13 July, 2010

Knitted imaginative play i-cords

 Here, we call these 'imagination cords'
 Obviously, because they encourage one to utilise their imagination, to use them.

They look just like a long knitted rope.
It's important to note though, that they are more than just that!
They are long, yes, but they are super soft and stretchy - something I found lacking in the crocheted cords I have only come across before now.

I got the idea from this wonderful book, 
I was bought as a present not so long ago:
100 flowers to knit and crochet 

The stems of some of the flowers in this book are knitted into a kind of tube. 

I wondered what they would look like with a couple more 
stitches on the needle and much, much longer.
I cast on four stitches on one of the double pointed needles. 

Then you just knit all four stitches
~ Now for the (not so) tricky bit!
You slide all four stitches to the end of the needle, then continue to knit in a round.
Over, and over, and over again, never turning the work.
One handy hint is to pull the thread across the stitches very tightly each time, 
from left to right.

Then cast off.
I knitted two stitches at a time until I had a single one left.
Then I cut and pulled the yarn through the loop to make a knot. 
 Finally, with a wool needle, I thread in the loose ends of yarn.

Now I'm not sure what my boys would do without them, 
they play with them so much.

 Some useful ideas to get you started:
  • They are wound into a tight spiral as food or water for their other toys. (great for encouraging fine motor skills)
  • They are of course used as snakes
  • Crowns
  • Belts
  • Fences
  • Waterways
  • Boundaries
  • Bracelets
  • At one point they were tied around both of my boy's feet and then they attempted to have a 'shuffle race'
They really don't take that long to knit up.
Especially once you get into the rhythm of the repetitive action.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we have


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