Knitting A Cord

31 10 2012 DIY

I would like to show you how to knit a cord because I didn't know how to do that myself until very recent.

I knew how to finger knit but this version I show you today is actually done with a crochet hook and is a lot fun to do.

I did this braided necklace with this technique.

If you like to know, how to braid the necklace please see my post "How To Braid A Necklace From A Single knitted I-Cord".

I used again fabric yarn for this project - therefore my crochet hook is quite big with size 12,75mm Ø. My beautiful wooden hook is made by Jenkins Yarn Tools.

Start with three chain stitches, keep the last one and make a stitch back into the second chain and then one more into the first chain stitch.

Now you have three stitches on your hook as if you would start to knit.

Now comes the trick! Carefully take the left two stitches off the hook and hold it with your thump and middle finger. Then get the thread and pull it through the first stitch (the one already on your hook). See how the cord is becoming round this way? 

Go ahead and pull the thread through the second and after that through the third stitch. Now you have again the three stitches lined up on the hook as in the beginning. Don't pull the yarn all the way through all stitches like you would do in traditional crochet! This is more like knitting - so you keep your loops.

Start over with taking the left two stitches off, hold them and pull the yarn through your stitch on the hook to form the round. Proceed the steps like above. It's really simple once you figured it out and it quickly makes a nice long cord you can use for many different projects.

My braided necklace is very long so my cord was approximately 5-6 meters long before I started braiding.

Please let me know if you have questions.You could use the comment section or send me an e-mail to : lebenslustiger(at)gmail(dot)com

I'm more than happy to help if there is anything unclear in my description. Have fun "knit crocheting" :-)


If you like to to further connect, I'm also at Twitter, FB and Pinterest!

XOXO, Anette

P.S. Many thanks to Jettes friend Jule for letting me photograph her hands!!! 

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Rose In A Bottle

29 10 2012

We live near a nursery who cultivates their own cut roses.

This is rare because normally flower shops and nurseries just order them and they get shipped from far away places to be sold then.

Whenever I can I make a point of supporting local and sustainable operating businesses.

And their roses a really extraordinary beautiful, don't you agree?

This one is one of the last ones of this season before it gets to cold.

It has already snowed in some parts of Germany yesterday...



Give Away Winners

28 10 2012

You are probably waiting for the announcement of the leather bracelet (see tutorial here) winners..,

Well - here is what happened. I was waiting for Jette to come home from horse camp to draw the winners because i really don't like to draw them myself. It gives me a hard time because I always feel sorry for all the wonderful participants who might not win THIS time...

But Jette was so exhausted after her week long fun camp that she only managed to take a bath and then she fell into o deep long sleep... 

So - we drew the winners this morning!

First I have to say a big BIG THANK YOU to all your super nice comments and e-mails. I'm so moved by your lovely friendliness, the beautiful praise for my work and blog and just the fact, that you are out there and participating in my life.

There were over forty messages and while this is still small scale comparing to other blogs having 1000 participants wanting to win a box of tea bags, I must say, that I really enjoy these kind of private draws here on

It gives room to a wonderful and deeply honest connection. Thanks so much again - I just wish, there would be bracelets for all of you!  

The winners this time are Koleen and Petra. Congratulations!

And to me, too! Because look what I got in the mail last week. What a great surprise! My long time friend Heidi who I met in Santa Barbara and who is living in Boulder Colorado with her family now, made these beautiful Chan Luu inspired bracelets. I'm totaly touched by so much generosity because these kind of bracelets are quite time and material consuming to make. Heidi - I LOVE THEM!!! Thousand thanks! The color combination is so pretty! And look at this cute felt box they came in! The buffalo button represents Boulder. Nice, right?

Would you like to learn how to make those kind of bracelets for yourself? I could post a tutorial on it in one of the next weeks...

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

XOXO, Anette 

FFF - Funny

26 10 2012

1.) Laughed and bought?

2.) Thinking about...? 

3.) Friday evening? float...

4.) Deliciously (funny)?

5.) Fall deco? A button!

All postcards, the button and many more awesome funny illustrations at Karindrawings from Berlin - birthplace of LebenslusTIGER, too!!! 



More answers as always fridays at Steffis