Well, I finally finished my “cattail” and bound it off from my 4 pronged spool. My cord is 195″ long or almost 5 1/2 yards. I am planning to roll my cord into a circle and use it as a trivet for my kitchen.
When rolled, the trivet will measure 9″ across which will be a perfect size for plates or bowls to keep the heat directly off my table. It will also look great as a decorated piece under my kitchen centerpiece.
Because I used up all the thread that I had to make the cord, I am going to whip stitch it together using all 6 strands of a coordinating DMC floss. Beginning in the center and rolling as I go, I will whip stitch it together using a cross stitch type needle which has a little bit of a blunt tip so that I don’t snag any of my threads.
This is a wonderful activity for a child to do and a super way to use up all those “little balls” of yarn leftover from other knit or crochet projects. As you collect your bits and pieces of leftover yarn, just tie them together with a secure square knot (right over left and left over right) and keep adding to make a big multi-colored skein. I would try to keep your category of yarn about the same; that is, I wouldn’t tie a chunky (category 5) to a sock weight (category 2). How fun to see all the different colors come together!!
Enjoy making your own “cattail” ~~ you can find more information on using knitting Nancy’s here. FYI: I did purchase a super little tool from my local big box store (knittingboard.com) which worked great to lift my lower loops easily over the upper loops on my spool. 🙂