The I-Cord or I-Tube is a very popular component of many recent patterns, and for good reason.It is elegant yet sturdy, fashionable yet functional. The I-cord makes great purse straps for one example.
Many don't realize though that the I-cord
is actually a generations old stitch! Remember those old-fashioned
spool knitters? The work produced from spool knitting is the exact same
stitch as the I-cord! And while my hands used to be able to pinch tiny
loops and crochet such I-cords, lately I have had to revert back to the
tried-and-true method using my own home-made spool. One end of this
I-cord was made with the crochet hook, the other with the spool knitter-
and even I can't tell the ends apart!
The craft stores sell new-fangled plastic
versions of the spool-knitter these days- like this one from Clover-
Here's a great page I found with a lot of information- history, pictures, instructions, etc: http://www.newenglandsimpleliving.com/spoolknitting.htm
So don't shy away from patterns
calling for this great design feature- there's a 'new' method to the
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