Hydra Lamp by Rachel Braff
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Hydra Lamp

Knitting
October 2011
wool
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 5.5 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
for a 22 ft. 8 in. (691 cm) light string
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Named after the largest constellation, Hydra, this project is easy way to fancy up an unwanted string of Christmas lights. The light filtered through the knitted tube makes a gentle twinkling effect, and the long tube is an interesting object in itself when not plugged in. You can arrange your light in a clump, tie it in a knot, or suspend it as you would a regular string of lights.

Recommended yarns would be any basic wool yarn, not too fuzzy.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: please use a low flammability yarn for this project, and do not leave light unattended while plugged in! In general, wool should have a low flammability, while cotton and silk are higher-flammability. Acrylic isn’t as likely to ignite as cotton, although if it does ignite it may melt and make a mess. This site has some general information about fiber flammability: http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/kfd/what2do/fabrics.asp Flammability concerns are more important if you’re planning on using this on a flammable Christmas tree or on arranging the lamp into a pile, which will cause it to retain more heat than if hung straight.