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Old 05-25-2007, 03:48 PM   #1
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Felted tote i-cord handles help!
I'm making Maggie's felt tote from Fibre Trends. The handles are i-cord. Size 13 needles, and 8 stitches wide. It seems that no matter how tight I have the first stitch, the "tube" isn't really closing. Since this is a felted items, will it felt ok or not?

I have made smaller i-cords with smaller needles and fewer stitches without a problem....

Here are my thoughts:
1. put the 8 stiches on 4 dps and knit a complete tube. ( Never tried this, but in my mind this seems like this would work)
2. Crochet it somehow?
3. Make a knitted strip?

Any thoughts would be great.
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:54 PM   #2
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With bigger i-cords you have to wait a bit before they "roll" on to themselves to close up and creat that "tube".

What I usually do is use the tail end of the yarn, from the cast on to sew up the opening at the bottom to help it become a tube. If you knit it a little bit longer you'll also be able to cut the felted i-cord to make the ends look neat.

It will felt okay! I can't wait to see the tote when you are finished!
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Old 05-25-2007, 03:55 PM   #3
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8 stitches is a lot for that strand to come behind. However, I believe that it is just a tension issue (not YOUR tension, but from the way the pattern is set up) and things will even out as the cord gets longer and once it is felted.

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Old 05-25-2007, 04:03 PM   #4
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Or, you can use a spool knitter! I have a 6 peg spool knitter that I use for all my felted tote bag handles and they come out great. Perfect size and perfect gauge for felting easily.
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Old 05-26-2007, 01:13 AM   #5
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You all were right, after I got a few inches done and a firm "TUG" after each row, it is coming along well. Making 39" of icord is a pain in the butt, but making 2 39" icords is way too much for 1 day... have to finish it tomorrow.

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Cool! I finally figured out MY icord problem!

Why must these bloobies be so cute... :D
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Old 05-28-2007, 03:28 AM   #7
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I hate i-cord more than i hate stockinette so i always just knit a stockinette strip and then just stitch it closed. works especally well if i am felting and i don't think the strap looks any different.
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