How To Braid A Necklace From A Single Knitted I-Cord

01 05 2015

If you know and like my tutorial on how to knit an I-Cord you maybe want to know how to braid the necklace shown in the tutorial.

Here we go:

Depending on the length you wish for your braided necklace knit one single cord that is between 4m(13 foot) and 5m(16,5 foot) long.

This pale pink one I am showing on these pictures was 4,30meter(14foot) long and the finished, braided necklace has a hanging length of about 55cm(22inch).

Measured all the way around about 110cm(44inch) 

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

OK - lay out your long strand exactly like shown in the picture (of course you don't need to lay it into a s-shape - I just needed to do that to fit the picture )

But it's important that you have a longer end at the bottom! 

Now just start braiding - not too loose and not too tight.

Yes, it's starts to tangle but you have one open end so you can carefully detangle it after every few braiding moves.  

Always hold and secure your already braided part and detangle just with one hand or ask another person to untangle it.

Keep going until it's all braided. 

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Ideally it will look like this finished (following picture).

Now you have different options to close the necklace.

You could just fasten each ending with the help of the yarn endings onto the curved part on each side to secure each ending of the necklace and if your yarn is still long enough you can make a knot and a bow with the yarn endings to close the necklace.

If your yarn endings are long enough to secure the endings but not to make a bow, you could just do a simple braid with some extra yarn, fix that onto your endings and have that as a closure.

Or you could take a nice band of fabric (small or wider) and thread that through the braids and tie a pretty looking bow - it's so easy to do it because of the larger scale of this project. No needles needed - just your fingers!

Sorry for not showing these different options in pictures but I am sure you get the ideas or come up with your own.

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

I decided to close the necklace as less visible as possible. 

To do that, you have to be a little creative and see, how it could work best and maybe just try a bit around.

I hope, the pictures show, how I did it, because its's a bit difficult to explain with words. 

First I put the round parts onto each other. 

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After I put the round parts onto each other I took the left ending and thread it over the top round part through the middle hole all the way to the backside.

And then the right ending coming from the back all way through the same middle hole to the front. 

Then - with the help of the yarn endings - I knotted each ending tight to a random stitch, cut the yarn shorter and weaved it in with my fingers.

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That's it!

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

Happy Day,

Anette 


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A Chunky Knit Sweater From Loopy Mango Big Loop And Q&A About This Great Yarn

23 02 2015

Is it really possible to knit a sweater out of this extremly thick yarn?

For sure it is, but you need to have the right expectation about the finished project as well :-)

It's really chunky and also quite heavy in weight but very special and beautiful.

chunky knit sweater by lebenslustiger.com

This yarn has so much character and is possibly very different from every other yarn you have known so far.

I had a lot fun knitting this order - including the balaclava (picture further down) - and a very happy customer afterwards.

chunky knit sweater by lebenslustiger.com

Loopy Mango Big Loop yarn is amazing for many reasons:

It' s really super chunky for needle sizes between 15mm to 25mm - depending on if you want tighter or more loose stitches for your project.

Despite the thickness of the yarn it's still incredible soft, cozy and luscious because it's hand spun from 100% north american merino wool.

Due to this artisanal process all skeins are one-of-a-kind and vary slightly in thickness and color from one another. 

Absolutely not comparable to mass produced yarns. 

chunky knit sweater by lebenslustiger.com

I picked a few questions that I received in the last weeks because I thought my answers might be interesting for you as well: 

"Why is Loopy Mango Big Loop yarn so expensive?" 

The price only seems high but you have to realise, that it is sold in a 1100gr skein. Typically yarn is sold in 100gr balls and if you break down the price then it is not higher then other high quality 100% merino yarns from designer brands.

If you would wanted to replicate the thickness with another yarn you would need to ply other yarn 10 times or more and it would cost even more money.

I also provide free patterns for using the yarn (soon I will add a beautiful round knitted pillow!) and also Loopy Mango provides many free patterns here.

As I wrote above, the yarn is not mass produced, it's artisanal and made in small batches with local sourced wool from the US and not with wool from China or Australia.

Good local products are unfortunately higher in price than products with questionable sources that discounters offer. 

"What is wrong with using wool from China or Australia?"

Despite the often lower quality of the merino wool from China it's foremost the cruelty involved in animal farming.

Same for Australia. They often use a horrible method called Mulesing on the sheep.

It was really shocking for me, when I found out about this and by no means do I ever want to be involved in a business that supports those cruel practices.

Loopy Mango assured me, that their yarn is mulesing-free.

Hopefully I will soon carry K1S1 yarn from Little Dandelion in my Dawanda shop as well.

The wool for this yarn comes from New Zealand and will also be mulesing-free.

"Why should I order from you instead of ordering directly from Loopy Mango ..." 

Well - if you are from the US then of course it makes sense to order from Loopy Mango directly. 

But if you are from Germany or Europe then you have to keep in mind, that there will be - next to the high shipping costs - additional charges like customs fees and import taxes as well as sales taxes (VAT). 

You should contact your customs office before ordering from the US and ask how much the fees are so there will be no surprises afterwards.

It's difficult and elaborate for me too, to import the yarn to Germany and economically not worth for me to do it but I love this yarn and therefore decided do it anyway... 

knit balaclava by lebenslustiger.com

"If I spent so much on this wool i expect it to last forever!" 

Uh - well - how to answer this one???

If you are familiar with pure wool you know that you have to handle it carefully.

There are no chemicals or acrylics involved that would help to make it last "forever".

It's just a very precious material and you have to take good care of it.

As with any other wool there will be pilling.

"How to wash a product made of Big Loop yarn?"

Loopy Mango suggests Dry Clean only.

"Can I crochet a rug with this yarn?"

Theoretically yes - but I would rather use a special rug yarn.

It often comes with a kind of inner rope that makes it more sturdy. 

Chunky knit sweater made by lebenslustiger.com

I will think of more questions people asked me and edit/add them here from time to time.

Meanwhile please let me know if you also  have a question regarding the Loopy Mango Big Loop yarn. 

Happy Day,

Anette 


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6 Nice Autum and Winter DIY's And Inspirations

12 11 2014

Due to jewelry and wool orders  

I have only very little spare time for my own DIY's right now. 

These are some nice projects and inspirations I found on my Pinterest boards.

Gift wrapping with leaf

Gift wrapping with post cards 

Printable gifttags

Beautiful autumn table setting

Tutorial for overcast stitch 

Fimo Tags

Happy Day,

Anette 


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A BIG Fat Pompon

11 11 2014
Chunky hat by Lebenslustiger.com

Chunky hat by Lebenslustiger.com

First time that I made a big fat pompon out of Loopy Mango Big Loop Yarn for an order.

I din't use a cardboard frame for it. Just held the yarn in my hand like I do with my usual pompons I make for the chunky hats (see tutorial here)

Only that I did as much loops as I could possible hold in my hand.

Then I had help tying it together and fasten it tight.

I cut all loops open and carefully pulled the thin thread out of each ending and gave a haircut to make the pompon nice and round.

Voilá - are you a cool cat wearing a giant pompon on your hat? :-)

Happy Day,

Anette

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