How to Knit An Applied I-Cord

An applied i-cord gives a nice finish to your edges. I’ve used it on the Stag Head Pillow and the Cinnamon Girl Cardigan. It perfectly hides my zipper on the Cinnamon Girl Cardigan.

This video by The Sweater Collective is a great tutorial on how to knit an applied i-cord. There are a few things I’d like to note about the video and applied i-cord knitting in general:

  • I would NOT do the provisional cast on. Use whatever cast on you like, then follow these instructions by Mimi Kezer on how to graft your i-cord ends. Trust me, trying to pick up provisional stitches on an i-cord is NOT fun!
  • She is teaching you how to do a 3-stitch i-cord. The i-cord will be the size of the cast on stitches. So, 3 cast on stitches = 3 stitch i-cord. If you want to do a larger i-cord, simply cast on more stitches. But remember: while knitting the i-cord, you are working with one stitch more than the size of the i-cord. This is the picked-up stitch that joins the i-cord to the main piece.
  • There are other methods of doing an applied i-cord. One very similar to this method is to slip, slip, knit (SSK) where she tells you to knit 2 together through the back loop (k2tog tbl). The difference is that k2tog tbl will twist that stitch, whereas SSK will not. You can’t tell the difference unless you very closely inspect it. Use whichever stitch you are more comfortable with.
  • Some people use single point needles to do an applied i-cord. Instead of moving the stitches to the other end of the needle after picking up the new stitch (as demonstrated in this video), they slip the stitches back to the left needle to work the next row. It’s more time consuming, but if you don’t have the right size double pointed needles or circular needles, it’ll work.
  • Another name for applied i-cord is attached i-cord.

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