What is your instrument of choice and why?
1. Double Point Needles
2. Embellish Knit
3. French Knitter
I'll keep trying!
Thanks Joe for the picture. I used to use something like that as a kid! I
didn't know it had such a fancy name.
Nehkhasi, Have you tried youtube videos? Here's one (if you can get
through the first minute)
And here is a step by step instruction page:
Good luck! I hope this helps.
Thanks Cindy! I checked it out. I just receive one of these o earlier this
week and the truth is, I think I'm missing something. I'm having trouble with
this too! As well as the Embellish-Knit. But I'm going to keep on trying.
Here to having something GREAT to report! :-)
This "spool knitter" is also what the Ravelry gals quaintly call a "knit
Nancy" (further reinforcing the feminine perception of knitting). I think we
should commission a masculine dark-laquered one with red or orange or silver
studs (!) and call it a "knit Nehkhasi"! :D
IME, spool knitters take about the same time to make i-cord as knitting on
needles. The crank i-corders are interesting to porentially speed up the
process but I have yet to find any that actually work with a variety of yarns
other than a sport-weight silky cord.
Thou doest flattereth me too much! LOL
if it is just simply an i-cord, or an applied i-cord, i use dpns. if it is
a regular i-cord bind-off, i use whatever circulars i'm knitting with at the
time. if it is a three-needle i-cord bind-off (which is quite lovely!) i use
both ends of the circs and a dpn.
Thank You James! :-)
Really love doing i-cord.
Newbie here. May I join the conversation with my 2 cents?
DPNs are very stable and I've used them a lot for i-cord. But, since I do
a metric ton of i-cord---construct gifts from it, jewelery, make umbrella
handle covers and keyring cords, etc. etc., as well as hemming and piping on
sweaters and scarves---I more often just use a 16" or smaller circular
needle, probably because I use circs for almost everything. Easy to
mindlessly create yards of i-cord while chatting, watching a movie, doing
housework, or sitting in a long work meeting.
I haven't used the Embellish Knit but I did briefly have a French tricotin
cranked i-cord maker . . . which was useless for me. It just couldn't handle
a variety of yarn weights without frustratingly slipping or tangling
stitches. The old wooden device mentioned by poster Bill sounds wonderful!
Love the idea of cranking but I guess I've not practiced enough . . . or come
across the right cranker. . . .
Hamimono, Thank You! I'm experiencing the same thing with my Embellish
Knit. The sample cord they sent knit up well enough, but everything since has
been nothing short of a nightmare. I'm hoping that I didn't purchase this in
vain. On mine, the yarn became so tangled that I had to cut it off the
machine 4 times. Here's to me practicing more or also coming across the right
cranker. If you find something more efficient, please let me know! :-)
I-cords on 2 DPN's
With enough DPN's you can knit anything!
I use dpns if I HAVE to, but I too, don't know the other alternatives. And
I've never done an I-cord. I've seen it done on TV.
:-) Thank You Thunder!
I use d.p.n. if I am making an actual cord of course if it is a bind-off
like on the recent sweater I've post i assume everyone knows it is with the
regular needles you used for the project - either circular or straight. so
for the raglan knitted in the round they were circular.
Thank You JRob, and again that is a beautiful piece you've created.
Thank You Lumpy! Why do you use them? Is this the easiest for you? the
quickest method? Are you familiar with any other methods? I understand that
it's even possible to crochet an i-cord!
Dpns because I don't know the alternatives? (And I don't do i-cord very
Thank You Bob!
I have a hand turned exotic wood spool knitter...and love it!
takes me back to my childhood....
Hi Bill! Is what you're speaking of the same as a french knitter? Either
way could you post a picture of it so I can get a look at it? Thank You!
it's exactly the same as a french knitter. The wood is a beautiful
hardwood, and the pins are brass. There is also a matching wood and brass
tool for lifting the loops.
I don't have a picture of it, and am too busy to photograph it right
now....but you can see similar ones here:
Thank You Bill! I'm going to try this also!
Owning to my envy...lucky you.
I bought it from "Grizzly Mountain Arts"...they have a ravelry
and an etsy store.
Hmm....I've heard of them and may have seen a few things by them as well.
Thanks for the tip off.
I use dpns for any I-cord I knit but if I had a bucket load to do, I'd ask
to borrow my friend Mollie's Embellish Knit.
Thank You Joe! I did buy One of those and I was having a little trouble
with it. Instead of creating the cord the yarn seems to wrap itself around
the cylinder and I've had to cut it out. Have you or your friend had any
problems with it and can you offer any advice concerning it?
My friend said that she had to add more weight to the end to make certain
it knit properly, otherwise she just cranked out a huge amount of cord. We
later twisted it into a multiplied rope and used it to wrap a pole for a vine
look when doing a yarnbombing project. Very effective.
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