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A Cuff with a Twist (of wire)


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This cuff bracelet draws its inspiration from someone I saw while riding on BART, once upon a time. He was a gentleman of a rather crunchy persuasion, and had a spiral of wire woven into the side of his chunky crocheted hat. I loved this little detail, so shortly after, I installed a wire spiral in a hat of my own, which remains one of my favorite accessories. In the back of my mind, though, I kept thinking about how cool it would be if the spiral were not just decorative, but actually served a purpose. Here, a hammered copper wire spiral functions as a no-sew alternative to a button in this easy-to-make seed stitch cuff. You will need only a tiny bit of a skein of sock yarn, so it's a great way to use up leftover yarn. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit and purl increase slip stitches wire working GAUGE 17 sts and 28 rows = 2 inches in seed stitch Gauge is not critical in this project, as the length and width can be adjusted. Use larger or smaller needles as needed to give you a gauge you like. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Length: 9.5 inches, excluding I-cord loop Width: 2 inches PREFERRED BRAND/YARN a small amount of superwash wool sock yarn

Supplies Needed

  • yarn needle
  • 1 set US #1/2.25mm double-point needles
  • safety pin or split-ring stitch marker

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My Name is Wool
My Name is Wool
I live on an orange ranch with my husband and two small children. Keeping them happy is a full-time job, but I still manage to squeeze in some time to knit or draw or sew whenever I can. Even though the days of crafting away an entire afternoon (ok, entire day) are gone, the joy of giving my kids something I made by hand makes up for it. I love the challenge of designing something and ripping it out or starting over and trying again until I make it right. I really, really love to say, "I made that!" One day I plan to write and illustrate some clever children's books, and maybe some strange art books for adults.