I have been having a bit of a play around with curly cues this week.
And asking myself what makes a great curly cue - and how long should they be - and what is a curly cue anyway ?
And this is what I discovered ~
Although knitters and crocheters refer to these as curly cues (or even curly Qs) - the name actually comes from curlicues.
A curlicue is
'a decorative curl or twist in calligraphy, architecture or in the design of an object.'
curly + cue (the perhaps from French "tail")
If you want to add curly cues to a Baby's Hat ~
DK yarn & 4mm needles
For a loose curly cue ~ For a curlier curly cue ~
Loosely, but evenly, cast on 30sts Loosely, but evenly, cast on 30sts
Kfb into every stitch across the row Kfbf, into every stitch across the row
Cast off Cast off
Darn away cast on end Darn away cast on end
Make 5 curly cues
Use the cast off tails to attach them together
Attach securely to a little hat
If you want to add curly cues to a Child's Hat ~
You can make these a bit longer - 40sts instead of 30sts
Loosely, but evenly, cast on 40sts
Kfbf into every stitch across the row
Darn away cast on end
Coil into a spiral shape
Kfb = knit into the front and back of the stitch (this makes 2 stitches out of each stitch)
Kfbf = knit into the front, back and front of the stitch (this makes 3 stitches out of each stitch - and it is fiddly - but so worth it!
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