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Make chunky wool cord for giant knitting projects

Cara Corey, Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer

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5 Videos (15m)
    • Introduction

      2:40
    • Materials

      3:46
    • Making crochet chains

      3:01
    • Felting the cord

      3:11
    • Knitting with the cord

      2:24

About This Class

If you've ever wanted to make an oversized knitting project, such as a basket, rug, trivet or pouf, you may have struggled (as I have) to find the right material. This wool cord, made from a simple crochet chain and felted in the washing machine, is a beautiful and sturdy material for those projects. 

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Once you know how to make the cord, you can make as much as you want in all different colors. It does take some time to make a lot of cord, but it saves you from having to dye rope and you don't have to worry about pilling and fuzz, like you do with the giant wool roving that has become so popular lately. 

Materials needed:

• 4 skeins worsted or bulky weight wool (Patons Classic Wool is my favorite)
• size N/9 mm crochet hook
• laundry delicates bag
• pair of old jeans for agitation
• washing machine and a few drops of laundry detergent

You do not need to know how to crochet. You will learn in the class how to make a simple crochet chain.

5 of 5 students recommendSee All

Simple, straightforward and the possibilities would really be endless! Perfect idea and no more disappointing yarn shopping looking for the perfect yarn because now, you can make your own! #diyheaven
What a smart idea!! I always want to make something with cording but can never find the right colors! Please make more classes about using the cording!!
Interesting - particularly if you can't get your hands on the the cording. Would be nice to see a photo of the cording when it comes out of the wash so I would know how much matting to expect.

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Cara Corey

Knitter and overall do-it-yourselfer

Hi, I'm Cara and I'm a former journalist-turned-pattern designer. I specialize in modern knitting designs using giant needles and unique materials (see my work at marymarieknits.com). I make everything from hats and scarves to pillows, poufs, and other home decor. I absolutely love knitting and crochet, and I couldn't put my needles down if I tried.

I have a toddler and a baby, so my plate is very full right now, but I believe you always have to make time for creativity.

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