Wednesday, March 30, 2011

infinity sailor's knot bracelet

When i saw this tutorial on etsy I knew it was about to happen.

What I didn't know at that moment was that I wasn't going to use the nautical rope (which it's sitting in my stash, but already allocated for another project, stay tuned...), but I would have given another ride to my spool knitter.
UPDATE: making this bracelet using a knit instead of rope will make it stretchy, which means that you can take it off (a.k.a. will not give you rheumatism on your wrist by having a wet thing on your wrist for hours after a shower..)
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So, here where all started: 
* one ball (well, part of it, it's a leftover) of off white cotton, 
* and the tapestry needle (actually I used three needles, but a needle and two toothpicks will do)


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the tutorial stated that you need 3.5 yr of rope: given the fact that my wrist is waaaaay smaller of a soup can, I felt comfortable to spool knit about 3 yr,  and took me about 45 minutes (I don't even want to think about hand knitting something like that in an icord)
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weave the open stitches just in order to prevent the unravelling, but keep in mind that you will need to open up these stitches again, I just pass the needle through and left the tail on. 
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and I started following the tutorial on etsy, my perfect wrist size: my glue magna-tac bottle (why am I not surprised?)
...and braided my glue bottle until I've got the three rounds done. 


now comes the fun part: instead of having a bulky, big knot by tying  the two parts of the rope:
* open the stitches that you secured at the very beginning
* also take the other side of the rope and unravel what are your first stitches on the knitting spool
* you will have to parts with open stitches 
* unravel all the extra rope on both sides until you have just enough to connect the two parts, in my case about 1/2" on each side
* take the tapestry needles or the two toothpicks and slide your stitches on, like on knitting needles.
 
* keeping the two side of the cords on the right side facing each other
* sew the two ropes together using the mattress stitch: I tried to take pictures, but because of the color and the size of the work, it didn't work out, but I found a nice tutorial here.
* now I'm happy to make a knot and wave the tails in with only one tiny strand of yarn.



The infinity sailor knot bracelet just made it onto my wrist!
Extra bonus: using the knit instead of a regular rope makes it very soft and stretchy!

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xox, d.



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