Applied I-cord tutorial; pattern style rs

Stitch in Focus: Applied I-cord

Lindsay LewchukAnnouncements, KNIT knitworthy 'n intriguing techniques (2024 theme), Pattern Related, Q&A, Stitch in Focus 3 Comments

Burnsville Shawl (in Downtown Burnsville) includes yarn overs to make applying the I-cord edge easier and neater.  But it also creates a bit more fabric that needs to be hidden inside the I-cord.  As a result, the pattern gives a specific method for working an applied I-cord, which is a bit different than normal.  Let’s zoom in for a closer look! (For a video tutorial of the pattern method, check out the IG reel here.)

Check out these 2 applied I-cord methods.

The first is a standard

K2, s1, pick up and knit 1, psso, s3b

The second is the method used in the first release of 2024, Burnsville Shawl.

s1, (pick up and knit through the shawl yo, psos, k2, s2b) to end

Viewed from the top the pattern method gives a wider more visual appearance to the I-cord, whereas the standard method looks slight in comparison.

So, IF using the standard applied I-cord method, turn to have wrong side facing before you begin.  That way the peek through will be on the back at the end instead of on the front. 

If you want to try something a little fiddlier but with more beautiful results, go for the pattern method!  Not only is there little to no peek through, the yarn overs are accentuated a bit more for a prettier edging.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, I had to whip up heart samples!

In the 2024 year of KNIT, Garter Stitch was a stretch for me!  I know, right, such a simple thing, but finding a way to make the edge beautiful, with more knit stitches nonetheless, was a great way to make it knitworthy! 

Comments 3

  1. Love it! This was definitely a new to me technique that stretched my brain to learn. I must have watched your video on Instagram 5-7 times, but it did click eventually, especially since I knit continental, I had to first figure out what you’re doing and then translate to my own motions. Now that I’ve done several hundred applied i-cord stitches testing your Burnsville Shawl, I think I’ve got it down solid. But, I would love to have you add that little clip on Instagram to your YouTube channel. I make playlists for myself with tips and I tricks I learn along the way and will often point to them in my patterns when I end up using it someday. I love the neat look of the i-cord so much, so I may definitely use that in one of my next designs as a finishing touch. Thanks so much for this fantastic technique.

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      Thanks so much, Natalia! I’m really glad you enjoyed the technique and the shawl gave enough practice for it to really sink in :-). Thank you, too, for requesting it on YouTube – I’ve added it to my “after the move to-do” list and let you know when it’s live.

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