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March 2006

I-Cord and Applied I-Cord

I-Cords are easy and fun to make. With two double pointed needles, a narrow tube is created by knitting across a row of stitches without turning the work. I-Cords have many uses such as bag handles, ties on hats, or decorative edges.

How to make a plain I-cord:
Generally you cast on about three to six stitches (your pattern may specify). *Knit one row. Without turning work, slide the stitches back to the beginning of the needle. Pull the yarn tightly from the end of the row (the gap at the back will close). Repeat from the * as desired. Bind off.

 

How to make an Applied I-cord:

In order to attach an I-Cord to the edge of a garment, work as follows. Cast on about 3 or 4 stitches on a double pointed needle (the I-Cord in the picture has 4 stitches). *Slide the stitches back to the beginning of the needle without turning the work. Knit all of the stitches in the row except for the last stitch. Slip the last stitch knitwise, YO (yarn over), then pick up and knit a stitch from the edge of the garment. Pass the slipped stitch and YO (2 stitches) over the last stitch. Repeat from *. Note: Some instructions do not include the YO, therefore just the slipped stitch is passed over the last stitch.

Applied I-Cord Edging on a Child's Vest. Pattern is "Taylor" by Holli Yeoh of Bee's Knees Knits. Yarn is Sisu and Regia sock yarn. Yarn and pattern available at shop!

 

Working an Applied I-Cord around a corner:
When working the applied I-cord around a corner, you will need to increase the number of rows of the I-Cord so that it does not bunch up. Once you reach the corner, work extra rows (2 or 3 rows) of plain I-Cord, then continue on with the applied I-Cord.
Applied I-Cord runs along bottom edging and corner of a child's vest. Pattern is "Taylor" by Holli Yeoh Bee's Knees Knits. Yarn is Sisu and Regia sock yarn. Yarn and pattern available at shop!