Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015!

How to Join Fabric Strips Together

Ever wanted to join fabric strips together for knitting or crochet or anything else without having big knots that are difficult to hide in your work or that can come undone. Here’s an easy method of joining those strips that won’t undo or make big bumps.


Join the strips of fabric together as follows: fold each short side of each strip over about 1.5cm and cut a slit about 1cm long from the fold into the fabric, being careful not to cut through the fabric edge. Slip the end of one piece of fabric (call it the top end) through the slit of another piece of fabric and then take the opposite end of the first piece of fabric and slip it through the slit in the top end of the same piece, pull tight to knot them together. For wider strips of fabric, just make the folded section longer and cut the strips longer to accommodate the width of your fabric. Keep joining new strips to your “rope” until it is as long as you want it to be.


Knitted ICord

I- Cord is tubular knitting done on 2 double pointed needles or on one circular needle. This gives the same result as knitting on a french knitting dolly but with the added benefit of being able to increase and decrease the number of stitches and also of being able to vary the thickness of the yarn used. It is very useful for jewellery, cords, straps ....

C/on between 4 and 8 Stitches
**knit across
Slide the stitches back across to the other end of the needle without turning and pull the yarn firmly across the back of your work
Repeat from ** until your cord is the required length.
Cut yarn, leaving a 20cm tail. Thread through stitches and fasten off.  
This will give you a stocking stitch cord – smooth side out.

For a reverse stocking stitch cord – pull the yarn across the front of your work to begin knitting the next row.

I-cord cast off
This is a wonderful way to finish edges as you cast off. You can vary the number of stitches as you please.
Cast on 5 sts
*K4; K2tog; Slip 5 sts from right hand needle back to left needle
Repeat from *