TASSEL KEY RING
Keep your keys high viz with this ontrend i-cord accessory, which doubles up as a cheeky bag charm you can make for your friends – they‘ll love it! Yarn You can use oddments of any double knit or worsted weight yarn for this quick project. We used scraps of Manos del Uruguay Maxima in shade Highlighter (M2060). At the time of writing, this shade was not available in the UK. A good alternative is Red Heart Lisa, in shade Neon Yellow (8232) Needles & accessories Two double pointed 4mm (UK knitting needles Tapestry needle Key ring fob Cord end cap Superglue Manos del Uruguay Maxima Worsted weight 100% extrafine merino 100g/200m Hand wash £14 per 100g hank manosyarns.com Other shades available loveknitting.com
Red Heart Lisa DK weight 100% acrylic
in the UK from 50g/133m (145yds) Machine wash 95p per 100g ball redheart.co.uk Exact tension project.
MAKE AN I-CORD Using 4mm needles cast on five stitches. *Without turning the work, slide the stitches to the other end of the left hand needle and take the yarn across the back of the work. Knit the five stitches.**
Repeat from * to **. At first the stitches will feel quite baggy, but after you’ve knitted several rows the i-cord will start to tighten up and become neater.
Work from * to **, repeating this sequence until you have made an i-cord about 7cm (2¾in) long. Break yarn, leaving at least a 20cm (8in) length and thread it onto a needle.
Slide the stitches along to the tip of the needle again and, without turning your work, thread your needle through the stitches one at a time, slipping them off the needle as you do so.
When all stitches are off the needle, pull the yarn end tight to fasten them off securely but do not weave in the yarn
tail. MAKING UP 1. Weave in the tail created when you cast on, by threading it onto a needle and then passing it vertically down the centre of the i-cord and out the other end. If the yarn isn’t long enough to do this, poke the needle out through the side of the i-cord and carefully snip the tail close to the surface – you‘ll find that will disappear into the fabric.
2. Cut lengths of your yarn, varying them between 15cm (6in) and 20cm (8in) long. Pass them through the edge of the fastened off end of the i-cord, to create a fringe. You can either knot them in place or just leave them hanging, as you will secure them in a moment.
3. When you are happy with how the fringe looks, take the tail you used to fasten off the i-cord and wrap it around the top of the fringe three times, to neaten everything up and hide the join. Knot your tail to one of the pieces of fringe to secure it and cut it so that it is similar length to the rest of the fringe
4. Soften the edge of the fringe by rubbing it between your palms for a few seconds, to fluff up the ends slightly.
5. When you are happy with the finished fringe effect, superglue the other end of the i-cord into the cord cap. Leave to dry for a few minutes before using it.