Twisted Cords have many applications in crochet, knitting and many other handcrafts. They are easy to make and look very effective. Thread one through the bottom of a top or vest or crochet slippers, and use as a drawstring, or wear as a belt with jeans or a skirt or dress. Make a shoulder strap for an afghan tote bag or pink flower purse, or handles for a laptop bag, or ties for a headband.
Weave them through children's slippers or baby booties at the ankles instead of using ribbon for a creative effect. They do not come undone as easily as ribbon and therefore your baby will lose a lot less booties. They can be made using the same yarn as the article they’re woven through, or a combination of different colors or contrasting color for a different effect.
Make the horoscope signs and decorate your crocheted creations.
This is a good way to use up remnants of yarn left over from other projects. Here’s my free pattern. Have a go just for fun!
Materials: Yarn, Knitting Needle, Scissors. If you have someone to assist you, they too will need a knitting needle which they will use to twist the yarn in the opposite direction from you. If you are working alone, you can anchor one end of your yarn to a chair leg.
First of all, you need to decide how long you want your tie to be. Then, measure 4 lengths of yarn that are each 2.5 times this amount. Eg. If your finished twisted cord is to measure 40cm [16ins], the 4 lengths of yarn you begin with should each measure 100cm [40ins].
Next, lay the lengths of yarn beside each other on the floor. Tie ends together.
Insert knitting needle so that there are two strands of yarn on either side.
Anchor other end to chair leg.
Hold yarn close to needle with left hand [if you’re right handed], and spin the needle so that you’re twisting the yarn together.
Continue until yarn is firmly twisted and twice the required length.
When this is achieved, place your finger half way along the twisted yarn and bring the knitting needle end up to meet the chair leg.
When you remove your finger, the yarn will twist on itself. Knot the ends near the chair leg together, leaving a small amount for tassels [if required].
Trim knots, untwist tassels.
You may make a knot in the other end and finish in the same way, if you wish, depending on how you're using your cord.
If you wish to make a thicker cord, simply increase the number of yarn lengths you begin with. Work in even numbers of lengths.
Now that you have mastered this, why not learn how to make something lovely to thread it through. Check out my “Crochet Made Easy” e-book. Lots of information on my HOME PAGE and E-BOOK contents page.