Basic I-Cord Techniques (3 hours) (beginner)

Class Description

You may or may not already be familiar with I-cord, but you’ll certainly know it well after this class, which covers basic I-cord construction, a few variations on the theme, and applications such as I-cord cast-ons and bind-offs, built-in side edges, attached I-cord borders, and buttonholes, as well as many helpful tips and tricks.

(Must be comfortable knitting and purling.)

Techniques to be covered

  • I-cord (various stitch counts)
  • Square i-cord
  • Applied i-cord in same color
  • Applied i-cord in contrasting color
  • Rounding corners
  • Buttonholes
  • Loops
  • I-cord bind-off
  • Three-needle i-cord bind-off
  • Built-in i-cord
  • I-cord cast on

Supplies needed

  • 50 gms smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn
  • 50 gms smooth, contrasting-colored, worsted-weight yarn
    US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7″ (18 cm) in length
  • Blunt darning needle

Homework

Swatch #1: Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 30 rows (garter stitch). Bind off.

Swatch #2: Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 10 rows (garter stitch). Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a 3-yard tail.

Swatch #3: Repeat Swatch #2.

Swatch #4: Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 10 rows (garter stitch). Do not bind off. Cut yarn, leaving an 8″ tail.