Now that the weather is finally cold and the holidays are almost over, all I want to do is drink tea and knit. I must admit that I am a bit of a yarn shopaholic. My yarn basket is overflowing right now, so I figure I should use some of what I already have. Plus it will make feel less guilty about buying new yarn!
To get back into the knitting groove, I rifled through some of my leftover yarn and found a good bit of one of my favorites – Lion Brand’s Homespun in Fiesta. I love this yarn because the color palette and variations are just beautiful. Since I already have a scarf (or two!) and a hat made out of it, I decided to experiment and make an I-Cord Necklace.
You might remember the Wool I-Cord Bangle I made last fall. The technique is exactly the same, but the resulting I-Cord is chunkier and funkier with Homespun yarn. Before I knew it, I had an I-Cord about 6 ft. long. Yes, I know that seems really long. I mentioned previously my love of the color variations in the Fiesta yarn, so I wanted to capture all of them in my necklace. A longer length also makes it more versatile since you can choose your length depending on your mood and outfit.
I consider this knitting experiment a success, so much so that I’ve already made another necklace out of more leftover Homespun yarn, this time in Corinthian. For this necklace, I left the length shorter. I only made the I-Cord long enough to easily fit over my head.
I hope this inspires you to come up with creative uses for your leftover yarn. Happy knitting!
One of the easiest and most versatile things to make on a knitting loom is an I-Cord. They can be used as embellishments along hems or as handles to purses. I decided to try to turn an I-Cord into a bracelet using a thick, wool-blend yarn.
I’ve seen lots of yarn bangles on Pinterest, but most of them involve wrapping an actual bangle bracelet. A chunky, wool yarn as an I-Cord is ideal for this project because it will hold its shape well enough to give the illusion of a bangle without actually having to disguise an otherwise cute bracelet. Plus it makes these bangles an excellent fall and winter accessory.
I used Loops & Threads Cozy Wool. If you have trouble finding this yarn, substitute Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick or another super chunky, wool-blend yarn. You won’t need much of it for these bracelets, so you’ll have enough yarn left over to make a scarf or hat.
To transform this yarn into an I-Cord, you’ll need a knitting loom, knitting tool, and scissors. I used the smallest of the four looms that comes in the standard Knifty Knitter set. Isela Phelps provides an amazing I-Cord tutorial on her website. Almost everything I know about loom knitting I learned from her books and website. I highly recommend checking Isela out if you plan on getting into loom knitting.
Back to our bangle, use her instructions to knit your I-Cord until it reaches 9 in. in length. Bind off the I-Cord, and tie your two ends together with a square knot. Cut off the excess yarn from the ends. From start to finish, you can have a bangle done in well under 30 mins. Once you get the hang of making I-Cords, you might get addicted. The possibilities of what to do with them are nearly limitless!