Five Ways to Make Yarn Ribbons
It’s that time of year when a lot of us are thinking about gift wrapping, and if you’re a fiber crafter chances are you also have a yarn stash that’s calling to you for adornment use. This week on Ask Me Monday I showed five ways how to knit, crochet, weave and knot yarn ribbons. Here’s a recap of the skills shown:
#1 Finger Crochet
Make a slip knot. Pull working yarn through loop of slip knot to create new loop, *pull working yarn through last loop to create new loop; rep from * until desired length. Fasten off; snip yarn tail.
#2 Crochet i-Cord
With yarn and corresponding sized hook, chain 3 stitches.
Row 1: Insert hook in second chain from hook and pull up a loop and chain 1; insert hook in 3rd chain from hook and pull up a loop and chain 1. You’ll now have 3 loops on the hook.
Row 2: Slip the first 2 loops off of hook (pinch between your fingers to keep them live), chain 1; place 2nd loop back on hook, chain 1; place 3rd loop back on hook, chain 1. –3 sts.
Repeat Row 2 until desired length. Fasten off; snip yarn tail.
#3 Picot Knit
With yarn and corresponding sized needles, cast-on the appropriate amount of stitches for the length desired (see ball band for stitch gauge, aka how many stitches per inch the yarn gets on the suggested needles.)
Row 1: Knit.
Picot Bind-off: Knit 2, bind-off 1, *slip stitch on RH needle back onto LH needle, e-wrap cast-on 2 stitches, bind-off 4 stitches; repeat from * to end.
Weave in ends.
Wrap yarn 6-20 times around package; using a tapestry needle and contrasting yarn weave over and under the wrapped yarn for as many rows as desired.
#5 Square Knot (Macrame)
Cut 4 strands of yarn the desired length. Knot them together at one end. A few inches down from knot, tie a square knot as follows:
Lay the strand on the far right side over the center two strands and under stand in the far left side.
Bring strand on far left side under center two strands, then up through the loop created by the strand on the far right side.
Lay the strand on far left side over center two strands, and under strand on far right side.
Bring strand on far right side under the center two strands, then up through the loop created by the strand on the far left side. Pull gently to complete know.
Repeat Square Knot every few inches along yarn strand groupings. Finish with a standard knot.
Watch and learn how to make all of the yarn ribbons listed above!
Whether you wrap, hang, drape or tie them, yarn ribbons will add a pop of color and a thread of love eyes to the holidays.
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