These lightweight and colourful tassel earrings, with added knot detail, are perfect for summer! They use a knotting technique that you might be familiar with. The box knot or crown knot as it is known in Chinese knotting, was one of the main knot used in making Scoubidou! I was in my early twenties when the craze came back into fashion in the 2000’s so I never actually made any myself. Although its the same knot, the method I’m using is the traditional Chinese variation, which I actually find easier to understand! Read more
Update plain wire coat hangers with some pretty yarn and a simple half hitch knot.
My Nana used to have a lovely collection of coat hangers with crochet covers- the material used was totally some totally hideous nylon stuff. But they did brighten up the wardrobe and helped to stop clothes from falling off. So when my knitwear kept sliding off and landing in a heap, I remembered these crochet covers and wanted to create something along the same lines, but a bit more contemporary. Enter some yarn and the good old half hitch knot; otherwise known as the friendship bracelet knot! I just used some plain steel wire coat hangers, but I have since seen some very lovely pastel covered ones in Tiger that might just find their way into my life. Or you even combining my Cloud Shaped Hanger DIY with this one. The possibilities! The yarn I’m using is a delightful recycled aran weight cotton from King Cole, it has a wonderful texture and slight flecked look, but any cotton yarn or even cord would do nicely. Read more
This tutorial uses a knot known by many names; Josephine, Double Coin/Prosperity and Carrick Bend. It creates a decorative strip that can be easily finished into a bracelet or bookmark depending on your fancy.
Its takes a couple of goes before the knot makes sense and its one that while not complicated, takes patience to get right. Although you can use any cord to do this, I would recommend a minimum of 2mm the first time you try as it makes it simpler to learn.
PS, I’m using a piece of foamboard as a base, with pins to hold the top (and other parts of the knot if needed) in place, but you can use a foam macrame board, clipboard or just tape it down on your work surface.