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I-Cord Cast On

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About This Technique

The I-cord cast on is a way of creating a nice, decorative, but simple edge at the beginning of your project. It creates a tube like the I-cord, and gives your work a professional, finished look. This technique can be incorporated into a border around a shawl, blanket, or even hat brim.

Technique Difficulty: 3 of 5

Complimentary Technique: I-Cord Bind Off

[Video] Technique Tutorial

Technique Instructions

  • Step 1: Cast on four stitches
  • Step 2: Knit all four stitches
  • Step 3: Slip all four stitches back to main needle
  • Step 4: Knit first stitch again leave on main needle
  • Step 5: Bring the needle around and insert through the back loop in the same stitch (make stitch tight)
  • Step 6: Knit the rest of the stitches
  • Step 7: Slip the first four stitches back to the main needle
  • Repeat: Steps 4 through 7 until you reach your desired length and cast on three more stitches
  • Finishing: Slip 4 to main needle, k2tog, k2tog, slip 2 sts back to main needle, k2tog

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