I love anything that glows. Adding lights and/or glowing embellishments to my knitting is appealing to me … ALWAYS. Last year I knit some wristers with LED lights woven into the cables and they were a hit!
So, this weekend I gave myself a challenge – make something that involves knitting and these glow sticks. The week before I’d been making cat hats from the new book by Sara Thomas, Cats in Hats and there’s a cute heart hat that calls for knitting around a pipecleaner. Instead of using double-pointed needles, which the book calls for but I find too fiddly for knitting around an object, I broke out my little french knitting machine (aka “corker”). My mom taught me to “cork” on an old wooden spool of thread that had four nails hammered in the top courtesy of my dad. Anyway, it’s the perfect device to knit around something like a pipecleaner or … a glow stick!
So let’s make some glow stick bracelets! This is what you need to get started:
- yarn – worsted weight or light worsted (DK), Vanna’s Choice works great.
- glow sticks – these are the ones I used: Super Bright Glow Sticks
- corker – this one by Clover would work fine: Clover Wonder Knitter
- darning needle – plastic or metal, any will do
Drop the yarn down the corker and start knitting until you have about an inch done (there are some resources here if you’re unsure how to do cork knitting – it’s easy!).
Now add the glow stick by sliding it into the middle of the stitches, through the spool. The stitches should hold the glow stick in place. Keep corking until the length of the material equals the length of the glow stick.
Bind off and slide everything off the corker.
Fasten the ends of the glow stick together with the fasteners that come with them (it’s gonna light real good up now!). Seam the edges together and weave in the ends. Voila – you have a glow stick bracelet!
These are quick to knit up and they make a super fun wardrobe accessory for a party or concert – something at night! It’s also a great project for kids. I made three in one evening:
Have fun and if you decide to make your own glow stick bracelets, use the hashtags #knithacker and #glowsticks when you share them!