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Ideas for Knitting Nancy “Tail”

I haven’t actually researched the correct terminology for the knitted cord that is created from completing your loops on a Knitting Nancy which really look similar to an I-cord; however, I still like to refer to it as my “cat’s tail”!! ūüôā

SONY DSC Presently, my cat’s tail measures 76 inches or 193.04 cm and it is stirring all kinds of ideas as to what I want to create.¬† I can definitely curl itself around and make a super trivet¬†to protect¬†my table from a hot dish.¬† If I make the trivet, I could combine it with my hot pads and dish clothes for a cool, handmade hostess gift.¬† SONY DSC

Also, have given some thought to designing a unique wrapped necklace.  Leaving long loops and covering the joined area with a really one-of-a-kind tubular bead.  Hmm, maybe I will just have to keep the necklace for myself if I end up making that idea!!

I’ve been into yarn bowls too and I think I could take a ceramic bowl and wrap the tail around the outside of it for a size pattern, stitch together, and then maybe create a unique loop edge as a finishing touch.


I know whatever I design, my “cat’s tail”¬†still needs to be longer, I am planning to have a finished length of 160 inches or 406.4 cm.¬† So when I really need some down time that doesn’t require any counting of stitches or decreases/increases or watching my gauge, I just sit with my favorite cup of tea and go round and round with my spool knitting.¬† Only having to untwist my tail periodically to keep it smooth. ¬†It makes for a very¬†relaxing time for me. ūüôā


  • Tip:¬† I will use a coordinating DMC floss (2-3 strands) as my sewing thread when I begin to stitch my cord together.¬† Will probably have to do some pinning also to hold my coils in place.
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