How to Make Twisted Cord and Hippy Headband | DIY Tutorial
Have you ever made your own cord for a project? Maybe a bag strap, tie for a jacket or neckline?
Here’s a simple way to make your own tie, strap, or cord for your project but using your own yarn and twisting it so that it stays.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I taught myself the basics of crochet from a vintage Coats & Clark crochet book I found among some things of my mother’s. There was one pattern that I found easy enough for my beginner skills, a granny square purse, and I proceeded to make a ton of them. In that pattern I learned how to make twisted cord and have been using the technique ever since.
In fact, I used it just recently for the tie at the neckline of my Tirzah Sweater Tunic!
There are so many ways you can adjust this to fit your need. But first, let me show you how it’s done!
Twisted Cord Tutorial
First you need to gather a few simple supplies. Your yarn of choice, scissors, and a measuring tool like a yard stick or measuring tape.
The finished cord length will be less than a quarter of the initial cut of yarn. For example, here I have cut about 4 yards of yarn. By the time I am finished I will have a cord that measures about 6 inches short of a yard.
So if I wanted a cord length of about 35 inches then to know the amount of yarn I need to begin I would need to multiply that by 4 and add a few extra inches.
The reason for this is because you will be folding the yarn in half twice. So to sum up,
Desired cord length x 4 + a few more inches = length of initial cut of yarn.
Twisting the Yarn
Fold your strand of yarn in half and knot the open ends together. Hold the knotted end around your finger, or a pencil, and slide the other end over something stable like a doorknob. I find this kind of doorknob works very well.
Other options could be having someone hold the other end for you. But whatever you do, keep the line taut so that it doesn’t have a chance to unravel or knot.
Begin twisting the cord by turning your finger with the yarn in a circular motion. Continue twisting until the cord is very tight and the space where your finger sits is getting a little snug.
As an example, I wrapped this green yarn about 200 times which caused it to be a very neat cord. Wrapping it less will give you a looser, more casual cord, and tighter would make the cord thinner.
Be careful! If you find it is tight enough to cut off your circulation, you most definitely have it too tight!
Next, while still holding the knotted end on your finger, use your other hand to fold the entire twisted strand in half. Make sure you have both ends securely around your finger and the line is taut. Now let go of the middle and let it twist about itself until it is finished.
It will look rather messy but it’s okay. Hold onto the ends and run your fingers down the cord to straighten it. Go ahead and give it a good tug if needed.
Knot the ends together to keep them from unraveling. And here is the finished product, a fine, smooth twisted cord!
Pictured above are three different sizes. The white was initially 3 yards and twisted 150 times, while the purple was 2 yards and twisted 75 times.
Another little trick is using a variegated yarn and watching the colors twist about themselves. Isn’t it lovely?
There are many ways you can alter this technique. For instance, you can make it thicker for bag straps and baskets by adding more than one strand to the initial strand and proceeding as before. Or, as I mentioned above, by twisting it less or more the cord changes from casual and squishy to tightly wound and classy.
DIY Hippy Headband
This kind of cord is fun and can even be used to look fashionable. Try making a hippy headband out of it!
Make a twisted cord that fits around your head about halfway. Possibly between 16-18 inches, which would mean the initial strand of yarn would be somewhere around 70 to 82 inches.
What you do is make a knot at the other, folded end and cut off the tip so that both ends look alike. Then cut 2 strands of yarn and weave them through the ends as tie straps. I knotted them to it to keep them from slipping out.
And you’ve got a super easy, simple, hippy headband!
So what do you think? Are you ready to make your own twisted cord? Or have you tried this technique before and would like to add a few tips you’ve learned? Let me know in the comments below!
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