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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Attached I-Cord: The Tutorial

I've been knitting an i-cord edge on my cardigan and I thought I'd share the way that I do this. I've searched online for several explanations of how to do an attached i-cord but this is the way that works for me. No need to pick up all those pesky stitches around the edge. Just start with a simple 3 stitch cast on.

For the sake of this tutorial, I'm using a different color yarn. To make an attached i-cord you need 2 double pointed needles.

WITHOUT TURNING YOUR WORK, knit those three stitches. Next, with your garment's wrong side facing you, pick up one stitch.
DO NOT TURN YOUR WORK! Slide your four stitches to the other point of your needle (as shown) keeping the yarn in back.
Knit the first two stitches and then knit the last two stitches together (this is including the one you picked up). You will now have three stitches again on your needle. You are now ready to pick up another stitch and repeat the process.
As you move along in your work, you will notice a nice cord forming around the edge of your garment. When you come to the end of your work, cut the yarn and thread the tail through the three stitches on your needle and pull tight.


  1. Yeah! Two days of knitting content! WooHoo!
    I am so glad you put this up. I have a baby bib I made that requires an ICord edge that become the ties.
    Perfect timing.
    Did you ever get a chance to get that sewing book I recommended?

  2. I haven't been to the library since then but it is on my list! I also haven't looked at my sewing machine in days. My MIL is staying in that room. Out of sight...out of mind! I'll be back to sewing when I come back from vacation.

  3. Okay, I'm so lost when it comes to knitting. I'm not sure why I never picked it up. My mom tried to teach me several times how to knit slippers but I never put enought time into it. Your stuff always looks so nice though.

  4. I've been wanting to try attached I-cord -- I'm going to use this tutorial when I get home from Mutual tonight.

  5. How very cool! I'm sure I can use this some time!

  6. Thanks for that most excellent tutorial! I'm sure I could have EVENTUALLY figured it out myself but it is nice that you showed us how to do it!

  7. Anonymous1:52 PM

    Thanks for the applied I-cord instructions. Your instructions are very clear.


  8. Anonymous4:51 PM

    question-when you knit those 2 stitches together do you do SSK slip slip knit or K2tog knit two together?

  9. yay! thanks for a great tutorial. I'm gonna make a document of this for myself.... to use for future reference.

  10. Thank you so much. Found this through Google and it helped me to finish the neck on my Kepler!

  11. Anonymous7:58 AM

    I'm so glad I found this! I can finally finish my earflap hat! The directions in the pattern just didn't make sense to me, but you've explained it so clearly - THANK YOU!

  12. Anonymous5:08 PM

    Thank you so much !

  13. C.E.C.11:00 PM

    Thanks for the direction.... Really easy to follow the books all had me lost..... But your step by step are great

  14. Anonymous8:00 AM

    Thank you for posting this attached I cord instruction! I am practicing a blanket for a Christmas gift and this is the finished edge that I have never done.

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  16. Thank you for these clear instructions - working well so far around the bottom edge of a tea cozy.

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