Craft an Innovative I-Cord Needle Cozy

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Convert an unused gauge swatch into a delightful needle case.
I used an entrelac gauge swatch, but you could use any swatch on hand or knit up a new piece to accommodate the needle size you choose.
To maintain an even tube structure, pull the yarn snugly from the other side.
Convert an unused gauge swatch into a delightful needle case.

Convert an unused gauge swatch into a delightful needle case.

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Design your own incredible needle case with leftovers from past projects. Are you the type of crafter who never throws anything away? You are in luck! Here is a great way to transform gauge swatches you’ve been saving and a few simple I-cords into a standout knitting needle case. I incorporated the entrelac swatch I created for my blog post on August 7 with I-cord made with extra yarn to craft a needle case that is totally unique. If you don’t have any swatches, you could whip one up for this project or cut up one of your felted thrift-store sweaters to use as the case. Either way, I bet your friends will want one, too.

Supplies
• Knitting gauge swatch (my entrelac swatch measures 6 inches wide x 4.5 inches tall)
• Scrap yarn for the I-cord
• Coffee stir straws (straws I used fit size 1 dpn needles) or straws to fit the needle size you desire (flexible vinyl tubing will also work)
• Knitting needles, either circular or dpn to make the I-cord (I used size 1 [2.25mm])
• Tapestry needle


I used an entrelac gauge swatch, but you could use any swatch on hand or knit up a new piece to accommodate the needle size you choose.

Step by Step

I-cord (make 5): Cast on 5 stitches and knit to the end. Slip stitches to the opposite side of the needle and pull yarn from the other side and knit the 5 stitches. 


To maintain an even tube structure, pull the yarn snugly from the other side.

I-cord is essentially knitting in the round on a tiny scale and you are creating an actual tube. Make the I-cords at least 7 inches long. I made my five I-cords in a variety of sizes and colors, but feel free to make yours all the same length and/or color if that look pleases you.

Felting: To soften the edges of the entrelac and the I-cords, I felted them a little bit, which imparted a softer, blended look. Actually I was hoping that the I-cord would felt into an impermeable tube, but when I inserted the needles, they poked through the sides.

I-cord liners: While I was sitting on an airplane drinking bad coffee, it dawned on me that the stir straw may be my answer. I slid it in the I-cord tube, and it fit in perfectly. 


Inserting a rigid core prevents the needles from poking out of the I-cord.

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posted in: Entrelac, Needle case, I-cord, knitting gauge swatch

Comments (2)

Jen1964 writes: SOooo Cute! Very intriguing pattern too. I've always sewn my knitting pouches in the past, but they're big and a little bulky for how much they hold. Sometimes you want something smaller. And I never figured out where to put the stitch markers like that. Looks like a fun weekend project (for my daughter & I).
Posted: 6:21 am on September 19th
cjms writes: What a great idea and Sew Stylish! I can't wait to pull out my scrapes to start knitting for gifts. Thanks, Tina.
Posted: 12:03 pm on September 10th
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