The Bottom Line
I have read really mixed reviews about the Bond Embellish Knit tool, but I haven't had any problems once I actually figured out what I was doing. If you go really slowly and pay attention to what you and your yarn are doing throughout, I think you can use this machine happily.
It is a little pricey, but if you knit I-cord often you will find that it is worth it because it is a lot faster than knitting the same length by hand.
- Makes I-cord quickly and easily.
- Uses a variety of thin yarns, embrodiery floss and crochet thread.
- Easy to use after your first I-cord.
- A little difficult to understand printed instructions.
- Instructions say not to use it with heavier yarns.
- You may need a break when knitting a long cord; it gets kind of heavy.
- At around $16, it's somewhat pricey.
- Kit contains the device, a weighted clothespin-style clamp and a plastic yarn needle, as well as practice yarn.
- Instructions say not to use with worsted or heavier yarn, but I have used worsted successfully with it.
- Crank-driven device allows you to make I-cord much more quickly than you could by hand.
Guide Review - Bond Embellish Knit I-cord Maker
Knitting I-cord is pretty easy and very useful for straps, decorations, even edging on a project. But if you have a very long I-cord to knit, it will get boring before it gets done.
Can a machine that makes I-cord make the process faster and easier? I decided to find out by taking Bond's Embellish Knit I-cord maker for a test drive.
The device is a tube with four hooks at the top and a crank on the side. When you turn the crank the hooks move up and down, catching the yarn and making an I-cord.
To make the device work, you first thread the yarn through a guide on the outside of the tube, a notch on top of the tube and down through the center of the tube, after which you attach the weight, being careful not to let all your yarn pull through.
The first two rows are a little tricky, and I didn't quite understand what the instructions were wanting me to do, so I messed up completely the first couple of times I tried (then I found some excellent videos and was well on my way.)
Once you've got the first couple of rounds down you can speed up a bit, but going relatively slowly is still a good idea to ensure that the hooks are still grabbing the yarn and that both the cord and the yarn are feeding properly. It's key to always have weight on the cord end and to never have tension on the yarn end so it feeds well.
You need to move the clamp up every so often so that weight remains on the cord, but remember to take the clamp off when you measure the length of your cord, because it is stretching the cord.
Once I knew what I was doing I was able to make a 36-inch cord in about 15 minutes. I'm sure I could have gone faster, but that's still much better than the hour or more it would have taken by hand.