HOW TO MAKE… A FRENCH KNITTED DECORATION
MATERIALS Q Classic Elite Yarns Ava, 86% wool, 9% viscose, 5% metallised polyester, 50g/117m per ball, one ball in Blush (6819) Q Knitting dolly Q Crochet hook Q Aluminium wire, 2m (78 "), 2.5mm ( 1 /8") wide Q Wire cutters Q Pom pom maker, 4cm (15/ 8") diameter
Get ready for a hefty dose of nostalgia with this traditional technique. If – like Team Mollie – you remember creating lengths of French knitting as a kid, but can’t actually recall what you used them for, you’ll be seriously impressed with Christine’s ingenious idea.
Threading wire through a tube of sparkly yarn to create a festive decoration, this statement sign also gives a nod to the slogan trend. And, while we’ve given ours a festive twist, you can easily switch up the yarn colour, then bend the wire inside to spell out whatever word or phrase takes your fancy. Knitting the cord 01 Feed the end of the yarn through the centre of the knitting dolly, from top to bottom. Taking the yarn from the ball, wrap the yarn clockwise around each pin, working in an anti-clockwise direction around the dolly.
Once the yarn has been wound around all four pins, repeat the process once more so that each pin has two wraps of yarn on it.
Using the crochet hook, take the lower wrap of yarn and bring it over the upper wrap and the pin.
Continue working around the knitting dolly in this way, hooking the lower wraps over the upper wraps. Once you’ve worked your way around all four pins, wind the yarn around the dolly again, as before, to create another layer.
Repeat the process, wrapping the yarn around the pins, and
hooking the upper wraps over the lower wraps, until the knitting measures 1.5m (591/
To cast off, lift the first top stitch from the loop off the peg and place it on the neighbouring peg. Hook the underneath stitch over the top as before. Work around the dolly, repeating with the remaining stitches until you reach the last peg. Lift this stitch from the peg, cut the yarn from the ball, and thread the end through the stitch.
Shaping the word
Cover the sharp ends of the wire with masking or washi tape. Starting at one end of the knitted cord, carefully feed in the wire.
When the wire reaches the end of the cord, cut it, leaving 2cm ( ") showing. Fold this in half to create a hook, and tuck it inside the end of the yarn cord. Sew the end closed to keep it in place.
Using the template on page 96, shape the cord. Start with the letter T, bending the cord to match the template, and working along the word, from left to right. The wire is very flexible, so if you make a mistake, unwind it and start again.
If the wire pokes through the cord at any point, pull the yarn back into position and secure in place with a few small stitches.
Stitch in place any areas of the word where the knitting on two letters touch, such as on the N and K, for a neat finish.
Using the yarn and a pom pom maker, make a pom pom. Tie it to the top of the letter I to finish.
Christine Leech Christine is an author, maker, illustrator and stylist, and has sold nearly 250,000 craft books worldwide. She regularly contributes crafty projects to various blogs, creates quirky tutorials for her own blog, and posts her makes on Instagram @sewyeah. www.sewyeah.co.uk