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Friday, January 05, 2007

Quick I-Cord Question...

Hi all, I'm diligently working on an EZ sweater which I plan to finish in applied i-cord. I'd also like to make the i-cord buttonhole loops, but I can't seem to find instructions for either of them in any of my EZ books. I have Knitting Without Tears, Knitters' Almanac and The Opinionated Knitter. Help! Thanks. Jen

6 Comments:

  • Hi,

    I have the Knitting Workshop book, and there are some instructions in there:

    To make a looped buttonhole, work 9 rows, skip no ridges. The loop may be twisted and secured, or simply tied tight without twisting.

    Now, I think those instructions are in the middle of instructions for the applied i-cord along the opening of a cardigan. So, I guess you continue on with the i-cord without the attaching to the garment part, and after doing 9 i-cord rows, then start to attach to garment again without skipping any ridges.

    Gosh, does that make sense?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:20 PM  

  • I just learned how to do this last night and wrote out the instructions in detail for future reference. I hope these are clear for you.

    Knitted-On, or Attached, I-Cord /
    On-line video:

    http://www.knittingatknoon.com/atticord.html

    Method: Applied I-Cord with Pick-Up Stitches on Edge
    Pick up stitches along the edge to which the I-cord is to be attached.
    Break the yarn off from your knitted piece. With your yarn cast 3 stitches onto a double-pointed needle (dpn) of the same size or smaller based on desired outcome. Slip these stitches onto the needle (left needle) that is holding the stitches you picked up.

    1) Knit the first 2 stitches, pulling the working yarn across the back, as for regular I-cord. The next 2 stitches are knitted together through the back. You will have 3 stitches on you right knitting needle.
    2) Transfer the 3 stitches from your right knitting needle back to the left one. Pull the working yarn tight.
    3) Repeat #1 and #2 above until you have 3 stitches remaining on your double-pointed needle.
    4). Ending: Slide the 3 stitches to the opposite end of the dpn. Knit the first stitch. Knit the last two stitches together (NOT thru the back – you’ll have 2 stitches remaining). Pass the first stitch over the second for an ordinary bind-off. Pull the yarn tail through the last stitch and tie-off.

    OR

    Method: Applied I-Card with Live Stitches
    On last row of the piece you want the I-cord to be attached – do not bind off. Leave stitches on needle.
    Cast on 3 more stitches.
    1) Knit 2 stitches. Knit stitches 3 & 4 together through the back. You will have 3 stitches on you right knitting needle.
    2) Transfer the 3 stitches from your right knitting needle back to the left one. Pull the working yarn tight.
    3) Repeat #1 and #2 above until you have 3 stitches remaining on your double-pointed needle.
    4). Ending: Slide the 3 stitches to the opposite end of the dpn. Knit the first stitch. Knit the last two stitches together (NOT thru the back – you’ll have 2 stitches remaining). Pass the first stitch over the second for an ordinary bind-off. Pull the yarn tail through the last stitch and tie-off.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:45 PM  

  • Thank you anonymous knitter for the best instructions for an applied i-cord with live stitches. I'm making ballet slippers and the instructions on the pattern are indescipherable. I've looked all over the place but can't find anything clearer until your post. Thank you!! May your tension be always be even and may you never be cursed with a dropped stitch.

    By Blogger Daniele, at 8:51 AM  

  • I wonder how, when doing i-cord down the front of a jacket, how you get across the space left for the buttonhole?

    By Anonymous Joyce Marshall, at 8:14 PM  

  • Did Joyce ever get her answer to the question of creating a space between the edge of a sweater with live stitches as you edge with the i-cord?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:42 AM  

  • Did Joyce ever get her answer to the question of creating a space between the edge of a sweater with live stitches as you edge with the i-cord?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:43 AM  

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