30 Apr

For other lei, see pikake, braided, spiral, or candy lei. This photo shows what we will be making in this post.

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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Posted by on April 30, 2011 in How to, Making Lei


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