Not just knitting: Flower Garland part 2: creating an I-cord

A few weeks ago we covered how to crochet the flowers for the garland: here - today we will be looking at how to make an I-cord using a Lucet. 

Now I-cords can be created using two double pointed knitting needles, but personally I find using a Lucet quicker, easier and more enjoyable.

Lucet's date back to the middle ages, and where used to create rope and cords when they were highly prized and useful. They fell out of use when it became more cost effective to buy manufactured cords, rather than the silk needed to make your own.  

To use the lucet you take your yarn and:

1. hold it in your left hand and thread it like so. 

How to thread a lucet to create an I-cord

2. Wrap the yarn in a figure of 8, around the left prong front to back across the front of the right prong in a figure of 8.

3. pull the bottom loops over the top loops

How to create an I-Cord using a Lucet

4. Flip the lucet over

5. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4, pulling the cord through the hole to keep the tension as it grows. 

6. To bind off, transfer the right loop on to the left prong, pull the bottom loop over the top loop. Wrap the yarn around the left prong and pull the bottom loop over the top, cut the yarn and then pull all the way through. 

 A 10g mini skein should give you approximately 1 meter of I-cord. To finish the garland, thread the flowers onto the I-cord through the centre holes. 

Once you've gotten the hang of using your I-cord there are many different ways you can use it to create various different accessories.

You can buy our craft kit, which will provide you with everything you need to make your very own flower garland. 

Our next Not just knitting series will be on the 21st April, due to the holiday Ovis Yarns will be taking from 10th April until the 19th April. 



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