Sunday, July 19, 2009

I-cord tassels

(No posts for a long time because I broke my ankle.  It's better now, though!)

 Although similar in concept to regular tassels, I-cord tassels have fewer, thicker strands, for a different look.

1: Make several lengths of I-cord. The photo to the right shows 2 tassels, each made from 2 double-length cords and folded over.

2: The lengths are attached at the point of the garment by tacking them down (several stitches) using matching yarn threaded onto a blunt, large-eyed (tapestry) sewing needle.

3. As you can see, a short length of yarn is wound around the cords, perhaps 1/2 or 3/4 inch down from the connection point. This joins the separate lengths of I-cord and prevents them sticking out in all directions, while creating a small bobble above for the winding for the classic "tassel look."

4. For shorter tassels, a simple wind at the top to hide the tacking is all that is required, as the shorter cords look well sticking out in different directions.
















5: For added effect, the ends of each length of I-cord is knotted in a simple overhand knot.

One final tip: The ends of all the sewing and winding yarns are simply hidden in the center tube of the I-cords, making this an easy-peasy project, indeed.

--TK
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16 comments :

Kathleen C. said...

Oh my goodness! Having badly damaged my own ankle, more than once, I empathize. I wish you a fast and strong healing!

Sally said...

It's nice to see you back. Hope your ankle is fully healed and your garden will soon sparkle again (and we'll see more knitting tips...) Sally

Liz said...

So glad to hear you are doing good. I was wondering where you were with your posts. I had shoulder surgery and just got back into knitting again after being out of sorts for 6 weeks. However, I can't knit for long periods, have to remember to take some breaks and all.

Get better and remember to do that PT, it is what makes the difference!!!!

AuntieAnn said...

I'm glad you're healing or healed! I second the PT.

Also, I have a tiny quibble -- that's not a granny knot, it's an overhand knot. It looks great, though.

--TECHknitter said...

Thanks, Auntie Ann--I have changed the text to reflect overhand knot. --TK

smdenbo said...

Would love to see a picture of your tassle where it is attached to the sweater edge, or whatever it is attached to! Thanks for the great tutorials! Sara in AL

Lynne said...

We missed you! Glad you are healed and back in the garden!

C said...

Missed you during your hiatus, but glad to hear you're doing well again! Coincidentally, I came to check something from your old I-cord post. I may end up incorporating the tassels in one of my next projects!

Deborah (aka Mt. Mom) said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear you're doing so much better!

kmkat said...

Poor baby! I'm so glad your ankle has healed. I broke mine last September (it has healed well, too) so I well remember what a drag it was not to be able to walk. At least you could knit, right?

Karen said...

Oh wow. I'm so sorry about your ankle. I just came across your blog and love it. Thanks so much--will be back.

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Ouch, sending healing thoughts your way.
Love those I-cord tassels, might be just the thing on the top of a childs hat?!
Peace, Judi

Maryann said...

Welcome back! Hope you are healing well. I missed your knitting tips and tricks--I learn so much from your blog!

noricum said...

Cute! I'm sorry you hurt your ankle, but I'm glad you're doing better!

Liz said...

Hope you are okay, haven't seen a new post from you in quite awhile.

--TECHknitter said...

Hi Liz: Life keeps getting in the way of knitting. Stay tuned, though, a new post ought to be out shortly -- it has taken a long time to illustrate, but is nearly done. Thanks for writing
--TK