Never learned to knit? Never fear! Readily available automatic spool knitters make quick work of creating soft knit bracelets. When made from wool yarn, these bangles can be machine washed in hot water to mat the natural fibers for a felted look. From our DIY producer Robert Mahar, this easy to make accessory can be created in any color with a coordinating wood bead to disguise the tied seam.
Find more of Robert's work at http://www.maharcraft.tumblr.com.
Automatic spool knitter (typically comes with tapestry needle and weighted clip)
[Helpful note: We used the Embellish-Knit! Automatic spool knitter http://www.joann.com/embellish-knit-machine/prd22430/ and Patons Classic Wool Yarn - 100% Wool.]
1) Thread lighter weight wool yarn into automatic spool knitter following manufacturer's instructions. Slowly turn crank to create 8-10" of knitted cord.
2) Thread yarn tail into tapestry needle and through the four open loops at end of cord and cinch closed. Then thread yarn through a wood bead, tie yarn tails from either end of cord to create a loop/bracelet. Cut excess.
3) Zip bracelet into wash bag, send through washing machine on a hot water cycle. Removed washed/felted bracelet from wash bag and allow to air dry.
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