Paper Chains - A frivolous festive knit
I am not sure how my fiddling about with some iCords become a Paper Chain but somehow it did and I thought I’d share it in case anyone feels like using up their scraps in this type of festive decoration! And who doesn’t need something completely frivolous to make every now and again!
Yarn, Needles & Notions
You will need:
- 1. 3.25mm double pointed needles (or preferred needles for making an iCord)
- 2. Approx. 3g of 4ply yarn per link. Shown here in Banshee Yarns Silky Singles 'Ho Ho No' mini skein set (available from bansheeyarns.co.uk)
- 3. Waste yarn for provisional cast on
- 4. Darning needle
- 5. Scissors
Each chain is approximately 20cm around
Each link is made as follows:
- 1. Cast on 5 stitches using a provisional cast on method. In the version shown, a crochet hook and smooth scrap yarn method was used
- 2. On these 5 stitches, work an iCord for 20cm
- 3. When the iCord is the required length, pick up the 5 stitches from the provisional edge
- 4. Align the 5 picked up stitches with the original 5 stitches by holding the back of the iCord against itself
- 5. Graft these stitches together using kitchener stitch (Read the ‘Before grafting’ note below)
- 6. Sew in your ends, hang up wherever you fancy!
Once you have grafted these together you can’t combine them together like a paper chain so remember to loop each iCord through the previous iCord before grafting the ends.
Don't graft them seperately!
You can either start by grafting the first and then making the next and then grafting that around the first and so on as you make each one. I chose to make all of my iCords first and stored them on long needles before sewing them up. If you are doing this, make sure you leave enough live yarn to graft the ends together.
You could just make a wall hanging out of all the iCords!
I gave the finished chain a steam with an iron and then smoothed out any bumps in the links. Then wear / hang as you please!
Festive Necklace! Not sure it will catch on but it is jolly
For when I really don't feel like doing any actual work ; ) Held up in the centre by a T Pin stuck on the monitor!
- 1. Provisional cast on
- 2. iCord
- 3. Grafting
Provisional Cast on using a crochet hook
1. Using a smooth (not woolly) piece of scrap yarn and a crochet hook (I used a 4mm hook and 4 ply yarn), loosely chain 10 stitches. Snip and pull the yarn through the last chain to secure it.
2. To pick up the stitches (the ‘cast’ on stitches), knit into the bumps at the back of five of the crochet chains. These five stitches are then worked to create the iCord.
To remove the scrap yarn and return the stitches from the provisional cast-on edge to a needle, pick up the 5 stitches from the crochet bumps, those that were made when picking up the stitches from the scrap yarn. Remove the scrap yarn by pulling out the tail and undoing the chain or, as I do, once you have picked up the stitches, just snip out the waste yarn.
Knitting an iCord
1. *With your provisionally cast on stitches, knit one row. Do not turn the work.
2. Slide the stitches just worked to the other end of the needle and then place this needle in your left hand, ready to work. Your working yarn will be on the last stitch of the row and not on the first stitch, as it would usually be.
3. Knit the next row by bringing the working yarn behind the last stitch to the first stitch, along the back of the work. Knit the first stitch as you would normally.
Repeat from * until the iCord is the required length.
Grafting / Kitchener Stitch
1. Place your live stitches against the stitches picked up from the provisional cast on. Ensure the back of the iCord is against itself.
2. Thread a darning needle with the working yarn from the live stitches
3. Hold the needles with the live stitches parallel in your left hand.
4. Insert the darning needle through the first stitch on the front needle purl wise, the direction in which you would put a knitting needle if you were purling the stitch. Pull the yarn through. Leave the stitch on the needle.
5. Insert the darning needle through the first stitch on the back needle knit wise, the direction in which you would put a knitting needle if you were knitting the stitch. Pull the yarn through, leaving the stitch on the needle.
6. **Insert the darning needle through the first stitch on the front needle knit wise. Pull the yarn through, removing the stitch from the front needle onto the yarn as you pull it through.
7. Insert the tapestry needle through the next stitch on the front needle purl wise, pull the yarn through but do not remove the stitch.
8. Insert the darning needle through the first stitch on the back needle purl wise. Pull the yarn through, removing the stitch from the back needle onto the yarn as you pull it through.
9. Insert the tapestry needle through the next stitch on the back needle knit wise, pull the yarn through but do not remove the stitch.
Repeat from ** until all stitches have been worked. Keep the tension even on the stitches as you go. Always complete bring the yarn through each stitch before moving on to the next stitch.