Question Regarding i-cord construction:

What is your instrument of choice and why?
1. Double Point Needles
2. Embellish Knit
3. French Knitter

Comments

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I use dpns for any I-cord I knit but if I had a bucket load to do, I'd ask to borrow my friend Mollie's Embellish Knit.

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Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You Joe! I did buy One of those and I was having a little trouble with it. Instead of creating the cord the yarn seems to wrap itself around the cylinder and I've had to cut it out. Have you or your friend had any problems with it and can you offer any advice concerning it?

Nehkhasi

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My friend said that she had to add more weight to the end to make certain it knit properly, otherwise she just cranked out a huge amount of cord. We later twisted it into a multiplied rope and used it to wrap a pole for a vine look when doing a yarnbombing project. Very effective.

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Bill's picture

I have a hand turned exotic wood spool knitter...and love it!
takes me back to my childhood....

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Owning to my envy...lucky you.

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Bill's picture

I bought it from "Grizzly Mountain Arts"...they have a ravelry group...
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/grizzly-mountain-arts
and an etsy store.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/GrizzlyMountainArts

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Hmm....I've heard of them and may have seen a few things by them as well. Thanks for the tip off.

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Nehkhasi's picture

Hi Bill! Is what you're speaking of the same as a french knitter? Either way could you post a picture of it so I can get a look at it? Thank You!

Nehkhasi

Bill's picture

it's exactly the same as a french knitter. The wood is a beautiful hardwood, and the pins are brass. There is also a matching wood and brass tool for lifting the loops.
I don't have a picture of it, and am too busy to photograph it right now....but you can see similar ones here:
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/grizzly-mountain-arts/1991650/26-50

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You Bill! I'm going to try this also!

Nehkhasi

bobinthebul's picture

Dpns because I don't know the alternatives? (And I don't do i-cord very often)

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You Bob!

Nehkhasi

Lumpynose's picture

dpn

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You Lumpy! Why do you use them? Is this the easiest for you? the quickest method? Are you familiar with any other methods? I understand that it's even possible to crochet an i-cord!

Nehkhasi

JRob's picture

I use d.p.n. if I am making an actual cord of course if it is a bind-off like on the recent sweater I've post i assume everyone knows it is with the regular needles you used for the project - either circular or straight. so for the raglan knitted in the round they were circular.

JRob

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You JRob, and again that is a beautiful piece you've created.

Nehkhasi

Thunderhorse54's picture

I use dpns if I HAVE to, but I too, don't know the other alternatives. And I've never done an I-cord. I've seen it done on TV.

Nehkhasi's picture

:-) Thank You Thunder!

Nehkhasi

SAPBrown's picture

I-cords on 2 DPN's

With enough DPN's you can knit anything!

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You!

Nehkhasi

hamimono's picture

Really love doing i-cord.

Newbie here. May I join the conversation with my 2 cents?

DPNs are very stable and I've used them a lot for i-cord. But, since I do a metric ton of i-cord---construct gifts from it, jewelery, make umbrella handle covers and keyring cords, etc. etc., as well as hemming and piping on sweaters and scarves---I more often just use a 16" or smaller circular needle, probably because I use circs for almost everything. Easy to mindlessly create yards of i-cord while chatting, watching a movie, doing housework, or sitting in a long work meeting.

I haven't used the Embellish Knit but I did briefly have a French tricotin cranked i-cord maker . . . which was useless for me. It just couldn't handle a variety of yarn weights without frustratingly slipping or tangling stitches. The old wooden device mentioned by poster Bill sounds wonderful! Love the idea of cranking but I guess I've not practiced enough . . . or come across the right cranker. . . .

Nehkhasi's picture

Hamimono, Thank You! I'm experiencing the same thing with my Embellish Knit. The sample cord they sent knit up well enough, but everything since has been nothing short of a nightmare. I'm hoping that I didn't purchase this in vain. On mine, the yarn became so tangled that I had to cut it off the machine 4 times. Here's to me practicing more or also coming across the right cranker. If you find something more efficient, please let me know! :-)

Nehkhasi

james's picture

if it is just simply an i-cord, or an applied i-cord, i use dpns. if it is a regular i-cord bind-off, i use whatever circulars i'm knitting with at the time. if it is a three-needle i-cord bind-off (which is quite lovely!) i use both ends of the circs and a dpn.

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You James! :-)

Nehkhasi

Potter's picture

Thanks Joe for the picture. I used to use something like that as a kid! I didn't know it had such a fancy name.

Nehkhasi, Have you tried youtube videos? Here's one (if you can get through the first minute)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK1MsKeXHL4

And here is a step by step instruction page:
http://www.wikihow.com/French-Knit

Good luck! I hope this helps.

hamimono's picture

This "spool knitter" is also what the Ravelry gals quaintly call a "knit Nancy" (further reinforcing the feminine perception of knitting). I think we should commission a masculine dark-laquered one with red or orange or silver studs (!) and call it a "knit Nehkhasi"! :D

IME, spool knitters take about the same time to make i-cord as knitting on needles. The crank i-corders are interesting to porentially speed up the process but I have yet to find any that actually work with a variety of yarns other than a sport-weight silky cord.

Nehkhasi's picture

Thou doest flattereth me too much! LOL

Nehkhasi

Nehkhasi's picture

Thanks Cindy! I checked it out. I just receive one of these o earlier this week and the truth is, I think I'm missing something. I'm having trouble with this too! As well as the Embellish-Knit. But I'm going to keep on trying. Here to having something GREAT to report! :-)

Nehkhasi

Nehkhasi's picture

I'll keep trying!

Nehkhasi