How to make a Twisted Cord

A twisted Cord is often a useful accessory for both knitting and crocheted projects.

Use it for waistbands, and cuffs where a cord need to be threaded through. You could also use it in place of ribbon, either for threading or to tie in a bow as an embellishment.

Use also for hanging ornaments, for tie on labels if you are selling stuff, to make necklaces or bracelets. use it in place of string for instance in a draw string bag or, well, anything that demands the use of a cord, ribbon or piece of string.

A twisted cord is basically an easy way to make ordinary yarn stronger, thicker and firmer, but can be done also to any long thin materials.  (The same principal is used to twist hair for certain hairstyles)

it is ever so simple to do...........

Instructions for a twisted cord

........but not so easy to photograph (I've done my best)

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First you take a length of yarn approximately twice the length you want your cord to be. Grip near one end with your left hand between your finger and thumb, then with your right hand hold near to your left hand  between finger and thumb.



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Start twisting with your right hand in the same direction that the yarn is already twisted. Keeping the end still firmly in your left hand, move the finger and thumb of your left hand nearer your right hand (Yes it IS possible) to prevent the yarn unravelling. Move your right hand further along the yarn to the right and twist again. Do this all along the length.



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When you have finished twisting bring the two ends together and the yarn will twist around itself.

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the result is a sturdy thick cord.

The more you twist the yarn, the tighter the cord will be.

An example of its use is in this pattern of crochet baby mitts 


Alternatively you could get up off your backside, find somewhere to tie one end of the yarn, twist the other end then fold it in half.  Let it go and it will twist together.  You'll need extra yarn to do it this way.




Clear as mud?

maybe this tutorial will help

Video Tutorial






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