Combining knitting with jewelry making can create some fun, inexpensive pieces in colors to match nearly every outfit. Beginners can master knitting an I-cord. When an I-cord can be made, the possibilities are nearly endless. Necklaces, earrings and even rings can be created from a simple I-cord. Utilizing different colors, fibers or even wire will create distinctive pieces in any style. The I-cord is especially useful in making rings. Plain or embellished, you will have an attractive, lightweight piece of jewelry that is just right for you.
1 pair double pointed needles
Scrap yarn ~ Too much to throw away, too little to do anything with
Optional: beading needle and thin beading cord
K = Knit
Sl 1 = Slip one st knitways
PSSO = Pass slipped stitch over
Cast on 3, 4, 5 or 6 sts using double pointed needles.
Knit, don’t turn.
Slip the sts back to the beginning of the needle and k the row again.
Continue in this manner until you have a short length of knitting, pull down on the cord and the gap at the back will close.
Continue until the cord is the length you desire. (For a ring, simply keep measuring around your finger)
Thread the yarn through the sts and pull firmly.
Once you have completed the cord, use the yarn needle to stitch the ends together.
If you wish to embellish your ring, choose coordinating beads and sew them onto your ring using a bead needle and beading cord.
Optional: Another option is to thread a line of beading wire or memory wire into the finished tube prior to sewing the ends together. This will allow you to have the knitted appearance while helping it to have a more solid shape, which will not change. Using wire will also allow you to move beyond the typical ring shape if you choose. The tube can coil down the finger instead of being in the typical elliptical shape. The tube can be made longer to create a ring, bracelet combination. If you can imagine it, you can make it!
If you need a demonstration, a great help can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtEcPORG5Aw