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My favorite finishing technique

Nov 28, 2011

Applied i-cord on the neckline of my Caftan Pullover.
I actually have several favorite finishing techniques, but there is one newish-to-me technique that I really love: the applied i-cord.

I used this knitting technique to finish off the neckline of my Caftan Pullover, pictured at left. The edging that the pattern called for was four rows of garter stitch, so it wasn't ugly or anything, but I wanted a smoother look. I did the garter stitch edging and then followed it with an applied i-cord.

Want to try it? Here's how:

With the garment's right side facing and using a separate ball of yarn and circular needle, pick up the desired number of stitches along the garment edge. Slide these stitches down the needle so that the first picked-up stitch is near the opposite needle point. With a double-pointed needle, cast on the desired number of I-cord stitches (I used four on the caftan). Begin knitting the applied I-cord as follows:

Step 1. Knit across the I-cord to the last stitch, then knit the last stitch together through the back loop with the first picked-up stitch on the garment.

The original Caftan Pullover neckline edging: four rows of garter stitch. I like the applied i-cord so much better!
Step 2. Slip the number of cast-on stitches back to the right hand needle (so, if you're doing a three-stitch I-cord, slip three stitches back to the right-hand needle).

Step 3. Knit across the I-cord to the last stitch, then knit the last stitch together through the back loop with the first picked-up stitch on the garment.

Step 4. Continue in this manner until all picked-up stitches have been used.

The result is a tube that makes a really nice, smooth edge.

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jakeelliott wrote
on Dec 3, 2011 11:39 AM

Can we have a step by step or a video of this technique.  

I'm not 'getting it' from words.  Thanks, Jacqueline

on Dec 1, 2011 3:32 PM

I'm having trouble visualizing your instructions.  Can you illustrate each step for us?

Tricia in Applegate,OR

on Nov 29, 2011 10:09 PM

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JLC wrote
on Nov 29, 2011 2:20 PM

I just finished using applied I-cord to a small project, and unless you are knitting backward, "kgregis" is correct...the stitches in Step 2 should be slipped back onto the left needle...not the right.

sybeau wrote
on Nov 29, 2011 1:45 PM

Kathleen,  I recently discovered ICORD, WOW,  wish I had known about this years ago,  anyway,  I ahve been a grand mother in waiting, and waiting and waiting, now one of the kids is finally talking about babies, so in my enthusiasm  I started a circular blanket  made from a New Zealand Merino 2 ply baby wool, with a combination of feather and fan stich and leaf stich, it was going great, unitl I thought it was big enough, then I had  to decide what I wanted to do on the edge, I did not fancy  casting off and then crocheting an edge, then I saw an article about ICORD a month ago, I gave  it a try and loved the results strong a sturdy without bulk and perfect for the superfine wool.  As the blanket is circular I added  a 4 st ICORD to the edge  Knit three and knit together the last ICORD stitch and the next blanket stitch,  it looks amazing because it has created a ruffle effect on the edge  I now only have  about  150 or so stitches left to finish in this manner and I am so pleased I gave it a try.  Will definitely use it again, but this on something for me.  Regards Sylvia, and please keep up the fabulous work, it almost makes me feel as if I am in America rather than in New Zealand.

kgregis wrote
on Nov 28, 2011 6:24 PM

I think in step two it should say to slip sts to the left needle, not right.