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Old 11-08-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Icord question
I am currently working on this pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...s-floral-skirt) and I decided to go with an Icord (versus elastic) at the waist but I have a question. How long to you make the Icord? Two inches longer than the circumference of the waist? Three inches? I have never used Icord like this before and I was already making the Icord when I realized that I have no idea how long it should be. Recommendations?
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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You're going to run I-cord through the waistband instead of elastic? You would need enough to fit the waist and then enough to tie a knot and a bow. I'm thinking that it might not be as stretchy as elastic however and it may be a little bulky and perhaps not as slippery too. One alternaitive is covered elastic through the waist with a sewn on I-cord bow at the front.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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It's got to be long enough to tie. So you've got the loops, the tails and the center. Maybe 15-20 inches? Depending on how long you want the tail and loops. Couldn't find anyone mentioning the length on Rav. Does it say on the pattern?
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #4
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I like the idea of the sewn on bow. As it is for a small child, the elastic would be easier to deal with for on and off and I'd be a bit concerned about the long I cord posing a possible hazard since kids are notorious for undoing anything and everything. Just my 2 cents, FWIW.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
I like the idea of the sewn on bow. As it is for a small child, the elastic would be easier to deal with for on and off and I'd be a bit concerned about the long I cord posing a possible hazard since kids are notorious for undoing anything and everything. Just my 2 cents, FWIW.
I agree. In my experience, when these ties are pulled out, they can be difficult to feed back through the waistband. Adorable pattern!
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:37 PM   #6
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Good idea! Didn't think of the sewn on bow!
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:30 AM   #7
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When I want the approximate length of something like a bow, I tie a thin cloth tape measure into a bow, adjust the loops and read out the length from the tape.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:55 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the excellent insights and suggestions. I went with the Icord option because I don't have any elastic, but the thought of the potential hazard to the little one never crossed my mind. Others on Ravelry had gone with this approach and it sounded like a feasible solution to my situation. Why, oh why, didn't I post before binding off the skirt?? Now I'll have to unbind and frog back to where I made the holes in the waistband for the Icord and pray I can match the place in the self-patterning yarn. Ugh! Oh well, safety comes first. May put this away until I can get some elastic. Thanks again!
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