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Monday, January 16, 2012

Wristwarmer…the New Legwarmer?

Yeah, probably not. But it does make a super cute bracelet, in addition to being warm!


In my burgeoning knitting abilities, I had not mastered the I Cord (also known as Idiot Cord), which is useful for drawstrings and such. While idly browsing on Esty one day, I ran across this very cool bracelet. Well, not this one, obviously, but a similar one.

While I thought it was a great gift idea and obviously very well made, with hand-dyed wool yarn, I couldn’t bring myself to pay the price asked for it. I decided I could…say it with me now…just make that myself.

It really was easy. I used directions from my favorite knitting book, Stitch and Bitch, and bada-bing-bada-boom-shazaam, there you have it. The I Cord was a bit tricky to figure out, but after a couple of tries, I was able to knit this in only one episode of Downton Abbey. Speaking of obsessions…

No, I’m staying on track today. I used sock yarn that was 70 percent wool and variegated, on number 2 double-ended needles. Or, for those of you who could care less about knitting, blah, blah, blah. I stopped when it was about 24 inches long, comfortably loose when wrapped thrice around my wrist. I left the end of the yarn about 12” long when I was done binding off, then used a yarn needle and that tail to attach the end of the cord back on itself, forming a button hole a little smaller than my button

Of course, I have about 473 buttons that I’ve picked up here and there for who knows what I was planning, but this little heart one had the right vintage feel, and it was a shank button, which I what I wanted.

I tucked this in with my niece’s birthday gift this week…the rest of the family probably thinks it’s too crunchy for them, but I think a high school kid will wear it. I wear mine all the time…my wrists are cold up here in the Wisconsin frozen tundra!

And, if you’re interested, here’s the link to the Etsy shop where I found it…The Sitting Tree. She has fabulous, fabulous stuff there!

1 comment:

  1. That is super cute! I've seen them on pinterest & have probably pinned 1 or 2. I may have to give this one a go! :) Well done!!


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