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« on: July 23, 2009 02:34:17 AM »

Recently I thought about how to make low-priced purse handles. I wanted to make them from the same yarn that I will use for my purse but I didnít want to have a simple I-cord because Iím always knitting very loose and the cord gets much to flexible for a purse handle.

Then I thought about 'Clothesline Crochet' (see my blog entry) and thought that this must be possible with knitting, too.
It is ;-))

Thatís what you do:
I choose a thick ready-made cord to cover with knitting.
The number of stitches to cast-on depends on the size of the cord, the yarn and the needles (try it!), in this case I used five stitches.

So, cast-on the stitches, lay the inner cord in (see photo) and knit the first stitch over the inner cord.
The inner cord will be trapped in the stitch.

Then knit simply the rest of the stitches, lay the inner cord a little beside (see photo).

In the next row lay the inner cord again over the left needle to the right of the thread just as in the first photo, knit the first stitch over the inner cord and knit then the other stitches.
Knit in the same way until you reach the desired length.

Somewhere (and I really donít remember, where) I saw a tutorial where they glued on hairbands to make the purse handles.
I thought that I should be able to knit around the hairbands just as I knitted the inner cord, but it didnít work.
What however worked was knitting an I-cord and threading the hairband into, so that the hairband is covered and I even have threads to sew the handles onto the purse.

This is a copy of my blog entry 'Clothesline Knitting or Filled I-cord'

« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2009 03:00:49 AM »

This is incredibly cool, however, I would have to hired someone to do that because it looks WAY complicated.  Or maybe because I am looking at this a 6 am.  I would love to see this on a finished purse.

« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009 03:24:27 AM »

It's not complicated, really, if you know how to knit an I-cord, it's easy.
But it may be that I described it in a complicated way, this happens sometimes ;-(

I hope however that the photos are a help showing you what to do.

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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2009 07:03:09 AM »

You could also use a spool-knitter for this and it would be even easier! What's funny is I used to spool-knit around pipe cleaners to make cat toys, but I never thought about enclosing something else besides pipe cleaners. When I saw this, I thought, "How brilliant!" Cheesy

This really would be great for bag handles because a regular i-cord is just too stretchy. Great tutorial!

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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2009 07:10:38 AM »

Hey, that's really cool!
I think I'll have to learn how to do this soon...I love the yarn you used! So pretty!

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2009 08:05:19 AM »

must book mark this Smiley  I'll have to look up how to do  an icord again, but now I can make knitted bags and not worry about what handle i'm going to use, I'll just make one!
Thank you!

« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009 12:03:24 AM »

Thank you all Smiley)

You could also use a spool-knitter for this and it would be even easier!
Not for me: For some reason I seem to be unable to get the hang of spool-knitters ;-)
But of course you are right: generally speaking it is possible to make this with spool-knitters, too.

I think I'll have to learn how to do this soon
Do this, I find that I-cord knitting is fun.

I'll have to look up how to do  an icord again
It won't take long to you to re-learn how to do I-cords and then I'm curious about seeing your knitted bags Smiley


« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009 12:05:07 AM »

Well, I just googled 'knitting i-cord' and found looots of tutorials and if you look at the Google image search for 'knitting i-cord' it seems, that the tutorial of stitchdiva has a very good photo tutorial.

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