What they are doing in the you tube video is not knitting, they are taking a needlepoint fabric, and sewing the fur thru it.
Would be pretty easy to do, probably much easier than to actually knit fur, but I am really not sure why they are calling it knitting, they are using a large yarn needle to run the fur thru the grid. You can get needlepoint fabric by the yard at most good craft stores.
No worries, been doing needlework and fabric stuff for a while, and never tried this....but I think the cost of supplies for an entire coat might be prohibitive, even rabit get's expensive with that amount.
BTW if you are doing this, I would not suggest the spiral cut, I would suggest cutting in strips so the fur lies all in one direction, and then I would just stitch the 2 strips together where they meet with a few stitch of regular sewing thread, the end product will look much nicer if all the fur is pointing in the same direction.
Instead of cuting in strips, I would cut in a spiral. Start at the edge, and cut a thin strip in a spiral inward, to give you longer pieces of fur.
I would just knit normally on needles, the fur strips will be twisted no matter what you do, knitting fiber twists it, the fur will fluff out some, and cover some of this.
Having owned an item knit out of leather, it looked like it was done on larger needles, in the 15 or so range, and it was stiff. The leather was knotted together where it joined strips, with the knot pulled very tight, and the ends trimmed to right next to the knot.
Yes, I thought about cutting it in a spiral to get a longer length, but I was concerned that it would still require some cumbersome knotting - but the way you described the knitted leather makes me think it might not be so bad. I'll give that method a go, too - thank you!
Hmm I'd never heard of it before now but it looks cool. From the video it looks like they're using something like a large holed cross-stitch mat and using a diagonal embroidery stitch to attach the fur. I would expect that you'd cut the pattern out of the matting and then stitch onto the top and attach a thicker lining to the inside to disguise the mat. I have no idea how thick you'd have to cut the fur though :/ Now that you've shown me this I really want to try it. If it's a success could you post your process? I'd really like to see it