Knitting A Cord

31 10 2012 DIY

I would like to show you how to knit a cord because I didn't know how to do that myself until very recent.

I knew how to finger knit but this version I show you today is actually done with a crochet hook and is a lot fun to do.

I did this braided necklace with this technique.

If you like to know, how to braid the necklace please see my post "How To Braid A Necklace From A Single knitted I-Cord".

I used again fabric yarn for this project - therefore my crochet hook is quite big with size 12,75mm Ø. My beautiful wooden hook is made by Jenkins Yarn Tools.

Start with three chain stitches, keep the last one and make a stitch back into the second chain and then one more into the first chain stitch.

Now you have three stitches on your hook as if you would start to knit.

Now comes the trick! Carefully take the left two stitches off the hook and hold it with your thump and middle finger. Then get the thread and pull it through the first stitch (the one already on your hook). See how the cord is becoming round this way? 

Go ahead and pull the thread through the second and after that through the third stitch. Now you have again the three stitches lined up on the hook as in the beginning. Don't pull the yarn all the way through all stitches like you would do in traditional crochet! This is more like knitting - so you keep your loops.

Start over with taking the left two stitches off, hold them and pull the yarn through your stitch on the hook to form the round. Proceed the steps like above. It's really simple once you figured it out and it quickly makes a nice long cord you can use for many different projects.

My braided necklace is very long so my cord was approximately 5-6 meters long before I started braiding.

Please let me know if you have questions.You could use the comment section or send me an e-mail to : lebenslustiger(at)gmail(dot)com

I'm more than happy to help if there is anything unclear in my description. Have fun "knit crocheting" :)


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XOXO, Anette

P.S. Many thanks to Jettes friend Jule for letting me photograph her hands!!! 

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Leather Bracelet Tutorial With A Little Trick

17 10 2012 DIY

Do you like leather bracelets as much as I do? 

I love them. You might have guessed that if you have seen this picture of me.

The more around my wrists the better...

There is just on little part I don't like too much and that is the closure. I haven't found or made one I really liked so far. And bracelets like to turn around and around - so - you have to like the closure too, because you will see it at times...

Even a sliding knot leaves me indecisive because of those dangling endings on both sides. 

I like a simple knot best - I actually knot them secure right around my wrist and don't take them off at all for periods of time. They shower and bath with me, take ocean dips and do a lot household chores and they look better and better while they age...

But not everyone likes it that way. Here is a little trick to avoid a closure but still be able to easily slide a leather bracelet of your hand: Add a little piece of elastic to your design.

Here is what you need and I got all these supplies at my local craftstore:

1.5mm leather string, elastic floss for beading, a big eye needle, 1-2 jump rings (best if you can get close ones), some beads you like, pliers, some not too small crimping beads and a kind of middle piece (optional!).

If you are going to use a sort of charm (the above floral pieces I'm going to use in these pictures are originally intended for those interchangeable ring systems, but i liked the design) start by threading your elastic thru that piece. If you don't use one, use a jump ring instead.

Then string a crimping bead on your doubled elastic. Add the beads and close with another crimping bead. Add a jump ring and go back thru the crimping bead. That might be a bit tight and difficult but it will work. Pull gently. Crimp the two beads on both ends making sure to not pull the elastic too much because you want to be able to easily stretch it over your hand. Cut the left over elastic.

Then add your leather string and tie with a simple knot. Please ask, if you have any questions or if there is anything unclear in my description.

For the second bracelet I simply used the crimping beads for stringing because they always come in quite large quantities...

I decided to give these two bracelets on this last picture away!!! So, if you would like to have one, please leave a comment or send an e-mail to lebenslustiger(at) (if the comment system doesn't work as some of you have experienced in the past time) until October 24th and specify which one you would like.

The bracelets from the first picture are available for purchase soon in the shop.

XOXO, Anette