A few years ago, I made an Infinity Times 7 Scarf. Member mbenner commented and said that would be a good project for an i-cord knitter. I liked the idea and now I've finally gotten around to trying it out! I always thought that other scarf would look good in black, white, and grays, so that is what I did this time, and I'm happy with how it turned out.
All pictures of me wearing the scarf were taken by the amazingly talented photographer audreyobscura .
* This is my 200th Instructable!
Step 1: Supplies
Step 2: Knit Cords
Okay, all you need to do is use a French Knitter to make a bunch of cords (the linked Instructable will show you how if you aren't sure how to use one). I started by trying to do a 5 stitch i-cord, but it ended up skinnier than using a French Knitter and I preferred it this way. But if you want, you can use double pointed needles and do an i-cord instead.
The length and how many cords you will need is up to you, but I did 12 cords at about 2ft each. I also ended up with 12 cords because I was originally going to do 8, but wanted it thicker, and wanted the amount of cords of each color the same, so I added 4 more.
To determine how long you want the cords, I would say to simply wrap it around your neck and see what feels right. Remember that the more cords you have the thicker your scarf is going to be. So if you want more cords, you'll probably want to make them a tad longer than you think. Also, for me, this scarf is tight to get on, but then fits fairly loosely. That's the style of this scarf. If you don't want it tight to get on, take that into consideration when planning the length of the cords (longer), but it's your call.
Once you have one cord the length you want, you can just use it to determine when you are done with the other cords. Make sure your cord isn't stretched when you measure it. If it is stretched, then after you take it off it will shrink a bit and be shorter than your other cords. This happened to me with one and it ended up a few inches shorter and I ended up knitting another to make up for it.
NOTE: I suggest you leave a yarn tail on your cord so you can use that to sew the tubes closed into rings.
Step 3: Close Tube
Okay, once you have all the tubes you want, you need to start closing them up to make rings.
I didn't have the best idea of how to do this, but I think I'm happy with how it turned out. Here is how it goes:
- Start by picking one end to use as your sewing end and the other you'll need to trim the excess yarn (I usually picked whichever had a longer piece of yarn hanging off to be my sewing end).
- To trim the excess, just thread the yarn down the center of the tube and out the side. Then just cut off the excess sticking out the side.
- Time to sew!
- Take the yarn from the other end and thread your needle. You can sew it how you want, but how I did it was I sewed from the inside of the tube out on each side. Don't sew through the outside on both sides or you'll probably have very visible stitches. Your goal is to make the stitches as invisible as possible.
Step 4: Adding More Cords
After you sew one cord closed into a ring, you need to weave the others on before you sew them.
I wove it through twice, as shown in the image.
Once you get two together, all you need to do is thread the next cord through, following one of the previous ones. Just keep going until all your cords are together and you're done!