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Old 12-17-2008, 02:21 AM   #1
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ok, I'm working on a felted bag and the pattern (I know, trust the pattern) cals for a strap that it made of 5 stitches Stockinette. It also has a draw string that it apparently just a row cast-on and then immediately cast-off. So, I am wondering why this approach instead of I-cord. Which would YOU do: stick with the pattern as written or change to i-cord? and why??
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:22 AM   #2
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I suppose it would depend for me. I like I-cords cause they're strong

HOWEVER! in years past when I didn't know wth an i-cord was and how to make it I braided three strings together and I know that it works REALLY well because I made an idiot cord for my kid and other kids that way with mittens and it worked fantastically.

I say...be creative or you can stick with the pattern. Do whichever suits you :D
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:55 AM   #3
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From your description the strap sounds like it is flat and I would most likely knit it flat. The drawstring - knit it as an I cord and see how it looks. You can always do something different if you don't like the look of the I cord.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:36 AM   #4
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U can also knit a figure 8 I chord
CO 9
K5 bring yarn forward and slip remaining 4 stitches as if to purl
turn and repeat (Yes for this i-chord u do turn)

this makes a flat but very strong strap
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:02 AM   #5
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I vote for something stronger then casat on 5 and knit for x rows. I-cord, or that figure 8 i-cord. Or maybe 3 i-cords braided.

For the drawstring - maybe a 3 stitch i-cord, or maybe a crocheted chain.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:41 PM   #6
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I rarely end up making a pattern exactly as written, and I've made several felted bags that used I-cord for both the drawstring that doubles as a strap, so I would make the I-cord strap. Mine were 5 and 8 stitch I-cord and they are very strong (and thick). I'm doing the felted French Market Bag right now and plan on following the knitted strap as written, although I'm changing a few other aspects.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:58 PM   #7
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How long is the strap? Doesn't i-cord stretch?
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I-cord isn't going to stretch nearly as much as 5-6 stitch wide knit for xx inches will. I guess either one, once felted, isn't going to stretch anyway.
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My I-cord for the felted bags was also felted, so, no, it doesn't stretch. I wouldn't use unfelted I-cord for a handle.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:00 PM   #10
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I think I'd probably stay with a flat strap, but I would actually either double knit it (so it is two layers) or make a 10 stitch tube, flattened.
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