I have been using my yarn remnants to make twisted cords to have on hand for gift wrapping or other ties as needed. It occurred to me that two of the cords I made might be easier to figure out how to make than the third kind. None of them are difficult, the process is just different.
The first cord is one color and when the one color twists back on itself, it is still one color.
The second twisted cord is a two-color cord that when twisted back on itself can resemble a chain with links of two alternating colors. It is easy to make a two-color twisted cord the same way as the one color cord.
Of course a twisted cord can be made with more than two colors for an entirely different look and thickness. More strands twisting back on themselves affect the diameter of the cord. I made a cord with three colors as an example: two strands of different greens and a white strand. The cord in the photo below was made the same way as the second cord
The third twisted cord I make is a two-color cord in which the colors twist back on themselves and resemble a candy cane. This particular cord may not be as intuitive to figure out how to make, so the directions follow below.
Candy Cane Twisted Cord (I know it should be red and white, but I had orange yarn to use up.)
Cut two equal lengths of yarn. I start with long lengths because I want a long finished cord that I can cut to the length I need for wrapping, so my initial lengths tend to be nearly five yards long. I set them side by side on the floor.
Knot one end of each color together, then run one unknotted end through a drawer pull, around a chair post, chair leg, banister post, etc., or however you want to anchor your yarn. Knot the other ends of each color together. Adjust the loop so the two knots are in the center of the open space between you and where you have anchored your yarn. In the photo below, the orange end went around my banister post and then I twisted the cord from the white end.
Twist the yarn using whatever method you prefer.* At this point you are NOT twisting two colors together. You are twisting two strands of one color together at one end and two strands of a second color together at the opposite end. The knots you see in the photo below become one end of the completed cord.
I like a dense twisted cord, so I twist until I get the look and feel I have in mind. When I have twisted the yarn enough, I double the white end all the way back to the orange end at the banister post and that’s when the orange and white twist on each other, giving the look of a candy cane.
Both ends of the completed cord need to be knotted to prevent unraveling. Each time you use a length for a gift or tying something, re-knot the remainder.
My finished cord was just over five feet long, so the length was reduced by nearly one-third with the dense twist. Twisted cords can be used as drawstrings, purse handles, sweater closures, necklaces, gift-wrapping, scarf fringes, fun shoe laces, drapery tassel cords, and so on.
Note: I’m adding the following section per a question from a reader.
To make cord that looks like chain links of alternating colors, prepare yarn to look like my miniature sample in photo below. One knot will be at the anchored end and cord will be twisted from the other knotted end. One color will twist over the other. when you double back the length, the effect will be the chain links.
To make the cord that looks like a candy cane, prepare the yarn as in my miniature sample below. The knotted ends are simply in the middle now. You still have to anchor one end and twist from the other, but now one color will twist over itself and the other color will twist over itself. The candy cane look happens when you double back.
The only difference between the cord that resembles a chain and the one that resembles a candy can is where the knots are when you twist with two colors.
Let me know how you use your twisted cords.
*Twisting can be done with just your hands, or by inserting a knitting needle or other straight object into the free end loop and using the needle as a crank to turn the twists, or by using a hand-held mixer and attaching the free end to the beater and using the electricity to twist your cord very quickly! :-)