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I-Cord Necklace Tutorial

At the Etsy Craft Party I attended on Friday I got a chance to play with an I-cord machine and talk to people about the different ways to make a cord (the machine, spool knitting or double pointed needles).  I wore the bracelet I created for the rest of the night and put it with my daily jewelry (watch, college ring and small silver hoop earrings) when I went to bed.  The next morning I decided that just wearing this bracelet wasn’t going to be enough, I needed to make more I-cord!

Since Saturday was Knit In Public Day it seemed fitting to choose the double pointed needle method.  If it hadn’t rained I would have biked to the park and knit there, but it was an icky day out and I’d been at the Etsy Party for 4 hours the night before, so the most public I was getting was twitter (and this blog, a few days late!).

I’m not sure that I’ve knit anything since Christmas of 2009, and even then it was just a few tiny snow people.  I was pleasantly surprised that my hands just knew how to hold everything, although it took a long time to get into the rhythm of things since the rows are so short!  Still, by the end I was able to do 7 inches of cord in about 10 minutes, which I thought was pretty good for someone who hasn’t knit anything substantial in more than 10 years.

My go-to website for basic technique has long been Lion Brand’s, they didn’t fail me this time either, giving a simple explanation of how to make an I-cord.

I started as instructed: casting on 3 stitches (yet another thing my hands magically remembered how to do), sliding, knitting, sliding and knitting some more.  Before I’d even gotten this technique down, I already knew that I wanted to experiment with the size of the cord, expanding and contracting to make different embellishments.  I ended up doing something like this:

Cast on 3
Slide to other end, knit 3 (basic cord pattern)
Repeat for 7 inches
Knit, cast on, knit, cast on, knit
Knit 1 row
Knit 2, cast on, knit 2, cast on, knit
Knit 3 rows
Knit 1, k2tog, knit 1, k2tog, knit 1
Knit 1 row
Knit 1, k2tog twice
Knit basic cord pattern for 1.5 inches
Knit, cast on, knit, cast on, knit
Knit, *cast on, knit* repeat from * 3 times
Knit 1 row
Knit 1, k2tog across
Knit 1, k2tog across
Knit basic cord pattern for 1.5 inches
Knit, cast on, knit, cast on, knit
Knit 1 row
Knit 2, cast on, knit 2, cast on, knit
Knit 3 rows
Knit 1, k2tog, knit 1, k2tog, knit 1
Knit 1 row
Knit 1, k2tog twice
Knit basic cord pattern for 7 inches

I apologize for the lack of abbreviations or standard notation.  (Did I mention how long it’s been since I knit something?)  I should probably say that you continue to slide at the end of each row.  If you can understand my pattern, you will end up with a necklace with three bobbles, 2 large and a small one between them.

I Cord Necklace

The problem is, they change size depending on how you push and pull the cord.  I was looking around my apartment for something small, a marble would be ideal, to stick in the spaces.  The best I could come up with without leaving home (still raining) was some styrofoam.  I’d recently purchased an exacto knife so this seemed like a fun experiment.

I cut the styrofoam into a rectangular prism at first, but quickly realized the cord wasn’t tight enough and the corners would stick out.  So I sculpted a bit until I had a piece I liked.

 

 

Then I pulled at the yarn around a small hole until it was big enough to fit the foam.  Once it was in, I wiggled it around and stretched at the cord until the hole had nearly disappeared.

I repeated the same process for the other two bobble spaces.  Squishing the styrofoam helped a bit, and I was even able to cut out protruding corners while the foam was inside the cord.

  Overall I’m happy with the design, although I may end up looking at the thrift shop for some marbles or other small spheres to use instead.  The styrofoam is just a bit more visible than I’d like it to be.

June 13, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Entrelac Lotus

All the blog gurus say that it’s important to write about what people want to read.  Since I’ve only had one comment and no other way to communicate with you, I looked at my search terms.  So far, four people have found my blog via search and they’ve searched for the following:

  • channel islands knitting illegal fishing
  • opposites crafts
  • how to do an entrelac square
  • how to make single crochet enterlac
I think the first comes from a funny fact I Re-Tweeted on twitter: (RT @LionBrandYarn Apparently it’s illegal for men to knit during fishing season on the Channel Islands) and the second is for a treasury I created, but I don’t have a lot more to say about either of those.  Entrelac though, I can talk about that!  I still haven’t tried single crochet entrelac because I’ve been busy with tunisian entrelac projects.

I finished my vase cover:
Upcycled Vase Crochet cover

And started the full size bag:
Tunisian Entrelac Crochet Bag

I’ve also been thinking about a future entrelac project.  Browsing Etsy and Ravelry I’ve seen some cool crochet banners and I have a set of tibetan prayer flags that hang above my window.  These two concepts would appear to be totally unrelated, but I’ve decided to merge them and attempt to crochet prayer flags.

Based on the research I did today my flags are not traditional- I have one strand of lotus and another strand of a variety of symbols.  Even though it wouldn’t be authentic, I think a string of crocheted lotus flags would be pretty and potentially spiritual.  While searching for crochet lotus patterns I recalled the entrelac circle pattern I had seen which I think could easily become a lotus using the correct colors:
tunisian entrelac in the round
Perhaps I will try this pattern in single crochet, especially since that will make it easier to transition from entrelac circle to traditional crochet square to finish off the flag.  Plus, this is a great excuse to buy more yarn!  The flags come in 5 colors and a lotus can be white, pink, red or blue depending on what it symbolizes.

What would you like to hear more about on this blog?

May 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm 2 comments


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