How to Knit Well – How to Assemble a Simple Quartz Clock Movement

My Knitted Clock Design has recently been published in Simply Knitting issue 101 – which is very exciting!

Until I started creating the design, I had no idea how to assemble a clock movement. However, my husband turned out to be one of the tiny handful of children who had actually made a clock in school! And this unusual skill came in very handy for my knitted clock design!

Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to include a general tutorial on how to assemble a quartz clock movement to go with this issue. The same clock is used for the pattern in Simply Knitting – issue 101 but it can be used for any clocks.

So – let’s all make a fabulous knitted clock and surprise everyone with our knitting ingenuity!


Clock Movement and parts can be obtained from

1.    Attach the silver hook at the back of the movement (fig. 1).

2.    Place the rubber disc onto the front of the movement (fig. 2).

3.    Insert the golden metal centre into the front of the clock, with the screw part facing down (fig. 3).

4.    From the back of the clock, screw the movement into the golden metal centre, (fig. 4).

5.    Then, take the hour needle first and gently place it onto the clock face, making sure to position it with the bits at the bottom (fig. 5).

Note:  Don’t press the hour needle down too far on the spindle, as you need to leave a small gap between the needle and the clock face (fig. 6).

6.    There are two different screws in the clock kit.  The nut (left) (fig. 7) is for use with the minute hand. Place the minute hand onto the spindle, on top of the hour hand and screw fix the nut (fig. 8)

Note:  If you do happen to have a ‘seconds’ hand, you will need to use the circular screw (right).
7.    Finally, adjust the time, place an AA battery in the recess at the back and hang your amazing handiwork very proudly on the wall! ☺

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, here’s one I made earlier!


Responses to “How to Knit Well – How to Assemble a Simple Quartz Clock Movement”

  1. Amy

    This is such a lovely idea! I’ve been meaning to make a clock with a needle felted clock face design for AGES, and not getting around to it. A beautiful knitted face is an even better idea!

    • Kyoko

      Hello Amy!
      Thank you very much for your comment 🙂 Needle felted clock would be so cute! Yes I have several things that I haven’t got round to doing it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Lindy

    Hi Kyoko,

    Do the cable patterns mark off the 5″ intervals on the clock? Can you upload a picture of the finished clock up on the wall, so we can all see how great it looks!

    • Kyoko

      Hello Lindy!
      Hehe! I have updated it now! 😉 The thicker cables should be at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. Thinner ones in between.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  3. Wow Kyoko your knits are just perfect! So neat and clean… love it! I’ll have mine too’ Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Kyoko

      Hello Beckie,
      Thank you very much! It was fun making the clock. Have a lovely weekend!

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