25 March 2015

Knitterly Details: i-cord for smarties

Have you ever used i-cord in place of your cast-on? I made some (not pretty, but helpful) videos showing you how to use i-cord as the foundation of a piece - in this instance the Ozark Wrap*, which also uses "integrated i-cord" on the sides to finish off the piece as you go and keep the edges from curling. "Idiot cord" is pretty smart!

  1. provisional cast-on (one of my overall favorite techniques)

  2. picking up stitches from an i-cord (also used for the Mermaid's Cardigan cuffs)

  3. working the first row (once begun is half done)

  4. adding the side i-cord (to work the integrated edging)
Would a video showing how to cast off with i-cord help you? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to make some more (my new camera should make videos of my hands knitting easier to create - I promise my next video will be in better focus!
Happy knitting!
xoxo, Kathleen
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  1. Excellent videos! Thank you! I would love to see the cast off. This technique is new to me and really interesting. Thanks again!

    1. I'm glad you liked the videos, Rachel. I did one about a variation on the long-tail cast-on yesterday, but next time I'm up for video-ing, I'll do the i-cord cast-off - it's pretty cool :)


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