    had knots in the black and tears in the mixed lilac)


    29 Dec 10 at 7:28 pm

  25. I received one of these from a friend and, as it has been greatly admired, have decided to have a go so that I can give to my friends.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video – hopefully my friends will soon be receiving their scarves.


    9 Jan 11 at 3:22 pm

  26. merci pour cette video tres sympas meme si c toujour en anglai . ma femme va etre contantent quand je l aurai fini . Y A T IL QUE LE POINT MOUSE pour ce faire ? . qui pour certaint n ai deja pas si facile . pour ma part cela et plus facile que le point jersait a l anglaise . merci encore .


    9 Jan 11 at 8:53 pm

  27. Thank you so much! I’m an experienced knitter but couldn’t make head nor tail of the instructions on the ballband. Needless to say, within a few seconds of watching the video, it’s all made perfect sense!!


    11 Jan 11 at 11:52 am

  28. I found the video really helpful. I have tried a few rows but there appear to be lots of holes formed as I am knitting. Is this normal? Am I picking up too few threads or am I picking them up too close to the top edge? It would be good to know before I go much further!


    14 Jan 11 at 6:50 pm

  29. Not quite sure what you mean about holes forming. Can you send me a photo perhaps and show me how it’s looking? (


    14 Jan 11 at 7:02 pm

  30. Well done!
    Well presented, clear instructions saved me hours of confused attempts. Now I feel ready to start!

    Pat Hopkins

    25 Jan 11 at 2:28 pm

  31. Where can I find Rico Can Can Wool in Canada

    Linda Arseneault

    27 Jan 11 at 3:44 am

  32. I don’t know where in Canada you can get it, but we ship to Canada and have sent several parcels of Can Can to customers there.


    27 Jan 11 at 8:38 am

  33. Have managed two rows of scarf but seem to be turning back on frill. Is that correct and I am not sure if the rolled side is facing me now!!!! Help


    8 Feb 11 at 10:56 am

  34. I’m not sure what you mean I’m afraid.


    8 Feb 11 at 10:57 am

  35. Very Many thanks for your clear and calm instructions


    Pam B


    8 Feb 11 at 4:37 pm

  36. Hi Vicky,

    I’m a beginner knitter, how do I add another ball of can can yarn? As I’m making a very long scarf, do I sew the yarn together with thread?

    Pls advise.


    10 Feb 11 at 4:11 am

  37. Saw this yarn in our market in Skibbereen. The demo on line here is fantastic. Couldn’t have managed without it.


    12 Feb 11 at 4:58 pm

  38. Thank you for your video, I have now made three scarves, and my sister who lives in Southampton has started her WI ladies, all making them also little collars for jackets using the same principle. Regards Dawn

    Dawn jubb

    27 Feb 11 at 5:11 pm

  39. my friend said it was easy, but did not show me very well, had no time. logged on you pure curiosity, brilliant, no stopping me. thank you sooo much.

    ann chandler

    16 Mar 11 at 9:52 am

  40. A very good video, but what size needles should I use?


    18 Mar 11 at 5:11 pm

  41. 7mm or 8mm is what is recommended. However I had one customer use 4mm and it worked fine.


    21 Mar 11 at 3:24 pm

  42. I bought this wool on Thursday and although my local craft shop showed me how to use it I’ve been struggling. They sold me 4mm needles but I’m now going to try the larger size. THank you so much for the video it’s brilliant.


    2 Apr 11 at 10:32 pm

  43. Please send me Rico cancan price lists and suppliers in Hamposhire, if poss. Can I buy from you….Thanks.

    margaret lenton

    3 Apr 11 at 3:59 pm

  44. Hello. I’m am just a shop in Devon. I have no idea who might be selling Can Can in Hampshire. However you are welcome to buy from us as we do an internet/mail order service. Can Can is £9.95 a ball. Postage is based on the weight on the total order and is calculated at the checkout on our website.


    4 Apr 11 at 8:48 am

  45. Wow! this is an awesome video. I would not have been able to work out how to do it with out you!! Thanks so much.

    amy scott

    21 Apr 11 at 8:14 am

  46. Hi – I’ve lost the instructions for my can can wool. I was sure that the instructions weren’t just standard knit. I could have sworn there was something more to it to make it twist?? Any chance that you could send me a picture of the instructions? Thanks for the video – very helpful for knitting with this wool.


    27 Jul 11 at 1:06 pm

  47. What a fantastic video – couldn’t make head nor tail of the instructions on the ball band but the video explained it perfectly. Thank you.


    2 Sep 11 at 7:36 pm

  48. Hi,

    Bit confused really…. Read on another site that smaller needles would prevent the dropping – and that 12 stitches was about right… However the scarf just seems to be very loose – I have lots of lovely waves when the stitches are close together on the needles – but they then naturally seperate out and I’m left with something that looks absolutely nothing like what you have…. Going to give up soon….


    22 Sep 11 at 2:29 pm

  49. Where can I buy this yarn in the USA? I brought a skein home from Getmany and want more!!


    26 Sep 11 at 9:24 pm

  50. No idea where you can buy it in the US, but we ship internationally.


    27 Sep 11 at 8:42 am

  51. Does anyone know how to crochet with Can Can yarn? I saw it in a wool shop but forgot to ask


    7 Oct 11 at 3:53 pm

  52. very helpful video. Is there anything else you can with it knit other than a scarf ?


