Hello, Knitting Fans

The English Elizabeth Zimmermann (1910 – 1999) was a source of inspiration even when she made a mistake. Lady of the knitting , she reinvented different techniques, proposed the sewing with two hands and lines of different colors and even the creation of a sweater with angular needle – which for the experts guaranteed a lot of practicality.

In the middle of 2016, another “find” of EZ , as it is called in the world of manual arts, is the darling of the moment. The i-cord arose from a point that the Englishwoman would have erred and, not for nothing, gained, when translated, the expression of “idiot rope”. Whoever did not call the name the visual, the i-cord is also called a tricotin or cat’s tail , referring to the tubular shape (like a pet’s tail), which is gaining the length of a rope.

“I’ve been to fairs in Germany and France, and I realized that those pieces that were so in evidence were nothing more than the cat-tail point I learned from my grandmother as a child. In Brazil , with the association with the tropical climate, people took a little longer to adhere because they have resistance to wool. But today it is already quite strong in handicrafts for decoration and also for fashion accessories, such as necklaces and hair ornaments – explains the artisan and entrepreneur Lu Gastal .

The tube shape allows you to insert a wire and thus gains different shapes and finishes: you can then have words written in knitting, a stylish clip for a message board or whatever else the creativity sends, like a cloud To the children’s room.The effect goes from the romantic to the playful.

The i-cord can also be the finishing touch to other decorative objects, such as a detail that makes the difference in bottles and pots or as a base for handcrafted lamps – and you see many options out there in the city’s shops and markets.

Like all handcrafted techniques, there is no rigid rule for using the I-cord, which can be seen custom of different shapes, colors and textures of the wires.

Want to venture into the knotted knitting?

  • There are two ways to knit the i-cord.One is with two knitting needles (Lu Gastal wears the size 4.5).The other is with a device that mimics a small four-point loom. Because it is a difficult to find and often expensive tool, it is possible to produce it at home, with a piece of wood with four nails (all at the same end, around a central hole, where the woolen tube descends as the knitting is done).Want to see it in practice?

Hint: Those who prefer larger shapes (such as the Mezcla brand above luminaires) have the option of making a larger, eight-point loom and thicker wool.

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