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knit i-cord side edge pattern

knit i-cord side edge pattern

Knit i-cord side edge

An I-cord side edge is a great way to add a neat and professional finish to your knitting projects. Ideal for finishing edges on scarves, shawls, and blankets, adding both structure and a polished look.This technique incorporates the I-cord directly into the edge of your fabric, creating a clean and sturdy border. Learn how to knit a 3-stitch I-cord side edge, and explore other I-cord variations.

Knitting materials and tools:

<> DPN 4.5 mm (US 7 / UK 7)

<> Yarn

Common abbreviations of knit stitches:

k – knit

yo – yarn over

sel s – selvage stitch: always slip the first stitch knitwise, work to the last stitch, purl the last stitch

Knit i-cord side edge pattern:

Begin by casting on your required stitches plus 6 additional stitches (3 for each side’s I-cord edge)

Start Knitting:

    1. Bring the working yarn in front, slip 1st stitch purlwise, k1, slip 3rd stitch purlwise holding working yarn in front.
    2. Knit the middle stitches according to your pattern
    3. k1, slip next stitch purlwise holding working yarn in front, k1. Tur.

Continue previous 3 steps for every row.The 3 stitches at the beginning and end of each row form the I-cord edges on both sides.

knit i-cord side edge

Knit an i-cord edge around a square

Adding an I-cord edge around a square, such as a blanket, creates a polished and professional finish. This technique involves knitting an I-cord that attaches directly to the edges of your square project. Follow these steps to add a neat I-cord edge around your blanket or any square knitting project.

Start Knitting:

    1. Using DPN, cast on 3 stitches.
    2. With the right side facing, pick up one stitch along the edge of your square using the same needle. You now have 4 stitches on your needle.
    3. Slip the 3rd stitch over the 4th one (the one you picked up).
    4. Slide the remaining 3 stitches back to the other end of the DPN without turning your work. The working yarn will be coming from the leftmost stitch and knit the 3 stitches.
    5. Pick up the next stitch along the edge of your square and repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have completed the I-Cord edge around the entire square.

Corner transition:

    • At each corner, pick up stitches three times from the same corner stitch.
    • After picking up stitches each time, knit them into the I-Cord edge using steps 3 and 4.

Joining the I-Cord Ends: When you reach the starting point, graft the I-Cord ends together using the Kitchener stitch for a seamless finish.

Knit i-cord with 3 stitches

An I-cord is a versatile knitting technique that creates a narrow tube of fabric. It’s perfect for edging, drawstrings, and decorative elements. Learn how to knit a 3-stitch I-cord side edge and explore variations like 2-stitch I-cords.

How to knit i-cord with 3 stitches:

    1. Casting On:
      • Cast on 3 stitches using your preferred method.
    2. Starting the I-Cord:
      • Knit: Knit 3 stitches.
      • Slide: Instead of turning your work, slide the stitches to the other end of the double-pointed needle.

Repeat: Pull the yarn tightly across the back of the work and knit the 3 stitches again.

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