    11 Oct 11 at 7:53 pm

  53. I have completed the scarf but am at a loss as to how to neaten the ends, they look as though they will fray. I cannot see how they can be sewn when the yarn is such an open web.


    18 Oct 11 at 6:26 pm

  54. I’m not sure how to explain that bit to be honest. Underneath the frills, you’ll see where the stitches are for the row and the fabric is quite thick there. You just stitch it into there! It does work, I assure you! But if you can’t figure it out, then how about overlocking the ends (or zigzag on a sewing machine) to stop it fraying.


    19 Oct 11 at 9:02 am

  55. Purchased the wool yesterday. Tip from shop assistant is to put a knot in wool before starting and finish it off into the seam. Great tutorial. Thank you.


    1 Nov 11 at 1:39 pm

  56. Thanks for your video. I watched it last night and it is definitely much better than the instructions on the band!

    Having said that, I have tried a few rows but have noticed that my scarf is looking a bit floppy and loose. I guess I am doing something wrong but can’t put my finger on it. The actual loops on my knitting needles seem to be quite loose (slide across the needles really easily), how do I make them tighter? Do I have to be holding onto the yarn in a particular way? I am also noticing that even though I am making sure to take about 4cms of yarn each time, the actual loops on the needle seem to be quite close together.

    Please help save my scarf! :-s


    9 Nov 11 at 1:27 pm

  57. Sorry Saima, I’m not really sure what to suggest. It sounds like you are doing all the correct things.


    14 Nov 11 at 8:08 pm

  58. Thanks for the excellent video! :) I can now knit these scarves for my family! Now I have something I can easily do in my free time and they make an excellent gift :)


    7 Dec 11 at 11:03 pm

  59. Just want to add my thanks for a wonderful video with very clear instructions. Many thanks.


    20 Jan 12 at 1:31 pm

  60. Very helpful video, unlike the ball label. When I compared notes with a fellow knitter, I realised that I had been using old size 7 needles (4 1/2 mm equivalent) but my 2 scarves with 7 & 5 stitches respectively turned out just fine. I did have problems with a knot in the yarn but the German manufacturers sent me helpful instructions before I saw those above.

    Lynn S

    27 Jan 12 at 4:59 pm

  61. very helpful video, could i use this wool to make a snood the scarfs that go over the head ?


    16 Mar 12 at 8:42 pm

  62. I suppose so. I’ve seen hats and bags made from it. But I don’t have any patterns I’m afraid.


    21 Mar 12 at 1:51 pm

  63. Hi, vicky,
    have knitted a good few of these scarves now, after watching your video, wouldn’t have had a clue from the instructions on the ball, but the only problem I seem to have is no matter how I try I can’t get the wool to stop twirling and especially when I knit a second one from the same ball. Is there anything you can recommend.


    7 Apr 12 at 1:03 pm

  64. Hi Pat, I’m afraid that I’ve not come up with a way to stop it twirling either!


    10 Apr 12 at 11:58 am

  65. hi.. I just finished the frill of my baby’s mini skirt with this yarn (red and black)and im going to continue to the top with regular red yarn (knit 2, purl 2)….so far looking ammazing!!!!
    Im planning to make a bolero set with the skirt using the same yarn for the collar and cuffs..fingers crossed..


    16 Feb 13 at 8:54 am

  66. I’m on my 4th scarf at the moment and am using red yarn for the first time. I’ve found the red has two breaks in the yarn which have been sewn up but on the wrong side so that the seam shows when it’s knitted.
    I had to cut it and resew it so that the seam was on the back of the frill. I foound no breaks in the grey, black or purple yarn so I don’t know why the red is like that.
    I also found that the end where you cast on flares out more than the cast off edge so I decided to try casting on without 4cm spacing and have found it doesn’t flare out if you do that.


    21 Mar 13 at 12:51 pm

  67. OMG I love this yarn…. The skirt and cardi set are amazing and oh how i loved everybody’s reaction about it… Usually this yarn is used 4 zcarves but i tried something new and it turned out wonderful… Check it out on on this link:


    21 Mar 13 at 5:06 pm

  68. Into my fifth scarf now but that little skirt from Nour looks great so I might knit one for my grand daughter :-)


    22 Mar 13 at 7:28 am

  69. Go for it Mary it is sooooo cute… The part where u move from can can to regular yarn is a bit tricky… What i did is this: I grabbed extra stitches between the stitches of the last can can row. This got me the number of stitches I needed for the regular yarn.. From there on I went k2 p2 all the way up…. Try it and have fun…. The cardi is an entirely different story though.. Love


    22 Mar 13 at 12:08 pm

  70. Thanks Nour. Lily loves anything girlie and that really fits the bill :-)


    25 Mar 13 at 10:05 pm

  71. How do you workout the length of the scarf


    9 Feb 14 at 10:11 pm

  72. I’m not sure what you mean. I just knit until it reaches the length I want.


    13 Feb 14 at 12:40 pm

  73. Hi,
    Just about to start a scarf and I have lost the ball band. Can you please remind me which is the correct side for casting on and how many stitches? I think it is 18 but I would like you to clarify this for me. Many thanks.


    16 Feb 14 at 12:23 pm

  74. I only cast on between 5 and 8 stitches, depending on how wide I want it to be.


    18 Feb 14 at 9:42 am

  75. What sized knitting needles do you use? I have just started with size 7 and the stitches are very loose.


    17 Sep 14 at 10:15 am

  76. I use 7mm.


    22 Sep 14 at 2:22 pm

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