It was very easy to make these eyelash lei. The one on the left was a crocheted chain that I went back over with single crochet stitches. It was a little thinner than I wanted so I did the one in the center with a chain of crochet and then double crocheted back over it. I used a size K hook.
The one on the right is knitted. I found using my #15 needles and two strands of eyelash, that 80 stitches ended up to be 40 inches long, (102 cm.). I knitted three rows. I like it the best of these three. The knitting curls around to your advantage.
All you need is some eyelash yarn, scissors and a crochet hook or knitting needles.. You can use one or more colors. The eyelash is so soft to work with and against the skin.
I started knitting with 4 strands at once and that worked well, so I went with 6 strands. All I did was cast on 80 stitches and knit a row as I cast off and it has a lovely thick feel to it.
You could crochet around in a spiral like for the rattail spiral lei. When I try that the softness of the yarn makes it collapse in and I get frustrated working with it. It works more easily, if you pair it with rattail for some heft.
Tie the ends together and weave in the ends. Aloha. Have fun!
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